Residual strain and piezoelectric effects in passivated GaAs/AlGaAs core-shell nanowires

Hocevar, Moïra; Thanh Giang, Le Thuy; Songmuang, Rudeesun; den Hertog, Martien; Besombes, Lucien; Bleuse, Joël; Niquet, Yann-Michel; Pelekanos, Nikos T.
May 2013
Applied Physics Letters;5/13/2013, Vol. 102 Issue 19, p191103
Academic Journal
We observe a systematic red shift of the band-edge of passivated GaAs/Al0.35Ga0.65As core-shell nanowires with increasing shell thickness up to 100 nm. The shift is detected both in emission and absorption experiments, reaching values up to 14 meV for the thickest shell nanowires. Part of this red shift is accounted for by the small tensile strain imposed to the GaAs core by the AlGaAs shell, in line with theoretical calculations. An additional contribution to this red shift arises from axial piezoelectric fields which develop inside the nanowire core due to Al fluctuations in the shell.


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