Carrier relaxation and recombination in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum heterostructures and nanostructures probed with time-resolved cathodoluminescence Academic Article uri icon


  • We have examined the kinetics of carrier relaxation in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells (QWs), quantum wires (QWRs), and quantum boxes (QBs) with time-resolved cathodoluminescence (CL). In the cases of QWRs and QBs, the nanostructures were grown via a size-reducing growth approach on pre-patterned GaAs(001) substrates composed of stripes and mesas, respectively. The growth involved deposition of multiple GaAs/AlGaAs layers in order to establish both structural and optical markers which facilitated the identification of important features in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and CL experiments. In TEM measurements, the lateral dimensions of the top-most GaAs layers in typical stripe and mesa structures comprising the QWRs and QBs delineate GaAs regions expected to exhibit 2D and 3D quantum confinement effects, respectively. Time-delayed CL spectra of all three structures reveal that the initial capture of carriers in the active regions occurs on a time scale less than the temporal resolution of the CL system...

publication date

  • January 1, 1997