Strain-driven light-polarization switching in deep ultraviolet nitride emitters

T. K. Sharma, D. Naveh, E. Towe

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Residual strain plays a critical role in determining the crystalline quality of nitride epitaxial layers and in modifying their band structure; this often leads to several interesting physical phenomena. It is found, for example, that compressive strain in AlxGa1-xN layers grown on AlyGa1-yN (x<y) templates results in an anticrossing of the valence bands at considerably much higher Al composition than expected. This happens even in the presence of large and negative crystal field splitting energy in the AlxGa1-xN layers. A judicious magnitude of the compressive strain can support vertical light emission (out of the c-plane) from AlxGa1-xN quantum wells up to x 0.80, which is desirable for the development of deep ultraviolet light-emitting diodes designed to operate at or below 250nm with transverse electric polarization characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035305
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 11 Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


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