Electron and nuclear spin interactions in the optical spectra of single GaAs quantum dots

Phys Rev Lett. 2001 May 28;86(22):5176-9. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.86.5176.


Fine and hyperfine splittings arising from electron, hole, and nuclear spin interactions in the magneto-optical spectra of individual localized excitons are studied. We explain the magnetic field dependence of the energy splitting through competition between Zeeman, exchange, and hyperfine interactions. An unexpectedly small hyperfine contribution to the splitting close to zero applied field is described well by the interplay between fluctuations of the hyperfine field experienced by the nuclear spin and nuclear dipole/dipole interactions.