In this paper we present a detailed study of the intersubband absorption occurring between electron states confined in strained Ge multi-quantum wells as a function of the temperature. The high structural quality of the samples is reflected by the very narrow absorption line-shape constant with temperature. We observe a temperature driven charge transfer occurring between the ground and the first excited subband which, in turn, induces a change in the depolarization shift and consequently in the energy of the absorbance peak. The experimental observations are well accounted for by a multi-valley k⋅ p model.
23 Oct 2012
Volume: 23 Issue: 46 Pages: 465708