Abstract

We investigate the recombination dynamics of photoexcited carriers in proton-bombarded InP crystals using near-infrared pump–THz-probe spectroscopy. The carrier lifetime is directly related to the proton dose and hence to the induced trap density: In weakly damaged samples we observe a saturation of the trap states for high-excitation densities. For highly damaged samples the time-dependent THz transmission can be explained by taking into account an Auger-assisted trapping process.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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