Strain-compensated AlInGaAs–GaAsP superlattices for highly polarized electron emission

Subashiev, A. V.; Gerchikov, L. G.; Mamaev, Y. A.; Yashin, Y. P.; Roberts, J. S.; Luh, D.-A.; Maruyama, T.; Clendenin, J. E.
April 2005
Applied Physics Letters;4/25/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 17, p171911
Academic Journal
Spin-polarized electron emission from superlattice photocathodes developed with strain compensation is investigated. An opposite strain in the quantum well and barrier layers is accomplished using an InAlGaAs/GaAsP superlattice structure. The measured values of maximum polarization and quantum yield for the structure with a 0.18 μm thick working layer are excellent results for a strained superlattice photocathode structure, demonstrating the high potential of strain compensation for future photocathode applications. An analysis of the photoemission spectra is used to estimate the parameters responsible for the polarization losses.


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