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Spatially and Time-Resolved Carrier Dynamics in Core–Shell InGaN/GaN Multiple-Quantum Wells on GaN Wire

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posted on 11.11.2021, 19:34 authored by Jaime Segura-Ruiz, Damien Salomon, Andrei Rogalev, Joël Eymery, Benito Alén, Gema Martínez-Criado
Time-resolved cathodoluminescence is a key tool with high temporal and spatial resolution. However, optical spectroscopic information can be also extracted using synchrotron pulses in a hard X-ray nanoprobe, exploiting a phenomenon called X-ray excited optical luminescence. Here, with 20 ps time resolution and 80 nm lateral resolution, we applied this time-resolved X-ray microscopy technique to individual core–shell InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well heterostructures deposited on GaN wires. Our findings suggest that the m-plane related multiple quantum well states govern the carrier dynamics. Likewise, our observations support not only the influence of In incorporation in the recombination rates, but also carrier localization phenomena at the hexagon wire apex. In addition, our experiment calls for further investigations of the spatiotemporal domain on the underlying mechanisms of optoelectronic nanodevices. Its great potential becomes more valuable when time-resolved X-ray excited optical luminescence microscopy is used in operando with other methods, such as X-ray absorption spectroscopy.