Arsenic precipitation from a thin, 100-nm surface layer of GaAs grown at low temperature (LT) by molecular beam epitaxy is investigated. The precipitate depth distribution is examined for different rapid thermal annealing cycles. It is found that the precipitate distribution can tail a long distance into the underlying stoichiometric GaAs layer, depending on the peak annealing temperature. The distribution for an 800°C anneal is virtually unaffected by a prior low temperature "soak" at 600°C, thus showing that the precipitation is insensitive to the initial point defect concentrations in this temperature range. The relevance of these results to the precipitation process and to the use of thin LT layers in device applications is discussed.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)