a1 Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales e I.M. y Q.I., Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Cádiz, Campus Río San Pedro, s/n, 11510 Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain
a2 Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid (CNM-CSIC), Isaac Newton 8 (PTM), 28760-Tres Cantos (Madrid), Spain
a3 Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831, USA
a4 Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos, CASEM, Universidad de Cádiz, Campus Río San Pedro, s/n, 11510 Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain
We show in this article that it is possible to obtain elemental compositional maps and profiles with atomic-column resolution across an InxGa1−xAs multilayer structure from 5th-order aberration-corrected high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) images. The compositional profiles obtained from the analysis of HAADF-STEM images describe accurately the distribution of In in the studied multilayer in good agreement with Muraki's segregation model [Muraki, K., Fukatsu, S., Shiraki, Y. & Ito, R. (1992). Surface segregation of In atoms during molecular beam epitaxy and its influence on the energy levels in InGaAs/GaAs quantums wells. Appl Phys Lett 61, 557–559].
(Received August 04 2010)
(Accepted January 31 2011)
(Online publication May 27 2011)