Published online by Cambridge University Press: 28 February 2011
A critical layer thickness study of strained GaAs/InGaAs and AlGaAs/GaAsP quantum wells (QWs) grown by atmospheric pressure organometallic chemical vapor deposition (OMCVD) is reported. Characterization by conventional photoluminescence (PL), photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectroscopy, optical microscopy, and x-ray diffraction suggests that partial or regional relaxation begins to occur at critical thicknesses predicted by the force-balance model. To test the stability of strained quantum wells with well width near or exceeding the predicted critical thickness, annealing up to 850°C for ten minutes was carried out. No sign of degradation or complete relaxation of the QW layers was observed.
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