Spatially resolved cathodoluminescence spectra of InGaN quantum wells

Shigefusa Chichibu, Kazumi Wada, Shuji Nakamura

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Spatially resolved cathodoluminescence (CL) spectrum mapping revealed a strong exciton localization in InGaN single-quantum-wells (SQWs). Transmission electron micrographs exhibited a well-organized SQW structure having abrupt InGaN/GaN heterointerfaces. However, comparison between atomic force microscopy images for GaN-capped and uncapped SQWs indicated areas of InN-rich material, which are about 20 nm in lateral size. The CL images taken at the higher and lower energy side of the spatially integrated CL peak consisted of emissions from complementary real spaces, and the area was smaller than 60 nm in lateral size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2346-2348
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Oct 20
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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