Evidence for impurity states close to the 2D gas in GaAs/GaAlAs heterostructures

E. Gornik, W. Seidenbusch, R. Christanell, R. Lassnig, C. R. Pidgeon

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Abstract

The cyclotron emission technique is applied to a number of GaAs/GaAlAs heterostructures and multilayers with mobilities ranging from 4 × 104 to 2 × 106 cm2/V·s. The emission spectra consist in addition to a line at the cyclotron resonance position of a broad line at the higher energy side of the spectrum. We assign this spectral part of the emission to an impurity shifted cyclotron resonance. From the determined size of the binding energies in the order of 2 meV the impurities are assumed to be located close to the interface between GaAs and GaAlAs. The impurities are most likely Si donors which have diffused from the high doped GaAlAs region. The integral intensity of the impurity associated line is found to be directly correlated with the sample mobility. A number of 109 impurities per cm2 is found for samples with mobilities of about 4 × 105 cm2/V·s. © 1987.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-345
Number of pages7
JournalSurface Science
Volume196
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1988

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