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J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 45 235102


We have performed a systematic study on the ground-state binding energy of an on-center donor impurity confined in a GaAs/Al0.3Ga0.7As cylindrical quantum dot (QD), subjected to simultaneously applied electric and magnetic fields. The two fields are tilted with respect to the QD growth direction and they are either parallel or perpendicular to each other. All the calculations are based on the potential morphing method which is employed within the framework of the effective-mass approximation. Our results show that when the tilted electric and magnetic fields are parallel, the magnetic shift of the donor binding energy is a monotonic function of the magnetic field strength. On the other hand, when the two fields are perpendicular to each other, the magnetic shift of the donor binding energy varies nonmonotonically with respect to the magnetic field strength, exhibiting a minimum value at a critical magnetic field strength. The position of this minimum value and its dependence on the QD size, its aspect ratio and the orientation of the tilted magnetic field is systematically investigated. Moreover, we discuss in detail the competition effects which appear in the presence of the two fields, showing that the critical line which corresponds to zero shift of the donor binding energy can be manipulated by suitably adjusting the QD size, the aspect ratio and the relative orientation of the two fields. © 2012 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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