Volume 88, Number 6, December 2009
Article Number 66003
Number of page(s) 6
Section Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties
Published online 01 January 2010
EPL, 88 (2009) 66003
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/88/66003

Two-dimensional imaging of III-V quantum dots confinement potential

S. Shusterman1, A. Raizman1, A. Sher1, A. Schwarzman2, O. Azriel2, A. Boag2, Y. Rosenwaks2, P. L. Galindo3 and Y. Paltiel4

1   Solid States Physics, Electro-Optics Division, Soreq NRC - Yavne, 81800 Israel
2   School of Electrical Engineering-Physical Electronics, Faculty of Engineering, Tel-Aviv University Tel-Aviv, 69978, Israel
3   Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos, CASEM, Universidad de Cádiz Pol. Rio San Pedro s/n. 11510, Puerto Real, Cadiz, Spain, EU
4   Applied Physics Department and the Center for Nano Science and Nanotechnology, The Hebrew University Jerusalem 91904, Israel

received 13 September 2009; accepted in final form 22 November 2009; published December 2009
published online 4 January 2010

Composition, doping, size, and strain distribution within quantum dots, and at the dots-substrate interfaces, determine the confinement potential of electrons and holes creating a complex band structure. We use ultra-high vacuum Kelvin probe force microscopy to obtain the two-dimensional confinement potential in and around InAs and InSb dots epitaxially grown on GaAs. It is found that the potential manifests rich features governed by the strain and composition variations in the vicinity of the individual quantum dots. The results can adjust or confirm theoretical predictions for many epitaxial dots systems.

68.65.Hb - Low-dimensional mesoscopic and nanoscale systems: structure and non- electronic properties: Quantum dots.
73.21.La - Electron states and collective excitations in multilayers quantum wells mesoscopic and nanoscale systems: Quantum dots.
78.67.Hc - Optical properties of low-dimensional mesoscopic and nanoscale materials and structures: Quantum dots.

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