Aluminum arsenide cleaved-edge overgrown quantum wires

J. Moser*, T. Zibold, D. Schuh, M. Bichler, F. Ertl, G. Abstreiter, M. Grayson, S. Roddaro, V. Pellegrini

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We report conductance measurements in quantum wires made of aluminum arsenide, a heavy-mass, multivalley one-dimensional (1D) system. Zero-bias conductance steps are observed as the electron density in the wire is lowered, with additional steps observable upon applying a finite dc bias. We attribute these steps to depopulation of successive 1D subbands. The quantum conductance is substantially reduced with respect to the anticipated value for a spin- and valley-degenerate 1D system. This reduction is consistent with disorder-induced, intrawire backscattering that suppresses the transmission of 1D modes. Calculations are presented to demonstrate the role of strain in the 1D states of this cleaved-edge structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number052101
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2005

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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