|Title||Improved photoluminescence characteristics of order-disorder AlGaInP quantum wells at room and elevated temperatures|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Mukherjee, K, Deotare, PB, Fitzgerald, EA|
|Journal||Applied Physics Letters|
A set of nominally undoped CuPt-B type ordered (AlxGa1-x)(0.5)In0.5P quantum-wells with disordered (Al0.7Ga0.3)(0.5)In0.5P barriers were grown and characterized using transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Such structures are potentially beneficial for light emitting devices due to the possibility of greater carrier confinement, reduced scattering into the indirect valleys, and band-offset adjustment beyond what is possible with strain and composition. Furthermore, the possibility of independently tuning the composition and the order-parameter of the quantum-well allows for the decoupling of the carrier confinement and the aluminum content and aids in the identification of carrier loss mechanisms. In this study, sharp order-disorder interfaces were achieved via the control of growth temperature between 650 degrees C and 750 degrees C using growth pauses. Improved high-temperature (400 K) photoluminescence intensity was obtained from quantum-wells with ordered Ga0.5In0.5P as compared to disordered Ga0.5In0.5P due to greater confinement. Additionally, in the ordered samples with a higher Al/Ga ratio to counter the band-gap reduction, the photoluminescence intensity at high temperature was as bright as that from conventional disordered heterostructures and had slightly improved wavelength stability. Room-temperature time-resolved luminescence measurements indicated a longer radiative lifetime in the ordered quantum-well with reduced scattering into the barrier. These results show that in samples of good material quality, the property controlling the luminescence intensity is the carrier confinement and not the presence of ordering or the aluminum content. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.