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Title: Spontaneous emission enhancement in micropatterned GaN
Author: Niehus, M.
Sanguino, P.
Monteiro, T.
Soares, M.J.
Schwarz, R.
Keywords: GaN thin films
Periodic lattice structure
Optical properties
Issue Date: Oct-2004
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: With two interfering pulses from the fourth harmonic of a Nd–YAG laser we burnt a periodic lattice structure into the surface of GaN thin films. The lattice period of this permanent grating could be controlled between less than one and several tens of microns. Above the decomposition threshold, nitrogen evades from the sample surface, and the residual metallic gallium accumulates in the form of tiny droplets at the surfaces. The patterned structure shows structural similarities with microcavities. The question arises if the residual metallic gallium may act as a partially reflecting mirror. To test this hypothesis, we studied the steady-state and transient photoluminescence through the modulation of light emerging from the ubiquitous broad “yellow” photoluminescence band. The microlattice is evidenced by energy-equidistant spontaneous emission enhancement peaks in the steady-state photoluminescence spectra. We suggest that the partial reflection due to the residual metallic gallium leads to the observed enhancement effect.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.spmi.2004.09.050
ISSN: 0749-6036
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