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Title: Coherent spectroscopy of single quantum dots
Author: Quilter, John Howard
ISNI:       0000 0004 5350 4229
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis presents experiments carried out into the coherent properties of charge carriers confined within a single InGaAs/GaAs quantum dot. Specifically the ground state - single exciton qubit system is controlled with ultrafast optical pulses and then the population of the dot is measured by a high-sensitivity photocurrent detection technique. There are two principal results of these experiments, firstly by modulating the bias applied to the quantum dot diode, the detection efficiency of the photocurrent measurement technique is enhanced. The enhancement is possible as the modulated bias allows fast switching of the voltage-dependent carrier tunneling rates. Secondly, when the transition is addressed by an intense, positively detuned laser, the qubit system can be driven to a population inversion. This occurs due to phonon-assisted relaxation of the optical dressed states of the system. Here, the rapid thermalization due to the exciton-phonon interaction actually enables the population inversion, instead of simply being a source of decoherence.
Supervisor: Fox, A. M. ; Skolnick, M. S. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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