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Title: The role of beryllium in the band structure of MgZnO: Lifting the valence band maximum

We investigate the effect of Be on the valence band maximum (VBM) of MgZnO by measuring the band offsets of Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O/Be{sub x}Mg{sub y}Zn{sub 1−x−y}O heterojunctions using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O and Be{sub x}Mg{sub y}Zn{sub 1−x−y}O films have been grown on c-plane sapphire substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The valence band offset (ΔE{sub V}) of Mg{sub 0.15}Zn{sub 0.85}O (E{sub g} = 3.62 eV)/Be{sub 0.005}Mg{sub 0.19}Zn{sub 0.805}O (E{sub g} = 3.73 eV) heterojunction is 0.01 eV and Be{sub 0.005}Mg{sub 0.19}Zn{sub 0.805}O has a lower VBM. The increased Mg composition is the main factor for the reduction of VBM. The VBM of Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O is lower by 0.03 eV with the enlargement of E{sub g} from 3.62 eV to 3.73 eV by increasing Mg composition. Considering the effect of increased Mg composition, it is concluded that the little amount of Be makes the VBM go up by 0.02 eV when the E{sub g} of the alloy is 3.73 eV. The ΔE{sub V} of Mg{sub 0.11}Zn{sub 0.89}O (E{sub g} = 3.56 eV)/Be{sub 0.007}Mg{sub 0.12}Zn{sub 0.873}O (E{sub g} = 3.56 eV) heterojunction is calculated to be 0.03 eV and Be{sub 0.007}Mg{sub 0.12}Zn{sub 0.873}O has a higher VBM than Mg{sub 0.11}Zn{sub 0.89}O, which means that a little amount Be lifts the VBM by 0.03 eV when the E{sub g}more » of the alloy is 3.56 eV. The experimental measurements have offered a strong support for the theoretical research that alloying Be in Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O alloys is hopeful to form a higher VBM and to enhance the p-type dopability of MgZnO.« less
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  1. State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Cyrus Tang Center for Sensor Materials and Applications, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22350751
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 12; 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; BERYLLIUM; BERYLLIUM COMPOUNDS; EV RANGE; FILMS; HETEROJUNCTIONS; MAGNESIUM COMPOUNDS; MOLECULAR BEAM EPITAXY; PLASMA; SAPPHIRE; SUBSTRATES; VALENCE; X-RAY PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY; ZINC OXIDES