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Published in APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 90, 182110 (2007). Copyright © 2007 American Institute of Physics. Used by permission.


The strain-free boron- and indium-containing GaAs compounds are promising candidates for III-V semiconductor solar cell absorber materials with lattice match to GaAs, for which experimental data of the electronic band structure are widely unknown. For nondegenerate, silicon-doped, n-type B0.03In0.06Ga0.91As with band-gap energy of 1.36 eV, determined by near-infrared ellipsometry, a strong increase of the electron effective mass of 44% in B0.03In0.06Ga0.91As compared to In0.06Ga0.94As is obtained from far-infrared magneto-optic generalized ellipsometry studies. The authors thereby obtain the vibrational lattice mode behavior. For BAs, an experimentally obscure compound, the curvature of the Г-point conduction band thus extrapolates to the free electron mass.