Ellipsoidal InAs quantum dots observed by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy

J.H. Blokland, M. Bozkurt, J.M. Ulloa Herrero, D. Reuter, A.D. Wieck, P.M. Koenraad, P.C.M. Christianen, J.C. Maan

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We report a detailed analysis of the shape, size, and composition of self-assembled InAs quantum dots based on cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy (X-STM) experiments. X-STM measurements on 13 individual quantum dots reveal an ellipsoidal dot shape with an average height of 8 nm and a diameter of 26 nm. Analysis of the outward relaxation and lattice constant profiles shows that the dots consist of an InGaAs alloy with a profound gradient in the indium concentration in both horizontal and vertical directions. These results are important to obtain a deeper understanding of the relationship between the structural and electronic properties of semiconductor quantum dots.
Original languageEnglish
Article number023107
Pages (from-to)023107-1/3
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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