Atomic structure of ‘W’-type quantum well heterostructures investigated by aberration-corrected STEM

P. KÜkelhan, A. Beyer, C. Fuchs, M. J. Weseloh, S. W. Koch, W. Stolz, K. Volz

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The atomic structure of (GaIn)As/Ga(AsSb)/(GaIn)As-‘W’-type quantum well heterostructures (‘W’-QWHs) is investigated by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). These structures were grown by metal organic vapour phase epitaxy and are built for type-II laser systems in the infrared wavelength regime. For two samples grown at 525°C and 550°C, intensity profiles are extracted from the STEM images for each sublattice separately. These intensity profiles are compared to the one obtained from an image simulation of an ideal ‘W’-QWH that is modelled in close agreement with the experiment. From the intensity profiles, the width of the different quantum wells (QWs) can be determined. Additionally, characteristics connected to the growth of the structures, such as segregation coefficients and material homogeneity, are calculated. Finally, composition profiles are derived from the STEM intensity profiles to a first approximation. For these composition profiles, the expected photoluminescence (PL) is computed based using the semiconductor luminescence equations. The PL spectra are then compared to experimental measurements for both samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-268
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Microscopy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • image simulation
  • photoluminescence
  • quantum well heterostructure
  • type-II laser system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology


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