We report a method for the removal of AlxGa1-xAs native oxides for 0≤x≤1, prior to molecular beam epitaxial overgrowth. The oxides formed on epilayers of AlGaAs after atmospheric exposure are removed in an electron cyclotron resonance hydrogen plasma with a substrate temperature less than 400°C. Reflection high energy electron diffraction indicates the plasma-prepared AlGaAs surface are oxide-free and crystalline; after a vacuum anneal to 250-500°C, GaAs or AlGaAs are epitaxially overgrown on these surfaces. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy detects C, O, and Si impurities at the interfaces, where their concentrations increase with increasing Al content of the exposed surface. The quality of the interface and the overgrown film, as observed by transmission electron microscopy, are found to be better for lower interface impurity densities.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)