Long-range order and segregation in semiconductor superlattices
Physical Review Letters
2114 - 2117
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Results of self-consistent energy-minimization calculations provide strong evidence that the ordered phases in epitaxially grown Ga1-xAlxAs and strained Si1-xGex alloys are metastable, in the sense that segregation into constituents is favored. We show that the long-range order in intermediate metastable structures leads to significant changes in the electronic properties of semiconductor superlattices. Segregation gives rise to micro-quantum-wells with staggered band lineup and multiple confined states in the potential barrier. © 1987 The American Physical Society.