Unraveling the structural and electronic properties of strained PbSe on GaAs

X. Liu, J. Wang, L. Riney, S. K. Bac, David J. Smith, M. R. McCartney, I. Khan, A. J. Hoffman, M. Dobrowolska, J. K. Furdyna, B. A. Assaf

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Thin films of PbSe have been synthesized by molecular beam epitaxy on both GaAs(1 0 0) and GaAs(1 1 1)B substrates. Despite the smaller lattice constant of GaAs, the PbSe layers are (0 0 1)-oriented and undergo in-plane tensile strain on both substrates due to the thermal expansion coefficient mismatch between the materials. High resolution transmission electron microscopy observations reveal an abrupt and highly crystalline interface, not impacted by the tensile strain. The impact of strain on the electronic band structure is computed and found to induce an increase in the energy gap by as much as 10%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number126235
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
StatePublished - Sep 15 2021


  • A1. Interfaces
  • A1. Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • A1. X-ray Diffraction
  • A3. Molecular beam epitaxy
  • B2. Semiconducting lead compounds
  • B2. Topological insulators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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