Suppression of interdiffusion in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum-well structure capped with dielectric films by deposition of gallium oxide

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this work, different dielectric caps were deposited on the GaAs/AlGaAs quantum well (QW) structures followed by rapid thermal annealing to generate different degrees of interdiffusion. Deposition of a layer of Ga xO y on top of these dielectric caps resulted in significant suppression of interdiffusion. In these samples, it was found that although the deposition of Ga xO y and subsequent annealing caused additional injection of Ga into the SiO 2 layer, Ga atoms were still able to outdiffuse from the GaAs QW structure during annealing, to generate excess Ga vacancies. The suppression of interdiffusion with the presence of Ga vacancies was explained by the thermal stress effect which suppressed Ga vacancy diffusion during annealing. It suggests that Ga xO y may therefore be used as a mask material in conjunction with other dielectric capping layers in order to control and selectively achieve impurity-free vacancy disordering. © 2002 American Institute of Physics.

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Cited Authors

  • Fu, L; Wong-Leung, J; Deenapanray, PNK; Tan, HH; Jagadish, C; Gong, B; Lamb, RN; Cohen, RM; Reichert, W; Dao, LV; Gal, M

Published Date

  • October 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 92 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 3579 - 3583

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8979

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.1503857

Citation Source

  • Scopus