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Quantification of Sample Thickness and In-Concentration of InGaAs Quantum Wells by Transmission Measurements in a Scanning Electron Microscope

  • T. Volkenandt (a1), E. Müller (a1) (a2), D.Z. Hu (a3), D.M. Schaadt (a3) and D. Gerthsen (a1) (a2)...

High-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) images of electron-transparent samples show dominant atomic number (Z-) contrast with a high lateral resolution. HAADF STEM at low electron energies <30 keV is applied in this work for quantitative composition analyses of InGaAs quantum wells. To determine the local composition, normalized experimental image intensities are compared with results of Monte Carlo simulations. For verification of the technique, InGaAs/GaAs quantum-well structures with known In concentration are used. Transmission electron microscopy samples with known thickness are prepared by the focused-ion-beam technique. The method can be extended to other material systems and is particularly promising for the analysis of materials that are sensitive toward knock-on damage.

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