Unveiling Variations in Electronic and Atomic Structures Due to Nanoscale Wurtzite and Zinc Blende Phase Separation in GaAs Nanowires
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2024

Phase separation is an intriguing phenomenon often found in III-V nanostructures, but its effect on the atomic and electronic structures of III-V nanomaterials is still not fully understood. Here we study the variations in atomic arrangement and band structure due to the coexistence of wurtzite (WZ) and zinc blende (ZB) phases in single GaAs nanowires by using scanning transmission electron microscopy and monochromated electron energy loss spectroscopy. The WZ lattice distances are found to be larger (by ∼1%), along both the nanowire length direction and the perpendicular direction, than the ZB lattice. The band gap of the WZ phase is ∼20 meV smaller than that of the ZB phase. A shift of ∼70 meV in the conduction band edge between the two phases is also found. The direct and local measurements in single GaAs nanowires reveal important effects of phase separation on the properties of individual III-V nanostructures.

band gap

band alignment

atomic structure

electron energy loss spectroscopy

phase separation

III−V nanowires


Lunjie Zeng

Chalmers, Fysik, Nano- och biofysik

Eva Olsson

Chalmers, Fysik, Nano- och biofysik

Nano Letters

1530-6984 (ISSN) 1530-6992 (eISSN)

Vol. 24 22 6644-6650

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