Optical properties of zinc-blende CdSe and ZnxCd1-xSe films grown on GaAs

Y. D. Kim, M. V. Klein, S. F. Ren, Y. C. Chang, H. Luo, N. Samarth, J. K. Furdyna

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We present room-temperature ellipsometric measurements of the dielectric function of ZnxCd1-xSe single-crystal films grown on (001)GaAs in the 1.5-6.0-eV energy region x ranging from 0 to 1. We identify the E0, E0+Δ0, E1, E1+Δ1, and E2 threshold energies using the CdSe band structure calculated with a nonlocal empirical pseudopotential method. We find that the contact exciton effect has to be included in the calculated dielectric function of CdSe in order to obtain good agreement with our measurements. A compositon-dependent critical-point analysis of the E1 and E1+Δ1 structures has been performed. We also find that the spin-orbit-splitting band gap Δ1(x), the linewidths, and the excitonic angles are about maximum at x=0.5, which we attribute to the statistical fluctuation of the alloy composition. Finally, the E1 and E1+Δ1 critical-point amplitudes cannot be understood by the one-electron approximation, confirming the existence of strong excitonic effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7262-7270
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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