Self-organized CdSe/ZnSe quantum dots (QDs) have been fabricated on GaAs (110) crystal surfaces, which were obtained by cleaving GaAs (100) wafers in ultrahigh vacuum. CdSe showed a conventional Stranski–Krastanow growth mode on the ZnSe (110) lower cladding layer, whose surfaces are atomically flat. The wetting layers, which are compose of quantum wells with well widths of 1, 2, and 3 monomolecular layers, showed sharp photoluminescence (PL). The fabricated CdSe QDs showed intense green PL spectra, whose peak is located at 2.192 eV, with a linewidth of 0.24 eV. The state filling effect in CdSe QDs was also observed by employing excitation power dependence of the PL intensity. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.