Optical recombination of biexcitons in semiconductors
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We calculate the photoluminescence spectrum and lifetime of a biexciton in a semiconductor using Fermi's golden rule. Our biexciton wavefunction is obtained using a Quantum Monte Carlo calculation. We consider a recombination process where one of the excitons within the biexciton annihilates. For hole masses greater than or equal to the electron mass, we find that the surviving exciton is most likely to populate the ground state. We also investigate how the confinement of excitons in a quantum dot would modify the lifetime in the limit of a large quantum dot where confinement principally affects the centre of mass wavefunction. The lifetimes we obtain are in reasonable agreement with experimental values. Our calculation can be used as a benchmark for comparison with approximate methods.
Bauer , M , Keeling , J M J , Parish , M M , Lopez Rios , P & Littlewood , P B 2013 , ' Optical recombination of biexcitons in semiconductors ' Physical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics , vol 87 , no. 3 , 035302 . DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.035302
Physical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics
©2013 American Physical Society
6 pages, 2 figures
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