Selectively excited photoluminescence from Eu- implanted GaN

K. Wang, R.W. Martin, K.P. O'Donnell, V. Katchkanov, E. Nogales, K. Lorenz, E. Alves, S. Ruffenach, O. Briot

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The intensity of Eu-related luminescence from ion-implanted GaN with a 10 nm thick AlN cap, both grown epitaxially by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) is increased markedly by high-temperature annealing at 1300 °C. Photoluminescence (PL) and PL excitation (PLE) studies reveal a variety of Eu centers with different excitation mechanisms. High-resolution PL spectra at low temperature clearly show that emission lines ascribed to 5D0-7F2 (~622 nm), 5D0-7F3 (~664 nm), and 5D0-7F1 (~602 nm) transitions each consist of several peaks. PL excitation spectra of the spectrally resolved components of the 5D0-7F2 multiplet contain contributions from above-bandedge absorption by the GaN host, a GaN exciton absorption at 356 nm, and a broad subedge absorption band centred at ~385 nm. Marked differences in the shape of the 5D0-7F2 PL multiplet are demonstrated by selective excitation via the continuum/exciton states and the below gap absorption band. The four strongest lines of the multiplet are shown to consist of two pairs due to different Eu3+ centers with different excitation mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Article number112107
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2005


  • photoluminescence
  • Eu- implanted GaN
  • organic chemical vapor deposition
  • nanoscience

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