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Hole spins in an InAs/GaAs quantum dot molecule subject to lateral electric fields

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Author(s)

Xiangyu Ma, Garnett W. Bryant, Matthew Doty

Abstract

There has been tremendous progress in manipulating electron and hole spin states in quantum dots or quantum dot molecules (QDMs) with growth-direction (vertical) electric fields and optical excitations. However, the response of carriers in QDMs to an in-plane (lateral) electric field remains largely unexplored. We computationally explore spin-mixing interactions in the molecular states of single holes confined in vertically-stacked InAs/GaAs QDMs using atomistic tight-binding simulations. We systematically investigate QDMs with different geometric structure parameters and local piezoelectric fields. We observe both a relatively large Stark shift and a change in the Zeeman splitting as the magnitude of the lateral electric field increases. Most importantly, we observe that lateral electric fields induce hole spin mixing with a magnitude that increases with increasing lateral electric field over a moderate range. These results suggest that applied lateral electric fields could be used to fine-tune and manipulate, in situ, the energy levels and spin properties of single holes confined in QDMs.
Citation
Physical Review B
Volume
93
Issue
24

Keywords

quantum dot, quantum dot molecules, holes, spin, lateral fields, Zeeman splitting
Created June 4, 2016, Updated September 20, 2019