The exciton radiative lifetime in submonolayer (SML) InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) grown at 500 °C was measured by using time-resolved photoluminescence from 10 to 260 K. The radiative lifetime is around 90 ps and is independent of temperature below 50 K. The observed short radiative lifetime is a key reason for the high performance of SML QD devices and can be explained by the theory of Andreani et al. [Phys. Rev. B 60, 13276 (1999)] calculating the radiative lifetime of QDs formed at the interface fluctuations of a quantum well, as the SML QDs are 20–30 nm in diameter and embedded within the lateral InGaAs QW.
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- MODAL GAIN