Comparison of linear and nonlinear optical spectra of various ZnO epitaxial layers and of bulk material obtained by different experimental techniques



We investigate ZnO epitaxial layers grown by MBE (Molecular Beam Epitaxy) and MOVPE (Metal Organic Vapor Phase Epitaxy) techniques. The samples show similar optical behavior in temperature dependent photoluminescence measurements, reflection and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy in the low density regime. High excitation measurements show different behavior. While the MBE sample leads to stimulated emission from the exciton-exciton-scattering, an electron hole plasma is formed in the MOVPE sample which leads to stimulated emission at higher excitation intensities. The gain value measured by the variable stripe length method is much higher for the MBE grown sample. (© 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)