The electron spin dynamics in n-doped bulk cubic GaN is investigated for very high temperatures from 293 K up to 500 K by time-resolved Kerr-rotation spectroscopy. We find extraordinarily long spin lifetimes exceeding 1 ns at 500 K. The temperature dependence of the spin relaxation time is in qualitative agreement with predictions of Dyakonov-Perel theory, while the absolute experimental times are an order of magnitude shorter than predicted. Possible reasons for this discrepancy are discussed, including the role of phase mixtures of hexagonal and cubic GaN as well as the impact of localized carriers.
Material parameter used in the simulations: , a = 4.5 Å, TLO = 1065 K, ac = 2.77 eV, c11 = 296 GPa, c12 = 154 GPa, c44 = 206 GPa, and e14 = 0.5 C/m2.
Here we corrected for several misprints in the English version of the corresponding section of Ref. 8, including the correct value of and inconsistent use of γ3.