Thermal properties of AlAs/GaAs superlattices

Yao, Takafumi
November 1987
Applied Physics Letters;11/30/1987, Vol. 51 Issue 22, p1798
Academic Journal
Thermal properties of semiconductor superlattices have been investigated for the first time. The thermal properties of AlAs/GaAs superlattices were measured with the ac calorimetric method. It is found that the thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity of the AlAs/GaAs superlattices are larger than those of the AlGaAs alloy due to the suppression of alloy scattering in the superlattice. However, the thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity decrease with a decrease in the superlattice period and seem to approach those of the Al0.5Ga0.5As alloy in the limit of short-period superlattices.


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