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Phys Rev Lett. 2009 Apr 10;102(14):147401. Epub 2009 Apr 6.

Continuous voltage tunability of intersubband relaxation times in coupled SiGe quantum well structures using ultrafast spectroscopy.

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Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics, University of Linz, Linz, Austria.


We demonstrate continuous voltage control of the nonradiative transition lifetime in semiconductor heterostructures. The results were obtained by picosecond time-resolved experiments on biased SiGe valence band quantum well structures using a free electron laser. By varying the applied voltage, the intersubband hole relaxation times for quantum well structures were varied by a factor of 2 as the wave functions and their overlaps were tuned. The range of magnitudes for the lifetime indicates a possible route to silicon-based quantum cascade lasers.

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