Temperature dependence of excitonic recombination in lateral epitaxially overgrown InGaN/GaN quantum wells studied with cathodoluminescence Academic Article uri icon


  • We have examined in detail the optical properties of InGaN quantum wells (QWs) grown on pyramidal GaN mesas prepared by lateral epitaxial overgrowth (LEO) in a metalorganic chemical vapor deposition system that resulted in QWs on {1-101} facets. The effects of In migration during growth on the resulting QW thickness and composition were examined with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and various cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging techniques, including CL wavelength imaging and activation energy imaging. Spatial variations in the luminescence efficiency, QW interband transition energy, thermal activation energy, and exciton binding energy were probed at various temperatures. Cross-sectional TEM was used to examine thickness variations of the InGaN/GaN QW grown on a pyramidal mesa. CL imaging revealed a marked improvement in the homogeneity of CL emission of the LEO sample relative to a reference sample for a conventionally grown In0.15Ga0.85N/GaN QW. The characteristic phase separation that resulted in ...

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  • January 1, 2004