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Exciton binding energy in a pyramidal quantum dot

  • A Anitha
  • M Arulmozhi


The effects of spatially dependent effective mass, non-parabolicity of the conduction band and dielectric screening function on exciton binding energy in a pyramid-shaped quantum dot of GaAs have been investigated by variational method as a function of base width of the pyramid. We have assumed that the pyramid has a square base with area \(a\times a\) and height of the pyramid \(H=a/2\). The trial wave function of the exciton has been chosen according to the even mirror boundary condition, i.e. the wave function of the exciton at the boundary could be non-zero. The results show that (i) the non-parabolicity of the conduction band affects the light hole (lh) and heavy hole (hh) excitons to be more bound than that with parabolicity of the conduction band, (ii) the dielectric screening function (DSF) affects the lh and hh excitons to be more bound than that without the DSF and (iii) the spatially dependent effective mass (SDEM) affects the lh and hh excitons to be less bound than that without the SDEM. The combined effects of DSF and SDEM on exciton binding energy have also been calculated. The results are compared with those available in the literature.


Pyramid quantum dot dielectric screening function spatially dependent effective mass exciton GaAs non-parabolicity 


73.63.Kv 77.22.Ch 78.66.−w 



The authors thank the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, India, for the financial support through Major Research Project (No.F.42-836 / 2013(SR) dated 22.3.2013) and the authorities of Jayaraj Annapackiam College for Women (Autonomous), Periyakulam, Theni District, Tamil Nadu, India, for the encouragements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsMother Teresa Women’s UniversityKodaikanal India
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsJayaraj Annapackiam College for Women (Autonomous)Periyakulam,Theni District India

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