InGaAs/InAlAs in-plane superlattices grown on slightly misoriented (110) InP substrates by molecular beam epitaxy

Yoshiaki Nakata*, Osamu Ueda, Atsushi Tackeuchi, Satoshi Nakamura, Shunichi Muto

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InGaAs/InAlAs in-plane superlattices (IPSLs) composed of InAs/GaAs and InAs/AlAs monolayer superlatices were grown using molecular beam epitaxy. The substrates were misoriented (110) InP tilting 3° toward the [001] direction. We grew half monolayers of AlAs and GaAs and single monolayers of InAs alternately, keeping regular arrays of single monolayer steps. The structures were evaluated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In a transmission electron diffraction pattern from the (110) cross-section, we observed two types of superstructure spot pairs double-positioned in the [001] direction, indicating the formation of the intended IPSL structures. In a cross-sectional TEM dark-field image, we observed the InGaAs/InAlAs superlattice structures formed almost in the [001] direction. The mean period of the superlattices was approximately 4 nm, which was comparable to the terrace width expected from the substrate tilt angle. However, IPSL structures were not completely formed, i.e., the lateral interfaces meandered along the growth direction, and partial disorderings were often observed. The photoluminescence spectrum from the IPSL had a peak corresponding to the InGaAs (2 nm thick)/InAlAs (2 nm thick) superlattice in addition to a peak corresponding to the In0.5Al0.25Ga0.25As alloy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-345
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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