Extending the Tunable Plasma Wavelength in III–V Semiconductors from the Mid-Infrared to the Short-Wave Infrared by Embedding Self-Assembled ErAs Nanostructures in GaAs

Yuejing Wang, Dongxia Wei, Patrick Sohr, Joshua M.O. Zide, Stephanie Law

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Abstract

The group III–V semiconductor photonic system is attractive to photonics engineers because it provides a complete set of photonic components. A plasmonic material that can be epitaxially integrated with the group III–V photonic system will potentially lead to many applications leveraging plasmonics and metamaterials. In this work, the shortest plasma wavelength ever reported in a III–V-based material is demonstrated by epitaxially embedding ErAs into GaAs. This composite material acts as a tunable plasmonic material across the technologically important 2.68–6 µm infrared window. The growth window of this material is demonstrated to be much wider than other current heavily doped III–V plasmonic materials. Additionally, it is shown that the scattering rate can be reduced by increasing the growth temperature. The wide growth temperature range, designer plasmonic response, and the ease of epitaxial integration with other III–V semiconductor devices demonstrate the potential of ErAs:GaAs nanocomposites for the creation of a new type of metamaterial and other novel optoelectronic and nanophotonic applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1900937
JournalAdvanced Optical Materials
Volume8
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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