The structural and optical properties of high-quality homoepitaxial ZnTe films are investigated. A substrate surface treatment using diluted HF solution plays a key role in growing device-quality ZnTe layers. X-ray diffraction analysis of ZnTe epilayers based on the crystal-truncation-rod method suggests that a homoepitaxial ZnTe film grown on a HF-treated substrate can be regarded as an ideal truncated crystal without an interfacial layer, while a ZnTe layer grown on a substrate without HF treatment suggests the presence of an interfacial layer which may lead to degraded crystallinity of ZnTe overlayers. The crystal quality of the homoepitaxial ZnTe layers with HF treatments are characterized by an extremely narrow x-ray diffraction linewidth of 15.6 arcsec and dominant very sharp excitonic emission lines with dramatically reduced deep-level emission intensity in the photoluminescence (PL) spectrum. Three bound excitonic emission lines at neutral acceptors are observed in the PL from the high-quality ZnTe homoepitaxial layers in addition to the free-exciton emission line, suggesting the presence of three different kinds of residual acceptor impurities.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)