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Origin of the photoluminescence line at 0.8 eV in undoped and Si-doped GaSb grown by MOVPE

: Agert, C.; Gladkov, P.S.; Bett, A.W.


Semiconductor Science and Technology 17 (2002), No.1, pp.39-46
ISSN: 0268-1242
ISSN: 1361-6641
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISE ()
Epitaxie MOVPE; TPV; undoped GaSb; Si-doped GaSb; MOVPE; low-temperature photoluminescence; PL; low-pressure metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy; triethylgallium; TEGa; trimethylantimony; TMSb; silane; p-doping; material compensation reduction; native acceptor concentration; pl intensity; anionic sublattice; helium temperature; free electron-neutral acceptor transition; activation energy; acceptor concentration; blueshift; charged impurity concentration; GaSb-based device; GaSb; GaSb:Si; SiH4

We study the low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) of unintentionally doped and Si-doped bulk GaSb grown by low-pressure metal-organic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE) from triethylgallium (TEGa), trimethylantimony (TMSb) and silane (SiH/sub 4/). The background doping with Si in nominally undoped layers is shown to be caused by the TMSb precursor. Intentional Si-doping using silane results in p-doping, a reduction of the material compensation, a substantial decrease in the native acceptor concentration and a dramatic gain in the integral PL intensity compared to unintentionally doped samples. These findings suggest that the Si atoms are incorporated predominantly in the anionic sublattice. The Si- related PL line with a maximum at 0.8 eV observed in the PL spectra of both types of samples at helium temperatures is identified as a transition of a free electron to a neutral acceptor Si/sub Sb/ with an activation energy of approximately= 9 meV. The PL spectra of GaSb layers with acceptor concentrations approaching 1 x 10/sup 17/ cm/sup -3/, and particularly the 'blueshift' of the peak at 0.800 eV with the temperature rise, can be understood by taking into account the impact of large-scale fluctuations in the charged impurity concentration. The established properties of low-pressure MOVPE-grown Si-doped GaSb are promising for the applicability of this material to GaSb-based devices.