Exciton fine structures were observed in partially polarized optical reflectance and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra of AlN epilayers grown by low-pressure metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy on (0001) Al2 O3 substrates. A few free and four bound exciton lines were clearly resolved in the low-temperature CL spectra of the lowest threading dislocation density (∼1× 108 cm-2) AlN film. From the energy difference between the ground-state and the first excited states, the hydrogenic A -exciton binding energy in the present compressively strained (Δa/a≈-1.68%) AlN was estimated to be approximately 51 meV.
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