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Electrically driven single photon source based on a site-controlled quantum dot with self-aligned current injection

Unrau, Waldemar; Quandt, David; Schulze, J.-H.; Heindel, Tobias; Germann, Tim David; Hitzemann, Ole; Strittmatter, André; Reitzenstein, Stephan; Pohl, Udo W.; Bimberg, Dieter

Electrical operation of single photon emitting devices employing site-controlled quantum dot (QD) growth is demonstrated. An oxide aperture acting as a buried stressor structure is forcing site-controlled QD growth, leading to both QD self-alignment with respect to the current path in vertical injection pin-diodes and narrow, jitter-free emission lines. Emissions from a neutral exciton, a neutral bi-exciton, and a charged exciton are unambiguously identified. Polarization-dependent measurements yield an exciton fine-structure splitting of (84 ± 2) μeV at photon energies of 1.28–1.29 eV. Single-photon emission is proven by Hanbury Brown and Twiss experiments yielding an anti-bunching value of g(2)(0) = 0.05 under direct current injection.
Published in: Applied Physics Letters, 10.1063/1.4767525, American Institute of Physics (AIP)
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