Deep-level Transient Spectroscopy of GaAs/AlGaAs Multi-Quantum Wells Grown on (100) and (311)B GaAs Substrates

M Shafi, RH Mari, A Khatab, D Taylor and M Henini*

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School of Physics and Astronomy, Nottingham Nanotechnology & Nanoscience Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:1948-1951  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9820-x

Published: 16 November 2010


Si-doped GaAs/AlGaAs multi-quantum wells structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy on (100) and (311)B GaAs substrates have been studied by using conventional deep-level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and high-resolution Laplace DLTS techniques. One dominant electron-emitting level is observed in the quantum wells structure grown on (100) plane whose activation energy varies from 0.47 to 1.3 eV as junction electric field varies from zero field (edge of the depletion region) to 4.7 × 106 V/m. Two defect states with activation energies of 0.24 and 0.80 eV are detected in the structures grown on (311)B plane. The Ec-0.24 eV trap shows that its capture cross-section is strongly temperature dependent, whilst the other two traps show no such dependence. The value of the capture barrier energy of the trap at Ec-0.24 eV is 0.39 eV.

Laplace DLTS; Multi-quantum wells; DX centre; Heterostructures