Photoconductivity and electroluminescence in lead iodide based natural quantum well structures

X. Hong, T. Ishihara, A. V. Nurmikko

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For the natural quantum well structures of (C6H5 - C2H4NH3)2 - PbI4 and (C6H5 - C2H4NH3)2(CH3NH3) - Pb2I7, step-like features in the absorption and photo-current spectra were identified as 2D band edge transitions from their temperature dependence. Photocurrent along the c-axis is much smaller than that along the well plane, revealing the large anisotropy of the electronic band structure, and shows a plateau in the current-voltage curve, which can be explained in terms of Wannier-Stark localization in the materials. Electroluminescence from free excitons was observed at a relatively low field (10 kV cm-1) along the wells below 200 K.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-661
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Nov
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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