A phosphorus-doped silica (SiO2:P) cap containing 5 wt% P has been demonstrated to inhibit the bandgap shifts of p-i-n and n-i-p GaAs/AlGaAs quantum well laser structures after rapid thermal processing. The intermixing suppression has been attributed to the fact that SiO2:P is more dense and void free compared with standard SiO2 together with a strain relaxation effect of the cap layer during annealing. Band gap shift differences as large as 100 meV have been observed from samples capped with SiO2 and with SiO2:P. The n-i-p structure showed a higher degree of intermixing compared to p-i-n structure. This behaviour has been attributed to the rise of Fermi level in the n doped structure, through which the formation energy of Ga vacancies is reduced compared to the p doped structure.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Physics|
|State||Published - Mar 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)