Influence of defects on electron-hole plasma recombination and transport in a nipi-doped InxGa1-xAs/GaAs multiple-quantum well structure Academic Article uri icon


  • The nonlinear optical and transport properties of a nipi‐doped InxGa1−xAs/GaAs multiple‐quantum well sample (x=0.23) has been studied using a novel approach called electron‐beam‐induced absorption modulation (EBIA). The absorption in the sample is modulated as a result of screening of the built‐in electric field in the nipi structure due to excess carrier generation. The change in field causes a Stark shift of the first quantized optical transitions in QWs which are situated in the intrinsic layers. In EBIA, a scanning electron probe is used to locally generate an electron–hole plasma that is used to study the spatial distribution of defects that impede excess carrier transport and reduce the lifetime of spatially separated carriers. The Stark shift in the MQW structure is imaged with micrometer‐scale resolution and is compared with cathodoluminescence imaging results which show dark line defects resulting from strain‐induced misfit dislocations. Theoretical calculations using Airy functions in the transf...

publication date

  • January 1, 1995