Olaf Weidemann



AlN on diamond

AlN and diamond both feature the advantages of wide band gap materials for high power and optoelectronic devices. In addition, diamond has a superior thermal conductivity which can handle increasing power densities in modern devices. However, the lack of efficient p-type doping of AlN and n-type doping of diamond so far does not allow the fabrication of efficient bipolar devices from either material. This drawback can be overcome by combining n-type AlN and p-type diamond in a heterostructure device, which in turn requires an in depth understanding of the structural and electrical properties of the diamond/AlN interface.
Important parameters are the offsets in valence and conduction band as well as the band bending due to interface charges (Fig. 1). We use an in-situ photoelectron spectroscopy system directly attached to a group III-nitride molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system to determine band offsets and band bending at the AlN/diamond interface.


Figure 1: Band scheme at a heterojunction showing band offsets and bending

GaN quantum dots in AlN matrix

Quantum dots (QDs) are of special interest for both fundamental physics and optoelectronic applications. On the other hand, GaN-based devices have been shown useful to detect chemically induced changes of the surface potential, thereby acting as chemical sensors in liquid or gaseous environments. Chemical sensors with new functionalities can be realized by using GaN QDs as optical probes for the detection of variations in the surface potential.
To achieve this, a detailed understanding of the QD optical properties and its dependence on variation in an externally applied electric field is necessary. The QD are studied by means of photoluminescence (PL) measurements over a temperature range of 4K to 200°C. 3D simulation with nextnano3 are used to interpret the electric field dependence of the PL spectra for various dot sizes, stack number or spacer thicknesses.

Figure 2: nextnano3 software simulations of electron (green) and hole (blue) wavefunctions

When equipped with a catalytic, semitransparent top Pt gate, the QDs can be used as a hydrogen sensor. The hydrogen dissociates at the Pt gate and diffuses to the Pt/AlN interface, where it forms an electric dipole layer. This modifies the electric field inside the dot layers and changes the measured PL intensity. This work supported by the European project DOTSENSE.



GaN quantum dots as optical transducers for chemical sensors

Applied Physics Letters 94, 113108 (2009)

O. Weidemann | P. K. Kandaswamy | E. Monroy | G. Jegert | M. Stutzmann | M. Eickhoff

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Gas Sensing Interactions at Hydrogenated Diamond Surfaces

Sensors Journal, IEEE 7 9 1349-1353 (2007)

A. Helwig | G. Müller | O. Weidemann | A. Haertl | J. A. Garrido | M. Eickhoff

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Modulation spectroscopy of AlGaN/GaN heterostructures: The influence of electron-hole interaction

physica status solidi (a) 204 2 447-458 (2007)

R. Goldhahn | A. T. Winzer | A. Dadgar | A. Krost | O. Weidemann | M. Eickhoff

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Electroreflectance spectroscopy of Pt/AlGaN/GaN heterostructures exposed to gaseous hydrogen

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 88 2 024101 (2006)

A. T. Winzer | R. Goldhahn | G. Gobsch | A. Dadgar | A. Krost | O. Weidemann | M. Stutzmann | M. Eickhoff

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Influence of thermal oxidation on the electronic properties of Pt Schottky contacts on GaN grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 86 8 083507 (2005)

O. Weidemann | E. Monroy | E. Hahn | M. Stutzmann | M. Eickhoff

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Electronics and sensors based on pyroelectric AlGaN/GaN heterostructures

phys. stat. sol. (c) 0, 1908-1918 (2003) (review article)

M. Eickhoff | J. Schalwig | G. Steinhoff | O. Weidemann | L. Görgens | R. Neuberger | M. Hermann | B. Baur | G. Müller | O. Ambacher | M. Stutzmann

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Influence of surface oxides on hydrogen-sensitive Pd : GaN Schottky diodes

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 83 4 773-775 (2003)

O. Weidemann | M. Hermann | G. Steinhoff | H. Wingbrant | A. L. Spetz | M. Stutzmann | M. Eickhoff

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TUM Technische Universität München TUM Technische Universität München Physik Department Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik TUM Technische Universität München

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