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Title: Review Article: Overview of lanthanide pnictide films and nanoparticles epitaxially incorporated into III-V semiconductors

The incorporation of lanthanide pnictide nanoparticles and films into III-V matrices allows for semiconductor composites with a wide range of potential optical, electrical, and thermal properties, making them useful for applications in thermoelectrics, tunnel junctions, phototconductive switches, and as contact layers. The similarities in crystal structures and lattice constants allow them to be epitaxially incorporated into III-V semiconductors with low defect densities and high overall film quality. A variety of growth techniques for these composites with be discussed, along with their growth mechanisms and current applications, with a focus on more recent developments. Results obtained from molecular beam epitaxy film growth will be highlighted, although other growth techniques will be mentioned. Optical and electronic characterization along with the microscopy analysis of these composites is presented to demonstrate influence of nanoinclusion composition and morphology on the resulting properties of the composite material.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [1]
  1. Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States). Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  2. Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States). Department of Physics and Astronomy
  3. Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States). Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Physics and Astronomy
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0008166; SC0008466; NNX15AI19H
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology. B, Nanotechnology and Microelectronics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 35; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 2166-2746
Publisher:
American Vacuum Society/AIP
Research Org:
Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE
OSTI Identifier:
1361937
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1420592; OSTI ID: 1426156