Time-resolved photoluminescence studies of single interface wurtzite/zincblende heterostructured InP nanowires

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The interface between wurtzite and zinc blende InP has been identified as type-II, where electrons gather on the zinc blende side and holes on the wurtzite side of the interface. The photoluminescence resulting from recombination across the interface is expected to be long-lived and to exhibit non-exponential decay of emission intensity after pulsed excitation. We verify this prediction using time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy on nanowires containing a single heterostructure between a single segment of wurtzite and zinc blende. We find that a significant intensity of type-II emission remains even more than 30 ns after excitation. The decay of the emission intensity is also non-exponential and considerably longer than the exponential decay of the wurtzite InP segment (260 ps). Our results are consistent with the expected photoluminescence characteristics of a type-II interface between the two polytypes. We also find that the lifetime becomes shorter if we create an electron gas at the interface by n-type doping the entire wurtzite segment of the nanowire. This is expected since there are many electrons that a given hole can recombine with, in contrast to the undoped case.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113102
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar 14

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nano Technology


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