Journal of Applied Physics vol:87 issue:1 pages:564-571
The strict virtual crystal model has been shown to describe accurately the mixing enthalpy of III-V ternary alloys. We allocate the different components of this model to both subreactions, i.e., the reactions forming III-V-I and III-V-II, present in the molecular-beam epitaxial growth of III-(VVII)-V-I compound alloys, and derive thereof a model that describes accurately the composition obtained. A good correspondence with experimental growth data is obtained. We apply this model to both relaxed and strained layer growth and the evolution in the composition is given when a relaxed layer is grown on a substrate with a different lattice constant. (C) 2000 American Institute of Physics. [S0021- 8979(00)01901-0].