Growth and Properties of Digitally-Alloyed AlGaInP by Solid Source Molecular Beam Epitaxy
Authors: Kwon, O.; Lin, Y.; Boeckl, J.; Ringel, S.A.
Source: Journal of Electronic Materials, Volume 34, Number 10, October 2005 , pp. 1301-1306(6)
Abstract:Digital alloying using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) was investigated to produce AlGaInP quaternary alloys for bandgap engineering useful in 600-nm band optoelectronic device applications. Alternating Ga0.51In0.49P/Al0.51In0.49P periodic layers ranging from 4.4 monolayers (ML) to 22.4 ML were used to generate 4,000-Å-thick (Al0.5Ga0.5)0.51In0.49P quaternary materials to understand material properties as a function of constituent superlattice layer thickness. High-resolution x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis exhibited fine satellite peaks for all the samples confirming that digitally-alloyed (Al0.5Ga0.5)0.51In0.49P preserved high structural quality consistent with cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (X-TEM) images. Low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements showing a wide span of luminescence energies ∼ 170 meV can be obtained from a set of identical composition digitally-alloyed (Al0.5Ga0.5)0.51In0.49P with different superlattice periods, indicating the bandgap tunability of this approach and its viability for III-P optoelectronic devices grown by MBE.
Document Type: Regular paper
Publication date: 2005-10-01