GaAs Clusters in the Quantum Size Regime: Growth on High Surface Area Silica by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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Science  28 Jul 1989:
Vol. 245, Issue 4916, pp. 391-393
DOI: 10.1126/science.245.4916.391


Molecular beam epitaxy has been used to grow microcrystalline clusters of gallium arsenide (GaAs) in the size range from 2.5 to 60 nanometers on high-purity, amorphous silica supports. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy reveals that clusters as small as 3.5 nanometers have good crystalline order with a lattice constant equal to that of bulk GaAs. Study of the microcrystallite surfaces by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows that they are covered with a shell (1.0 to 1.5 nanometers thick) of native oxides of gallium and arsenic (Ga2O3 and As2O3), whose presence could explain the low luminescence efficiency of the clusters. Optical absorption spectra of the supported GaAs are consistent with the blue-shifted band edge expected for semiconductor microcrystallites in the quantum size regime.

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