Valence-band discontinuities of wurtzite GaN, AlN, and InN heterojunctions measured by x-ray photoemission spectroscopy

G. Martin, A. Botchkarev, Angus Rockett, H. Morkoç

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Abstract

The valence-band discontinuities at various wurtzite GaN, AlN, and InN heterojunctions were measured by means of x-ray photoemission spectroscopy. A significant forward-backward asymmetry was observed in the InN/GaN-GaN/InN and InN/AlN-AlN/InN heterojunctions. The asymmetry was understood as a piezoelectric strain effect. We report the valence band discontinuities for InN/GaN=1.05±0.25 eV, GaN/AlN=0.70±0.24 eV, and InN/AlN=1.81±0.20 eV, all in the standard type I lineup. These values obey transitivity to within the experimental accuracy. Tables of photoemission core level binding energies are reported for wurtzite GaN, AlN, and InN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2541-2543
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume68
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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