Effect of non-abrupt interfaces in AlAs/GaAs superlattices with embedded GaAs quantum wells
2000 (English)In: Vacuum, ISSN 0042-207X, Vol. 58, no 2, 561-567 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In the present paper, we investigate the effect of the non-abrupt interfaces on the electronic and optical properties of short-period AlAs/GaAs superlattices with embedded GaAs quantum wells. The lateral disorder and the component interdiffusion at the interfaces are averaged over the layer planes and are effectively represented by a diffusion concentration profile in the growth direction. The diffusion length LD is used as a parameter characterizing the degree of interface broadening. The electronic structure calculations are made using the sp3s* spin-dependent empirical tight-binding Hamiltonian, the virtual crystal approximation, and the surface Green function matching method. The dependencies of the lowest electron (E1), heavy hole (HH1), and light hole (LH1) bound states on the diffusion length are calculated for LD from 0 to 4 monolayers. It is found that the energies of the transitions (E1-HH1) and (E1-LH1) increase as LD increases. The results obtained are compared with photoluminescence data for MBE-grown samples. It is found that the degree of interface broadening depends on the growth temperature and on the sample geometry. The diffusion lengths calculated from the experimental data follow the expected trends, revealing a good qualitative agreement between theory and experiment.
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2000. Vol. 58, no 2, 561-567 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-47608DOI: 10.1016/S0042-207X(00)00233-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-47608DiVA: diva2:268504