Heavy and light hole transport in nominally undoped GaSb substrates

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    © 2015 AIP Publishing LLC. In this work, we report results of a study of electronic transport in nominally undoped p-type GaSb wafers typically employed as substrate material for the epitaxial growth of InAs/GaInSb type-II superlattices. Magnetic field dependent Hall-effect measurements and high-resolution mobility spectrum analysis clearly indicate p-type conductivity due to carriers in both the heavy and light hole bands. The extracted hole concentrations indicate a thermal activation energy of 17.8 meV for the dominant native acceptor-like defects. A temperature-independent effective mass ratio of 9.0 ± 0.8 was determined from the ratio of measured heavy and light hole concentrations. Over the 56 K-300 K temperature range, the light hole mobility was found to be 4.7 ± 0.7 times higher than the heavy hole mobility. The measured room temperature mobilities for the light and heavy holes were 2550 cm2/Vs and 520 cm2/Vs, respectively.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number032103
    Pages (from-to)1-5
    Number of pages5
    JournalApplied Physics Letters
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2015


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