Equilibration of two-dimensional excitons in an in-plane harmonic potential

Z. Vörös, D. W. Snoke, L. Pfeiffer, K. West

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In this paper we report on the equilibration dynamics of spatially indirect 2D excitons in a coupled quantum well structure, trapped by an in-plane harmonic potential. We use the size of the exciton cloud as a measure of the temperature of particles. We show that the repulsive exciton-exciton interaction plays a major role in the time-evolution of the cloud size, and that at low lattice temperatures the exciton temperature is higher than that of the lattice, even long after equilibrium has obviously been reached. In the final part of the paper we demonstrate how our results can also be used for determining the absolute exciton density.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2461-2464
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Workshop on Nonlinear Optics and Excitation Kinetics in Semiconductors, NOEKS 8 - Muenster, Germany
Duration: Feb 20 2006Feb 24 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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