Photomodulated reflectivity of Zn1-xMnxTe/ZnTe multiple-quantum wells with below-bandgap excitation

P. J. Klar, C. M. Townsley, D. Wolverson, J. J. Davies, D. E. Ashenford, B. Lunn

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A series of Zn0.93Mn0.07Te/ZnTe multiple-quantum well (MQW) structures of different quantum well widths has been studied at 77 K using the conventional modulation technique of photoreflectivity (PR) with above-bandgap light providing the modulation as well as a novel version of the technique which employs below-bandgap excitation. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the structures are also presented. The appearance of the PR spectra obtained with below-bandgap excitation differs from that of the PR spectra with above-bandgap excitation, but fitting the spectra with appropriate lineshapes gives the same spectroscopic information about the energy positions of the excitonic transitions in the well and the bandgaps of the ZnTe buffer layer and the Zn0.93Mn0.07Te barriers. The fits to the PR spectra yield energy positions of the lowest excitonic transitions which are consistent with the PL data. From the transition energies calculated with a one-dimensional transfer matrix model in which strain effects are taken into account, we conclude that the structures are to a good approximation strained to the ZnTe buffer layers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number004
Pages (from-to)1568-1577
Number of pages10
JournalSemiconductor Science and Technology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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