Dielectric function tensor (1.5 eV to 9.0 eV), anisotropy, and band to band transitions of monoclinic β-(AlxGa1-x)2O3 (x ≤ 0.21) films

Matthew Hilfiker, Ufuk Kilic, Alyssa Mock, Vanya Darakchieva, Sean Knight, Rafał Korlacki, Akhil Mauze, Yuewei Zhang, James Speck, Mathias Schubert

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A set of monoclinic β-(AlxGa1-x)2O3 films coherently grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy onto (010)-oriented β-Ga2O3 substrates for compositions x ≤ 0.21 is investigated by generalized spectroscopic ellipsometry at room temperature in the spectral range of 1.5 eV-9.0 eV. We present the composition dependence of the excitonic and band to band transition energy parameters using a previously described eigendielectric summation approach for β-Ga2O3 from the study by Mock et al. All energies shift to a shorter wavelength with the increasing Al content in accordance with the much larger fundamental band to band transition energies of Al2O3 regardless of crystal symmetry. The observed increase in the lowest band to band transition energy is in excellent agreement with recent theoretical predictions. The most important observation is that charge confinement in heterostructures will strongly depend on the growth condition due to the strongly anisotropic properties of the band to band transitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number231901
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 10 2019

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