Influence of manganese contamination on high-mobility GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures

Wagenhuber, K.; Tranitz, H.-P.; Reinwald, M.; Wegscheider, W.
August 2004
Applied Physics Letters;8/16/2004, Vol. 85 Issue 7, p1190
Academic Journal
Photoluminescence and magnetotransport measurements have been performed to assess the quality of modulation-doped GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures. The temporal evolution of the low-temperature electron mobility of samples prepared in a molecular-beam-epitaxy chamber containing manganese as a source material was studied. Mn contamination was identified to be responsible for the reduction of the electron mobility to 1×106 cm2/V s and the appearance of a distinct photoluminescence band. In contrast, structures in which this signal is absent reach mobility values of 5.4×106 cm2/V s. This directly proves that the epitaxy of high-mobility electron systems and structures containing GaMnAs layers, in principle, can be combined in one growth chamber.


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