Subgrain size inhomogeneities in the luminescence spectra of thin film chalcopyrites

Gütay, Levent; Lienau, Christoph; Bauer, Gottfried Heinrich
August 2010
Applied Physics Letters;8/2/2010, Vol. 97 Issue 5, p052110
Academic Journal
We report near-field photoluminescence (PL) spectra of Cu(InGa)Se2 thin films recorded with a lateral optical resolution of ≈200 nm and simultaneous detection of the sample topography. Our results reveal significant local variations in the PL spectra, specifically the PL yield, on length scales of 0.2–1.5 μm. Local variations in both the splitting of quasi-Fermi levels μ and the band gap energy are quantitatively extracted from the PL spectra by applying Planck’s generalized law. We show pronounced fluctuations of μ and the band gap on length scales below the grain size. These fluctuations are only weakly correlated with the topographic film structure.


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