Persistent photoconductivity at T = 4.2 K in AlSb/InAs/AlSb heterostructures with two-dimensional (2D) electron gas in InAs quantum wells is studied. Under illumination by IR radiation (ℏω = 0.6-1.2 eV), positive persistent photoconductivity related to the photoionization of deep-level donors is observed. At shorter wavelengths, negative persistent photoconductivity is observed that originates from band-to-band generation of electron-hole pairs with subsequent separation of electrons and holes by the built-in electric field, capture of electrons by ionized donors, and recombination of holes with 2D electrons in InAs. It is found that a sharp drop in the negative photoconductivity takes place at ℏω > 3.1 eV, which can be attributed to the appearance of a new channel for photoionization of deep-level donors in AlSb via electron transitions to the next energy band above the conduction band.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics