, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 687-691
Date: 11 Nov 2012

Optical Properties of Mn-Implanted GaN Nanorods


We have investigated the optical properties of vertical GaN nanorods with diameters of 150 nm grown on (111) Si substrates by radio-frequency plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy followed by Mn ion implantation and annealing. The GaN nanorods are fully relaxed and have a very good crystal quality characterized by extremely strong and narrow photoluminescence excitonic lines near 3.47 eV. For GaMnN nanorods, Arrhenius plots of the intensities of the Mn acceptor give a thermal activation energy of Δ=350 meV, indicating that the thermal quenching of the Mn-related PL peak is due to the dissociation of an acceptor-bound hole from the temperature-dependent PL spectra. This suggests that the Mn-bound holes in GaN nanorods exhibit the impurity states predicted by the hydrogen model.