Light scattering measurements in the dilute isoelectronically doped alloy Ga As1-x Bix reveal a large free electron population photogenerated by continuous-wave laser excitation at low temperature. Low-temperature time-resolved photoluminescence of the bismuth related near-band-gap states show carrier lifetimes of several nanoseconds. The authors attribute this to trapping of photoexcited holes at bismuth pair or cluster states located near the valence band maximum.
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The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences under Grant No. DE-AC36-83CH10093.