Coupling-barrier and non-parabolicity effects on the conduction electron cyclotron effective mass and Landé [Formula: see text] factor in GaAs double quantum wells.

Research paper by J J Darío Perea, J R JR Mejía-Salazar, N N Porras-Montenegro

Indexed on: 17 Mar '11Published on: 17 Mar '11Published in: Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal


We have performed a theoretical study of the effects of the non-parabolicity and coupling barrier in between GaAs quantum wells on the conduction electron cyclotron effective mass and Landé [Formula: see text] factor under the action of a growth-direction applied magnetic field. Numerical calculations are performed within the effective mass approximation and taking into account the non-parabolicity effects for the conduction-band electrons, by means of the Ogg-McCombe effective Hamiltonian. The system consists of two GaAs quantum wells connected by a Ga(1 - x)Al(x)As barrier and surrounded by Ga(1 - y)Al(y)As material. We have found that both the [Formula: see text] factor and the cyclotron effective mass are sensitive to the coupling strength, that is the height and width of the barrier in between the GaAs quantum wells. This behavior is similar for every Landé [Formula: see text] factor and the cyclotron effective mass calculated for different Landau levels. It is noticeable that the splitting between the [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] cyclotron effective mass increases with the central barrier width and the growth-direction applied magnetic field. As in a single quantum well, we found that the electron Landé [Formula: see text] factor increases with the growth-direction applied magnetic field, comparing quite well with the experimental reports, and that the magnetic field plays an important role in decoupling the quantum wells of the system. Additionally, we have studied the electron cyclotron effective mass and Landé g factor as functions of the Landau levels, depending on the non-parabolicity. From this result one can infer that their population must be taken into account for a complete study of the band parameters as has been proposed in previous works. The present theoretical results are in very good agreement with previous experimental reports in the limiting geometry of a single quantum well.