Monday, September 10, 2012

1209.1596 (J. Wilkes et al.)

Drift-diffusion model of the fragmentation of the external ring
structure in the photoluminescence pattern of indirect excitons in coupled
quantum wells

J. Wilkes, E. A. Muljarov, A. L. Ivanov
Under optical excitation, coupled quantum wells are known to reveal fascinating features in the photoluminescence pattern originating from dipole orientated indirect excitons. The appearance of an external ring has been attributed to macroscopic charge separation in the quantum well plane. We present a classical model of non-linear diffusion to account for the observed fragmentation of the external ring into a periodic array of islands. The model incorporates the Coulomb interactions between electrons, holes and indirect excitons. At low temperatures, these interactions lead to pattern formation similar to the experimentally observed ring fragmentation. The fragmentation is found to persist to temperatures above the quantum degeneracy temperature of indirect excitons.
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