Impurity-induced layer disordering experiments on AlxGa 1-xAs-GaAs quantum well heterostructures (QWHs) that are doped heavily with carbon are described. The data show that carbon doping retards Al-Ga interdiffusion relative to an undoped crystal, and that interdiffusion in C-doped QWHs is not enhanced by a Ga-rich (versus As-rich) annealing ambient. The data are inconsistent with most Fermi-level-effect models for layer disordering that do not include chemical impurity dependence or sublattice dependence, and that do not consider the possibility of inhibited Al-Ga interdiffusion in extrinsic crystals.
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