Perturbing GaN/AlN quantum dots with uniaxial stressors

Ofer Moshe, Daniel H. Rich, Benjamin Damilano, Jean Massies

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We have studied the effect of uniaxial stress on the optical polarization properties of GaN/AlN quantum dots (QDs) grown on Si(111) substrates. Microcracks form as a result of the thermal expansion coefficient mismatch between the GaN/AlN layers and the Si(111) substrate. We show that such microcracks serve as excellent stressors through which the strain tensor of the GaN/AlN QDs can be modified for studies of strain-induced changes in the optical properties using a spatially and temporally resolved probe, such as with cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging and spectroscopy. CL measurements of the ground-state excitonic transition of vertically stacked GaN/AlN quantum dots (QDs) exhibit an inplane linear polarization anisotropy in close proximity to microcracks, consistent with the presence of uniaxial stress. The spatial dependence of the polarization anisotropy and CL decay time in varying proximity to the microcracks are studied as a function of temperature in order to assess the influence of thermal stress variations on the oscillator strength between electrons and holes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1432-1435
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 30 Sep 2009
Event35th International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors, ISCS 2008 - Rust, Germany
Duration: 21 Sep 200824 Sep 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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