Abstract

We show that even if there is no direct hole–electron competition in InP:Fe the gain is lower than expected. We attribute this reduction of the gain to a thermally induced hole–electron competition that involves the excited state of Fe2+ (5T2). We present a new model for the photorefractive effect in InP:Fe, which we use to interpret our beam-coupling results. Some material parameters of the InP:Fe sample and particularly of the excited state are deduced. The same energy-transfer measurements conducted in GaAs give us the ratio of hole and electron photoionization cross sections.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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