Light emission properties of GaN-based double heterostructures and quantum wells

D. A.S. Loeber, J. M. Redwing, N. G. Anderson, M. A. Tischler

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Edge emission characteristics of optically pumped GaN-AlGaN double heterostructures and quantum wells are examined. The samples, which were grown by metallorganic vapor phase epitaxy, are photoexcited with light from a pulsed nitrogen laser. The pump light is focused to a narrow stripe on the sample surface, oriented perpendicular to a cleaved edge, and the edge luminescence is collected and analyzed. We first compare emission characteristics of highly excited GaN-AlGaN double heterostructures grown simultaneously on SiC and sapphire substrates. Polarization resolved spectral properties of edge luminescence from both structures is studied as a function of pump intensity and excitation stripe length. Characteristics indicative of stimulated emission are observed, particularly in the sample grown on SiC. We then present results demonstrating laser emission from a GaN-AlGaN separate-confinement quantum-well heterostructure. At high pump intensities, band edge emission from the quantum well exhibits five narrow (approx.1 angstrom) modes which are evenly spaced by 10angstrom to within the resolution of the spectrometer. This represents the first demonstration of laser action in a GaN-based quantum-well structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)949-954
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
EventProceedings of the 1995 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 26 1995Dec 1 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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