Effects of interdiffusion-induced strain in Ga 0.51In 0.49P-GaAs intermixed quantum wells

Joseph Micallef*, Andrea Brincat, Wai Chee SHIU

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


The effects of interdiffusion and strain introduced by interdiffusion in lattice-matched GaInP-GaAs single quantum wells are investigated using an error function distribution to model the compositional profile after interdiffusion. Group-III only and dominant group-III interdiffusion produce a large strain build up at the interface, with compressive strain in the well, and tensile strain in the barrier. In the case of group-III only interdiffusion, an abrupt carrier confinement profile is maintained even after significant interdiffusion, with a double- welled bottom, and a potential buildup in the barrier near the interface. Group-V only and group-V dominant interdiffusion again cause a large strain buildup at the interface, with tensile strain in the well and compressive strain in the barrier. Degeneracy of the heavy-hole and light-hole ground states can be achieved, and the electron-light-hole ground state transition energy can also become the effective bandgap energy of the intermixed structure. The model results are consistent with reported experimental results, and show that the effects of the interdiffusion-induced strain on the carrier confinement profiles can be of interest for various quantum-well device applications in this material system, including intersubband infrared photodetectors, polarization-insensitive electroabsorption modulators, and lasers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-684
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1998

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

User-Defined Keywords

  • Ga In P-GaAs
  • Quantum-well intermixing
  • Strain


Dive into the research topics of 'Effects of interdiffusion-induced strain in Ga 0.51In 0.49P-GaAs intermixed quantum wells'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this