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In condensed matter physics, biexcitons are created from two free excitons.

Formation of biexcitons[edit]

In quantum information and computation, it is essential to construct coherent combinations of quantum states. The basic quantum operations can be performed on a sequence of pairs of physically distinguishable quantum bits and, therefore, can be illustrated by a simple four-level system.

In an optically driven system where the and states can be directly excited, direct excitation of the upper level from the ground state is usually forbidden and the most efficient alternative is coherent nondegenerate two-photon excitation, using or as an intermediate state. [1] [2]

Model for a single quantum dots. is the biexciton binding energy

Observation of biexcitons[edit]

Three possibilities of observing biexcitons exist: [3]

(a) excitation from the one-exciton band to the biexciton band (pump-probe experiments);

(b) two-photon absorption of light from the ground state to the biexciton state;

(c) luminescence from a biexciton state made up from two free excitons in a dense exciton system.

Binding energy of biexcitons[edit]

The biexciton is a quasi-particle formed from two excitons, and its energy is expressed as

where is the biexciton energy, is the exciton energy, and

is the biexciton binding energy.

When a biexciton is annihilated, it disintegrates into a free exciton and a photon. The energy of the photon is smaller than that of the biexciton by the biexciton binding energy, so the biexciton luminescence peak appears on the low-energy side of the exciton peak.

The biexciton binding energy in semiconductor quantum dots has been the subject of extensive theoretical study. Because a biexciton is a composite of two electrons and two holes, we must solve a four-body problem under spatially restricted conditions. The biexciton binding energies for CuCl quantum dots, as measured by the site selective luminescence method, increased with decreasing quantum dot size. The data were well fitted by the function

where is biexciton binding energy, is the radius of the quantum dots, is the binding energy of bulk crystal, and and are fitting parameters. [4]

A simple model for describing binding energy of biexcitons[edit]

In the effective-mass approximation, the Hamiltonian of the system consisting of two electrons (1, 2) and two holes (a, b) is given by

where and are the effective masses of electrons and holes, respectively, and

where denotes the Coulomb interaction between the charged particles and ( denote the two electrons and two holes in the biexciton) given by

where is the dielectric constant of the material.

Denoting and are the c.m. coordinate and the relative coordinate of the biexciton, respectively, and is the effective mass of the exciton, the Hamiltonian becomes

where ; and are the Laplacians with respect to relative coordinates between electron and hole, respectively. And is that with respect to relative coordinate between the c. m. of excitons, and is that with respect to the c. m. coordinate of the system.

In the units of the exciton Rydberg and Bohr radius, the Hamiltonian can be written in dimensionless form

where with neglecting kinetic energy operator of c. m. motion. And can be written as

To solve the problem of the bound states of the biexciton complex, it is required to find the wave functions satisfying the wave equation

If the eigenvalue can be obtained, the binding energy of the biexciton can be also acquired

where is the binding energy of the biexciton and is the energy of exciton. [5]

Numerical calculations of the binding energies of biexcitons[edit]

The diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) method provides a straightforward means of calculating the binding energies of biexcitons within the effective mass approximation. For a biexciton composed of four distinguishable particles (e.g., a spin-up electron, a spin-down electron, a spin-up hole and a spin-down hole), the ground-state wave function is nodeless and hence the DMC method is exact. DMC calculations have been used to calculate the binding energies of biexcitons in which the charge carriers interact via the Coulomb interaction in two and three dimensions,[6] indirect biexcitons in coupled quantum wells,[7][8] and biexcitons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide semiconductors.[9][10]

Binding energy in nanotubes[edit]

Biexcitons with bound complexes formed by two excitons are predicted to be surprisingly stable for carbon nanotube in a wide diameter range. Thus, a biexciton binding energy exceeding the inhomogeneous exciton line width is predicted for a wide range of nanotubes.

The biexciton binding energy in carbon nanotube is quite accurately approximated by an inverse dependence on , except perhaps for the smallest values of .

The actual biexciton binding energy is inversely proportional to the physical nanotube radius. [11] Experimental evidence of biexcitons has yet to be found.

Binding energy in CuCl QDs[edit]

The binding energy of biexcitons increase with the decrease in their size and its size dependence and bulk value are well represented by the expression


where is the effective radius of microcrystallites in a unit of nm. The enhanced Coulomb interaction in microcrystallites still increase the biexciton binding energy in the large-size regime, where the quantum confinement energy of excitons is not considerable. [12]


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