Capacitance studies of charge redistribution between Γ and X states in a GaAs/AlAs double barrier structure at high pressure

D. G. Austing, P. C. Klipstein, J. S. Roberts, G. Hill

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Abstract

Capacitance measurements as a function of bias provide evidence for the redistribution of electrons above the pressure induced type I to type II transition in a 43, 72, and 40 Å AlAs/GaAs double barrier structure (DBS). Measurements at 77 K for pressures up to 16 kbar allow the identification of low and high pressure regimes. In the low pressure regime the DBS exhibits a capacitance whose characteristic length includes both the barriers and the well, and any surrounding depletion regions. In the high pressure regime, the behavior is like that of a "quantum capacitor," with plates only ∼70 Å apart. This causes a marked increase in the zero bias capacitance, which is explained by electron transfer to the X wells in the AlAs regions. The subsequent variation of the capacitance with bias is consistent with a band bending model introduced previously, in which the Fermi level is pinned to the lowest X level in each well at low bias, but where the collector well is eventually depleted at larger bias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7340-7343
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume74
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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