Applied Physics A

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 317–326 | Cite as

Effects of diffraction conditions and processes on rheed intensity oscillations during the MBE growth of GaAs

  • J. Zhang
  • J. H. Neave
  • P. J. Dobson
  • B. A. Joyce
Surfaces, Interfaces, and Layer Structures


The RHEED intensity oscillation technique has received wide-spread attention for the study of MBE growth dynamics, but insufficient consideration has been given to the diffraction conditions and processes involved. We report here a systematic investigation of the intensity oscillation behaviour as a function of diffraction parameters (azimuth, incidence angle, specular and non-specular beams), with constant growth conditions for GaAs films on GaAs (001) substrates.

We show that many reported anomalies attributed to growth effects, such as phase differences and periodicity variations, can be accounted for entirely by diffraction events, provided it is realised that multiple scattering processes are the dominant cause of RHEED intensity variations during growth.

The technique can provide valuable information on growth behaviour, but only if diffraction-dependent effects are first eliminated.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Zhang
    • 1
  • J. H. Neave
    • 2
  • P. J. Dobson
    • 2
  • B. A. Joyce
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsImperial College of Science and TechnologySouth Kensington, LondonUK
  2. 2.Philips Research LaboratoriesRedhillUK

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