Domain Structure and Transient Photoconductivity in Ordered Ga0.47In0.53As Epitaxial Films

S. P. Ahrenkiel, R. K. Ahrenkiel, D. J. Arent

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We examine the influences of spontaneous atomic ordering and the associated subvariant domain structure on the transient photoconductivity in epitaxial Ga0.47In0.53As films grown by MOCVD on InP 2°-〈110〉. Ultra-high frequency photoconductivity decay is used to measure carrier lifetimes in ordered and disordered material following excitation with a YAG laser. Ordered material shows an extended lifetime of 18-186 μs that decreases with incident power. Strongly ordered material showed two CuPt-B subvariants in TEM diffraction patterns and images. Ordering in the first 0.5 μm of growth consists of a fine, interwoven structure with the subvariants closely associated. The subvariants then segregate into imperfectly ordered columnar superdomains that form a mosaic in the film plane with numerous order/order interfaces. In addition, order/disorder interfaces form within and adjacent to the partially ordered superdomains. We attribute the extended transient photoconductivity lifetime in ordered samples to trapping effects that result from the subvariant domain structure.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1996 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: 2 Dec 19965 Dec 1996


ConferenceProceedings of the 1996 MRS Fall Meeting
CityBoston, MA, USA

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-24539


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