Optical properties of single magnetic quantum wells in an external magnetic field

S. Weston, T. Stirner, P. Harrison, J. E. Nicholls, W. E. Hagston, D. E. Ashenford

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Photoluminescence measurement performed on magnetic Cd1-xMnxTe quantum wells surrounded by Cd1-yMnyTe barriers (y>x), grown by M. B. E. and subjected to an external magnetic field, are described. The observed excitation spectra are shown to be in agreement with calculations of exciton energies based on the envelope function approximation. Characteristic features of the samples are either the large (approximately 18 meV) Stokes' shift and/or the width of the P. L. lines (approximately 11 meV). These are to be contrasted with the values in comparable non-magnetic wells of CdTe where the Stokes' shift is typically less than 1 meV and the half-width of the P. L. lines is less than 1 or 2 meV. Arguments are presented which show that these observations, together with their magnetic field dependence, are consistent with the formation of magnetic polarons. The photoluminescence emission also contains a band attributed to excitons bound to donors. It is observed experimentally that this donor-bound exciton emission disappears with increasing magnetic field. A theoretical interpretation of the observed properties of this band is given in terms of excitons bound to donors which are situated at different positions in the well and barrier region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-400
Number of pages4
JournalJournal De Physique. IV : JP
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1993
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Optics of Excitons in Confined Systems - Montpellier, France
Duration: 30 Aug 19932 Sep 1993
Conference number: 3


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