The radiative and nonradiative decay rates of InAs quantum dots are measured by controlling the local density of optical states near an interface. From time-resolved measurements, we extract the oscillator strength and the quantum efficiency and their dependence on emission energy. From our results and a theoretical model, we determine the striking dependence of the overlap of the electron and hole wavefunctions on the quantum dot size. We conclude that the optical quality is best for large quantum dots, which is important in order to optimally tailor quantum dot emitters for, e.g., quantum electrodynamics experiments.
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Johansen, J, Stobbe, S, Nikolaev, I. S, Lund-Hansen, T, Kristensen, P, Hvam, J. M, … Lodahl, P. (2008). Size dependence of the wavefunction of self-assembled InAs quantum dots from time-resolved optical measurements. Phys. Rev. B, 77(Article number: 73303), 1–4. doi:10.1103/physrevb.77.073303