Pump-probe transmission experiments have been performed on PbSe above the fundamental absorption edge near 4 µm in the temperature range 30 to 300 K, using the Dutch ps free-electron laser. For temperatures below 200 K and carrier densities above the threshold for stimulated emission, stimulated recombination represents the most efficient recombination mechanism with relatively fast kinetics in the 50-100-ps regime, in good agreement with earlier reports of photoluminescent emission. Above this temperature Auger recombination dominates, and the Auger coefficient C is determined from the pump-probe decay curves. In the low-temperature regime the Auger coefficient is determined from the decay curves at times beyond 100 ps. The Auger coefficient is approximately constant (with a value of about 8 × 10-28 cm6 s-1) between 300 and 70 K, and then drops a value of about 1 × 10-28 cm6 s-1 at 30 K, in good agreement with the theory for nonparabolic near-mirror bands and nondegenerate statistics. It is found that C for PbSe is between one and two orders of magnitude lower than for Hg1-xCdxTe of comparable band gap. © 1998 The American Physical Society.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|