Suitability of II-VI Semiconductors for Photonic Applications: Common-Anion versus Common-Cation Superlattices

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Based on the sp3 s* tight-binding method, the electronic band structures of both common-anion and common-cation II-VI superlattices (SLs) are investigated. As models, we took for the former the case of CdTe/ZnTe(001) SLs where the common anion is confirmed to yield a vanishing or a small valence-band offset (VBO) and the biaxial strain, of course, contributes in the valence-band splittings and yield type-I SLs in most of the studied cases. Whereas, we took as a second model two different SLs: The ZnS/ZnSe(001) and ZnSe/ZnTe(001) SLs. We have confirmed that the common-cation SLs cannot have a vanishing conduction-band offsets (CBO), as speculated, but rather the CBO could be as large as the VBO. The biaxial strain, again, can participate here in the formation of the band offsets and yield either type-I SLs, as in the case of the ZnS/ZnSe, or type-II SLs, as in the case of ZnSe/ZnTe. Moreover, the reason why some type-II SLs, such as ZnSe/ZnTe(001), could be useful as photonic devices is explained by the tendency of the carriers to confine near the interface as a result of a strong band mixing caused by the biaxial strain. Furthermore, our theoretical results are compared to some available photoluminescence data and conclusions have been drawn about the the strain morphology and the structural and optical qualities of the experimental samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-462
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • CdTe
  • Electronic structure
  • Photoluminescence
  • Superlattices
  • ZnS
  • ZnSe
  • ZnTe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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