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Title: Ge{sub 1−x−y}Si{sub x}Sn{sub y} light emitting diodes on silicon for mid-infrared photonic applications

This paper reports initial the demonstration of prototype Ge{sub 1−x−y}Si{sub x}Sn{sub y} light emitting diodes with distinct direct and indirect edges and high quality I-V characteristics. The devices are fabricated on Si (100) wafers in heterostructure pin geometry [n-Ge/i-Ge{sub 1−x−y}Si{sub x}Sn{sub y}/p-Ge(Sn/Si)] using ultra low-temperature (T < 300 °C) depositions of the highly reactive chemical sources Si{sub 4}H{sub 10}, Ge{sub 4}H{sub 10}, Ge{sub 3}H{sub 8}, and SnD{sub 4}. The Sn content in the i-Ge{sub 1−x−y}Si{sub x}Sn{sub y} layer was varied from ∼3.5% to 11%, while the Si content was kept constant near 3%. The Si/Sn amounts in the p-layer were selected to mitigate the lattice mismatch so that the top interface grows defect-free, thereby reducing the deleterious effects of mismatch-induced dislocations on the optical/electrical properties. The spectral responsivity plots of the devices reveal sharp and well-defined absorption edges that systematically red-shift in the mid-IR from 1750 to 2100 nm with increasing Sn content from 3.5% to 11%. The electroluminescence spectra reveal strong direct-gap emission peaks and weak lower energy shoulders attributed to indirect gaps. Both peaks in a given spectrum red-shift with increasing Sn content and their separation decreases as the material approaches direct gap conditions in analogy with binary Ge{sub 1−y}Sn{sub y} counterparts.more » These findings-combined with the enhanced thermal stability of Ge{sub 1−x−y}Si{sub x}Sn{sub y} relative to Ge{sub 1−y}Sn{sub y} and the observation that ternary alloy disorder does not adversely affect the emission properties—indicate that Ge{sub 1−x−y}Si{sub x}Sn{sub y} may represent a practical target system for future generations of group-IV light sources on Si.« less
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-1504 (United States)
  2. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-1604 (United States)
  3. LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-1704 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22492789
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 118; Journal Issue: 13; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ABSORPTION; DEPOSITION; DISLOCATIONS; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; ELECTROLUMINESCENCE; INTERFACES; LAYERS; LIGHT EMITTING DIODES; PEAKS; RED SHIFT; SILICON; SPECTRA; TERNARY ALLOY SYSTEMS