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Effect of InP passivation on carrier recombination in InxGa1-xAs/GaAs surface quantum wells

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5 Author(s)
Lipsanen, H. ; Optoelectron. Lab., Helsinki Univ. of Technol., Espoo, Finland ; Sopanen, M. ; Ahopelto, J. ; Sandmann, J.
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Carrier recombination in surface and near-surface InxGa 1-xAs/GaAs quantum wells was studied using time-resolved and cw photoluminescence spectroscopy. Surface passivation by an ultrathin layer (1 ML) of InP was found to yield dramatically enhanced luminescence intensity. A blue shift due to the vacuum barrier on the surface was measured to be as high as 70 meV for a passivated 3 nm thick In0.25Ga0.75As/GaAs surface QW. The carrier recombination dynamics was studied for 7 nm thick In0.10Ga 0.90As/GaAs surface and near-surface QWs. A carrier lifetime of 40 ps was obtained for an unpassivated near-surface QW whereas lifetimes of 300 ps and 245 ps were measured for passivated near-surface and surface QWs, respectively. The results indicate that the passivation reduces the surface recombination remarkably

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Indium Phosphide and Related Materials, 1998 International Conference on

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11-15 May 1998