In this work, the variation of the optical gain in the InGaN/GaN quantum well after thermal annealing is simulated. The potential profile change of the quantum well resulting from the interdiffusion of Ga and In atoms across the interface of the well and the barrier during the thermal treatments is assumed to follow Fick's law. The results show that the thermal annealing can induce an increase of the optical gain in the InGaN/GaN quantum well. The maximum optical gain can be obtained at a diffusion length of 0.4 nm of In and Ga atoms. However, an excessive annealing may result in decreasing the optical gain. There is a good agreement between the experimental data in literature and the optimized diffusion length studied in this work.
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