Study of reactive ion etching-induced damage in GaAs/AlGaAs structures using a quantum well intermixing probe

B. S. Ooi*, A. C. Bryce, C. D W Wilkinson, J. H. Marsh

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Abstract

We report the damage distribution induced by C2F6 and SiCl4 reactive ion etching (RIE) using quantum wells and quantum well intermixing (QWI) as probes. Photoluminescence emission at 77 K was measured both before and after rapid thermal annealing at 900°C for 30 s. Our results show that the QWI probing technique can effectively be utilized as a sensitive probe of RIE damage. A damage depth of 650 Å before annealing and blue shifts of up to 65 meV after annealing were obtained in C 2F6 RIE regions. A damage depth of 100 Å and blue shifts of up to 30 meV were observed in SiCl4 RIE regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-600
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume64
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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