We have determined for the first time the inter-Landau level lifetimes in GaAs/GaAlAs heterostructures in the spin polarized region (filling factor <1). Intensity-dependent cyclotron resonance absorption has been measured using a high-intensity optically pumped far-infrared (FIR) laser. A detailed analysis of the lineshape of the cyclotron resonance absorption within a Drude model shows saturation at intensities of 0.1 W cm-2. The electronic lifetimes deduced using a three-level model depend inversely on the electron concentration in the excited Landau level, indicating electron-electron scattering to be the dominant relaxation mechanism.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Materials Chemistry