Auger recombination dynamics of InxGa1-xSb

P. C. Findlay, C. R. Pidgeon, H. Pellemans, R. Kotitschke, B. N. Murdin, T. Ashley, A. D. Johnson, A. M. White, C. T. Elliott

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The alloy In1-xGaxSb has been identified as potentially an important component in mid-infrared laser diodes which use band structure engineering of quantum structures based on the narrow-gap III-V material InSb. A pump-probe measurement has been made of carrier recombination in bulk In1-xGaxSb, for a range of alloy compositions. Over the range of excited carrier densities (5×1016-3×1017 cm-3) and at the temperatures (30-300 K) studied experimentally, contributions to the recombination from Auger, Shockley-Read-Hall and radiative mechanisms were calculated using an analytic approximation, with carrier degeneracy included. Excellent agreement with experiment was obtained over the alloy range x = 0.0-0.2 (corresponding to a room-temperature energy gap variation from 0.175 eV to 0.215 eV). Numerically the room-temperature Auger coefficient, C, decreased from the value 1.17×1026 cm6 s-1 at x = 0 (i.e. InSb) to 0.98×1026 cm6 s-1 at x = 0.2. The fact that C decreases with energy gap increase, in good agreement with theoretical predictions, is important for strained layer quantum well device applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1026-1030
Number of pages5
JournalSemiconductor Science and Technology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999


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