Gallium is incorporated into the strain-balanced In(Ga)As/InAsSb superlattice system to achieve the same mid-wave infrared cutoff tunability as conventional Ga-free InAs/InAsSb type-II superlattices, but with an additional degree of design freedom to enable optimization of absorption and transport properties. Time-resolved photoluminescence measurements of InGaAs/InAsSb superlattice characterization- and doped device structures are reported from 77 to 300 K and compared to InAs/InAsSb. The low-injection photoluminescence decay yields the minority carrier lifetime, which is analyzed with a recombination rate model, enabling the determination of the temperature-dependent Shockley-Read-Hall, radiative, and Auger recombination lifetimes and extraction of defect energy levels and capture cross section defect concentration products. The Shockley-Read-Hall-limited lifetime of undoped InGaAs/InAsSb is marginally reduced from 2.3 to 1.4 μs due to the inclusion of Ga; however, given that Ga improves the vertical hole mobility by a factor of >10×, a diffusion-limited InGaAs/InAsSb superlattice nBn could expect a lower bound of 2.5× improvement in diffusion length with significant impact on photodetector quantum efficiency and radiation hardness. At temperatures below 120 K, the doped device structures are Shockley-Read-Hall limited at 0.5 μs, which shows promise for detector applications.
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