Direct determination of the ambipolar diffusion length in GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures by cathodoluminescence
A new technique for determining carrier diffusion lengths by cathodoluminescence measurements is presented. The technique is extremely accurate and can be applied to a variety of structures. Ambipolar diffusion lengths are determined for GaAs quantum well material, bulk GaAs, Al0.21Ga0.79As, and Al0.37Ga0.63As. A large increase in the diffusion length is found for Al0.37Ga0.63As and is attributed to an order of magnitude increase in lifetime.