Blue luminescence from the InGaN multiple quantum wells

Annamraju Kasi Viswanath, J. I. Lee, S. T. Kim, G. M. Yang, H. J. Lee, Dongho Kim

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We have fabricated very high-quality In0.13Ga 0.87N/GaN multiple quantum wells with thickness as small as 10 Å on (0001) sapphire substrate using metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD). We have investigated these ultra-thin multiple quantum wells by continuous wave (cw) and time resolved spectroscopy in the picosecond time scales in a wide range of temperatures from 10 K to 290 K. In the luminescence spectrum at 10 K we observed a broad peak at 3.134 eV which was attributed to the quantum wells emission of InGaN. The full-width at half-maximum of this peak was 129 meV at 10 K and the broadening at low temperatures which was mostly inhomogeneous was thought to be due to compositional fluctuations and interfacial disorder in the alloy. The ultra narrow width of the quantum well was found to have a very profound effect in increasing the emission linewidth. We also observed an intense and narrow peak at 3.471 eV due to the GaN barrier. The temperature dependence of the luminescence was studied. The peak positions and intensities of the different peaks were obtained after a careful Lorentzian analysis. The activation energy of the InGaN quantum well emission peak was estimated as 69 meV. The lifetime of the quantum well emission was found to be 720ps at 10K. The results were explained by considering the localization of the excitons due to potential fluctuations. At higher temperatures the non-radiative recombination was found to be very dominant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-394
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jan

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Funding Information:
This research is supported by the National Creative Research Initiatives of Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea. One of the authors (A.K.V.) would like to thank the Brain Pool program of Korea for financial support.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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