Nature of luminescence and strain in gallium nitride nanowires

M. A. Mastro, S. Maximenko, M. Gowda, B. S. Simpkins, P. E. Pehrsson, J. P. Long, A. J. Makinen, J. A. Freitas, J. K. Hite, C. R. Eddy, J. Kim

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Photo- and cathodo-luminescence measurements of a variable-diameter ensemble of GaN nanowires revealed a diameter-dependent, spectral emission distribution between 350 nm and 850 nm. Spectral analysis indicated that wires with a diameter less than 400 nm were dominated by a yellow luminescence with a weaker near UV/violet emission also present. Examination of this ensemble showed that there was a general trend in the ratio of near-UV-to-yellow emission intensities with increasing nanowire diameter. Additionally, a broad green emission appears in the nanowires with a diameter above approximately 200 nm. A calculation based on the nanoheteroepitaxy model indicates that this diameter represents a transitional thickness where strain is relieved by defect formation mechanisms with a characteristic green emission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2982-2986
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May 1

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Funding Information:
Research at the US Naval Research Lab is partially supported by the Office of Naval Research and the Office of Naval Research—Global (Grant number N00014-07-1-4035). J.K.H. acknowledges the partial support of ASEE. M.G. is supported by NSF Award #ECS-0330226.

Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • A1. Stresses
  • B1. Gallium compounds
  • B1. Nanomaterials
  • B2. Semiconducting gallium compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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