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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 20 — Oct. 7, 2002
  • pp: 1105–1110

Double polarization anisotropy in asymmetric, coupled quantum wells under anisotropic, in-plane strain

Mark L. Biermann and W. S. Rabinovich  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 20, pp. 1105-1110 (2002)

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A novel coupled-quantum-well system is described in which the in-plane, anisotropic strain in successive well layers alternates between compression and tension. A polarization anisotropy in the interband optical matrix elements that arises due to anisotropic strain is reversed between the compressive and tensile cases. Hence, transitions associated with the different well layers have reversed polarization anisotropies. The structure of interest has great flexibility in the energies of successive interband transitions, and in the size of the anisotropy of the various transitions. The structure can be used in describing quantum-well properties, in optical multiplexing, and in devices such as modulators.

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OCIS Codes
(130.5990) Integrated optics : Semiconductors
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators

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Original Manuscript: August 16, 2002
Revised Manuscript: September 26, 2002
Published: October 7, 2002

Mark Biermann and W. Rabinovich, "Double polarization anisotropy in asymmetric, coupled quantum wells under anisotropic, inplane strain," Opt. Express 10, 1105-1110 (2002)

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