Lateral p-n junctions and quantum wires formed by quasi two-dimensional electron and hole systems at corrugated GaAs/AlGaAs interfaces

Wolfgang Porod, Henry K. Harbury, Stephen M. Goodnick

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Abstract

We report the results of modeling lateral p-n junctions and p-n-p quantum wire structures at corrugated GaAs/AlGaAs interfaces, using the surface orientation dependent amphoteric nature of Si doping. We determine the potential landscape and the electron and hole charge densities within a semiclassical Thomas-Fermi screening model, and then solve the two-dimensional Schrödinger equation using finite elements for the quantized electron and hole states at the heterointerfaces. We demonstrate the formation of a one-dimensional electron system confined between two lateral p-n junctions, and discuss the advantages of this structure compared to conventional electrostatic confinement schemes for fabricating quantum wires.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1823-1825
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume61
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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