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The role of wetting layer states on the emission efficiency of InAs/InGaAs metamorphic quantum dot nanostructures.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nanotechnology
1361-6528
Publisher
IOP Publishing
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
27
Pages
275703–275703
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/20/27/275703
PMID: 19531853
Source
Medline

Abstract

We report on a photoluminescence and photoreflectance study of metamorphic InAs/InGaAs quantum dot strain-engineered structures with and without additional InAlAs barriers intended to limit the carrier escape from the embedded quantum dots. From: (1) the substantial correspondence of the activation energies for thermal quenching of photoluminescence and the differences between wetting layer and quantum dot transition energies and (2) the unique capability of photoreflectance of assessing the confined nature of the escape states, we confidently identify the wetting layer states as the final ones of the process of carrier thermal escape from quantum dots, which is responsible for the photoluminescence quenching. Consistently, by studying structures with additional InAlAs barriers, we show that a significant reduction of the photoluminescence quenching can be obtained by the increase of the energy separation between wetting layers and quantum dot states that results from the insertion of enhanced barriers. These results provide useful indications on the light emission quenching in metamorphic quantum dot strain-engineered structures; such indications allow us to obtain light emission at room temperature in the 1.55 microm range and beyond by quantum dot nanostructures grown on GaAs substrates.

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