Study of structural transition from metastable zinc blende to rocksalt crystal in molecular beam epitaxy MgSZnSeGaAs multilayer system

L. Nasi, C. Bocchi, A. Catellani, F. Germini, J. K. Morrod, K. A. Prior, G. Calestani

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Abstract

The stable crystal structure of magnesium sulfide (MgS) is rocksalt. However, the metastable zinc-blende structure is obtained when MgS is deposited by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on (001) zinc-blende substrates with a relatively small misfit. In the present work, the zinc blende to rocksalt phase transition is analyzed in MgSZnSeGaAs multilayer samples grown by MBE with different MgS layer thicknesses. By x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy methods, a partial nucleation of MgS rocksalt is evidenced and correlated to the presence of stacking faults at the bottom interface. The unexpected coexistence of both rocksalt and zinc-blende MgS structural phases is discussed. © 2007 American Institute of Physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111908
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume91
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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