Bandgap and band discontinuity in wurtzite/zincblende GaAs homomaterial heterostructure Academic Article uri icon


  • A wurtzite GaAs epilayer grown on a zincblende GaAs substrate by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition is studied by surface photovoltage spectroscopy. The wurtzite structure of the epilayer is disclosed by scanning electron microscope images of surface pits, where the pits are seen to change their structure from a rectangular into a hexagonal shape. The wurtzite phase is also revealed in x-ray diffraction showing a 怈0002怉 diffraction alongside the main (200) diffraction, suggesting a ā€œcā€ lattice constant of 0.668 nm. A comparison of room temperature surface photovoltage spectra taken from the epilayer sample and from an epilayer-etched substrate suggests a type II heterostructure with valence band difference of about 15 meV and bandgap difference of about 70 meV between the zincblende and the wurtzite GaAs polytypes.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012