21 January 2012 Study of the valence band offsets between InAs and InAs1-xSbx alloys
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Proceedings Volume 8268, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices IX; 82680K (2012); doi: 10.1117/12.907101
Event: SPIE OPTO, 2012, San Francisco, California, United States
Abstract
InAs/InAs1-xSbx strain-balanced superlattices (SLs) on GaSb are a viable alternative to the well-studied InAs/Ga1-xInxSb SLs for mid- and long-wavelength infrared (MWIR and LWIR) laser and photodetector applications, but the InAs/InAs1-xSbx SLs are not as thoroughly investigated. Therefore, the valence band offset between InAs and InAs/InAs1-xSbx, a critical parameter necessary to predict the SL bandgap, must be further examined to produce InAs/InAs1-xSbx SLs for devices operational at MWIR and LWIR wavelengths. The effective bandgap energies of InAs/InAs1-xSbx SLs with x = 0.28 - 0.40 are designed using a three-band envelope function approximation model. Multiple 0.5 μm-thick SL samples are grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaSb substrates. Structural characterization using x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy reveals excellent crystalline properties with SL zero-order peak full-width-half-maximums between 30 and 40 arcsec and 20 x 20 μm2 area root-mean-square roughnesses of 1.6 - 2.7 A. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of these samples cover 5 to 8 μm, and the band offset between InAs and InAs/InAs1-xSbx is obtained by fitting the PL peaks to the calculated values. The bowing in the valence band is found to depend on the initial InAs/InSb valence band offset and changes linearly with x as CEv_bowing = 1.58x - 0.62 eV when an InAs/InAs1-xSbx bandgap bowing parameter of 0.67 eV is assumed. A fractional valence band offset, Qv = ΔEv/ΔEg, of 1.75 ± 0.03 is determined and is practically constant in the composition range studied.
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Elizabeth H. Steenbergen, Oray O. Cellek, Dmitri Lubyshev, Yueming Qiu, Joel M. Fastenau, Amy W. K. Liu, Yong-Hang Zhang, "Study of the valence band offsets between InAs and InAs1-xSbx alloys", Proc. SPIE 8268, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices IX, 82680K (21 January 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.907101; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.907101
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Indium arsenide

Laser sintering

Stereolithography

Antimony

Gallium antimonide

Superlattices

Long wavelength infrared

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