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Photonics 2016, 3(2), 20; doi:10.3390/photonics3020020

Enhanced Crystal Quality of AlxIn1-xAsySb1-y for Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers

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TU Wien, Institude of Solid State Electronics, Floragasse 7, 1040 Wien, Austria
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Austrian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
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TU Wien, Center for Micro and Nano Structures, Floragasse 7, 1040 Wien, Austria
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Received: 31 March 2016 / Revised: 14 April 2016 / Accepted: 15 April 2016 / Published: 20 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quantum Cascade Lasers - Advances and New Applications)
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This work provides a detailed study on the growth of AlxIn1-xAsySb1-y lattice-matched to InAs by Molecular Beam Epitaxy. In order to find the conditions which lead to high crystal quality deep within the miscibility gap, AlxIn1-xAsySb1-y with x = 0.462 was grown at different growth temperatures as well as As2 and Sb2 beam equivalent pressures. The crystal quality of the grown layers was examined by high-resolution X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. It was found that the incorporation of Sb into Al0.462In0.538AsySb1-y is strongly temperature-dependent and reduced growth temperatures are necessary in order to achieve significant Sb mole fractions in the grown layers. At 480 C lattice matching to InAs could not be achieved. At 410 C lattice matching was possible and high quality films of Al0.462In0.538AsySb1-y were obtained. View Full-Text
Keywords: MBE; QCL; THz; growth; AlInAsSb; antimonides MBE; QCL; THz; growth; AlInAsSb; antimonides
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Zederbauer, T.; Andrews, A.M.; MacFarland, D.; Detz, H.; Schrenk, W.; Strasser, G. Enhanced Crystal Quality of AlxIn1-xAsySb1-y for Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers. Photonics 2016, 3, 20.

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