Hydrostatic pressure and electric field effects on the normalized binding energy in asymmetrical quantum wells
Physics Department I, “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, 313 Splaiul Independentei, 060042, Bucharest, Romania
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Revised: 10 April 2010
Published online: 19 May 2010
We have investigated the simultaneous effects of the hydrostatic pressure and electric field on the ground subband level and on normalized binding energy of an on-center donor in asymmetrical GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells within the effective-mass approximation and a variational approach. We found that the well size at which the impurity energy changes from positive to negative value (turning point) strongly depends on the asymmetry and hydrostatic pressure. As a key result, we suggest that the study of the normalized binding energy for various values of the electric field in direct and inverse polarization regimes can be used to feel the quantum well asymmetry and to unambiguously find out the effective pressure acting on a given heterostructure.
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