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High-accuracy determination of the dependence of the photoluminescence emission energy on alloy composition in AlxGa1-xAs films

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Robins, Lawrence H. ; National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 ; Armstrong, John T. ; Marinenko, Ryna B. ; Paul, Albert J.
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In an effort to improve the accuracy of photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the Al mole fraction (x) of AlxGa1-xAs alloys, the PL peak emission energy, EPL,peak, was measured at room temperature for molecular-beam epitaxy-grown AlxGa1-xAs films with 0≤x≪0.37, and correlated with independent measurements of x by in situ reflective high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and also by ex situ wavelength-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy in an electron microprobe analyzer (WDS/EMPA). The measurement uncertainty of EPL,peak was minimized through the following procedures: Accurate calibration of the photon energy (or wavelength) scale, correction of the measured spectra for the spectrometer response function, fitting the data with a well-chosen line shape function, and compensation for the effect of ambient temperature drift. With these procedures, the 2σ measurement uncertainty of EPL,peak was of the order 5×10-4eV for most samples. From correlation of the PL and WDS/EMPA composition data, the slope EPL,peak/∂x near room temperature was determined to be EPL,peak/∂x=(1.4017±0.0090 eV)-[(2.71±0.97)×10-4eV/K](T-298.3 K). Correlation with the RHEED data gave the same result within measurement uncertainty. Previously published measurements of- EPL,peak/∂x were reviewed and compared with the present study. The results of T. F. Kuech etal [Appl. Phys. Lett. 51, 505 (1987)], based on nuclear resonant reaction analysis of the Al mole fraction, were found to be in good agreement with the present study after the addition of a correction term to account for the sample temperature difference (T=2 K for Kuech etal, T=298 K for the present study).

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:93 ,  Issue: 7 )