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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2003
  • pp: 347–356

Generalized far-infrared magneto-optic ellipsometry for semiconductor layer structures: determination of free-carrier effective-mass, mobility, and concentration parameters in n-type GaAs

Mathias Schubert, Tino Hofmann, and Craig M. Herzinger  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 347-356 (2003)

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We report for the first time on the application of generalized ellipsometry at far-infrared wavelengths (wave numbers from 150 cm-1 to 600 cm-1) for measurement of the anisotropic dielectric response of doped polar semiconductors in layered structures within an external magnetic field. Upon determination of normalized Mueller matrix elements and subsequent derivation of the normalized complex Jones reflection matrix r of an n-type doped GaAs substrate covered by a highly resistive GaAs layer, the spectral dependence of the room-temperature magneto-optic dielectric function tensor of n-type GaAs with free-electron concentration of 1.6×1018 cm-3 at the magnetic field strength of 2.3 T is obtained on a wavelength-by-wavelength basis. These data are in excellent agreement with values predicted by the Drude model. From the magneto-optic generalized ellipsometry measurements of the layered structure, the free-carrier concentration, their optical mobility, the effective-mass parameters, and the sign of the charge carriers can be determined independently, which will be demonstrated. We propose magneto-optic generalized ellipsometry as a novel approach for exploration of free-carrier parameters in complex organic or inorganic semiconducting material heterostructures, regardless of the anisotropic properties of the individual constituents.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.3090) Physical optics : Infrared, far

Original Manuscript: July 7, 2002
Revised Manuscript: September 13, 2002
Manuscript Accepted: September 13, 2002
Published: February 1, 2003

Mathias Schubert, Tino Hofmann, and Craig M. Herzinger, "Generalized far-infrared magneto-optic ellipsometry for semiconductor layer structures: determination of free-carrier effective-mass, mobility, and concentration parameters in n-type GaAs," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 347-356 (2003)

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