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Keywords:

  • 68.35.Gy;
  • 68.65.Hb;
  • 78.67.Hc

Abstract

We theoretically investigate elastic, piezoelectric and optical properties of wurtzite GaN/AlN quantum dots, having hexagonal pyramid-shape, stacked in a multilayer. We show that the strain existing in quantum dots and barriers depends significantly on the distance between the dots i.e. on the width of AlN barriers. Drop of the electrostatic potential in the quantum dot region slightly increases with increasing of the barrier width. This increase is however much smaller for QDs than for superlattice of quantum wells. Consequently, band-to-band transition energies in the vertically correlated quantum dots show rather weak dependence on the width of AlN barriers. (© 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)