Spin-Related Effects in III-V Semiconductors

  • R. T. Harley
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 330)


For many purposes we can ignore the spin of electrons and holes in semiconductors. Thus an exciton in GaAs is often treated as a two level system although in reality the 1s orbital level of the electron and hole consists of several different states corresponding to different orientations of the spins of the particles. The degeneracy of the spin states can be removed by spin-orbit interaction, by low symmetry crystal fields, by exchange interactions and by applied magnetic fields. Clearly this fine structure needs to be considered in the context of coherent optical phenomena since spin reorientation may be significant for optical dephasing and splittings can give rise to quantum beating.


Electron Spin Resonance Spin Polarisation Circular Polarisation Landau Level Spin Relaxation 
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  • R. T. Harley
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentSouthampton UniversitySouthamptonUK

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