Determination of the local Al concentration in AlxGa 1-xAs-GaAs quantum well structures using the (200) diffraction intensity obtained with a 10 Å electron beam

H. J. Ou, S. C Y Tsen, Kong-Thon Tsen, J. M. Cowley, J. I. Chyi, A. Salvador, H. Morkoç

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A novel method for determining the local concentration of Al in the Al xGa1-xAs layer of AlxGa1-xAs-GaAs multiple quantum well structures is reported. By scanning a 10 Å electron beam across the interface, the (200) dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) image shows the contrast of the AlxGa 1-xAs-GaAs multilayer since the intensity of the (200) diffraction is sensitive to the Al concentration. The line scan intensity profile of the (200) diffraction, along a uniform specimen region of known thickness, shows the intensity variation of the (200) diffraction and reflects the local content of Al in each region. The simulation of the nanodiffraction patterns produces a chart of the (200) diffraction intensity versus the Al concentration for the determination of the local change of the Al concentration. A molecular beam epitaxy grown AlxGa1-xAs-GaAs specimen (x=0.57 as determined from Raman spectroscopy) is tested and the dark-field STEM studies show two thin layers of x=0.46 at the 1/3 and 2/3 height level within every AlxGa1-xAs layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1454-1456
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - 1989

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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