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Bismuth-induced effects on optical, lattice vibrational, and structural properties of bulk GaAsBi alloys

Fahrettin Sarcan1, Ömer Dönmez1, Kamuran Kara1, Ayse Erol1*, Elif Akalın1, Mehmet Çetin Arıkan1, Hajer Makhloufi23, Alexandre Arnoult23 and Chantal Fontaine23

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Istanbul University, Vezneciler, Istanbul 34134, Turkey

2 CNRS, LAAS, 7 Avenue du Colonel Roche, Toulouse 31400, France

3 University of Toulouse, Toulouse 31400, France

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2014, 9:119  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-9-119

Published: 14 March 2014

Abstract

Bulk GaAs1 - xBix/GaAs alloys with various bismuth compositions are studied using power- and temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL), Raman scattering, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). PL measurements exhibit that the bandgap of the alloy decreases with increasing bismuth composition. Moreover, PL peak energy and PL characteristic are found to be excitation intensity dependent. The PL signal is detectable below 150 K at low excitation intensities, but quenches at higher temperatures. As excitation intensity is increased, PL can be observable at room temperature and PL peak energy blueshifts. The quenching temperature of the PL signal tends to shift to higher temperatures with increasing bismuth composition, giving rise to an increase in Bi-related localization energy of disorders. The composition dependence of the PL is also found to be power dependent, changing from about 63 to 87 meV/Bi% as excitation intensity is increased. In addition, S-shaped temperature dependence at low excitation intensities is observed, a well-known signature of localized levels above valence band. Applying Varshni’s law to the temperature dependence of the PL peak energy, the concentration dependence of Debye temperature (β) and thermal expansion coefficient (α) are determined. AFM observations show that bismuth islands are randomly distributed on the surface and the diameter of the islands tends to increase with increasing bismuth composition. Raman scattering spectra show that incorporation of Bi into GaAs causes a new feature at around 185 cm-1 with slightly increasing Raman intensity as the Bi concentration increases. A broad feature located between 210 and 250 cm-1 is also observed and its intensity increases with increasing Bi content. Furthermore, the forbidden transverse optical (TO) mode becomes more pronounced for the samples with higher bismuth composition, which can be attributed to the effect of Bi-induced disorders on crystal symmetry.

PACS

78.55Cr 78.55-m 78.20-e 78.30-j