Photovoltaic effect in GaSe

Y. Depeursinge*, C. Depeursinge

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Photovoltaic spectra of pure and doped (Cu, Cd, Sb) samples of GaSe were measured at temperatures between 1.5 and 300K. The spectra are composed of a large background modulated by a fine structure whose excitonic origin is established. The presence of this fine structure in the vicinity of the indirect transition reveals the existence of an indirect exciton in GaSe. The effect of the excitonic coupling on the photovoltaic spectra is strongly dependent on the purity of the sample: it produces dips in pure crystals and peaks in doped ones. The corresponding recombination mechanisms of electrons and holes are examined and a model is proposed, which is consistent with earlier luminescence data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number026
Pages (from-to)4851-4856
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physics C: Solid State Physics
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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