Giant and composition-dependent optical band gap bowing in dilute GaSb 1-xNx alloys

A. Belabbes*, M. Ferhat, A. Zaoui

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Ab initio pseudopotential plane wave calculations and large 64-atom relaxed supercells are used to investigate the structural and electronic properties of Ga Nx Sb1-x dilute alloys. While the band gaps of conventional III-V semiconductors have a simple and weak dependence on composition, this work illustrate a violation of this expected behavior. We show that the band gap decreases rapidly with increasing compositions of N and that Ga Nx Sb1-x show an abnormal giant gap reduction. As a consequence, the optical band gap bowing is found to be giant and composition dependent as found for other mixed anion III-V-N systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number152109
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 10 2006

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