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Linewidth of THz intersubband transitions in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells
Author(s): Jon B. Williams; Mark S. Sherwin; Kevin D. Maranowski; Christoph Kadow; Arthur C. Gossard
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Paper Abstract

Terahertz-frequency intersubband transitions in semiconductor quantum wells are of interest due to the potential for making devices which operate at THz frequencies, and the importance of many body interactions on the intersubband dynamics. We present measurements of the linear absorption linewidth of ISB transitions in a single 40 nm delta-doped GaAs/Al0.3Ga0.7As square quantum well, with a transition energy of order 10 meV. Separate back- and front-gates allow independent control of charge density and DC bias. The absorption linewidth is proportional to the dephasing rate of the collective excitation. In order to examine the dephasing dynamics at THz frequencies, we have begun a detailed measurement of the ISB absorption versus charge density.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3617, Terahertz Spectroscopy and Applications, (29 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.347117
Show Author Affiliations
Jon B. Williams, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Mark S. Sherwin, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Kevin D. Maranowski, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Christoph Kadow, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Arthur C. Gossard, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3617:
Terahertz Spectroscopy and Applications
Mark S. Sherwin, Editor(s)

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