Infrared optical absorption in imperfect parabolic quantum wells

L. Brey, Jed Dempsey, N. F. Johnson, B. I. Halperin

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The effects of possible imperfections on the infrared optical absorption and on the charge-density profile of wide parabolic quantum wells (WPQWs) are studied. We consider effects that can arise from the finite width of WPQWs, from the existence of a quartic component in the confining potential, and from the existence of a region of flat potential in the center of the well. Within the local-density approximation, we confirm that a perfect WPQW absorbs light only at the bare harmonic-oscillator frequency, and show that the effects of small imperfections of the types considered on the absorption spectrum are twofold: a shift in the location of the main peak and the appearance of new peaks nearby.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1240-1247
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Brey, L., Dempsey, J., Johnson, N. F., & Halperin, B. I. (1990). Infrared optical absorption in imperfect parabolic quantum wells. Physical Review B, 42(2), 1240-1247.