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Suppression of the quantum-confined Stark effect in AlxGa1-xN/AlyGa1-yN corrugated quantum wells
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 114, no 12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We report comparative studies of 6-nm-thick AlxGa1-xN/AlyGa1-yN pyroelectric quantum wells (QWs) grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on c-sapphire substrates with a thick AlN buffer deposited under different growth conditions. The Al-rich growth conditions result in a 2D growth mode and formation of a planar QW, whereas the N-rich conditions lead to a 3D growth mode and formation of a QW corrugated on the size scale of 200-300 nm. Time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) measurements reveal a strong quantum-confined Stark effect in the planar QW, manifested by a long PL lifetime and a red shift of the PL line. In the corrugated QW, the emission line emerges 200 meV higher in energy, the low-temperature PL lifetime is 40 times shorter, and the PL intensity is stronger (similar to 4 times at 4.5K and similar to 60 times at 300 K). The improved emission properties are explained by suppression of the quantum-confined Stark effect due to the reduction of the built-in electric field within the QW planes, which are not normal to the [0001] direction, enhanced carrier localization, and improved efficiency of light extraction.

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American Institute of Physics (AIP) , 2013. Vol. 114, no 12
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-100494DOI: 10.1063/1.4822155ISI: 000325391100056OAI: diva2:662930

Funding Agencies|RFBR|12-02-00856-a12-02-00865-a13-02-00801-a13-02-12231-ofi-m|Pesidium of RAS|24|

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