Shallow to deep transformation of Se donors in GaSb under hydrostatic pressure

H. Navarro-Contreras, F. De Anda Salazar, J. Olvera-Hernández, Leonardo Hsu, M. D. Mc Cluskey, E. E. Haller

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations


We have observed that highly doped GaSb:Se, which is opaque to far IR radiation, becomes transparent at hydrostatic pressures above 9.8 ± 2 kbar. We discuss how this behavior may be explained by the transformation of Se shallow donors into Se-DX (where DX is the unknown donor or X donor) centers in GaSb. Under this assumption the position of the Se-DX energy level at zero pressure is calculated to lie 80±30 meV above the conduction band at atmospheric pressure. The onset of transparency allowed us to observe several multiphonon absorbance features. We assign six of them to two-phonon absorptions. From the measured pressure dependence of the TO phonon, the Grüneisen parameter for this compound is calculated to be γTO = 1.23 ± 0.18. No persistent photoconductivity is observed for these Se-DX centers, a fact that may be explained by the expectation that the optical energy necessary to transform them back into the shallow form is larger than the band-gap energy of GaSb at all pressures examined, although it may be also an indication that the Se shallow donors change to deep donors associated with the L1 minima of ionization energy larger than 90 meV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8003-8007
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1999


Dive into the research topics of 'Shallow to deep transformation of Se donors in GaSb under hydrostatic pressure'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this