First principles calculation of the opto-electronic properties of (110) growth axis SiGe superlattices
Using two versions of the first principles full potential linear muffin-tin orbitals method (FPLMTO) which enable an accurate treatment of the interstitial regions, the electronic and optical properties of (110) growth axis Si/SiGe superlattices are investigated. A comparative study with (001) growth axis superlattices is made. In particular, it is found that the bottom of the conduction band (CB) is closer to Γ in the (110) system but the optical activity is not enhanced. Furthermore, the absorption spectra of the superlattices are calculated and are found to be quite different from those of bulk Si and Ge but fairly close to their average.