Two-Dimensional Array of Self-Assembled AlInAs Quantum Wires

S. Francoeur, A. G. Norman, A. Mascarenhas, E. D. Jones, J. L. Reno, S. R. Lee, D. M. Follstaedt

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We present the optical and structural characterization of a two-dimensional array of self-organized AlInAs quantum wires. The structure was created by epitaxially stacking along the [001] direction thin self-assembled, [100]-oriented, superlattices separated by homogeneous layers of Al 0.48In0.52As. Vertical and lateral self-alignment results in a highly regular array of wires oriented along the [010] direction. The wire cross-sectional dimensions are about 10×14.4nm2 and their density is 1.9×1011cm-2. The energy and the nature of the electronic transitions are significantly affected by confinement in two dimensions: (1) a blueshift of about 100 meV is observed and (2) the two lowest energy transitions are both polarized along the [010] direction. For comparison, the two lowest energy transitions of a lateral superlattice with similar characteristics have a heavy- (polarization along [010]) and a light-hole character (polarization along [100]). Large polarization ratios are measured for both transitions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)529-531
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-590-32894


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