Selective control of polarized emission from patterned GaN/AlN quantum dot ensembles on Si(111) Academic Article uri icon


  • GaN/AlN quantum dots (QDs) were grown by the Stranski–Krastanov method on Si(111). The thermal expansion coefficient mismatch between the Si substrate and GaN/AlN film leads to an additional biaxial tensile stress of 20–30 kbar in the III-nitride film, which we have selectively modified by etching a cross-hatched pattern into the as-grown sample. The results show that a suitable choice of stripe orientation and width from ∼2 to 10 μm can create regions of in-plane uniaxial stress that enable a selective and local control of the polarized luminescence from ensembles of QDs which were probed with cathodoluminescence.

publication date

  • January 1, 2011