Spatial and temporal luminescence dynamics in an In[sub x]Ga[sub 1-x]N single quantum well probed by near-field optical microscopy

Kaneta, Akio; Okamoto, Koichi; Kawakami, Yoichi; Fujita, Shigeo; Marutsuki, Giichi; Narukawa, Yukio; Mukai, Takashi
December 2002
Applied Physics Letters;12/2/2002, Vol. 81 Issue 23, p4353
Academic Journal
Spatial distribution of photoluminescence (PL) with spectral, spatial, and/or time resolution has been assessed in an In[sub x]Ga[sub 1-x]N single-quantum-well (SQW) structure using scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) under illumination-collection mode at 18 K. The near-field PL images revealed the variation of both intensity and peak energy in PL spectra according to the probing location with the scale less than a few hundredths of a nanometer. PL linewidth, the value of which was about 60 meV in macroscopic PL, was as small as 11.6 meV if the aperture size was reduced to 30 nm. Clear spatial correlation was observed between PL intensity and peak wavelength, where the regions of strong PL intensity correspond to those of long wavelength. Time-resolved SNOMPL study showed the critical evidence that supports the model of diffusion of carriers to potential minima.


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