Lifetime measurements in semiconductors by infrared absorption due to pulsed optical excitation

Ling, Z. G.; Ajmera, P. K.; Anselment, M.; DiMauro, L. F.
November 1987
Applied Physics Letters;11/2/1987, Vol. 51 Issue 18, p1445
Academic Journal
A new contactless technique for determination of excess carrier lifetime in semiconductors is demonstrated. The technique involves measuring the change in the transmitted intensity of a continuous probe beam (hνEg). The technique has been applied to silicon samples having different doping densities. The measured lifetime values in the range of 0.5–200 μs on both n-type and p-type silicon samples by this new technique agree well with the values obtained by the traditional photoconductive decay method.


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