Anomalous pressure dependence of light emission in cubic InGaN

S. P. Łepkowski, T. Suski, H. Teisseyre, T. Kitamura, Y. Ishida, H. Okumura, T. Onuma, T. Koida, S. F. Chichibu

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Hydrostatic pressure studies of photoluminescence from thick strained and unstrained epitaxial layers of cubic InGaN were performed. For strained In xGa1-xN films (x = 0.02-0.21) measured values of the pressure coefficients of emission energy, dEE/dP, showed (i) surprisingly low magnitude and (ii) a drastic decrease with increasing x. Moreover, for a relaxed layer of cubic In0.09Ga0.91N, a much higher dEE/dP is found than for a strained layer with the same composition. The proposed interpretation of the experimental results consists of two factors. First, a built-in biaxial strain due to lattice mismatch reduces dEE/dP. The nonlinear dependence of stress on strain has to be applied here. Second, the presence of In-rich fluctuations in InGaN layers causes light emission from regions of lower band gap, i.e., higher x value and lower dEE/dP, with respect to the regions with nominal In content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2682-2685
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi C: Conferences
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors, ICNS 2003 - Nara, Japan
Duration: 2003 May 252003 May 30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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