The energy-band structures of (GaAs)n(AlAs)m heterostructures with 2n+m8 and of the corresponding virtual-crystal alloys are calculated with the empirical pseudopotential method. Our results indicate that cation order effects do not play a significant role for these heterostructures and can be handled in perturbation theory. Our picture is in agreement with all the available experimental data. The use for heterostructure calculations of empirical pseudopotentials derived from a fit to the band structures of the pure GaAs and AIAs compounds is critically discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics