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Nanoscale Res Lett. 2012 Nov 27;7(1):654. doi: 10.1186/1556-276X-7-654.

Origin of the blueshift of photoluminescence in a type-II heterostructure.

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  • 1RIES, Hokkaido University, Kita-21, Nishi-10, Sapporo, 001-0021, Japan.


Blueshifts of luminescence observed in type-II heterostructures are quantitatively examined in terms of a self-consistent approach including excitonic effects. This analysis shows that the main contribution to the blueshift originates from the well region rather than the variation of triangular potentials formed in the barrier region. The power law for the blueshift, ΔEPL ∝ Plaserm, from m = 1/2 for lower excitation Plaser to m = 1/4 for higher excitation, is obtained from the calculated results combined with a rate equation analysis, which also covers the previously believed m = 1/3 power law within a limited excitation range. The present power law is consistent with the blueshift observed in a GaAsSb/GaAs quantum well.

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