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Chemical Bonding on GaAs (001) Surfaces Passivated Using SeS2

  • Jingxi Sun (a1), Dong Ju Seo (a2), W. L. O'Brien (a3), F. J. Himpsel (a2) and T. F. Kuech (a1)...

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Selenium disulfide has been demonstrated to be an effective passivant for GaAs (001) surfaces. This chemical treatment can be more robust and effective in reducing surface-states-based Fermi level pinning than other analogous chemical treatments. We have studied SeS2-passivated surfaces, formed by treatment of GaAs in SeS2:CS2 solution, with synchrotron radiation photoemission spectroscopy. The SeS2-treated surface consists of a chemically stratified structure of several atomic layers thickness. The As-based sulfides and selenides appear to reside on the outermost surface with the Ga-based compounds adjacent to the bulk GaAs substrate. The motion of the Fermi level within the band gap was monitored during controlled annealing conditions allowing for the specific chemical moieties responsible for the reduction in surface charge to be identified. As-based species are removed at low annealing conditions with little motion of the Fermi level. GaSe-based species, formed on the surface, are clearly shown to be associated with the unpinning of the Fermi level.

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Chemical Bonding on GaAs (001) Surfaces Passivated Using SeS2

  • Jingxi Sun (a1), Dong Ju Seo (a2), W. L. O'Brien (a3), F. J. Himpsel (a2) and T. F. Kuech (a1)...

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