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The search for semiconducting materials with improved optical properties relies on the possibility to manipulate the semiconductors band structure by using quantum confinement, strain effects, and by the addition of diluted amounts of impurity elements such as Bi. In this study, we explore the possibility to engineer the structural and physical properties of the Ga (As, Bi) alloy by employing different stress conditions in its epitaxial growth. Films with variable concentration of Bi are grown by molecular beam epitaxy on bare Ga As (001) crystals and on partially relaxed (In, Ga) As double buffer layers acting as stressors aiming to control the Bi incorporation into the alloy and improving the optical properties in terms of efficiency. A combination of several structural and electronic characterization techniques and dedicated density-functional-theory calculations allows us a systematic comparison between the samples grown …
American Physical Society
Publication date: 
10 Jul 2020

E Tisbi, E Placidi, R Magri, P Prosposito, R Francini, A Zaganelli, S Cecchi, E Zallo, R Calarco, E Luna, J Honolka, M Vondráček, S Colonna, F Arciprete

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Volume: 14 Issue: 1 Pages: 014028
Physical Review Applied