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We have observed a broad, room-temperature photoconductivity band, with a peak at 0.44 eV, in Fe-doped InP. This band is attributed to an Fe2+ intracenter optical excitation, followed by a thermal excitation to the conduction band. We derive a photoconductivity expression which takes into account optical and thermal transitions between impurity ground and excited states, within the band gap, and the conduction band. The parameters yielded by the model include a thermal excitation prefactor of 1×1011 sec-1, an electron capture cross section of 1×10-15 cm2, a spontaneous recombination coefficient of 1×106 sec-1, and an Fe concentration of 2×1016 cm-3. The experimental temperature dependence of the photoconductivity is in the right direction, but is smaller than predicted by the model.


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Look, D. C., Physical Review B, 20 (10), 4160-4166, 1979.

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