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Physical Review B
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Time decays of donor-bound excitons in GaAs under pressure-induced-X crossover

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We report on photoluminescence time decays of excitons bound to donors in high-purity, n-type GaAs at He temperatures and high hydrostatic pressures (up to 80 kbar), for both direct (P41.3 kbar) and indirect band gaps. Measured lifetimes for direct donor-exciton states (D+,X) are uniformly fast, being 1 nsec, and correspond to either the exciton formation or radiative decay times. For indirect donor-exciton states (DX0,X), the observed lifetimes are much longer (20 100 nsec), increase with pressure, and reflect a combination of nonradiative Auger decay and band-structure-dependent natural radiative decay. The considerable difference observed between the donor lifetimes over the range of pressures inducing the-X transition illustrates the importance of band structure for shallow, bound states in multivalley semiconductors. © 1986 The American Physical Society.

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15 Jun 1986

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Physical Review B

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