Interpretation of Anomalous Photoluminescence Peak in GaAs1-xNx Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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Low-temperature (10K) photoluminescence (PL) measurements of GaAs1-xNx epitaxial layers grown on GaAs by solid-source molecular beam epitaxy (SSMBE) reveal an anomalous second peak. Rapid thermal annealing (RTA) of a specific GaAsN sample reveals a lower energy peak (γ) which redshifts and a higher energy peak (α) which blueshifts when increasing annealing temperature. The band anticrossing model is used to identify the origins of the two peaks and we propose a model to explain the RTA observations by the concept of increased confinement in areas of higher N concentrations by trapped N localized states. The γ peak is due to the accumulation of N content near the GaAs/GaAsN interface.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 3, Technical Proceedings of the 2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 3
Published: May 7, 2006
Pages: 186 - 189
Industry sector: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
Topic: Advanced Manufacturing
ISBN: 0-9767985-8-1