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Title: Band Alignment of Al 2 O 3 on α-(Al x Ga 1-x ) 2 O 3
X Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy was used to measure valence band offsets for Al 2 O 3 deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition on α -(Al x Ga 1-x ) 2 O 3 alloys over a wide range of Al contents, x, from 0.26–0.74, corresponding to a bandgap range from 5.8–7 eV. These alloys were grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition. The band alignments were type I (nested) at x <0.5, with valence band offsets 0.13 eV for x = 0.26 and x = 0.46. At higher Al contents, the band alignment was a staggered alignment, with valence band offsets of − 0.07 eV for x = 0.58 and −0.17 for x = 0.74, ie. negative valence band offsets in both cases. The conduction band offsets are also small at these high Al contents, being only 0.07 eV at x = 0.74. The wide bandgap of the α -(Al x Ga 1-x ) 2 O 3 alloys makes it difficult to find dielectrics with nested band alignments over the entire composition range.  more » « less
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ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology
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National Science Foundation
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