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Title: Thermal conduction in lattice–matched superlattices of InGaAs/InAlAs

Understanding the relative importance of interface scattering and phonon-phonon interactions on thermal transport in superlattices (SLs) is essential for the simulation of practical devices, such as quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). While several studies have looked at the dependence of the thermal conductivity of SLs on period thickness, few have systematically examined the effect of varying material thickness ratio. Here, we study through-plane thermal conduction in lattice-matched In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As/In{sub 0.52}Al{sub 0.48}As SLs grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition as a function of SL period thickness (4.2 to 8.4 nm) and layer thickness ratio (1:3 to 3:1). Conductivities are measured using time-domain thermoreflectance and vary between 1.21 and 2.31 W m{sup −1} K{sup −1}. By studying the trends of the thermal conductivities for large SL periods, we estimate the bulk conductivities of In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As and In{sub 0.52}Al{sub 0.48}As to be approximately 5 W m{sup −1} K{sup −1} and 1 W m{sup −1} K{sup −1}, respectively, the latter being an order of magnitude lower than theoretical estimates. Furthermore, we find that the Kapitza resistance between alloy layers has an upper bound of ≈0.1 m{sup 2} K GW{sup −1}, and is negligible compared to the intrinsic alloy resistances, even for 2 nm thick layers. A phonon Boltzmann transport model yields good agreement with the data whenmore » the alloy interfaces are modeled using a specular boundary condition, pointing towards the high-quality of interfaces. We discuss the potential impact of these results on the design and operation of high-power QCLs comprised of In{sub 1−x}Ga{sub x}As/In{sub 1−y}Al{sub y}As SL cores.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ; ; ;  [5]
  1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)
  2. (United States)
  3. Daylight Solutions, San Diego, California 92128 (United States)
  4. Corning Incorporated, Corning, New York 14831 (United States)
  5. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22314699
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ALLOYS; ALUMINIUM COMPOUNDS; ARSENIC COMPOUNDS; CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION; GALLIUM COMPOUNDS; INDIUM COMPOUNDS; KAPITZA RESISTANCE; PHONONS; SEMICONDUCTOR LASERS; THERMAL CONDUCTION