The epitaxial growth of Gd2O3 on GaAs (0 0 1) has given a low interfacial density of states, resulting in the demonstration of the first inversion-channel GaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor. Motivated by the significance of this discovery, in this work, cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy is employed herein to obtain precise structural and electronic information on these epitaxial films and interfaces. At the interface, the interfacial stacking of Gd2O3 films is directly correlated with the stacking sequence of the substrate GaAs. Additionally, from the local electronic states across the gate oxides, the spatial extent of the GaAs wavefunctions into the oxide dielectric may suggest a minimum Gd2O3 thickness to be of bulk properties.
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