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Piezoelectric Level Splitting in GaInN/GaN Quantum Wells

  • C. Wetzel (a1), T. Takeuchi (a1), H. Amano (a1) and I. Akasaki (a1)

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Identification of the electronic band structure in AlInGaN heterostructures is the key issue in high performance light emitter and switching devices. In device-typical GaInN/GaN multiple quantum well samples in a large set of variable composition a clear correspondence of transitions in photo- and electroreflection, as well as photoluminescence is found. The effective band offset across the GaN/GaInN/GaN piezoelectric heterointerface is identified and electric fields from 0.23 - 0.90 MV/cm are directly derived. In the bias voltage dependence a level splitting within the well is observed accompanied by the quantum confined Stark effect. We furthermore find direct correspondence of luminescence bands with reflectance features. This indicates the dominating role of piezoelectric fields in the bandstructure of such typical strained layers.

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MRS Internet J. Nitride Semicond. Res. 4S1, G3.66(1999)

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Piezoelectric Level Splitting in GaInN/GaN Quantum Wells

  • C. Wetzel (a1), T. Takeuchi (a1), H. Amano (a1) and I. Akasaki (a1)

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