Physica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
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Electrical control of spin precession in semiconductor quantum wells

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Electrical tuning of coherent electron spin dynamics is demonstrated in a specially designed AlxGa1-xAs quantum well in which the Al concentration x is parabolically varied across the structure. Application of an electric bias leads to a continuous displacement of an unperturbed wave function into regions with different Al concentration. Using time-resolved optical techniques, we directly observe gate-voltage mediated tunability of electron spin precession over a 13 GHz frequency range at low temperatures and at a fixed magnetic field of 6 T. Such control of spin coherence persists up to room temperature. Furthermore, complete suppression of spin precession and reversal of the sign of g is demonstrated. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.