Nonlinear Optical Materials

Applied Physics A

, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 491-502

Optical properties of quasi-zero-dimensional magneto-excitons

  • S. Schmitt-RinkAffiliated withAT & T Bell Laboratories
  • , J. B. StarkAffiliated withAT & T Bell Laboratories
  • , W. H. KnoxAffiliated withAT & T Bell Laboratories
  • , D. S. ChemlaAffiliated withAT & T Bell Laboratories
  • , W. SchäferAffiliated withHöchstleistungsrechenzentrum, Forschungszentrum Jülich

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We discuss the evolution of optical properties of semiconductor quantum wells, as the quasi-two-dimensional electronic states are further confined into quasi-zero dimensions by a perpendicular magnetic field. We show that confinement in all three directions strongly modifies both linear and nonlinear optical response. In particular, quasi-zero-dimensionality makes an ensemble of magneto-excitons a unique many-body system, distinct from higher-dimensional excitons and the one-component Coulomb system in the fractional quantum Hall regime or Wigner crystal.


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