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Photoexcitation-induced current sensing on semi-insulating GaAs using a tunneling microscope tip
Author(s): Kenji Kawashima; Shinji Takai; Gou Kudou; Hideo Adachi; Misaichi Takeuchi; Kenzo Fujiwara
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Paper Abstract

Detailed tunneling current measurements using a tunneling microscope tip have been performed on semi-insulating GaAs surfaces as a function of illumination power, Pt/Ir tip- surface distance, and separation between the tip and In/Ga electrode on the sample surface to elucidate previously unsolved problems of illumination-induced thermal expansion effects on the probe and of the surface depletion effects. We show that the tip-sample distance to detect a constant tunneling current is extended with increasing the otpical excitation power. It is also found that the photo-induced tunneling current as high as 8 nA driven by a 746 nm laser diode is linearly proportional to the optical excitation power. This photo-induced carriers conduction is also confirmed by studying the transient photocurrent responses, which is slowed down by increasing the tip-to-electrode distance. These results reveal that, in our case, the thermal effects are negligible and photogenerated electron tunneling is a dominant mechanism for the increased tunneling current from the samples surface biased at negative voltages relative to the tip.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3897, Advanced Photonic Sensors and Applications, (11 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.369365
Show Author Affiliations
Kenji Kawashima, Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan)
Shinji Takai, Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan)
Gou Kudou, Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan)
Hideo Adachi, Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan)
Misaichi Takeuchi, Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan)
Kenzo Fujiwara, Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3897:
Advanced Photonic Sensors and Applications
Robert A. Lieberman; Anand Krishna Asundi; Hiroshi Asanuma, Editor(s)

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