Rectifying Single GaAsSb Nanowire Devices Based on Self-Induced Compositional Gradients

Junghwan Huh, Hoyeol Yun, Dong Chul Kim, A. Mazid Munshi, Dasa L. Dheeraj, Hanne Kauko, Antonius T.J. Van Helvoort, Sang Wook Lee, Bjørn Ove Fimland, Helge Weman

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Device configurations that enable a unidirectional propagation of carriers in a semiconductor are fundamental components for electronic and optoelectronic applications. To realize such devices, however, it is generally required to have complex processes to make p-n or Schottky junctions. Here we report on a unidirectional propagation effect due to a self-induced compositional variation in GaAsSb nanowires (NWs). The individual GaAsSb NWs exhibit a highly reproducible rectifying behavior, where the rectifying direction is determined by the NW growth direction. Combining the results from confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy, electron microscopy, and electrical measurements, the origin of the rectifying behavior is found to be associated with a self-induced variation of the Sb and the carrier concentrations in the NW. To demonstrate the usefulness of these GaAsSb NWs for device applications, NW-based photodetectors and logic circuits have been made. (Graph Presented).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3709-3715
Number of pages7
JournalNano Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 10 Jun 2015

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  • Self-catalyzed GaAsSb nanowires
  • logic circuits
  • molecular beam epitaxy
  • photodetectors
  • rectifying behavior
  • self-induced compositional variation


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