Type-I band alignment at MoS2/In0.15Al0.85N lattice matched heterojunction and realization of MoS2 quantum well

Malleswararao Tangi, Pawan Mishra, Ming Yang Li, Mohammad Khaled Shakfa, Dalaver H. Anjum, Mohamed Nejib Hedhili, Tien Khee Ng, Lain Jong Li, Boon S. Ooi

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The valence and conduction band offsets (VBO and CBO) at the semiconductor heterojunction are crucial parameters to design the active region of contemporary electronic and optoelectronic devices. In this report, to study the band alignment parameters at the In0.15Al0.85N/MoS2 lattice matched heterointerface, large area MoS2 single layers are chemical vapor deposited on molecular beam epitaxial grown In0.15Al0.85N films and vice versa. We grew InAlN having an in-plane lattice parameter closely matching with that of MoS2. We confirm that the grown MoS2 is a single layer from optical and structural analyses using micro-Raman spectroscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy. The band offset parameters VBO and CBO at the In0.15Al0.85N/MoS2 heterojunction are determined to be 2.08 ± 0.15 and 0.60 ± 0.15 eV, respectively, with type-I band alignment using high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in conjunction with ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, we design a MoS2 quantum well structure by growing an In0.15Al0.85N layer on MoS2/In0.15Al0.85N type-I heterostructure. By reducing the nitrogen plasma power and flow rate for the overgrown In0.15Al0.85N layers, we achieve unaltered structural properties and a reasonable preservation of photoluminescence intensity with a peak width of 70 meV for MoS2 quantum well (QW). The investigation provides a pathway towards realizing large area, air-stable, lattice matched, and eventual high efficiency In0.15Al0.85N/MoS2/In0.15Al0.85N QW-based light emitting devices.

Original languageBritish English
Article number092104
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - 28 Aug 2017


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