Together with the advanced growth technologies of zinc selenide epitaxial films by MOVPE or MBE, severals workers have reported the observation of p-type conductivity in this material. However, there are some inconsistencies in most of the papers reporting such results.
We report here the MOVPE crystal growth of nominaly undoped ZnSe/GaAs S.I. layers using alkyls as precursors, and their optical and electrical characterizations. We show the possibility to observe p-type conductivity in ZnSe due to a hole accumulation at the interface in the GaAs side. This is consistent with a simple model taking Into account the conduction and valence bands discontinuities at the ZnSe/GaAs interface.