Room-temperature stimulated emission of excitons in ZnO/(Mg,Zn)O superlattices

A. Ohtomo, K. Tamura, M. Kawasaki, T. Makino, Y. Segawa, Z. K. Tang, G. K.L. Wong, Y. Matsumoto, H. Koinuma

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We report on the observation of stimulated emission in ZnO/MgxZn1-xO superlattices well above room temperature. Two kinds of superlattices grown by laser molecular-beam epitaxy showed clear systematics on the quantum subband levels in absorption and spontaneous emission spectra. Stimulated emission with excitonic origin could be observed at very low optical pumping levels. The threshold excitation intensity changed from 11 to 40 kW/cm2, and the emission energy could be tuned between 3.2 and 3.4 eV, depending on the well thickness and/or the Mg content in the barrier layers. The excitonic stimulated emission could be observed up to 373 K and the characteristic temperature was as high as 87 K.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2204-2206
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Oct 2
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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