Energy band engineering of flexible gallium arsenide through substrate cracking with pre-tensioned films

Abdullah Alharbi, Davood Shahrjerdi

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Abstract

Flexible electronics based on the otherwise rigid conventional crystalline semiconductors is emerging as a new class of technology. However, the existing layer-transfer approaches for implementing such technologies is mostly focused on maintaining the performance of the original device. Here we show that layer transfer through substrate cracking with a pre-tensioned nickel film readily enables the manipulation of the electronic band structure in flexible gallium arsenide (GaAs) devices. We empirically and theoretically quantify the effect of ‘engineered' residual strain on the electronic band structure in these flexible GaAs devices. Photoluminescence and quantum efficiency measurements indicate the widening of the GaAs energy bandgap due to the residual compressive strain. The experimental results are in good agreement with our theoretical calculations. This study introduces a new way for strain engineering in flexible compound semiconductors with important implications for electronic and optoelectronic applications. (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-633
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica Status Solidi - Rapid Research Letters
Volume10
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

Keywords

  • GaAs
  • cracks
  • energy band engineering
  • flexible electronics
  • strain engineering
  • substrates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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