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Advanced GeSn/SiGeSn Group IV Heterostructure Lasers

Abstract : Growth and characterization of advanced group IV semiconductor materials with CMOS-compatible applications are demonstrated, both in photonics. The investigated GeSn/SiGeSn heterostructures combine direct bandgap GeSn active layers with indirect gap ternary SiGeSn claddings, a design proven its worth already decades ago in the III-V material system. Different types of double heterostructures and multi-quantum wells (MQWs) are epitaxially grown with varying well thicknesses and barriers. The retaining high material quality of those complex structures is probed by advanced characterization methods, such as atom probe tomography and dark-field electron holography to extract composition parameters and strain, used further for band structure calculations. Special emphasis is put on the impact of carrier confinement and quantization effects, evaluated by photoluminescence and validated by theoretical calculations. As shown, particularly MQW heterostructures promise the highest potential for efficient next generation complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS)-compatible group IV lasers.
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Nils von den Driesch, Daniela Stange, Denis Rainko, Ivan Povstugar, Peter Zaumseil, et al.. Advanced GeSn/SiGeSn Group IV Heterostructure Lasers. Advanced Science, Wiley Open Access, 2018, 5 (6), pp.1700955. ⟨10.1002/advs.201700955⟩. ⟨cea-02186164⟩



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