A study of impurity-free vacancy disordering in GaAs-AlGaAs for improved modeling

Amr Saher Helmy, N. P. Johnson, M. L. Ke, A. Catrina Bryce, J. Stewart Aitchison, John H. Marsh, Ivair Gontijo, Gerald S. Buller, J. Davidson, P. Dawson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

14 Citations (Scopus)


A study of the parameters of the process of impurityfree vacancy disordering (IFVD) of GaAs-AlGaAs quantum-well structures is presented. The study includes photoluminescence excitation measurements which show that the as-grown barrier/well interface is better fitted by an exponential profile than a square profile. This has a significant effect on the intermixed diffusion profiles. Also, deep level transient spectroscopy measurements have been conducted on samples that were processed using IFVD. The measurements show an elevated concentration of the trap EL2 in the processed samples, which is known to be related to As antisites. The concentration of such defects agrees with the concentration calculated for IFVD to within an order of magnitude, suggesting a correlation between the point defects required for IFVD and EL2. Finally, temporally and spatially resolved photoluminescence measurements were conducted on processed samples which indicate a factor of 3 reduction in the photogenerated carrier life time after undergoing IFVD. A spatial resolution better than 3 µm has been observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-668
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1998


  • Diffusion processes
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Quantum heterostructures
  • Quantum-well interdiffusion


Dive into the research topics of 'A study of impurity-free vacancy disordering in GaAs-AlGaAs for improved modeling'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this