Optical tuning of the charge carrier type in the topological regime of InAs/GaSb quantum wells

G Knebl, P Pfeffer, S Schmid, M Kamp, G Bastard, E Batke, L Worschech, F Hartmann, Sven Höfling

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Abstract

We study the optical tunability of the charge carrier type in InAs/GaSb double quantum wells with its type-II broken band alignment and inverted band structure. Under constant optical excitation, the majority charge carrier type switches from electron to hole. Within the majority charge carrier type transition, the coexisting minority charge carrier contribution indicates electron-hole hybridization with a non-trivial topological insulating phase. The optical tuning is attributed to the negative photoconductivity of antimonide materials in combination with a persistent charge carrier build-up of photo generated charges at the surface and substrate side of the device, respectively. Our study of the tuning of an InAs/GaSb double quantum well heterostructure reveals that an electro-optical switching is possible and paves the way to an optical control of the phase diagram of InAs/GaSb topological insulators.
Original languageEnglish
Article number041301(R)
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics
Volume98
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2018

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