We describe a straightforward technique for the measurement of carrier diffusion in semiconductors. Using an optical microscope we can spatially image luminescence with a resolution of ∼500 nm. We measured the ambipolar diffusion length in a Zn0.75Cd0.25Se-ZnSe single quantum well by fitting the spatially resolved luminescence profile with the solution of the two-dimensional diffusion equation. The ambipolar diffusion length was found to be 498 nm at a carrier density of ∼1X1018 cm-3 and we deduce an ambipolar diffusion constant of 1.7 cm2 s-1.
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