Large zero-field spin splitting in AlGaN/AlN/GaN/AlN heterostructures
Journal of Applied Physics
AIP Publishing LLC
093701-6 - 093701-1
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This work describes Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) measurements in Al0.22 Ga0.78 N/AlN/GaN/AlN heterostructures. Our experiments coupled with the analysis of the Hall data at various temperatures confirm the formation of a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) at the AlN/GaN interface. A beating pattern in the SdH oscillations is also observed and attributed to a zero-field spin splitting of the 2DEG first energy subband. The values of the effective spin-orbit coupling parameter and zero-field spin-split energy are estimated and compared with those reported in the literature. We show that zero-field spin-split energy tends to increase with increasing sheet electron density and that our value (12.75 meV) is the largest one reported in the literature for GaN-based heterostructures.