Band-tail shape and transport near the metal-insulator transition in Si-doped Al0.3Ga0.7As

Jennifer Misuraca, Jelena Trbovic, Jun Lu, Jianhua Zhao, Yuzo Ohno, Hideo Ohno, Peng Xiong, Stephan Von Molnár

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In the present work, an infrared light-emitting diode is used to photodope molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown Si: Al0.3 Ga0.7 As, a well-known persistent photoconductor, to vary the effective electron concentration of samples in situ. Using this technique, we examine the transport properties of two samples containing different nominal doping concentrations of Si [1× 1019 cm-3 for sample 1 (S1) and 9× 1017 cm-3 for sample 2 (S2)] and vary the effective electron density between 1014 and 1018 cm-3. The metal-insulator transition for S1 is found to occur at a critical carrier concentration of 5.7× 1016 cm-3 at 350 mK. The mobilities in both samples are found to be limited by ionized impurity scattering in the temperature range probed, and are adequately described by the Brooks-Herring screening theory for higher carrier densities. The shape of the band tail of the density of states in Al0.3Ga0.7 As is found electrically through transport measurements. It is determined to have a power-law dependence, with an exponent of -1.25 for S1 and -1.38 for S2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125202
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Sep 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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