Spatial modulation of above-the-gap cathodoluminescence in InP nanowires

TitleSpatial modulation of above-the-gap cathodoluminescence in InP nanowires
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsTizei, LHG, Zagonel, LF, Tence, M, Stephan, O, Kociak, M, Chiaramonte, T, Ugarte, D, Cotta, MA
Date PublishedDEC 18

We report the observation of light emission on wurtzite InP nanowires excited by fast electrons. The experiments were performed in a scanning transmission electron microscope using an in-house-built cathodoluminescence detector. Besides the exciton emission, at 850 nm, emission above the band gap from 400 to 800 nm was observed. In particular, this broad emission presented systematic periodic modulations indicating variations in the local excitation probability. The physical origin of the detected emission is not clear. Measurements of the spatial variation of the above-the-gap emission points to the formation of leaky cavity modes of a plasmonic nature along the nanowire length, indicating the wave nature of the excitation. We propose a phenomenological model, which fits closely the observed spatial variations.