Structural analysis of strained quantum dots using nuclear magnetic resonance
Chekhovich, E. A., Kavokin, K. V., Puebla, J., Krysa, A. B., Hopkinson, M., Andreev, A. D., Sanchez, A. M., Beanland, R., Skolnick, M. S. and Tartakovskii, A. I.. (2012) Structural analysis of strained quantum dots using nuclear magnetic resonance. Nature Nanotechnology, Volume 7 (Number 10). pp. 646-650. ISSN 1748-3387Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2012.142
Strained semiconductor nanostructures can be used to make single-photon sources1, detectors2 and photovoltaic devices3, and could potentially be used to create quantum logic devices4, 5. The development of such applications requires techniques capable of nanoscale structural analysis, but the microscopy methods6, 7, 8 typically used to analyse these materials are destructive. NMR techniques can provide non-invasive structural analysis, but have been restricted to strain-free semiconductor nanostructures9, 10, 11 because of the significant strain-induced quadrupole broadening of the NMR spectra12, 13, 14. Here, we show that optically detected NMR spectroscopy can be used to analyse individual strained quantum dots. Our approach uses continuous-wave broadband radiofrequency excitation with a specially designed spectral pattern and can probe individual strained nanostructures containing only 1 × 105 quadrupole nuclear spins. With this technique, we are able to measure the strain distribution and chemical composition of quantum dots in the volume occupied by the single confined electron. The approach could also be used to address problems in quantum information processing such as the precise control of nuclear spins15, 16, 17 in the presence of strong quadrupole effects18, 19, 20, 21.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Physics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Nature Nanotechnology|
|Publisher:||Nature Publishing Group|
|Page Range:||pp. 646-650|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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