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Control of Elementary Excitations by Acoustic Fields

Surface acoustic waves (SAWs) are elastic vibrations propagating on a solid surface, which resemble seismic waves created during earthquakes. SAWs can be generated electrically using interdigital transducers on a piezoelectric substrate. This standard technique is widely used in signal processing, sensors, and acousto-optical modulation. Recently, there has been a growing interest to apply the dynamic strain and piezoelectric fields generated by SAWs to control and manipulate electronic effects in piezoelectric semiconductors.


This core research area aims at the investigation of SAWs for the control of semiconductor nanostructures by dynamically modulating the strain field. This leads to a time-dependent modulation of the bandstructure and, in case the material carrying the surface acoustic wave is piezoelectric, also to a timedependent electric field. Interestingly, this dynamic electric field has the wavelength of the acoustic wave - several orders of magnitude shorter than the wavelength of the corresponding electromagnetic field. The acoustic and acoustoelectric effects are furthermore investigated for novel device functionalities. Quite naturally the studies also include the development of piezoelectric materials compatible with semiconductors and efficient processes for the electrical excitation of SAWs. Our recent areas of interest include:

  • Long spin lifetimes in (111) GaAs quantum wells (QWs): The transport of spins using the piezoelectric field of a SAW requires long spin lifetimes in order to reach large transport distances under a relatively low SAW propagation velocity. The efforts of the previous years have concentrated on the development of GaAs QWs grown along the [110] and [111] directions, where the crystallographic symmetry reduces the impact of spin dephasing due to spin-orbit (SO) effects on the spin lifetime.
  • Acoustic exciton control: We take advantage of the dynamic band gap modulations introduced by the SAW strain field. In order to avoid piezoelectric fields, which can easily dissociate excitons, experiments are carried out using non-piezoelectric SAW modes. These modes are generated by acoustic transducers placed on an island of piezoelectric material deposited on the surface of the sample. The activities on acoustic exciton control include the modulation of exciton-polariton condensates as well as the transport and manipulation of indirect excitons. We have previously demonstrated that the band gap modulation produced by a SAW can trap and transport indirect excitons.
  • Carrier control in semiconductor nanowires: Semiconductor nanowires offer new functionalities for many applications due to their quasi one-dimensional shape and nanometric size. The use of acoustic excitations in these kind of structures opens the way to high frequency carrier manipulation and acoustically induced single photon sources.
  • Acoustic control of carriers and spins in graphene layers: The planar character and high carrier mobility of graphene makes it an important material for electronic applications. In our studies, we investigate the interaction of the dynamic strain and piezoelectric fields of SAWs with the graphene band structure for the controlled acoustic transport and manipulation of carriers and spins in graphene grown on SiC.

Selected Publications

19 Autor C. Hubert , A. Hernández-Mínguez , K. Biermann , P. V. Santos
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Indirect excitons in (111) GaAs double quantum wells

Source Superlattices Microstruct. , 108 , 51 ( 2017 )
DOI : 10.1016/j.spmi.2017.01.023 | 2893 Cite : Bibtex RIS
C. Hubert, A. Hernández-Mínguez, K. Biermann, and P. V. Santos

18 Autor A. Crespo-Poveda , A. Hernández-Mínguez , K. Biermann , A. Tahraoui , B. Gargallo , P. Muñoz , P. V. Santos , A. Cantarero , M. M. de Lima
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Tunable Interferometers Driven by Coherent Surface Acoustic Phonons

Source MRS Advances , 1 , 1651 ( 2016 )
DOI : 10.1557/adv.2016.234 | 2846 Cite : Bibtex RIS
A. Crespo-Poveda, A. Hernández-Mínguez, K. Biermann, A. Tahraoui, B. Gargallo, P. Muñoz, P. V. Santos, A. Cantarero, and M. M. de Lima

17 Autor F. Iikawa , A. Hernández-Mínguez , M. Ramsteiner , P. V. Santos
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Optical phonon modulation in semiconductors by surface acoustic wave

Source Phys. Rev. B , 93 , 195212 ( 2016 )
DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.195212 | Download: PDF | 2780 Cite : Bibtex RIS
F. Iikawa, A. Hernández-Mínguez, M. Ramsteiner, and P. V. Santos

16 Autor A. Hernández-Mínguez , A. Tahraoui , J. M. J. Lopes , P. V. Santos
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Acoustoelectric transport at gigahertz frequencies in coated epitaxial graphene

Source Appl. Phys. Lett. , 108 , 193502 ( 2016 )
DOI : 10.1063/1.4949756 | Download: PDF | 2779 Cite : Bibtex RIS
A. Hernández-Mínguez, A. Tahraoui, J. M. J. Lopes, and P. V. Santos

15 Autor A. Violante , R. Hey , P. V. Santos
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Coherent transport and manipulation of spins in indirect-exciton nanostructures

Source Phys. Rev. B , 91 , 125302 ( 2015 )
DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.125302 | Download: PDF | 2745 Cite : Bibtex RIS
A. Violante, R. Hey, and P. V. Santos

14 Autor J. Buller , E. A. Cerda-Méndez , R. E. Balderas-Navarro , K. Biermann , P. V. Santos
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Dynamical and Tuneable Modulation of Tamm-Plasmon/Exciton-Polariton Hybrid States using Surface Acoustic Waves

Source Acta Physica Polonica A , 129 , A-26 ( 2016 )
DOI : 10.12693/APhysPolA.129.A-26 | 2726 Cite : Bibtex RIS
J. Buller, E. A. Cerda-Méndez, R. E. Balderas-Navarro, K. Biermann, and P. V. Santos

13 Autor A. Hernández-Mínguez , K. Biermann , R. Hey , P. V. Santos
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Electric control of spin transport in GaAs(111) quantum wells

Source Phys. Rev. B , 94 , 125311 ( 2016 )
DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevB.94.125311 | Download: PDF | 2717 Cite : Bibtex RIS
A. Hernández-Mínguez, K. Biermann, R. Hey, and P. V. Santos

12 Autor P. Boucher , S. Rauwerdink , A. Tahraoui , C. Wenger , Y. Yamamoto , P. V. Santos
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Ring waveguides for gigahertz acoustic waves on silicon

Source Appl. Phys. Lett. , 105 , 161904 ( 2014 )
DOI : 10.1063/1.4898814 | Download: PDF | 2634 Cite : Bibtex RIS
P. Boucher, S. Rauwerdink, A. Tahraoui, C. Wenger, Y. Yamamoto, and P. V. Santos

11 Autor A. Hernández-Mínguez , K. Biermann , R. Hey , P. V. Santos
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Spin Control and manipulation in (111) GaAs quantum wells

Source Proc. SPIE , 9167 , 916721 ( 2014 )
DOI : 10.1117/12.2060837 | Download: PDF | 2627 Cite : Bibtex RIS
A. Hernández-Mínguez, K. Biermann, R. Hey, and P. V. Santos

10 Autor A. Violante , K. Cohen , S. Lazic , R. Hey , R. Rapaport , P. V. Santos
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Dynamics of indirect exciton transport by moving acoustic fields

Source New J. Phys. , 16 , 033035 ( 2014 )
DOI : 10.1088/1367-2630/16/3/033035 | Download: PDF | 2553 Cite : Bibtex RIS
A. Violante, K. Cohen, S. Lazic, R. Hey, R. Rapaport, and P. V. Santos

9 Autor S. Lazic , A. Violante , K. Cohen , R. Hey , R. Rapaport , P. V. Santos
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Scalable interconnections for remote indirect exciton systems based on acoustic transport

Source Phys. Rev. B , 89 , 085313 ( 2014 )
DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.085313 | Download: PDF | 2542 Cite : Bibtex RIS
S. Lazic, A. Violante, K. Cohen, R. Hey, R. Rapaport, and P. V. Santos

8 Autor S. Büyükköse , A. Hernández-Mínguez , B. Vratzov , C. Somaschini , L. Geelhaar , H. Riechert , W. G. van der Wiel , P. V. Santos
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High-frequency acoustic charge transport in GaAs nanowires

Source Nanotechnol. , 25 , 135204 ( 2014 )
DOI : 10.1088/0957-4484/25/13/135204 | 2541 Cite : Bibtex RIS
S. Büyükköse, A. Hernández-Mínguez, B. Vratzov, C. Somaschini, L. Geelhaar, H. Riechert, W. G. van der Wiel, and P. V. Santos

7 Autor A. Hernández-Mínguez , K. Biermann , R. Hey , P. V. Santos
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Spin transport and spin manipulation in GaAs (110) and (111) quantum wells

Source Phys. Status Solidi B , 251 , 1736 ( 2014 )
DOI : 10.1002/pssb.201350202 | 2535 Cite : Bibtex RIS
A. Hernández-Mínguez, K. Biermann, R. Hey, and P. V. Santos

6 Autor P. V. Santos , T. Schumann , M. H. Oliveira Jr. , J. M. J. Lopes , H. Riechert
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Acousto-electric transport in epitaxial monolayer graphene on SiC

Source Appl. Phys. Lett. , 102 , 221907 ( 2013 )
Download: PDF | 2405 Cite : Bibtex RIS
P. V. Santos, T. Schumann, M. H. Oliveira Jr., J. M. J. Lopes, and H. Riechert

5 Autor A. Hernández-Mínguez , K. Biermann , R. Hey , P. V. Santos
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Electrical suppression of spin relaxation in GaAs(111)B quantum wells

Source Phys. Rev. Lett. , 109 , 266602 ( 2012 )
DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.266602 | Download: PDF | 2375 Cite : Bibtex RIS
A. Hernández-Mínguez, K. Biermann, R. Hey, and P. V. Santos

4 Autor E. A. Cerda-Méndez , D. N. Krizhanovskii , K. Biermann , R. Hey , M. S. Skolnick , P. V. Santos
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Dynamic exciton-polariton macroscopic coherent phases in a tunable dot lattice

Source Phys. Rev. B , 86 , 100301(R) ( 2012 )
Download: PDF | 2303 Cite : Bibtex RIS
E. A. Cerda-Méndez, D. N. Krizhanovskii, K. Biermann, R. Hey, M. S. Skolnick, and P. V. Santos

3 Autor A. Hernández-Mínguez , M. Möller , S. Breuer , C. Pfüller , C. Somaschini , S. Lazic , O. Brandt , A. Garcia-Cristobal , M. M. de Lima Jr. , A. Cantarero , L. Geelhaar , H. Riechert , P. V. Santos
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Acoustically driven photon antibunching in nanowires

Source Nano Lett. , 12 , 252 ( 2012 )
2234 Cite : Bibtex RIS
A. Hernández-Mínguez, M. Möller, S. Breuer, C. Pfüller, C. Somaschini, S. Lazic, O. Brandt, A. Garcia-Cristobal, M. M. de Lima Jr., A. Cantarero, L. Geelhaar, H. Riechert, and P. V. Santos

2 Autor E. A. Cerda-Méndez , D. N. Krizhanovskii , M. Wouters , R. Bradley , K. Biermann , K. Guda , R. Hey , P. V. Santos , D. Sakar , M. S. Skolnick
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Polariton condensation in dynamic acoustic lattices

Source Phys. Rev. Lett. , 105 , 116402 ( 2010 )
Download: PDF | 2064 Cite : Bibtex RIS
E. A. Cerda-Méndez, D. N. Krizhanovskii, M. Wouters, R. Bradley, K. Biermann, K. Guda, R. Hey, P. V. Santos, D. Sakar, and M. S. Skolnick

1 Autor O. D. D. Couto Jr. , S. Lazic , F. Iikawa , J. A. H. Stotz , U. Jahn , R. Hey , P. V. Santos
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Photon anti-bunching in acoustically pumped quantum dots

Source Nature Photon. , 3 , 645 ( 2009 )
2050 Cite : Bibtex RIS
O. D. D. Couto Jr., S. Lazic, F. Iikawa, J. A. H. Stotz, U. Jahn, R. Hey, and P. V. Santos