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Lateral interdot carrier transfer in an InAs quantum dot cluster grown on a pyramidal GaAs surface


InAs quantum dot clusters (QDCs), which consist of three closely spaced QDs, are formed on nano-facets of GaAs pyramidal structures by selective-area growth using metal–organic chemical vapor deposition. Photoluminescence (PL) and time-resolved PL (TRPL) experiments, measured in the PL linewidth, peak energy and QD emission dynamics indicate lateral carrier transfer within QDCs with an interdot carrier tunneling time of 910 ps under low excitation conditions. This study demonstrates the controlled formation of laterally coupled QDCs, providing a new approach to fabricate patterned QD molecules for optical computing applications.