Optical properties of magnetic sawtooth superlattices

P. Harrison, T. Piorek, T. Stirner, W. Hagston

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Self-consistent calculations of the optical properties of magnetic sawtooth superlattices are presented. Sawtooth modulation of the graded gap superlattice as produced by linear variations of the magnetic Mn2+ ion in the Cd1−xMnxTe alloy is described. The Brillouin function response of the band gap together with the varying manganese concentration produces unusual potential profiles in an external magnetic field. The calculations show that the low-temperature magnetic field tunability of the exciton emission is greater in sawtooth superlattices than in an equivalent rectangular superlattice structure. A means of utilizing this for probing alloy nonrandomness is described.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11060-11063
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 1996
Externally publishedYes


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