Abstract

Recombination dynamics in a variety of InGaN/GaN quantum systems has been studied by time resolved photoluminescence (PL). We have discovered that the time-decay of PL exhibits a scaling law: the nonexponential shape of this decay is preserved for quantum wells and quantum boxes of various sizes while their decay time varies over several orders of magnitude. To explain these results, we propose an original model for electron-hole pair recombination in these systems, combining the effects of internal electric fields and of carrier localization on a nanometer-scale. These two intricate effects imply a separate localization of electrons and holes. Such a microscopic description accounts very well for both the decays shape and the scaling law.

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