Diffusion length of carriers and excitons in GaN - Influence of epilayer microstructure

M. Godlewski*, E. Łusakowska, E. M. Goldys, M. R. Phillips, T. Böttcher, S. Figge, D. Hommel, P. Prystawko, M. Leszczynski, I. Grzegory, S. Porowski

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We demonstrate a correlation between the microstructure of epilayers and the diffusion length of free carriers and excitons in heteroepitaxial and homoepitaxial GaN films. We show that the diffusion length is shorter than predicted for a given density of dislocations. With improving structural quality of the films and lower dislocation density the diffusion lengths of free carriers and excitons increase, which, in turn, increases the rate of nonradiative recombination at dislocations. This process may explain a surprisingly small change of light emission efficiency observed for GaN epilayers with varying densities of dislocations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-302
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2004

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