Studies of the interfacial electrical properties of a series of oxide films on GaAs by photoreflectance

T. S. Wang, K. I. Lin, H. C. Lin, M. H. Lee, Y. T. Lu, J. S. Hwang

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This study uses room temperature photoreflectance (PR) to investigate the interfacial characteristics of a series of oxide films, such as Al2O3, Ga2O3, and Ga2O3(Gd2O3), on GaAs. The interfacial electric field is derived from the Franz-Kyldysh oscillations (FKOs) in PR spectra measured at various pump beam flux intensities. The electric fields measured from the FKOs are proved to be the maximum fields existing at the interfaces of the samples. Applying the one-side abrupt-junction model of charge distribution, the barrier height across the interface and the density of interfacial states are determined from the square of maximum electric field as a function of pump beam intensity. The interfacial state densities of these oxide-GaAs structures range from 1010 to 1011 cm-2. Inside GaAs layer, the charge density is found to be uniformly distributed and is 1×1016 cm-3. The electric field within the GaAs layer decreases linearly from its maximum at the interface, to zero, as the distance from the interface increases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1975-1978
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Apr

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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