Technical Physics Letters

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 145–148 | Cite as

Peculiarities of Silicon-Donor Ionization and Electron Scattering in Pseudomorphous AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs Quantum Wells with Heavy Unilateral Delta-Doping

  • D. A. Safonov
  • A. N. Vinichenko
  • N. I. Kargin
  • I. S. Vasil’evskii


The influence of the concentration of silicon donors on the electron-transport properties of pseudomorphous Al0.25Ga0.75As/In0.2Ga0.8As/GaAs quantum wells (QWs) in heterostructures with heavy unilateral δ-doping by Si atoms was studied in a broad temperature interval (2.1–300 K). High electron mobility (up to 35700 cm2/(V s)) at T = 4.2 K was observed at a 2D (sheet) electron density of 2 × 1012 cm–2 in the QW. A band mechanism limiting the ionization of donors at an increased level of doping is described. The nonmonotonic variation of electron mobility with increasing silicon concentration is explained. A growth in the mobility is related to increase in the Fermi momentum and screening, while the subsequent decay is caused by tunneling-induced degradation of the spacer layer with decreasing potential of the conduction band in the region of δ-Si layer. It is shown that the effect is not related to filling of the upper subband of dimensional quantization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. A. Safonov
    • 1
  • A. N. Vinichenko
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. I. Kargin
    • 1
  • I. S. Vasil’evskii
    • 1
  1. 1.National Research Nuclear University Moscow Engineering Physics InstituteMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal UniversityKaliningradRussia

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