Talk:Gallium arsenide

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The article says that GaMnAs is an "important magnetic semicnductor". Whilst I appreciated dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMSs) such as GaMnAs and GaMnSb are potentially quite useful technologically, I don't know of any device where they are currently being used, for the simple reason that the Curie temperatures of DMS materials are well below room temperature, with some below liquid nitrogen. I have therefore, removed this sentence until someone with more information on GaMnAs can write something more substantial. --Lateralis (talk) 08:50, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Growth Processes?[edit]

This article states that it is difficult to grow GaAs via Czochralksi techniques, and that Bridgeman is used instead.... This is certainly not true for semi-insulating GaAs, which is most definitely grown by Czochralski methods! And since semi-insulating GaAs is basically really really pure GaAs, I would imagine that normal GaAs can be grown by this technique as well. Of course, since its mechanical properties are poorer, wafers of smaller diameters than, for example Si, could be grown, but I am sure it is still a viable technique. Anybody know anything else about this issue so we can put some more information on the page? Mike 18:41, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

Electronic properties[edit]

It would be nice if this site contained the electronic properties of GaAs. For example it would be usefull to have the electron and nuclei's g-factors (lande factor) for this material. These are usefull qualities when considering qunatum dot's.


I once toasted an array of near UV LEDs by having a voltage much to high connected to it. It smelled funny - could this smell have been gallium arsenide? Thanks, --Abdull 20:47, 28 August 2005 (UTC)

yea prob was , get high off that shit --unknown

What you smelled was probably a combination of arsine and metal vapor from the contacts. Arsine smells faintly like garlic and leaves a metallic taste in your mouth. And most people who know what it smells like are dead. -- (talk) 00:17, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

RE: Standard Cheminfo table and Electronic Properties[edit]

When I updated the table I left this there - does anyone think it should be in its own section in the article or left there?

Ryan Jones 21:27, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
I think it looks good there. The only interest people really have in GaAs is due to its electronic properties, so I think it deserves a place in the table. Thanks for updating the table, it looks good! Walkerma 07:10, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

Oxidation number[edit]

Um, isn't GaAs gallium(III) arsenide? I don't think gallium forms any stable compounds in the +2 oxidation state. —Keenan Pepper 14:21, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Of course it is gallium(III) arsenide, but more simply known as plain old gallium arsenide. There is no stable substance gallium(II) arsenide. Jaraalbe 21:40, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Someone knows GaAs dielectric constant? Would be useful. 08:08, 14 September 2006 (UTC)


Whats the price of Galium Arsnide? I'm interested in comparing it with silicon. Fresheneesz 23:42, 5 January 2007 (UTC)


Could we have a paragraph on how gallium arsenide is produced?

Work Function[edit]

Can anyone post the work function of GaAs under normal conditions? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:19, 21 July 2008 (UTC)


With all due respect, the pic is nonsensical. It shows a device of some kind, on a substrate of some kind. Nothing much to do with GaAs. Maybe a color picture of a boule, a chunk of crystal, or a wafer would be nice. Someone who has access non-copy right protected pic? There are countless pics on countless sites out there. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:08, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Silicon or GaAs advantages?[edit]

The last line in the Si advantages (which is currently "Unlike silicon cells, GaAs cells are relatively insensitive to heat. On the other hand, GaAs has an absorptivity so high it requires a cell only a few micrometers thick to absorb sunlight (crystalline silicon requires a layer 100 micrometers or more thick)") is very confusing. It sounds like it's talking about the advantages of GaAs, not Si. It should be moved, removed, or at least it should be made clear that this is about GaAs advantages, and why. AngusCA (talk) 20:11, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

Tweaked. Materialscientist (talk) 04:59, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
It still needs a bit of help. It seems to be talking about GaAs in a photoelectric cell. Is that it? The problem is that the explanation of the advantage (if that's what it is) needs to be closer to the bottom-line. AngusCA (talk) 17:48, 15 November 2009 (UTC)

Absorptivity? It seems there is some ccnfusion here. Again maybe too much photovoltaic-centric. Firstly, higher absorptivity results in thinner material requirement, not the other way around. 0.1 mm vs a few microns? It is also a matter of what wavelength. Where Si absorbs, GaAs is transparent! Wrong comparison. I will get back to this later. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:28, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

What to say about about GaAs advantages in POET[edit]

Hello, I have recently been researching a company using GaAs as their primary materiel for a unique process they call POET (Planar Opto Electronic Technology). I have created a Wiki for their company with the purpose of creating a fact based page listing their patents, its benefits over CMOS, how it could be a solution to the bottle neck of Moore's law, how it could save outdated Semiconductor Fabs that are going to become outdated and so on. they have worked with NASA, the US Air force, The NAVY and have a partnership with BEA systems so this is likely some thing we are going to see enter into the world of electronics in the near future. Their lead scientist Dr. Geoff Taylor was recently invited to present the Process at the Empire Club of Canada a forum of fairly prestigious renown. Any ways. Would any of you object to me entering a brief description of its benefits over Silicon in this section of the GaAs Wiki? POET Wiki Thank you for your consideration. MJB 02:39, 1 September 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by JordanBaldwin (talkcontribs)

I came across Poetic Process Could Extend the End of Moore’s Law. May 2014 but do we have sources saying what transistor types and logic will be used, or what advantages it will have over other GaAs chips ? - Rod57 (talk) 07:31, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

Use in spintronics[edit]

Hi guys. I found some new information on what people are doing with GaAs and am wondering if the Gurus around here would like to add it to this section of the Article? GaAs Forms Basis Of Tunable Spintronics Link MJB an imagination of little renown 23:11, 1 September 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by JordanBaldwin (talkcontribs)

no guru available, so I've added ===Spin-charge converters=== at the end of ==Other applications==. - Rod57 (talk) 07:23, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

First computer[edit]

The earliest GaAs computer that I'm aware of is the 4-bit prototype that the engineers working on Reagan's Star Wars project made. I think this is worth mentioning (or the real first one, if that wasn't it) because the article gives the impression that Cray did it first.

Otherwise this is a very good article. Unlike a lot of others at this level of esotericism, which are a lot of shop talk, this one respects WP:PCR well. AngusCA (talk) 20:25, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

Would it be possible to provide reference for the earliest GaAs computer? Or better say, just amend the article, with reference(s). Thank you. Materialscientist (talk) 04:59, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
If you're talking to me: no. Like I said, the Star Wars prototype is the earliest one I'm aware of. I don't know what the absolute earliest one is, I just know that the Star Wars prototype pre-dates whatever Cray came up w/in the 90s. AngusCA (talk) 17:51, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
Jurij Šilc, Borut Robič, Theo Ungerer (1999). Processor architecture: from dataflow to superscalar and beyond. Springer. p. 34.  might be the thing to look in.--Stone (talk) 18:02, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
I've updated this bit in the article. Thanks to AngusCA and Stone. Materialscientist (talk) 01:51, 16 November 2009 (UTC)

Relative abundancy[edit]

Si is highly abundant in the Earth's crust

But what is the abundance of Ga and As? Are these rare? Or just less common than Si? Maury Markowitz (talk) 14:41, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

refer to the article Abundance of elements in Earth's crust. Plantsurfer (talk) 08:42, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

GaAs color[edit]

As for gallium arsenide's color, I was working with a GaAs wafer last week, (measuring carrier lifetimes), and I noticed it had a very slight purplish color. Not like an eggplant; very slight but noticable, like tantalum if you have ever seen it. I thought it would be good to add what the material looks like compared with silicon or gallium nitride. (talk) 06:43, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

Unclear sentence and carcinogenic properties[edit]

This is a good article. I like the comparison of Si and GaAs in particular.

1. "With the changing of the band gap (0.4 nm/K) an algorithm calculates the temperature (all 250 ms)".

I find this sentence unclear. What's the meaning of "all 250 ms"?

2. "California lists gallium arsenide as a carcinogen, and it is considered a known carcinogen in animals. However, there is no evidence for a primary carcinogenic effect of GaAs."

What's the point of classifying GaAs as carcinogen if there is no evidence? I assume there is no scientific proof.

ICE77 (talk) 15:54, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

Too much on Silicon advantages[edit]

Inappropriate in an article on GaAs. Should recast as GaAs weaknesses v Si ?
Could merge the two sections and discuss GaAs and Si (and others) by property/characteristic ? - Rod57 (talk) 07:08, 3 January 2016 (UTC)