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We report on the effects of changing the surface densities of MOVPE-grown free-standing GaAs-AlGaAs core-shell nanowires on the resulting nanostructure size and their photoluminescence (PL) properties. It is demonstrated that decreasing the local density of GaAs nanowires within the array leads to an increase of the overgrown AlGaAs shell thickness and to a substantial redshift of the nanostructure excitonic emission. Application of a vapor mass-transport limited growth model of the AlGaAs shell allows explaining the dependence of shell growth rate on nanowire density. The observed redshift of the nanowire PL emission is then experimentally correlated with these density-induced changes of the nanostructure size, namely with the nanowire shell-thickness to core-radius ratio hs/Rc. To account for a possible contribution of the nanostructure built-in elastic strain to the energy shift of the peak excitonic emission …
International Society for Optics and Photonics
Publication date: 
16 Sep 2014

Paola Prete, Ilio Miccoli, Nico Lovergine

Biblio References: 
Volume: 9174 Pages: 91740P
Nanoepitaxy: Materials and Devices VI