Lateral superlattice effects in very narrow strained semiconductor quantum wells grown on vicinal surfaces


The existence of lateral-superlattice effects in narrow In$_x$Ga$_{1-x}$As/GaAs strained quantum wells grown on GaAs vicinal substrates is reported. The effects have been probed by photoluminescence excitation under magnetic field and compared to a theoretical model. Prior work indicates that strained epitaxial layers grown on vicinal surfaces may present a tilt angle between the substrate plane and the epilayer plane that depends on the lattice mismatch. This provokes strong lateral modulation of the potential induced by inhomogeneity of the built-in strain. Our results are consistent with strong lateral-superlattice effects.

Phys. Rev. B 47, 13880 (1993)