Effect of Si-doped InGaN underlayers on photoluminescence efficiency and recombination dynamics in InGaN/GaN quantum wells

Stephen Church, George Christian, Rachel Barrett, Simon Hammersley, Menno J. Kappers, Martin Frentrup, Rachel A. Oliver, David Binks

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Abstract

A series of single InGaN/GaN quantum wells with a Si-doped InGaN underlayer were studied to investigate
the impact of the underlayer on photoluminescence efficiency and recombination dynamics. The thickness of
the GaN capping layer was varied between samples, which changed the electric field across the QW due to
band bending near the surface. When directly exciting the wells, thermionic emission of carriers results in a
rapid drop in the photoluminesence efficiency with increasing temperature such that no emission is observed
above 100K. However, exciting above the energy of the barriers caused the intensity of the QW emission
to drop more slowly, with up to 12% of the 10K emission intensity remaining at 300K. This difference is
attributed to hole transfer from the underlayer into the quantum well, which increases in efficiency at higher
temperatures, and is enhanced by stronger electric fields present in the GaN barriers of samples with thinner
GaN capping layers. Further, the sample with the narrowest cap layer of 2nm has a different shape and
characteristic time for its photoluminescence decay transient and a different emission energy temperature
dependence than the other samples. This behaviour was ascribed to a change in carrier localisation for this
sample due to a reversal of the net field across the well compared to the other samples.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Physics D Applied Physics
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Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2021

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