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Self-Assembled InAs/GaAs Quantum Dots Covered by Different Strain Reducing Layers Exhibiting Strong Photo- and Electroluminescence in 1.3 and 1.55 μm Bands

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The effect of different InGaAs and GaAsSb strain reducing layers on photoluminescence and electroluminescence from self-assembled InAs/GaAs quantum dots grown by metal-organic vapour phase epitaxy was investigated. The aim was to shift their luminescence maximum towards optical communication wavelengths at 1.3 or 1.55 μm. Results show that covering by InGaAs strain reducing layer provides stronger shift of photoluminescence maximum (up to 1.55 μm) as compared to GaAsSb one with similar strain in the structure. This is caused by the increase of quantum dot size during InGaAs capping and reduction of quantum confinement of the electron wave function which spreads into the cap. Unfortunately, the weaker electron confinement in quantum dots is a reason of a considerable blue shift of electroluminescence from these InGaAs structures since optical transitions move to InGaAs quantum well. Although strong electroluminescence at 1300 nm was achieved from quantum dots covered by both types of strain reducing layers, the GaAsSb strain reducing layer is more suitable for long wavelength electroluminescence due to higher electron confinement potential allowing suppression of thermal carrier escape from quantum dots.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-08-01

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