Luminescence studies of defects and piezoelectric fields in InGaN/GaN single quantum wells

S. J. Henley, A. Bewick, D. Cherns, Fernando Ponce

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Abstract

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), cathodoluminescence in the scanning electron microscope (SEM-CL) and photoluminescence (PL) studies were performed on a 30 nm GaN/2 nm In0.28Ga 0.72N/2 μm GaN/(0 0 0 1) sapphire single quantum well (SQW) sample. SEM-CL was performed at low temperatures ≈ 8 K, and at an optimum accelerating voltage, around 4-6 kV to maximise the quantum well (QW) luminescence. The CL in the vicinity of characteristic "V-shaped" pits was investigated. The near band edge (BE) luminescence maps from the GaN showed bright rings inside the boundaries of the pits while the QW luminescence maps showed pits to be regions of low intensity. These observations are consistent with TEM observations showing the absence of QW material in the pits. Variations in both the BE and QW maps in the regions between the pits are ascribed to threading edge dislocations. The CL and PL QW luminescence was observed to blue-shift and broaden with increasing excitation intensity. This was accompanied by decreasing spatial resolution in the CL QW maps implying an increasing carrier diffusion length in the InGaN layer. The reasons for this behaviour are discussed. It is argued that screening of the piezoelectric field in the material may account for these observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-486
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Volume230
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2001

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Semiconductor quantum wells
Luminescence
quantum wells
luminescence
Defects
defects
Photoluminescence
Transmission electron microscopy
photoluminescence
Edge dislocations
transmission electron microscopy
Scanning electron microscopy
scanning electron microscopy
Cathodoluminescence
Aluminum Oxide
edge dislocations
diffusion length
cathodoluminescence
blue shift
Sapphire

Keywords

  • A1. Defects
  • A3. Quantum wells
  • B2. Piezoelectric materials
  • B2. Semiconducting III-V materials

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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Luminescence studies of defects and piezoelectric fields in InGaN/GaN single quantum wells. / Henley, S. J.; Bewick, A.; Cherns, D.; Ponce, Fernando.

In: Journal of Crystal Growth, Vol. 230, No. 3-4, 09.2001, p. 481-486.

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Henley, S. J. ; Bewick, A. ; Cherns, D. ; Ponce, Fernando. / Luminescence studies of defects and piezoelectric fields in InGaN/GaN single quantum wells. In: Journal of Crystal Growth. 2001 ; Vol. 230, No. 3-4. pp. 481-486.
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