Strain-engineering of GaInAsSb overgrown layers and its effects on the optical properties of InAs/GaAs quantum dots

A. Salhi, S. Alshaibani, Y. Alaskar, H. Albrithen, A. Albedri, A. Alyamani

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    Abstract

    The effect of antimony incorporation in In0.11Ga0.89As overgrown layers on the optical properties of InAs/GaAs quantum dots grown by molecular beam epitaxy has been studied. The results of photoluminescence, high resolution X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, power and temperature-dependent photoluminescence from 77 K to 300 K have been correlated to characterize the grown samples. The wavelength emission increases with Sb content, and it reaches ∼1367 nm and does not increase further because of Sb incorporation's saturation in the In0.11Ga0.89As layer. To redshift further the wavelength to 1432 nm, a reduction of the growth temperature of the In0.11Ga0.89As1-ySby layer from 500 °C to 440 °C was necessary. This achievement is accompanied by the transformation of the QDs distribution to 2 QDs families. The extracted activation energies suggest that the PL quenching is mainly attributed to the thermal transfer of carriers in the QDs to the higher energy levels in the defects located within the In0.11Ga0.89As1-ySby SRLs. The variation of PL FWHM with temperature was interpreted by carrier thermalization and capture among different QDs within the same QD family or between small and large QD families.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)200-205
    Number of pages6
    JournalOptical Materials
    Volume79
    Early online date12 Apr 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2018

    Keywords

    • III-V Epitaxy
    • InGaAsSb
    • Photoluminescence
    • Quantum dots
    • Semiconductors
    • Strain engineering

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