Size Effects in Auger Recombination for InGaAs Quantum-Wire Structures

Jin Wang, J. P. Leburton

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A theoretical investigation of Auger recombination in lattice-matched InGaAs/InGaAlAs quantum-wire structures is presented. The valence band structure is calculated by using a four-band Luttinger-Kohn Hamiltonian. CHCC, CHHH, CHHL and CHHS Auger processes are considered with the excited carrier being either in a confined (bound) state of the quantum wire, or an unconfined (unbound) state. The model uses Fermi statistics as well as a revaluation of the Coulomb interaction overlap integral for the calculation of the Auger recombination rate. Bound-unbound Auger processes are proven to be an important nonradiative recombination mechanism in quantum-wire systems. It is also found that the Auger coefficient is much more sensitive to the well width in quantum-wire structures than in quantum-well structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1091-1093
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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