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Preparation of InAs(0 0 1) surface for spin injection via a chemical route

Singh, L. J., Oliver, R. A., Barber, Z. H., Eustace, D. A., McComb, D. W., Clowes, S. K., Gilbertson, A. M., Magnus, F., Branford, W. R., Cohen, L. F., Buckle, L., Buckle, Philip Derek and Ashley, T. 2007. Preparation of InAs(0 0 1) surface for spin injection via a chemical route. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 40 (10) , 3190. 10.1088/0022-3727/40/10/024

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A wet chemical surface treatment for InAs epilayers is investigated to remove the native semiconductor oxide prior to growth of a MgO tunnel barrier and Co ferromagnetic electrode by dc magnetron sputtering. Use of a HCl etch followed by (NH4)2S as the pre-growth surface treatment resulted in pinhole-like features in the tunnel barrier, as observed by conducting atomic force microscopy, but this detrimental effect is avoided if the etch procedure is repeated twice. High resolution transmission electron microscopy revealed that the etched samples had uniform tunnel barriers and reducing the growth temperature of the barrier from 200 to 100 °C significantly improved the abruptness of the semiconductor/barrier interface. Electrical characterization of barrier properties illustrated that all the etched samples showed parabolic differential conductance curves indicative of tunnelling behaviour at 300 K.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
ISSN: 0022-3727
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:16

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