Rashba spin-orbit interaction of in0.53Ga0.47As/ In0.7Ga0.3As/In0.53Ga0.47As shallow two-dimensional electron gas by surface etching

Yoji Kunihashi, Takayuki Nihei, Makoto Koda, Junsaku Nitta

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We have investigated Rashba spin-orbit interaction (SOI) of In 0.53Ga0.47As/In0.7Ga0.3As/In 0.53Ga0.47As two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) located below 6.4 nm - 26.5 nm from the sample surface by analyzing weak antilocalization (WAL). Depth of the 2DEG from the sample surface is systematically controlled by surface etching within the identical samples. WAL is enhanced as increasing the etching depth due to the large energy-band bending of In0.53Ga0.47As/In0.7Ga0.3As/ In0.53Ga0.47As quantum well. The Rashba SOI parameter α increases with increasing the etching depth, and 2.41 × 10 -12 eVm is obtained in the shallowest 2DEG which is located below 6.4 nm from the surface. Calculated α from the k · p formalism shows good agreement on the surface etching dependence with the experimental values. Dominant contribution of the Rashba SOI parameter α is originated from the In0.53Ga0.47As/In0.7Ga0.3As heterointerface as well as the energy-band bending in the In 0.7Ga0.3As quantum well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-325
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 1
Event15th International Conference on Nonequilibrium Carrier Dynamics in Semiconductors, HCIS15 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2007 Jul 232007 Jul 27

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  • Condensed Matter Physics


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