Monday, January 12, 2015

Abstract-Terahertz intersublevel transitions in single self-assembled InAs quantum dots with variable electron numbers

Nano Lett., Just Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1021/nl5042319
Publication Date (Web): January 12, 2015
Copyright © 2015 American Chemical Society

We propose a method for performing terahertz spectroscopy on nanometer (nm)-scale systems by using metal nanogap electrodes. Intersublevel transition spectra of single self-assembled InAs quantum dots (QDs) have been measured with high signal/noise ratios by using a single electron transistor geometry that consists of a QD and nanogap metal electrodes as a terahertz detector. Photocurrent distribution with respect to the Coulomb diamonds indicates that there are two mechanisms for the photocurrent generation. When the p shell was fully occupied, we observed rather simple photocurrent spectra induced by the p→d transitions. However, when the p shell was half-filled, the photocurrent spectra exhibited a markedly different behavior, which we attribute to the fluctuation in electron configuration when the empty p state is filled back from the electrodes.

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