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Quantitative theory of scattering in antimonide-based heterostructures with imperfect interfaces

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michael Shaw, Dr Elizabeth Corbin, Dr Matthew Kitchin, Dr Jerry Hagon, Professor Milan Jaros


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We report quantitative calculations of carrier lifetimes in imperfect GaxIn1-xSb/InAs superlattice structures. A microscopic description of imperfections including substitutional anions and interface islands is obtained through a novel strain-dependent empirical pseudopotential calculation. The T matrix of scattering theory is used to take our calculations of scattering lifetimes beyond the Born approximation, including multiple scattering events. Carrier lifetimes are related to the microscopic nature of the defects, their proximity to the interfaces, and the size and shape of interface islands. Anomalous effects due to lattice relaxation are seen to alter hole lifetimes, and their dependence upon position. For isolated isovalent anion defects we predict electron and hole lifetimes as low as 0.2 and 0.8 μs, respectively, for typical defect concentrations. © 2000 American Vacuum Society.

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Author(s): Shaw MJ, Corbin EA, Kitchin MR, Hagon JP, Jaros M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures

Year: 2000

Volume: 18

Issue: 4

Pages: 2088-2095

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 1071-1023

ISSN (electronic): 1520-8567

Publisher: American Institute of Physics


DOI: 10.1116/1.1306330


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