We investigate the influence of strain and dislocations on band alignment in GaSb/GaAs quantum dot systems. Composition profiles from cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy images are interpolated onto a finite element mesh in order to calculate the distribution of local elastic strain, which is converted to a spatially varying band alignment using deformation potential theory. Our calculations predict that dislocation-induced strain relaxation and charging lead to significant local variations in band alignment. Furthermore, misfit strain induces a transition from a nested (type I) to a staggered (type II) band alignment. Although dislocation-induced strain relaxation prevents the type I to type II transition, electrostatic charging at dislocations induces the staggered band alignment once again.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Physics|
|State||Published - Feb 28 2022|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)