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Effect of Eu-implantation and annealing on the GaN quantum dots excitonic recombination

Marco Peres1, Sérgio Magalhães12, Vincent Fellmann3, Bruno Daudin3, Armando José Neves1, Eduardo Alves24, Katharina Lorenz24 and Teresa Monteiro1*

  • * Corresponding author: Teresa Monteiro

Author Affiliations

1 Departamento de Física e I3N, Universidade de Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, Aveiro, 3810-193, Portugal

2 Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, Estrada Nacional 10, Sacavém, 2685-953, Portugal

3 CEA/CNRS Group, "Nanophysique et Semiconducteurs", INAC, CEA/Grenoble, 17 rue des Martyrs, Grenoble Cedex 9, 38054, France

4 CFNUL, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto, Lisboa, 1649-003, Portugal

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:378  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-378

Published: 9 May 2011


Undoped self-assembled GaN quantum dots (QD) stacked in superlattices (SL) with AlN spacer layers were submitted to thermal annealing treatments. Changes in the balance between the quantum confinement, strain state of the stacked heterostructures and quantum confined Stark effect lead to the observation of GaN QD excitonic recombination above and below the bulk GaN bandgap. In Eu-implanted SL structures, the GaN QD recombination was found to be dependent on the implantation fluence. For samples implanted with high fluence, a broad emission band at 2.7 eV was tentatively assigned to the emission of large blurred GaN QD present in the damage region of the implanted SL. This emission band is absent in the SL structures implanted with lower fluence and hence lower defect level. In both cases, high energy emission bands at approx. 3.9 eV suggest the presence of smaller dots for which the photoluminescence intensity was seen to be constant with increasing temperatures. Despite the fact that different deexcitation processes occur in undoped and Eu-implanted SL structures, the excitation population mechanisms were seen to be sample-independent. Two main absorption bands with maxima at approx. 4.1 and 4.7 to 4.9 eV are responsible for the population of the optically active centres in the SL samples.