Journal of Materials Research


Excitonic transport in ZnO

Martin Noltemeyera1 c1, Frank Bertrama1, Thomas Hempela1, Barbara Basteka1, Andrey Polyakova1, Juergen Christena1, Matthias Brandta2, Michael Lorenza2 and Marius Grundmanna2b)

a1 Institute of Experimental Physics, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, 39116 Magdeburg, Germany

a2 Institut für Experimentelle Physik II, University Leipzig, 04009 Leipzig, Germany


The temperature dependence of diffusion length, lifetime, and diffusivity of the free exciton is measured in a commercial ZnO-substrate as well as in an epitaxial ZnO quantum well using nm-spatially and ps-time-resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy. The characteristic temperature dependence of the exciton mobility gives information of the underlying excitonic scattering processes. Since excitons are neutral particles, scattering at ionized impurities should be not effective. On both samples, with decreasing temperature, the diffusion lengths, lifetimes, and diffusivity give rise to a monotonic increase of the excitonic mobility. Two different methods will be discussed and are used for determining the excitonic transport parameters. On the one hand, we are able to perform completely pulsed excitation experiments, and on the other hand, a combination of cw excitation and pulsed excitation in two independent measurements is used.

(Received February 15 2012)

(Accepted March 26 2012)


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