Optical bistability in symmetrically strained (GaIn)As/Ga(PAs) superlattices

G. Bastian, G. Von Plessen, J. Feldmann, J. Hader, T. Marschner, W. Stolz, E. O. Göbel

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We have studied the electroabsorptive properties of symmetrically strained (GaIn)As/Ga(PAs) superlattices consisting of 100 periods. Photocurrent measurements at 4 K reveal a pronounced pseudo-blue shift and a Wannier-Stark splitting of the heavy-hole exciton transition. A self-electro-optic effect device has been realized which makes use of the pseudo-blue shift due to the Wannier-Stark localization and of the transparency of the GaAs substrate. The self-electro-optic effect devices show on-off contrast ratios of 2.1 at 77 K and of 1.3 at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-310
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 15 1996

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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