Observation of band alignment transition in InAs/GaAsSb quantum dots by photoluminescence

Keun Yong Ban, Darius Kuciauskas, Stephen P. Bremner, Christiana Honsberg

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The band alignment of InAs quantum dots (QDs) embedded in GaAsSb barriers with various Sb compositions is investigated by photoluminescence (PL) measurements. InAs/GaAsSb samples with 13 and 15 Sb compositions show distinct differences in emission spectra as the PL excitation power increases. Whilst no discernible shift is seen for the 13 sample, a blue-shift of PL spectra following a 1/3 exponent of the excitation power is observed for the 15 sample suggesting a transition from a type I to type II band alignment. Time-resolved PL data show a significant increase in carrier lifetime as the Sb composition increases between 13 and 15 implying that the transformation from a type I to type II band alignment occurs between 13 and 15 Sb compositions. These results taken together lead to the conclusion that a zero valence band offset (VBO) can be achieved for the InAs/GaAsSb system in the vicinity of 14 Sb composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104302
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2012

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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