High-quality two-dimensional electron system confined in an AlAs quantum well

T. S. Lay, J. J. Heremans, Y. W. Suen, M. B. Santos, K. Hirakawa, M. Shayegan, A. Zrenner

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We report the fabrication and characterization of a high-quality two-dimensional electron system in the X-point valley of an AlAs quantum well. The modulation doped structure has a density of ns=2.5×10 11 cm-2 and low-temperature mobility μ=3×10 4 cm2/V s. Cyclotron resonance data reveal an effective mass mc=0.46m0, indicating that the X-point conduction valleys with heavy in-plane mass are occupied. In the magnetotransport data, we observe quantum Hall states at consecutive integral Landau-level fillings (ν), implying that the degeneracy of these valleys is lifted. Our data at high magnetic fields show well-developed fractional quantum Hall states at ν=1/3 and 2/3 with a gap of 1/3Δ=1.3K for the ν=1/3 state at B≊30 T.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3120-3122
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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