Photoluminescence of highly compensated GaAs doped with high concentration of Ge

Masaru Watanabe, Akira Watanabe, Masashi Suezawa

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We have studied the photoluminescence (PL) properties of Ge-doped GaAs crystals to confirm the validity of a theory developed by Shklovskii and Efros to explain the donor-acceptor pair (DAP) recombination in potential fluctuation. GaAs crystals doped with Ge of various concentrations were grown by a liquid-encapsulated Czochralski method. They were homogenized by annealing at 1200 °C for 20 h under the optimum As vapor pressure. Both quasi-continuous and time-resolved PL spectra were measured at 4.2 K. The quasi-continuous PL spectra showed that the peak position shifted to lower energy as the Ge concentration increased, which was consistent with the Shklovskii and Efros's theory. Under very strong excitation in time-resolved measurements, the exciton peak appeared within short periods after excitation and then the peak shifted to that of DAP recombination. This clearly showed that the potential fluctuation disappeared under strong excitation and then recovered as the recombination proceeded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)750-753
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Dec 15
EventProceedings of the 1999 20th International Conference on Defects in Semiconductors (ICDS-20) - Berkeley, CA, USA
Duration: 1999 Jul 261999 Jul 30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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