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Time Evolution of the Microluminescence Energy οf GaN/AlGaN Quantum Dots

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Time evolution of the microphotoluminescence from low-density GaN/Al_{x}Ga_{1-x}N quantum dots grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition using in situ etching of AlGaN is presented. The observed effect is related to the energy changes that begin immediately after sample illumination with the exciting laser light and saturate after some time. Typically, the luminescence energy decreases and the change is exponential with characteristic times in a range between several dozen and several hundred seconds. However, sometimes we observed the energy increase with characteristic times in a range between several and a few hundred seconds. The obtained results are discussed in terms of the metastable change of the electric field, induced by spontaneous polarization present in GaN/AlGaN structure (in the growth direction), and strain- or defect-induced changes of the electric field in the vicinity of the dot.
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