First X-Ray Evidence of Heterogeneous Impurity Correlations in Very Highly Doped n-GaAs
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Measurements of X-ray scattering from very highly doped GaAs:Te single crystals as a function of doping level and thermal treatment (annealing temperature) are reported. Reversible diffuse X-ray scattering occurs after sample annealing below a certain temperature. Presented results indicate an inhomogeneous arising of impurity-impurity correlations in GaAs:Te solid solution. Observed features of diffuse X-ray scattering in reciprocal space can be well understood within Krivoglaz theory of scattering due to spatial fluctuations of solute atoms pair correlation function and related lattice deformations. Good coincidence of diffuse X-ray scattering with the free electron concentration changes caused by an annealing is reported. Free electron concentration drop accompanying impurity correlation strongly suggests a certain form of impurity bonding.
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