Potential and Carrier Distribution in AlGaN Superlattice
K.P. Korona, K. Pakuła, R. Bożek, A. Drabińska, K. Surowiecka, R. Stępniewski, E. Zielińska-Rohozińska and J.M. Baranowski
Institute of Experimental Physics, Warsaw University, Hoża 69, 00-681 Warsaw, Poland
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Received: 4 06 2005;
Photocurrent spectroscopy and Kelvin force microscopy have been used in order to determine charge, field, and potential distributions in spontaneously grown superlattice. The spectra show that light can generate currents and potentials in both directions depending on photon energy. A numerical model made for superlattice of period λSL = 33 nm shows that electric field in superlattice oscillates coherently with Al content. The oscillations of electric field explain the different directions of photocurrent. The electric field can also separate electrons and holes, making carrier lifetimes longer and lowering excitation intensity threshold for occupation inversion.
DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.108.723
PACS numbers:72.40.+w, 73.61.Ey, 73.21.Cd