A study of the molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) growth on singular and vicinal (110) surfaces of GaAs is presented. Quantum well structures and tilted superlattices (TSL) were grown on substrates misoriented 0.5°-2° towards the nearest  and A azimuths at growth temperatures ranging from 450° C to 600° C under different growth conditions. The structures were characterized by Nomarski optical microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy.
Two types of faceting were observed on the surfaces. The structures grown at temperatures above 540°C and As beam fluxes below l×10-5 torr showed V-shaped facets pointing in the  direction and are attributed to As deficient island growth. Lower temperatures and higher As beam fluxes lead to surfaces with microfacets that are elongated along the respective step directions on the vicinal surface and are due to step bunching during growth. Their density and height decrease with decreasing vicinal angle and they disappear on the singular (110) surface. The photoluminescence of the GaAs quantum wells grown on these samples is redshifted with respect to that of the quantum wells grown on the flat surface. This is being ascribed to the fact that on the vicinal surface, the recombination takes place at the facets where the quantum wells are wider.
The contrast in the TEM images of the TSL show for the samples misoriented towards  that the lateral segregation to the step edges on this surface is appreciable. The TSL spacing and the tilt however show that during growth the vicinal surfaces tend towards a surface with smaller miscut.