Scanning tunneling optical spectroscopy has been used to determine the optical properties of semiconductor quantum wells. With this technique, photoenhanced tunneling currents are measured with a scanning tunneling microscope on heterostructures illuminated with monochromatic light. For the InAsxP1-x/InP strained single quantum well structures, the 295 K spectra exhibit well-resolved transitions attributable to interband transitions involving the heavy-hole valence band and the n=1 conduction subband. The observed transition energies are in good agreement with values measured using photoconductivity and photoluminescence spectroscopy on the same samples.
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