Different transfer paths for thermally activated electrons and holes in self-organized Ge/Si(001) islands in a multilayer structure

Huang, C. J.; Tang, Y.; Li, D. Z.; Cheng, B. W.; Luo, L. P.; Yu, J. Z.; Wang, Q. M.
April 2001
Applied Physics Letters;4/2/2001, Vol. 78 Issue 14, p2006
Academic Journal
We investigated the temperature dependence (10-250 K) of the photoluminescence (PL) emission spectrum of self-organized Ge/Si(001) islands in a multilayer structure. With elevated temperature, we find that the thermally activated holes and electrons are gathered by the Ge islands in different ways. The holes drift from the wetting layer into the islands, while the electrons, confined in Si due to type-II band alignment, leak into the Ge islands by the electrostatic interaction with the holes accumulated there. It results in an increase of the integrated intensity of island-related PL at a certain temperature range and a reduction of the phonon energy in the phonon-assisted PL of the islands by involving a type-I transition into a type-II transition. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.


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