Photoreflectance (PR) spectra were measured from lattice-matched In0.53Ga0.47As/In0.52Al0.48As single quantum well structures (SQWs). The measurements allowed the observation of interband transitions from the heavy- and light-hole valence sub-bands to the conduction sub-bands. The transition energies measured from the PR spectra agree with those theoretically calculated from the confined levels in the SQW. A built-in electric field in the sample was analyzed and located by sequential etching, measuring the series of PR spectra after each etching step. A blue shift in the extrema of the Franz-Keldysh oscillations of the PR spectra, caused by the phase shift of the PR spectra, was associated with each etching step. The phase spectra obtained from the PR spectra by Kramers-Kronig transformation was analyzed in terms of the two-ray model. This analysis was used to calculate the etching depth in each etching step, and thus led to the etching rate. The etching rate obtained from the phase shift analysis agrees with that measured by the atomic force microscopy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry