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Enhancement of exciton photoluminescence intensity caused by the distortion of the crystal plane originating from the internal strain in a ZnO wafer

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Author(s): Hideo Takeuchi

Journal: AIP Advances
ISSN 2158-3226

Volume: 1;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 042176;
Date: 2011;
Original page

ABSTRACT
We have investigated the relation between the exciton photoluminescence intensity and distortion of the crystal plane in a ZnO wafer. The present investigation utilizes the following two characterization methods that complement the result of the photoluminescence measurement: a circular polariscopic measurement and a θ-2θ x-ray diffraction measurement. The circular polariscopic map clarifies the distribution of the strain exists in the ZnO wafer. The strain found in the circular polariscopic analysis indicates the existence of the crystal-plane distortion, which is confirmed from the appearance of the forbidden reflection line in the x-ray diffraction pattern. The photoluminescence measurements at different positions sensitive to the crystal-plane distortion were performed on the basis of the above-mentioned complementary information. It is found that the crystal-plane distortion causes the enhancement of the exciton photoluminescence intensity. The responsible factor is attributed to the suppression of the exciton diffusion caused by the crystal-plane distortion. This is in contrast to the usual interpretation that the lowering of the crystalline quality leads to the reduction of the exciton photoluminescence intensity; namely, the aid of complementary information is essential to precisely interpret the photoluminescence intensity.
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