Antimony was used as a surfactant during solid-source molecular beam epitaxy of AIGaAs layers. A steady-state surface-segregated population of Sb was maintained at the AIGaAs growth surface by providing a continuous Sb2 flux to compensate for loss due to thermal desorption. Above ∼ 650 °C, the incorporation rate of Sb was negligible, thereby allowing the deposition of AlGaAs layers despite the presence of Sb at the surface. A significant improvement in the optical quality of Al0.24Ga0 76As layers was observed by photoluminescence. In addition, extended reflection high energy electron diffraction oscillations and a reduction in Al0.24Ga0.76As surface roughness was observed when Sb was employed as a surfactant.