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Optical properties of GaP/GaNP core/shell nanowires: a temperature-dependent study

Alexander Dobrovolsky1*, Shula Chen1, Yanjin Kuang2, Supanee Sukrittanon3, Charles W Tu4, Weimin M Chen1 and Irina A Buyanova1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, Linköping, 581 83, Sweden

2 Department of Physics, University of California, La Jolla, San Diego, California, 92093, USA

3 Graduate Program of Material Science and Engineering, University of California, La Jolla, San Diego, California, 92093, USA

4 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, La Jolla, San Diego, California, 92093, USA

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:239  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-239

Published: 16 May 2013

Abstract

Recombination processes in GaP/GaNP core/shell nanowires (NWs) grown on Si are studied by employing temperature-dependent continuous wave and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopies. The NWs exhibit bright PL emissions due to radiative carrier recombination in the GaNP shell. Though the radiative efficiency of the NWs is found to decrease with increasing temperature, the PL emission remains intense even at room temperature. Two thermal quenching processes of the PL emission are found to be responsible for the degradation of the PL intensity at elevated temperatures: (a) thermal activation of the localized excitons from the N-related localized states and (b) activation of a competing non-radiative recombination (NRR) process. The activation energy of the latter process is determined as being around 180 meV. NRR is also found to cause a significant decrease of carrier lifetime.