Use of micro-photoluminescence as a contactless measure of the 2D electron density in a GaAs quantum well

D. Kamburov, K. W. Baldwin, K. W. West, S. Lyon, L. N. Pfeiffer, A. Pinczuk

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Abstract

We compare micro-photoluminescence (μPL) as a measure of the electron density in a clean, two-dimensional (2D) system confined in a GaAs quantum well (QW) to the standard magneto-transport technique. Our study explores the PL shape evolution across a number of molecular beam epitaxy-grown samples with different QW widths and 2D electron densities and notes its correspondence with the density obtained in magneto-transport measurements on these samples. We also measure the 2D density in a top-gated quantum well sample using both PL and transport and find that the two techniques agree to within a few percent over a wide range of gate voltages. We find that the PL measurements are sensitive to gate-induced 2D density changes on the order of 109 electrons/cm2. The spatial resolution of the PL density measurement in our experiments is 40 μm, which is already substantially better than the millimeter-scale resolution now possible in spatial density mapping using magneto-transport. Our results establish that μPL can be used as a reliable high spatial resolution technique for future contactless measurements of density variations in a 2D electron system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number262104
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume110
Issue number26
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 26 2017

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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