Intersubband absorption in degenerately doped GaN/AlxGa1-xN coupled double quantum wells

Claire Gmachl, Hock M. Ng, Alfred Y. Cho

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Intersubband absorption in coupled GaN/AlGaN double quantum wells (DQWs) has been measured. The samples were grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on a sapphire substrate and with large (0.65 or 0.9) AIN-mole fraction in the barriers. Peak absorption wavelengths as short as 1.35 and 1.52 μm were measured for a symmetric DQW of 12 Å wide wells coupled by a 10 Å wide barrier, which also showed evidence of excited-state anticrossing. As expected, asymmetric DQWs displayed no such anticrossing, and the ground-state anticrossing energies were found to be much smaller, as a result of the comparatively large effective electron mass, than the energy broadening of individual transitions. Degenerate doping of the DQWs was used to establish a common reference energy at the Fermi level, which allows overcoming uncertainties related to intrinsic internal electric fields. The asymmetric DQWs displayed peak absorption wavelengths between 1.5 and 2.9 μm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1590-1592
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 10 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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