Charge trapping effects in photovoltage measurements of (Ga,Mn)As
We report charge trapping effects in a ferromagnetic (Ga,Mn)As thin film observed during measurements of the photovoltage under inhomogeneous illumination conditions. Using a laser diode as the excitation source, the temperature-dependent response has been observed, with open-circuit voltages as high as -1.4V. The unexpectedly large and sharp temperature-de pendent responses are explained in terms of the excitation of photo-generated charges and their trapping in localised states, or separation of the charges across the film/substrate interface. The sharp features found in the signals suggest their possible use for studying localised trapping states in semiconductors using inhomogeneous illumination. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.