Luminescence investigations of highly strained-layer InAs-GaAs superlattices

Voisin, P.; Voos, M.; Marzin, J. Y.; Tamargo, M. C.; Nahory, R. E.; Cho, A. Y.
May 1986
Applied Physics Letters;5/26/1986, Vol. 48 Issue 21, p1476
Academic Journal
We describe photoluminescence investigations in InAs-GaAs superlattices in the thin layer limit (10–20 Å). The data, which are compared to theoretical results obtained from band structure calculations, yield an estimate of the conduction-band discontinuity of 550 meV at the interfaces. They also show that although the superlattice has a band gap (765 meV) close in energy to that of the corresponding bulk InxGa1-xAs alloy (800 meV), the band structures are very different. In the superlattice, electrons and light holes appear to be the important carriers, and they tend to be spatially separated, to the extent that this is meaningful in the thin layer limit.


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