Effect of arsenic on the optical properties of GaSb-based type II quantum wells with quaternary GaInAsSb layers

F. Janiak*, M. Motyka, G. Sek, M. Dyksik, K. Ryczko, J. Misiewicz, R. Weih, S. Hoefling, M. Kamp, G. Patriarche

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Optical properties of molecular beam epitaxially grown type II "W" shaped GaSb/AlSb/InAs/GaIn(As)Sb/InAs/AlSb/GaSb quantum wells (QWs) designed for the active region of interband cascade lasers have been investigated. Temperature dependence of Fourier-transformed photoluminescence and photoreflectance was employed to probe the effects of addition of arsenic into the original ternary valence band well of GaInSb. It is revealed that adding arsenic provides an additional degree of freedom in terms of band alignment and strain tailoring and allows enhancing the oscillator strength of the active type II transition. On the other hand, however, arsenic incorporation apparently also affects the structural and optical material quality via generating carrier trapping states at the interfaces, which can deteriorate the radiative efficiency. These have been evidenced in several spectroscopic features and are also confirmed by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy images. While arsenic incorporation into type II QWs is a powerful heterostructure engineering tool for optoelectronic devices, a compromise has to be found between ideal band structure properties and high quality morphological properties. (C) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.

Original languageEnglish
Article number223510
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2013




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