National Research Council of Canada. Advanced Electronics and Photonics
National Research Council of Canada. Information and Communication Technologies
Minority carrier diffusion lengths in low-doped n-InGaAs using InP/InGaAs double-heterostructures are reported using a simple electrical technique. The contributions from heavy and light holes are also extracted using this methodology, including minority carrier mobilities and lifetimes. Heavy holes are shown to initially dominate the transport due to their higher valence band density of states, but at large diffusion distances, the light holes begin to dominate due to their larger diffusion length. It is found that heavy holes have a diffusion length of 54.5 ± 0.6 μm for an n-InGaAs doping of 8.4 × 1015 cm–3 at room temperature, whereas light holes have a diffusion length in excess of 140 μm. Heavy holes demonstrate a mobility of 692 ± 63 cm2/Vs and a lifetime of 1.7 ± 0.2 μs, whereas light holes demonstrate a mobility of 6200 ± 960 cm–2/Vs and a slightly longer lifetime of 2.6 ± 1.0 μs. The presented method, which is limited to low injection conditions, is capable of accurately resolving minority carrier transport properties.