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  1. Optical spectroscopy of cubic GaN in nanowires

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    Renard, J.; Tourbot, G.; Sam-Giao, D.; Bougerol, C.; Daudin, B.; Gayral, B.

    2010-08-01

    We show that highly homogeneous cubic GaN can be grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on wurtzite GaN nanowires. The line width of the donor bound exciton is below 3 meV and can reach 1.6 meV in the best parts of the studied sample. This allows to perform a detailed spectroscopy of cubic GaN, and, in particular, to determine the precise spectral positions of the donor bound exciton, the fundamental free exciton and the split-off exciton in a photoluminescence experiment.

  2. High Cubic-Phase Purity InN on MgO (001) Using Cubic-Phase GaN as a Buffer Layer

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    Sanorpim, S.; Kuntharin, S.; Parinyataramas, J.; Yaguchi, H.; Iwahashi, Y.; Orihara, M.; Hijikata, Y.; Yoshida, S.

    2011-12-23

    High cubic-phase purity InN films were grown on MgO (001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy with a cubic-phase GaN buffer layer. The cubic phase purity of the InN grown layers has been analyzed by high resolution X-ray diffraction, {mu}-Raman scattering and transmission electron microscopy. It is evidenced that the hexagonal-phase content in the InN overlayer much depends on hexagonal-phase content in the cubic-phase GaN buffer layer and increases with increasing the hexagonal-phase GaN content. From Raman scattering measurements, in addition, the InN layer with lowest hexagonal component (6%), only Raman characteristics of cubic TO{sub InN} and LO{sub InN} modes were observed, indicating a formation of a small amount of stacking faults, which does not affect on vibrational property.

  3. Electron spin dynamics in cubic GaN

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    Buß, J. H.; Schupp, T.; As, D. J.; Brandt, O.; Hägele, D.; Rudolph, J.

    2016-12-01

    The electron spin dynamics in cubic GaN is comprehensively investigated by time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr-rotation spectroscopy over a wide range of temperatures, magnetic fields, and doping densities. The spin dynamics is found to be governed by the interplay of spin relaxation of localized electrons and Dyakonov-Perel relaxation of delocalized electrons. Localized electrons significantly contribute to spin relaxation up to room temperature at moderate doping levels, while Dyakonov-Perel relaxation dominates for high temperatures or degenerate doping levels. Quantitative agreement to Dyakonov-Perel theory requires a larger value of the spin-splitting constant than theoretically predicted. Possible reasons for this discrepancy are discussed, including the role of charged dislocations.

  4. Strain dependent electron spin dynamics in bulk cubic GaN

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    Schaefer, A.; Buß, J. H.; Hägele, D.; Rudolph, J.; Schupp, T.; Zado, A.; As, D. J.

    2015-03-07

    The electron spin dynamics under variable uniaxial strain is investigated in bulk cubic GaN by time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr-rotation spectroscopy. Spin relaxation is found to be approximately independent of the applied strain, in complete agreement with estimates for Dyakonov-Perel spin relaxation. Our findings clearly exclude strain-induced relaxation as an effective mechanism for spin relaxation in cubic GaN.

  5. Zinc-blende (Cubic) GaN and AlGaN Layers, Structures and Bulk Crystals by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Novikov, Sergei V.; Zainal, Norzaini; Akimov, Andrey V.; Staddon, Chris R.; Foxon, C. Thomas; Kent, Anthony J.

    2010-11-01

    We have studied the growth of zinc-blende GaN and AlGaN layers, structures and bulk crystals by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). We have developed a process for growth by MBE of free-standing cubic GaN layers. Undoped thick cubic GaN films were grown on semi-insulating GaAs (001) substrates by a modified plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PA-MBE) method and were removed from the GaAs substrate after the growth. The resulting free-standing GaN wafers with thicknesses in the 30-100 μm range may be used as substrates for further epitaxy of cubic GaN-based structures and devices. We have developed procedures to cleave the wafers into 10×10 mm2 square substrates and to polish them to produce epi-ready surfaces. The first GaN/InGaN LEDs on our zinc-blende GaN substrates have been demonstrated by our collaborators at Sharp Laboratories of Europe.

  6. Magnesium diffusion profile in GaN grown by MOVPE

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    Benzarti, Z.; Halidou, I.; Bougrioua, Z.; Boufaden, T.; El Jani, B.

    2008-07-01

    The diffusion of magnesium has been studied in GaN layers grown on sapphire substrate by atmospheric pressure metalorganic vapor-phase-epitaxy (MOVPE) in a "home-made" reactor. Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS) was used to visualise the Mg profiles in two kinds of multi-sublayer GaN structures. One structure was grown with a variable flow of Ga precursor (TMG) and the second one with a variable growth temperature. In both cases, the Mg dopant precursor (Cp 2Mg) flow was kept constant. Using the second Fick's law to fit the experimental SIMS data, we have deduced an increasing then a saturating Mg diffusion coefficient versus the Mg concentration. Mg incorporation was found to get higher for lower growth rate, i.e. when TMG flow is reduced. Furthermore, based on the temperature-related behaviour we have found that the activation energy for Mg diffusion coefficient in GaN was 1.9 eV. It is suggested that Mg diffuses via substitutional sites.

  7. Epitaxially-Grown GaN Junction Field Effect Transistors

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    Baca, A.G.; Chang, P.C.; Denbaars, S.P.; Lester, L.F.; Mishra, U.K.; Shul, R.J.; Willison, C.G.; Zhang, L.; Zolper, J.C.

    1999-05-19

    Junction field effect transistors (JFET) are fabricated on a GaN epitaxial structure grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The DC and microwave characteristics of the device are presented. A junction breakdown voltage of 56 V is obtained corresponding to the theoretical limit of the breakdown field in GaN for the doping levels used. A maximum extrinsic transconductance (gm) of 48 mS/mm and a maximum source-drain current of 270 mA/mm are achieved on a 0.8 µ m gate JFET device at VGS= 1 V and VDS=15 V. The intrinsic transconductance, calculated from the measured gm and the source series resistance, is 81 mS/mm. The fT and fmax for these devices are 6 GHz and 12 GHz, respectively. These JFETs exhibit a significant current reduction after a high drain bias is applied, which is attributed to a partially depleted channel caused by trapped hot-electrons in the semi-insulating GaN buffer layer. A theoretical model describing the current collapse is described, and an estimate for the length of the trapped electron region is given.

  8. Orthodox etching of HVPE-grown GaN

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    Weyher, J.L.; Lazar, S.; Macht, L.; Liliental-Weber, Z.; Molnar,R.J.; Muller, S.; Nowak, G.; Grzegory, I.

    2006-08-10

    Orthodox etching of HVPE-grown GaN in molten eutectic of KOH + NaOH (E etch) and in hot sulfuric and phosphoric acids (HH etch) is discussed in detail. Three size grades of pits are formed by the preferential E etching at the outcrops of threading dislocations on the Ga-polar surface of GaN. Using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) as the calibration tool it is shown that the largest pits are formed on screw, intermediate on mixed and the smallest on edge dislocations. This sequence of size does not follow the sequence of the Burgers values (and thus the magnitude of the elastic energy) of corresponding dislocations. This discrepancy is explained taking into account the effect of decoration of dislocations, the degree of which is expected to be different depending on the lattice deformation around the dislocations, i.e. on the edge component of the Burgers vector. It is argued that the large scatter of optimal etching temperatures required for revealing all three types of dislocations in HVPE-grown samples from different sources also depends upon the energetic status of dislocations. The role of kinetics for reliability of etching in both etches is discussed and the way of optimization of the etching parameters is shown.

  9. DLTS study of n-type GaN grown by MOCVD on GaN substrates

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    Tokuda, Y.; Matsuoka, Y.; Ueda, H.; Ishiguro, O.; Soejima, N.; Kachi, T.

    2006-10-01

    Electron traps in n-type GaN layers grown homoepitaxially by MOCVD on free-standing GaN substrates have been characterized using DLTS for vertical Schottky diodes. Two free-standing HVPE GaN substrates (A and B), obtained from two different sources, are used. The Si-doped GaN layers with the thickness of 5 μm are grown on an area of 0.9×0.9 cm 2 of substrate A and on an area of 1×1 cm 2 of substrate B. Two traps labeled B1 (Ec-0.23 eV) and B2 (Ec-0.58 eV) are observed with trap B2 dominant in GaN on both substrates. There exist no dislocation-related traps which have been previously observed in MOCVD GaN on sapphire. This might be correlated to the reduction in dislocation density due to the homoepitaxial growth. However, it is found that there is a large variation, more than an order of magnitude, in trap B2 concentration and that the B2 spatial distributions are different between the two substrates used.

  10. Incorporation of indium on cubic GaN epitaxially induced on a nanofaceted Si(001) substrate by phase transition

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    Lee, S. C.; Youngblood, N.; Jiang, Y. B.; Peterson, E. J.; Stark, C. J. M.; Detchprohm, T.; Wetzel, C.; Brueck, S. R. J.

    2015-12-01

    The incorporation of In on the non-polar, piezoelectric-free (001) facet of cubic (c-) GaN epitaxially grown over a Si(001) substrate by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy is reported. Relying on a hexagonal (h-) to c-phase transformation during epitaxy on an 800 nm-wide, Si(111)-faceted v-groove patterned into the substrate, the GaN epilayer at cross sectional view retains a triangular c-phase inside a chevron-shaped h-phase that results in a top surface bounded by a (001) facet parallel to Si(001) at the center and ( 1 1 ¯ 01 ) facets at both edges. A stack of five, ˜3 nm-thick, InxGa1-xN/GaN quantum wells (QWs) was deposited on the double-phased top surface. The c-phase region up to the QWs keeps extremely small misfit (˜0.002) to the fully relaxed h-GaN underneath it and is in tensile stress implying undefected by the h-c phase interface. The In incorporation on a strained non-polar (001) of c-GaN is comparable with that on totally relaxed semi-polar ( 1 1 ¯ 01 ) of h-GaN without noticeable adatom migration across the phase boundary, and sufficient to provide the room-temperature green emission at 496 nm from the c-InxGa1-xN/GaN QWs on Si(001) in photoluminescence.

  11. Depth dependence of defect density and stress in GaN grown on SiC

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    Faleev, N.; Temkin, H.; Ahmad, I.; Holtz, M.; Melnik, Yu.

    2005-12-15

    We report high resolution x-ray diffraction studies of the relaxation of elastic strain in GaN grown on SiC(0001). The GaN layers were grown with thickness ranging from 0.29 to 30 {mu}m. High level of residual elastic strain was found in thin (0.29 to 0.73 {mu}m thick) GaN layers. This correlates with low density of threading screw dislocations of 1-2x10{sup 7} cm{sup -2}, observed in a surface layer formed over a defective nucleation layer. Stress was found to be very close to what is expected from thermal expansion mismatch between the GaN and SiC. A model based on generation and diffusion of point defects accounts for these observations.

  12. Evolution of deep centers in GaN grown by hydride vapor phaseepitaxy

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    Fang, Z.-Q.; Look, D.C.; Jasinski, J.; Benamara, M.; Liliental-Weber, Z.; Molnar, R.J.

    2001-04-18

    Deep centers and dislocation densities in undoped n GaN, grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE), were characterized as a function of the layer thickness by deep level transient spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. As the layer thickness decreases, the variety and concentration of deep centers increase, in conjunction with the increase of dislocation density. Based on comparison with electron irradiation induced centers, some dominant centers in HVPE GaN are identified as possible point defects.

  13. High-quality GaN nanowires grown on Si and porous silicon by thermal evaporation

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    Shekari, L.; Ramizy, A.; Omar, K.; Hassan, H. Abu; Hassan, Z.

    2012-12-01

    Nanowires (NWs) of GaN thin films were prepared on as-grown Si (1 1 1) and porous silicon (PS) substrates using thermal evaporation method. The film growth produced high-quality wurtzite GaN NWs. The size, morphology, and nanostructures of the crystals were investigated through scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The NWs grown on porous silicon were thinner, longer and denser compared with those on as-grown Si. The energy band gap of the NWs grown on PS was larger than that of NWs on as-grown Si. This is due to the greater quantum confinement effects of the crystalline structure of the NWs grown on PS.

  14. Strong photoluminescence emission from GaN grown on amorphous silica substrates by gas source MBE

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    Iwata, K.; Asahi, H.; Asami, K.; Kuroiwa, R.; Gonda, S.

    1998-06-01

    GaN layers are grown on amorphous fused silica glass substrates by gas source MBE using an ion removed electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) radical cell. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that they are polycrystalline. However, they show a strong photoluminescence emission peak without deep level emission. The emission peak is red-shifted by about 150 meV from that of the excitonic emission peak of GaN grown on a sapphire substrate and has wide spectral half-width (˜250 meV at 77 K). The peak is not corresponding to the donor-acceptor pair (DAP) emission but is excitonic from the excitation power and temperature dependence of PL spectrum. These optical properties indicate that GaN layers grown on a glass substrate are promising for fabrication of large area and low cost light emitting devices and solar cells.

  15. Multi-wavelength emitting InGan/GaN quantum well grown on V-shaped gan(1101) microfacet.

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    Kang, Eun-Sil; Ju, Jin-Woo; Kim, Jin Soo; Ahn, Haeng-Keun; Lee, June Key; Kim, Jin Hyeok; Shin, Dong-Chan; Lee, In-Hwan

    2007-11-01

    InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells (MQWs) were successfully grown on the inclined GaN(1101) microfacets. Conventional photolithography and subsequent growth of GaN were employed to generate the V-shaped microfacets along (1120) direction. The well-developed microfacets observed by scanning electron microscopy and the clear transmission electron microscope interfacial images indicated that the MQW was successfully grown on the GaN microfacets. Interestingly, cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra measured on the microfacets showed a continuous change in the luminescence peak positions. The CL peaks were shifted to a longer wavelength from 420 nm to 440 nm as the probing points were changed along upward direction. This could be attributed to the nonuniform distribution of the In composition and/or the wavefunction overlapping between adjacent wells. Present works thus propose a novel route to fabricate a monolithic white light emitting diode without phosphors by growing the InGaN/GaN MQWs on (1101) facet.

  16. Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent Fabrication of Superlattice Structures Using AIN and InN

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-12-01

    AD-A258 804 Final Technical Report Ii Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent...Technical 6/1/86-12/31/92 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and 5. FUNDING NUMBERS Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin...According to the structural and chemical analyses, there is no reason to believe that a homogeneous solid solution close to this composition had

  17. Growth, nitrogen vacancy reduction and solid solution formation in cubic GaN thin films and the subsequent fabrication of superlattice structures using AIN and InN

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    Davis, Robert F.

    1992-02-01

    An atomic layer epitaxy deposition system configured for the growth of thin films of the III-V nitrides of Al, Ga and In has been designed, constructed and commissioned. The system allows the introduction of up to 16 gases without mixing. Self-terminating growth of crystalline GaN films has been achieved on single crystal wafers of (0001) alpha(6H)-SiC. Results of analyses via Auger spectroscopy, electron microscopy and electron diffraction are described. Deposition of AlN and GaN via gas-source MBE was also continued during this period. The principal emphasis concerned the initial stages of growth of both compounds on the substrates of (00001) alpha(6H)-SiC and (0001) sapphire, as determined using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. An initial layer of silicon nitride formed on the surface of SiC prior to the deposition of either nitride. The deposition of GaN on sapphire followed the Stranski-Krastanov mode of nucleation and growth, while on SiC, characteristics of three-dimensional growth were evident. By contrast, AlN grew initially in a layer-by-layer mode. Deposition of GaN on vicinal (100) Beta-SiC during UV irradiation resulted in the formation of a new 4H polytype of this material. Deposition of BN via gas-source MBE on Cu(110) resulted in nanocrystalline cBN; films grown on (111) Cu resulted in h-BN (graphitic phase). Similar studies using Si(100) substrates also resulted in the occurrence of cBN. The occurrence of the cubic polytype was enhanced while that of h-BN was discouraged with the use of the UV light at 400-500 C.

  18. Thermal Boundary Resistance between GaN and Cubic Ice and THz Acoustic Attenuation Spectrum of Cubic Ice from Complex Acoustic Impedance Measurements.

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    Mante, Pierre-Adrien; Chen, Chien-Cheng; Wen, Yu-Chieh; Sheu, Jinn-Kong; Sun, Chi-Kuang

    2013-11-27

    A phonon nanoscopy method, based on the picosecond ultrasonics technique, capable of studying the complex acoustic reflection coefficient at frequency up to 1 THz is proposed and demonstrated. By measuring the reflection coefficient at the same surface location at the interface between GaN and air, and between GaN and the material to characterize, we get access to the THz amplitude and phase spectra of the acoustic phonon reflection. The retrieval of both these pieces of information then allows the calculation of the attenuation in a wide range of frequency and gives new insight into the Kapitza anomaly. This method is then applied to cubic ice, and the measurements of the elastic properties, the phonon anharmonic decay spectrum up to 1 THz, as well as the measurements of the thermal phonon lifetime at 150 K are all achieved.

  19. Critical issues for homoepitaxial GaN growth by molecular beam epitaxy on hydride vapor-phase epitaxy-grown GaN substrates

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    Storm, D. F.; Hardy, M. T.; Katzer, D. S.; Nepal, N.; Downey, B. P.; Meyer, D. J.; McConkie, Thomas O.; Zhou, Lin; Smith, David J.

    2016-12-01

    While the heteroepitaxial growth of gallium nitride-based materials and devices on substrates such as SiC, sapphire, and Si has been well-documented, the lack of a cost-effective source of bulk GaN crystals has hindered similar progress on homoepitaxy. Nevertheless, freestanding GaN wafers are becoming more widely available, and there is great interest in growing GaN films and devices on bulk GaN substrates, in order to take advantage of the greatly reduced density of threading dislocations, particularly for vertical devices. However, homoepitaxial GaN growth is far from a trivial task due to the reactivity and different chemical sensitivities of N-polar (000_1) and Ga-polar (0001) GaN surfaces, which can affect the microstructure and concentrations of impurities in homoepitaxial GaN layers. In order to achieve high quality, high purity homoepitaxial GaN, it is necessary to investigate the effect of the ex situ wet chemical clean, the use of in situ cleaning procedures, the sensitivity of the GaN surface to thermal decomposition, and the effect of growth temperature. We review the current understanding of these issues with a focus on homoepitaxial growth of GaN by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on c-plane surfaces of freestanding GaN substrates grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE), as HVPE-grown substrates are most widely available. We demonstrate methods for obtaining homoepitaxial GaN layers by plasma-assisted MBE in which no additional threading dislocations are generated from the regrowth interface and impurity concentrations are greatly reduced.

  20. X-ray detection with zinc-blende (cubic) GaN Schottky diodes

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    Gohil, T.; Whale, J.; Lioliou, G.; Novikov, S. V.; Foxon, C. T.; Kent, A. J.; Barnett, A. M.

    2016-01-01

    The room temperature X-ray responses as functions of time of two n type cubic GaN Schottky diodes (200 μm and 400 μm diameters) are reported. The current densities as functions of time for both diodes showed fast turn-on transients and increases in current density when illuminated with X-ray photons of energy up to 35 keV. The diodes were also electrically characterized: capacitance, implied depletion width and dark current measurements as functions of applied bias at room temperature are presented. At −5 V reverse bias, the capacitances of the diodes were measured to be (84.05 ± 0.01) pF and (121.67 ± 0.02) pF, respectively. At −5 V reverse bias, the dark current densities of the diodes were measured to be (347.2 ± 0.4) mA cm−2 and (189.0 ± 0.2) mA cm−2, respectively. The Schottky barrier heights of the devices (0.52 ± 0.07) eV and (0.63 ± 0.09) eV, respectively, were extracted from the forward dark current characteristics. PMID:27403806

  1. Characterization of GaN microstructures grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Lo, Ikai; Pang, Wen-Yuan; Hsu, Yu-Chi; Hsieh, Chia-Ho; Shih, Cheng-Hung; Chou, Mitch M. C.; Chen, Wen-Yen; Hsu, Tzu-Min; Hsu, Gary Z. L.

    2013-06-15

    The characterization of GaN microstructures grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on LiAlO{sub 2} substrate was studied by cathodoluminescence and photoluminescence measurements. We demonstrated that the cathodoluminescence from oblique semi-polar surfaces of mushroom-shaped GaN was much brighter than that from top polar surface due to the reduction of polarization field on the oblique semi-polar surfaces. It implies that the oblique semi-polar surface is superior for the light-emitting surface of wurtzite nano-devices.

  2. Deep Centers and Their Capture Barriers in MOCVD-Grown GaN

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2002-01-01

    Kim, A. Botchkarev, H. Morkoc, "Deep level defects in n-type GaN grown by molecular beam epitaxy," Applied Physics Letters 72, pp. 1211-1213, 1998. 34...photoionization cross section are due to a lattice relaxation associated with a capture barrier for the DX center. Polyakov , et al. has also pointed out that...ohmic contacts to n-type GaN," Materials Science and Engineering B59 , pp. 358-361, 1999. 10. J. Rennie, M. Onomura, S. Nunoue, G. Hatakoshi, H

  3. Multilayer porous structures of HVPE and MOCVD grown GaN for photonic applications

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    Braniste, T.; Ciers, Joachim; Monaico, Ed.; Martin, D.; Carlin, J.-F.; Ursaki, V. V.; Sergentu, V. V.; Tiginyanu, I. M.; Grandjean, N.

    2017-02-01

    In this paper we report on a comparative study of electrochemical processes for the preparation of multilayer porous structures in hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) and metal organic chemical vapor phase deposition (MOCVD) grown GaN. It was found that in HVPE-grown GaN, multilayer porous structures are obtained due to self-organization processes leading to a fine modulation of doping during the crystal growth. However, these processes are not totally under control. Multilayer porous structures with a controlled design have been produced by optimizing the technological process of electrochemical etching in MOCVD-grown samples, consisting of five pairs of thin layers with alternating-doping profiles. The samples have been characterized by SEM imaging, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and micro-reflectivity measurements, accompanied by transfer matrix analysis and simulations by a method developed for the calculation of optical reflection spectra. We demonstrate the applicability of the produced structures for the design of Bragg reflectors.

  4. Influence of Ga/N ratio on morphology, vacancies, and electrical transport in GaN grown by molecular beam epitaxy at high temperature

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    Koblmüller, G.; Reurings, F.; Tuomisto, F.; Speck, J. S.

    2010-11-01

    The effect of Ga/N flux ratio on surface morphology, incorporation of point defects and electrical transport properties of GaN films grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy in a recently developed high-temperature growth regime was investigated. The homoepitaxial (0001) GaN films grown at ˜780-790 °C showed smoothest morphologies near the cross-over between N-rich and Ga-rich growth (0.75<Ga/N<1.1) contrasting previous observations for low-temperature growth. The higher-quality growth near Ga/N˜1 resulted from lower thermal decomposition rates and was corroborated by slightly lower Ga vacancy concentrations [VGa], lower unintentional oxygen incorporation, and improved electron mobilities. The consistently low [VGa], i.e., ˜1016 cm-3 for all films attribute further to the significant benefits of the high-temperature growth regime.

  5. Study of electrical properties of single GaN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Mozharov, A. M.; Komissarenko, F. E.; Vasiliev, A. A.; Bolshakov, A. D.; Moiseev, E. I.; Mukhin, M. S.; Cirlin, G. E.; Mukhin, I. S.

    2016-08-01

    Electrical properties of single GaN nanowires grown by means of molecular beam epitaxy with N-plasma source were studied. Ohmic contacts connected to single n-type GaN wires were produced by the combination of electron beam lithography, metal vacuum evaporation and rapid thermal annealing technique. The optimal annealing temperature to produce ohmic contacts implemented in the form of Ti/Al/Ti/Au stack has been determined. By means of 2-terminal measurement wiring diagram the conductivity of single NW has been obtained for NWs with different growth parameters. The method of MESFET measurement circuit layout of single GaN nanowires (NWs) has been developed. In accordance with performed numerical calculation, free carriers' concentration and mobility of single NWs could be independently estimated using MESFET structure.

  6. Electrical characterization of ensemble of GaN nanowires grown by the molecular beam epitaxy technique

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    Kolkovsky, Vl.; Zytkiewicz, Z. R.; Sobanska, M.; Klosek, K.

    2013-08-01

    High quality Schottky contacts are formed on GaN nanowires (NWs) structures grown by the molecular beam epitaxy technique on Si(111) substrate. The current-voltage characteristics show the rectification ratio of about 103 and the leakage current of about 10-4 A/cm2 at room temperature. From the capacitance-voltage measurements the free carrier concentration in GaN NWs is determined as about 1016 cm-3. Two deep levels (H200 and E280) are found in the structures containing GaN NWs. H200 is attributed to an extended defect located at the interface between the substrate and SiNx or near the sidewalls at the bottom of the NWs whereas E280 is tentatively assigned to a gallium-vacancy- or nitrogen interstitials-related defect.

  7. The pyroelectric coefficient of free standing GaN grown by HVPE

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    Jachalke, Sven; Hofmann, Patrick; Leibiger, Gunnar; Habel, Frank S.; Mehner, Erik; Leisegang, Tilmann; Meyer, Dirk C.; Mikolajick, Thomas

    2016-10-01

    The present study reports on the temperature dependent pyroelectric coefficient of free-standing and strain-free gallium nitride (GaN) grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE). The Sharp-Garn method is applied to extract the pyroelectric coefficient from the electrical current response of the crystals subjected to a sinusoidal temperature excitation in a range of 0 °C to 160 °C. To avoid compensation of the pyroelectric response by an internal conductivity, insulating GaN crystals were used by applying C, Mn, and Fe doping during HVPE growth. The different pyroelectric coefficients observed at room temperature due to the doping correlate well with the change of the lattice parameter c. The obtained data are compared to previously published theoretical and experimental values of thin film GaN and discussed in terms of a strained lattice.

  8. Highly c-axis oriented growth of GaN film on sapphire (0001) by laser molecular beam epitaxy using HVPE grown GaN bulk target

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    Kushvaha, S. S.; Kumar, M. Senthil; Maurya, K. K.; Dalai, M. K.; Sharma, Nita D.

    2013-09-15

    Growth temperature dependant surface morphology and crystalline properties of the epitaxial GaN layers grown on pre-nitridated sapphire (0001) substrates by laser molecular beam epitaxy (LMBE) were investigated in the range of 500–750 °C. The grown GaN films were characterized using high resolution x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM), micro-Raman spectroscopy, and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS). The x-ray rocking curve full width at a half maximum (FWHM) value for (0002) reflection dramatically decreased from 1582 arc sec to 153 arc sec when the growth temperature was increased from 500 °C to 600 °C and the value further decreased with increase of growth temperature up to 720 °C. A highly c-axis oriented GaN epitaxial film was obtained at 720 °C with a (0002) plane rocking curve FWHM value as low as 102 arc sec. From AFM studies, it is observed that the GaN grain size also increased with increasing growth temperature and flat, large lateral grains of size 200-300 nm was obtained for the film grown at 720 °C. The micro-Raman spectroscopy studies also exhibited the high-quality wurtzite nature of GaN film grown on sapphire at 720 °C. The SIMS measurements revealed a non-traceable amount of background oxygen impurity in the grown GaN films. The results show that the growth temperature strongly influences the surface morphology and crystalline quality of the epitaxial GaN films on sapphire grown by LMBE.

  9. Highly c-axis oriented growth of GaN film on sapphire (0001) by laser molecular beam epitaxy using HVPE grown GaN bulk target

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    Kushvaha, S. S.; Kumar, M. Senthil; Maurya, K. K.; Dalai, M. K.; Sharma, Nita D.

    2013-09-01

    Growth temperature dependant surface morphology and crystalline properties of the epitaxial GaN layers grown on pre-nitridated sapphire (0001) substrates by laser molecular beam epitaxy (LMBE) were investigated in the range of 500-750 °C. The grown GaN films were characterized using high resolution x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM), micro-Raman spectroscopy, and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS). The x-ray rocking curve full width at a half maximum (FWHM) value for (0002) reflection dramatically decreased from 1582 arc sec to 153 arc sec when the growth temperature was increased from 500 °C to 600 °C and the value further decreased with increase of growth temperature up to 720 °C. A highly c-axis oriented GaN epitaxial film was obtained at 720 °C with a (0002) plane rocking curve FWHM value as low as 102 arc sec. From AFM studies, it is observed that the GaN grain size also increased with increasing growth temperature and flat, large lateral grains of size 200-300 nm was obtained for the film grown at 720 °C. The micro-Raman spectroscopy studies also exhibited the high-quality wurtzite nature of GaN film grown on sapphire at 720 °C. The SIMS measurements revealed a non-traceable amount of background oxygen impurity in the grown GaN films. The results show that the growth temperature strongly influences the surface morphology and crystalline quality of the epitaxial GaN films on sapphire grown by LMBE.

  10. Improved crystalline quality of N-polar GaN epitaxial layers grown with reformed flow-rate-modulation technology

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    Zhang, Heng; Zhang, Xiong; Wang, Shuchang; Wang, Xiaolei; Zhao, Jianguo; Wu, Zili; Dai, Qian; Yang, Hongquan; Cui, Yiping

    2017-01-01

    A reformed flow-rate-modulation technology was developed for the metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) growth of the N-polar GaN epitaxial layers. To improve the crystalline quality of the N-polar GaN epitaxial layers, a GaN nucleation layer was grown at relatively low temperature with carefully-controlled pulsed supply of Ga source and showed diverse morphology with atomic force microscope (AFM). Furthermore, the electrical and optical properties of the grown N-polar GaN epitaxial layers were investigated extensively by means of Hall effect, photoluminescence (PL), and X-ray rocking curve (XRC) measurements. The characterization results revealed that as compared with the N-polar GaN epitaxial layer grown over the conventional GaN nucleation layer which was deposited with continuous supply of both N and Ga sources, the electrical and optical properties of the N-polar GaN epitaxial layer grown with optimized supply of Ga source for the GaN nucleation layer were significantly improved.

  11. Fabrication of GaN Microporous Structure at a GaN/Sapphire Interface as the Template for Thick-Film GaN Separation Grown by HVPE

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    Chen, Jianli; Cheng, Hongjuan; Zhang, Song; Lan, Feifei; Qi, Chengjun; Xu, Yongkuan; Wang, Zaien; Li, Jing; Lai, Zhanping

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, a microporous structure at the GaN/sapphire interface has been obtained by an electrochemical etching method via a selective etching progress using an as-grown GaN/sapphire wafer grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. The as-prepared GaN interfacial microporous structure has been used as a template for the following growth of thick-film GaN crystal by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE), facilitating the fabrication of a free-standing GaN substrate detached from a sapphire substrate. The evolution of the interfacial microporous structure has been investigated by varying the etching voltages and time, and the formation mechanism of interfacial microporous structure has been discussed in detail as well. Appropriate interfacial microporous structure is beneficial for separating the thick GaN crystal grown by HVPE from sapphire during the cooling down process. The separation that occurred at the place of interfacial microporous can be attributed to the large thermal strain between GaN and sapphire. This work realized the fabrication of a free-standing GaN substrate with high crystal quality and nearly no residual strain.

  12. High electron mobility GaN grown under N-rich conditions by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Koblmueller, G.; Wu, F.; Mates, T.; Speck, J. S.; Fernandez-Garrido, S.; Calleja, E.

    2007-11-26

    An alternative approach is presented for the plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy of high-quality GaN. Under N-rich growth conditions, an unexpected layer-by-layer growth mode was found for a wide range of growth temperatures in the GaN thermal decomposition regime (>750 deg. C). Consequently, superior surface morphologies with roughness of less than 1 nm (rms) have been achieved. For lightly Si-doped GaN films, room-temperature electron mobilities exceeding 1100 cm{sup 2}/V s were measured, surpassing the commonly insulating nature of GaN grown under N-rich conditions at low temperature.

  13. Very strong photoluminescence emission from GaN grown on amorphous silica substrate by gas source MBE

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    Asahi, H.; Iwata, K.; Tampo, H.; Kuroiwa, R.; Hiroki, M.; Asami, K.; Nakamura, S.; Gonda, S.

    1999-05-01

    Polycrystalline GaN layers showing very strong photoluminescence (PL) intensities are successfully grown on amorphous fused silica (SiO 2) substrates by gas source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using an ion removed electron cyclotron resonance radical cell. The PL intensity is larger than that of undoped single crystalline GaN grown on sapphire by gas source MBE and is comparable to that of Si-doped single crystalline GaN grown on sapphire by metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy at Nichia Chemical. The PL peak emission is considered to be excitonic. Undoped GaN layers grown on silica substrates exhibit n-type conduction and both n- and p-type conductions are achieved by impurity doping. These results open up the area of "Polycrystalline Semiconductor Photonics".

  14. Nonpolar GaN grown on Si by hydride vapor phase epitaxy using anodized Al nanomask

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    Polyakov, A. Y.; Markov, A. V.; Mezhennyi, M. V.; Govorkov, A. V.; Pavlov, V. F.; Smirnov, N. B.; Donskov, A. A.; D'yakonov, L. I.; Kozlova, Y. P.; Malakhov, S. S.; Yugova, T. G.; Osinsky, V. I.; Gorokh, G. G.; Lyahova, N. N.; Mityukhlyaev, V. B.; Pearton, S. J.

    2009-01-01

    GaN growth by the hydride vapor phase technique on (100) Si substrates masked by porous Al anodic oxide is described. The masks were prepared by vacuum deposition of Al with subsequent anodic oxidation in dilute sorrel acid. The grown GaN layer is nonpolar, with (112¯0) a-orientation and a full width at half maximum of the (112¯0) reflection below 500 arc sec and showing small anisotropy. This result is comparable with the results obtained for a-GaN growth using selective epitaxy or advanced buffer growth routines. Microcathodoluminescence spectra of the grown films confirm a low density of stacking faults. Possible growth mechanisms are discussed.

  15. Gradual tilting of crystallographic orientation and configuration of dislocations in GaN selectively grown by vapour phase epitaxy methods

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    Kuwan; Tsukamoto; Taki; Horibuchi; Oki; Kawaguchi; Shibata; Sawaki; Hiramatsu

    2000-01-01

    Cross-sectional transmission electron microscope (TEM) observation was performed for selectively grown gallium nitride (GaN) in order to examine the dependence of GaN microstructure on the growth conditions. The GaN films were grown by hydride vapour phase epitaxy (HVPE) or metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE) on GaN covered with a patterned mask. Thin foil specimens for TEM observation were prepared with focused ion beam (FIB) machining apparatus. It was demonstrated that the c-axis of GaN grown over the terrace of the mask tilts towards the centre of the terrace when the GaN is grown in a carrier gas of N2. The wider terrace results in a larger tilting angle if other growth conditions are identical. The tilting is attributed to 'horizontal dislocations' (HDs) generated during the overgrowth of GaN on the mask terrace. The HDs in HVPE-GaN have a semi-loop shape and are tangled with one another, while those in MOVPE-GaN are straight and lined up to form low-angle grain boundaries.

  16. Influence of GaN column diameter on structural properties for InGaN nanocolumns grown on top of GaN nanocolumns

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    Oto, Takao; Mizuno, Yutaro; Yanagihara, Ai; Miyagawa, Rin; Kano, Tatsuya; Yoshida, Jun; Sakakibara, Naoki; Kishino, Katsumi

    2016-11-01

    The influence of GaN column diameter DGaN on structural properties was systematically investigated for InGaN nanocolumns (NCs) grown on top of GaN NCs. We demonstrated a large critical layer thickness of above 400 nm for In0.3Ga0.7N/GaN NCs. The structural properties were changed at the boundary of DGaN=D0 (˜120 nm). Homogeneous InGaN NCs grew axially on the GaN NCs with DGaN≤D0, while InGaN-InGaN core-shell structures were spontaneously formed on the GaN NCs with DGaN>D0. These results can be explained by a growth system that minimizes the total strain energy of the NCs.

  17. Evaluation of GaN substrates grown in supercritical basic ammonia

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    Saito, Makoto; Yamada, Hisashi; Iso, Kenji; Sato, Hitoshi; Hirasawa, Hirohiko; Kamber, Derrick S.; Hashimoto, Tadao; Baars, Steven P. den; Speck, James S.; Nakamura, Shuji

    2009-02-02

    GaN crystals grown by the basic ammonothermal method were investigated for their use as substrates for device regrowth. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the substrates contained multiple grains while secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) revealed a high concentration of hydrogen, oxygen, and sodium. Despite these drawbacks, the emission from the light emitting diode structures grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on both the c-plane and m-plane epitaxial wafers was demonstrated. The SIMS depth profiles showed that the diffusion of the alkali metal from the substrate into the epitaxial film was small, especially in the m-direction.

  18. Far-infrared transmission in GaN, AlN, and AlGaN thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Ibanez, J.; Hernandez, S.; Alarcon-Llado, E.; Cusco, R.; Artus, L.; Novikov, S. V.; Foxon, C. T.; Calleja, E.

    2008-08-01

    We present a far-infrared transmission study on group-III nitride thin films. Cubic GaN and AlN layers and c-oriented wurtzite GaN, AlN, and Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}N (x<0.3) layers were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs and Si(111) substrates, respectively. The Berreman effect allows us to observe simultaneously the transverse optic and the longitudinal optic phonons of both the cubic and the hexagonal films as transmission minima in the infrared spectra acquired with obliquely incident radiation. We discuss our results in terms of the relevant electromagnetic theory of infrared transmission in cubic and wurtzite thin films. We compare the infrared results with visible Raman-scattering measurements. In the case of films with low scattering volumes and/or low Raman efficiencies and also when the Raman signal of the substrate material obscures the weaker peaks from the nitride films, we find that the Berreman technique is particularly useful to complement Raman spectroscopy.

  19. Cathodoluminescence of GaN nanorods and nanowires grown by thermal evaporation

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    Guzmán, G.; Herrera, M.

    2014-02-01

    GaN nanorods and nanowires have been grown by thermal evaporation of GaN on Au/Si (1 0 0) substrates. The nanorods recorded a surface decorated with numerous grains with an average size of about 100 nm. The nanowires grew onto the surface of the nanorods exhibiting multiple bends along them. TEM measurements revealed the formation of irregular porous and a polycrystalline structure in the nanowires with diameter higher than 100 nm, while the nanowires with lower diameter showed a tubular structure with wall thickness of 10 nm. The luminescence of the samples recorded three bands centered at about 2.1, 2.74, and 3.2 eV, attributed to the GaN yellow emission and to the blue and UV emissions of the β-Ga2O3, respectively. Ga-ion irradiation in samples revealed a decrease in the intensity of the β-Ga2O3 blue emission attributed to the elimination of gallium vacancies. A thermal annealing treatment at 800 °C in N2 atmosphere generated a quenching of the GaN yellow emission, due to the elimination of nitrogen vacancies.

  20. Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent Fabrication of Superlattice Structures Using AlN and InN

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1991-06-01

    p PTIC (AD-A238 521 Semi-Annual Letter Report Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the...SUBTITLE Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and S. FUNDING NUMBERS solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the R&T:s40000lsrqO5 Subsequent

  1. Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent Fabrication of Superlattice Structures Using AlN and InN

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1991-12-01

    AD-A243 524 Annual Letter Report Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent...12/31/91II 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and S. FUNDING NUMBERS Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the R

  2. Effect of residual stress on the microstructure of GaN epitaxial films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Wang, Haiyan; Wang, Wenliang; Yang, Weijia; Zhu, Yunnong; Lin, Zhiting; Li, Guoqiang

    2016-04-01

    The stress-free GaN epitaxial films have been directly grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at 850 °C, and the effect of different stress on the microstructure of as-grown GaN epitaxial films has been explored in detail. The as-grown stress-free GaN epitaxial films exhibit very smooth surface without any particles and grains, which is confirmed by the smallest surface root-mean-square roughness of 2.3 nm measured by atomic force microscopy. In addition, they also have relatively high crystalline quality, which is proved by the small full-width at half maximum values of GaN(0002) and GaN (10 1 bar 2) X-ray rocking curves as 0.27° and 0.68°, respectively. However, when the growth temperature is lower or higher than 850 °C, internal or thermal stress would be increased in as-grown GaN epitaxial films. To release the larger stress, a great number of dislocations are generated. Many irregular particulates, hexagonal GaN gains and pits are therefore produced on the films surface, and the crystalline quality is greatly reduced consequently. This work has demonstrated the direct growth of stress-free GaN epitaxial films with excellent surface morphology and high crystalline quality by PLD, and presented a comprehensive study on the origins and the effect of stress in GaN layer. It is instructional to achieve high-quality nitride films by PLD, and shows great potential and broad prospect for the further development of high-performance GaN-based devices.

  3. Spatial distribution of carrier concentration in un-doped GaN film grown on sapphire

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    Huang, Y.; Chen, X. D.; Beling, C. D.; Fung, S.; Ling, C. C.

    2004-03-01

    The depth and lateral dependent carrier concentration of un-intentionally doped GaN film grown on sapphire substrate have been studied by temperature-dependent Hall effect measurement, confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy and capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements. The depth-dependent free carrier concentration extracted from the depth-profiled Raman spectra confirms a non-uniform spatial distribution of free carriers in the GaN film with a highly conductive layer of 1 m thickness near the GaN/sapphire boundary. The temperature dependent Hall data have been analyzed using two-layer model to extract the carrier concentration in the GaN bulk film and in the parallel conduction channel adjacent to the GaN/sapphire boundary. The carrier concentrations of the two layers derived from the Raman technique and the Hall measurements agree with each other. The lateral-dependent carrier concentration of the 2-inch GaN epitaxial wafer has also been studied by micro-Raman spectroscopy and C-V measurements. The line-shape fitting of the Raman A1(LO) coupled modes taken from horizontal lateral-different positions on the wafer yielded a rudimentary spatial map of the carrier concentration. These data are compared well with a lateral-dependent carrier concentration map of the wafer revealed by C-V measurements. The study in the article indicates that Raman spectroscopy of the LO phonon-plasmon mode can be used as a nondestructive and reliable, in situ diagnostic for GaN wafer production.

  4. High quality factor two dimensional GaN photonic crystal cavity membranes grown on silicon substrate

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    Vico Triviño, N.; Rossbach, G.; Dharanipathy, U.; Levrat, J.; Castiglia, A.; Carlin, J.-F.; Atlasov, K. A.; Butté, R.; Houdré, R.; Grandjean, N.

    2012-02-01

    We report on the achievement of freestanding GaN photonic crystal L7 nanocavities with embedded InGaN/GaN quantum wells grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy on Si (111). GaN was patterned by e-beam lithography, using a SiO2 layer as a hard mask, and usual dry etching techniques. The membrane was released by underetching the Si (111) substrate. Micro-photoluminescence measurements performed at low temperature exhibit a quality factor as high as 5200 at ˜420 nm, a value suitable to expand cavity quantum electrodynamics to the near UV and the visible range and to develop nanophotonic platforms for biofluorescence spectroscopy.

  5. Structural Defects in Laterally Overgrown GaN Layers Grown onNon-polar Substrates

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    Liliental-Weber, Z.; Ni, X.; Morkoc, H.

    2007-02-14

    Transmission electron microscopy was used to study defects in lateral epitaxial layers of GaN which were overgrown on a template of a-plane (11{und 2}0) GaN grown on (1{und 1}02) r-plane Al2O3. A high density of basal stacking faults is formed in these layers because the c-planes of wurtzite structure are arranged along the growth direction. Density of these faults is decreasing at least by two orders of magnitude lower in the wings compared to the seed areas. Prismatic stacking faults and threading dislocations are also observed, but their densities drastically decrease in the wings. The wings grow with opposite polarities and the Ga-wing width is at least 6 times larger than N-wing and coalescence is rather difficult. Some tilt and twist was detected using Large Angle Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction.

  6. The depth-profiled carrier concentration and scattering mechanism in undoped GaN film grown on sapphire

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    Huang, Y.; Chen, X. D.; Fung, S.; Beling, C. D.; Ling, C. C.; Wei, Z. F.; Xu, S. J.; Zhi, C. Y.

    2004-07-01

    Temperature-dependent Hall (TDH) measurements and confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy have been used to study the free carrier spatial distribution and scattering mechanism in unintentionally doped GaN film grown on the sapphire substrate with the method of metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. Both the TDH data and the depth-profiled Raman spectra agreed with the existence of a nonuniform spatial distribution of free carriers in the GaN film with a highly conductive layer of ˜1 μm thickness near the GaN sapphire boundary. With the consideration of this parallel conduction channel adjacent to GaN sapphire boundary, detailed analysis of the TDH mobility data suggests that a relatively high concentration of nitrogen vacancies exists and nitrogen vacancy scattering has an important influence on limiting the electron mobility in the bulk film of the present GaN sample.

  7. Crystallographically tilted and partially strain relaxed GaN grown on inclined {111} facets etched on Si(100) substrate

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    Ansah Antwi, K. K.; Soh, C. B.; Wee, Q.; Tan, Rayson J. N.; Yang, P.; Tan, H. R.; Sun, L. F.; Shen, Z. X.; Chua, S. J.

    2013-12-01

    High resolution X-ray diffractometry (HR-XRD), Photoluminescence, Raman spectroscopy, and Transmission electron microscope measurements are reported for GaN deposited on a conventional Si(111) substrate and on the {111} facets etched on a Si(100) substrate. HR-XRD reciprocal space mappings showed that the GaN(0002) plane is tilted by about 0.63° ± 0.02° away from the exposed Si{111} growth surface for GaN deposited on the patterned Si(100) substrate, while no observable tilt existed between the GaN(0002) and Si(111) planes for GaN deposited on the conventional Si(111) substrate. The ratio of integrated intensities of the yellow to near band edge (NBE) luminescence (IYL/INBE) was determined to be about one order of magnitude lower in the case of GaN deposited on the patterned Si(100) substrate compared with GaN deposited on the conventional Si(111) substrate. The Raman E2(high) optical phonon mode at 565.224 ± 0.001 cm-1 with a narrow full width at half maximum of 1.526 ± 0.002 cm-1 was measured, for GaN deposited on the patterned Si(100) indicating high material quality. GaN deposition within the trench etched on the Si(100) substrate occurred via diffusion and mass-transport limited mechanism. This resulted in a differential GaN layer thickness from the top (i.e., 1.8 μm) of the trench to the bottom (i.e., 0.3 μm) of the trench. Mixed-type dislocation constituted about 80% of the total dislocations in the GaN grown on the inclined Si{111} surface etched on Si(100).

  8. Crystallographically tilted and partially strain relaxed GaN grown on inclined (111) facets etched on Si(100) substrate

    SciTech Connect

    Ansah Antwi, K. K.; Soh, C. B.; Wee, Q.; Tan, Rayson J. N.; Tan, H. R.; Yang, P.; Sun, L. F.; Shen, Z. X.; Chua, S. J.

    2013-12-28

    High resolution X-ray diffractometry (HR-XRD), Photoluminescence, Raman spectroscopy, and Transmission electron microscope measurements are reported for GaN deposited on a conventional Si(111) substrate and on the (111) facets etched on a Si(100) substrate. HR-XRD reciprocal space mappings showed that the GaN(0002) plane is tilted by about 0.63° ± 0.02° away from the exposed Si(111) growth surface for GaN deposited on the patterned Si(100) substrate, while no observable tilt existed between the GaN(0002) and Si(111) planes for GaN deposited on the conventional Si(111) substrate. The ratio of integrated intensities of the yellow to near band edge (NBE) luminescence (I{sub YL}/I{sub NBE}) was determined to be about one order of magnitude lower in the case of GaN deposited on the patterned Si(100) substrate compared with GaN deposited on the conventional Si(111) substrate. The Raman E{sub 2}(high) optical phonon mode at 565.224 ± 0.001 cm{sup −1} with a narrow full width at half maximum of 1.526 ± 0.002 cm{sup −1} was measured, for GaN deposited on the patterned Si(100) indicating high material quality. GaN deposition within the trench etched on the Si(100) substrate occurred via diffusion and mass-transport limited mechanism. This resulted in a differential GaN layer thickness from the top (i.e., 1.8 μm) of the trench to the bottom (i.e., 0.3 μm) of the trench. Mixed-type dislocation constituted about 80% of the total dislocations in the GaN grown on the inclined Si(111) surface etched on Si(100)

  9. Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent Fabrication of Superlattice Structures Using AIN and InN

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-02-01

    IK AD-A248 058 - - H Final Technical ReportI I Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the...structural and chemical analyses, there is no reason to believe that a homogeneous solid solution close to this composition had formed. Moreover

  10. Stress engineering in GaN structures grown on Si(111) substrates by SiN masking layer application

    SciTech Connect

    Szymański, Tomasz Wośko, Mateusz; Paszkiewicz, Bogdan; Paszkiewicz, Regina

    2015-07-15

    GaN layers without and with an in-situ SiN mask were grown by using metal organic vapor phase epitaxy for three different approaches used in GaN on silicon(111) growth, and the physical and optical properties of the GaN layers were studied. For each approach applied, GaN layers of 1.4 μm total thickness were grown, using silan SiH{sub 4} as Si source in order to grow Si{sub x}N{sub x} masking layer. The optical micrographs, scanning electron microscope images, and atomic force microscope images of the grown samples revealed cracks for samples without SiN mask, and micropits, which were characteristic for the samples grown with SiN mask. In situ reflectance signal traces were studied showing a decrease of layer coalescence time and higher degree of 3D growth mode for samples with SiN masking layer. Stress measurements were conducted by two methods—by recording micro-Raman spectra and ex-situ curvature radius measurement—additionally PLs spectra were obtained revealing blueshift of PL peak positions with increasing stress. The authors have shown that a SiN mask significantly improves physical and optical properties of GaN multilayer systems reducing stress in comparison to samples grown applying the same approaches but without SiN masking layer.

  11. Conductivity measurements on GaN grown by OMVPE and HVPE

    SciTech Connect

    Ben-Chorin, M.; Diener, J.; Meyer, B.K.; Drechsler, M.; Volm, D.; Amano, H.; Akasaki, I.; Detchprohm, T.; Hiramatsu, K.

    1996-11-01

    The authors report on conductance and cyclotron resonance (CR) experiments on GaN epitaxial films grown by the OMVPE and HVPE technique. From a precise determination of the electron effective mass the donor binding energy in the effective mass approximation (EMT) is calculated. The authors obtain 31.7 meV. The transport experiments on the HVPE films show that the conductance is thermally activated with an activation energy of 15 meV in contrast to the OMVPE films which showed temperature independent conductivity for temperatures between 4 and 100 K.

  12. Optical excitation of Er centers in GaN epilayers grown by MOCVD

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    George, D. K.; Hawkins, M. D.; Jiang, H. X.; Lin, J. Y.; Zavada, J. M.; Vinh, N. Q.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper we present results of photoluminescence (PL), photoluminescence excitation (PLE), and time resolved PL spectroscopy of the 4I13/2 → 4I15/2 transition in Er optical centers in GaN epilayers grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. Under resonance excitation via the higher-lying inner 4f shell transitions and band-to-band excitation of the semiconductor host, the PL and PLE spectra reveal an existence of two types of Er optical centers from isolated and the defect-related Er centers in GaN epilayers. These centers have different PL spectra, local defect environments, decay dynamics, and excitation cross-sections. The isolated Er optical center, which can be excited by either excitation mechanism, has the same decay dynamics, but possesses a much higher cross-section under band-to-band excitation. In contrast, the defect-related Er center can only be observed through band-to-band excitation but has the largest crosssection. Our results indicate pathways for efficient optical excitation of Er-doped GaN semiconductors.

  13. GaN and AlGaN/GaN heterostructures grown on two dimensional BN templates

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    Snure, Michael; Siegel, Gene; Look, David C.; Paduano, Qing

    2017-04-01

    Two dimension materials, like BN and graphene, have been shown to be excellent templates for the growth and fabrication of freestanding III-nitride materials. In this paper we study the effects of BN morphology on GaN and AlGaN/GaN heterostructures grown on these templates. The crystallinity, transport, and optical properties of the GaN layer are examined and found to be well correlated to the BN template. The self-separation of GaN from the BN/sapphire template is also connected to morphology, resulting in freestanding GaN layers. Transport properties of Si doped GaN and AlGaN/GaN heterostructures were examined for different BN templates. The bulk GaN mobility was closely linked to the morphology of the BN template resulting in room temperature mobility from 395 to 520 cm2/Vs. The range in 3D mobility can be linked to increased dislocation densities in GaN grown on rougher BN templates. High 2DEG mobility ( 2000 cm2/Vs at 300 K) is achieved in AlGaN/GaN grown on atomically smooth BN templates, with a sheet electron density of 1×1013 cm-2, comparable to values obtained on conventional substrates. Samples grown on BN/sapphire showed mobilities (at 9 K) from 33000 cm2/Vs to 15200 cm2/Vs depending on BN roughness. The differences are associated with variations in AlGaN/GaN interface-roughness scattering and dislocation density due to the BN template morphology.

  14. Investigations about series resistance of MOVPE grown GaN laser structures

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    Scholz, F.; Moutchnik, G.; Dumitru, V.; Härle, R.; Schweizer, H.

    2003-02-01

    In order to reduce the total series resistance of an AlGaInN laser structure, we have exchanged the GaN:Mg contact layer normally covering a laser structure by GaInN:Mg and have investigated the influence of several growth conditions on its electrical properties. We found a significant decrease of the series resistance for a GaInN layer grown at 800°C with hydrogen as carrier gas which results, at lower current densities, in a voltage drop of at least 2 V compared to GaN contact layers. Our studies show that not only the changed growth conditions, but indeed the In content plays a major role for these improvements, although it is only about 2%. Laser structures grown on SiC wafers show minimum total differential resistivities below 1.5×10 -4 Ω cm 2.

  15. Studies of electrically and recombination active centers in undoped GaN grown by OMVPE

    SciTech Connect

    Polyakov, A.Y.; Shin, M.; Skowronski, M.; Greve, D.W.; Govorkov, A.V.; Smirnov, N.B.

    1997-12-31

    Deep centers were studied in GaN samples grown by organometallic vapor phase epitaxy (OMVPE). Electron traps 0.2 eV and 0.5 eV below conduction band edge and 0.25 eV and 0.5-0.85 eV above the valence band edge were detected by means of deep levels transient spectroscopy (DLTS), photoelectron relaxation spectroscopy (PERS) and thermally simulated current spectroscopy (TSC). The photoconductivity at low temperature is shown to be persistent and the magnitude of photosensitivity is dependent on the way the samples are grown. Microcathodoluminescence (MCL) and electron beam induced current (EBIC) measurements indicate that the density of deep recombination centers near the dislocation walls between the misoriented GaN domains is lower than inside the domains. Spatially resolved PERS measurements show that the concentration of the 0.85 eV level is higher in the low angle grain boundary regions that produce bright contrast in EBIC and MCL.

  16. Ultra-low resistance ohmic contacts to GaN with high Si doping concentrations grown by molecular beam epitaxy

    SciTech Connect

    Afroz Faria, Faiza; Guo Jia; Zhao Pei; Li Guowang; Kumar Kandaswamy, Prem; Wistey, Mark; Xing Huili; Jena, Debdeep

    2012-07-16

    Ti/Al/Ni/Au ohmic contacts were formed on heavily doped n{sup +} metal-polar GaN samples with various Si doping concentrations grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The contact resistivity (R{sub C}) and sheet resistance (R{sub sh}) as a function of corresponding GaN free carrier concentration (n) were measured. Very low R{sub C} values (<0.09 {Omega} mm) were obtained, with a minimum R{sub C} of 0.035 {Omega} mm on a sample with a room temperature carrier concentration of {approx}5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}. Based on the systematic study, the role of R{sub C} and R{sub sh} is discussed in the context of regrown n{sup +} GaN ohmic contacts for GaN based high electron mobility transistors.

  17. Maximizing cubic phase gallium nitride surface coverage on nano-patterned silicon (100)

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    Liu, R.; Bayram, C.

    2016-07-01

    Here we investigate the hexagonal-to-cubic phase transition in metalorganic-chemical-vapor-deposition-grown gallium nitride enabled via silicon (100) nano-patterning. Electron backscatter diffraction and depth-resolved cathodoluminescence experiments show complete cubic phase GaN surface coverage when GaN deposition thickness ( hc ), etch depth ( td ), and opening width ( p ) obey hc≈1.06 p -0.75 td ; in line with a geometrical model based on crystallography. Cubic GaN uniformity is studied via electron backscatter diffraction and cathodoluminescence measurements. Atomic force microscopy reveals a smooth cubic GaN surface. Phase-transition cubic GaN shows promising optical and structural quality for integrated photonic devices.

  18. Comparison between structural properties of bulk GaN grown under high N pressure and GaN grown by other methods

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    Liliental-Weber, Z.; Jasinski, J.; Washburn, J.

    2002-07-31

    In this paper defects formed in GaN grown by different methods are reviewed. Formation of particular defects are often related to the crystallographic direction in which the crystals grow. For bulk crystals the highest growth rates are observed for directions perpendicular to the c-axis. Threading dislocations and nanopipes along the c-axis are not formed in these crystals, but polarity of the growth direction plays a role concerning defects that are formed and surface roughness. For growth of homoepitaxial layers, where growth is forced to take place in the c-direction threading dislocations are formed and their density is related to the purity of constituents used for growth and to substrate surface inhomogeneities. In heteroepitaxial layers two other factors: lattice mismatch and thermal expansion mismatch are related to the formation of dislocations. Doping of crystals can also lead to formation of defects characteristic for a specific dopant. This type of defects tends to be growth method independent but can depend on growth polarity.

  19. Picosecond Acoustics in Single Quantum Wells of Cubic GaN /(Al ,Ga )N

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    Czerniuk, T.; Ehrlich, T.; Wecker, T.; As, D. J.; Yakovlev, D. R.; Akimov, A. V.; Bayer, M.

    2017-01-01

    A picosecond acoustic pulse is used to study the photoelastic interaction in single zinc-blende GaN /AlxGa1 -x N quantum wells. We use an optical time-resolved pump-probe setup and demonstrate that tuning the photon energy to the quantum well's lowest electron-hole transition makes the experiment sensitive to the quantum well only. Because of the small width, its temporal and spatial resolution allows us to track the few-picosecond-long transit of the acoustic pulse. We further deploy a model to analyze the unknown photoelastic coupling strength of the quantum well for different photon energies and find good agreement with the experiments.

  20. Highly resistive C-doped hydride vapor phase epitaxy-GaN grown on ammonothermally crystallized GaN seeds

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    Iwinska, Malgorzata; Piotrzkowski, Ryszard; Litwin-Staszewska, Elzbieta; Sochacki, Tomasz; Amilusik, Mikolaj; Fijalkowski, Michal; Lucznik, Boleslaw; Bockowski, Michal

    2017-01-01

    GaN crystals were grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) and doped with C. The seeds were high-structural-quality ammonothermally crystallized GaN. The grown crystals were highly resistive at 296 K and of high structural quality. High-temperature Hall effect measurements revealed p-type conductivity and a deep acceptor level in the material with an activation energy of 1 eV. This is in good agreement with density functional theory calculations based on hybrid functionals as presented by the Van de Walle group. They obtained an ionization energy of 0.9 eV when C was substituted for N in GaN and acted as a deep acceptor.

  1. MBE and ALD grown High k Dielectrics Gate Stacks on GaN

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    Chang, Y. C.; Lee, K. Y.; Lee, W. C.; Lin, T. D.; Lee, Y. J.; Huang, M. L.; Hong, M.; Kwo, J.; Wang, Y. H.

    2007-03-01

    III-nitride compound semiconductors are attractive for high-temperature and high-power MOSFET applications due to their intrinsic properties of wide band gap, high breakdown field, and high saturation velocity under high fields. In this work GaN-based high k MOS diodes were fabricated using MBE-grown Ga2O3(Gd2O3), MBE-grown HfO2 and ALD-grown HfO2 as the gate dielectrics with dielectric constants of 14.7, 17.4 and 16.5, respectively. All MOS diodes exhibited low leakage (<10-6 A/cm^2 at Vfb+1) and well behaved capacitance-voltage curves with a low interfacial density of states of ˜10^11 cm-2eV-1. Energy-band diagrams of the MOS structures have been determined by extracting valance-band offset (δEV) from HR-XPS and with the bandgaps of the oxides. For example, the ALD-grown HfO2-GaN at the interfaces gave approximately δEC and δEV of 1.2 eV and 1.1 eV, respectively.

  2. TEM studies of laterally overgrown GaN layers grown on non-polarsubstrates

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    Liliental-Weber, Z.; Ni, X.; Morkoc, H.

    2006-01-05

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to study pendeo-epitaxial GaN layers grown on polar and non-polar 4H SiC substrates. The structural quality of the overgrown layers was evaluated using a number of TEM methods. Growth of pendeo-epitaxial layers on polar substrates leads to better structural quality of the overgrown areas, however edge-on dislocations are found at the meeting fronts of two wings. Some misorientation between the 'seed' area and wing area was detected by Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction. Growth of pendeo-epitaxial layers on non-polar substrates is more difficult. Two wings on the opposite site of the seed area grow in two different polar directions with different growth rates. Most dislocations in a wing grown with Ga polarity are 10 times wider than wings grown with N-polarity making coalescence of these layers difficult. Most dislocations in a wing grown with Ga polarity bend in a direction parallel to the substrate, but some of them also propagate to the sample surface. Stacking faults formed on the c-plane and prismatic plane occasionally were found. Some misorientation between the wings and seed was detected using Large Angle Convergent Beam Diffraction.

  3. Thermoelectric Properties of MOVPE Grown AlInN, Lattice-Matched to GaN

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    Zhang, Jing; Tong, Hua; Liu, Guangyu; Herbsommer, Juan; Huang, Gensheng; Tansu, Nelson

    2010-03-01

    In this work, we investigate experimentally the growth and thermoelectric properties, i.e., thermal conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and electrical conductivity, of n-type wurtzite high quality AlxIn1-xN, grown on GaN template on sapphire substrate by MOVPE, in-plane lattice-matched to GaN. The thermal conductivity is measured by 3φ method differential technique for thin films. The thermal conductivity value of Al0.83In0.17N is measured as 5.7 W/(mK). The Seebeck coefficient is calculated as the ratio of measured voltage difference and temperature difference when a temperature gradient is created in the sample. The absolute Seebeck coefficient value of Al0.83In0.17N is measured as 6.2x10-4 V/K. The sheet resistivity of lattice-matched Al0.83In0.17N is measured using Van der Pauw scheme and the electric conductivity is acquired accordingly to be 2.9x10^4 /(φ.m). The Z*T value of Al0.83In0.17N obtained is above 0.2 at room temperature. The results indicate AlInN based alloys are good candidates for thermoelectric devices.

  4. Comparison of ultraviolet APDs grown on free-standing GaN and sapphire substrates

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    Cicek, Erdem; Vashaei, Zahra; Bayram, Can; McClintock, Ryan; Razeghi, Manijeh; Ulmer, Melville P.

    2010-08-01

    There is a need for semiconductor-based ultraviolet photodetectors to support avalanche gain in order to realize better performance andmore effective compete with existing technologies. Wide bandgap III-Nitride semiconductors are the promising material system for the development of avalanche photodiodes (APDs) that could be a viable alternative to current bulky UV detectors such as photomultiplier tubes. In this paper, we review the current state-of-the-art in IIINitride visible-blind APDs, and present our latest results on GaN APDs grown on both conventional sapphire and low dislocation density free-standing c- and m-plane GaN substrates. Leakage current, gain, and single photon detection efficiency (SPDE) of these APDs were compared. The spectral response and Geiger-mode photon counting performance of UV APDs are studied under low photon fluxes, with single photon detection capabilities as much as 30% being demonstrated in smaller devices. Geiger-mode operation conditions are optimized for enhanced SPDE.

  5. Nucleation mechanisms of self-induced GaN nanowires grown on an amorphous interlayer

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    Consonni, V.; Hanke, M.; Knelangen, M.; Geelhaar, L.; Trampert, A.; Riechert, H.

    2011-01-01

    The formation mechanisms of GaN nanowires grown on a SixNy amorphous interlayer within a self-induced approach by molecular beam epitaxy have been investigated by combining in situ reflection high-energy electron-diffraction measurements with ex situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy imaging. It is found that GaN initially nucleates as spherical cap-shaped islands with a wetting angle of 42±7°. Subsequently, these islands coarsen and undergo a shape transition toward the nanowire morphology at an experimental critical radius of 5 nm. As the epitaxial constraint is very weak on an amorphous interlayer, the equivalent Laplace pressure due to the effects of surface stress has been taken into account. Analytical and finite-element method calculations show that the Laplace pressure results at the nanoscale dimensions in significant volume elastic strain in both spherical caps and nanowires. From thermodynamic considerations, it is revealed that the related strain energy density is slightly in favor of the shape transition toward the nanowire geometry owing to its higher ability to relieve the strain. Nevertheless, the anisotropy of surface energy is an even stronger driving force, since the nanowires are composed of c- and m-planes with very low surface energies. It is deduced that an energy barrier does exit for the shape transition and may be related to edge effects, resulting in a growth condition-dependent critical radius.

  6. Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent Fabrication of Superlattice Structures Using AlN and InN

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-06-01

    AD-A253 331 Semiannual Report Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent Fabrication...Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent Fabrication of Superlattice Structures Using...34 substrates, such as using a graded AlxGal-xN solid solution as a buffer layer. E. Conclusion We have shown that in the use of our modified gas source MBE

  7. Strain Relief Analysis of InN Quantum Dots Grown on GaN

    PubMed Central

    2007-01-01

    We present a study by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the strain state of individual InN quantum dots (QDs) grown on GaN substrates. Moiré fringe and high resolution TEM analyses showed that the QDs are almost fully relaxed due to the generation of a 60° misfit dislocation network at the InN/GaN interface. By applying the Geometric Phase Algorithm to plan-view high-resolution micrographs, we show that this network consists of three essentially non-interacting sets of misfit dislocations lying along the directions. Close to the edge of the QD, the dislocations curve to meet the surface and form a network of threading dislocations surrounding the system. PMID:21794190

  8. Morphology Control of Hot-Wall MOCVD Selective Area Grown Hexagonal GaN Pyramids

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    Lundskog, Anders; Forsberg, Urban; Holtz, Per Olof; Janzen, Erik

    2012-11-01

    Morphological variations of gallium polar (0001)-oriented hexagonal GaN pyramids grown by hot wall metal organic chemical vapor deposition under various growth conditions are investigated. The stability of the semipolar {1 (1) over bar 02} and nonpolar {1 (1) over bar 00} facets is particularly discussed. The presence of the {1 (1) over bar 02} facets near the apex of the pyramid was found to be controllable by tuning the absolute flow rate of ammonia during the growth Vertical nonpolar {1 (1) over bar 00} facets appeared in gallium rich conditions, which automatically were created when the growth time was prolonged beyond pyramid completion. The result was attributed to a gallium passivation of the {1 (1) over bar 00} surface.

  9. Near-ultraviolet micro-Raman study of diamond grown on GaN

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    Nazari, M. Hancock, B. L.; Anderson, J.; Savage, A.; Piner, E. L.; Holtz, M.; Graham, S.; Faili, F.; Oh, S.; Francis, D.; Twitchen, D.

    2016-01-18

    Ultraviolet (UV) micro-Raman measurements are reported of diamond grown on GaN using chemical vapor deposition. UV excitation permits simultaneous investigation of the diamond (D) and disordered carbon (DC) comprising the polycrystalline layer. From line scans of a cross-section along the diamond growth direction, the DC component of the diamond layer is found to be highest near the GaN-on-diamond interface and diminish with characteristic length scale of ∼3.5 μm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the diamond near the interface confirms the presence of DC. Combined micro-Raman and TEM are used to develop an optical method for estimating the DC volume fraction.

  10. As-grown deep-level defects in n-GaN grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition on freestanding GaN

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    Chen Shang; Ishikawa, Kenji; Hori, Masaru; Honda, Unhi; Shibata, Tatsunari; Matsumura, Toshiya; Tokuda, Yutaka; Ueda, Hiroyuki; Uesugi, Tsutomu; Kachi, Tetsu

    2012-09-01

    Traps of energy levels E{sub c}-0.26 and E{sub c}-0.61 eV have been identified as as-grown traps in n-GaN grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition by using deep level transient spectroscopy of the Schottky contacts fabricated by resistive evaporation. The additional traps of E{sub c}-0.13 and E{sub c}-0.65 eV have been observed in samples whose contacts are deposited by electron-beam evaporation. An increase in concentration of the E{sub c}-0.13 and E{sub c}-0.65 eV traps when approaching the interface between the contact and the GaN film supports our argument that these traps are induced by electron-beam irradiation. Conversely, the depth profiles of as-grown traps show different profiles between several samples with increased or uniform distribution in the near surface below 50 nm. Similar profiles are observed in GaN grown on a sapphire substrate. We conclude that the growth process causes these large concentrations of as-grown traps in the near-surface region. It is speculated that the finishing step in the growth process should be an essential issue in the investigation of the surface state of GaN.

  11. Strong coupling of light with A and B excitons in GaN microcavities grown on silicon

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    Sellers, I. R.; Semond, F.; Leroux, M.; Massies, J.; Disseix, P.; Henneghien, A-L.; Leymarie, J.; Vasson, A.

    2006-01-15

    We present experimental results demonstrating strong-light matter coupling at low and room temperature in bulk GaN microcavities with epitaxial (Al,Ga)N Bragg mirrors grown on silicon (111). At low temperature, the strong coupling of both the A and B excitonic features of GaN with the cavity mode is clearly resolved in the microcavity. At room temperature a Rabi energy of 50 meV is observed and well reproduced using transfer-matrix reflectivity calculations describing the interaction of both the A and B excitonic states with the photonic mode.

  12. Characterization of vacancy-type defects in heteroepitaxial GaN grown by low-energy plasma-enhanced vapor phase epitaxy

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    Calloni, A.; Ferragut, R.; Dupasquier, A.; von Känel, H.; Guiller, A.; Rutz, A.; Ravelli, L.; Egger, W.

    2012-07-01

    The defect concentration in thin GaN layers was estimated by means of positron annihilation spectroscopy. Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening of the annihilation radiation were used. A comparative study of GaN films grown with different techniques was performed. Specific attention has been given to the new low energy plasma enhanced vapor phase epitaxy (LEPEVPE) growth technique. A very high Ga vacancy density (1019 cm-3) was found in a thin GaN layer directly grown by LEPEVPE on a sapphire substrate. However, when a GaN substrate (commercial sample grown by Metal Organic Vapor Phase Epitaxy) is used as a template for LEPEVPE deposition, the vacancy density of the film is low (about 1016 cm-3). This fact provides evidences that the LEPEVPE technique is able to produce high quality GaN layers.

  13. Radiation-induced defects in GaN bulk grown by halide vapor phase epitaxy

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    Duc, Tran Thien; Pozina, Galia; Son, Nguyen Tien; Janzén, Erik; Hemmingsson, Carl; Ohshima, Takeshi

    2014-09-08

    Defects induced by electron irradiation in thick free-standing GaN layers grown by halide vapor phase epitaxy were studied by deep level transient spectroscopy. In as-grown materials, six electron traps, labeled D2 (E{sub C}–0.24 eV), D3 (E{sub C}–0.60 eV), D4 (E{sub C}–0.69 eV), D5 (E{sub C}–0.96 eV), D7 (E{sub C}–1.19 eV), and D8, were observed. After 2 MeV electron irradiation at a fluence of 1 × 10{sup 14 }cm{sup −2}, three deep electron traps, labeled D1 (E{sub C}–0.12 eV), D5I (E{sub C}–0.89 eV), and D6 (E{sub C}–1.14 eV), were detected. The trap D1 has previously been reported and considered as being related to the nitrogen vacancy. From the annealing behavior and a high introduction rate, the D5I and D6 centers are suggested to be related to primary intrinsic defects.

  14. Ultraviolet InGaN and GaN Single-Quantum-Well-Structure Light-Emitting Diodes Grown on Epitaxially Laterally Overgrown GaN Substrates

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    Mukai, Takashi; Nakamura, Shuji

    1999-10-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) InGaN and GaN single-quantum-well-structure light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were grown on epitaxially laterally overgrown GaN (ELOG) and sapphire substrates. When the emission wavelength of UV InGaN LEDs was shorter than 380 nm, the external quantum efficiency (EQE) of the LED on ELOG was much higher than that on sapphire only under high-current operation. At low-current operation, both LEDs had the same EQE. When the active layer was GaN, EQE of the LED on sapphire was much lower than that on ELOG even under low-and high-current operations, due to the lack of localized energy states formed by alloy composition fluctuations. When the emission wavelengths were in the blue and green regions, EQE was almost the same between LEDs on both ELOG and sapphire due to a large number of deep localized energy states formed by large alloy composition fluctuations. The localized energy states are responsible for the high efficiency of InGaN-based LEDs in spite of a large number of dislocations.

  15. Effect of GaN interlayer on polarity control of epitaxial ZnO thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wang, X. Q.; Sun, H. P.; Pan, X. Q.

    2010-10-11

    Epitaxial ZnO thin films were grown on nitrided (0001) sapphire substrates with an intervening GaN layer by rf-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. It was found that polarity of the ZnO epilayer could be controlled by modifying the GaN interlayer. ZnO grown on a distorted 3-nm-thick GaN interlayer has Zn-polarity while ZnO on a 20-nm-thick GaN interlayer with a high structural quality has O-polarity. High resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis indicates that the polarity of ZnO epilayer is controlled by the atomic structure of the interface between the ZnO buffer layer and the intervening GaN layer.

  16. Structure and morphology characters of GaN grown by ECR-MBE using hydrogen-nitrogen mixed gas plasma[Electron Cyclotron Resonance-Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Araki, Tsutomu; Chiba, Yasuo; Nanishi, Yasushi

    2000-07-01

    GaN growth by electron-cyclotron-resonance plasma-excited molecular beam epitaxy using hydrogen-nitrogen mixed gas plasma were carried out on GaN templates with a different polar-surface. Structure and surface morphology of the GaN layers were characterized using transmission electron microscopy. The GaN layer grown with hydrogen on N-polar template showed a relatively flat morphology including hillocks. Columnar domain existed in the center of the hillock, which might be attributed to the existence of tiny inversion domain with Ga-polarity. On the other hand, columnar structure was formed in the GaN layer grown with hydrogen on Ga-polar template.

  17. Sub-230 nm deep-UV emission from GaN quantum disks in AlN grown by a modified Stranski-Krastanov mode

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    Islam, SM; Protasenko, Vladimir; Rouvimov, Sergei; (Grace Xing, Huili; Jena, Debdeep

    2016-05-01

    We report tunable deep-ultraviolet (DUV) emission over the 222-231 nm range from 1-2 monolayer (ML) GaN quantum disks (QDs) grown in an AlN matrix. The linewidth of the emission were as narrow as ˜10 nm at 5 K. The disks were grown in modified Stranski-Krastanov (mSK) mode. High resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) images confirmed insertion of 1-2 MLs of GaN between 3 nm AlN barriers. The internal quantum efficiency was estimated from low temperature photoluminescence measurements for the disks, and compared with 1 and 2 ML GaN quantum wells/AlN barriers. The internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of the GaN QDs was found to be ˜35% for 222 nm emission, ˜200% higher than 1 ML GaN QWs.

  18. Multiple delta doping of single crystal cubic boron nitride films heteroepitaxially grown on (001)diamonds

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    Yin, H.; Ziemann, P.

    2014-06-01

    Phase pure cubic boron nitride (c-BN) films have been epitaxially grown on (001) diamond substrates at 900 °C. The n-type doping of c-BN epitaxial films relies on the sequential growth of nominally undoped (p-) and Si doped (n-) layers with well-controlled thickness (down to several nanometer range) in the concept of multiple delta doping. The existence of nominally undoped c-BN overgrowth separates the Si doped layers, preventing Si dopant segregation that was observed for continuously doped epitaxial c-BN films. This strategy allows doping of c-BN films can be scaled up to multiple numbers of doped layers through atomic level control of the interface in the future electronic devices. Enhanced electronic transport properties with higher hall mobility (102 cm2/V s) have been demonstrated at room temperature as compared to the normally continuously Si doped c-BN films.

  19. III-nitride heterostructure field-effect transistors grown on semi-insulating GaN substrate without regrowth interface charge

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    Liu, J. P.; Ryou, J.-H.; Yoo, D.; Zhang, Y.; Limb, J.; Horne, C. A.; Shen, S.-C.; Dupuis, R. D.; Hanser, A. D.; Preble, E. A.; Evans, K. R.

    2008-03-01

    Charge is observed at the regrowth interface for heterostructure field-effect transistors (HFETs) grown on semi-insulating (SI) bulk GaN substrates, even with Fe doping in the regrown buffer layer for reduction of the interface charge. Ultraviolet photoenhanced chemical (PEC) etching is used to treat the surface of SI bulk GaN substrates. Employing optimized etching conditions, a very smooth surface is achieved for the bulk GaN substrate after the etching. The charge at the regrowth interface is eliminated for HFETs grown on etched SI GaN substrates. Secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements show that the Si impurity concentration at the regrowth interface for HFETs grown on etched SI GaN substrates is much lower than that for HFETs grown on unetched SI GaN substrates, which suggests that the charge-containing layer on the SI substrate is removed by PEC etching and that the effects of the reduced charge layer near the regrowth interface can be eliminated by Fe doping for HFETs grown on etched SI substrates.

  20. Study of InN epitaxial films and nanorods grown on GaN template by RF-MOMBE

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports on high-quality InN materials prepared on a GaN template using radio-frequency metalorganic molecular beam epitaxy. We also discuss the structural and electro-optical properties of InN nanorods/films. The X-ray diffraction peaks of InN(0002) and InN(0004) were identified from their spectra, indicating that the (0001)-oriented hexagonal InN was epitaxially grown on the GaN template. Scanning electron microscopic images of the surface morphology revealed a two-dimensional growth at a rate of approximately 0.85 μm/h. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy images identified a sharp InN/GaN interface and a clear epitaxial orientation relationship of [0001]InN // [0001]GaN and ( 2¯110)InN // ( 2¯110)GaN. The optical properties of wurtzite InN nanorods were determined according to the photoluminescence, revealing a band gap of 0.77 eV. PMID:22908859

  1. Polarity control of GaN grown on pulsed-laser-deposited AlN/GaN template by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Yoo, Jinyeop; Shojiki, Kanako; Tanikawa, Tomoyuki; Kuboya, Shigeyuki; Hanada, Takashi; Katayama, Ryuji; Matsuoka, Takashi

    2016-05-01

    We report on the polarity control of GaN regrown on pulsed-laser-deposition-grown N-polar AlN on a metalorganic-vapor-phase-epitaxy-grown Ga-polar GaN template. The polarity of the regrown GaN, which was confirmed using aqueous KOH solutions, can be inverted from that of AlN by inserting a low-temperature GaN (LT-GaN) buffer layer. We hypothetically ascribe the Ga-polarity selection of GaN on the LT-GaN buffer layer to the mixed polarity of LT-GaN grains and higher growth rate of the Ga-polar grain, which covers up the N-polar grain during the initial stage of the high-temperature growth. The X-ray rocking curve analysis revealed that the edge-dislocation density in the N-polar regrown GaN is 5 to 8 times smaller than that in the Ga-polar regrown GaN. N-polar GaN grows directly on N-polar AlN at higher temperatures. Therefore, nucleus islands grow larger than those of LT-GaN and the area fraction of coalescence boundaries between islands, where edge dislocations emerge, becomes smaller.

  2. Microstructures and growth mechanisms of GaN films epitaxially grown on AlN/Si hetero-structures by pulsed laser deposition at different temperatures

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    Wang, Wenliang; Yang, Weijia; Lin, Yunhao; Zhou, Shizhong; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-01-01

    2 inch-diameter GaN films with homogeneous thickness distribution have been grown on AlN/Si(111) hetero-structures by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with laser rastering technique. The surface morphology, crystalline quality, and interfacial property of as-grown GaN films are characterized in detail. By optimizing the laser rastering program, the ~300 nm-thick GaN films grown at 750 °C show a root-mean-square (RMS) thickness inhomogeneity of 3.0%, very smooth surface with a RMS surface roughness of 3.0 nm, full-width at half-maximums (FWHMs) for GaN(0002) and GaN(102) X-ray rocking curves of 0.7° and 0.8°, respectively, and sharp and abrupt AlN/GaN hetero-interfaces. With the increase in the growth temperature from 550 to 850 °C, the surface morphology, crystalline quality, and interfacial property of as-grown ~300 nm-thick GaN films are gradually improved at first and then decreased. Based on the characterizations, the corresponding growth mechanisms of GaN films grown on AlN/Si hetero-structures by PLD with various growth temperatures are hence proposed. This work would be beneficial to understanding the further insight of the GaN films grown on Si(111) substrates by PLD for the application of GaN-based devices. PMID:26563573

  3. Influence of growth temperature on laser molecular beam epitaxy and properties of GaN layers grown on c-plane sapphire

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    Dixit, Ripudaman; Tyagi, Prashant; Kushvaha, Sunil Singh; Chockalingam, Sreekumar; Yadav, Brajesh Singh; Sharma, Nita Dilawar; Kumar, M. Senthil

    2017-04-01

    We have investigated the influence of growth temperature on the in-plane strain, structural, optical and mechanical properties of heteroepitaxially grown GaN layers on sapphire (0001) substrate by laser molecular beam epitaxy (LMBE) technique in the temperature range 500-700 °C. The GaN epitaxial layers are found to have a large in-plane compressive stress of about 1 GPa for low growth temperatures but the strain drastically reduced in the layer grown at 700 °C. The nature of the in-plane strain has been analyzed using high resolution x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. From AFM, a change in GaN growth mode from grain to island is observed at the high growth temperature above 600 °C. A blue shift of 20-30 meV in near band edge PL emission line has been noticed for the GaN layers containing the large in-plane strain. These observations indicate that the in-plane strain in the GaN layers is dominated by a biaxial strain. Using nanoindentation, it is found that the indentation hardness and Young's modulus of the GaN layers increases with increasing growth temperature. The results disclose the critical role of growth mode in determining the in-plane strain and mechanical properties of the GaN layers grown by LMBE technique.

  4. Step-induced misorientation of GaN grown on r-plane sapphire

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    Smalc-Koziorowska, J.; Dimitrakopulos, G. P.; Sahonta, S.-L.; Komninou, Ph.; Tsiakatouras, G.; Georgakilas, A.

    2008-07-14

    In the growth of nonpolar (1120) a-plane GaN on r-plane (1102) sapphire by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, misoriented crystallites are observed close to the substrate. They have average diameter {approx}10 nm and are oriented with the (0001){sub GaN} plane approximately parallel to the (2113){sub sapph.} plane and [0110]{sub GaN} parallel [1101]{sub sapph.}. This semipolar orientation is promoted by a low misfit (2.4%) between (1011){sub GaN} and (1210){sub sapph.} planes. Its introduction, after nitridation treatment, is due to GaN nucleation on (2113){sub sapph.} step facets inclined at 26 deg. relative to the r-plane. Two variants are observed, leading to twinning when they abut inside the epilayer.

  5. Deep traps in nonpolar m-plane GaN grown by ammonia-based molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zhang, Z.; Hurni, C. A.; Arehart, A. R.; Yang, J.; Myers, R. C.; Speck, J. S.; Ringel, S. A.

    2012-01-01

    Deep level defects in nonpolar m-plane GaN grown by ammonia-based molecular beam epitaxy were characterized using deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and deep level optical spectroscopy (DLOS) and compared with polar c-plane GaN that was grown simultaneously in the same growth run. Significant differences in both the levels present and their concentrations were observed upon comparison of both growth orientations. DLTS revealed electron traps with activation energies of 0.14 eV, 0.20 eV, and 0.66 eV in the m-plane material, with concentrations that were ˜10-50 × higher than traps of similar activation energies in the c-plane material. Likewise, DLOS measurements showed ˜20 × higher concentrations of both a CN acceptor-like state at EC - 3.26 eV, which correlates with a high background carbon concentration observed by secondary ion mass spectroscopy for the m-plane material [A. Armstrong, A. R. Arehart, B. Moran, S. P. DenBaars, U. K. Mishra, J. S. Speck, and S. A. Ringel, Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 374 (2004)], and the VGa-related state level at EC - 2.49 eV, which is consistent with an enhanced yellow luminescence observed by photoluminescence. The findings suggest a strong impact of growth dynamics on the incorporation of impurities and electrically active native point defects as a function of GaN growth plane polarity.

  6. In Situ Oxidation of GaN Layer and Its Effect on Structural Properties of Ga2O3 Films Grown by Plasma-Assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Ngo, Trong Si; Le, Duc Duy; Tran, Duy Khanh; Song, Jung-Hoon; Hong, Soon-Ku

    2017-01-01

    Plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE) was used to grow Ga2O3 films on oxidized GaN layers on nitrided sapphire substrates. The GaN layer was grown by PAMBE, and the in situ oxidation of the GaN layer was achieved through exposure to oxygen plasma, which resulted in the formation of monoclinic β-Ga2O3. Crystalline monoclinic β-Ga2O3 films were grown on the GaN layers, with and without oxidation. The orientation relationships were [11overline{2} 0 ] Al2O3//[1overline{1} 00 ] AlN//[1overline{1} 00 ] GaN//[102] β-Ga2O3 and [1overline{1} 00 ] Al2O3//[11overline{2} 0 ] AlN//[11overline{2} 0 ] GaN//[010] β-Ga2O3. The grown β-Ga2O3 films were not single-crystalline but showed rotational domains along the growth direction with three variations, which resulted in six-fold rotational symmetry instead of two-fold rotational symmetry. The surface roughness of the grown β-Ga2O3 film was closely reflected to that of as-grown GaN and oxidized GaN. By analyzing the x-ray omega rocking curves for the on-axis (overline{2} 01 ) and off-axis (002) reflections, it was concluded that rotational domains dominantly affected the crystal quality of the β-Ga2O3 films.

  7. Optically active vacancies in GaN grown on Si substrates probed using a monoenergetic positron beam

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    Uedono, Akira Zhang, Yang; Yoshihara, Nakaaki; Fujishima, Tatsuya; Palacios, Tomás; Cao, Yu; Laboutin, Oleg; Johnson, Wayne; Ishibashi, Shoji; Sumiya, Masatomo

    2014-02-24

    Native defects in GaN layers grown on Si substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition have been studied using a monoenergetic positron beam. Measurements of Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation for GaN layers showed that optically active vacancy-type defects were formed in the layers. Charge transition of the defects due to electron capture was found to occur when the layers were irradiated by photons with energy above 2.71 eV. The concentration of such defects increased after 600–800 °C annealing, but the defects have not been annealed out even at 1000 °C. They were identified as Ga-vacancy-type defects, such as complexes between Ga vacancies and carbon impurities, and the relationship between their charge transition and optical properties were discussed.

  8. Optically active vacancies in GaN grown on Si substrates probed using a monoenergetic positron beam

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    Uedono, Akira; Fujishima, Tatsuya; Cao, Yu; Zhang, Yang; Yoshihara, Nakaaki; Ishibashi, Shoji; Sumiya, Masatomo; Laboutin, Oleg; Johnson, Wayne; Palacios, Tomás

    2014-02-01

    Native defects in GaN layers grown on Si substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition have been studied using a monoenergetic positron beam. Measurements of Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation for GaN layers showed that optically active vacancy-type defects were formed in the layers. Charge transition of the defects due to electron capture was found to occur when the layers were irradiated by photons with energy above 2.71 eV. The concentration of such defects increased after 600-800 °C annealing, but the defects have not been annealed out even at 1000 °C. They were identified as Ga-vacancy-type defects, such as complexes between Ga vacancies and carbon impurities, and the relationship between their charge transition and optical properties were discussed.

  9. Novel fully vertical GaN p-n diode on Si substrate grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Mase, Suguru; Urayama, Yuya; Hamada, Takeaki; Freedsman, Joseph J.; Egawa, Takashi

    2016-11-01

    We report novel GaN fully vertical p-n diode on Si grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The thick strained layer superlattice is effective in controlling a doping level of 1016 cm-3 in an n--GaN drift layer. The GaN p-n diode exhibits a differential on-resistance R on of 7.4 mΩ cm2, a turn-on voltage of 3.4 V, and a breakdown voltage V B of 288 V. The corresponding Baliga’s figure of merit (FOM) V\\text{B}2/R\\text{on} is 11.2 MW/cm2. A good FOM value for the GaN-on-Si vertical p-n diode is realized for a drift layer thickness of 1.5 µm without using substrate removal technology.

  10. Polarization-resolved photoluminescence study of individual GaN nanowires grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy

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    Schlager, John B.; Sanford, Norman A.; Bertness, Kris A.; Barker, Joy M.; Roshko, Alexana; Blanchard, Paul T.

    2006-05-01

    Polarization- and temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements were performed on individual GaN nanowires. These were grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy on Si(111) substrates, ultrasonically removed, and subsequently dispersed on sapphire substrates. The wires were typically 5-10μm in length, c-axis oriented, and 30-100nm in diameter. Single wires produced sufficient emission intensity to enable high signal-to-noise PL data. Polarized PL spectra differed for the σ and π polarization cases, illustrating the polarization anisotropy of the exciton emission associated with high-quality wurtzite GaN. This anisotropy in PL emission persisted even up to room temperature (4-296K). Additionally, the nanowire PL varied with excitation intensity and with (325nm) pump exposure time.

  11. Study of carrier recombination transient characteristics in MOCVD grown GaN dependent on layer thickness

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    Gaubas, E. Čeponis, T.; Jasiunas, A.; Jelmakas, E.; Juršėnas, S.; Kadys, A.; Malinauskas, T.; Tekorius, A.; Vitta, P.

    2013-11-15

    The MOCVD grown GaN epi-layers of different thickness have been examined in order to clarify a role of surface recombination, to separate an impact of radiative and non-radiative recombination and disorder factors. The microwave probed –photoconductivity (MW-PC) and spectrally resolved photo-luminescence (PL) transients were simultaneously recorded under ultraviolet (UV) light 354 nm pulsed 500 ps excitation. The MW-PC transients exhibited the carrier decay components associated with carrier decay within micro-crystals and the disordered structure on the periphery areas surrounding crystalline columns. Three PL bands were resolved within PL spectrum, namely, the exciton ascribed UV-PL band edge for hν>3.3 eV, blue B-PL band for 2.5 < hν < 3.0 eV and yellow Y-PL band with hν < 2.4 eV. It has been obtained that intensity of UV-PL band increases with excitation density, while intensity of B-PL band is nearly invariant. However, intensity of the Y-PL increases with reduction of the excitation density. The Y-PL can be associated with trapping centers. A reduction of UV excitation density leads to a decrease of the relative amplitude of the asymptotic component within the MW-PC transients and to an increase of the amplitude as well as duration of the yellow spectral band (Y-PL) asymptotic component. Fractional index α with values 0.5 < α < 0.8 was evaluated for the stretched-exponent component which fits the experimental transients determined by the disordered structure ascribed to the periphery areas surrounding the crystalline columns.

  12. White emission from non-planar InGaN/GaN MQW LEDs grown on GaN template with truncated hexagonal pyramids.

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    Lee, Ming-Lun; Yeh, Yu-Hsiang; Tu, Shang-Ju; Chen, P C; Lai, Wei-Chih; Sheu, Jinn-Kong

    2015-04-06

    Non-planar InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well (MQW) structures are grown on a GaN template with truncated hexagonal pyramids (THPs) featuring c-plane and r-plane surfaces. The THP array is formed by the regrowth of the GaN layer on a selective-area Si-implanted GaN template. Transmission electron microscopy shows that the InGaN/GaN epitaxial layers regrown on the THPs exhibit different growth rates and indium compositions of the InGaN layer between the c-plane and r-plane surfaces. Consequently, InGaN/GaN MQW light-emitting diodes grown on the GaN THP array emit multiple wavelengths approaching near white light.

  13. Microstructures of GaN and In{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}N films grown by MOCVD on free-standing GaN templates

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    Jasinski, J.; Liliental-Weber, Z.; Huang, D.; Reshchikov, M.A.; Yun, F.; Morkoc, H.; Sone, C.; Park, S.S.; Lee, K.Y.

    2002-04-30

    We summarize structural properties of thick HVPE GaN templates from the point of view of their application as substrates for growth of nitride layers. This is followed by the results of optical and structural studies, mostly transmission electron microscopy, of nitride layers grown by MOCVD on top of the HVPE substrates. The results indicate high structural quality of these layers with a low density of threading dislocations (in the range of 10{sup 6} cm{sup -2}). Convergent beam electron diffraction studies showed that the MOCVD GaN films have Ga-polarity, the same polarity as the HVPE GaN substrates. Structural studies of an InGaN layer grown on top of the MOCVD GaN film showed the presence of two layers, which differed in lattice parameter and composition. The upper layer, on the top of the structure had a c-lattice parameter about 2% larger than that of GaN and contained 10.3 {+-} 0.8% of In. Values measured for the thinner, intermediate layer adjacent to the GaN layer were about 2 .5 times lower.

  14. Anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using double AlN buffer layers

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    Zhao, Guijuan; Wang, Lianshan; Yang, Shaoyan; Li, Huijie; Wei, Hongyuan; Han, Dongyue; Wang, Zhanguo

    2016-01-01

    We report the anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using a three-step growth method which consisted of a low temperature AlN buffer layer, followed by a high temperature AlN buffer layer and GaN growth. By introducing double AlN buffer layers, we substantially improve the crystal and optical qualities of semi-polar (11–22) GaN, and significantly reduce the density of stacking faults and dislocations. The high resolution x-ray diffraction measurement revealed that the in-plane anisotropic structural characteristics of GaN layer are azimuthal dependent. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that the majority of dislocations in the GaN epitaxial layer grown on m-sapphire are the mixed-type and the orientation of GaN layer was rotated 58.4° against the substrate. The room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed the PL intensity and wavelength have polarization dependence along parallel and perpendicular to the [1–100] axis (polarization degrees ~ 0.63). The realization of a high polarization semi-polar GaN would be useful to achieve III-nitride based lighting emission device for displays and backlighting. PMID:26861595

  15. Triclinic deformation of InGaN layers grown on vicinal surface of GaN (00.1) substrates

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    Krysko, M.; Domagala, J. Z.; Czernecki, R.; Leszczynski, M.

    2013-09-01

    We report on a triclinic unit cell deformation of fully strained InGaN layers grown on vicinal GaN (00.1) substrates. The samples were examined using the high-resolution X-ray diffraction (HR XRD) using a set of asymmetrical reflections and one symmetrical reflection of 00.2. The substrate miscut induced triclinic deformation of the layer unit cells, breaking the hexagonal symmetry. The experimental results are compared with predictions of the theory of elasticity. We formulate equations for unit cell parameters of layers grown on substrates cut in any direction, based on the equations given by Romanov et al. [J. Appl. Phys. 100, 023522 (2006)]. Additionally, the paper provides a recipe of the XRD measurements necessary to establish unit cell parameters (useful for composition determination of ternary compounds) of the hexagonal mismatched layers grown on off-axis substrates.

  16. Effect of ZnO seed layer on the morphology and optical properties of ZnO nanorods grown on GaN buffer layers

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    Nandi, R. Mohan, S. Major, S. S.; Srinivasa, R. S.

    2014-04-24

    ZnO nanorods were grown by chemical bath deposition on sputtered, polycrystalline GaN buffer layers with and without ZnO seed layer. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction show that the ZnO nanorods on GaN buffer layers are not vertically well aligned. Photoluminescence spectrum of ZnO nanorods grown on GaN buffer layer, however exhibits a much stronger near-band-edge emission and negligible defect emission, compared to the nanorods grown on ZnO buffer layer. These features are attributed to gallium incorporation at the ZnO-GaN interface. The introduction of a thin (25 nm) ZnO seed layer on GaN buffer layer significantly improves the morphology and vertical alignment of ZnO-NRs without sacrificing the high optical quality of ZnO nanorods on GaN buffer layer. The presence of a thick (200 nm) ZnO seed layer completely masks the effect of the underlying GaN buffer layer on the morphology and optical properties of nanorods.

  17. Ultraviolet light-emitting diodes grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on semipolar GaN (2021) substrates

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    Sawicka, M.; Grzanka, S.; Skierbiszewski, C.; Turski, H.; Muziol, G.; Krysko, M.; Grzanka, E.; Sochacki, T.; Siekacz, M.; Kucharski, R.

    2013-03-18

    Multi-quantum well (MQW) structures and light emitting diodes (LEDs) were grown on semipolar (2021) and polar (0001) GaN substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The In incorporation efficiency was found to be significantly lower for the semipolar plane as compared to the polar one. The semipolar MQWs exhibit a smooth surface morphology, abrupt interfaces, and a high photoluminescence intensity. The electroluminescence of semipolar (2021) and polar (0001) LEDs fabricated in the same growth run peaks at 387 and 462 nm, respectively. Semipolar LEDs with additional (Al,Ga)N cladding layers exhibit a higher optical output power but simultaneously a higher turn-on voltage.

  18. Structural, electrical, and optical characterization of coalescent p-n GaN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kolkovsky, Vl.; Zytkiewicz, Z. R.; Sobanska, M.; Klosek, K.; Korona, K. P.

    2015-12-14

    The electrical, structural, and optical properties of coalescent p-n GaN nanowires (NWs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si (111) substrate are investigated. From photoluminescence measurements the full width at half maximum of bound exciton peaks AX and DA is found as 1.3 and 1.2 meV, respectively. These values are lower than those reported previously in the literature. The current-voltage characteristics show the rectification ratio of about 10{sup 2} and the leakage current of about 10{sup −4} A/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. We demonstrate that the thermionic mechanism is not dominant in these samples and spatial inhomogeneties and tunneling processes through a ∼2 nm thick SiN{sub x} layer between GaN and Si could be responsible for deviation from the ideal diode behavior. The free carrier concentration in GaN NWs determined by capacitance-voltage measurements is about 4 × 10{sup 15 }cm{sup −3}. Two deep levels (H190 and E250) are found in the structures. We attribute H190 to an extended defect located at the interface between the substrate and the SiN{sub x} interlayer or near the sidewalls at the bottom of the NWs, whereas E250 is tentatively assigned to a gallium-vacancy- or nitrogen interstitials-related defect.

  19. Structural, electrical, and optical characterization of coalescent p-n GaN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kolkovsky, Vl.; Zytkiewicz, Z. R.; Korona, K. P.; Sobanska, M.; Klosek, K.

    2015-12-01

    The electrical, structural, and optical properties of coalescent p-n GaN nanowires (NWs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si (111) substrate are investigated. From photoluminescence measurements the full width at half maximum of bound exciton peaks AX and DA is found as 1.3 and 1.2 meV, respectively. These values are lower than those reported previously in the literature. The current-voltage characteristics show the rectification ratio of about 102 and the leakage current of about 10-4 A/cm2 at room temperature. We demonstrate that the thermionic mechanism is not dominant in these samples and spatial inhomogeneties and tunneling processes through a ˜2 nm thick SiNx layer between GaN and Si could be responsible for deviation from the ideal diode behavior. The free carrier concentration in GaN NWs determined by capacitance-voltage measurements is about 4 × 1015 cm-3. Two deep levels (H190 and E250) are found in the structures. We attribute H190 to an extended defect located at the interface between the substrate and the SiNx interlayer or near the sidewalls at the bottom of the NWs, whereas E250 is tentatively assigned to a gallium-vacancy- or nitrogen interstitials-related defect.

  20. Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent Fabrication of Superlattice Structures Using AlN and InN

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    1990-07-01

    that the BGaN film remained predominantly single crystal, but shows both a normal cubic [110] pattern and a second hexagonal pattern [0110]. By contrast...27 Transmission electron microscopy (iEM) was used (Hitachi H-800) to more closely examine the microstructural evolution of the BN/ BGaN /GaN epitaxial...area diffraction (SAD) also showed the BGaN layer to be a mixture of cubic and wurtzitic phases. This layer was heavily faulted. The latter phenomenon

  1. Spontaneously grown GaN and AlGaN nanowires

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    Bertness, K. A.; Roshko, A.; Sanford, N. A.; Barker, J. M.; Davydov, A. V.

    2006-01-01

    We have identified crystal growth conditions in gas-source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) that lead to spontaneous formation of GaN nanowires with high aspect ratio on Si (1 1 1) substrates. The nanowires were oriented along the GaN c-axis and normal to the substrate surface. Unlike in many other reports of GaN nanowire growth, no metal catalysts were used. Low growth rates at substrate temperatures near 820 °C were combined with high nitrogen flux (partially dissociated with RF plasma excitation) to form well-separated GaN wires with diameters from 50 to 250 nm in diameter and lengths ranging from 2 to 7 μm. The nanowires grew out of an irregular matrix layer containing deep faceted holes. X-ray diffraction indicated that the wires were fully relaxed and aligned to the silicon substrate. The growth morphology was strongly affected by the presence of Al and Be. The changes suggest that surface diffusion is a primary driving force in the growth of GaN nanowires with MBE.

  2. Growth parameter dependence of structural, electrical and magnetic properties in GaGdN layers grown on GaN(0001)

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    Sano, S.; Hasegawa, S.; Mitsuno, Y.; Higashi, K.; Ishimaru, M.; Sakurai, T.; Ohta, H.; Asahi, H.

    2013-09-01

    The growth parameter dependence of structural, electrical and magnetic properties in Gd-doped GaN layers grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy has been investigated. The structural and magnetic properties of Gd-doped GaN films grown on GaN templates strongly depend on the MBE growth condition. While Gd-doped GaN grown under relatively high Ga fluxes consist of wurtzite GaGdN layers without Gd-related precipitates, Gd-incorporated GaN films grown under low Ga fluxes contain a lot of nanoparticles ranging from several nm to several tens nm in size. The samples with Gd-related nanoparticles exhibit hysteresis in the magnetization-magnetic field curves at 10 K. The separation between the field-cooled and zero-field-cooled magnetization-temperature curves is observed at around 30 K. This behavior is understood in terms of super-paramagnetism originating from the ferromagnetic nanoparticles observed in the cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy images.

  3. Photoconducting ultraviolet detectors based on GaN films grown by electron cyclotron resonance molecular beam epitaxy

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    Misra, M.; Shah, K.S.; Moustakas, T.D.; Vaudo, R.P.; Singh, R.

    1995-08-01

    We report for the first time, fabrication of photoconducting UV detectors made from GaN films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Semi-instilating GaN films were grown by the method of electron cyclotron resonance microwave plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (ECR-MBE). Photoconductive devices with interdigitated electrodes were fabricated and their photoconducting properties were investigated. In this paper we report on the performance of the detectors in terms of UV responsivity, gain-quantum efficiency product, spectral response and response time. We have measured responsivity of 125A/W and gain-quantum efficiency product of 600 at 254nm and 25V. The response time was measured to be on the order of 20ns for our detectors, corresponding to a bandwidth of 25Mhz. The spectral response showed a sharp long-wavelength cutoff at 365nm, and remained constant in the 200nm to 365nm range. The response of the detectors to low-energy x-rays was measured and found to be linear for x-rays with energies ranging from 60kVp to 90kVp.

  4. Microstructures of GaN Buffer Layers Grown on Si(111) Using Rapic Thermal Process Low-Pressure Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Peng, Chen; Bo, Shen; Jian-Min, Zhu; Zhi-Zhong, Chen; Yu-Gang, Zhou; Shi-Yong, Xie; Rong, Zhang; Ping, Han; Shu-Lin, Gu; You-Dou, Zheng; Shu-Sheng, Jiang; Duan, Feng; Z, Huang C.

    2000-03-01

    Microstructures of GaN buffer layers grown on Si (111) substrates using rapid thermal process low-pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition are investigated by an atomic force microscope (AFM) and a high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). AFM images show that the islands appear in the GaN buffer layer after annealing at high temperature. Cross-sectional HRTEM micrographs of the buffer region of these samples indicate that there are bunched steps on the surface of the Si substrate and a lot of domains in GaN misorienting each other with small angles. The boundaries of those domains locate near the bunched steps, and the regions of the film on a terrace between steps have the same crystal orientation. An amorphous-like layer, about 3 nm thick, can also be observed between the GaN buffer layer and the Si substrate.

  5. Influence of different aspect ratios on the structural and electrical properties of GaN thin films grown on nanoscale-patterned sapphire substrates

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    Lee, Fang-Wei; Ke, Wen-Cheng; Cheng, Chun-Hong; Liao, Bo-Wei; Chen, Wei-Kuo

    2016-07-01

    This study presents GaN thin films grown on nanoscale-patterned sapphire substrates (NPSSs) with different aspect ratios (ARs) using a homemade metal-organic chemical vapor deposition system. The anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) technique is used to prepare the dry etching mask. The cross-sectional view of the scanning electron microscope image shows that voids exist between the interface of the GaN thin film and the high-AR (i.e. ∼2) NPSS. In contrast, patterns on the low-AR (∼0.7) NPSS are filled full of GaN. The formation of voids on the high-AR NPSS is believed to be due to the enhancement of the lateral growth in the initial growth stage, and the quick-merging GaN thin film blocks the precursors from continuing to supply the bottom of the pattern. The atomic force microscopy images of GaN on bare sapphire show a layer-by-layer surface morphology, which becomes a step-flow surface morphology for GaN on a high-AR NPSS. The edge-type threading dislocation density can be reduced from 7.1 × 108 cm-2 for GaN on bare sapphire to 4.9 × 108 cm-2 for GaN on a high-AR NPSS. In addition, the carrier mobility increases from 85 cm2/Vs for GaN on bare sapphire to 199 cm2/Vs for GaN on a high-AR NPSS. However, the increased screw-type threading dislocation density for GaN on a low-AR NPSS is due to the competition of lateral growth on the flat-top patterns and vertical growth on the bottom of the patterns that causes the material quality of the GaN thin film to degenerate. Thus, the experimental results indicate that the AR of the particular patterning of a NPSS plays a crucial role in achieving GaN thin film with a high crystalline quality.

  6. Dual-wavelength GaN-based LEDs grown on truncated hexagonal pyramids formed by selective-area regrowth on Si-implanted GaN templates.

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    Lee, Ming-Lun; Yeh, Yu-Hsiang; Tu, Shang-Ju; Chen, P C; Wu, Ming-Jui; Lai, Wei-Chih; Sheu, Jinn-Kong

    2013-09-09

    GaN-based blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with micro truncated hexagonal pyramid (THP) array were grown on selective-area Si-implanted GaN (SIG) templates. The GaN epitaxial layer regrown on the SIG templates exhibited selective growth and subsequent lateral growth to form the THP array. The observed selective-area growth was attributed to the different crystal structures between the Si-implanted and implantation-free regions. Consequently, LEDs grown on the GaN THP array emitted broad electroluminescence spectra with multiple peaks. Spatially resolved cathodoluminescence revealed that the broad spectra originated from different areas within each THP. Transmission electron microscopy showed the GaN-based epitaxial layers, including InGaN/GaN multi-quantum wells regrown at different growth rates (or with different In content in the InGaN wells) between the semi-polar and c-face planes of each THP.

  7. Influence of Mg and In on defect formation in GaN; bulk and MOCVD grown samples

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    Liliental-Weber, Z.; Benamara, M.; Jasinski, J.; Swider, W.; Washburn, J.; Grzegory, I.; Porowski, S.; Bak-Misiuk, J.; Domagala, J.; Bedair, S.; Eiting, C.J.; Dupuis, R.D.

    2000-11-22

    Transmission electron microscopy studies were applied to study GaN crystals doped with Mg. Both: bulk GaN:Mg crystals grown by a high pressure and high temperature process and those grown by metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition (MOCVD) have been studied. Structural dependence on growth polarity was observed in the bulk crystals. Spontaneous ordering (formation of polytypoids) was observed for growth in the N to Ga polar direction (N polarity). On the opposite site of the crystal (growth in the Ga to N polar direction) Mg-rich pyramidal defects with base on the basal planes and with walls inclined about 45O to these planes, empty inside (pinholes) were observed. A high concentration of these pyramidal defects was also observed in the MOCVD grown crystals. For samples grown with Mg delta doping planar defects were also observed especially at the early stages of growth followed by formation of pyramidal defects. TEM and x-ray studies of InxGa{sub 1{minus}x}N crystals for the range of 28-45% nominal In concentration shows formation of two sub-layers: strained and relaxed, with a much lower In concentration in the strained layer. Layers with the highest In concentration were fully relaxed.

  8. Interface roughness of double buffer layer of GaN film grown on Si(1 1 1) substrate using GIXR analysis

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    Yamamoto, Y.; Yamabe, N.; Ohachi, T.

    2011-03-01

    A double buffer layer (DBL), interface reaction epitaxy (IRE) AlN/β-Si3N4/Si, grown by an IRE of β-Si3N4 and AlN films on Si, was fabricated to improve the crystalline quality of successively grown 30 nm GaN on a 30 nm AlN buffer layer using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PA-MBE). The DBL was first prepared by surface nitridation of Si and successively prepared by IRE between the deposited Al and N atoms in β-Si3N4. Both the AlN buffer layer on the DBL and GaN film on the AlN buffer layer were grown by activity-modulation migration enhanced epitaxy (AM-MEE). Hetero epitaxial grown films of GaN(30 nm)/AlN buffer(30 nm)/DBL/Si(1 1 1) were prepared for analysis using a three layer model of grazing incidence-angle X-ray reflectivity (GIXR), which consisted of three layers of GaN, AlN buffer and Si and of the three interfaces of the GaN surface, GaN/AlN buffer and AlN buffer/DBL/Si. The nitridation temperature dependence of the interface roughness of the DBL was measured to be 0.5 and 0.6 nm, for nitridation temperatures of 780 and 830 °C, respectively. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) of rocking curve GaN(0 0 0 2) measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD) for nitridation temperatures of 780 and 830 °C were 58.2 and 55.2 arcmin, respectively.

  9. Correlation between the residual stress and the density of threading dislocations in GaN layers grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy

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    Barchuk, M.; Röder, C.; Shashev, Y.; Lukin, G.; Motylenko, M.; Kortus, J.; Pätzold, O.; Rafaja, D.

    2014-01-01

    The correlation between the residual stress and the density of threading dislocations was investigated in polar GaN layers that were grown by using hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) on three different GaN templates. The first template type was GaN grown on sapphire by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy. The second template type was a closed GaN nucleation layer grown on sapphire by HVPE. The third template type was a non-closed GaN nucleation layer grown by HVPE, which formed isolated pyramids on the sapphire surface. The residual stress was determined using the combination of micro-Raman spectroscopy and modified sin2 ψ method. The interplanar spacings needed for the sin2 ψ method were obtained from the reciprocal space maps that were measured using high-resolution X-ray diffraction. The density of threading dislocations was concluded from the broadening of the reciprocal lattice points that was measured using high-resolution X-ray diffraction as well. The fitting of the reciprocal space maps allowed the character of the threading dislocations to be described quantitatively in terms of the fractions of edge and screw dislocations. It was found that the threading dislocation density increases with increasing compressive residual stress. Furthermore, the dislocation density and the residual stress decrease with increasing thickness of the GaN layers. The edge component of the threading dislocations was dominant in all samples. Still, some differences in the character of the dislocations were observed for different templates.

  10. n{sup +}-GaN grown by ammonia molecular beam epitaxy: Application to regrown contacts

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    Lugani, L.; Malinverni, M.; Giraud, E.; Carlin, J.-F.; Grandjean, N.; Tirelli, S.; Marti, D.; Bolognesi, C. R.

    2014-11-17

    We report on the low-temperature growth of heavily Si-doped (>10{sup 20 }cm{sup −3}) n{sup +}-type GaN by N-rich ammonia molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) with very low bulk resistivity (<4 × 10{sup −4} Ω·cm). This is applied to the realization of regrown ohmic contacts on InAlN/GaN high electron mobility transistors. A low n{sup +}-GaN/2 dimensional electron gas contact resistivity of 0.11 Ω·mm is measured, provided an optimized surface preparation procedure, which is shown to be critical. This proves the great potentials of ammonia MBE for the realization of high performance electronic devices.

  11. Influence of edge-grown HVPE GaN on the structural quality of c-plane oriented HVPE-GaN grown on ammonothermal GaN substrates

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    Domagala, J. Z.; Smalc-Koziorowska, J.; Iwinska, M.; Sochacki, T.; Amilusik, M.; Lucznik, B.; Fijalkowski, M.; Kamler, G.; Grzegory, I.; Kucharski, R.; Zajac, M.; Bockowski, M.

    2016-12-01

    Study on the sources of stress in HVPE-GaN layer crystallized on 1-in. ammonothermally grown GaN seed is presented in this paper. Characterization by means of X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy is performed. HVPE-GaN samples of high quality and those with visible quality deterioration are investigated on c-plane and m-plane cross-sections. Special attention is paid to HVPE material growing in semi-polar and non-polar directions on the edges of the seed and the growing layer. It is shown that this material generates significant stress leading to a structural deterioration of HVPE-GaN growing in the c-direction.

  12. Low defect large area semi-polar (112) GaN grown on patterned (113) silicon

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    Pristovsek, Markus; Han, Yisong; Zhu, Tongtong; Frentrup, Martin; Kappers, Menno J; Humphreys, Colin J; Kozlowski, Grzegorz; Maaskant, Pleun; Corbett, Brian

    2015-01-01

    We report on the growth of semi-polar GaN (112) templates on patterned Si (113) substrates. Trenches were etched in Si (113) using KOH to expose Si {111} sidewalls. Subsequently an AlN layer to prevent meltback etching, an AlGaN layer for stress management, and finally two GaN layers were deposited. Total thicknesses up to 5 m were realised without cracks in the layer. Transmission electron microscopy showed that most dislocations propagate along [0001] direction and hence can be covered by overgrowth from the next trench. The defect densities were below and stacking fault densities less than 100 cm . These numbers are similar to reports on patterned r-plane sapphire. Typical X-ray full width at half maximum (FHWM) were 500” for the asymmetric (00.6) and 450” for the (11.2) reflection. These FHWMs were 50 % broader than reported for patterned r-plane sapphire which is attributed to different defect structures and total thicknesses. The surface roughness shows strong variation on templates. For the final surface roughness the roughness of the sidewalls of the GaN ridges at the time of coalescence are critical. PMID:26212392

  13. Study of carbon concentration in GaN grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Piao, Guanxi; Ikenaga, Kazutada; Yano, Yoshiki; Tokunaga, Hiroki; Mishima, Akira; Ban, Yuzaburo; Tabuchi, Toshiya; Matsumoto, Koh

    2016-12-01

    We investigated the C concentration in GaN as a function of the V/III ratio and growth rate for a p-n junction diode structure on a bulk GaN substrate by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The C concentration was independent of the growth rate for growth at atmospheric pressure. Moreover, the C concentration in GaN was 3.3×1015 cm-3 at a V/III ratio of 5000 with a growth rate of 2.3 μm/h and 4×1015 cm-3 at a V/III ratio of 3700 with a growth rate of 4.7 μm/h. Both of the major and minor carrier concentrations in the drift layers of a p-n junction structure were optimized at the reasonable growth rate in terms of the short growth time. The C impurity concentration was well controlled at a concentration on the order of 1015 cm-3.

  14. Effect of the Ammonia Flow on the Formation of Microstructure Defects in GaN Layers Grown by High-Temperature Vapor Phase Epitaxy

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    Barchuk, M.; Lukin, G.; Zimmermann, F.; Röder, C.; Motylenko, M.; Pätzold, O.; Heitmann, J.; Kortus, J.; Rafaja, D.

    2017-03-01

    High-temperature vapor phase epitaxy (HTVPE) is a physical vapor transport technology for a deposition of gallium nitride (GaN) layers. However, little is known about the influence of the deposition parameters on the microstructure of the layers. In order to fill this gap, the influence of the ammonia (NH3) flow applied during the HTVPE growth on the microstructure of the deposited GaN layers is investigated in this work. Although the HTVPE technology is intended to grow GaN layers on foreign substrates, the GaN layers under study were grown on GaN templates produced by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy in order to be able to separate the growth defects from the defects induced by the lattice misfit between the foreign substrate and the GaN layer. The microstructure of the layers is characterized by means of high-resolution x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence. In samples deposited at low ammonia flow, planar defects were detected, along which the nitrogen atoms are found to be substituted by impurity atoms. The interplay between these planar defects and the threading dislocations is discussed. A combination of XRD and micro-Raman spectroscopy reveals the presence of compressive residual stress in the samples.

  15. Effect of the Ammonia Flow on the Formation of Microstructure Defects in GaN Layers Grown by High-Temperature Vapor Phase Epitaxy

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    Barchuk, M.; Lukin, G.; Zimmermann, F.; Röder, C.; Motylenko, M.; Pätzold, O.; Heitmann, J.; Kortus, J.; Rafaja, D.

    2016-12-01

    High-temperature vapor phase epitaxy (HTVPE) is a physical vapor transport technology for a deposition of gallium nitride (GaN) layers. However, little is known about the influence of the deposition parameters on the microstructure of the layers. In order to fill this gap, the influence of the ammonia (NH3) flow applied during the HTVPE growth on the microstructure of the deposited GaN layers is investigated in this work. Although the HTVPE technology is intended to grow GaN layers on foreign substrates, the GaN layers under study were grown on GaN templates produced by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy in order to be able to separate the growth defects from the defects induced by the lattice misfit between the foreign substrate and the GaN layer. The microstructure of the layers is characterized by means of high-resolution x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence. In samples deposited at low ammonia flow, planar defects were detected, along which the nitrogen atoms are found to be substituted by impurity atoms. The interplay between these planar defects and the threading dislocations is discussed. A combination of XRD and micro-Raman spectroscopy reveals the presence of compressive residual stress in the samples.

  16. Investigation of cracks in GaN films grown by combined hydride and metal organic vapor-phase epitaxial method

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    Liu, Jianming; Liu, Xianlin; Li, Chengming; Wei, Hongyuan; Guo, Yan; Jiao, Chunmei; Li, Zhiwei; Xu, Xiaoqing; Song, Huaping; Yang, Shaoyan; Zhu, Qinsen; Wang, Zhanguo; Yang, Anli; Yang, Tieying; Wang, Huanhua

    2011-12-01

    Cracks appeared in GaN epitaxial layers which were grown by a novel method combining metal organic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOCVD) and hydride vapor-phase epitaxy (HVPE) in one chamber. The origin of cracks in a 22-μm thick GaN film was fully investigated by high-resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD), micro-Raman spectra, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Many cracks under the surface were first observed by SEM after etching for 10 min. By investigating the cross section of the sample with high-resolution micro-Raman spectra, the distribution of the stress along the depth was determined. From the interface of the film/substrate to the top surface of the film, several turnings were found. A large compressive stress existed at the interface. The stress went down as the detecting area was moved up from the interface to the overlayer, and it was maintained at a large value for a long depth area. Then it went down again, and it finally increased near the top surface. The cross-section of the film was observed after cleaving and etching for 2 min. It was found that the crystal quality of the healed part was nearly the same as the uncracked region. This indicated that cracking occurred in the growth, when the tensile stress accumulated and reached the critical value. Moreover, the cracks would heal because of high lateral growth rate.

  17. Characterization of GaN nanowires grown on PSi, PZnO and PGaN on Si (111) substrates by thermal evaporation

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    Shekari, Leila; Hassan, Haslan Abu; Thahab, Sabah M.; Hassan, Zainuriah

    2012-06-20

    In this research, we used an easy and inexpensive method to synthesize highly crystalline GaN nanowires (NWs); on different substrates such as porous silicon (PSi), porous zinc oxide (PZnO) and porous gallium nitride (PGaN) on Si (111) wafer by thermal evaporation using commercial GaN powder without any catalyst. Micro structural studies by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscope measurements reveal the role of different substrates in the morphology, nucleation and alignment of the GaN nanowires. The degree of alignment of the synthesized nanowires does not depend on the lattice mismatch between wires and their substrates. Further structural and optical characterizations were performed using high resolution X-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Results indicate that the nanowires are of single-crystal hexagonal GaN. The quality and density of grown GaN nanowires for different substrates are highly dependent on the lattice mismatch between the nanowires and their substrates and also on the size of the porosity of the substrates. Nanowires grown on PGaN have the best quality and highest density as compared to nanowires on other substrates. By using three kinds of porous substrates, we are able to study the increase in the alignment and density of the nanowires.

  18. High quality InAlN single layers lattice-matched to GaN grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Gacevic, Z.; Fernandez-Garrido, S.; Calleja, E.; Estrade, S.

    2011-07-18

    We report on properties of high quality {approx}60 nm thick InAlN layers nearly in-plane lattice-matched to GaN, grown on c-plane GaN-on-sapphire templates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Excellent crystalline quality and low surface roughness are confirmed by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. High annular dark field observations reveal a periodic in-plane indium content variation (8 nm period), whereas optical measurements evidence certain residual absorption below the band-gap. The indium fluctuation is estimated to be {+-} 1.2% around the nominal 17% indium content via plasmon energy oscillations assessed by electron energy loss spectroscopy with sub-nanometric spatial resolution.

  19. Raman mapping of hexagonal hillocks in N-polar GaN grown on c-plane sapphire

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    Jiang, Teng; Lin, Zhiyu; Zhang, Jincheng; Xu, Shengrui; Huang, Jun; Niu, Mutong; Gao, Xiaodong; Guo, Lixin; Hao, Yue

    2017-04-01

    A large amount of huge hexagonal hillocks were observed on the surface of N-polar GaN film grown on c-plane sapphire substrate by MOCVD. The distribution of residual stress and dislocation density in a typical hexagonal hillock was investigated by the mapping measurement of Micro-Raman and Cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy. It is found that the residual stress at the top region of the hillock is much smaller than that of the sidewall region and the region around the hillock. Meanwhile, the CL images confirmed that the dislocation density around the hexagonal hillock is higher than the top region of the hillock. The bending and annihilation of the dislocations during the growth of the hexagonal hillock result in the relaxation of residual stress which should be responsible for the spatial variation of dislocation density and residual stress.

  20. Germanium doping of self-assembled GaN nanowires grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Schörmann, Jörg; Hille, Pascal; Schäfer, Markus; Müßener, Jan; Becker, Pascal; Klar, Peter J.; Hofmann, Detlev M.; Teubert, Jörg; Eickhoff, Martin; Kleine-Boymann, Matthias; Rohnke, Marcus; Mata, Maria de la; Arbiol, Jordi

    2013-09-14

    Germanium doping of GaN nanowires grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on Si(111) substrates is studied. Time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements reveal a constant Ge-concentration along the growth axis. A linear relationship between the applied Ge-flux and the resulting ensemble Ge-concentration with a maximum content of 3.3×10{sup 20} cm{sup −3} is extracted from energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy measurements and confirmed by a systematic increase of the conductivity with Ge-concentration in single nanowire measurements. Photoluminescence analysis of nanowire ensembles and single nanowires reveals an exciton localization energy of 9.5 meV at the neutral Ge-donor. A Ge-related emission band at energies above 3.475 eV is found that is assigned to a Burstein-Moss shift of the excitonic emission.

  1. GaN Schottky diodes with single-crystal aluminum barriers grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Tseng, H. Y.; Yang, W. C.; Lee, P. Y.; Lin, C. W.; Cheng, Kai-Yuan; Hsieh, K. C.; Cheng, K. Y.; Hsu, C.-H.

    2016-08-01

    GaN-based Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs) with single-crystal Al barriers grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy are fabricated. Examined using in-situ reflection high-energy electron diffractions, ex-situ high-resolution x-ray diffractions, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, it is determined that epitaxial Al grows with its [111] axis coincident with the [0001] axis of the GaN substrate without rotation. In fabricated SBDs, a 0.2 V barrier height enhancement and 2 orders of magnitude reduction in leakage current are observed in single crystal Al/GaN SBDs compared to conventional thermal deposited Al/GaN SBDs. The strain induced piezoelectric field is determined to be the major source of the observed device performance enhancements.

  2. Germanium doping of self-assembled GaN nanowires grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Schörmann, Jörg; Hille, Pascal; Schäfer, Markus; Müßener, Jan; Becker, Pascal; Klar, Peter J.; Kleine-Boymann, Matthias; Rohnke, Marcus; de la Mata, Maria; Arbiol, Jordi; Hofmann, Detlev M.; Teubert, Jörg; Eickhoff, Martin

    2013-09-01

    Germanium doping of GaN nanowires grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on Si(111) substrates is studied. Time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements reveal a constant Ge-concentration along the growth axis. A linear relationship between the applied Ge-flux and the resulting ensemble Ge-concentration with a maximum content of 3.3×1020 cm-3 is extracted from energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy measurements and confirmed by a systematic increase of the conductivity with Ge-concentration in single nanowire measurements. Photoluminescence analysis of nanowire ensembles and single nanowires reveals an exciton localization energy of 9.5 meV at the neutral Ge-donor. A Ge-related emission band at energies above 3.475 eV is found that is assigned to a Burstein-Moss shift of the excitonic emission.

  3. Controlled low Si doping and high breakdown voltages in GaN on sapphire grown by MOCVD

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    Agarwal, Anchal; Gupta, Chirag; Enatsu, Yuuki; Keller, Stacia; Mishra, Umesh

    2016-12-01

    Controlled n-type doping down to 2 × 1015 cm-3 was achieved in GaN grown on sapphire by MOCVD by balancing the n-type Si doping with respect to the background carbon and oxygen levels. A dopant level of ˜1 × 1016 cm-3 displayed a very high mobility of 899 cm2 V-1 s-1. High electron mobility in the drift layer leads to a low on resistance and high current densities without compromising on any other properties of the device. Schottky diodes processed on these low n-type layers showed low R on values, while the p-n diodes display high reverse breakdown voltages in excess of 1000 V for 8 μm thick drift layers with a doping of 2 × 1015 cm-3.

  4. Low angle incidence microchannel epitaxy of GaN grown by ammonia-based metal-organic molecular beam epitaxy

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    Lin, Chia-Hung; Abe, Ryota; Maruyama, Takahiro; Naritsuka, Shigeya

    2011-03-01

    GaN was grown by low angle incidence microchannel epitaxy (LAIMCE) using NH3-based metal-organic molecular beam epitaxy (NH3-based MOMBE). The growth mechanism was studied by varying the growth temperature and time. The effect of the incidence direction of precursors on lateral growth was also investigated by comparing the results obtained when precursors were supplied perpendicular and parallel to the openings in the mask. The thickness and width of lateral growth were largely influenced by the formation of a facet on the surface, which frequently terminates further growth. For example, a sample grown at 700 °C with a perpendicular supply of precursors stopped growing both vertically and laterally after a certain time despite continuous supply of the precursors. On the other hand, a sample grown at 820 °C with a parallel supply of precursors exhibited stable growth, and its width increased continuously with time. This is because inter-surface diffusion of adatoms occurred from the top to the sides, which enhanced the width of lateral growth. In contrast, low angle incidence supply of molecular beams perpendicular to the openings resulted in a Ga-rich condition on the side and formed the side facet, which terminated further LAIMCE growth.

  5. The nature of catalyst particles and growth mechanisms of GaN nanowires grown by Ni-assisted metal-organic chemical vapor deposition.

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    Weng, Xiaojun; Burke, Robert A; Redwing, Joan M

    2009-02-25

    The structure and chemistry of the catalyst particles that terminate GaN nanowires grown by Ni-assisted metal-organic chemical vapor deposition were investigated using a combination of electron diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray energy dispersive spectrometry. The crystal symmetry, lattice parameter, and chemical composition obtained reveal that the catalyst particles are Ni(3)Ga with an ordered L 1(2) structure. The results suggest that the catalyst is a solid particle during growth and therefore favor a vapor-solid-solid mechanism for the growth of GaN nanowires under these conditions.

  6. Effect of AlN buffer layer properties on the morphology and polarity of GaN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Brubaker, Matt D.; Rourke, Devin M.; Sanford, Norman A.; Bertness, Kris A.; Bright, Victor M.

    2011-09-01

    Low-temperature AlN buffer layers grown via plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on Si (111) were found to significantly affect the subsequent growth morphology of GaN nanowires. The AlN buffer layers exhibited nanowire-like columnar protrusions, with their size, shape, and tilt determined by the AlN V/III flux ratio. GaN nanowires were frequently observed to adopt the structural characteristics of the underlying AlN columns, including the size and the degree of tilt. Piezoresponse force microscopy and polarity-sensitive etching indicate that the AlN films and the protruding columns have a mixed crystallographic polarity. Convergent beam electron diffraction indicates that GaN nanowires are Ga-polar, suggesting that Al-polar columns are nanowire nucleation sites for Ga-polar nanowires. GaN nanowires of low density could be grown on AlN buffers that were predominantly N-polar with isolated Al-polar columns, indicating a high growth rate for Ga-polar nanowires and suppressed growth of N-polar nanowires under typical growth conditions. AlN buffer layers grown under slightly N-rich conditions (V/III flux ratio = 1.0 to 1.3) were found to provide a favorable growth surface for low-density, coalescence-free nanowires.

  7. Experimental phasing for structure determination using membrane-protein crystals grown by the lipid cubic phase method

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    Li, Dianfan; Pye, Valerie E.; Caffrey, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Very little information is available in the literature concerning the experimental heavy-atom phasing of membrane-protein structures where the crystals have been grown using the lipid cubic phase (in meso) method. In this paper, pre-labelling, co-crystallization, soaking, site-specific mercury binding to genetically engineered single-cysteine mutants and selenomethionine labelling as applied to an integral membrane kinase crystallized in meso are described. An assay to assess cysteine accessibility for mercury labelling of membrane proteins is introduced. Despite the marked increase in the number of membrane-protein structures solved using crystals grown by the lipid cubic phase or in meso method, only ten have been determined by SAD/MAD. This is likely to be a consequence of the technical difficulties associated with handling proteins and crystals in the sticky and viscous hosting mesophase that is usually incubated in glass sandwich plates for the purposes of crystallization. Here, a four-year campaign aimed at phasing the in meso structure of the integral membrane diacylglycerol kinase (DgkA) from Escherichia coli is reported. Heavy-atom labelling of this small hydrophobic enzyme was attempted by pre-labelling, co-crystallization, soaking, site-specific mercury binding to genetically engineered single-cysteine mutants and selenomethionine incorporation. Strategies and techniques for special handling are reported, as well as the typical results and the lessons learned for each of these approaches. In addition, an assay to assess the accessibility of cysteine residues in membrane proteins for mercury labelling is introduced. The various techniques and strategies described will provide a valuable reference for future experimental phasing of membrane proteins where crystals are grown by the lipid cubic phase method.

  8. Substrate misorientation induced strong increase in the hole concentration in Mg doped GaN grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Suski, T.; Litwin-Staszewska, E.; Piotrzkowski, R.; Krysko, M.; Nowak, G.; Franssen, G.; Dmowski, L. H.; Lucznik, B.

    2008-10-27

    We demonstrate that relatively small GaN substrate misorientation can strongly change hole carrier concentration in Mg doped GaN layers grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy. In this work intentionally misoriented GaN substrates (up to 2 deg. with respect to ideal <0001> plane) were employed. An increase in the hole carrier concentration to the level above 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} and a decrease in GaN:Mg resistivity below 1 {omega} cm were achieved. Using secondary ion mass spectroscopy we found that Mg incorporation does not change with varying misorientation angle. This finding suggests that the compensation rate, i.e., a decrease in unintentional donor density, is responsible for the observed increase in the hole concentration. Analysis of the temperature dependence of electrical transport confirms this interpretation.

  9. Correlative analysis of the in situ changes of carrier decay and proton induced photoluminescence characteristics in chemical vapor deposition grown GaN

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    Gaubas, E. Ceponis, T.; Jasiunas, A.; Meskauskaite, D.; Pavlov, J.; Tekorius, A.; Vaitkus, J.; Kovalevskij, V.; Remeikis, V.

    2014-02-10

    In order to evaluate carrier densities created by 1.6 MeV protons and to trace radiation damage of the 2.5 μm thick GaN epi-layers grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition technique, a correlation between the photoconductivity transients and the steady-state photoluminescence spectra have been examined. Comparison of luminescence spectra induced by proton beam and by laser pulse enabled us to evaluate the efficiency of a single proton generation being of 1 × 10{sup 7} cm{sup −3} per 1.6 MeV proton and 40 carrier pairs per micrometer of layer depth. This result indicates that GaN layers can be an efficient material for detection of particle flows. It has been demonstrated that GaN material can also be a rather efficient scintillating material within several wavelength ranges.

  10. Dislocations limited electronic transport in hydride vapour phase epitaxy grown GaN templates: A word of caution for the epitaxial growers

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    Chatterjee, Abhishek Khamari, Shailesh K.; Kumar, R.; Dixit, V. K.; Oak, S. M.; Sharma, T. K.

    2015-01-12

    GaN templates grown by hydride vapour phase epitaxy (HVPE) and metal organic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE) techniques are compared through electronic transport measurements. Carrier concentration measured by Hall technique is about two orders larger than the values estimated by capacitance voltage method for HVPE templates. It is learnt that there exists a critical thickness of HVPE templates below which the transport properties of epitaxial layers grown on top of them are going to be severely limited by the density of charged dislocations lying at layer-substrate interface. On the contrary MOVPE grown templates are found to be free from such limitations.

  11. Characterization of Stress Relaxation, Dislocations and Crystallographic Tilt Via X-ray Microdiffraction in GaN (0001) Layers Grown by Maskless Pendeo-Epitaxy

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    Barabash, R.I.; Ice, G.E.; Liu, W.; Einfeldt, S.; Hommel, D.; Roskowski, A.M.; Davis, R.F.

    2010-06-25

    Intrinsic stresses due to lattice mismatch and high densities of threading dislocations and extrinsic stresses resulting from the mismatch in the coefficients of thermal expansion are present in almost all III-Nitride heterostructures. Stress relaxation in the GaN layers occurs in conventional and in pendeo-epitaxial films via the formation of additional misfit dislocations, domain boundaries, elastic strain and wing tilt. Polychromatic X-ray microdiffraction, high resolution monochromatic X-ray diffraction and finite element simulations have been used to determine the distribution of strain, dislocations, sub-boundaries and crystallographic wing tilt in uncoalesced and coalesced GaN layers grown by maskless pendeo-epitaxy. An important parameter was the width-to-height ratio of the etched columns of GaN from which the lateral growth of the wings occurred. The strain and tilt across the stripes increased with the width-to-height ratio. Tilt boundaries formed in the uncoalesced GaN layers at the column/wing interfaces for samples with a large ratio. Sharper tilt boundaries were observed at the interfaces formed by the coalescence of two laterally growing wings. The wings tilted upward during cooling to room temperature for both the uncoalesced and the coalesced GaN layers. It was determined that finite element simulations that account for extrinsic stress relaxation can explain the experimental results for uncoalesced GaN layers. Relaxation of both extrinsic and intrinsic stress components in the coalesced GaN layers contribute to the observed wing tilt and the formation of sub-boundaries.

  12. Characterization of Stress Relaxation, Dislocations and Crystallographic Tilt Via X-ray Microdiffraction in GaN (0001) Layers Grown by Maskless Pendeo-Epitaxy

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    Barabash, Rozaliya; Ice, Gene E; Liu, Wenjun; Einfeldt, S.; Hommel, D.; Roskowski, A. M.; Davis, R. F.

    2005-01-01

    Intrinsic stresses due to lattice mismatch and high densities of threading dislocations and extrinsic stresses resulting from the mismatch in the coefficients of thermal expansion are present in almost all III-Nitride heterostructures. Stress relaxation in the GaN layers occurs in conventional and in pendeo-epitaxial films via the formation of additional misfit dislocations, domain boundaries, elastic strain and wing tilt. Polychromatic X-ray microdiffraction, high resolution monochromatic X-ray diffraction and finite element simulations have been used to determine the distribution of strain, dislocations, sub-boundaries and crystallographic wing tilt in uncoalesced and coalesced GaN layers grown by maskless pendeo-epitaxy. An important parameter was the width-to-height ratio of the etched columns of GaN from which the lateral growth of the wings occurred. The strain and tilt across the stripes increased with the width-to-height ratio. Tilt boundaries formed in the uncoalesced GaN layers at the column/wing interfaces for samples with a large ratio. Sharper tilt boundaries were observed at the interfaces formed by the coalescence of two laterally growing wings. The wings tilted upward during cooling to room temperature for both the uncoalesced and the coalesced GaN layers. It was determined that finite element simulations that account for extrinsic stress relaxation can explain the experimental results for uncoalesced GaN layers. Relaxation of both extrinsic and intrinsic stress components in the coalesced GaN layers contribute to the observed wing tilt and the formation of sub-boundaries.

  13. Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and Subsequent Fabrication of Superlattice Structures Using AlN and InN

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    1990-12-01

    Laboratories, Inc. 3. Structural Analysis Reflection high-energy electron diffraction performed during growth indicated that the BGaN film remained...was used (Hitachi H-800) to more closely examine the microstructural evolution of the BN/ BGaN /GaN epitaxial films. Cross-section TEM specimens were... BGaN layer to be a mixture of cubic and wurtzitic phases. This layer was heavily faulted. The latter phenomenon is to be expected given the high

  14. Influence of High Nitrogen Flux on Crystal Quality of Plasma-Assisted MBE Grown GaN Layers Using Raman Spectroscopy: Part-II

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    Asghar, M.; Hussain, I.; Islah u din; Saleemi, F.

    2007-05-09

    We have investigated lattice properties of plasma assisted MBE grown hexagonal GaN layers at varying nitrogen and gallium fluxes using Raman spectroscopy. Room temperature Raman spectra of Ga-rich layers and stoichiometric GaN are similar showing excitation modes at 434 cm-1, 567 cm-1 and 729 cm-1 identified as residual laser line, E{sub 2}{sup H} and A1(LO) mode, respectively. Similarity of Ga-rich and stoichiometric GaN layers is interpreted as the indication of comparable crystal quality of both GaN layers. In contrast, Raman scattering associated with N-rich GaN samples mere exhibit a broad band of excitations in the range of 250-650cm-1 leaving out A1(LO) mode. This typical observation along with intensity distribution of the peaks, is correlated with rough surface, bad crystal quality and high concentration of defects. Based on atomic displacement scheme, the broad band is identified as Ga- vacancies.

  15. Efficient reduction of defects in (1120) non-polar and (1122) semi-polar GaN grown on nanorod templates

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    Bai, J.; Gong, Y.; Xing, K.; Yu, X.; Wang, T.

    2013-03-11

    (1120) non-polar and (1122) semi-polar GaNs with a low defect density have been achieved by means of an overgrowth on nanorod templates, where a quick coalescence with a thickness even below 1 {mu}m occurs. On-axis and off-axis X-ray rocking curve measurements have shown a massive reduction in the linewidth for our overgrown GaN in comparison with standard GaN films grown on sapphire substrates. Transmission electron microscope observation demonstrates that the overgrowth on the nanorod templates takes advantage of an omni-directional growth around the sidewalls of the nanostructures. The dislocations redirect in basal planes during the overgrowth, leading to their annihilation and termination at voids formed due to a large lateral growth rate. In the non-polar GaN, the priority <0001> lateral growth from vertical sidewalls of nanorods allows basal plane stacking faults (BSFs) to be blocked in the nanorod gaps; while for semi-polar GaN, the propagation of BSFs starts to be impeded when the growth front is changed to be along inclined <0001> direction above the nanorods.

  16. Deep traps in n-type GaN epilayers grown by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kamyczek, P.; Placzek-Popko, E.; Zielony, E.; Gumienny, Z.; Zytkiewicz, Z. R.

    2014-01-14

    In this study, we present the results of investigations on Schottky Au-GaN diodes by means of conventional DLTS and Laplace DLTS methods within the temperature range of 77 K–350 K. Undoped GaN layers were grown using the plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy technique on commercial GaN/sapphire templates. The quality of the epilayers was studied by micro-Raman spectroscopy (μ-RS) which proved the hexagonal phase and good crystallinity of GaN epilayers as well as a slight strain. The photoluminescence spectrum confirmed a high crystal quality by intense excitonic emission but it also exhibited a blue emission band of low intensity. DLTS signal spectra revealed the presence of four majority traps: two high-temperature and two low-temperature peaks. Using the Laplace DLTS method and Arrhenius plots, the apparent activation energy and capture cross sections were obtained. For two high-temperature majority traps, they were equal to E{sub 1} = 0.65 eV, σ{sub 1} = 8.2 × 10{sup −16} cm{sup 2} and E{sub 2} = 0.58 eV, σ{sub 2} = 2.6 × 10{sup −15} cm{sup 2} whereas for the two low-temperature majority traps they were equal to E{sub 3} = 0.18 eV, σ{sub 3} = 9.7 × 10{sup −18} cm{sup 2} and E{sub 4} = 0.13 eV, σ{sub 4} = 9.2 × 10{sup −18} cm{sup 2}. The possible origin of the traps is discussed and the results are compared with data reported elsewhere.

  17. InGaN/GaN quantum well structures with greatly enhanced performance on a-plane GaN grown using self-organized nano-masks

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    Xing, K.; Gong, Y.; Bai, J.; Wang, T.

    2011-10-01

    Great improvement in crystal quality of a-plane (non-polar) GaN has been achieved using a simple but effective overgrowth technique based on self-organized nano-masks. This has been confirmed by a massive reduction in full width at half maximum of x-ray diffraction rocking curves measured along both symmetrical and asymmetrical directions. Taking the advantage of utilising the nano-masks, a quick coalescence with a thickness of less than 1 μm has been obtained, which is much less than that using any conventional overgrowth techniques. The dislocation density has been significantly reduced by more than one order magnitude compared with a standard a-plane GaN layer on sapphire. An InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well (MQW) structure grown on the high quality a-plane GaN has demonstrated an enhancement with a factor of 7 in optical efficiency, compared with a similar MQW structure grown on a standard c-plane GaN layer. The excitation-power dependent photoluminescence measurements have confirmed that the a-plane InGaN/GaN MQW structure does not suffer from quantum-confined Stark effect any more.

  18. Carrier concentration dependence of donor activation energy in n-type GaN epilayers grown on Si (1 1 1) by plasma-assisted MBE

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    Kumar, Mahesh; Bhat, Thirumaleshwara N.; Roul, Basanta; Rajpalke, Mohana K.; Kalghatgi, A.T.; Krupanidhi, S.B.

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: ► The n-type GaN layers were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. ► The optical characteristics of a donor level in Si-doped GaN were studied. ► Activation energy of a Si-related donor was estimated from temperature dependent PL measurements. ► PL peak positions, FWHM of PL and activation energies are found to be proportional to the cube root of carrier density. ► The involvement of donor levels is supported by the temperature-dependent electron concentration measurements. -- Abstract: The n-type GaN layers were grown by plasma-assisted MBE and either intentionally doped with Si or unintentionally doped. The optical characteristics of a donor level in Si-doped, GaN were studied in terms of photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy as a function of electron concentration. Temperature dependent PL measurements allowed us to estimate the activation energy of a Si-related donor from temperature-induced decay of PL intensity. PL peak positions, full width at half maximum of PL and activation energies are found to be proportional to the cube root of carrier density. The involvement of donor levels is supported by the temperature-dependent electron concentration measurements.

  19. The effect of nucleation layer thickness on the structural evolution and crystal quality of bulk GaN grown by a two-step process on cone-patterned sapphire substrate

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    Shang, Lin; Zhai, Guangmei; Mei, Fuhong; Jia, Wei; Yu, Chunyan; Liu, Xuguang; Xu, Bingshe

    2016-05-01

    The role of nucleation layer thickness on the GaN crystal quality grown on cone-patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) was explored. The morphologies of epitaxial GaN at different growth stages were investigated by a series of growth interruption in detail. After 10- and 15-min three-dimensional growth, the nucleation sites are very important for the bulk GaN crystal quality. They have a close relationship with the nucleation layer thickness, as confirmed through the scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis. Nucleation sites formed mainly on patterns are bad for bulk GaN crystal quality and nucleation sites formed mainly in the trenches of PSS mounds are good for bulk GaN crystal quality, as proved by X-ray diffraction analysis. Nucleation layer thickness can effectively control the nucleation sites and thus determine the crystal quality of bulk GaN.

  20. Correlating exciton localization with compositional fluctuations in InGaN/GaN quantum wells grown on GaN planar surfaces and facets of GaN triangular prisms

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    Khatsevich, S.; Rich, D. H.; Zhang, X.; Dapkus, P. D.

    2007-11-01

    We have used spatially and temporally resolved cathodoluminescence (CL) to study the carrier recombination dynamics of InGaN quantum wells (QWs) grown on (0001)-oriented planar GaN and (1101)-oriented facets of GaN triangular prisms prepared by lateral epitaxial overgrowth in a metal-organic chemical vapor deposition system. The effects of In migration during growth on the resulting QW thickness and composition were examined. We employed a variable temperature time-resolved CL imaging approach that enables a spatial correlation between regions of enhanced exciton localization, luminescence efficiency, and radiative lifetime with the aim of distinguishing between excitons localized in In-rich quantum dots and those in the surrounding Ga-rich QW regions.

  1. m-plane GaN layers grown by rf-plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy with varying Ga/N flux ratios on m-plane 4H-SiC substrates

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    Armitage, R.; Horita, M.; Suda, J.; Kimoto, T.

    2007-02-01

    A series of m-plane GaN layers with the Ga beam-equivalent pressure (BEP) as the only varied parameter was grown by rf-plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy on m-plane 4H-SiC substrates using AlN buffer layers. The smoothest growth surfaces and most complete film coalescence were found for the highest Ga BEP corresponding to the Ga droplet accumulation regime. However, better structural quality as assessed by x-ray rocking curves was observed for growth at a lower Ga BEP value below the droplet limit. The variation of rocking curve widths for planes inclined with respect to the epilayer c axis followed a different trend with Ga BEP than those of reflections parallel to the c axis. The GaN layers were found to exhibit a large residual compressive strain along the a axis.

  2. Crystallographic Wet Chemical Etching of Semipolar GaN (11-22) Grown on m-Plane Sapphire Substrates.

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    Kim, Jae-Kwan; Lee, Sung Nam; Song, Keun-Man; Yoon, Jae-Sik; Lee, Ji-Myon

    2015-07-01

    This paper reports the etch rates and etched surface morphology of semipolar GaN using a potassium hydroxide (KOH) solution. Semipolar (11-22) GaN could be etched easily using a KOH solution and the etch rate was higher than that of Ga-polar c-plane GaN (0001). The etch rate was anisotropic and the highest etch rate was measured to be approximately 116 nm/min for the (1011) plane and 62 nm/min for the (11-20) plane GaN using a 4 M KOH solution at 100 °C, resulting in specific surface features, such as inclined trigonal cells.

  3. Influence of growth rate on the carbon contamination and luminescence of GaN grown on silicon

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    Qinghua, Mao; Junlin, Liu; Xiaoming, Wu; Jianli, Zhang; Chuanbing, Xiong; Chunlan, Mo; Meng, Zhang; Fengyi, Jiang

    2015-09-01

    The unintentional carbon doping concentration of GaN films grown by low pressure metal organic chemical vapor deposition (LP-MOCVD) depends strongly on the growth rate. The concentration of carbon is varied from 2.9 × 1017 to 5.7 × 1018 cm-3 when the growth rate increases from 2.0 to 7.2 μm/h, as detected by secondary ion mass spectroscopy. It is shown that the presence of N vacancies give rises to high carbon concentration. We show that a reduction of the carbon concentration by one order of magnitude compared to the regular sample with nearly same growth rate can be achieved by operating at an extremely high NH3 partial pressure during growth. The intensity ratios of yellow and blue luminescence to band edge luminescence in the samples are found to depend significantly on carbon concentration. The present results demonstrate direct and quantitative evidence that the carbon related defects are the origin of yellow and blue luminescence. Project supported by the Key Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61334001), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51072076), the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Nos. 2011AA03A101, 2012AA041002), the National Key Technology Research and Development Program of China (No. 2011BAE32B01), and the Fund for Less Developed Regions of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No.11364034).

  4. Single-crystal cubic boron nitride thin films grown by ion-beam-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Hirama, Kazuyuki Taniyasu, Yoshitaka; Karimoto, Shin-ichi; Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Yamamoto, Hideki

    2014-03-03

    We investigated the formation of cubic boron nitride (c-BN) thin films on diamond (001) and (111) substrates by ion-beam-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The metastable c-BN (sp{sup 3}-bonded BN) phase can be epitaxially grown as a result of the interplay between competitive phase formation and selective etching. We show that a proper adjustment of acceleration voltage for N{sub 2}{sup +} and Ar{sup +} ions is a key to selectively discriminate non-sp{sup 3} BN phases. At low acceleration voltage values, the sp{sup 2}-bonded BN is dominantly formed, while at high acceleration voltages, etching dominates irrespective of the bonding characteristics of BN.

  5. Phosphor-Free Apple-White LEDs with Embedded Indium-Rich Nanostructures Grown on Strain Relaxed Nano-epitaxy GaN.

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    Soh, C B; Liu, W; Yong, A M; Chua, S J; Chow, S Y; Tripathy, S; Tan, R J N

    2010-08-01

    Phosphor-free apple-white light emitting diodes have been fabricated using a dual stacked InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells comprising of a lower set of long wavelength emitting indium-rich nanostructures incorporated in multiple quantum wells with an upper set of cyan-green emitting multiple quantum wells. The light-emitting diodes were grown on nano-epitaxially lateral overgrown GaN template formed by regrowth of GaN over SiO(2) film patterned with an anodic aluminum oxide mask with holes of 125 nm diameter and a period of 250 nm. The growth of InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells on these stress relaxed low defect density templates improves the internal quantum efficiency by 15% for the cyan-green multiple quantum wells. Higher emission intensity with redshift in the PL peak emission wavelength is obtained for the indium-rich nanostructures incorporated in multiple quantum wells. The quantum wells grown on the nano-epitaxially lateral overgrown GaN has a weaker piezoelectric field and hence shows a minimal peak shift with application of higher injection current. An enhancement of external quantum efficiency is achieved for the apple-white light emitting diodes grown on the nano-epitaxially lateral overgrown GaN template based on the light -output power measurement. The improvement in light extraction efficiency, η(extraction,) was found to be 34% for the cyan-green emission peak and 15% from the broad long wavelength emission with optimized lattice period.

  6. Phosphor-Free Apple-White LEDs with Embedded Indium-Rich Nanostructures Grown on Strain Relaxed Nano-epitaxy GaN

    PubMed Central

    2010-01-01

    Phosphor-free apple-white light emitting diodes have been fabricated using a dual stacked InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells comprising of a lower set of long wavelength emitting indium-rich nanostructures incorporated in multiple quantum wells with an upper set of cyan-green emitting multiple quantum wells. The light-emitting diodes were grown on nano-epitaxially lateral overgrown GaN template formed by regrowth of GaN over SiO2 film patterned with an anodic aluminum oxide mask with holes of 125 nm diameter and a period of 250 nm. The growth of InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells on these stress relaxed low defect density templates improves the internal quantum efficiency by 15% for the cyan-green multiple quantum wells. Higher emission intensity with redshift in the PL peak emission wavelength is obtained for the indium-rich nanostructures incorporated in multiple quantum wells. The quantum wells grown on the nano-epitaxially lateral overgrown GaN has a weaker piezoelectric field and hence shows a minimal peak shift with application of higher injection current. An enhancement of external quantum efficiency is achieved for the apple-white light emitting diodes grown on the nano-epitaxially lateral overgrown GaN template based on the light -output power measurement. The improvement in light extraction efficiency, ηextraction, was found to be 34% for the cyan-green emission peak and 15% from the broad long wavelength emission with optimized lattice period. PMID:21124627

  7. Impact of extended defects on optical properties of (1-101)GaN grown on patterned Si

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    Okur, S.; Izyumskaya, N.; Zhang, F.; Avrutin, V.; Metzner, S.; Karbaum, C.; Bertram, F.; Christen, J.; Morkoç, H.; Özgür, Ü.

    2014-03-01

    The optical quality of semipolar (1 101)GaN layers was explored by time- and polarization-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy. High intensity bandedge emission was observed in +c-wing regions of the stripes as a result of better structural quality, while -c-wing regions were found to be of poorer optical quality due to basal plane and prismatic stacking faults (BSFs and PSFs) in addition to a high density of TDs. The high optical quality region formed on the +cwings was evidenced also from the much slower biexponential PL decays (0.22 ns and 1.70 ns) and an order of magnitude smaller amplitude ratio of the fast decay (nonradiative origin) to the slow decay component (radiative origin) compared to the -c-wing regions. In regard to defect-related emission, decay times for the BSF and PSF emission lines at 25 K (~ 0.80 ns and ~ 3.5 ns, respectively) were independent of the excitation density within the range employed (5 - 420 W/cm2), and much longer than that for the donor bound excitons (0.13 ns at 5 W/cm2 and 0.22 ns at 420 W/cm2). It was also found that the emission from BSFs had lower polarization degree (0.22) than that from donor bound excitons (0.35). The diminution of the polarization degree when photogenerated carriers recombine within the BSFs is another indication of the negative effects of stacking faults on the optical quality of the semipolar (1101)GaN. In addition, spatial distribution of defects in semipolar (1101)-oriented InGaN active region layers grown on stripe patterned Si substrates was investigated using near-field scanning optical microscopy. The optical quality of -c- wing regions was found to be worse compared to +c-wing regions due to the presence of higher density of stacking faults and threading dislocations. The emission from the +c-wings was very bright and relatively uniform across the sample, which is indicative of a homogeneous In distribution.

  8. Highly-stable and low-state-density Al2O3/GaN interfaces using epitaxial n-GaN layers grown on free-standing GaN substrates

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    Kaneki, Shota; Ohira, Joji; Toiya, Shota; Yatabe, Zenji; Asubar, Joel T.; Hashizume, Tamotsu

    2016-10-01

    Interface characterization was carried out on Al2O3/GaN structures using epitaxial n-GaN layers grown on free-standing GaN substrates with relatively low dislocation density (<3 × 106 cm-2). The Al2O3 layer was prepared by atomic layer deposition. The as-deposited metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) sample showed a significant frequency dispersion and a bump-like feature in capacitance-voltage (C-V) curves at reverse bias, showing high-density interface states in the range of 1012 cm-1 eV-1. On the other hand, excellent C-V characteristics with negligible frequency dispersion were observed from the MOS sample after annealing under a reverse bias at 300 °C in air for 3 h. The reverse-bias-annealed sample showed state densities less than 1 × 1011 cm-1 eV-1 and small shifts of flat-band voltage. In addition, the C-V curve measured at 200 °C remained essentially similar compared with the room-temperature C-V curves. These results indicate that the present process realizes a stable Al2O3/GaN interface with low interface state densities.

  9. Fe-doped semi-insulating GaN with solid Fe source grown on (110) Si substrates by NH3 molecular beam epitaxy

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    Noh, Young Kyun; Lee, Sang Tae; Kim, Moon Deock; Oh, Jae Eung

    2017-02-01

    Iron doped GaN layers were grown on (110) Si substrates by ammonia molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using solid elemental iron as a source. Specular films with concentrations up to 1×1020 cm-3, as determined by secondary ion mass spectroscopy, were grown, unlike a limited incorporation of Fe into GaN by metal-rich rf plasma MBE. The Fe concentration in the film showed an exponential dependence on the inverse of source temperature with an activation energy of 3.4 eV, which agrees well to the reported value for the sublimation of Fe. A 1.5 μm thick GaN film with a sheet resistance of 1 GΩ/sq. was obtained by compensating unintentional residual donors with a small Fe concentration of 1×1017 cm-3. X-ray diffraction rocking curves indicated high crystalline quality, very similar to an undoped film, showing that the Fe incorporation required to obtain the semi-insulating film properties did not affect the structural properties of the film. The low-temperature PL spectra of highly resistive and semi-insulating Fe:GaN in the range of 1017 1018 cm-3 show dominant exciton emissions and enhanced donor-acceptor-pair (DAP) emissions, implying that Fe ions contribute to the DAP transition between donor levels and Fe-related acceptor levels, possibly compensating the residual donors to achieve the semi-insulating electrical properties.

  10. Substrate temperature influence on the properties of GaN thin films grown by hollow-cathode plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition

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    Alevli, Mustafa Gungor, Neşe; Haider, Ali; Kizir, Seda; Leghari, Shahid A.; Biyikli, Necmi

    2016-01-15

    Gallium nitride films were grown by hollow cathode plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition using triethylgallium and N{sub 2}/H{sub 2} plasma. An optimized recipe for GaN film was developed, and the effect of substrate temperature was studied in both self-limiting growth window and thermal decomposition-limited growth region. With increased substrate temperature, film crystallinity improved, and the optical band edge decreased from 3.60 to 3.52 eV. The refractive index and reflectivity in Reststrahlen band increased with the substrate temperature. Compressive strain is observed for both samples, and the surface roughness is observed to increase with the substrate temperature. Despite these temperature dependent material properties, the chemical composition, E{sub 1}(TO), phonon position, and crystalline phases present in the GaN film were relatively independent from growth temperature.

  11. The interface analysis of GaN grown on 0° off 6H-SiC with an ultra-thin buffer layer

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    Sun, Zheng; Ohta, Akio; Miyazaki, Seiichi; Nagamatsu, Kentaro; Lee, Hojun; Olsson, Marc; Ye, Zheng; Deki, Manato; Honda, Yoshio; Amano, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    Previously, we reported a growth method by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy using a single two-dimensional growth step, resulting in 1.2-µm crack-free GaN directly grown on 6H-SiC substrate. The introduction of Al-treatment prior to the standard GaN growth step resulted in improved surface wetting of gallium on the SiC substrate. Transmission electron microscope and energy dispersive spectrometer analysis of the epitaxial interface to the SiC determined that an ultra-thin AlGaN interlayer had formed measuring around 2-3 nm. We expect our growth technique can be applied to the fabrication of GaN/SiC high frequency and high power devices.

  12. Local Strain, Defects and Crystallographic Tilt in GaN(0001) Layers Grown by Maskless Pendeo-epitaxy from X-ray Microdiffraction

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    Barabash, R.I.; Ice, G.E.; Liu, W.; Einfeldt, S.; Roskovski, A.M.; Davis, R.F.

    2010-07-13

    Polychromatic x-ray microdiffraction, high-resolution monochromatic x-ray diffraction, and finite element simulations have been used to determine the distribution of strain, defects, and crystallographic tilt in uncoalesced GaN layers grown by maskless pendeo-epitaxy. An important materials parameter was the width-to-height ratio of the etched columns of GaN from which occurred the lateral growth of the wings. Tilt boundaries formed at the column/wing interface for samples with a large ratio. Formation of the tilt boundary can be avoided by using smaller ratios. The strain and tilt across the stripe increased with the width-to-height ratio. The wings were tilted upward at room temperature.

  13. Structural properties of free-standing 50 mm diameter GaN waferswith (101_0) orientation grown on LiAlO2

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    Jasinski, Jacek; Liliental-Weber, Zuzanna; Maruska, Herbert-Paul; Chai, Bruce H.; Hill, David W.; Chou, Mitch M.C.; Gallagher, John J.; Brown, Stephen

    2005-09-27

    (10{und 1}0) GaN wafers grown on (100) face of {gamma}-LiAlO{sub 2} were studied using transmission electron microscopy. Despite good lattice matching in this heteroepitaxial system, high densities of planar structural defects in the form of stacking faults on the basal plane and networks of boundaries located on prism planes inclined to the layer/substrate interface were present in these GaN layers. In addition, significant numbers of threading dislocations were observed. High-resolution electron microscopy indicates that stacking faults present on the basal plane in these layers are of low-energy intrinsic I1type. This is consistent with diffraction contrast experiments.

  14. Preparation of Ag Schottky contacts on n-type GaN bulk crystals grown in nitrogen rich atmosphere by the hydride vapor phase epitaxy technique

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    Stübner, R. Kolkovsky, Vl.; Weber, J.; Leibiger, Gunnar; Habel, Frank

    2014-10-14

    Electrical properties of Schottky contacts on n-type GaN grown in nitrogen rich atmosphere with different N/Ga ratios by hydride vapor phase epitaxy were investigated. We show that tunneling of electrons from the conduction band of GaN to the metal is dominant in our samples. The quality of Schottky contacts does not only depend on surface preparation but also on the growth conditions of the crystals. Schottky contacts on these crystals show an increasing deterioration when higher N/Ga growth ratios are used. We correlate our results with the presence of negatively charged gallium vacancies in the samples. These charges compensate the positively charged donors and lead to a significant increase in series resistance.

  15. Low dislocation density InAlN/AlN/GaN heterostructures grown on GaN substrates and the effects on gate leakage characteristics

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    Kotani, Junji; Yamada, Atsushi; Ishiguro, Tetsuro; Tomabechi, Shuichi; Nakamura, Norikazu

    2016-04-01

    This paper reports on the electrical characterization of Ni/Au Schottky diodes fabricated on InAlN high-electron-mobility transistor (HEMT) structures grown on low dislocation density free-standing GaN substrates. InAlN HEMT structures were grown on sapphire and GaN substrates by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy, and the effects of threading dislocation density on the leakage characteristics of Ni/Au Schottky diodes were investigated. Threading dislocation densities were determined to be 1.8 × 104 cm-2 and 1.2 × 109 cm-2 by the cathodoluminescence measurement for the HEMT structures grown on GaN and sapphire substrates, respectively. Leakage characteristics of Ni/Au Schottky diodes were compared between the two samples, and a reduction of the leakage current of about three to four orders of magnitude was observed in the forward bias region. For the high reverse bias region, however, no significant improvement was confirmed. We believe that the leakage current in the low bias region is governed by a dislocation-related Frenkel-Poole emission, and the leakage current in the high reverse bias region originates from field emission due to the large internal electric field in the InAlN barrier layer. Our results demonstrated that the reduction of dislocation density is effective in reducing leakage current in the low bias region. At the same time, it was also revealed that another approach will be needed, for instance, band modulation by impurity doping and insertion of insulating layers beneath the gate electrodes for a substantial reduction of the gate leakage current.

  16. Structural and optical characteristics of the hexagonal ZnO films grown on cubic MgO (001) substrates.

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    Shen, Xiangqian; Zhou, Hua; Li, Yaping; Kang, Junyong; Zheng, Jin-Cheng; Ke, Shanming; Wang, Qingkang; Wang, Hui-Qiong

    2016-11-01

    In this Letter, we report on the structural and optical characteristics of ZnO films with a wurtzite structure grown on MgO (001) substrates with cubic structures. The ZnO films were prepared through the molecular beam epitaxy method, and growth orientation transformation from [0001] to [10-10] direction was observed with the change of growth temperature and thickness. The x-ray diffraction pole figures and in situ RHEED patterns demonstrated that the rotational relationship among grains within the ZnO films appeared in a typical two-fold rotation of about 30° for the [0001] growth orientation and four-fold rotation of about 30° or 60° for the [10-10] growth orientation, respectively. Last, we investigated their optical properties through measuring the transmission and photoluminescence spectra of the ZnO films, which showed the bulk-like bandgap feature of the ZnO films in spite of the existing growth orientation transformation.

  17. Steady-State and Transient Photoconductivity in c-Axis GaN Nanowires Grown by Nitrogen-Plasma-Assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    2010-02-01

    Steady-state and transient photoconductivity in c-axis GaN nanowires grown by nitrogen-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy N. A. Sanford,1,a P. T...assisted molecular beam epitaxy primarily from two separate growth runs were examined. The results revealed carrier concentration in the range of 3–61016...cm−3 for one growth run, roughly 51014–11015 cm−3 for the second, and drift mobility in the range of 500–700 cm2 / V s for both. Nanowires were

  18. Structural anisotropic properties of a-plane GaN epilayers grown on r-plane sapphire by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Lotsari, A.; Kehagias, Th.; Katsikini, M.; Arvanitidis, J.; Ves, S.; Komninou, Ph.; Dimitrakopulos, G. P.; Tsiakatouras, G.; Tsagaraki, K.; Georgakilas, A.; Christofilos, D.

    2014-06-07

    Heteroepitaxial non-polar III-Nitride layers may exhibit extensive anisotropy in the surface morphology and the epilayer microstructure along distinct in-plane directions. The structural anisotropy, evidenced by the “M”-shape dependence of the (112{sup ¯}0) x-ray rocking curve widths on the beam azimuth angle, was studied by combining transmission electron microscopy observations, Raman spectroscopy, high resolution x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy in a-plane GaN epilayers grown on r-plane sapphire substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE). The structural anisotropic behavior was attributed quantitatively to the high dislocation densities, particularly the Frank-Shockley partial dislocations that delimit the I{sub 1} intrinsic basal stacking faults, and to the concomitant plastic strain relaxation. On the other hand, isotropic samples exhibited lower dislocation densities and a biaxial residual stress state. For PAMBE growth, the anisotropy was correlated to N-rich (or Ga-poor) conditions on the surface during growth, that result in formation of asymmetric a-plane GaN grains elongated along the c-axis. Such conditions enhance the anisotropy of gallium diffusion on the surface and reduce the GaN nucleation rate.

  19. Steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence from relaxed and strained GaN nanowires grown by catalyst-free molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Schlager, John B.; Bertness, Kris A.; Blanchard, Paul T.; Robins, Lawrence H.; Roshko, Alexana; Sanford, Norman A.

    2008-06-15

    We report steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) measurements on individual GaN nanowires (6-20 {mu}m in length, 30-940 nm in diameter) grown by a nitrogen-plasma-assisted, catalyst-free molecular-beam epitaxy on Si(111) and dispersed onto fused quartz substrates. Induced tensile strain for nanowires bonded to fused silica and compressive strain for nanowires coated with atomic-layer-deposition alumina led to redshifts and blueshifts of the dominant steady-state PL emission peak, respectively. Unperturbed nanowires exhibited spectra associated with high-quality, strain-free material. The TRPL lifetimes, which were similar for both relaxed and strained nanowires of similar size, ranged from 200 ps to over 2 ns, compared well with those of low-defect bulk GaN, and depended linearly on nanowire diameter. The diameter-dependent lifetimes yielded a room-temperature surface recombination velocity S of 9x10{sup 3} cm/s for our silicon-doped GaN nanowires.

  20. Steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence from relaxed and strained GaN nanowires grown by catalyst-free molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Schlager, John B.; Bertness, Kris A.; Blanchard, Paul T.; Robins, Lawrence H.; Roshko, Alexana; Sanford, Norman A.

    2008-06-01

    We report steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) measurements on individual GaN nanowires (6-20 μm in length, 30-940 nm in diameter) grown by a nitrogen-plasma-assisted, catalyst-free molecular-beam epitaxy on Si(111) and dispersed onto fused quartz substrates. Induced tensile strain for nanowires bonded to fused silica and compressive strain for nanowires coated with atomic-layer-deposition alumina led to redshifts and blueshifts of the dominant steady-state PL emission peak, respectively. Unperturbed nanowires exhibited spectra associated with high-quality, strain-free material. The TRPL lifetimes, which were similar for both relaxed and strained nanowires of similar size, ranged from 200 ps to over 2 ns, compared well with those of low-defect bulk GaN, and depended linearly on nanowire diameter. The diameter-dependent lifetimes yielded a room-temperature surface recombination velocity S of 9×103 cm/s for our silicon-doped GaN nanowires.

  1. Strain in epitaxial Bi2Se3 grown on GaN and graphene substrates: A reflection high-energy electron diffraction study

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    Li, Bin; Guo, Xin; Ho, Wingkin; Xie, Maohai

    2015-08-01

    Topological insulator (TI) has been one of the focus research themes in condensed matter physics in recent years. Due to the relatively large energy bandgap, Bi2Se3 has been identified as one of the most promising three-dimensional TIs with application potentials. Epitaxial Bi2Se3 by molecular-beam epitaxy has been reported by many groups using different substrates. A common feature is that Bi2Se3 grows readily along the c-axis direction irrespective of the type and condition of the substrate. Because of the weak van deer Waals interaction between Bi2Se3 quintuple layers, the grown films are reported to be strain-free, taking the lattice constant of the bulk crystal. At the very initial stage of Bi2Se3 deposition, however, strain may still exist depending on the substrate. Strain may bring some drastic effects to the properties of the TIs and so achieving strained TIs can be of great fundamental interests as well as practical relevance. In this work, we employ reflection high-energy electron diffraction to follow the lattice constant evolution of Bi2Se3 during initial stage depositions on GaN and graphene, two very different substrates. We reveal that epitaxial Bi2Se3 is tensile strained on GaN but strain-free on graphene. Strain relaxation on GaN is gradual.

  2. Dynamics of thermalization in GaInN/GaN quantum wells grown on ammonothermal GaN

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    Binder, J.; Korona, K. P.; Wysmołek, A.; Kamińska, M.; Köhler, K.; Kirste, L.; Ambacher, O.; Zając, M.; Dwiliński, R.

    2013-12-14

    In this work, we present measurements of the dynamics of photoexcited carriers in GaInN/GaN quantum wells (QWs) grown on ammonothermal GaN, especially thermalization and recombination rates. Emission properties were measured by time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence spectroscopy. Due to the use of high quality homoepitaxial material, we were able to obtain very valuable data on carrier thermalization. The temperature dependence of the QW energy observed in PL shows characteristic S-shape with a step of about 10 meV. Such a behavior (related to thermalization and localization at potential fluctuations) is often reported for QWs; but in our samples, the effect is smaller than in heteroepitaxial InGaN/GaN QWs due to lower potential fluctuation in our material. Absorption properties were studied by photocurrent spectroscopy measurements. A comparison of emission and absorption spectra revealed a shift in energy of about 60 meV. Contrary to PL, the QW energy observed in absorption decreases monotonically with temperature, which can be described by a Bose-like dependence E(T) = E(0) − λ/(exp(θ/T) − 1), with parameters λ = (0.11 ± 0.01) eV, θ = (355 ± 20) K, or by a Varshni dependence with coefficients α = (10 ± 3) × 10{sup −4} eV/K and β = (1500 ± 500) K. Taking into account absorption and emission, the fluctuation amplitude (according to Eliseev theory) was σ = 14 meV. The time resolved PL revealed that in a short period (<1 ns) after excitation, the PL peaks were broadened because of the thermal distribution of carriers. We interpreted this distribution in terms of quasi-temperature (T{sub q}) of the carriers. The initial T{sub q} was of the order of 500 K. The thermalization led to a fast decrease of T{sub q}. The obtained cooling time in the QW was τ{sub C} = 0.3 ns, which was faster than the observed recombination time τ{sub R} = 2.2 ns (at 4 K)

  3. Electron tomography of (In,Ga)N insertions in GaN nanocolumns grown on semi-polar (112{sup -}2) GaN templates

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    Niehle, M. Trampert, A.; Albert, S.; Bengoechea-Encabo, A.; Calleja, E.

    2015-03-01

    We present results of scanning transmission electron tomography on GaN/(In,Ga)N/GaN nanocolumns (NCs) that grew uniformly inclined towards the patterned, semi-polar GaN(112{sup -}2) substrate surface by molecular beam epitaxy. For the practical realization of the tomographic experiment, the nanocolumn axis has been aligned parallel to the rotation axis of the electron microscope goniometer. The tomographic reconstruction allows for the determination of the three-dimensional indium distribution inside the nanocolumns. This distribution is strongly interrelated with the nanocolumn morphology and faceting. The (In,Ga)N layer thickness and the indium concentration differ between crystallographically equivalent and non-equivalent facets. The largest thickness and the highest indium concentration are found at the nanocolumn apex parallel to the basal planes.

  4. Strong light-matter coupling at room temperature in simple geometry GaN microcavities grown on silicon

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    Semond, F.; Sellers, I.R.; Natali, F.; Byrne, D.; Leroux, M.; Massies, J.; Ollier, N.; Leymarie, J.; Disseix, P.; Vasson, A.

    2005-07-11

    The reflectance spectra of simple design GaN-based microcavities have been studied in the 5 K-300 K range. The epitaxial structure consists of the silicon substrate and the stack of buffer layers as the back mirror, a GaN active layer, and a 100 A thick aluminium layer as the top mirror. Active layer thicknesses of {lambda}/2, {lambda}, or 3{lambda}/2 were investigated. The samples with GaN thicknesses {lambda}/2 and {lambda} display an anticrossing behavior between the cavity and exciton modes, with measured Rabi splittings of 47 and 60 meV, respectively, both at 5 K and room temperature.

  5. On the polarity of GaN micro- and nanowires epitaxially grown on sapphire (0001) and Si(111) substrates by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy and ammonia-molecular beam epitaxy

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    Alloing, B.; Vézian, S.; Tottereau, O.; Vennéguès, P.; Beraudo, E.; Zuniga-Pérez, J.

    2011-01-01

    The polarity of GaN micro- and nanowires grown epitaxially by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy on sapphire substrates and by molecular-beam epitaxy, using ammonia as a nitrogen source, on sapphire and silicon substrates has been investigated. On Al2O3(0001), whatever the growth technique employed, the GaN wires show a mixture of Ga and N polarities. On Si(111), the wires grown by ammonia-molecular beam epitaxy are almost entirely Ga-polar (around 90%) and do not show inversion domains. These results can be understood in terms of the growth conditions employed during the nucleation stage.

  6. On the polarity of GaN micro- and nanowires epitaxially grown on sapphire (0001) and Si(111) substrates by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy and ammonia-molecular beam epitaxy

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    Alloing, B.; Vezian, S.; Tottereau, O.; Vennegues, P.; Beraudo, E.; Zuniga-Perez, J.

    2011-01-03

    The polarity of GaN micro- and nanowires grown epitaxially by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy on sapphire substrates and by molecular-beam epitaxy, using ammonia as a nitrogen source, on sapphire and silicon substrates has been investigated. On Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001), whatever the growth technique employed, the GaN wires show a mixture of Ga and N polarities. On Si(111), the wires grown by ammonia-molecular beam epitaxy are almost entirely Ga-polar (around 90%) and do not show inversion domains. These results can be understood in terms of the growth conditions employed during the nucleation stage.

  7. Role of band potential roughness on the luminescence properties of InGaN quantum wells grown by MBE on bulk GaN substrates

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    Ž, A.

    Role of band potential roughness on luminescence decay time and stimulated emission in InGaN quantum wells (QWs) grown by rf plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on bulk GaN substrates was studied. A high-photoexcitation regime used ensured conditions similar to those in operating laser diodes. Standard deviation of the potential fluctuations in different thickness InGaN QWs was found to vary in the range of 13-22 meV as revealed by Monte Carlo simulation of localized exciton hopping. A negligible influence of this variation on the luminescence decay time (?700 ps) and stimulated emission threshold (?30 kW/cm2) was observed. We attribute this insensitivity to the low density of localized states (?1 × 1018 cm-3) estimated in our high-quality QWs grown by MBE, and therefore, assign extended states to be mainly responsible for the properties of highly-excited luminescence.

  8. TEM study of defect structure of GaN epitaxial films grown on GaN/Al2O3 substrates with buried column pattern

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    Mynbaeva, M. G.; Kremleva, A. V.; Kirilenko, D. A.; Sitnikova, A. A.; Pechnikov, A. I.; Mynbaev, K. D.; Nikolaev, V. I.; Bougrov, V. E.; Lipsanen, H.; Romanov, A. E.

    2016-07-01

    A TEM study of defect structure of GaN films grown by chloride vapor-phase epitaxy (HVPE) on GaN/Al2O3 substrates was performed. The substrates were fabricated by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition overgrowth of templates with buried column pattern. The results of TEM study showed that the character of the defect structure of HVPE-grown films was determined by the configuration of the column pattern in the substrate. By choosing the proper pattern, the reduction in the density of threading dislocations in the films by two orders of magnitude (in respect to the substrate material), down to the value of 107 cm-2, was achieved.

  9. Photoconduction efficiencies and dynamics in GaN nanowires grown by chemical vapor deposition and molecular beam epitaxy: A comparison study

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    Chen, R. S.; Tsai, H. Y.; Huang, Y. S.; Chen, Y. T.; Chen, L. C.; Chen, K. H.

    2012-09-01

    The normalized gains, which determines the intrinsic photoconduction (PC) efficiencies, have been defined and compared for the gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires (NWs) grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). By excluding the contributions of experimental parameters and under the same light intensity, the CVD-grown GaN NWs exhibit the normalized gain which is near two orders of magnitude higher than that of the MBE-ones. The temperature-dependent time-resolved photocurrent measurement further indicates that the higher photoconduction efficiency in the CVD-GaN NWs is originated from the longer carrier lifetime induced by the higher barrier height (ϕB = 160 ± 30 mV) of surface band bending. In addition, the experimentally estimated barrier height at 20 ± 2 mV for the MBE-GaN NWs, which is much lower than the theoretical value, is inferred to be resulted from the lower density of charged surface states on the non-polar side walls.

  10. Strain in epitaxial Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} grown on GaN and graphene substrates: A reflection high-energy electron diffraction study

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    Li, Bin; Guo, Xin; Ho, Wingkin; Xie, Maohai

    2015-08-24

    Topological insulator (TI) has been one of the focus research themes in condensed matter physics in recent years. Due to the relatively large energy bandgap, Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} has been identified as one of the most promising three-dimensional TIs with application potentials. Epitaxial Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} by molecular-beam epitaxy has been reported by many groups using different substrates. A common feature is that Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} grows readily along the c-axis direction irrespective of the type and condition of the substrate. Because of the weak van der Waals interaction between Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} quintuple layers, the grown films are reported to be strain-free, taking the lattice constant of the bulk crystal. At the very initial stage of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} deposition, however, strain may still exist depending on the substrate. Strain may bring some drastic effects to the properties of the TIs and so achieving strained TIs can be of great fundamental interests as well as practical relevance. In this work, we employ reflection high-energy electron diffraction to follow the lattice constant evolution of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} during initial stage depositions on GaN and graphene, two very different substrates. We reveal that epitaxial Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} is tensile strained on GaN but strain-free on graphene. Strain relaxation on GaN is gradual.

  11. Phosphor-free white-light emitters using in-situ GaN nanostructures grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Min, Daehong; Park, Donghwy; Jang, Jongjin; Lee, Kyuseung; Nam, Okhyun

    2015-01-01

    Realization of phosphor-free white-light emitters is becoming an important milestone on the road to achieve high quality and reliability in high-power white-light-emitting diodes (LEDs). However, most of reported methods have not been applied to practical use because of their difficulties and complexity. In this study we demonstrated a novel and practical growth method for phosphor-free white-light emitters without any external processing, using only in-situ high-density GaN nanostructures that were formed by overgrowth on a silicon nitride (SiNx) interlayer deposited by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. The nano-sized facets produced variations in the InGaN thickness and the indium concentration when an InGaN/GaN double heterostructure was monolithically grown on them, leading to white-color light emission. It is important to note that the in-situ SiNx interlayer not only facilitated the GaN nano-facet structure, but also blocked the propagation of dislocations. PMID:26626890

  12. X-ray absorption near-edge structure of GaN with high Mn concentration grown on SiC

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    Sancho-Juan, O.; Cantarero, A.; Garro, N.; Cros, A.; Martínez-Criado, G.; Salomé, M.; Susini, J.; Olguín, D.; Dhar, S.

    2009-07-01

    By means of x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) several Ga1-xMnxN (0.03GaN samples consisted of different epilayers grown by molecular beam epitaxy on [0001] SiC substrates. The low mismatch between GaN and SiC allows for a good quality and homogeneity of the material. The measurements were performed in fluorescence mode around both the Ga and Mn K edges. All samples studied present a similar Mn ionization state, very close to 2+, and tetrahedral coordination. In order to interpret the near-edge structure, we have performed ab initio calculations using the full potential linear augmented plane wave method as implemented in the Wien2k code. The calculations show the appearance of a Mn bonding \\mathrm {t_{2}}\\uparrow band localized in the gap region, and the corresponding anti-bonding state \\mathrm {t_{2}}\\downarrow , which seem to be responsible for the double structure which appears at the pre-edge absorption region. The shoulders and main absorption peak of the XANES spectra are attributed to transitions from the Mn(1s) band to the conduction bands, which are partially dipole allowed because of the Mn(4p) contribution to these bands.

  13. Impact of barrier thickness on transistor performance in AlN/GaN high electron mobility transistors grown on free-standing GaN substrates

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    Deen, David A. Storm, David F.; Meyer, David J.; Bass, Robert; Binari, Steven C.; Gougousi, Theodosia; Evans, Keith R.

    2014-09-01

    A series of six ultrathin AlN/GaN heterostructures with varied AlN thicknesses from 1.5–6 nm have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy on free-standing hydride vapor phase epitaxy GaN substrates. High electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) were fabricated from the set in order to assess the impact of barrier thickness and homo-epitaxial growth on transistor performance. Room temperature Hall characteristics revealed mobility of 1700 cm{sup 2}/V s and sheet resistance of 130 Ω/□ for a 3 nm thick barrier, ranking amongst the lowest room-temperature sheet resistance values reported for a polarization-doped single heterostructure in the III-Nitride family. DC and small signal HEMT electrical characteristics from submicron gate length HEMTs further elucidated the effect of the AlN barrier thickness on device performance.

  14. Dual-polarity GaN micropillars grown by metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy: Cross-correlation between structural and optical properties

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    Coulon, P. M.; Mexis, M.; Teisseire, M.; Vennéguès, P.; Leroux, M.; Zuniga-Perez, J.; Jublot, M.

    2014-04-21

    Self-assembled catalyst-free GaN micropillars grown on (0001) sapphire substrates by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy are investigated. Transmission electron microscopy, as well as KOH etching, shows the systematic presence of two domains of opposite polarity within each single micropillar. The analysis of the initial growth stages indicates that such double polarity originates at the micropillar/substrate interface, i.e., during the micropillar nucleation, and it propagates along the micropillar. Furthermore, dislocations are also generated at the wire/substrate interface, but bend after several hundreds of nanometers. This leads to micropillars several tens of micrometers in length that are dislocation-free. Spatially resolved cathodoluminescence and microphotoluminescence show large differences in the optical properties of each polarity domain, suggesting unequal impurity/dopant/vacancy incorporation depending on the polarity.

  15. Optical and structural study of GaN nanowires grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy. II. Sub-band-gap luminescence and electron irradiation effects

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    Robins, Lawrence H.; Bertness, Kris A.; Barker, Joy M.; Sanford, Norman A.; Schlager, John B.

    2007-06-01

    GaN nanowires with diameters of 50-250 nm, grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy, were characterized by photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy at temperatures from 3 to 297 K. Both as-grown samples and dispersions of the nanowires onto other substrates were examined. The properties of the near-band-edge PL and CL spectra were discussed in Part I of this study by [Robins et al. [L. H. Robins, K. A. Bertness, J. M. Barker, N. A. Sanford, and J. B. Schlager, J. Appl. Phys. 101,113505 (2007)]. Spectral features below the band gap, and the effect of extended electron irradiation on the CL, are discussed in Part II. The observed sub-band-gap PL and CL peaks are identified as phonon replicas of the free-exciton transitions, or excitons bound to structural defects or surface states. The defect-related peaks in the nanowires are correlated with luminescence lines previously reported in GaN films, denoted the Y lines [M. A. Reshchikov and H. Morkoc, J. Appl. Phys. 97, 061301 (2005)]. The CL was partially quenched by electron beam irradiation for an extended time; the quenching was stronger for the free and shallow-donor-bound exciton peaks than for the defect-related peaks. The quenching appeared to saturate at high irradiation dose (with final intensity ≈30% of initial intensity) and was reversible on thermal cycling to room temperature. The electron irradiation-induced quenching of the CL is ascribed to charge injection and trapping phenomena.

  16. Optical and structural study of GaN nanowires grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy. II. Sub-band-gap luminescence and electron irradiation effects

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    Robins, Lawrence H.; Bertness, Kris A.; Barker, Joy M.; Sanford, Norman A.; Schlager, John B.

    2007-06-01

    GaN nanowires with diameters of 50-250 nm, grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy, were characterized by photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy at temperatures from 3 to 297 K. Both as-grown samples and dispersions of the nanowires onto other substrates were examined. The properties of the near-band-edge PL and CL spectra were discussed in Part I of this study by [Robins et al. [L. H. Robins, K. A. Bertness, J. M. Barker, N. A. Sanford, and J. B. Schlager, J. Appl. Phys. 101,113505 (2007)]. Spectral features below the band gap, and the effect of extended electron irradiation on the CL, are discussed in Part II. The observed sub-band-gap PL and CL peaks are identified as phonon replicas of the free-exciton transitions, or excitons bound to structural defects or surface states. The defect-related peaks in the nanowires are correlated with luminescence lines previously reported in GaN films, denoted the Y lines [M. A. Reshchikov and H. Morkoc, J. Appl. Phys. 97, 061301 (2005)]. The CL was partially quenched by electron beam irradiation for an extended time; the quenching was stronger for the free and shallow-donor-bound exciton peaks than for the defect-related peaks. The quenching appeared to saturate at high irradiation dose (with final intensity {approx_equal}30% of initial intensity) and was reversible on thermal cycling to room temperature. The electron irradiation-induced quenching of the CL is ascribed to charge injection and trapping phenomena.

  17. Influence of V/III growth flux ratio on trap states in m-plane GaN grown by ammonia-based molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zhang, Z.; Arehart, A. R.; Hurni, C. A.; Speck, J. S.; Ringel, S. A.

    2012-10-08

    Deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and deep level optical spectroscopy (DLOS) were utilized to investigate the behavior of deep states in m-plane, n-type GaN grown by ammonia-based molecular beam epitaxy (NH{sub 3}-MBE) as a function of systematically varied V/III growth flux ratios. Levels were detected at E{sub C} - 0.14 eV, E{sub C} - 0.21 eV, E{sub C} - 0.26 eV, E{sub C} - 0.62 eV, E{sub C} - 0.67 eV, E{sub C} - 2.65 eV, and E{sub C} - 3.31 eV, with the concentrations of several traps exhibiting systematic dependencies on V/III ratio. The DLTS spectra are dominated by traps at E{sub C} - 0.14 eV and E{sub C} - 0.67 eV, whose concentrations decreased monotonically with increasing V/III ratio and decreasing oxygen impurity concentration, and by a trap at E{sub C} - 0.21 eV that revealed no dependence of its concentration on growth conditions, suggestive of different physical origins. Higher concentrations of deeper trap states detected by DLOS with activation energies of E{sub C} - 2.65 eV and E{sub C} - 3.31 eV in each sample did not display measureable sensitivity to the intentionally varied V/III ratio, necessitating further study on reducing these deep traps through growth optimization for maximizing material quality of NH{sub 3}-MBE grown m-plane GaN.

  18. High-quality Ga-rich AlGaN grown on trapezoidal patterned GaN template using super-short period AlN/GaN superlattices for rapid coalescence

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    Xiao, Ming; Zhang, Jincheng; Hao, Yue

    2017-04-01

    High quality crack-free Ga-rich Al26.1Ga73.9N film was grown on trapezoidal patterned GaN template (TPGT) by low-pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The super-short period AlN/GaN superlattices structure was used to grow AlGaN material instead of the direct growth method. We obtained large lateral to vertical growth rate ratio larger than 4.79. The growth rate of GaN layer was proved to be the decisive factor of the lateral to vertical growth rate ratio. Moreover, for AlGaN growth, we found that that the TPGT is more beneficial to suppression of crack and relaxation of biaxial tensile strain than planar GaN template. The obtained results demonstrate that, comparing with AlGaN grown on planar GaN template, the threading dislocation density in AlGaN grown on TPGT was reduced from 2×109 cm-2 to 2×108 cm-2.

  19. Light-emitting diode based on mask- and catalyst-free grown N-polar GaN nanorods.

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    Kunert, G; Freund, W; Aschenbrenner, T; Kruse, C; Figge, S; Schowalter, M; Rosenauer, A; Kalden, J; Sebald, K; Gutowski, J; Feneberg, M; Tischer, I; Fujan, K; Thonke, K; Hommel, D

    2011-07-01

    We report on the fabrication of a light-emitting diode based on GaN nanorods containing InGaN quantum wells. The unique system consists of tilted N-polar nanorods of high crystalline quality. Photoluminescence, electroluminescence, and spatially resolved cathodoluminescence investigations consistently show quantum well emission around 2.6 eV. Scanning transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy measurements reveal a truncated shape of the quantum wells with In contents of (15 ± 5)%.

  20. Nucleation and coalescence effects on the density of self-induced GaN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Consonni, V.; Knelangen, M.; Trampert, A.; Geelhaar, L.; Riechert, H.

    2011-02-01

    The evolution of the density of self-induced GaN nanowires as a function of the growth time, gallium rate, and growth temperature has been investigated by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Nucleation and coalescence effects have been disentangled and quantified by distinguishing between single nanowires and nanowire clusters. Owing to the very specific nanowire nucleation mechanism involving a shape transition from spherical-cap-shaped islands, the nanowire density does not follow the standard island nucleation theory. Furthermore, the detrimental nanowire coalescence process can be significantly reduced by raising the growth temperature.

  1. Understanding of surface pit formation mechanism of GaN grown in MOCVD based on local thermodynamic equilibrium assumption

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    Zhi-Yuan, Gao; Xiao-Wei, Xue; Jiang-Jiang, Li; Xun, Wang; Yan-Hui, Xing; Bi-Feng, Cui; De-Shu, Zou

    2016-06-01

    Frank’s theory describes that a screw dislocation will produce a pit on the surface, and has been evidenced in many material systems including GaN. However, the size of the pit calculated from the theory deviates significantly from experimental result. Through a careful observation of the variations of surface pits and local surface morphology with growing temperature and V/III ratio for c-plane GaN, we believe that Frank’s model is valid only in a small local surface area where thermodynamic equilibrium state can be assumed to stay the same. If the kinetic process is too vigorous or too slow to reach a balance, the local equilibrium range will be too small for the center and edge of the screw dislocation spiral to be kept in the same equilibrium state. When the curvature at the center of the dislocation core reaches the critical value 1/r 0, at the edge of the spiral, the accelerating rate of the curvature may not fall to zero, so the pit cannot reach a stationary shape and will keep enlarging under the control of minimization of surface energy to result in a large-sized surface pit. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11204009 and 61204011) and the Beijing Municipal Natural Science Foundation, China (Grant No. 4142005).

  2. Study of Defects in GaN In Situ Doped with Eu3+ Ion Grown by OMVPE

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    Wang, Jingzhou; Koizumi, Atsushi; Fujiwara, Yasufumi; Jadwisienczak, Wojciech M.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, GaN epilayer in situ doped with Eu3+ ions was deposited on the top of an undoped n-GaN/LT-GaN/sapphire structure by organometallic vapor-phase epitaxy. A set of different ohmic and Schottky contacts on GaN:Eu3+ surface was fabricated by electron-beam evaporation for performing deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) measurement. The deep defect energy levels in GaN:Eu3+ epilayer were assessed by standard DLTS and high resolution Laplace DLTS (L-DLTS). Three dominant DLTS peaks were observed in the temperature range from 35 K to 400 K. The calculated activation energies of these defect energy levels were 0.108 ± 0.03 eV (Trap A), 0.287 ± 0.04 eV (Trap B) and 0.485 ± 0.06 eV (Trap C) below conduction band edge, respectively. High resolution L-DLTS conducted for the GaN:Eu3+ epilayer revealed at least four closely spaced defect energy levels associated with Trap B. It is proposed that these defect energy levels correspond to the selected optically active Eu3+ ion centers in GaN host previously identified by optical studies in this material (Fujiwara and Dierolf in Jpn J Appl Phys 53:05FA13, 2014).

  3. The determining factor of a preferred orientation of GaN domains grown on m-plane sapphire substrates

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    Jue, Miyeon; Kim, Cheol-Woon; Kang, Seoung-Hun; Yoon, Hansub; Jang, Dongsoo; Kwon, Young-Kyun; Kim, Chinkyo

    2015-11-01

    Epitaxial lateral overgrowth in tandem with the first-principles calculation was employed to investigate the determining factor of a preferred orientation of GaN on SiO2-patterned m-plane sapphire substrates. We found that the (100)-orientation is favored over the (10)-orientation in the region with a small filling factor of SiO2, while the latter orientation becomes preferred in the region with a large filling factor. This result suggests that the effective concentration determines the preferred orientation of GaN: the (100)- and (10)-orientations preferred at their low and high concentrations, respectively. Our computational study revealed that at a low coverage of Ga and N atoms, the local atomic arrangement resembles that on the (10) surface, although the (100) surface is more stable at their full coverage. Such a (10)-like atomic configuration crosses over to the local structure resembling that on the (100) surface as the coverage increases. Based on results, we determined that high effective concentration of Ga and N sources expedites the growth of the (10)-orientation while keeping from transition to the (100)-orientation. At low effective concentration, on the other hand, there is a sufficient time for the added Ga and N sources to rearrange the initial (10)-like orientation to form the (100)-orientation.

  4. Strain states of AlN/GaN-stress mitigating layer and their effect on GaN buffer layer grown by ammonia molecular beam epitaxy on 100-mm Si(111)

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    Ravikiran, L.; Radhakrishnan, K.; Dharmarasu, N.; Agrawal, M.; Munawar Basha, S.

    2013-09-01

    The effect of strain states of AlN/GaN-stress mitigating layer (SML) on buried crack density and its subsequent influence on the residual stresses in GaN buffer layers grown using ammonia-molecular beam epitaxy on 100-mm Si(111) substrate has been investigated. Different stages involved in the formation of buried cracks, which are crack initialization, growth of relaxed AlN layer, and subsequent lateral over growth, are identified using in-situ curvature measurements. While the increase of GaN thickness in AlN/GaN-SML enhanced its compressive strain relaxation and resulted in reduced buried crack spacing, the variation of AlN thickness did not show any effect on the crack spacing. Moreover, the decrease in the crack spacing (or increase in the buried crack density) was found to reduce the residual compression in 1st and 2nd GaN layers of AlN/GaN-SML structure. The higher buried crack density relaxed the compressive strain in 1st GaN layer, which further reduced its ability to compensate the tensile stress generated during substrate cool down, and hence resulted in lower residual compressive stress in 2nd GaN layer.

  5. Relaxation and critical strain for maximum In incorporation in AlInGaN on GaN grown by metal organic vapour phase epitaxy

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    Reuters, Benjamin; Finken, M.; Wille, A.; Kalisch, H.; Vescan, A.; Hollaender, B.; Heuken, M.

    2012-11-01

    Quaternary AlInGaN layers were grown on conventional GaN buffer layers on sapphire by metal organic vapour phase epitaxy at different surface temperatures and different reactor pressures with constant precursor flow conditions. A wide range in compositions within 30-62% Al, 5-29% In, and 23-53% Ga was covered, which leads to different strain states from high tensile to high compressive. From high-resolution x-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, we determined the compositions, strain states, and crystal quality of the AlInGaN layers. Atomic force microscopy measurements were performed to characterize the surface morphology. A critical strain value for maximum In incorporation near the AlInGaN/GaN interface is presented. For compressively strained layers, In incorporation is limited at the interface as residual strain cannot exceed an empirical critical value of about 1.1%. Relaxation occurs at about 15 nm thickness accompanied by strong In pulling. Tensile strained layers can be grown pseudomorphically up to 70 nm at a strain state of 0.96%. A model for relaxation in compressively strained AlInGaN with virtual discrete sub-layers, which illustrates the gradually changing lattice constant during stress reduction is presented.

  6. Strong potential profile fluctuations and effective localization process in InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells grown on (10-1m) faceted surface GaN template

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    Haffouz, S.; Tang, H.; Bardwell, J. A.; Lefebvre, P.; Bretagnon, T.; Riemann, T.; Christen, J.

    2006-07-01

    Cathodoluminescence (CL) and time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) spectroscopy were used to investigate the relation between the surface morphology and emission efficiency in 10x InGaN(3 nm)/GaN(4 nm) quantum wells (QWs) deposited by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). For this study, two QWs with peak emission around 405 nm but grown on different surface morphologies have been investigated. A strong increase in the emission efficiency was observed in the QWs grown on (10-1m) faceted surface GaN template (m>2) as compared to those grown on an atomically smooth template. CL mapping and temperature-dependent PL studies revealed that the QWs grown on the faceted surface GaN epilayer exhibit much stronger in-plane indium content fluctuations and larger width PL peak in the temperature range of 8-300 K. We found that the use of (10-1m) faceted surface GaN template resulted in strong potential profile fluctuations (PPFs) inducing different localization centers at different energy levels. We found that the deeper the corresponding fluctuation of the energy level, the weaker the decrease of the PL intensity with increasing temperature, the higher the PL decay time ({tau}{sub PL}) in the whole temperature range and the slower the collapse of {tau}{sub PL}. Our results demonstrate that the use of (10-1m) faceted surface morphology GaN template is an amplifying process of the PPFs which favors a regime dominated by the recombination of localized carriers.

  7. Effect of the misorientation of the 4H-SiC substrate on the open volume defects in GaN grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Tengborn, E.; Rummukainen, M.; Tuomisto, F.; Saarinen, K.; Rudzinski, M.; Hageman, P. R.; Larsen, P. K.; Nordlund, A.

    2006-08-28

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy has been used to study GaN grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition on misoriented 4H-SiC substrates. Two kinds of vacancy defects are observed: Ga vacancies and larger vacancy clusters in all the studied layers. In addition to vacancies, positrons annihilate at shallow traps that are likely to be dislocations. The results show that the vacancy concentration increases and the shallow positron trap concentration decreases with the increasing substrate misorientation.

  8. Cubic nitride templates

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    Burrell, Anthony K; McCleskey, Thomas Mark; Jia, Quanxi; Mueller, Alexander H; Luo, Hongmei

    2013-04-30

    A polymer-assisted deposition process for deposition of epitaxial cubic metal nitride films and the like is presented. The process includes solutions of one or more metal precursor and soluble polymers having binding properties for the one or more metal precursor. After a coating operation, the resultant coating is heated at high temperatures under a suitable atmosphere to yield metal nitride films and the like. Such films can be used as templates for the development of high quality cubic GaN based electronic devices.

  9. Kinetics of self-induced nucleation and optical properties of GaN nanowires grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on amorphous Al{sub x}O{sub y}

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    Sobanska, M. Zytkiewicz, Z. R.; Klosek, K.; Tchutchulashvili, G.

    2015-11-14

    Nucleation kinetics of GaN nanowires (NWs) by molecular beam epitaxy on amorphous Al{sub x}O{sub y} buffers deposited at low temperature by atomic layer deposition is analyzed. We found that the growth processes on a-Al{sub x}O{sub y} are very similar to those observed on standard Si(111) substrates, although the presence of the buffer significantly enhances nucleation rate of GaN NWs, which we attribute to a microstructure of the buffer. The nucleation rate was studied vs. the growth temperature in the range of 720–790 °C, which allowed determination of nucleation energy of the NWs on a-Al{sub x}O{sub y} equal to 6 eV. This value is smaller than 10.2 eV we found under the same conditions on nitridized Si(111) substrates. Optical properties of GaN NWs on a-Al{sub x}O{sub y} are analyzed as a function of the growth temperature and compared with those on Si(111) substrates. A significant increase of photoluminescence intensity and much longer PL decay times, close to those on silicon substrates, are found for NWs grown at the highest temperature proving their high quality. The samples grown at high temperature have very narrow PL lines. This allowed observation that positions of donor-bound exciton PL line in the NWs grown on a-Al{sub x}O{sub y} are regularly lower than in samples grown directly on silicon suggesting that oxygen, instead of silicon, is the dominant donor. Moreover, PL spectra suggest that total concentration of donors in GaN NWs grown on a-Al{sub x}O{sub y} is lower than in those grown under similar conditions on bare Si. This shows that the a-Al{sub x}O{sub y} buffer efficiently acts as a barrier preventing uptake of silicon from the substrate to GaN.

  10. Influence of vicinal sapphire substrate on the properties of N-polar GaN films grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Lin, Zhiyu; Zhang, Jincheng Xu, Shengrui; Chen, Zhibin; Yang, Shuangyong; Tian, Kun; Hao, Yue; Su, Xujun; Shi, Xuefang

    2014-08-25

    The influence of vicinal sapphire substrates on the growth of N-polar GaN films by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition is investigated. Smooth GaN films without hexagonal surface feature are obtained on vicinal substrate. Transmission electron microscope results reveal that basal-plane stacking faults are formed in GaN on vicinal substrate, leading to a reduction in threading dislocation density. Furthermore, it has been found that there is a weaker yellow luminescence in GaN on vicinal substrate than that on (0001) substrate, which might be explained by the different trends of the carbon impurity incorporation.

  11. Phase transformation of molecular beam epitaxy-grown nanometer-thick Gd₂O₃ and Y₂O₃ on GaN.

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    Chang, Wen-Hsin; Wu, Shao-Yun; Lee, Chih-Hsun; Lai, Te-Yang; Lee, Yi-Jun; Chang, Pen; Hsu, Chia-Hung; Huang, Tsung-Shiew; Kwo, J Raynien; Hong, Minghwei

    2013-02-01

    High quality nanometer-thick Gd₂O₃ and Y₂O₃ (rare-earth oxide, R₂O₃) films have been epitaxially grown on GaN (0001) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The R₂O₃ epi-layers exhibit remarkable thermal stability at 1100 °C, uniformity, and highly structural perfection. Structural investigation was carried out by in situ reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and ex-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) with synchrotron radiation. In the initial stage of epitaxial growth, the R₂O₃ layers have a hexagonal phase with the epitaxial relationship of R₂O₃ (0001)(H)<1120>(H)//GaN(0001)(H)<1120>(H). With the increase in R₂O₃ film thickness, the structure of the R₂O₃ films changes from single domain hexagonal phase to monoclinic phase with six different rotational domains, following the R₂O₃ (201)(M)[020](M)//GaN(0001)(H)<1120>(H) orientational relationship. The structural details and fingerprints of hexagonal and monoclinic phase Gd₂O₃ films have also been examined by using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Approximate 3-4 nm is the critical thickness for the structural phase transition depending on the composing rare earth element.

  12. Blue-violet InGaN laser diodes grown on bulk GaN substrates by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Skierbiszewski, C.; Wasilewski, Z.R.; Siekacz, M.; Feduniewicz, A.; Perlin, P.; Wisniewski, P.; Borysiuk, J.; Grzegory, I.; Leszczynski, M.; Suski, T.; Porowski, S.

    2005-01-03

    We report on the InGaN multiquantum laser diodes (LDs) made by rf plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE). The laser operation at 408 nm is demonstrated at room temperature with pulsed current injections using 50 ns pulses at 0.25% duty cycle. The threshold current density and voltage for the LDs with cleaved uncoated mirrors are 12 kA/cm{sup 2} (900 mA) and 9 V, respectively. High output power of 0.83 W is obtained during pulse operation at 3.6 A and 9.6 V bias with the slope efficiency of 0.35 W/A. The laser structures are deposited on the high-pressure-grown low dislocation bulk GaN substrates taking full advantage of the adlayer enhanced lateral diffusion channel for adatoms below the dynamic metallic cover. Our devices compare very favorably to the early laser diodes fabricated using the metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy technique, providing evidence that the relatively low growth temperatures used in this process pose no intrinsic limitations on the quality of the blue optoelectronic components that can be fabricated using PAMBE.

  13. Proton irradiation effects on deep level states in Mg-doped p-type GaN grown by ammonia-based molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zhang, Z.; Arehart, A. R.; Ringel, S. A.; Kyle, E. C. H.; Speck, J. S.; Chen, J.; Zhang, E. X.; Fleetwood, D. M.; Schrimpf, R. D.

    2015-01-12

    The impact of proton irradiation on the deep level states throughout the Mg-doped p-type GaN bandgap is investigated using deep level transient and optical spectroscopies. Exposure to 1.8 MeV protons of 1 × 10{sup 13 }cm{sup −2} and 3 × 10{sup 13 }cm{sup −2} fluences not only introduces a trap with an E{sub V} + 1.02 eV activation energy but also brings monotonic increases in concentration for as-grown deep states at E{sub V} + 0.48 eV, E{sub V} + 2.42 eV, E{sub V} + 3.00 eV, and E{sub V} + 3.28 eV. The non-uniform sensitivities for individual states suggest different physical sources and/or defect generation mechanisms. Comparing with prior theoretical calculations reveals that several traps are consistent with associations to nitrogen vacancy, nitrogen interstitial, and gallium vacancy origins, and thus are likely generated through displacing nitrogen and gallium atoms from the crystal lattice in proton irradiation environment.

  14. Transport and optical properties of c-axis oriented wedge shaped GaN nanowall network grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Bhasker, H. P.; Dhar, S.; Thakur, Varun; Kesaria, Manoj; Shivaprasad, S. M.

    2014-02-21

    The transport and optical properties of wedge-shaped nanowall network of GaN grown spontaneously on cplane sapphire substrate by Plasma-Assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy (PAMBE) show interesting behavior. The electron mobility at room temperature in these samples is found to be orders of magnitude higher than that of a continuous film. Our study reveals a strong correlation between the mobility and the band gap in these nanowall network samples. However, it is seen that when the thickness of the tips of the walls increases to an extent such that more than 70% of the film area is covered, it behaves close to a flat sample. In the sample with lower surface coverage (≈40% and ≈60%), it was observed that the conductivity, mobility as well as the band gap increase with the decrease in the average tip width of the walls. Photoluminescence (PL) experiments show a strong and broad band edge emission with a large (as high as ≈ 90 meV) blue shift, compared to that of a continuous film, suggesting a confinement of carriers on the top edges of the nanowalls. The PL peak width remains wide at all temperatures suggesting the existence of a high density of tail states at the band edge, which is further supported by the photoconductivity result. The high conductivity and mobility observed in these samples is believed to be due to a “dissipation less” transport of carriers, which are localized at the top edges (edge states) of the nanowalls.

  15. Microstructural dependency of optical properties of m-plane InGaN multiple quantum wells grown on 2° misoriented bulk GaN substrates

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    Tang, Fengzai; Barnard, Jonathan S.; Zhu, Tongtong; Oehler, Fabrice; Kappers, Menno J.; Oliver, Rachel A.

    2015-08-24

    A non-polar m-plane structure consisting of five InGaN/GaN quantum wells (QWs) was grown on ammonothermal bulk GaN by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy. Surface step bunches propagating through the QW stack were found to accommodate the 2° substrate miscut towards the -c direction. Both large steps with heights of a few tens of nanometres and small steps between one and a few atomic layers in height are observed, the former of which exhibit cathodoluminescence at longer wavelengths than the adjacent m-plane terraces. This is attributed to the formation of semi-polar facets at the steps on which the QWs are shown to be thicker and have higher Indium contents than those in the adjacent m-plane regions. Discrete basal-plane stacking faults (BSFs) were occasionally initiated from the QWs on the main m-plane terraces, but groups of BSFs were frequently observed to initiate from those on the large steps, probably related to the increased strain associated with the locally higher indium content and thickness.

  16. Raman spectroscopy based measurements of carrier concentration in n-type GaN nanowires grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Robins, L. H.; Horneber, E.; Sanford, N. A.; Bertness, K. A.; Brubaker, M. D.; Schlager, J. B.

    2016-09-01

    The carrier concentration in as-grown ensembles of n-type GaN nanowires was determined by Raman spectroscopy of the coupled longitudinal phonon-plasmon (LPP+) mode and modeling of the carrier concentration dependence of the LPP+ frequency. The Raman measurements and analyses enabled estimation of the carrier concentration in single-nanowire devices fabricated from the as-grown ensembles. The nanowires were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy in either of the two growth systems. Twelve samples were examined, of which 11 samples were Si-doped and one was undoped. The Raman-measured carrier concentrations in the Si-doped samples ranged from (5.28 ± 1.19) × 1016 cm-3 to (6.16 ± 0.35) × 1017 cm-3. For a subset of samples grown with varying Si cell temperature, from 1125 °C to 1175 °C, the carrier concentration was found to be an Arrhenius function of Si cell temperature, with activation energy of 6.281 ± 0.011 eV . Co-illumination by an above band gap UV laser (325 nm, excitation intensity = 0.7 W/cm2 or 4.5 W/cm2) induced small increases in carrier concentration, relative to illumination by the Raman excitation laser alone (633 nm, excitation intensity ≈100 kW/cm2). The lowest Si-doped sample showed the largest increase in carrier concentration, (6.3 ± 4.8) × 1015 cm-3 with UV excitation intensity of 0.7 W/cm2. These results imply that, even in the absence of UV illumination, surface depletion does not have a significant effect on the Raman carrier concentration measurements. Immersion in a high-dielectric-constant oil (ɛ = 2.24) caused downshifts of similar magnitude in the LPP+ frequencies of undoped and doped nanowires. This result implies that the LPP+ mode has bulk plasmon rather than surface plasmon character, because immersion in a high-dielectric-constant medium is predicted to cause a large decrease in the surface plasmon frequency, which would induce a larger LPP+ downshift in doped than undoped nanowires. A surface optical (SO) phonon

  17. Influences of group-III source preflow on the polarity, optical, and structural properties of GaN grown on nitridated sapphire substrates by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Li, Chengguo; Liu, Hongfei; Chua, Soo Jin

    2015-03-28

    We report the influences of group-III source preflow, which were introduced prior to the growth of the low temperature GaN on the polarity, photoluminescence (PL), and crystallographic properties of GaN epilayers grown on nitridated c-plane sapphire substrates by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. By studying the surface morphology evolutions under chemical etching in KOH, we found that with increasing the trimethyl-gallium (TMGa) preflow duration (t), the polarity of the GaN film can be changed from a complete N-polarity to a mixture of N- and Ga-polarity and further to a complete Ga-polarity. PL and high-resolution X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the impurity incorporation and the edge- and screw-type threading dislocations are strongly polarity dependent. A further study at the optimized t (i.e., 30 s for TMGa) shows that the polarity inversion of GaN can be realized not only by TMGa preflow but also by trimethyl-aluminium preflow and by trimethyl-indium preflow. A two-monolayer model was employed to explain the polarity inversion mechanism.

  18. Europium doping of zincblende GaN by ion implantation

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    Lorenz, K.; Franco, N.; Darakchieva, V.; Alves, E.; Roqan, I. S.; O'Donnell, K. P.; Trager-Cowan, C.; Martin, R. W.; As, D. J.; Panfilova, M.

    2009-06-01

    Eu was implanted into high quality cubic (zincblende) GaN (ZB-GaN) layers grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Detailed structural characterization before and after implantation was performed by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rutherford backscattering/channeling spectrometry. A low concentration (<10%) of wurtzite phase inclusions was observed by XRD analysis in as-grown samples with their (0001) planes aligned with the (111) planes of the cubic lattice. Implantation of Eu causes an expansion of the lattice parameter in the implanted region similar to that observed for the c-lattice parameter of wurtzite GaN (W-GaN). For ZB-GaN:Eu, a large fraction of Eu ions is found on a high symmetry interstitial site aligned with the <110> direction, while a Ga substitutional site is observed for W-GaN:Eu. The implantation damage in ZB-GaN:Eu could partly be removed by thermal annealing, but an increase in the wurtzite phase fraction was observed at the same time. Cathodoluminescence, photoluminescence (PL), and PL excitation spectroscopy revealed several emission lines which can be attributed to distinct Eu-related optical centers in ZB-GaN and W-GaN inclusions.

  19. Growth and optical properties of filamentary GaN nanocrystals grown on a hybrid SiC/Si(111) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Reznik, R. R.; Kotlyar, K. P.; Il'kiv, I. V.; Soshnikov, I. P.; Kukushkin, S. A.; Osipov, A. V.; Nikitina, E. V.; Cirlin, G. E.

    2016-10-01

    The potential to grow filamentary GaN nanocrystals by molecular beam epitaxy on a silicon substrate with a nanosized buffer layer of silicon carbide has been demonstrated. Morphological and optical properties of the obtained system have been studied. It has been shown that the intensity of the photoluminescence spectrum peak of such structures is higher than that of the best filamentary GaN nanocrystals without the buffer silicon carbide layer by a factor of more than two.

  20. Growth kinetics and electronic properties of unintentionally doped semi-insulating GaN on SiC and high-resistivity GaN on sapphire grown by ammonia molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Tang, H.; Fang, Z. Q.; Rolfe, S.; Bardwell, J. A.; Raymond, S.

    2010-05-01

    Growth of unintentionally doped (UID) semi-insulating GaN on SiC and highly resistive GaN on sapphire using the ammonia molecular-beam epitaxy technique is reported. The semi-insulating UID GaN on SiC shows room temperature (RT) resistivity of 1011 Ω cm and well defined activation energy of 1.0 eV. The balance of compensation of unintentional donors and acceptors is such that the Fermi level is lowered to midgap, and controlled by a 1.0 eV deep level defect, which is thought to be related to the nitrogen antisite NGa, similar to the "EL2" center (arsenic antisite) in unintentionally doped semi-insulating GaAs. The highly resistive GaN on sapphire shows RT resistivity in range of 106-109 Ω cm and activation energy varying from 0.25 to 0.9 eV. In this case, the compensation of shallow donors is incomplete, and the Fermi level is controlled by levels shallower than the 1.0 eV deep centers. The growth mechanisms for the resistive UID GaN materials were investigated by experimental studies of the surface kinetics during growth. The required growth regime involves a moderate growth temperature range of 740-780 °C, and a high ammonia flux (beam equivalent pressure of 1×10-4 Torr), which ensures supersaturated coverage of surface adsorption sites with NHx radicals. Such highly nitrogen rich growth conditions lead to two-dimensional layer by layer growth and reduced oxygen incorporation.

  1. Growth kinetics and electronic properties of unintentionally doped semi-insulating GaN on SiC and high-resistivity GaN on sapphire grown by ammonia molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Tang, H.; Rolfe, S.; Bardwell, J. A.; Raymond, S.; Fang, Z. Q.

    2010-05-15

    Growth of unintentionally doped (UID) semi-insulating GaN on SiC and highly resistive GaN on sapphire using the ammonia molecular-beam epitaxy technique is reported. The semi-insulating UID GaN on SiC shows room temperature (RT) resistivity of 10{sup 11} {Omega} cm and well defined activation energy of 1.0 eV. The balance of compensation of unintentional donors and acceptors is such that the Fermi level is lowered to midgap, and controlled by a 1.0 eV deep level defect, which is thought to be related to the nitrogen antisite N{sub Ga}, similar to the ''EL2'' center (arsenic antisite) in unintentionally doped semi-insulating GaAs. The highly resistive GaN on sapphire shows RT resistivity in range of 10{sup 6}-10{sup 9} {Omega} cm and activation energy varying from 0.25 to 0.9 eV. In this case, the compensation of shallow donors is incomplete, and the Fermi level is controlled by levels shallower than the 1.0 eV deep centers. The growth mechanisms for the resistive UID GaN materials were investigated by experimental studies of the surface kinetics during growth. The required growth regime involves a moderate growth temperature range of 740-780 deg. C, and a high ammonia flux (beam equivalent pressure of 1x10{sup -4} Torr), which ensures supersaturated coverage of surface adsorption sites with NH{sub x} radicals. Such highly nitrogen rich growth conditions lead to two-dimensional layer by layer growth and reduced oxygen incorporation.

  2. Improved crystalline properties of laser molecular beam epitaxy grown SrTiO{sub 3} by rutile TiO{sub 2} layer on hexagonal GaN

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    Luo, W. B.; Zhu, J.; Chen, H.; Wang, X. P.; Zhang, Y.; Li, Y. R.

    2009-11-15

    Epitaxial SrTiO{sub 3} films were fabricated by laser molecular beam epitaxy on bare and TiO{sub 2} buffered GaN(0002), respectively. The whole deposition processes were in situ monitored by reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED). X-ray diffraction (XRD) was carried out to study the growth orientation and crystalline quality of STO films. The interfacial characters and epitaxial relationships were also investigated by high revolution transition electron microscope and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). According to the RHEED observation, the lowest epitaxy temperature of STO on TiO{sub 2} buffered GaN was decreased compared with the direct deposited one. The epitaxial relationship was (111)[110]STO//(0002)[1120]GaN in both cases as confirmed by RHEED, XRD, and SAED. The full width at half maximum of omega-scan and PHI-scan of STO on TiO{sub 2} buffered GaN was reduced compared with that deposited on bare GaN, indicating that epitaxial quality of STO film is improved by inserting TiO{sub 2} layer. In summary, the lattice mismatch was reduced by inserting rutile TiO{sub 2}. As a result, the crystalline temperature was reduced and enhanced epitaxial quality of STO thin film was obtained.

  3. Growth kinetics of AlN and GaN films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on R-plane sapphire substrates

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    Chandrasekaran, R.; Moustakas, T. D.; Ozcan, A. S.; Ludwig, K. F.; Zhou, L.; Smith, David J.

    2010-08-15

    This paper reports the growth by molecular beam epitaxy of AlN and GaN thin films on R-plane sapphire substrates. Contrary to previous findings that GaN grows with its (1120) A-plane parallel to the (1102) R-plane of sapphire, our results indicate that the crystallographic orientation of the III-nitride films is strongly dependent on the kinetic conditions of growth for the GaN or AlN buffer layers. Thus, group III-rich conditions for growth of either GaN or AlN buffers result in nitride films having (1120) planes parallel to the sapphire surface, and basal-plane stacking faults parallel to the growth direction. The growth of these buffers under N-rich conditions instead leads to nitride films with (1126) planes parallel to the sapphire surface, with inclined c-plane stacking faults that often terminate threading dislocations. Moreover, electron microscope observations indicate that slight miscut ({approx}0.5 deg. ) of the R-plane sapphire substrate almost completely suppresses the formation of twinning defects in the (1126) GaN films.

  4. Steady-state and transient photoconductivity in c-axis GaN nanowires grown by nitrogen-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Sanford, N. A.; Blanchard, P. T.; Bertness, K. A.; Mansfield, L.; Schlager, J. B.; Sanders, A. W.; Roshko, A.; Burton, B. B.; George, S. M.

    2010-02-15

    Analysis of steady-state and transient photoconductivity measurements at room temperature performed on c-axis oriented GaN nanowires yielded estimates of free carrier concentration, drift mobility, surface band bending, and surface capture coefficient for electrons. Samples grown (unintentionally n-type) by nitrogen-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy primarily from two separate growth runs were examined. The results revealed carrier concentration in the range of (3-6)x10{sup 16} cm{sup -3} for one growth run, roughly 5x10{sup 14}-1x10{sup 15} cm{sup -3} for the second, and drift mobility in the range of 500-700 cm{sup 2}/(V s) for both. Nanowires were dispersed onto insulating substrates and contacted forming single-wire, two-terminal structures with typical electrode gaps of {approx_equal}3-5 {mu}m. When biased at 1 V bias and illuminated at 360 nm (3.6 mW/cm{sup 2}) the thinner ({approx_equal}100 nm diameter) nanowires with the higher background doping showed an abrupt increase in photocurrent from 5 pA (noise level) to 0.1-1 {mu}A. Under the same conditions, thicker (151-320 nm) nanowires showed roughly ten times more photocurrent, with dark currents ranging from 2 nA to 1 {mu}A. With the light blocked, the dark current was restored in a few minutes for the thinner samples and an hour or more for the thicker ones. The samples with lower carrier concentration showed similar trends. Excitation in the 360-550 nm range produced substantially weaker photocurrent with comparable decay rates. Nanowire photoconductivity arises from a reduction in the depletion layer via photogenerated holes drifting to the surface and compensating ionized surface acceptors. Simulations yielded (dark) surface band bending in the vicinity of 0.2-0.3 V and capture coefficient in the range of 10{sup -23}-10{sup -19} cm{sup 2}. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was used to conformally deposit {approx_equal}10 nm of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on several devices. Photoconductivity, persistent

  5. Steady-state and transient photoconductivity in c-axis GaN nanowires grown by nitrogen-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Sanford, N. A.; Blanchard, P. T.; Bertness, K. A.; Mansfield, L.; Schlager, J. B.; Sanders, A. W.; Roshko, A.; Burton, B. B.; George, S. M.

    2010-02-01

    Analysis of steady-state and transient photoconductivity measurements at room temperature performed on c-axis oriented GaN nanowires yielded estimates of free carrier concentration, drift mobility, surface band bending, and surface capture coefficient for electrons. Samples grown (unintentionally n-type) by nitrogen-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy primarily from two separate growth runs were examined. The results revealed carrier concentration in the range of (3-6)×1016 cm-3 for one growth run, roughly 5×1014-1×1015 cm-3 for the second, and drift mobility in the range of 500-700 cm2/(V s) for both. Nanowires were dispersed onto insulating substrates and contacted forming single-wire, two-terminal structures with typical electrode gaps of ≈3-5 μm. When biased at 1 V bias and illuminated at 360 nm (3.6 mW/cm2) the thinner (≈100 nm diameter) nanowires with the higher background doping showed an abrupt increase in photocurrent from 5 pA (noise level) to 0.1-1 μA. Under the same conditions, thicker (151-320 nm) nanowires showed roughly ten times more photocurrent, with dark currents ranging from 2 nA to 1 μA. With the light blocked, the dark current was restored in a few minutes for the thinner samples and an hour or more for the thicker ones. The samples with lower carrier concentration showed similar trends. Excitation in the 360-550 nm range produced substantially weaker photocurrent with comparable decay rates. Nanowire photoconductivity arises from a reduction in the depletion layer via photogenerated holes drifting to the surface and compensating ionized surface acceptors. Simulations yielded (dark) surface band bending in the vicinity of 0.2-0.3 V and capture coefficient in the range of 10-23-10-19 cm2. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was used to conformally deposit ≈10 nm of Al2O3 on several devices. Photoconductivity, persistent photoconductivity, and subgap photoconductivity of the coated nanowires were increased in all cases. TaN ALD coatings

  6. Improving the purity of GaN grown by the ammonothermal method with in-autoclave gas-phase acidic mineralizer synthesis

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    Tomida, D.; Chichibu, S. F.; Kagamitani, Y.; Bao, Q.; Hazu, K.; Simura, R.; Sugiyama, K.; Yokoyama, C.; Ishiguro, T.; Fukuda, T.

    2012-06-01

    In-autoclave synthesis of a gas-phase acidic mineralizer was investigated for high-purity GaN growth by the ammonothermal (AT) method. To reduce oxygen contamination of GaN from highly hygroscopic NH4Cl powder, purified NH3 and HCl gases were introduced sequentially fed into a Pt-lined autoclave to synthesize NH4Cl within the autoclave. The autoclave was pre-charged with GaN seed wafers and polycrystalline precursors, and carefully dehydrated under dynamic vacuum. Because of the decrease in oxygen concentration, the lattice parameter approached the intrinsic value. The Ga-polar layers exhibit a near-band-edge emission peak at room temperature.

  7. The compositional, structural, and magnetic properties of a Fe3O4/Ga2O3/GaN spin injecting hetero-structure grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Xu, Zhonghua; Huang, Shimin; Tang, Kun; Gu, Shulin; Zhu, Shunming; Ye, Jiandong; Xu, Mingxiang; Wang, Wei; Zheng, Youdou

    2016-12-01

    In this article, the authors have designed and fabricated a Fe3O4/Ga2O3/GaN spin injecting hetero-structure by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. The compositional, structural, and magnetic properties of the hetero-structure have been characterized and discussed. From the characterizations, the hetero-structure has been successfully grown generally. However, due to the unintentional diffusion of Ga ions from Ga2O3/GaN layers, the most part of the nominal Fe3O4 layer is actually in the form of GaxFe3-xO4 with gradually decreased x values from the Fe3O4/Ga2O3 interface to the Fe3O4 surface. Post-annealing process can further aggravate the diffusion. Due to the similar ionic radius of Ga and Fe, the structural configuration of the GaxFe3-xO4 does not differ from that of pure Fe3O4. However, the ferromagnetism has been reduced with the incorporation of Ga into Fe3O4, which has been explained by the increased Yafet-Kittel angles in presence of considerable amount of Ga incorporation. A different behavior of the magnetoresistance has been found on the as-grown and annealed samples, which could be modelled and explained by the competition between the spin-dependent and spin-independent conduction channels. This work has provided detailed information on the interfacial properties of the Fe3O4/Ga2O3/GaN spin injecting hetero-structure, which is the solid basis for further improvement and application of the structure.

  8. Investigation of AlN films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on vicinal Si(111) as templates for GaN quantum dots

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    Benaissa, M.; Vennegues, P.; Tottereau, O.; Nguyen, L.; Semond, F.

    2006-12-04

    The use of AlN epitaxial films deposited on vicinal Si(111) as templates for the growth of GaN quantum dots is investigated by transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. It is found that the substrate vicinality induces both a slight tilt of the AlN (0001) direction with respect to the [111] direction and a step bunching mechanism. As a consequence, a dislocation dragging behavior is observed giving rise to dislocation-free areas well suited for the nucleation of GaN quantum dots.

  9. Elimination of columnar microstructure in N-face InAlN, lattice-matched to GaN, grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy in the N-rich regime

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    Ahmadi, Elaheh; Wienecke, Steven; Keller, Stacia; Mishra, Umesh K.; Shivaraman, Ravi; Wu, Feng; Kaun, Stephen W.; Speck, James S.

    2014-02-17

    The microstructure of N-face InAlN layers, lattice-matched to GaN, was investigated by scanning transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. These layers were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE) in the N-rich regime. Microstructural analysis shows an absence of the lateral composition modulation that was previously observed in InAlN films grown by PAMBE. A room temperature two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) mobility of 1100 cm{sup 2}/V s and 2DEG sheet charge density of 1.9 × 10{sup 13} cm{sup −2} was measured for N-face GaN/AlN/GaN/InAlN high-electron-mobility transistors with lattice-matched InAlN back barriers.

  10. Epitaxial growth of GaAs and GaN by gas source molecular beam epitaxy using organic group V compounds

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    Okumura, H.; Yoshida, S.; Misawa, S.; Sakuma, E.

    1992-05-01

    GaAs and GaN epilayers were grown on GaAs substrates by gas source molecular beam epitaxy technique using triethylarsine (TEAs) and diethylarsine (DEAsH) as As sources, and dimethylhydrazine (DMHy) as an N source. It was found that GaAs grows layer by layer even when organic arsine molecular sources are used. Cubic GaN was found to grow epitaxially on sufficiently nitrided surfaces of GaAs (001) substrates, in contrast with the growth of hexagonal GaN on GaAs (111) surfaces. It was also found that nitridation of GaAs surfaces does not occur when DEAsH and DMHy beams are supplied onto the GaAs substrates, simultaneously. Thus, GaN/GaAs multilayers were obtained only by intermittent supply of a DEAsH beam.

  11. Co-existence of harmonic generation and two-photon luminescence in selectively grown coaxial InGaN/GaN quantum wells on GaN pyramids

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    Butler, Sween; Fikry, Mohamed; Madel, Manfred; Thonke, Klaus; Neogi, Arup

    2015-02-01

    Nonlinear optical properties of coaxial InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well (MQWs) submicron hetero-structures were investigated using a tunable femtosecond laser at room temperature. Co-axial InGaN/GaN MQW hetero-structures were fabricated by depositing InGaN/GaN layers on the side walls of GaN submicron tubes on top of GaN micro-pyramids. Excitation and signal collection from a single micro-structure was achieved using multi-photon spectroscopy. Two photon excited photoluminescence (TPEL) was observed at around 390 nm independent of excitation wavelength. In addition to TPEL, observation of second harmonic signal of the excitation laser is also presented.

  12. Low-Angle-Incidence Microchannel Epitaxy of a-Plane GaN Grown by Ammonia-Based Metal-Organic Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Lin, Chia-Hung; Uchiyama, Shota; Maruyama, Takahiro; Naritsuka, Shigeya

    2012-04-01

    Low-angle-incidence microchannel epitaxy (LAIMCE) of a-plane GaN was performed using ammonia-based metal-organic molecular beam epitaxy to obtain wide and thin lateral overgrowth over a SiO2 mask. Trimethylgallium (TMG) was supplied perpendicular to the openings cut in the mask with a low incident angle of 5° relative to the substrate plane. The [NH3]/[TMG] ratio (R) dependence of GaN LAIMCE was optimized by varying R from 5 to 30. A wide lateral overgrowth of 3.7 µm with a dislocation density below the transmission electron microscope detection limit was obtained at R=15 for a thickness of 520 nm.

  13. The effect of AlN nucleation temperature on inverted pyramid defects in GaN layers grown on 200 mm silicon wafers

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    Charles, Matthew; Baines, Yannick; Bos, Sandra; Escoffier, René; Garnier, Gennie; Kanyandekwe, Joël; Lebreton, Julie; Vandendaele, William

    2017-04-01

    We have examined 200 mm GaN on silicon wafers, while varying the AlN nucleation temperature, and have found that higher temperatures result in a more convex bow on the wafers. In addition, by performing full wafer defect mapping, we have found that a higher nucleation temperature results in a higher density of inverted pyramid defects, which have previously been found to reduce the breakdown voltage of GaN on silicon layers. We have performed electrical measurements on a wafer with the lowest temperature AlN layer, which is still within our bow specification, and which therefore has the lowest density of inverted pyramid defects. This wafer showed the same leakage current density for both very small and very large test structures (2×10-3 and 18.7 mm2 respectively), with all but one of our large structures maintaining a breakdown voltage greater than 700 V. This is a very promising result for high yield of devices on 200 mm GaN on silicon wafers.

  14. Growth and Characterization of Single Crystalline InN Grown on GaN by RF Sputtering for Robust Schottky Contacts

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    Harotoonian, Vache; Woodall, Jerry M.

    2016-12-01

    High-quality, single crystal wurtzite InN films were fabricated by radio-frequency magnetron reactive sputtering on GaN templates. The sputtered InN films in this study were about 100 nm thick. Atomic force microscopy analysis revealed the sputtered InN film had root-mean-square surface roughness of about 0.4 nm, which is comparable to the underlying GaN template. Coupled x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements confirmed the (0001) preferred growth orientation and ω-rocking curve full-width-half-maximum (FWHM) = 0.85° for the symmetrical (0002) diffraction peak. The present InN film has the best crystal quality in terms of narrower FWHM of XRD rocking curve among reported sputtered InN thin films. In-plane and out-of-plane XRD measurements revealed a relaxed film. Room temperature Hall Effect measurements showed mobility of 110 cm2/V.s and electron concentration of 1-2 × 1020/cm3. The feasibility of utilizing a cost effective and productive method of sputtering to form robust Schottky contacts to GaN using InN, an immiscible and metallic-like semiconductor, was explored.

  15. Morphology evolution and emission properties of InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells grown on GaN microfacets using crossover stripe patterns by selective area epitaxy

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    Wu, Zhenlong; Chen, Peng; Yang, Guofeng; Xu, Zhou; Xu, Feng; Jiang, Fulong; Zhang, Rong; Zheng, Youdou

    2015-03-01

    We investigate the morphological evolution of selective area epitaxy (SAE) GaN microfacets structures on crossover stripe patterns as a function of temperature, and the emission properties of semipolar InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells (MQWs) grown on these microstructures with semipolar facets are also studied. The shapes of inner rings gradually change from nearly rectangular to hexagonal when the GaN growth temperature elevates, as a result of growth rates and surface stability varies with elevated temperatures. Three types of semipolar facets ({1 1 -2 2}, {2 1 -3 3} and {1 -1 0 1} facets) can be identified on the inner rings of these structures, which are verified by the emission properties of semipolar InGaN/GaN MQWs. The emission wavelengths of MQWs on these semipolar facets are ordered as {1 -1 0 1} > {2 1 -3 3} > {1 1 -2 2}, which is attributed to variations of growth rate and indium incorporation on different planes during InGaN growth. Furthermore, the indium composition of MQWs changes with the morphological evolution.

  16. Effects of Mg/Ga and V/III source ratios on hole concentration of N-polar (000\\bar{1}) p-type GaN grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Nonoda, Ryohei; Shojiki, Kanako; Tanikawa, Tomoyuki; Kuboya, Shigeyuki; Katayama, Ryuji; Matsuoka, Takashi

    2016-05-01

    The effects of growth conditions such as Mg/Ga and V/III ratios on the properties of N-polar (000\\bar{1}) p-type GaN grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy were studied. Photoluminescence spectra from Mg-doped GaN depended on Mg/Ga and V/III ratios. For the lightly doped samples, the band-to-acceptor emission was observed at 3.3 eV and its relative intensity decreased with increasing V/III ratio. For the heavily doped samples, the donor-acceptor pair emission was observed at 2.8 eV and its peak intensity monotonically decreased with V/III ratio. The hole concentration was maximum for the Mg/Ga ratio. This is the same tendency as in group-III polar (0001) growth. The V/III ratio also reduced the hole concentration. The higher V/III ratio reduced the concentration of residual donors such as oxygen by substituting nitrogen atoms. The surface became rougher with increasing V/III ratio and the hillock density increased.

  17. Mg-compensation effect in GaN buffer layer for AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors grown on 4H-SiC substrate

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    Ko, Kwangse; Lee, Kyeongjae; So, Byeongchan; Heo, Cheon; Lee, Kyungbae; Kwak, Taemyung; Han, Sang-Woo; Cha, Ho-Young; Nam, Okhyun

    2017-01-01

    The present study investigated the Mg doping effect in the gallium nitride (GaN) buffer layers (BLs) of AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistor (HEMT) structures grown on semi-insulating 4H-SiC substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. When the Mg concentration was increased from 3 × 1017 to 8 × 1018 cm-3, the crystal quality slightly deteriorated, whereas electrical properties were significantly changed. The buffer leakage increased approximately 50 times from 0.77 to 39.2 nA at -50 V with the Mg doping concentration. The Mg-compensation effect and electron trapping effect were observed at Mg concentration of 3 × 1017 and 8 × 1018 cm-3, respectively, which were confirmed by an isolation leakage current test and low-temperature photoluminescence. When the BL was compensated, the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) mobility and sheet carrier concentration of the HEMTs were 1560 cm2 V-1 s-1 and 5.06 × 1012 cm-2, respectively. As a result, Mg-doped GaN BLs were demonstrated as a candidates of semi-insulating BLs for AlGaN/GaN HEMT.

  18. Dislocation annihilation in regrown GaN on nanoporous GaN template with optimization of buffer layer growth

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    Soh, C. B.; Hartono, H.; Chow, S. Y.; Chua, S. J.; Fitzgerald, E. A.

    2007-01-01

    Nanoporous GaN template has been fabricated by electrochemical etching to give hexagonal pits with nanoscale pores of size 20-50nm in the underlying grains. The effect of GaN buffer layer grown at various temperatures from 650to1015°C on these as-fabricated nanopores templates is investigated by transmission electron microscopy. The buffer layer grown at the optimized temperature of 850°C partially fill up the pores and voids with annihilation of threading dislocations, serving as an excellent template for high-quality GaN growth. This phenomenon is, however, not observed for the samples grown with other temperature buffer layers. Micro-Raman measurements show significant strain relaxation and improvement in the crystal quality of the overgrown GaN layer on nanoporous GaN template as compared to overgrown on conventional GaN template.

  19. Formation of I2-type basal-plane stacking faults in In0.25Ga0.75N multiple quantum wells grown on a ( 10 1 ¯ ) semipolar GaN template

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    Li, Yueliang; Qi, Haoyuan; Meisch, Tobias; Hocker, Matthias; Thonke, Klaus; Scholz, Ferdinand; Kaiser, Ute

    2017-01-01

    In this work, I2-type basal-plane stacking faults (BSFs) were observed in In0.25Ga0.75N multiple quantum wells (MQWs) grown on a ( 10 1 ¯1 ) semipolar GaN template by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The structure and formation mechanisms of the I2-type BSFs at the GaN-InGaN interface were investigated in detail. The formation of the I2-type BSFs contributes to lattice mismatch accommodation within the InGaN QWs. Their density varies in different regions of the sample due to the inhomogeneous distribution of the In content in the InGaN layer. The relationship between the In content in the InxGa1-xN layer and the I2-type BSFs is discussed.

  20. Self-regulated in-plane polarity of [11¯00]-oriented GaN domains coalesced from twins grown on a SiO2-patterned m-plane sapphire substrate

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    Lee, Hyemi; Jue, Miyeon; Yoon, Hansub; Lee, Sanghwa; Kim, Chinkyo

    2014-05-01

    In-plane polarity of [11¯00]-oriented GaN domains coalesced from twins grown on a SiO2-patterned m-plane sapphire substrate was observed to be self-regulated in such a way that basal faces of coalesced domains were mainly found to have the (0001¯) polarity only. This self-regulation behavior of in-plane polarity was explained by a computational simulation of plan-view surface morphology evolution during coalescence of twins. Based on a computational simulation, asymmetrically suppressed growth rates of twins near a SiO2 pattern were proposed to be responsible for the survival of the slower growing (0001¯) basal faces instead of the faster growing (0001) basal faces during coalescence of twins.

  1. Control of ion content and nitrogen species using a mixed chemistry plasma for GaN grown at extremely high growth rates >9 μm/h by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Gunning, Brendan P.; Clinton, Evan A.; Merola, Joseph J.; Doolittle, W. Alan; Bresnahan, Rich C.

    2015-10-21

    Utilizing a modified nitrogen plasma source, plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE) has been used to achieve higher growth rates in GaN. A higher conductance aperture plate, combined with higher nitrogen flow and added pumping capacity, resulted in dramatically increased growth rates up to 8.4 μm/h using 34 sccm of N{sub 2} while still maintaining acceptably low operating pressure. It was further discovered that argon could be added to the plasma gas to enhance growth rates up to 9.8 μm/h, which was achieved using 20 sccm of N{sub 2} and 7.7 sccm Ar flows at 600 W radio frequency power, for which the standard deviation of thickness was just 2% over a full 2 in. diameter wafer. A remote Langmuir style probe employing the flux gauge was used to indirectly measure the relative ion content in the plasma. The use of argon dilution at low plasma pressures resulted in a dramatic reduction of the plasma ion current by more than half, while high plasma pressures suppressed ion content regardless of plasma gas chemistry. Moreover, different trends are apparent for the molecular and atomic nitrogen species generated by varying pressure and nitrogen composition in the plasma. Argon dilution resulted in nearly an order of magnitude achievable growth rate range from 1 μm/h to nearly 10 μm/h. Even for films grown at more than 6 μm/h, the surface morphology remained smooth showing clear atomic steps with root mean square roughness less than 1 nm. Due to the low vapor pressure of Si, Ge was explored as an alternative n-type dopant for high growth rate applications. Electron concentrations from 2.2 × 10{sup 16} to 3.8 × 10{sup 19} cm{sup −3} were achieved in GaN using Ge doping, and unintentionally doped GaN films exhibited low background electron concentrations of just 1–2 × 10{sup 15} cm{sup −3}. The highest growth rates resulted in macroscopic surface features due to Ga cell spitting, which is an engineering challenge still to be

  2. Green cubic GaInN/GaN light-emitting diode on microstructured silicon (100)

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    Stark, Christoph J. M.; Detchprohm, Theeradetch; Wetzel, Christian; Lee, S. C.; Brueck, S. R. J.; Jiang, Y.-B.

    2013-12-02

    GaInN/GaN light-emitting diodes free of piezoelectric polarization were prepared on standard electronic-grade Si(100) substrates. Micro-stripes of GaN and GaInN/GaN quantum wells in the cubic crystal structure were grown on intersecting (111) planes of microscale V-grooved Si in metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy, covering over 50% of the wafer surface area. Crystal phases were identified in electron back-scattering diffraction. A cross-sectional analysis reveals a cubic structure virtually free of line defects. Electroluminescence over 20 to 100 μA is found fixed at 487 nm (peak), 516 nm (dominant). Such structures therefore should allow higher efficiency, wavelength-stable light emitters throughout the visible spectrum.

  3. Molecular beam epitaxy as a method for the growth of free-standing bulk zinc-blende GaN and AlGaN crystals

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    Novikov, S. V.; Staddon, C. R.; Foxon, C. T.; Luckert, F.; Edwards, P. R.; Martin, R. W.; Kent, A. J.

    2011-05-01

    We have studied the growth of zinc-blende GaN and AlxGa1-xN layers, structures and bulk crystals by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). MBE is normally regarded as an epitaxial technique for growth of very thin layers with monolayer control of their thickness. However, we have used the MBE technique for bulk crystal growth and have produced GaN layers up to 100 μm in thickness. Thick, undoped, cubic GaN films were grown on semi-insulating GaAs (0 0 1) substrates by a modified plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PA-MBE) method and were removed from the GaAs substrate after the growth. The resulting free-standing GaN wafers may be used as substrates for further epitaxy of cubic GaN-based structures and devices. We have demonstrated that the PA-MBE process, we had developed, also allows us to achieve free-standing zinc-blende AlxGa1-xN wafers.

  4. High quality and uniformity GaN grown on 150 mm Si substrate using in-situ NH3 pulse flow cleaning process

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    Ji, Panfeng; Yang, Xuelin; Feng, Yuxia; Cheng, Jianpeng; Zhang, Jie; Hu, Anqi; Song, Chunyan; Wu, Shan; Shen, Jianfei; Tang, Jun; Tao, Chun; Pan, Yaobo; Wang, Xinqiang; Shen, Bo

    2017-04-01

    By using in-situ NH3 pulse flow cleaning method, we have achieved the repeated growth of high quality and uniformity GaN and AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) on 150 mm Si substrate. The two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) mobility is 2200 cm2/Vs with an electron density of 7.3 × 1012 cm-2. The sheet resistance is 305 ± 4 Ω/□ with ±1.3% variation. The achievement is attributed to the fact that this method can significantly remove the Al, Ga, etc. metal droplets coating on the post growth flow flange and reactor wall which are difficult to clean by normal bake process under H2 ambient.

  5. Effect of Nitridation on the Regrowth Interface of AlGaN/GaN Structures Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy on GaN Templates

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    Wong, Yuen-Yee; Huang, Wei-Ching; Trinh, Hai-Dang; Yang, Tsung-Hsi; Chang, Jet-Rung; Chen, Micheal; Chang, Edward Yi

    2012-08-01

    AlGaN/GaN structures were regrown on GaN templates using plasma- assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PA-MBE). Prior to the regrowth, nitridation was performed using nitrogen plasma in the MBE chamber for different durations (0 min to 30 min). Direct-current measurements on high-electron-mobility transistor devices showed that good pinch-off characteristics and good interdevice isolation were achieved for samples prepared with a 30-min nitridation process. Current-voltage measurements on Schottky barrier diodes also revealed that, for samples prepared without nitridation, the reverse-bias gate leakage current was approximately two orders of magnitudes larger than that of samples prepared with a 30-min nitridation process. The improvement in the electrical properties is a result of contaminant removal at the regrowth interface which may be induced by the etching effect of nitridation.

  6. The Peculiarities of Strain Relaxation in GaN/AlN Superlattices Grown on Vicinal GaN (0001) Substrate: Comparative XRD and AFM Study

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    Kuchuk, Andrian V.; Kryvyi, Serhii; Lytvyn, Petro M.; Li, Shibin; Kladko, Vasyl P.; Ware, Morgan E.; Mazur, Yuriy I.; Safryuk, Nadiia V.; Stanchu, Hryhorii V.; Belyaev, Alexander E.; Salamo, Gregory J.

    2016-05-01

    Superlattices (SLs) consisting of symmetric layers of GaN and AlN have been investigated. Detailed X-ray diffraction and reflectivity measurements demonstrate that the relaxation of built-up strain in the films generally increases with an increasing number of repetitions; however, an apparent relaxation for subcritical thickness SLs is explained through the accumulation of Nagai tilt at each interface of the SL. Additional atomic force microscopy measurements reveal surface pit densities which appear to correlate with the amount of residual strain in the films along with the appearance of cracks for SLs which have exceeded the critical thickness for plastic relaxation. These results indicate a total SL thickness beyond which growth may be limited for the formation of high-quality coherent crystal structures; however, they may indicate a growth window for the reduction of threading dislocations by controlled relaxation of the epilayers.

  7. Nanostructured surface morphology of ZnO grown on p-type GaN and Si by metal organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Hung, S. C.; Huang, P. J.; Chan, C. E.; Uen, W. Y.; Ren, F.; Pearton, S. J.; Yang, T. N.; Chiang, C. C.; Lan, S. M.; Chi, G. C.

    2008-12-01

    The surface morphology of ZnO grown on p-GaN templates and p-Si (1 1 1) substrates at various temperatures by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) in a vertical reactor at atmospheric pressure is reported. A low temperature ZnO buffer was deposited initially at 200 °C for 15 min as a nucleation layer. Epitaxial ZnO was grown at 500 °C, 550 °C, 600 °C for 40 min, respectively. Uniformly distributed and well-aligned ZnO nanorods with diameter in the range 80-120 nm and length ˜0.7 μm were observed for deposition on p-GaN template. By contrast, the morphology of ZnO epilayers grown on p-Si (1 1 1) transitioned from 2D to 3D with increasing growth temperature. X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra showed all the ZnO epilayers had the hexagonal wurtzite structure but different preferred orientation. PL spectra showed only free-exciton emission at 378 nm (˜3.28 eV) with a full width at half maximum of 13 nm without defect-related green emission in the epitaxial ZnO grown at 550 °C and 600 °C. The epitaxial ZnO layers grown on p-GaN and p-Si at the same temperature have similar PL spectra. The PL measurement also exhibits strong exciton-related emission without defect peak, which showed that the ZnO nanostructures grown at 550 °C and 600 °C have good optical properties with excellent crystal quality.

  8. Nanoair-bridged lateral overgrowth of GaN on ordered nanoporous GaN template

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    Wang, Y. D.; Zang, K. Y.; Chua, S. J.; Tripathy, S.; Chen, P.; Fonstad, C. G.

    2005-12-01

    We report the growth of high-quality GaN epilayers on an ordered nanoporous GaN template by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The nanopores in GaN template were created by inductively coupled plasma etching using anodic aluminum oxide film as an etch mask. The average pore diameter and interpore distance is about 65 and 110nm, respectively. Subsequent overgrowth of GaN first begins at the GaN crystallite surface between the pores, and then air-bridge-mediated lateral overgrowth leads to the formation of the continuous layer. Microphotoluminescence and micro-Raman measurements show improved optical properties and significant strain relaxation in the overgrown layer when compared to GaN layer of same thickness simultaneously grown on sapphire without any template. Similar to conventional epitaxial lateral overgrown GaN, such overgrown GaN on a nanopatterned surface would also serve as a template for the growth of ultraviolet-visible light-emitting III-nitride devices.

  9. The effect of oxygen flow rate and radio frequency plasma power on cubic ZnMgO ultraviolet sensors grown by plasma-enhanced molecular beam epitaxy

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    Casey Boutwell, R.; Wei, Ming; Schoenfeld, Winston V.

    2013-07-01

    Cubic Zn1-xMgxO thin films were produced by Plasma-Enhanced Molecular Beam Epitaxy. Oxygen flow rate and applied Radio-Frequency (RF) plasma power were varied to investigate the impact on film growth and optoelectronic device performance. Solar-blind and visible-blind detectors were fabricated with metal-semiconductor-metal interdigitated Ni/Mg/Au contacts and responsivity is compared under different growth conditions. Increasing oxygen flow rate and RF plasma power increased Zn incorporation in the film, which leads to phase segregation at relatively high Zn/Mg ratio. Responsivity as high as 61 A/W was measured in phase-segregated ZnMgO visible-blind detectors.

  10. Behavior of temperature dependent electrical properties of Pd/Au Schottky contact to GaN grown on Si substrate by MBE

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    Singh Nirwal, Varun; Rao Peta, Koteswara

    2016-12-01

    We investigated the effect of temperature on the behavior of electrical properties of Pd/Au Schottky contact to GaN/Si (111) in the temperature range of 125-325 K in steps of 25 K using current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance-voltage (C-V) analysis. The Schottky barrier height (ϕ I-V ) and ideality factor is calculated using standard thermionic emission theory. The value of ϕ I-V was found to increase from 0.41 ± 0.002 eV to 0.79 ± 0.008 eV when temperature varied from 125 to 325 K. The ideality factor of diodes also decreased from 5.91 ± 0.01 to 1.03 ± 0.05 with increase in temperature. The series resistance (R s) is calculated using Cheung’s method and it is observed that the value of R s decreased from 74.40 ± 0.32 Ω to 58.59 ± 0.11 Ω when the temperature increased from 125 to 325 K. Barrier height (ϕ C-V ) and effective carrier concentration (Nd ) is also reported from C-V characteristics as a function of temperature and the value of ϕ C-V was found to decrease with increase in temperature. The behavior of barrier heights obtained from I-V and C-V characteristics is different due to difference in the nature of measurement techniques. The deviation of conventional Richardson’s constant from theoretical value of GaN is due to unusual behavior of temperature dependent electrical properties and barrier inhomogeneity. This is successfully explained by assuming the double Gaussian distribution of inhomogeneous barrier heights of Au/Pd/GaN/Si Schottky diode.

  11. GaN nanorods coated with pure BN

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    Han, Wei-Qiang; Zettl, A.

    2002-12-01

    We report a method to efficiently synthesize gallium nitride (GaN) nanorods coated with insulating boron nitride (BN) layers. The GaN core is crystalline (with either a cubic zincblende or hexagonal wurtzite structure) and has diameters ranging from 10 to 85 nm and lengths up to 60 μm. The outer encapsulating BN shells with typical thicknesses less than 5 nm extend fully over, and adhere well to, the entire nanorod surface.

  12. Structural defects in GaN revealed by Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Liliental-Weber, Zuzanna

    2014-09-08

    This paper reviews the various types of structural defects observed by Transmission Electron Microscopy in GaN heteroepitaxial layers grown on foreign substrates and homoepitaxial layers grown on bulk GaN substrates. The structural perfection of these layers is compared to the platelet self-standing crystals grown by High Nitrogen Pressure Solution. Defects in undoped and Mg doped GaN are discussed. Lastly, some models explaining the formation of inversion domains in heavily Mg doped layers that are possible defects responsible for the difficulties of p-doping in GaN are also reviewed.

  13. Morphological and microstructural stability of N-polar InAlN thin films grown on free-standing GaN substrates by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Hardy, Matthew T. Storm, David F.; Downey, Brian P.; Katzer, D. Scott; Meyer, David J.; McConkie, Thomas O.; Smith, David J.; Nepal, Neeraj

    2016-03-15

    The sensitivity of the surface morphology and microstructure of N-polar-oriented InAlN to variations in composition, temperature, and layer thickness for thin films grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE) has been investigated. Lateral compositional inhomogeneity is present in N-rich InAlN films grown at low temperature, and phase segregation is exacerbated with increasing InN fraction. A smooth, step-flow surface morphology and elimination of compositional inhomogeneity can be achieved at a growth temperature 50 °C above the onset of In evaporation (650 °C). A GaN/AlN/GaN/200-nm InAlN heterostructure had a sheet charge density of 1.7 × 10{sup 13 }cm{sup −2} and no degradation in mobility (1760 cm{sup 2}/V s) relative to 15-nm-thick InAlN layers. Demonstration of thick-barrier high-electron-mobility transistors with good direct-current characteristics shows that device quality, thick InAlN layers can be successfully grown by PAMBE.

  14. Influences of residual oxygen impurities, cubic indium oxide grains and indium oxy-nitride alloy grains in hexagonal InN crystalline films grown on Si(111) substrates by electron cyclotron resonance plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Yodo, T.; Nakamura, T.; Kouyama, T.; Harada, Y.

    2005-05-01

    We investigated the influences of residual oxygen (O) impurities, cubic indium oxide (-In2O3) grains and indium oxy-nitride (InON) alloy grains in 200 nm-thick hexagonal ()-InN crystalline films grown on Si(111) substrates by electron cyclotron resonance plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Although -In2O3 grains with wide band-gap energy were formed in In film by N2 annealing, they were not easily formed in N2-annealed InN films. Even if they were not detected in N2-annealed InN films, the as-grown films still contained residual O impurities with concentrations of less than 0.5% ([O]0.5%). Although [O]1% could be estimated by investigating In2O3 grains formed in N2-annealed InN films, [O]0.5% could not be measured by it. However, we found that they can be qualitatively measured by investigating In2O3 grains formed by H2 annealing with higher reactivity with InN and O2, using X-ray diffraction and PL spectroscopy. In this paper, we discuss the formation mechanism of InON alloy grains in InN films.

  15. Spectroscopic measurements of the surface stoichiometry of chemical vapor deposited GaN

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    Craft, H. S.; Rice, A. L.; Collazo, R.; Sitar, Z.; Maria, J.-P.

    2011-02-01

    We report on the surface stoichiometry of Ga-polar GaN films grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition as studied by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. GaN film surfaces are found to be Ga-rich, with Ga:N ratios ranging from 1.3:1 to 3.2:1. In vacuo ion-beam sputter/annealing studies show that these treatments drive the apparent Ga:N surface composition farther from unity, either through a decrease in surface contamination, oxidation of the surface, or both. Simple annealing experiments decrease the Ga:N ratio. The measured GaN ratio is correlated with the GaN growth time, suggesting that residual Ga precursor after growth interacts with the GaN surface as it cools.

  16. Optical properties of GaN pyramids

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    Zeng, K.C.; Lin, J.Y.; Jiang, H.X.; Yang, W.

    1999-03-01

    Picosecond time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy has been used to investigate the optical properties of GaN pyramids overgrown on hexagonal-patterned GaN(0001) epilayers on sapphire and silicon substrates with AlN buffer layers. We found that: (i) the release of the biaxial compressive strain in GaN pyramids on GaN/AlN/sapphire substrate led to a 7 meV redshift of the spectral peak position with respect to the strained GaN epilayer grown under identical conditions; (ii) in the GaN pyramids on GaN/AlN/sapphire substrate, strong band edge transitions with much narrower linewidths than those in the GaN epilayer have been observed, indicating the improved crystalline quality of the overgrown pyramids; (iii) PL spectra taken from different parts of the pyramids revealed that the top of the pyramid had the highest crystalline quality; and (iv) the presence of strong band-to-impurity transitions in the pyramids were primarily due to the incorporation of the oxygen and silicon impurities from the SiO{sub 2} mask. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  17. Growth of ZnO(0001) on GaN(0001)/4H-SiC buffer layers by plasma-assisted hybrid molecular beam epitaxy

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    Adolph, David; Tingberg, Tobias; Ive, Tommy

    2015-09-01

    Plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy was used to grow ZnO(0001) layers on GaN(0001)/4H-SiC buffer layers deposited in the same growth chamber equipped with both N- and O-plasma sources. The GaN buffer layers were grown immediately before initiating the growth of ZnO. Using a substrate temperature of 445 °C and an O2 flow rate of 2.5 standard cubic centimeters per minute, we obtained ZnO layers with statistically smooth surfaces having a root-mean-square roughness of 0.3 nm and a peak-to-valley distance of 3 nm as revealed by atomic force microscopy. The full-width-at-half-maximum for x-ray rocking curves obtained across the ZnO(0002) and ZnO(10 1 bar 5) reflections was 198 and 948 arcsec, respectively. These values indicated that the mosaicity of the ZnO layer was comparable to the corresponding values of the underlying GaN buffer layer. Reciprocal space maps showed that the in-plane relaxation of the GaN and ZnO layers was 82% and 73%, respectively, and that the relaxation occurred abruptly during the growth. Room-temperature Hall-effect measurements revealed that the layers were inherently n-type and had an electron concentration of 1×1019 cm-3 and a Hall mobility of 51 cm2/V s.

  18. Thickness measurement of semiconductor thin films by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence benchtop instrumentation: Application to GaN epilayers grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Queralt, I.; Ibañez, J.; Marguí, E.; Pujol, J.

    2010-07-01

    The importance of thin films in modern high technology products, such as semiconductors, requires fast and non-destructive analysis. A methodology to determine the thickness of single layers with benchtop energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) instrumentation is described and tested following analytical validation criteria. The experimental work was carried out on gallium nitride thin films epitaxially grown on sapphire substrate. The results of samples with layers in the range from 400 to 1000 nm exhibit a good correlation with the layer thickness determined by optical reflectance. Spectral data obtained using thin layered samples indicate the possibility to precisely evaluate layer thickness from 5 nm, with a low relative standard deviation (RSD < 2%) of the results. In view of the limits of optical reflectance for very thin layer determination, EDXRF analysis offers the potential for the thickness determination of such kind of samples.

  19. A study of the optical and polarisation properties of InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells grown on a-plane and m-plane GaN substrates

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    Kundys, Dmytro; Sutherland, Danny; Davies, Matthew J.; Oehler, Fabrice; Griffiths, James; Dawson, Philip; Kappers, Menno J.; Humphreys, Colin J.; Schulz, Stefan; Tang, Fengzai; Oliver, Rachel A.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract We report on a comparative study of the low temperature emission and polarisation properties of InGaN/GaN quantum wells grown on nonpolar (112¯0) a-plane and (101¯0) m-plane free-standing bulk GaN substrates where the In content varied from 0.14 to 0.28 in the m-plane series and 0.08 to 0.21 for the a-plane series. The low temperature photoluminescence spectra from both sets of samples are broad with full width at half maximum height increasing from 81 to 330 meV as the In fraction increases. Photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy indicates that the recombination mainly involves strongly localised carriers. At 10 K the degree of linear polarisation of the a-plane samples is much smaller than of the m-plane counterparts and also varies across the spectrum. From polarisation-resolved photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy we measured the energy splitting between the lowest valence sub-bands to lie in the range of 23–54 meV for the a- and m-plane samples in which we could observe distinct exciton features. Thus the thermal occupation of a higher valence sub-band cannot be responsible for the reduction of the degree of linear polarisation at 10 K. Time-resolved spectroscopy indicates that in a-plane samples there is an extra emission component which is at least partly responsible for the reduction in the degree of linear polarisation. PMID:27933113

  20. Vacancy-type defects in In{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N grown on GaN templates probed using monoenergetic positron beams

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    Uedono, Akira; Watanabe, Tomohito; Kimura, Shogo; Zhang, Yang; Lozac'h, Mickael; Sang, Liwen; Sumiya, Masatomo; Ishibashi, Shoji; Oshima, Nagayasu; Suzuki, Ryoichi

    2013-11-14

    Native defects in In{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N layers grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition were studied using monoenergetic positron beams. Measurements of Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation and lifetime spectra of positrons for a 200-nm-thick In{sub 0.13}Ga{sub 0.87}N layer showed that vacancy-type defects were introduced by InN alloying, and the major species of such defects was identified as complexes between a cation vacancy and nitrogen vacancies. The presence of the defects correlated with lattice relaxation of the In{sub 0.13}Ga{sub 0.87}N layer and the increase in photon emissions from donor-acceptor-pair recombination. The species of native defects in In{sub 0.06}Ga{sub 0.94}N layers was the same but its concentration was decreased by decreasing the InN composition. With the layer thickness increased from 120 nm to 360 nm, a defect-rich region was introduced in the subsurface region (<160 nm), which can be associated with layer growth with the relaxation of compressive stress.

  1. Fabrication of a Lateral Polarity GaN MESFET: An Exploratory Study

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-06-27

    the sheet resistance between Ga- polar and mixed-polar GaN films. Highly resistive Ga-polar GaN is advantageous in optoelectronic and electronic device...re si st an ce [ M Ω /s q. ] 108642 2nd nitridation time [min] (b) Figure 5. Sheet resistance of GaN grown on AlN region for the first set of LT...AlN layers deposited for 4, 6, and 8 min. 2nd nitridation time after ex-situ process was kept at 950°C for 1 min. (b) Sheet resistance of GaN grown on

  2. Homoepitaxial growth of catalyst-free GaN wires on N-polar substrates

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    Chen, X. J.; Perillat-Merceroz, G.; Sam-Giao, D.; Durand, C.; Eymery, J.

    2010-10-01

    The shape of c-oriented GaN nanostructures is found to be directly related to the crystal polarity. As evidenced by convergent beam electron diffraction applied to GaN nanostructures grown by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy on c-sapphire substrates: wires grown on nitridated sapphire have the N-polarity ([0001¯]) whereas pyramidal crystals have Ga-polarity ([0001]). In the case of homoepitaxy, the GaN wires can be directly selected using N-polar GaN freestanding substrates and exhibit good optical properties. A schematic representation of the kinetic Wulff's plot points out the effect of surface polarity.

  3. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, THERMAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES: The effect of single AlGaN interlayer on the structural properties of GaN epilayers grown on Si (111) substrates

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    Wu, Yu-Xin; Zhu, Jian-Jun; Zhao, De-Gang; Liu, Zong-Shun; Jiang, De-Sheng; Zhang, Shu-Ming; Wang, Yu-Tian; Wang, Hui; Chen, Gui-Feng; Yang, Hui

    2009-10-01

    High-quality and nearly crack-free GaN epitaxial layer was obtained by inserting a single AlGaN interlayer between GaN epilayer and high-temperature AlN buffer layer on Si (111) substrate by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. This paper investigates the effect of AlGaN interlayer on the structural properties of the resulting GaN epilayer. It confirms from the optical microscopy and Raman scattering spectroscopy that the AlGaN interlayer has a remarkable effect on introducing relative compressive strain to the top GaN layer and preventing the formation of cracks. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analysis reveal that a significant reduction in both screw and edge threading dislocations is achieved in GaN epilayer by the insertion of AlGaN interlayer. The process of threading dislocation reduction in both AlGaN interlayer and GaN epilayer is demonstrated.

  4. Study on GaN buffer leakage current in AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor structures grown by ammonia-molecular beam epitaxy on 100-mm Si(111)

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    Ravikiran, L.; Radhakrishnan, K. Ng, G. I.; Munawar Basha, S.; Dharmarasu, N.; Agrawal, M.; Manoj kumar, C. M.; Arulkumaran, S.

    2015-06-28

    The effect of carbon doping on the structural and electrical properties of GaN buffer layer of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) structures has been studied. In the undoped HEMT structures, oxygen was identified as the dominant impurity using secondary ion mass spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. In addition, a notable parallel conduction channel was identified in the GaN buffer at the interface. The AlGaN/GaN HEMT structures with carbon doped GaN buffer using a CBr{sub 4} beam equivalent pressure of 1.86 × 10{sup −7} mTorr showed a reduction in the buffer leakage current by two orders of magnitude. Carbon doped GaN buffers also exhibited a slight increase in the crystalline tilt with some pits on the growth surface. PL and Raman measurements indicated only a partial compensation of donor states with carbon acceptors. However, AlGaN/GaN HEMT structures with carbon doped GaN buffer with 200 nm thick undoped GaN near the channel exhibited good 2DEG characteristics.

  5. High nitrogen pressure solution growth of GaN

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    Bockowski, Michal

    2014-10-01

    Results of GaN growth from gallium solution under high nitrogen pressure are presented. Basic of the high nitrogen pressure solution (HNPS) growth method is described. A new approach of seeded growth, multi-feed seed (MFS) configuration, is demonstrated. The use of two kinds of seeds: free-standing hydride vapor phase epitaxy GaN (HVPE-GaN) obtained from metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD)-GaN/sapphire templates and free-standing HVPE-GaN obtained from the ammonothermally grown GaN crystals, is shown. Depending on the seeds’ structural quality, the differences in the structural properties of pressure grown material are demonstrated and analyzed. The role and influence of impurities, like oxygen and magnesium, on GaN crystals grown from gallium solution in the MFS configuration is presented. The properties of differently doped GaN crystals are discussed. An application of the pressure grown GaN crystals as substrates for electronic and optoelectronic devices is reported.

  6. Development of GaN photocathodes for UV detectors

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    Siegmund, O.; Vallerga, J.; McPhate, J.; Malloy, J.; Tremsin, A.; Martin, A.; Ulmer, M.; Wessels, B.

    2006-11-01

    We have made substantial progress in the development of GaN photocathodes, including crystalline and polycrystalline GaN and InGaN coatings grown by chemical vapor deposition or molecular beam epitaxy on sapphire substrates. GaN and InGaN photocathodes have been developed with efficiencies up to 70% and cutoffs at ˜380 nm with low out of band response, and high stability and longevity. Samples have been processed and tested at ultra high vacuum to establish cathode process parameters, and some have been integrated into sealed tubes for long-term evaluation.

  7. Nearly 4-Inch-Diameter Free-Standing GaN Wafer Fabricated by Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy with Pit-Inducing Buffer Layer

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    Sato, Tadashige; Okano, Shinya; Goto, Takenari; Yao, Takafumi; Seto, Ritsu; Sato, Akira; Goto, Hideki

    2013-08-01

    A free-standing GaN wafer was fabricated by depositing a GaN buffer that induced the formation of pits (hereafter, pit-inducing GaN buffer) on a low-temperature-grown GaN buffer on the sapphire substrate. A high-temperature-grown GaN layer was grown on the pit-inducing GaN buffer that induced the formation of pits on the high-temperature-grown GaN layer. The pit-inducing buffer suppresses crack formation in the thick GaN film thereby releasing growth stress. Thermal stress in GaN on a sapphire system is also discussed on the basis of calculations utilizing a bilayer model. We have succeeded in the fabrication of a nearly 4-in.-diameter free-standing GaN thick wafer with a pit-inducing GaN buffer by one-stop hydride vapor phase epitaxy, which will lead to a low-cost fabrication of free-standing GaN wafers.

  8. Abnormal selective area growth of irregularly-shaped GaN structures on the apex of GaN pyramids and its application for wide spectral emission

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    Yu, Yeon Su; Lee, Jun Hyeong; Ahn, Hyung Soo; Yang, Min

    2014-12-01

    We report on the growth and the characterization of three-dimensional randomly-shaped InGaN/GaN structures selectively grown on the apex of GaN pyramids for the purpose of enlarging the emission spectral range. We found that the variations in the shape and the size of the three-dimensional GaN structures depend on the growth temperature and the surface area for selective growth under intentional turbulence in the gas stream. The selectively grown GaN structures grown at 1020 °C have irregular shape, while the samples grown at 1100 °C have rather uniform hexagonal pyramidal shapes. Irregularly shaped GaN structures were also obtained on the apex of GaN pyramids when the SiO2 mask was removed to 1/10 of the total height of the underlying GaN pyramid. When only 1/5 of the SiO2 mask was removed, however, the selectively grown GaN structures had similar hexagonal pyramidal shapes resembling those of the underlying GaN pyramids. The CL (Cathodoluminescence) spectra of the InGaN layers grown on the randomly shaped GaN structures showed a wide emission spectral range from 388 to 433 nm due to the non-uniform thickness and spatially inhomogeneous indium composition of the InGaN layers. This new selective growth method might have great potential for applications of non-phosphor white light emitting diodes (LEDs) with optimized growth conditions for InGaN active layers of high indium composition and with optimum process for fabrication of electrodes for electrical injection.

  9. GaN membrane MSM ultraviolet photodetectors

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    Muller, A.; Konstantinidis, G.; Kostopoulos, A.; Dragoman, M.; Neculoiu, D.; Androulidaki, M.; Kayambaki, M.; Vasilache, D.; Buiculescu, C.; Petrini, I.

    2006-12-01

    GaN exhibits unique physical properties, which make this material very attractive for wide range of applications and among them ultraviolet detection. For the first time a MSM type UV photodetector structure was manufactured on a 2.2 μm. thick GaN membrane obtained using micromachining techniques. The low unintentionally doped GaN layer structure was grown by MOCVD on high resistivity (ρ>10kΩcm) <111> oriented silicon wafers, 500μm thick. The epitaxially grown layers include a thin AlN layer in order to reduce the stress in the GaN layer and avoid cracking. Conventional contact lithography, e-gun Ni/Au (10nm /200nm) evaporation and lift-off techniques were used to define the interdigitated Schottky metalization on the top of the wafer. Ten digits with a width of 1μm and a length of 100μm were defined for each electrode. The distance between the digits was also 1μm. After the backside lapping of the wafer to a thickness of approximately 150μm, a 400nm thick Al layer was patterned and deposited on the backside, to be used as mask for the selective reactive ion etching of silicon. The backside mask, for the membrane formation, was patterned using double side alignment techniques and silicon was etched down to the 2.2μm thin GaN layer using SF 6 plasma. A very low dark current (30ρA at 3V) was obtained. Optical responsivity measurements were performed at 1.5V. A maximum responsivity of 18mA/W was obtained at a wavelength of 370nm. This value is very good and can be further improved using transparent contacts for the interdigitated structure.

  10. Demonstration of flexible thin film transistors with GaN channels

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    Bolat, S.; Sisman, Z.; Okyay, A. K.

    2016-12-01

    We report on the thin film transistors (TFTs) with Gallium Nitride (GaN) channels directly fabricated on flexible substrates. GaN thin films are grown by hollow cathode plasma assisted atomic layer deposition (HCPA-ALD) at 200 °C. TFTs exhibit 103 on-to-off current ratios and are shown to exhibit proper transistor saturation behavior in their output characteristics. Gate bias stress tests reveal that flexible GaN TFTs have extremely stable electrical characteristics. Overall fabrication thermal budget is below 200 °C, the lowest reported for the GaN based transistors so far.

  11. A growth diagram for plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy of GaN nanocolumns on Si(111)

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    Fernandez-Garrido, S.; Grandal, J.; Calleja, E.; Sanchez-Garcia, M. A.; Lopez-Romero, D.

    2009-12-15

    The morphology of GaN samples grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on Si(111) was systematically studied as a function of impinging Ga/N flux ratio and growth temperature (730-850 deg. C). Two different growth regimes were identified: compact and nanocolumnar. A growth diagram was established as a function of growth parameters, exhibiting the transition between growth regimes, and showing under which growth conditions GaN cannot be grown due to thermal decomposition and Ga desorption. Present results indicate that adatoms diffusion length and the actual Ga/N ratio on the growing surface are key factors to achieve nanocolumnar growth.

  12. High-resistivity GaN buffer templates and their optimization for GaN-based HFETs

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    Hubbard, S. M.; Zhao, G.; Pavlidis, D.; Sutton, W.; Cho, E.

    2005-11-01

    High-resistance (HR) GaN templates for AlGaN/GaN heterojunction field effect transistor (HFET) applications were grown using organometallic vapor phase epitaxy. The GaN sheet resistance was tuned using final nucleation layer (NL) annealing temperature and NL thickness. Using an annealing temperature of 1033 °C and NL thickness of 26 nm, GaN with sheet resistance of 10 10 Ω/sq was achieved, comparable to that of Fe-doped GaN. Material characterization results show that the high-resistance GaN is achieved due to compensating acceptor levels that may be introduced through edge-type threading dislocations. Optimization of annealing temperature and NL thickness provided a means to maximize GaN sheet resistance without significantly degrading material quality. In situ laser reflectance was used to correlate the NL properties to sheet resistance and material quality, providing a figure of merit for expected sheet resistance. AlGaN/GaN HFET layers grown using HR GaN templates with R of 10 10 Ω/sq gave surface and interface roughness of 14 and 7 Å, respectively. The 2DEG Hall mobility and sheet charge of HFETs grown using HR GaN templates was comparable to similar layers grown using unintentionally doped (UID) GaN templates.

  13. Growth and characterization of GaN thin films on Si(111) substrates using SiC intermediate layer

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    Lim, K.Y.; Lee, K.J.; Park, C.I.; Kim, K.C.; Choi, S.C.; Lee, W.H.; Suh, E.K.; Yang, G.M.; Nahm, K.S.

    2000-07-01

    GaN films have been grown atop Si-terminated 3C-SiC intermediate layer on Si(111) substrates using low pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (LP-MOCVD). The SiC intermediate layer was grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using tetramethylsilane (TMS) as the single source precursor. The Si terminated SiC surface was obtained by immediately flow of SiH{sub 4} gas after growth of SiC film. LP-MOCVD growth of GaN on 3C-SiC/Si(111) was carried out with trimethylgallium (TMG) and NH{sub 3}. Single crystalline hexagonal GaN layers can be grown on Si terminated SiC intermediate layer using an AlN or GaN buffer layer. Compared with GaN layers grown using a GaN buffer layer, the crystal qualities of GaN films with AlN buffer layers are extremely improved. The GaN films were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Full width at half maximum (FWHM) of double crystal x-ray diffraction (DCXD) rocking curve for GaN (0002) on 3C-SiC/Si(111) was 890 arcsec. PL near band edge emission peak position and FWHM at room temperature are 3.38 eV and 79.35 meV, respectively.

  14. GaN HEMTs

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    Anderson, Jonathan W.; Lee, Kyoung-Keun; Piner, Edwin L.

    2012-03-01

    Gallium nitride (GaN) has enormous potential for applications in high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) used in RF and power devices. Intrinsic device properties such as high electron mobility, high breakdown voltage, very high current density, electron confinement in a narrow channel, and high electron velocity in the 2-dimensional electron gas of the HEMT structure are due in large part to the wide band gap of this novel semiconductor material system. This presentation discusses the properties of GaN that make it superior to other semiconductor materials, and outlines the research that will be undertaken in a new program at Texas State University to advance GaN HEMT technology. This program's aim is to further innovate the exceptional performance of GaN through improved material growth processes and epitaxial structure design.

  15. Vertical nonpolar growth templates for light emitting diodes formed with GaN nanosheets

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    Yeh, Ting-Wei; Lin, Yen-Ting; Ahn, Byungmin; Stewart, Lawrence S.; Daniel Dapkus, P.; Nutt, Steven R.

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate that nonpolar m-plane surfaces can be generated on uniform GaN nanosheet arrays grown vertically from the (0001)-GaN bulk material. InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells (MQWs) grown on the facets of these nanosheets are demonstrated by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. Owing to the high aspect ratio of the GaN nanosheet structure, the MQWs predominantly grow on nonpolar GaN planes. The results suggest that GaN nanosheets provide a conduction path for device fabrication and also a growth template to reduce the piezoelectric field inside the active region of InGaN-based light emitting diodes.

  16. Smooth cubic commensurate oxides on gallium nitride

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    Paisley, Elizabeth A.; Gaddy, Benjamin E.; LeBeau, James M.; Shelton, Christopher T.; Losego, Mark D.; Mita, Seiji; Collazo, Ramón; Sitar, Zlatko; Irving, Douglas L.; Maria, Jon-Paul; Biegalski, Michael D.; Christen, Hans M.

    2014-02-14

    Smooth, commensurate alloys of 〈111〉-oriented Mg{sub 0.52}Ca{sub 0.48}O (MCO) thin films are demonstrated on Ga-polar, c+ [0001]-oriented GaN by surfactant-assisted molecular beam epitaxy and pulsed laser deposition. These are unique examples of coherent cubic oxide|nitride interfaces with structural and morphological perfection. Metal-insulator-semiconductor capacitor structures were fabricated on n-type GaN. A comparison of leakage current density for conventional and surfactant-assisted growth reveals a nearly 100× reduction in leakage current density for the surfactant-assisted samples. HAADF-STEM images of the MCO|GaN interface show commensurate alignment of atomic planes with minimal defects due to lattice mismatch. STEM and DFT calculations show that GaN c/2 steps create incoherent boundaries in MCO over layers which manifest as two in-plane rotations and determine consequently the density of structural defects in otherwise coherent MCO. This new understanding of interfacial steps between HCP and FCC crystals identifies the steps needed to create globally defect-free heterostructures.

  17. Growth of thick GaN layers on laser-processed sapphire substrate by hydride vapor phase epitaxy

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    Koyama, Koji; Aida, Hideo; Kim, Seong-Woo; Ikejiri, Kenjiro; Doi, Toshiro; Yamazaki, Tsutomu

    2014-10-01

    A 600 μm thick GaN layer was successfully grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy by replacing the standard sapphire substrate with that processed by a focused laser beam within the substrate. The effects of the laser processing on the curvature and cracking of the GaN layer were investigated. Microscopic observations of the interior of the thick GaN layer revealed that the laser-processed substrate suppressed the generation of microcracks in the GaN layer. In addition, the laser processing was also found to reduce the change in the curvature during the GaN layer growth in comparison to that on the standard substrate. It is shown that the overlapping microcracks observed in the GaN layer on the standard sapphire substrate lead to serious cracking after thick GaN layer growth.

  18. Mechanism of stress control for GaN growth on Si using AlN interlayers

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    Suzuki, Michihiro; Nakamura, Akihiro; Nakano, Yoshiaki; Sugiyama, Masakazu

    2017-04-01

    For the purpose of controlling the wafer bow of GaN-on-Si structure, in situ curvature transient during the growth of a GaN layer on an AlN interlayer was investigated systematically by estimating the compressive strain applied to the GaN layer with the progress of the layer growth. The compressive strain was dependent on the morphology of the GaN surface prior to the growth of the AlN interlayer. It was found that the transition sequence from GaN growth to AlN growth induces roughening of the GaN surface and both high NH3 partial pressure and the short transition time were effective for reducing the roughness of the GaN surface beneath the AlN interlayer. The improved transition sequence increased the compressive strain in GaN by a factor of 2.5. The AlN grown at the same temperature as that of GaN was beneficial in both better surface morphology and the reduction of the transition time between GaN growth and AlN growth. With this high-temperature AlN interlayer, its thickness is another important factor governing the compressive strain in GaN. To get AlN relaxed for applying the compressive strain to GaN, the AlN layer should be thicker but too thick layer after relaxation results in surface roughening, which in turn introduces defects to the overlying GaN layer and reduces the compressive strain by partial lattice relaxation of GaN.

  19. Amphoteric arsenic in GaN

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    Wahl, U.; Correia, J. G.; Araujo, J. P.; Rita, E.; Soares, J. C.

    2007-04-30

    The authors have determined the lattice location of implanted arsenic in GaN by means of conversion electron emission channeling from radioactive {sup 73}As. They give direct evidence that As is an amphoteric impurity, thus settling the long-standing question as to whether it prefers cation or anion sites in GaN. The amphoteric character of As and the fact that As{sub Ga} 'antisites' are not minority defects provide additional aspects to be taken into account for an explanantion of the so-called miscibility gap in ternary GaAs{sub 1-x}N{sub x} compounds, which cannot be grown with a single phase for values of x in the range of 0.1

  20. Investigation of structural and optical properties of GaN on flat and porous silicon

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    Abud, Saleh H.; Selman, Abbas M.; Hassan, Z.

    2016-09-01

    In this work, gallium nitride (GaN) layers were successfully grown on Flat-Si and porous silicon (PSi) using a radio frequency-magnetron sputtering system. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy images showed that the grown film on Flat-Si had smoother surface, even though there were some cracks on it. Furthermore, the X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the peak intensity of all the grown layers on PSi was higher than that of the grown layer on Flat-Si. Our detailed observation showed that PSi is a promising substrate to obtain GaN films.

  1. Nucleation and Growth of GaN on GaAs (001) Substrates

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    Drummond, Timothy J.; Hafich, Michael J.; Heller, Edwin J.; Lee, Stephen R.; Liliental-Weber, Zuzanna; Ruvimov, Sergei; Sullivan, John P.

    1999-05-03

    The nucleation of GaN thin films on GaAs is investigated for growth at 620 "C. An rf plasma cell is used to generate chemically active nitrogen from N2. An arsenic flux is used in the first eight monolayer of nitride growth to enhance nucleation of the cubic phase. Subsequent growth does not require an As flux to preserve the cubic phase. The nucleation of smooth interfaces and GaN films with low stacking fault densities is dependent upon relative concentrations of active nitrogen species in the plasma and on the nitrogen to gallium flux ratio.

  2. Biosensing operations based on whispering-gallery-mode optical cavities in single 1.0-µm diameter hexagonal GaN microdisks grown by radio-frequency plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kouno, Tetsuya; Sakai, Masaru; Kishino, Katsumi; Hara, Kazuhiko

    2016-05-01

    Biosensing operations based on a whispering-gallery-mode optical cavity in a single hexagonal GaN microdisk of approximately 1.0 µm diameter were demonstrated here. The sharp resonant peak in the photoluminescence spectrum obtained from the microdisk in aqueous sucrose solution redshifts with a change in sucrose concentration. The results indicate that an extremely small microdisk could be used as an optical transducer for sensing sugar, namely, as a biosensor. Furthermore, we investigate the relationship between the diameter of the microdisk and the sensitivity of the biosensor.

  3. Terahertz study of m-plane GaN thin fims

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    Quadir, Shaham; Jang, Der-Jun; Lin, Ching-Liang; Lo, Ikai

    2014-03-01

    We investigate the optical properties of m-plane GaN thin films using the terahertz time domain spectroscopy. The m-plane GaN thin films were grown on γ-LiAlO2 substrates with buffer layers of low temperature grown GaN. The thin films were illuminated with terahertz radiation generated by a LT-GaAs antenna and the transmitted signal was detected by a ZnTe crystal. The polarization of the terahertz wave was chosen to be either parallel or perpendicular to the GaN [0001] direction. We compared the transmitted signals of the m-plane GaN thin films to that of the LAO substrate. The samples as well as the LAO substrate exhibited polarization dependence of absorption in terahertz spectrum. The carrier densities and the mobilities were derived from the transmittance of the THz wave using extended Drude model. We found, in all samples, both the carrier densities and mobilities along the GaN [0001] direction were smaller than those along the GaN [1120] direction due to the stripe formation along the GaN [1120].

  4. Growth of freestanding GaN using pillar-epitaxial lateral overgrowth from GaN nanocolumns

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    Bougrioua, Z.; Gibart, P.; Calleja, E.; Jahn, U.; Trampert, A.; Ristic, J.; Utrera, M.; Nataf, G.

    2007-12-01

    Dislocation-free and strain-free GaN nanopillars, grown on Si by molecular beam epitaxy, were used as nanoseeds for a new form of epitaxial lateral overgrowth (ELO) by metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE) until full coalescence. Such overgrown GaN films are almost relaxed and were used as templates for producing thick GaN layers by halide vapour phase epitaxy (HVPE). The final GaN film is easily separated from the starting Si substrate. This is henceforth a new technology to produce freestanding GaN. The GaN crystal quality was assessed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photo- and cathodoluminescence (PL, CL). It was seen that the pillar-ELO is produced from a limited number of nanopillars. Some dislocations and basal stacking faults are formed during the coalescence. However, those that propagate parallel to the substrate do not replicate in the top layer and it is expected that the thickened material present a reduced defect density.

  5. Anisotropic strain relaxation and the resulting degree of polarization by one- and two-step growth in nonpolar a-plane GaN grown on r-sapphire substrate

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    Feng, Shih-Wei Chen, Yu-Yu; Lai, Chih-Ming; Tu, Li-Wei; Han, Jung

    2013-12-21

    Anisotropic strain relaxation and the resulting degree of polarization of the electronic transition in nonpolar a-plane GaN using one- and two-step growth are studied. By using two-step growth, a slower coalescence and a longer roughening-recovery process lead to larger anisotropic strain relaxation, a less striated surface, and lower densities of basal stacking fault (BSF) and prismatic stacking fault (PSF). It is suggested that anisotropic in-plane strains, surface striation, and BSF and PSF densities in nonpolar a-GaN are consequences of the rate of coalescence, the period of roughening-recovery process, and the degree of anisotropic strain relaxation. In addition, the two-step growth mode can enhance the degree of polarization of the electronic transition. The simulation results of the k⋅p perturbation approach show that the oscillator strength and degree of polarization of the electronic transition strongly depend on the in-plane strains upon anisotropic in-plane strain relaxation. The research results provide important information for optimized growth of nonpolar III-nitrides. By using two-step growth and by fabricating the devices on the high-quality nonpolar free-standing GaN substrates, high-efficiency nonpolar a-plane InGaN LEDs can be realized. Nonpolar a-plane InGaN/GaN LEDs can exhibit a strongly polarized light to improve the contrast, glare, eye discomfort and eye strain, and efficiency in display application.

  6. Optical and field emission properties of layer-structure GaN nanowires

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    Cui, Zhen; Li, Enling; Shi, Wei; Ma, Deming

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • The layer-structure GaN nanowires with hexagonal-shaped cross-sections are produced via a process based on the CVD method. • The diameter of the layer-structure GaN nanowire gradually decreases from ∼500 nm to ∼200 nm along the wire axis. • The layer-structure GaN nanowire film possesses good field emission property. - Abstract: A layer-structure gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires, grown on Pt-coated n-type Si (1 1 1) substrate, have been synthesized using chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The results show: (1) SEM indicates that the geometry structure is layer-structure. HRTEM indicates that GaN nanowire’s preferential growth direction is along [0 0 1] direction. (2) The room temperature PL emission spectrum of the layer-structure GaN nanowires has a peak at 375 nm, which proves that GaN nanowires have potential application in light-emitting nano-devices. (3) Field-emission measurements show that the layer-structure GaN nanowires film has a low turn-on field of 4.39 V/μm (at room temperature), which is sufficient for electron emission devices, field emission displays and vacuum nano-electronic devices. The growth mechanism for GaN nanowires has also been discussed briefly.

  7. A new approach to epitaxially grow high-quality GaN films on Si substrates: the combination of MBE and PLD

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    Wang, Wenliang; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Weijia; Zhu, Yunnong; Li, Guoqiang

    2016-01-01

    High-quality GaN epitaxial films have been grown on Si substrates with Al buffer layer by the combination of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technologies. MBE is used to grow Al buffer layer at first, and then PLD is deployed to grow GaN epitaxial films on the Al buffer layer. The surface morphology, crystalline quality, and interfacial property of as-grown GaN epitaxial films on Si substrates are studied systematically. The as-grown ~300 nm-thick GaN epitaxial films grown at 850 °C with ~30 nm-thick Al buffer layer on Si substrates show high crystalline quality with the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) for GaN(0002) and GaN(102) X-ray rocking curves of 0.45° and 0.61°, respectively; very flat GaN surface with the root-mean-square surface roughness of 2.5 nm; as well as the sharp and abrupt GaN/AlGaN/Al/Si hetero-interfaces. Furthermore, the corresponding growth mechanism of GaN epitaxial films grown on Si substrates with Al buffer layer by the combination of MBE and PLD is hence studied in depth. This work provides a novel and simple approach for the epitaxial growth of high-quality GaN epitaxial films on Si substrates. PMID:27101930

  8. Novel high frequency devices with graphene and GaN

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    Zhao, Pei

    effective mass (NEM) region. The designed NEMO structures are grown by MBE on bulk GaN substrates. NDRs are observed in four NEMO samples under DC and pulsed measurements. The influence of traps and defects on NDRs is also discussed.

  9. Ferromagnetism in undoped One-dimensional GaN Nanowires

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    Jeganathan, K. E-mail: jagan@physics.bdu.ac.in; Purushothaman, V.; Debnath, R.; Arumugam, S.

    2014-05-15

    We report an intrinsic ferromagnetism in vertical aligned GaN nanowires (NW) fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy without any external catalyst. The magnetization saturates at ∼0.75 × emu/gm with the applied field of 3000 Oe for the NWs grown under the low-Gallium flux of 2.4 × 10{sup −8} mbar. Despite a drop in saturation magnetization, narrow hysteresis loop remains intact regardless of Gallium flux. Magnetization in vertical standing GaN NWs is consistent with the spectral analysis of low-temperature photoluminescence pertaining to Ga-vacancies associated structural defects at the nanoscale.

  10. GaN surface states investigated by electrochemical studies

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    Winnerl, Andrea; Garrido, Jose A.; Stutzmann, Martin

    2017-03-01

    We present a systematic study of electrochemically active surface states on MOCVD-grown n-type GaN in aqueous electrolytes using cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy over a wide range of potentials and frequencies. In order to alter the surface states, the GaN samples are either etched or oxidized, and the influence of the surface treatment on the defect-mediated charge transfer to the electrolyte is investigated. Etching in HCl removes substoichiometric GaO x , and leads to a pronounced density of electrochemically active surface states. Oxidation effectively removes these surface states.

  11. Self-assembled GaN hexagonal micropyramid and microdisk

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    Lo Ikai; Hsieh, C.-H.; Hsu, Y.-C.; Pang, W.-Y.; Chou, M.-C.

    2009-02-09

    The self-assembled GaN hexagonal micropyramid and microdisk were grown on LiAlO{sub 2} by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy. It was found that the (0001) disk was established with the capture of N atoms by most-outside Ga atoms as the (1x1) surface was constructing, while the pyramid was obtained due to the missing of most-outside N atoms. The intensity of cathode luminescence excited from the microdisk was one order of amplitude greater than that from M-plane GaN.

  12. GaN: Defect and Device Issues

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    Pearton, S.J.; Ren, F.; Shul, R.J.; Zolper, J.C.

    1998-11-09

    The role of extended and point defects, and key impurities such as C, O and H, on the electrical and optical properties of GaN is reviewed. Recent progress in the development of high reliability contacts, thermal processing, dry and wet etching techniques, implantation doping and isolation and gate insulator technology is detailed. Finally, the performance of GaN-based electronic and photonic devices such as field effect transistors, UV detectors, laser diodes and light-emitting diodes is covered, along with the influence of process-induced or grown-in defects and impurities on the device physics.

  13. TEM characterization of GaN nanowires

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    Liliental-Weber, Zuzanna; Gao, Y.H.; Bando, Y.

    2002-02-21

    Transmission electron microscopy was applied to study GaN nanowires grown on carbon nanotube surfaces by chemical reaction between Ga{sub 2}O and NH{sub 3} gas in a conventional furnace. These wires grew in two crystallographic directions, <2{und 11}0> and <01{und 1}0> (fast growth directions of GaN), in the form of whiskers covered by small elongated GaN platelets. The morphology of these platelets is similar to that observed during the growth of single crystals from a Ga melt at high temperatures under high nitrogen pressure. It is thought that growth of nanowires in two different crystallographic directions and the arrangement of the platelets to the central whisker may be influenced by the presence of Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} (based on the observation of the energy dispersive x-ray spectra), the interplanar spacings in the wire, and the presence of defects on the interface between the central part of the nanowire and the platelets surrounding it.

  14. Improvement of Crystalline Quality in GaN Films by Air-Bridged Lateral Epitaxial Growth

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    Kidoguchi, Isao; Ishibashi, Akihiko; Sugahara, Gaku; Tsujimura, Ayumu; Ban, Yuzaburoh

    2000-05-01

    Air-bridged lateral epitaxial growth (ABLEG), a new technique of lateral growth of GaN films, has been developed using low-pressure metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy. A previously grown 1-μm-thick GaN film is grooved along the < 1{\\bar 1}00 >\\textrm{GaN} direction, and the bottoms of the trenches and the sidewalls are covered with a silicon nitride mask. A free-standing GaN material is regrown from the exposed (0001) surface of the ridged GaN seed structure. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy analysis reveals that the dislocations originating from the underlying seed GaN extend straight in the < 0001 > direction and dislocations do not propagate into the wing region. The wing region also exhibits a smooth surface and the root mean square roughness is found to be 0.088 nm by atomic force microscopy measurement of the (0001) face of the wing region.

  15. Desorption Induced Formation of Negative Nanowires in GaN

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    Stach, E.A.; Kim, B.-J.

    2011-06-01

    We report in-situ transmission electron microscopy studies of the formation of negative nanowires created by thermal decomposition of single crystal GaN. During annealing, vertical negative nanowires are formed in [0 0 0 1] by preferential dissociation of GaN along the 1 0 {bar 1} 0 prism planes, while lateral negative nanowires grow in close-packed 1 0 {bar 1} 0 by the self-catalytic solid-liquid-vapor (SLV) mechanism. Our quantitative measurements show that the growth rates of the laterally grown negative nanowires are independent of the wire diameter, indicating that the rate-limiting step is the decomposition of GaN on the surface of the Ga droplets that catalyze their creation. These nanoscale features offer controllable templates for the creation and integration of a broad range of nanoscale materials systems, with potential applications in nanoscale fluidics.

  16. Application of GaN for photoelectrolysis of water

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    Puzyk, M. V.; Usikov, A. S.; Kurin, S. Yu; Puzyk, A. M.; Fomichev, A. D.; Ermakov, I. A.; Kovalev, D. S.; Papchenko, B. P.; Helava, H.; Makarov, Yu N.

    2015-11-01

    GaN layers of n-type and p-type conductivity grown by HVPE on sapphire substrates were used as working electrodes for water electrolysis, photoelectrolysis and hydrogen gas generation. Specifically the water splitting process is discussed. Corrosion of the GaN materials is also considered. The hydrogen production rate under 365-nm UV LED irradiation of the GaN and external bias was 0.3 ml/(cm2*h) for an n-GaN photoanode (n∼8×1016 cm-3) in 1M Na2SO4 electrolyte and 1.2 ml/(cm2*h) for an n-GaN photoanode (n∼1×1017 cm-3) in 1M KOH electrolyte.

  17. Desorption induced formation of negative nanowires in GaN

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    Kim, Bong-Joong; Stach, Eric A.

    2011-06-01

    We report in-situ transmission electron microscopy studies of the formation of negative nanowires created by thermal decomposition of single crystal GaN. During annealing, vertical negative nanowires are formed in [0 0 0 1] by preferential dissociation of GaN along the {1 0 1¯ 0} prism planes, while lateral negative nanowires grow in close-packed <1 0 1¯ 0> by the self-catalytic solid-liquid-vapor (SLV) mechanism. Our quantitative measurements show that the growth rates of the laterally grown negative nanowires are independent of the wire diameter, indicating that the rate-limiting step is the decomposition of GaN on the surface of the Ga droplets that catalyze their creation. These nanoscale features offer controllable templates for the creation and integration of a broad range of nanoscale materials systems, with potential applications in nanoscale fluidics.

  18. Effects of Al additives on growth of GaN polycrystals by the Na flux method

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    Imabayashi, Hiroki; Murakami, Kosuke; Matsuo, Daisuke; Honjo, Masatomo; Imanishi, Masayuki; Maruyama, Mihoko; Imade, Mamoru; Yoshimura, Masashi; Mori, Yusuke

    2017-03-01

    In this study, we investigated the growth of GaN polycrystals using the Al-added Na flux method. We studied the effects of Al on accelerating the nucleation and purity of GaN polycrystals. The yields of GaN crystals grown in Al-added Na flux were dramatically increased from those in Al-free Na flux, and the polycrystals grown by the Al-added Na flux method were highly transparent. As observed in secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements, the Al content of the polycrystals was below the detection limit of 3 × 1016 atoms/cm3. From these results, the Al-added Na flux method is found to be appropriate for fabricating a large amount of GaN polycrystals without deteriorating the crystal quality.

  19. GaN quantum dot polarity determination by X-ray photoelectron diffraction

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    Romanyuk, O.; Bartoš, I.; Brault, J.; Mierry, P. De; Paskova, T.; Jiříček, P.

    2016-12-01

    Growth of GaN quantum dots (QDs) on polar and semipolar GaN substrates is a promising technology for efficient nitride-based light emitting diodes (LED). The QDs crystal orientation typically repeats the polarity of the substrate. In case of non-polar or semipolar substrates, the polarity of QDs is not obvious. In this article, the polarity of GaN QDs and of underlying layers was investigated nondestructively by X-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD). Polar and semipolar GaN/Al0.5Ga0.5N heterostructures were grown on the sapphire substrates with (0001) and (1 1 bar 00) orientations by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Polar angle dependence of N 1s core-level photoelectron intensities were measured from GaN QDs and compared with the corresponding experimental curves from free-standing GaN crystals. It is confirmed experimentally, that the crystalline orientation of polar (0001) GaN QDs follows the orientation of the (0001) sapphire substrate. In case of semipolar GaN QDs grown on (1 1 bar 00) sapphire substrate, the (11 2 bar 2) polarity of QDs was determined.

  20. Interfacial Structure and Chemistry of GaN on Ge(111)

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    Zhang, Siyuan; Zhang, Yucheng; Cui, Ying; Freysoldt, Christoph; Neugebauer, Jörg; Lieten, Ruben R.; Barnard, Jonathan S.; Humphreys, Colin J.

    2013-12-01

    The interface of GaN grown on Ge(111) by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy is resolved by aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. A novel interfacial structure with a 5∶4 closely spaced atomic bilayer is observed that explains why the interface is flat, crystalline, and free of GeNx. Density functional theory based total energy calculations show that the interface bilayer contains Ge and Ga atoms, with no N atoms. The 5∶4 bilayer at the interface has a lower energy than a direct stacking of GaN on Ge(111) and enables the 5∶4 lattice-matching growth of GaN.

  1. Stress and Defect Control in GaN Using Low Temperature Interlayers

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    Akasaki, I.; Amano, H.; Chason, E.; Figiel, J.; Floro, J.A.; Han, J.; Hearne, S.; Iwaya, M.; Kashima, T.; Katsuragcawa, M.

    1998-12-04

    In organometallic vapor phase epitaxial growth of Gail on sapphire, the role of the low- temperature-deposited interlayers inserted between high-temperature-grown GaN layers was investigated by in situ stress measurement, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Insertion of a series of low temperature GaN interlayers reduces the density of threading dislocations while simultaneously increasing the tensile stress during growth, ultimately resulting in cracking of the GaN film. Low temperature AIN interlayers were found to be effective in suppressing cracking by reducing tensile stress. The intedayer approach permits tailoring of the film stress to optimize film structure and properties.

  2. Pulsed laser annealing of Be-implanted GaN

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    Wang, H. T.; Tan, L. S.; Chor, E. F.

    2005-11-01

    Postimplantation thermal processing of Be in molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown GaN by rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and pulsed laser annealing (PLA) was investigated. It has been found that the activation of Be dopants and the repair of implantation-induced defects in GaN films cannot be achieved efficiently by conventional RTA alone. On the other hand, good dopant activation and surface morphology and quality were obtained when the Be-implanted GaN film was annealed by PLA with a 248 nm KrF excimer laser. However, observations of off-resonant micro-Raman and high-resolution x-ray-diffraction spectra indicated that crystal defects and strain resulting from Be implantation were still existent after PLA, which probably degraded the carrier mobility and limited the activation efficiency to some extent. This can be attributed to the shallow penetration depth of the 248 nm laser in GaN, which only repaired the crystal defects in a thin near-surface layer, while the deeper defects were not annealed out well. This situation was significantly improved when the Be-implanted GaN was subjected to a combined process of PLA followed by RTA, which produced good activation of the dopants, good surface morphology, and repaired bulk and surface defects well.

  3. Growth of low-threading-dislocation-density GaN on graphene by hydride vapor phase epitaxy

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    He, Shunyu; Xu, Yu; Qi, Lin; Li, Zongyao; Cao, Bing; Wang, Chinhua; Zhang, Jicai; Wang, Jianfeng; Xu, Ke

    2017-03-01

    Recently, gallium nitride (GaN) films grown on graphene have been widely studied. Here, we have grown low-threading-dislocation-density GaN films on graphene by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE). The full widths at half maximum (FWHMs) of X-ray rocking curves (XRCs) of the GaN films were 276 and 350 arcsec at the 0002 and 10\\bar{1}2 reflections, respectively. This shows that the threading dislocation densities are on the order of magnitude of 108 cm‑2, which is consistent with the results of cathodoluminescence (CL).

  4. Gadolinium-Based GaN for Neutron Detection with Gamma Discrimination

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    2016-06-01

    diodes since the proposed neutron convertor is Gd, which emits fast electrons upon neutron capture. Diode N7 appeared to show a good response to a 14C...research. Workable GaN Schottky diode radiation detectors were successfully fabricated and tested. The first year has, however, seen a significant effort...Epitaxy (HVPE) grown GaN substrate (Kyma technology [3]) was employed and the sandwich structure Schottky diode was fabricated, on which both alpha and

  5. Opportunities and challenges in GaN metal organic chemical vapor deposition for electron devices

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    Matsumoto, Koh; Yamaoka, Yuya; Ubukata, Akinori; Arimura, Tadanobu; Piao, Guanxi; Yano, Yoshiki; Tokunaga, Hiroki; Tabuchi, Toshiya

    2016-05-01

    The current situation and next challenge in GaN metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) for electron devices of both GaN on Si and GaN on GaN are presented. We have examined the possibility of increasing the growth rate of GaN on 200-mm-diameter Si by using a multiwafer production MOCVD machine, in which the vapor phase parasitic reaction is well controlled. The impact of a high-growth-rate strained-layer-superlattice (SLS) buffer layer is presented in terms of material properties. An SLS growth rate of as high as 3.46 µm/h, which was 73% higher than the current optimum, was demonstrated. As a result, comparable material properties were obtained. Next, a typical result of GaN doped with Si of 1 × 1016 cm-3 grown at the growth rate of 3.7 µm/h is shown. For high-voltage application, we need a thick high-purity GaN drift layer with a low carbon concentration, of less than 1016 cm-3. It is shown that achieving a high growth rate by precise control of the vapor phase reaction is still challenge in GaN MOCVD.

  6. Viability and proliferation of endothelial cells upon exposure to GaN nanoparticles

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    Braniste, Tudor; Tiginyanu, Ion; Horvath, Tibor; Raevschi, Simion; Cebotari, Serghei; Lux, Marco; Haverich, Axel

    2016-01-01

    Summary Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing and promising field of interest in medicine; however, nanoparticle–cell interactions are not yet fully understood. The goal of this work was to examine the interaction between endothelial cells and gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor nanoparticles. Cellular viability, adhesion, proliferation, and uptake of nanoparticles by endothelial cells were investigated. The effect of free GaN nanoparticles versus the effect of growing endothelial cells on GaN functionalized surfaces was examined. To functionalize surfaces with GaN, GaN nanoparticles were synthesized on a sacrificial layer of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles using hydride vapor phase epitaxy. The uptake of GaN nanoparticles by porcine endothelial cells was strongly dependent upon whether they were fixed to the substrate surface or free floating in the medium. The endothelial cells grown on surfaces functionalized with GaN nanoparticles demonstrated excellent adhesion and proliferation, suggesting good biocompatibility of the nanostructured GaN. PMID:27826507

  7. Structural and morphological properties of GaN buffer layers grown by ammonia molecular beam epitaxy on SiC substrates for AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors

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    Corrion, A. L.; Poblenz, C.; Wu, F.; Speck, J. S.

    2008-05-01

    The impact of growth conditions on the surface morphology and structural properties of ammonia molecular beam epitaxy GaN buffers layers on SiC substrates was investigated. The threading dislocation (TD) density was found to decrease with decreasing NH{sub 3}:Ga flux ratio, which corresponded to an increase in surface roughness and reduction in residual compressive lattice mismatch stress. Furthermore, the dislocation density and compressive stress decreased for increasing buffer thickness. TD inclination was proposed to account for these observations. Optimized surface morphologies were realized at high NH{sub 3}:Ga flux ratios and were characterized by monolayer-high steps, spiral hillocks, and pyramidal mounds, with rms roughness of {approx}1.0 nm over 2x2 {mu}m{sup 2} atomic force microscopy images. Smooth surface morphologies were realized over a large range of growth temperatures and fluxes, and growth rates of up to 1 {mu}m/h were achieved. TD densities in the buffers as low as 3x10{sup 9} cm{sup -2} were demonstrated. These buffers were highly insulating and were used in recently reported AlGaN/GaN HEMTs with power densities of >11 W/mm at 4 and 10 GHz.

  8. Basic ammonothermal GaN growth in molybdenum capsules

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    Pimputkar, S.; Speck, J. S.; Nakamura, S.

    2016-12-01

    Single crystal, bulk gallium nitride (GaN) crystals were grown using the basic ammonothermal method in a high purity growth environment created using a non-hermetically sealed molybdenum (Mo) capsule and compared to growths performed in a similarly designed silver (Ag) capsule and capsule-free René 41 autoclave. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analysis revealed transition metal free (<1×1017 cm-3) GaN crystals. Anomalously low oxygen concentrations ((2-6)×1018 cm-3) were measured in a {0001} seeded crystal boule grown using a Mo capsule, despite higher source material oxygen concentrations ((1-5)×1019 cm-3) suggesting that molybdenum (or molybdenum nitrides) may act to getter oxygen under certain conditions. Total system pressure profiles from growth runs in a Mo capsule system were comparable to those without a capsule, with pressures peaking within 2 days and slowly decaying due to hydrogen diffusional losses. Measured Mo capsule GaN growth rates were comparable to un-optimized growth rates in capsule-free systems and appreciably slower than in Ag-capsule systems. Crystal quality replicated that of the GaN seed crystals for all capsule conditions, with high quality growth occurring on the (0001) Ga-face. Optical absorption and impurity concentration characterization suggests reduced concentrations of hydrogenated gallium vacancies (VGa-Hx).

  9. Accurate monotone cubic interpolation

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    Huynh, Hung T.

    1991-01-01

    Monotone piecewise cubic interpolants are simple and effective. They are generally third-order accurate, except near strict local extrema where accuracy degenerates to second-order due to the monotonicity constraint. Algorithms for piecewise cubic interpolants, which preserve monotonicity as well as uniform third and fourth-order accuracy are presented. The gain of accuracy is obtained by relaxing the monotonicity constraint in a geometric framework in which the median function plays a crucial role.

  10. High internal quantum efficiency ultraviolet to green luminescence peaks from pseudomorphic m-plane Al{sub 1−x}In{sub x}N epilayers grown on a low defect density m-plane freestanding GaN substrate

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    Chichibu, S. F. Hazu, K.; Furusawa, K.; Ishikawa, Y.; Onuma, T.; Ohtomo, T.; Ikeda, H.; Fujito, K.

    2014-12-07

    Structural and optical qualities of half-a-μm-thick m-plane Al{sub 1−x}In{sub x}N epilayers grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy were remarkably improved via coherent growth on a low defect density m-plane freestanding GaN substrate prepared by hydride vapor phase epitaxy. All the epilayers unexceptionally suffer from uniaxial or biaxial anisotropic in-plane stress. However, full-width at half-maximum values of the x-ray ω-rocking curves were nearly unchanged as the underlayer values being 80 ∼ 150 arc sec for (101{sup ¯}0) and (101{sup ¯}2) diffractions with both 〈0001〉 and 〈112{sup ¯}0〉 azimuths, as long as pseudomorphic structure was maintained. Such Al{sub 1−x}In{sub x}N epilayers commonly exhibited a broad but predominant luminescence peak in ultraviolet (x ≤ 0.14) to green (x = 0.30) wavelengths. Its equivalent value of the internal quantum efficiency at room temperature was as high as 67% for x = 0.14 and 44% for x = 0.30. Because its high-energy cutoff commonly converged with the bandgap energy, the emission peak is assigned to originate from the extended near-band-edge states with strong carrier localization.

  11. Vertically p-n-junctioned GaN nano-wire array diode fabricated on Si(111) using MOCVD.

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    Park, Ji-Hyeon; Kim, Min-Hee; Kissinger, Suthan; Lee, Cheul-Ro

    2013-04-07

    We demonstrate the fabrication of n-GaN:Si/p-GaN:Mg nanowire arrays on (111) silicon substrate by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) method .The nanowires were grown by a newly developed two-step growth process. The diameter of as-grown nanowires ranges from 300-400 nm with a density of 6-7 × 10(7) cm(-2). The p- and n-type doping of the nanowires is achieved with Mg and Si dopant species. Structural characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) indicates that the nanowires are relatively defect-free. The room-temperature photoluminescence emission with a strong peak at 370 nm indicates that the n-GaN:Si/p-GaN:Mg nanowire arrays have potential application in light-emitting nanodevices. The cathodoluminscence (CL) spectrum clearly shows a distinct optical transition of GaN nanodiodes. The nano-n-GaN:Si/p-GaN:Mg diodes were further completed using a sputter coating approach to deposit Au/Ni metal contacts. The polysilazane filler has been etched by a wet chemical etching process. The n-GaN:Si/p-GaN:Mg nanowire diode was fabricated for different Mg source flow rates. The current-voltage (I-V) measurements reveal excellent rectifying properties with an obvious turn-on voltage at 1.6 V for a Mg flow rate of 5 sccm (standard cubic centimeters per minute).

  12. Size-dependent shape and tilt transitions in In2O3 nanoislands grown on cubic Y-stabilized ZrO2(001) by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Zhang, Kelvin H L; Bourlange, Anne; Egdell, Russell G; Collins, Stephen P; Bean, Richard J; Robinson, Ian K; Cowley, Roger A

    2012-08-28

    The growth of In(2)O(3) on cubic Y-stabilized ZrO(2)(001) by molecular beam epitaxy leads to formation of nanoscale islands which may tilt relative to the substrate in order to help accommodate the 1.7% tensile mismatch between the epilayer and the substrate. High-resolution synchrotron-based X-ray diffraction has been used in combination with atomic force microscopy to probe the evolution in island morphology, orientation, and tilt with island size. Very small islands formed at low substrate coverage are highly strained but exhibit no tilt, while intermediate islands are tilted randomly in all directions, giving rise to distinctive doughnut-shaped structure in three-dimensional reciprocal space isosurfaces. The largest islands with lateral sizes on the order of 1 μm tilt away from the four equivalent in-plane <110> directions, giving three-dimensional scattering isosurfaces dominated by structure at the four corners of a square. Spatially resolved reciprocal space mapping using an X-ray beam with dimensions on the order of 1 μm suggests that the four-fold symmetry observed using a larger beam arises from averaging over an ensemble of islands, each with an individual tilt down one direction, rather than from the coexistence of differently tilted domains within a given island.

  13. Luminescence of GaN nanocolumns obtained by photon-assisted anodic etching

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    Tiginyanu, I. M.; Ursaki, V. V.; Zalamai, V. V.; Langa, S.; Hubbard, S.; Pavlidis, D.; Föll, H.

    2003-08-01

    GaN nanocolumns with transverse dimensions of about 50 nm were obtained by illumination-assisted anodic etching of epilayers grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition on sapphire substrates. The photoluminescence spectroscopy characterization shows that the as-grown bulk GaN layers suffer from compressive biaxial strain of 0.5 GPa. The majority of nanocolumns are fully relaxed from strain, and the room-temperature luminescence is free excitonic. The high quality of the columnar nanostructures evidenced by the enhanced intensity of the exciton luminescence and by the decrease of the yellow luminescence is explained by the peculiarities of the anodic etching processing.

  14. Growth of GaN nanowall network on Si (111) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Zhong, Aihua; Hane, Kazuhiro

    2012-12-27

    GaN nanowall network was epitaxially grown on Si (111) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. GaN nanowalls overlap and interlace with one another, together with large numbers of holes, forming a continuous porous GaN nanowall network. The width of the GaN nanowall can be controlled, ranging from 30 to 200 nm by adjusting the N/Ga ratio. Characterization results of a transmission electron microscope and X-ray diffraction show that the GaN nanowall is well oriented along the C axis. Strong band edge emission centered at 363 nm is observed in the spectrum of room temperature photoluminescence, indicating that the GaN nanowall network is of high quality. The sheet resistance of the Si-doped GaN nanowall network along the lateral direction was 58 Ω/. The conductive porous nanowall network can be useful for integrated gas sensors due to the large surface area-to-volume ratio and electrical conductivity along the lateral direction by combining with Si micromachining.

  15. High breakdown single-crystal GaN p-n diodes by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Qi, Meng; Zhao, Yuning; Yan, Xiaodong; Li, Guowang; Verma, Jai; Fay, Patrick; Nomoto, Kazuki; Zhu, Mingda; Hu, Zongyang; Protasenko, Vladimir; Song, Bo; Xing, Huili Grace; Jena, Debdeep; Bader, Samuel

    2015-12-07

    Molecular beam epitaxy grown GaN p-n vertical diodes are demonstrated on single-crystal GaN substrates. A low leakage current <3 nA/cm{sup 2} is obtained with reverse bias voltage up to −20 V. With a 400 nm thick n-drift region, an on-resistance of 0.23 mΩ cm{sup 2} is achieved, with a breakdown voltage corresponding to a peak electric field of ∼3.1 MV/cm in GaN. Single-crystal GaN substrates with very low dislocation densities enable the low leakage current and the high breakdown field in the diodes, showing significant potential for MBE growth to attain near-intrinsic performance when the density of dislocations is low.

  16. Controlled morphology of regular GaN microrod arrays by selective area growth with HVPE

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    Lekhal, Kaddour; Bae, Si-Young; Lee, Ho-Jun; Mitsunari, Tadashi; Tamura, Akira; Deki, Manato; Honda, Yoshio; Amano, Hiroshi

    2016-08-01

    The selective area growth (SAG) of GaN was implemented on patterned GaN/sapphire templates by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) to fabricate regular arrays of Ga-polar GaN microrods. The control of growth parameters such as H2/N2 carrier gas ratio, growth temperature, and absolute NH3/HCl gas flow resulted in changes in the growth morphology. In particular, for an optimized mixed-carrier gas ratio of H2 to N2, we achieved vertically well-aligned microrods. The topmost regions of the GaN microrods were terminated with pyramidal facets, indicating typical Ga polarity. The optical properties of the grown microrods were characterized by cathodoluminescence (CL) at a low temperature. This revealed that the GaN microrods had high crystal quality since they exhibited suppressed yellow luminescence as well as strong band edge emission.

  17. Radiative defects in GaN nanocolumns: Correlation with growth conditions and sample morphology

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    Lefebvre, P.; Fernandez-Garrido, S.; Grandal, J.; Ristic, J.; Sanchez-Garcia, M.-A.; Calleja, E.

    2011-02-21

    Low-temperature photoluminescence is studied in detail in GaN nanocolumns (NCs) grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy under various conditions (substrate temperature and impinging Ga/N flux ratio). The relative intensities of the different emission lines, in particular those related to structural defects, appear to be correlated with the growth conditions, and clearly linked to the NC sample morphology. We demonstrate, in particular, that all lines comprised between 3.10 and 3.42 eV rapidly lose intensity when the growth conditions are such that the NC coalescence is reduced. The well-known line around 3.45 eV, characteristic of GaN NC samples, shows, however, a behavior that is exactly the opposite of the other lines, namely, for growth conditions leading to reduced NC coalescence, this line tends to become more prominent, thus proving to be intrinsic to individual GaN NCs.

  18. Surface potential barrier in m-plane GaN studied by contactless electroreflectance

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    Janicki, Lukasz; Misiewicz, Jan; Cywiński, Grzegorz; Sawicka, Marta; Skierbiszewski, Czeslaw; Kudrawiec, Robert

    2016-02-01

    Contactless electroreflectance (CER) is used to study the surface potential barrier in m-plane GaN UN+ [GaN (d = 20,30,50,70 nm)/GaN:Si] structures grown by using molecular beam epitaxy. Clear bandgap-related transitions followed by Franz-Keldysh oscillations (FKO) have been observed in the CER spectra of all samples at room temperature. The built-in electric fields in the undoped cap layers have been determined from the FKO period. From the built-in electric field and the undoped GaN layer thickness, the Fermi level location at the air-exposed m-plane GaN surface has been estimated as 0.42 ± 0.05 eV below the conduction band.

  19. Above room-temperature ferromagnetism of Mn delta-doped GaN nanorods

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    Lin, Y. T.; Wadekar, P. V.; Kao, H. S.; Chen, T. H.; Chen, Q. Y.; Tu, L. W.; Huang, H. C.; Ho, N. J.

    2014-02-10

    One-dimensional nitride based diluted magnetic semiconductors were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Delta-doping technique was adopted to dope GaN nanorods with Mn. The structural and magnetic properties were investigated. The GaMnN nanorods with a single crystalline structure and with Ga sites substituted by Mn atoms were verified by high-resolution x-ray diffraction and Raman scattering, respectively. Secondary phases were not observed by high-resolution x-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. In addition, the magnetic hysteresis curves show that the Mn delta-doped GaN nanorods are ferromagnetic above room temperature. The magnetization with magnetic field perpendicular to GaN c-axis saturates easier than the one with field parallel to GaN c-axis.

  20. Synthesis of GaN nanowires on gold-coated SiC substrates by novel pulsed electron deposition technique

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    Lei, M.; Yang, H.; Li, P. G.; Tang, W. H.

    2008-01-01

    A two-step approach for macro-synthesis of GaN nanowires was developed in this study. GaN nanoparticles were firstly synthesized through a facile solid-state reaction using an organic reagent dicyandiamide (C 2N 4H 4) and Ga 2O 3 as precursors. Subsequently, single-crystalline wurtzite GaN nanowires were grown on gold-coated 6H-SiC substrates via novel pulsed electron deposition (PED) technique using the as-prepared GaN nanoparticles as target, which provides a new route employing nanoparticles as precursors to fabricate GaN nanowires. It is found that pulsed electron ablation induced Ga and N plasma directly towards the gold-coated substrate to initialize the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth processes. The morphological and structural properties were investigated in detail and Raman scattering spectrum of these nanowires presented some new features.

  1. MOCVD growth of GaN on Si through novel substrate modification techniques

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    Gagnon, Jarod C.

    reduced by utilizing thinner buffer layers and increasing the implantation depth of N+ ions. Final studies were presented on a method of etching Si(001) substrates in order to fabricate trenches with Si{110} sidewalls. It was shown in these studies that GaN could be preferentially grown on Si{110} sidewalls such that GaN(0002)//Si{110}. The result was non-polar GaN "fins" which vertically overgrew Si(001) ridges. Further studies showed that high V/III, low temperature, and low pressure was required to promote the lateral growth of the GaN(0002) which was necessary to obtain a fully coalesced film.

  2. Annealing effects on polycrystalline GaN using nitrogen and ammonia ambients

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    Ariff, A.; Zainal, N.; Hassan, Z.

    2016-09-01

    This paper describes effects of using post-annealing treatment in different conditions on the properties of polycrystalline GaN layer grown on m-plane sapphire substrate by electron beam (e-beam) evaporator. Without annealing, GaN surface was found to have a low RMS roughness with agglomeration of GaN grains in a specific direction and the sample consisted of gallium oxide (Ga2O3) material. When the post-annealing treatment was carried out in N2 ambient at 650 °C, initial re-crystallization of the GaN grains was observed while the evidence of Ga2O3 almost disappeared. As the NH3 annealing was conducted at 950 °C, more effect of re-crystallization occurred but with less grains coalescence. Three dominant XRD peaks of GaN in (10 1 bar 0) , (0002) and (10 1 bar 1) orientations were evident. Near band edge (NBE) related emission in GaN was also observed. The significant improvement was attributed to simultaneous recrystallization and effective reduction of N deficiency density. The post-annealing in a mixture of N2 and NH3 ambient at 950 °C was also conducted, but has limited the effectiveness of the N atoms to incorporate on the GaN layer due to 'clouding' effect by the inert N2 gas. Further increase in the annealing temperature at 980 °C and 1100 °C, respectively caused severe deteriorations of the structural and optical properties of the GaN layer. Overall, this work demonstrated initial potential in improving polycrystalline GaN material in simple and inexpensive manner.

  3. Tolerance of GaAs as an original substrate for HVPE growth of free standing GaN

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    Suzuki, Mio; Sato, T.; Suemasu, T.; Hasegawa, F.

    2004-09-01

    In order to investigate possibility of thick GaN growth on a GaAs substrate by halide vapar phase epitaxy (HVPE), GaN was grown on GaAs(111)/Ti wafer with Ti deposited by E-gun. It was found that surface treatment of the GaAs substrate by HF solution deteriorated greatly the tolerence of GaAs and that Ti can protected GaAs from erosion by NH3. By depositing Ti on GaAs(111)A surface, a millor-like GaN layer could be grown at 1000 °C for 1 hour without serious deterioration of the original GaAs substrate. By increasing the growth rate, a thick free standing GaN will be obtained with GaAs as an original substrate in near future.

  4. Growth optimization and characterization of GaN epilayers on multifaceted (111) surfaces etched on Si(100) substrates

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    Ansah-Antwi, KwaDwo Konadu Chua, Soo Jin; Soh, Chew Beng; Liu, Hongfei

    2015-11-15

    The four nearest Si(111) multifaceted sidewalls were exposed inside an array of 3 μm-wide square holes patterned on an Si(100) substrate, and this patterned Si(100) substrate was used as a substrate for the deposition of a gallium nitride (GaN) epilayer. Subsequently the effect that the growth pressure, the etched-hole profiles, and the etched-hole arrangement had upon the quality of the as-grown GaN was investigated. The coalescence of the as-grown GaN epilayer on the exposed Si(111) facets was observed to be enhanced with reduced growth pressure from 120 to 90 Torr. A larger Si(001) plane area at the bottom of the etched holes resulted in bidirectional GaN domains, which resulted in poor material quality. The bidirectional GaN domains were observed as two sets of six peaks via a high-resolution x-ray diffraction phi scan of the GaN(10-11) reflection. It was also shown that a triangular array of etched holes was more desirable than square arrays of etched holes for the growth high-quality and continuous GaN films.

  5. Zn-dopant dependent defect evolution in GaN nanowires

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    Yang, Bing; Liu, Baodan; Wang, Yujia; Zhuang, Hao; Liu, Qingyun; Yuan, Fang; Jiang, Xin

    2015-10-01

    Zn doped GaN nanowires with different doping levels (0, <1 at%, and 3-5 at%) have been synthesized through a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. The effect of Zn doping on the defect evolution, including stacking fault, dislocation, twin boundary and phase boundary, has been systematically investigated by transmission electron microscopy and first-principles calculations. Undoped GaN nanowires show a hexagonal wurtzite (WZ) structure with good crystallinity. Several kinds of twin boundaries, including (101&cmb.macr;3), (101&cmb.macr;1) and (202&cmb.macr;1), as well as Type I stacking faults (...ABABC&cmb.b.line;BCB...), are observed in the nanowires. The increasing Zn doping level (<1 at%) induces the formation of screw dislocations featuring a predominant screw component along the radial direction of the GaN nanowires. At high Zn doping level (3-5 at%), meta-stable cubic zinc blende (ZB) domains are generated in the WZ GaN nanowires. The WZ/ZB phase boundary (...ABABAC&cmb.b.line;BA...) can be identified as Type II stacking faults. The density of stacking faults (both Type I and Type II) increases with increasing the Zn doping levels, which in turn leads to a rough-surface morphology in the GaN nanowires. First-principles calculations reveal that Zn doping will reduce the formation energy of both Type I and Type II stacking faults, favoring their nucleation in GaN nanowires. An understanding of the effect of Zn doping on the defect evolution provides an important method to control the microstructure and the electrical properties of p-type GaN nanowires.Zn doped GaN nanowires with different doping levels (0, <1 at%, and 3-5 at%) have been synthesized through a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. The effect of Zn doping on the defect evolution, including stacking fault, dislocation, twin boundary and phase boundary, has been systematically investigated by transmission electron microscopy and first-principles calculations. Undoped GaN nanowires show a

  6. Utilisation of GaN and InGaN/GaN with nanoporous structures for water splitting

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    Benton, J.; Bai, J.; Wang, T.

    2014-12-01

    We report a cost-effective approach to the fabrication of GaN based nanoporous structure for applications in renewable hydrogen production. Photoelectrochemical etching in a KOH solution has been employed to fabricate both GaN and InGaN/GaN nanoporous structures with pore sizes ranging from 25 to 60 nm, obtained by controlling both etchant concentration and applied voltage. Compared to as-grown planar devices the nanoporous structures have exhibited a significant increase of photocurrent with a factor of up to four times. An incident photon conversion efficiency of up to 46% around the band edge of GaN has been achieved.

  7. Combined atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy imaging of cross-sectioned GaN light-emitting diodes.

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    Bender, J W; Salmon, M E; Russell, P E

    2003-01-01

    Cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was combined with atomic force microscopy (AFM) over the same area to characterize a cross-sectioned GaN light emitting diode. Because GaN is typically grown on a non-native substrate and also forms a wurtzite crystal structure, a cryogenic cleaving technique was developed to generate smooth surfaces. The depletion region surrounding the p-n junction was clearly identified using STM. Furthermore, by imaging under multiple sample biases, distinctions between the n-doped and p-doped GaN could be made.

  8. Contactless Mobility, Carrier Density, and Sheet Resistance Measurements on Si, GaN, and AlGaN/GaN High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) Wafers

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    2015-02-01

    structures grown on SiC substrates; and an unintentionally doped (UID) GaN on sapphire template. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Hall effect, high electron mobility...2. Experiment 2 3. Results 4 3.1 Standard n-type Si Sample 4 3.2 AlGaN/GaN HEMTs on SiC Sample Series 5 3.3 Si and UID GaN on Sapphire Pieces 12...AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) grown on SiC substrates, an unintentionally doped (UID) GaN epi layer on a sapphire substrate

  9. Synthesis and characterization of GaN thin films deposited on different substrates using a low-cost electrochemical deposition technique

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    Al-Heuseen, K.; Hashim, M. R.

    2012-09-06

    Gallium nitride GaN thin films were deposited on three different substrates; Si (111), Si (100) and ITO coated glass using electrochemical deposition technique at 20 Degree-Sign C. A mixture of gallium nitrate, ammonium nitrate was used as electrolyte. The deposited films were investigated at room temperature by a series of material characterization techniques, namely; scanning electron microscopy (SEM), EDX and X-ray diffraction (XRD). SEM images and EDX results indicated that the growth of GaN films varies according to the substrates. XRD analyses showed the presence of hexagonal wurtzite and cubic zinc blende GaN phases with the crystallite size around 18-29 nm.

  10. Low energy electron beam induced vacancy activation in GaN

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    Nykaenen, H.; Suihkonen, S.; Sopanen, M.; Kilanski, L.

    2012-03-19

    Experimental evidence on low energy electron beam induced point defect activation in GaN grown by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) is presented. The GaN samples are irradiated with a 5-20 keV electron beam of a scanning electron microscope and investigated by photoluminescence and positron annihilation spectroscopy measurements. The degradation of the band-to-band luminescence of the irradiated GaN films is associated with the activation of point defects. The activated defects were identified as in-grown Ga-vacancies. We propose that MOVPE-GaN contains a significant concentration of passive V{sub Ga}-H{sub n} complexes that can be activated by H removal during low energy electron irradiation.

  11. Low energy electron beam induced vacancy activation in GaN

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    Nykänen, H.; Suihkonen, S.; Kilanski, L.; Sopanen, M.; Tuomisto, F.

    2012-03-01

    Experimental evidence on low energy electron beam induced point defect activation in GaN grown by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) is presented. The GaN samples are irradiated with a 5-20 keV electron beam of a scanning electron microscope and investigated by photoluminescence and positron annihilation spectroscopy measurements. The degradation of the band-to-band luminescence of the irradiated GaN films is associated with the activation of point defects. The activated defects were identified as in-grown Ga-vacancies. We propose that MOVPE-GaN contains a significant concentration of passive VGa-Hn complexes that can be activated by H removal during low energy electron irradiation.

  12. Lattice-matched HfN buffer layers for epitaxy of GaN on Si

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    Armitage, Robert; Yang, Qing; Feick, Henning; Gebauer, Joerg; Weber, Eicke R.; Shinkai, Satoko; Sasaki, Katsutaka

    2002-05-08

    Gallium nitride is grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy on (111) and (001) silicon substrates using sputter-deposited hafnium nitride buffer layers. Wurtzite GaN epitaxial layers are obtained on both the (111) and (001) HfN/Si surfaces, with crack-free thickness up to 1.2 (mu)m. Initial results for GaN grown on the (111) surface show a photoluminescence peak width of 17 meV at 11 K, and an asymmetric x-ray rocking curve width of 20 arcmin. Wurtzite GaN on HfN/Si(001) shows reduced structural quality and peculiar low-temperature luminescence features. However, growth on the (001) surface results in nearly stress-free films, suggesting that much thicker crack-free layers could be obtained.

  13. Understanding the pyramidal growth of GaN

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    Rouviere, J.L.; Arlery, M.; Bourret, A.

    1996-11-01

    By a combination of conventional, HREM and CBED TEM experiments the authors have studied wurtzite GaN layers grown by Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) on (0001)Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. They experimentally determine the structure of the macroscopic hexagonal pyramids that are visible at the surface of the layers when no optimized buffer is introduced. These pyramids look like hexagonal volcanoes with one hexagonal microscopic chimney (up to 75 nm wide) at their core. The crystal inside the chimney is a pure GaN crystal with a polarity opposed to the one of the neighboring material: the GaN layers grown on (0001)Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} are everywhere Ga-terminated except in the chimneys where they are N-terminated. Some of the N-terminated chimneys grow faster and form macroscopic hexagonal pyramids. Chimneys bounded by Inversion Domains Boundaries (IDBs) originate from steps at the surface of the substrate and may be suppressed by an adapted buffer layer.

  14. Comparison of trimethylgallium and triethylgallium as “Ga” source materials for the growth of ultrathin GaN films on Si (100) substrates via hollow-cathode plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition

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    Alevli, Mustafa; Haider, Ali; Kizir, Seda; Leghari, Shahid A.; Biyikli, Necmi

    2016-01-15

    GaN films grown by hollow cathode plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition using trimethylgallium (TMG) and triethylgallium (TEG) as gallium precursors are compared. Optimized and saturated TMG/TEG pulse widths were used in order to study the effect of group-III precursors. The films were characterized by grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and spectroscopic ellipsometry. Refractive index follows the same trend of crystalline quality, mean grain, and crystallite sizes. GaN layers grown using TMG precursor exhibited improved structural and optical properties when compared to GaN films grown with TEG precursor.

  15. Correlation between macroscopic transport parameters and microscopic electrical properties in GaN

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    Witte, H.; Krtschil, A.; Schrenk, E.; Fluegge, K.; Dadgar, A.; Krost, A.

    2005-02-01

    In GaN layers grown by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy on sapphire substrates the temperature-dependent Hall (TDH) and photo-Hall-effect (PHE) measurements show essential differences between undoped and Si-doped GaN. In undoped GaN the maximum of the Hall mobility occurs at temperatures near 300K with a low value. In PHE, an illumination introduces an enhancement of the mobility and a decrease of the electron density. In contrast, in Si-doped GaN the maximum Hall mobility is higher by a factor of 10 and is observed at temperatures between 100 and 180K. The photoinduced changes in the mobility and electron density are only marginal. Intensity dependent PHE measurements suggest the existence of internal potential barriers caused by inhomogeneities in the undoped samples. These results are combined with the surface-potential roughness on a microscale, as determined by scanning surface-potential microscopy (SSPM). In SSPM the undoped layers show strong potential fluctuations while they are lower for the Si-doped GaN samples. A correlation among the rms roughness of the surface potential, the maximum Hall mobility in TDH, and the maximum changes of the photo-Hall mobility is observed. In undoped GaN the mobility seems to be determined by the scattering at inner potential barriers stemming from structural inhomogeneities.

  16. Ultrathin GaN quantum disk nanowire LEDs with sub-250 nm electroluminescence

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    Sarwar, A. T. M. Golam; May, Brelon J.; Chisholm, Matthew F.; Duscher, Gerd J.; Myers, Roberto C.

    2016-04-01

    By quantum confining GaN at monolayer thickness with AlN barriers inside of a nanowire, deep ultraviolet LEDs are demonstrated. Full three-dimensional strain dependent energy band simulations are carried out within multiple quantum disk (MQD) GaN/AlN nanowire superlattice heterostructures. It is found that, even within the same nanowire MQD, the emission energy of the ultrathin GaN QDs varies from disk to disk due to the changing strain distribution and polarization charge induced energy band bending along the axial nanowire direction. MQD heterostructures are grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy to form self-assembled catalyst-free nanowires with 1 to 2 monolayer thick GaN insertions within an AlN matrix. Photoluminescence peaks are observed at 295 nm and 283 nm from the 2 ML and 1 ML thick MQD samples, respectively. Polarization-doped nanowire LEDs are grown incorporating 1 ML thick GaN MQD active regions from which we observe deep ultraviolet electroluminescence. The shortest LED wavelength peak observed is 240 nm and attributed to electron hole recombination within 1 ML thick GaN QDs.

  17. Ultrathin GaN quantum disk nanowire LEDs with sub-250 nm electroluminescence

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    Chisholm, Matthew F.; Golam Sarwar, A. T. M.; Myers, Roberto C.; Mays, Brelon J.; Duscher, Gerd J.

    2016-03-18

    By quantum confining GaN at monolayer thickness with AlN barriers inside of a nanowire, deep ultraviolet LEDs are demonstrated. Full three-dimensional strain dependent energy band simulations are carried out within multiple quantum disk (MQD) GaN/AlN nanowire superlattice heterostructures. It is found that, even within the same nanowire MQD, the emission energy of the ultrathin GaN QDs varies from disk to disk due to the changing strain distribution and polarization charge induced energy band bending along the axial nanowire direction. MQD heterostructures are grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy to form self-assembled catalyst-free nanowires with 1 to 2 monolayer thick GaN insertions within an AlN matrix. Photoluminescence peaks are observed at 295 nm and 283 nm from the 2 ML and 1 ML thick MQD samples, respectively. Polarization-doped nanowire LEDs are grown incorporating 1 ML thick GaN MQD active regions from which we observe deep ultraviolet electroluminescence. As a result, the shortest LED wavelength peak observed is 240 nm and attributed to electron hole recombination within 1 ML thick GaN QDs.

  18. Thermal evolution of microstructure in ion-irradiated GaN

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    Bae, In-Tae; Jiang, Weilin; Wang, Chong M.; Weber, William J.; Zhang, Yanwen

    2009-04-20

    The thermal evolution of the microstructure created by irradiation of a GaN single crystal with 2 MeV Au2+ ions at 150 K is characterized following annealing at 973 K using transmission electron microscopy. In the as-irradiated sample characterized at 300 K, Ga nanocrystals with the diamond structure, which is an unstable configuration for Ga, are directly observed together with nitrogen bubbles in the irradiation-induced amorphous layer. Upon thermal annealing, the thickness of the amorphous layer decreases by ~13.1 %, and nano-beam electron diffraction analysis indicates no evidence for residual Ga nanocrystals, but instead reveals a mixture of hexagonal and cubic GaN phases in the annealed sample. Nitrogen molecules, captured in the as-irradiated bubbles, appear to debond and react with the Ga nanocrystals during the thermal annealing to form crystalline GaN. In addition, electron energy loss spectroscopy measurements reveal an atomic volume change of 18.9 % for the as-irradiated amorphous layer relative to the virgin single crystal GaN. This relative swelling of the damaged layer reduces to 7.7 % after thermal annealing. Partial recrystallization and structural relaxation of the GaN amorphous state are believed responsible for the volume change.

  19. The effect of substrate on high-temperature annealing of GaN epilayers: Si versus sapphire

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    Pastor, D.; Cusco, R.; Artus, L.; Gonzalez-Diaz, G.; Iborra, E.; Jimenez, J.; Peiro, F.; Calleja, E.

    2006-08-15

    We have studied the effects of rapid thermal annealing at 1300 deg.C on GaN epilayers grown on AlN buffered Si(111) and on sapphire substrates. After annealing, the epilayers grown on Si display visible alterations with craterlike morphology scattered over the surface. The annealed GaN/Si layers were characterized by a range of experimental techniques: scanning electron microscopy, optical confocal imaging, energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis, Raman scattering, and cathodoluminescence. A substantial Si migration to the GaN epilayer was observed in the crater regions, where decomposition of GaN and formation of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} crystallites as well as metallic Ga droplets and Si nanocrystals have occurred. The average diameter of the Si nanocrystals was estimated from Raman scattering to be around 3 nm. Such annealing effects, which are not observed in GaN grown on sapphire, are a significant issue for applications of GaN grown on Si(111) substrates when subsequent high-temperature processing is required.

  20. Characterization and density control of GaN nanodots on Si (111) by droplet epitaxy using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Yu, Ing-Song; Chang, Chun-Pu; Yang, Chung-Pei; Lin, Chun-Ting; Ma, Yuan-Ron; Chen, Chun-Chi

    2014-01-01

    In this report, self-organized GaN nanodots have been grown on Si (111) by droplet epitaxy method, and their density can be controlled from 1.1 × 10(10) to 1.1 × 10(11) cm(-2) by various growth parameters, such as substrate temperatures for Ga droplet formation, the pre-nitridation treatment of Si substrate, the nitridation duration for GaN crystallization, and in situ annealing after GaN formation. Based on the characterization of in situ RHEED, we can observe the surface condition of Si and the formation of GaN nanodots on Si. The surface nitridaiton treatment at 600°C provides a-SiNx layer which makes higher density of GaN nanodots. Crystal GaN nanodots can be observed by the HRTEM. The surface composition of GaN nanodots can be analyzed by SPEM and μ-XPS with a synchrotron x-ray source. We can find GaN nanodots form by droplet epitaxy and then in situ annealing make higher-degree nitridation of GaN nanodots.

  1. High active nitrogen flux growth of GaN by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    McSkimming, Brian M. Speck, James S.; Chaix, Catherine

    2015-09-15

    In the present study, the authors report on a modified Riber radio frequency (RF) nitrogen plasma source that provides active nitrogen fluxes more than 30 times higher than those commonly used for plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE) growth of gallium nitride (GaN) and thus a significantly higher growth rate than has been previously reported. GaN films were grown using N{sub 2} gas flow rates between 5 and 25 sccm while varying the plasma source's RF forward power from 200 to 600 W. The highest growth rate, and therefore the highest active nitrogen flux, achieved was ∼7.6 μm/h. For optimized growth conditions, the surfaces displayed a clear step-terrace structure with an average RMS roughness (3 × 3 μm) on the order of 1 nm. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy impurity analysis demonstrates oxygen and hydrogen incorporation of 1 × 10{sup 16} and ∼5 × 10{sup 17}, respectively. In addition, the authors have achieved PAMBE growth of GaN at a substrate temperature more than 150 °C greater than our standard Ga rich GaN growth regime and ∼100 °C greater than any previously reported PAMBE growth of GaN. This growth temperature corresponds to GaN decomposition in vacuum of more than 20 nm/min; a regime previously unattainable with conventional nitrogen plasma sources. Arrhenius analysis of the decomposition rate shows that samples with a flux ratio below stoichiometry have an activation energy greater than decomposition of GaN in vacuum while samples grown at or above stoichiometry have decreased activation energy. The activation energy of decomposition for GaN in vacuum was previously determined to be ∼3.1 eV. For a Ga/N flux ratio of ∼1.5, this activation energy was found to be ∼2.8 eV, while for a Ga/N flux ratio of ∼0.5, it was found to be ∼7.9 eV.

  2. Influence of dopants on defect formation in GaN

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    Liliental-Weber, Z.; Jasinski, J.; Benamara, M.; Grzegory, I.; Porowski, S.; Lampert, D.J.H.; Eiting, C.J.; Dupuis R.D.

    2001-10-15

    Influence of p-dopants (Mg and Be) on the structure of GaN has been studied using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Bulk GaN:Mg and GaN:Be crystals grown by a high pressure and high temperature process and GaN:Mg grown by metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition (MOCVD) have been studied. Structural dependence on growth polarity was observed in the bulk crystals. Spontaneous ordering in bulk GaN:Mg on c-plane (formation of Mg-rich planar defects with characteristics of inversion domains) was observed for growth in the N to Ga polar direction (N polarity). On the opposite site of the crystal (growth in the Ga to N polar direction) Mg-rich pyramidal defects empty inside (pinholes) were observed. Both these defects were also observed in MOCVD grown crystals. Pyramidal defects were also observed in the bulk GaN:Be crystals.

  3. Structural defects in bulk GaN

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    Liliental-Weber, Z.; dos Reis, R.; Mancuso, M.; Song, C. Y.; Grzegory, I.; Porowski, S.; Bockowski, M.

    2014-10-01

    Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) studies of undoped and Mg doped GaN layers grown on the HVPE substrates by High Nitrogen Pressure Solution (HNPS) with the multi-feed-seed (MFS) configuration are shown. The propagation of dislocations from the HVPE substrate to the layer is observed. Due to the interaction between these dislocations in the thick layers much lower density of these defects is observed in the upper part of the HNPS layers. Amorphous Ga precipitates with attached voids pointing toward the growth direction are observed in the undoped layer. This is similar to the presence of Ga precipitates in high-pressure platelets, however the shape of these precipitates is different. The Mg doped layers do not show Ga precipitates, but MgO rectangular precipitates are formed, decorating the dislocations. Results of TEM studies of HVPE layers grown on Ammonothermal substrates are also presented. These layers have superior crystal quality in comparison to the HNPS layers, as far as density of dislocation is concern. Occasionally some small inclusions can be found, but their chemical composition was not yet determined. It is expected that growth of the HNPS layers on these substrate will lead to large layer thickness obtained in a short time and with high crystal perfection needed in devices.

  4. Ultralow threading dislocation density in GaN epilayer on near-strain-free GaN compliant buffer layer and its applications in hetero-epitaxial LEDs

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    Shih, Huan-Yu; Shiojiri, Makoto; Chen, Ching-Hsiang; Yu, Sheng-Fu; Ko, Chung-Ting; Yang, Jer-Ren; Lin, Ray-Ming; Chen, Miin-Jang

    2015-01-01

    High threading dislocation (TD) density in GaN-based devices is a long unresolved problem because of the large lattice mismatch between GaN and the substrate, which causes a major obstacle for the further improvement of next-generation high-efficiency solid-state lighting and high-power electronics. Here, we report InGaN/GaN LEDs with ultralow TD density and improved efficiency on a sapphire substrate, on which a near strain-free GaN compliant buffer layer was grown by remote plasma atomic layer deposition. This “compliant” buffer layer is capable of relaxing strain due to the absorption of misfit dislocations in a region within ~10 nm from the interface, leading to a high-quality overlying GaN epilayer with an unusual TD density as low as 2.2 × 105 cm−2. In addition, this GaN compliant buffer layer exhibits excellent uniformity up to a 6” wafer, revealing a promising means to realize large-area GaN hetero-epitaxy for efficient LEDs and high-power transistors. PMID:26329829

  5. High Quality, Low Cost Ammonothermal Bulk GaN Substrates

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    Ehrentraut, D; Pakalapati, RT; Kamber, DS; Jiang, WK; Pocius, DW; Downey, BC; McLaurin, M; D'Evelyn, MP

    2013-12-18

    Ammonothermal GaN growth using a novel apparatus has been performed on c-plane, m-plane, and semipolar seed crystals with diameters between 5 mm and 2 in. to thicknesses of 0.5-3 mm. The highest growth rates are greater than 40 mu m/h and rates in the 10-30 mu m/h range are routinely observed for all orientations. These values are 5-100x larger than those achieved by conventional ammonothermal GaN growth. The crystals have been characterized by X-ray diffraction rocking-curve (XRC) analysis, optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cathodoluminescence (CL), optical spectroscopy, and capacitance-voltage measurements. The crystallinity of the grown crystals is similar to or better than that of the seed crystals, with FWHM values of about 20-100 arcsec and dislocation densities of 1 x 10(5)-5 x 10(6) cm(-2). Dislocation densities below 10(4) cm(-2) are observed in laterally-grown crystals. Epitaxial InGaN quantum well structures have been successfully grown on ammonothermal wafers. (C) 2013 The Japan Society of Applied Physics

  6. Eliminating stacking faults in semi-polar GaN by AlN interlayers

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    Dadgar, A.; Ravash, R.; Veit, P.; Schmidt, G.; Mueller, M.; Dempewolf, A.; Bertram, F.; Wieneke, M.; Christen, J.; Krost, A.

    2011-07-11

    We report on the elimination of stacking faults by the insertion of low-temperature AlN interlayers in nearly (1016) and (1104) oriented semi-polar GaN grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy on Si(112) and Si(113), respectively. The elimination of these defects is visualized by cathodoluminescence (CL) as well as scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and STEM-CL. A possible annihilation mechanism is discussed which leads to the conclusion that the elimination mechanism is most likely valid for all layers with (1101) surfaces, enabling heteroepitaxial semi- and non-polar GaN free from stacking faults.

  7. Determination of satellite valley position in GaN emitter from photoexcited field emission investigations

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    Semenenko, M.; Yilmazoglu, O.; Hartnagel, H. L.; Pavlidis, D.

    2011-01-01

    Argon plasma etched GaN field-emitter rods with nanometer-scale diameter were fabricated on GaN grown on an n+-GaN substrate. Their electron field emission properties were investigated both without and under illumination by using light sources with various wavelengths. The Fowler-Nordheim current-voltage characteristics of the cathodes show a change in slope for illuminated cathodes. The electron affinity difference ΔE between the different valleys in the conduction band has been ascertained and is in the range from 1.18 up to 1.21 eV.

  8. Low temperature thin film transistors with hollow cathode plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition based GaN channels

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    Bolat, S. E-mail: aokyay@ee.bilkent.edu.tr; Tekcan, B.; Ozgit-Akgun, C.; Biyikli, N.; Okyay, A. K. E-mail: aokyay@ee.bilkent.edu.tr

    2014-06-16

    We report GaN thin film transistors (TFT) with a thermal budget below 250 °C. GaN thin films are grown at 200 °C by hollow cathode plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition (HCPA-ALD). HCPA-ALD-based GaN thin films are found to have a polycrystalline wurtzite structure with an average crystallite size of 9.3 nm. TFTs with bottom gate configuration are fabricated with HCPA-ALD grown GaN channel layers. Fabricated TFTs exhibit n-type field effect characteristics. N-channel GaN TFTs demonstrated on-to-off ratios (I{sub ON}/I{sub OFF}) of 10{sup 3} and sub-threshold swing of 3.3 V/decade. The entire TFT device fabrication process temperature is below 250 °C, which is the lowest process temperature reported for GaN based transistors, so far.

  9. Fabrication of well-aligned ZnO nanorods by hydrothermal process using GaN epitaxial layer

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    Jang, Jae-Min; Yi, Sung-Hak; Choi, Seung-Kyu; Kim, Jung-A.; Jung, Woo-Gwang

    2007-02-01

    One dimensional (1-D) ZnO nanorod structure of hexagonal shape was fabricated on epitaxial GaN layer by hydrothermal method. The growth of GaN epitaxial layer was carried out in a two-flow horizontal MOCVD reactor maintained at a pressure of 200 torr. Firstly, a 25 nm thick GaN buffer layer was grown at 520 °C. Then 2~3μm thick GaN epilayer was deposited at 1070 °C. Trimethylgallium (TMG) and NH 3 were used as Ga and N source, and H II gas was used as carrier gas. After the deposition of GaN epilayer thin-film, single crystalline ZnO nanorod was fabricated in aqueous solution. XRD and FE-SEM results showed ZnO nanorod arrays were oriented highly along the (002) plane. The ZnO nanorod was analyzed to have good quality crystallization by FE-TEM. The SAED pattern has shown that ZnO nanorod was grown in the direction along (002)-plane. Photoluminescence (PL) has shown that the GaN-ZnO hetero-structure has shown ultra-violet lasing action at room temperature. Narrow and strong ultra-violet peak was observed in comparison with PL result from epitaxial GaN layer. The analysis results have proved that aqueous solution growth method developed in the present work can be a good application for optical electronic device.

  10. Radiation enhanced basal plane dislocation glide in GaN

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    Yakimov, Eugene B.; Vergeles, Pavel S.; Polyakov, Alexander Y.; Lee, In-Hwan; Pearton, Stephen J.

    2016-05-01

    A movement of basal plane segments of dislocations in GaN films grown by epitaxial lateral overgrowth under low energy electron beam irradiation (LEEBI) was studied by the electron beam induced current (EBIC) method. Only a small fraction of the basal plane dislocation segments were susceptible to irradiation and the movement was limited to relatively short distances. The effect is explained by the radiation enhanced dislocation glide (REDG) in the structure with strong pinning. A dislocation velocity under LEEBI with a beam current lower than 1 nA was estimated as about 10 nm/s. The results assuming the REDG for prismatic plane dislocations were presented.

  11. Field emission from quantum size GaN structures

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    Yilmazoglu, O.; Pavlidis, D.; Litvin, Yu. M.; Hubbard, S.; Tiginyanu, I. M.; Mutamba, K.; Hartnagel, H. L.; Litovchenko, V. G.; Evtukh, A.

    2003-12-01

    Whisker structures and quantum dots fabricated by photoelectrochemical (PEC) etching of undoped and doped metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD)-grown GaN (2×10 17 or 3×10 18 cm -3) are investigated in relation with their field-emission characteristics. Different surface morphologies, corresponding to different etching time and photocurrent, results in different field-emission characteristics with low turn-on voltage down to 4 V/μm and the appearance of quantum-size effect in the I- V curves.

  12. MgCaO Dry Etching on GaN

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    Hlad, M.; Ren, F.

    2005-11-01

    MgCaO films grown by rf plasma-assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy and capped with Sc2O3 are promising candidates as surface passivation layers and gate dielectrics on GaN-based high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and metal-oxide semiconductor HEMTs (MOS-HEMTs) respectively. Two different plasma chemistries were examined for etching these thin films on GaN. Inductively Coupled Plasmas of CH4/H2/Ar produced etch rates only in the range 20-70 å/min, comparable to the Ar sputter rates under the same conditions. Similarly slow MgCaO etch rates (˜100 å/min) were obtained with Cl2/Ar discharges under the same conditions, but GaN showed rates almost an order of magnitude higher. The MgCaO removal rates are limited by the low volatilities of the respective etch products. The CH4/H2/Ar plasma chemistry produced a selectivity of around 2 or etching the MgCaO with respect to GaN.

  13. Theoretical and Experiment Study of Cathodoluminescence of GaN

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    Ben Nasr, F.; Matoussi, A.; Salh, R.; Boufaden, T.; Guermazi, S.; Fitting, H.-J.; Eljani, B.; Fakhfakh, Z.

    2007-09-01

    In this work, we report the theoretical and experimental results of cathodoluminescence (CL) from GaN layers with thickness (1-3) micron grown at 800 °C by MOVPE on silicon substrate. The CL measurements were performed in a digital scanning electron microscope DSM 960 at room temperature. The CL spectra recorded at room temperature (RT) show the main UV peak at 3.42 eV of the fundamental transition and a broad yellow band at 2.2 eV attributed the intrinsic defects and extrinsic dopants and impurities. The simulation of the CL excitation and intensity is developed using consistent 2-D model based on the electron beam energy dissipation and taking into account the effects of carrier diffusion, internal absorption and the recombination processes in GaN. Then, we have investigated the evolution of the CL intensity from GaN as a function the electron beam energy in the range Eo = (5-20) keV. A comparative study between experimental and simulated CL spectra at room temperature is presented.

  14. Low-temperature growth of AlN and GaN by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy for polarization engineered water splitting photocathode

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    Nakamura, Akihiro; Suzuki, Michihiro; Fujii, Katsushi; Nakano, Yoshiaki; Sugiyama, Masakazu

    2017-04-01

    Crystal properties of low-temperature grown AlN (LT-AlN) combined with low temperature GaN (LT-GaN) grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) were investigated to obtain a high quality GaN/AlN/GaN structure with a few-nm-thick AlN layer. LT-AlN suppresses unintentional Ga incorporation and can be pseudomorphically grown on GaN with a relatively smooth surface morphology. The lattice of LT-AlN coherent to GaN, however, was found to relax after reactor conditions were changed to grow the subsequent GaN layer at higher temperature. The top GaN layer grown on the relaxed LT-AlN, thus, exhibited a rough surface morphology and a threading dislocation density (TDD) higher than 109 cm-2 estimated from an X-ray diffraction measurement. An LT-GaN capping layer was found to be highly effective for avoiding such lattice relaxation of LT-AlN. The combination of LT-AlN and LT-GaN enables us to obtain a GaN/AlN/GaN junction with high Al content, a low TDD, and abrupt interfaces. As a result, introducing an LT-GaN layer improved the photoelectrochemical (PEC) property of a polarization engineered un-doped GaN/AlN/n-type GaN (u-GaN/AlN/n-GaN) photocathode for water splitting.

  15. Step-flow growth mode instability of N-polar GaN under N-excess

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    Chèze, C.

    2013-08-12

    GaN layers were grown on N-polar GaN substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy under different III/V ratios. Ga-rich conditions assure step-flow growth with atomically flat surface covered by doubly-bunched steps, as for Ga-polar GaN. Growth under N-excess however leads to an unstable step-flow morphology. Particularly, for substrates slightly miscut towards <1010>, interlacing fingers are covered by atomic steps pinned on both sides by small hexagonal pits. In contrast, a three-dimensional island morphology is observed on the Ga-polar equivalent sample. We attribute this result to lower diffusion barriers on N-polar compared to Ga-polar GaN under N-rich conditions.

  16. Spectroscopic study of semipolar (112{sup ¯}2)-HVPE GaN exhibiting high oxygen incorporation

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    Schustek, Philipp; Hocker, Matthias; Thonke, Klaus; Klein, Martin; Scholz, Ferdinand; Simon, Ulrich

    2014-10-28

    Spatially resolved luminescence and Raman spectroscopy investigations are applied to a series of (112{sup ¯}2)-GaN samples grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) grown over an initial layer deposited by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy on patterned sapphire substrates. Whereas these two differently grown GaN layers are crystallographically homogeneous, they differ largely in their doping level due to high unintentional oxygen uptake in the HVPE layer. This high doping shows up in luminescence spectra, which can be explained by a free-electron recombination band for which an analytical model considering the Burstein-Moss shift, conduction band tailing, and the bandgap renormalization is included. Secondary ion mass spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, and Hall measurements concordantly determine the electron density to be above 10{sup 19 }cm{sup −3}. In addition, the strain state is assessed by Raman spectroscopy and compared to a finite element analysis.

  17. Epitaxial Growth of GaN Nanowires with High Structural Perfection on a Metallic TiN Film.

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    Wölz, M; Hauswald, C; Flissikowski, T; Gotschke, T; Fernández-Garrido, S; Brandt, O; Grahn, H T; Geelhaar, L; Riechert, H

    2015-06-10

    Vertical GaN nanowires are grown in a self-induced way on a sputtered Ti film by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Both in situ electron diffraction and ex situ ellipsometry show that Ti is converted to TiN upon exposure of the surface to the N plasma. In addition, the ellipsometric data demonstrate this TiN film to be metallic. The diffraction data evidence that the GaN nanowires have a strict epitaxial relationship to this film. Photoluminescence spectroscopy of the GaN nanowires shows excitonic transitions virtually identical in spectral position, line width, and decay time to those of state-of-the-art GaN nanowires grown on Si. Therefore, the crystalline quality of the GaN nanowires grown on metallic TiN and on Si is equivalent. The freedom to employ metallic substrates for the epitaxial growth of semiconductor nanowires in high structural quality may enable novel applications that benefit from the associated high thermal and electrical conductivity as well as optical reflectivity.

  18. Molecular beam epitaxy of single crystalline GaN nanowires on a flexible Ti foil

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    Calabrese, Gabriele; Corfdir, Pierre; Gao, Guanhui; Pfüller, Carsten; Trampert, Achim; Brandt, Oliver; Geelhaar, Lutz; Fernández-Garrido, Sergio

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate the self-assembled growth of vertically aligned GaN nanowire ensembles on a flexible Ti foil by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The analysis of single nanowires by transmission electron microscopy reveals that they are single crystalline. Low-temperature photoluminescence spectroscopy demonstrates that in comparison to standard GaN nanowires grown on Si, the nanowires prepared on the Ti foil exhibit an equivalent crystalline perfection, a higher density of basal-plane stacking faults, but a reduced density of inversion domain boundaries. The room-temperature photoluminescence spectrum of the nanowire ensemble is not influenced or degraded by the bending of the substrate. The present results pave the way for the fabrication of flexible optoelectronic devices based on GaN nanowires on metal foils.

  19. Development of semipolar (11-22) LEDs on GaN templates

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    Corbett, B.; Quan, Z.; Dinh, D. V.; Kozlowski, G.; O'Mahony, D.; Akhter, M.; Schulz, S.; Parbrook, P.; Maaskant, P.; Caliebe, M.; Hocker, M.; Thonke, K.; Scholz, F.; Pristovsek, M.; Han, Y.; Humphreys, C. J.; Brunner, F.; Weyers, M.; Meyer, T. M.; Lymperakis, L.

    2016-03-01

    We report on blue and green light-emitting-diodes (LEDs) grown on (11-22)-GaN templates. The templates were created by overgrowth on structured r-plane sapphire substrates. Low defect density, 100 mm diameter GaN templates were obtained by metal organic vapour phase epitaxy (VPE) and hydride VPE techniques. Chemical-mechanical polishing was used to obtain smooth surfaces for the subsequent growth of LED structures. Ohmic contacts to the p-type GaN were obtained despite the lower activated acceptor levels. The LEDs show excellent output power and fast carrier dynamics. Freestanding LEDs have been obtained by use of laser-lift-off. The work is the result of collaboration under the European Union funded ALIGHT project.

  20. Piezo-generator integrating a vertical array of GaN nanowires

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    Jamond, N.; Chrétien, P.; Houzé, F.; Lu, L.; Largeau, L.; Maugain, O.; Travers, L.; Harmand, J. C.; Glas, F.; Lefeuvre, E.; Tchernycheva, M.; Gogneau, N.

    2016-08-01

    We demonstrate the first piezo-generator integrating a vertical array of GaN nanowires (NWs). We perform a systematic multi-scale analysis, going from single wire properties to macroscopic device fabrication and characterization, which allows us to establish for GaN NWs the relationship between the material properties and the piezo-generation, and to propose an efficient piezo-generator design. The piezo-conversion of individual MBE-grown p-doped GaN NWs in a dense array is assessed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) equipped with a Resiscope module yielding an average output voltage of 228 ± 120 mV and a maximum value of 350 mV generated per NW. In the case of p-doped GaN NWs, the piezo-generation is achieved when a positive piezo-potential is created inside the nanostructures, i.e. when the NWs are submitted to compressive deformation. The understanding of the piezo-generation mechanism in our GaN NWs, gained from AFM analyses, is applied to design a piezo-generator operated under compressive strain. The device consists of NW arrays of several square millimeters in size embedded into spin-on glass with a Schottky contact for rectification and collection of piezo-generated carriers. The generator delivers a maximum power density of ˜12.7 mW cm-3. This value sets the new state of the art for piezo-generators based on GaN NWs and more generally on nitride NWs, and offers promising prospects for the use of GaN NWs as high-efficiency ultra-compact energy harvesters.

  1. Piezo-generator integrating a vertical array of GaN nanowires.

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    Jamond, N; Chrétien, P; Houzé, F; Lu, L; Largeau, L; Maugain, O; Travers, L; Harmand, J C; Glas, F; Lefeuvre, E; Tchernycheva, M; Gogneau, N

    2016-08-12

    We demonstrate the first piezo-generator integrating a vertical array of GaN nanowires (NWs). We perform a systematic multi-scale analysis, going from single wire properties to macroscopic device fabrication and characterization, which allows us to establish for GaN NWs the relationship between the material properties and the piezo-generation, and to propose an efficient piezo-generator design. The piezo-conversion of individual MBE-grown p-doped GaN NWs in a dense array is assessed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) equipped with a Resiscope module yielding an average output voltage of 228 ± 120 mV and a maximum value of 350 mV generated per NW. In the case of p-doped GaN NWs, the piezo-generation is achieved when a positive piezo-potential is created inside the nanostructures, i.e. when the NWs are submitted to compressive deformation. The understanding of the piezo-generation mechanism in our GaN NWs, gained from AFM analyses, is applied to design a piezo-generator operated under compressive strain. The device consists of NW arrays of several square millimeters in size embedded into spin-on glass with a Schottky contact for rectification and collection of piezo-generated carriers. The generator delivers a maximum power density of ∼12.7 mW cm(-3). This value sets the new state of the art for piezo-generators based on GaN NWs and more generally on nitride NWs, and offers promising prospects for the use of GaN NWs as high-efficiency ultra-compact energy harvesters.

  2. Effect of flux composition ratio on the coalescence growth of GaN crystals by the Na-flux method

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    Honjo, Masatomo; Imanishi, Masayuki; Imabayashi, Hiroki; Nakamura, Kosuke; Murakami, Kosuke; Matsuo, Daisuke; Maruyama, Mihoko; Imade, Mamoru; Yoshimura, Masashi; Mori, Yusuke

    2017-03-01

    Previously, we demonstrated that the Na-flux coalescence growth technique had high potential for the fabrication of large-diameter, high-quality GaN crystals. This present study investigates the relation between the flux composition (Ga/Na) and void formation in GaN crystals grown by this technique. It was found that void formation decreases with a decrease in the Ga composition of the flux and that stable coalescence with no voids at the GaN grain boundaries occurred for a Ga composition of 15 mol%. Band-edge emission peaks were clearly observed for a crystal grown at 15 mol% Ga composition, while other peaks were hardly observed.

  3. GaN nanowires with pentagon shape cross-section by ammonia-source molecular beam epitaxy

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    Lin, Yong; Leung, Benjamin; Li, Qiming; Figiel, Jeffrey. J.; Wang, George T.

    2015-10-01

    Ammonia-based molecular beam epitaxy (NH3-MBE) was used to grow catalyst-assisted GaN nanowires on (1 1 bar 02) r-plane sapphire substrates. Dislocation free [ 11 2 bar 0 ] oriented nanowires are formed with pentagon shape cross-section, instead of the usual triangular shape facet configuration. Specifically, the cross-section is the result of the additional two nonpolar { 10 1 bar 0 } side facets, which appear due to a decrease in relative growth rate of the { 10 1 bar 0 } facets to the { 10 1 bar 1 } and { 10 1 bar 1 } facets under the growth regime in NH3-MBE. Compared to GaN nanowires grown by Ni-catalyzed metal-organic chemical vapor deposition, the NH3-MBE grown GaN nanowires show more than an order of magnitude increase in band-edge to yellow luminescence intensity ratio, as measured by cathodoluminescence, indicating improved microstructural and optical properties.

  4. Highly ordered catalyst-free and mask-free GaN nanorods on r-plane sapphire.

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    Aschenbrenner, T; Kruse, C; Kunert, G; Figge, S; Sebald, K; Kalden, J; Voss, T; Gutowski, J; Hommel, D

    2009-02-18

    Self-organized and highly ordered GaN nanorods were grown without catalyst on r-plane sapphire using a combination of molecular beam epitaxy and metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy. AlN nucleation centers for the nanorods were prepared by nitridation of the sapphire in a metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy reactor, while the nanorods were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. A coalesced two-dimensional GaN layer was observed between the nanorods. The nanorods are inclined by 62 degrees towards the [Formula: see text]-directions of the a-plane GaN layer. The high degree of ordering and the structural perfection were confirmed by micro-photoluminescence measurements.

  5. Direct growth of GaN on off-oriented SiC (0001) by molecular-beam epitaxy for GaN/SiC heterojunction bipolar transistor

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    Nakano, Y.; Suda, J.; Kimoto, T.

    2005-05-01

    Direct growth of GaN on misoriented 4H- and 6H-SiC (0001) Si-face substrates and electrical characteristics of n-GaN/p-SiC heterojunction mesa diodes are presented. GaN was grown by molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) using elemental Ga and rf plasma-excited active nitrogen. SiC substrates misoriented 8° toward the [11-20] direction were used in this study. The surfaces of MBE-grown GaN layers have wavy features with peak-to-valley height of 30 nm. These features originated from the substrate misorientation. It was found that step bunching and large faceting along [01-10] and [10-10] directions occurred during the growth of GaN. Lowering the growth temperature suppresses large faceting, and results in reduction of the peak-to-valley height to 3 nm. However, the surface still has the same undulating features (on a smaller length scale). Mesa diodes were fabricated from the grown GaN layers. The correlation between the diode electrical characteristics and GaN growth conditions is discussed.

  6. Optical and structural properties of microcrystalline GaN on an amorphous substrate prepared by a combination of molecular beam epitaxy and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Min, Jung-Wook; Hwang, Hyeong-Yong; Kang, Eun-Kyu; Park, Kwangwook; Kim, Ci-Hyun; Lee, Dong-Seon; Jho, Young-Dahl; Bae, Si-Young; Lee, Yong-Tak

    2016-05-01

    Microscale platelet-shaped GaN grains were grown on amorphous substrates by a combined epitaxial growth method of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). First, MBE GaN was grown on an amorphous substrate as a pre-orienting layer and its structural properties were investigated. Second, MOCVD grown GaN samples using the different growth techniques of planar and selective area growth (SAG) were comparatively investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), cathodoluminescence (CL), and photoluminescence (PL). In MOCVD planar GaN, strong bound exciton peaks dominated despite the high density of the threading dislocations (TDs). In MOCVD SAG GaN, on the other hand, TDs were clearly reduced with bending, but basal stacking fault (BSF) PL peaks were observed at 3.42 eV. The combined epitaxial method not only provides a deep understanding of the growth behavior but also suggests an alternative approach for the growth of GaN on amorphous substances.

  7. Optical and Structural Properties of Microcrystalline GaN on an Amorphous Substrate Prepared by a Combination of Molecular Beam Epitaxy and Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Min, Jung-Wook; Hwang, Hyeong-Yong; Kang, Eun-Kyu; Park, Kwangwook; Kim, Ci-Hyun; Lee, Dong-Seon; Jho, Young-Dahl; Bae, Si-Young; Lee, Yong-Tak

    2016-05-01

    Microscale platelet-shaped GaN grains were grown on amorphous substrates by a combined epitaxial growth method of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). First, MBE GaN was grown on an amorphous substrate as a pre-orienting layer and its structural properties were investigated. Second, MOCVD grown GaN samples using the different growth techniques of planar and selective area growth (SAG) were comparatively investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), cathodoluminescence (CL), and photoluminescence (PL). In MOCVD planar GaN, strong bound exciton peaks dominated despite the high density of the threading dislocations (TDs). In MOCVD SAG GaN, on the other hand, TDs were clearly reduced with bending, but basal stacking fault (BSF) PL peaks were observed at 3.42 eV. The combined epitaxial method not only provides a deep understanding of the growth behavior but also suggests an alternative approach for the growth of GaN on amorphous substances.

  8. Fine structure of the red luminescence band in undoped GaN

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    Reshchikov, M. A.; Usikov, A.; Helava, H.; Makarov, Yu.

    2014-01-20

    Many point defects in GaN responsible for broad photoluminescence (PL) bands remain unidentified. Their presence in thick GaN layers grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) detrimentally affects the material quality and may hinder the use of GaN in high-power electronic devices. One of the main PL bands in HVPE-grown GaN is the red luminescence (RL) band with a maximum at 1.8 eV. We observed the fine structure of this band with a zero-phonon line (ZPL) at 2.36 eV, which may help to identify the related defect. The shift of the ZPL with excitation intensity and the temperature-related transformation of the RL band fine structure indicate that the RL band is caused by transitions from a shallow donor (at low temperature) or from the conduction band (above 50 K) to an unknown deep acceptor having an energy level 1.130 eV above the valence band.

  9. The controlled growth of GaN microrods on Si(111) substrates by MOCVD

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    Foltynski, Bartosz; Garro, Nuria; Vallo, Martin; Finken, Matthias; Giesen, Christoph; Kalisch, Holger; Vescan, Andrei; Cantarero, Andrés; Heuken, Michael

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, a selective area growth (SAG) approach for growing GaN microrods on patterned SiNx/Si(111) substrates by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) is studied. The surface morphology, optical and structural properties of vertical GaN microrods terminated by pyramidal shaped facets (six { 10 1 bar 1} planes) were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), room temperature photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectroscopy, respectively. Measurements revealed high-quality GaN microcolumns grown with silane support. Characterized structures were grown nearly strain-free (central frequency of Raman peak of 567±1 cm-1) with crystal quality comparable to bulk crystals (FWHM=4.2±1 cm-1). Such GaN microrods might be used as a next-generation device concept for solid-state lighting (SSL) applications by realizing core-shell InGaN/GaN multi-quantum wells (MQWs) on the n-GaN rod base.

  10. Ultrathin GaN quantum disk nanowire LEDs with sub-250 nm electroluminescence

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    Chisholm, Matthew F.; Golam Sarwar, A. T. M.; Myers, Roberto C.; ...

    2016-03-18

    By quantum confining GaN at monolayer thickness with AlN barriers inside of a nanowire, deep ultraviolet LEDs are demonstrated. Full three-dimensional strain dependent energy band simulations are carried out within multiple quantum disk (MQD) GaN/AlN nanowire superlattice heterostructures. It is found that, even within the same nanowire MQD, the emission energy of the ultrathin GaN QDs varies from disk to disk due to the changing strain distribution and polarization charge induced energy band bending along the axial nanowire direction. MQD heterostructures are grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy to form self-assembled catalyst-free nanowires with 1 to 2 monolayer thick GaNmore » insertions within an AlN matrix. Photoluminescence peaks are observed at 295 nm and 283 nm from the 2 ML and 1 ML thick MQD samples, respectively. Polarization-doped nanowire LEDs are grown incorporating 1 ML thick GaN MQD active regions from which we observe deep ultraviolet electroluminescence. As a result, the shortest LED wavelength peak observed is 240 nm and attributed to electron hole recombination within 1 ML thick GaN QDs.« less

  11. Compensation in epitaxial cubic SiC films

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    Segall, B.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Haugland, E. J.; Matus, L. G.

    1986-01-01

    Hall measurements on four n-type cubic SiC films epitaxially grown by chemical vapor deposition on SiC substrates are reported. The temperature dependent carrier concentrations indicate that the samples are highly compensated. Donor ionization energies, E sub D, are less than one half the values previously reported. The values for E sub D and the donor concentration N sub D, combined with results for small bulk platelets with nitrogen donors, suggest the relation E sub D (N sub D) = E sub D(O) - alpha N sub N sup 1/3 for cubic SiC. A curve fit gives alpha is approx 2.6x10/5 meV cm and E sub D (O) approx 48 meV, which is the generally accepted value of E sub D(O) for nitrogen donors in cubic SiC.

  12. Localized tip enhanced Raman spectroscopic study of impurity incorporated single GaN nanowire in the sub-diffraction limit

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    Patsha, Avinash E-mail: dhara@igcar.gov.in; Dhara, Sandip; Tyagi, A. K.

    2015-09-21

    The localized effect of impurities in single GaN nanowires in the sub-diffraction limit is reported using the study of lattice vibrational modes in the evanescent field of Au nanoparticle assisted tip enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS). GaN nanowires with the O impurity and the Mg dopants were grown by the chemical vapor deposition technique in the catalyst assisted vapor-liquid-solid process. Symmetry allowed Raman modes of wurtzite GaN are observed for undoped and doped nanowires. Unusually very strong intensity of the non-zone center zone boundary mode is observed for the TERS studies of both the undoped and the Mg doped GaN single nanowires. Surface optical mode of A{sub 1} symmetry is also observed for both the undoped and the Mg doped GaN samples. A strong coupling of longitudinal optical (LO) phonons with free electrons, however, is reported only in the O rich single nanowires with the asymmetric A{sub 1}(LO) mode. Study of the local vibration mode shows the presence of Mg as dopant in the single GaN nanowires.

  13. Tri-halide vapor phase epitaxy of thick GaN using gaseous GaCl3 precursor

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    Murakami, Hisashi; Takekawa, Nao; Shiono, Anna; Thieu, Quang Tu; Togashi, Rie; Kumagai, Yoshinao; Matsumoto, Koh; Koukitu, Akinori

    2016-12-01

    Tri-halide vapor phase epitaxy (THVPE) of thick GaN using GaCl3 was investigated for fabricating low-cost, high-crystalline-quality GaN substrates instead of the conventional manufacturing method of GaCl-based hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE). The growth rate and upper growth temperature limit of GaN using THVPE were found to be much higher than those obtained using conventional HVPE under the same growth conditions. Drastic reduction in the number of dark spots measured by cathodoluminescence at room temperature was observed for the high-temperature-grown GaN layer on the (000-1) GaN/sapphire template due to the enhancement of precursor migration on the growing surface. It was found that the incorporation of impurities such as O, C, and Cl can be reduced even on the N-polarity GaN by increasing the growth temperature. The possibility of enlargement of the crystal diameter by growing the N-polarity GaN layer using THVPE was also proposed.

  14. Distribution coefficients of rare earth ions in cubic zirconium dioxide

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    Romer, H.; Luther, K.-D.; Assmus, W.

    1994-08-01

    Cubic zirconium dioxide crystals are grown with the skull melting technique. The effective distribution coefficients for Nd(exp 3+), Sm(exp 3+) and Er(sup 3+) as dopants are determined experimentally as a function of the crystal growth velocity. With the Burton-Prim-Slichter theory, the equilibrium distribution coefficients can be calculated. The distribution coefficients of all other trivalent rare earth ions can be estimated by applying the correlation towards the ionic radii.

  15. GaN High Power Devices

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    PEARTON,S.J.; REN,F.; ZHANG,A.P.; DANG,G.; CAO,X.A.; LEE,K.P.; CHO,H.; GILA,B.P.; JOHNSON,J.W.; MONIER,C.; ABERNATHY,C.R.; HAN,JUNG; BACA,ALBERT G.; CHYI,J.-I.; LEE,C.-M.; NEE,T.-E.; CHUO,C.-C.; CHI,G.C.; CHU,S.N.G.

    2000-07-17

    A brief review is given of recent progress in fabrication of high voltage GaN and AlGaN rectifiers, GaN/AlGaN heterojunction bipolar transistors, GaN heterostructure and metal-oxide semiconductor field effect transistors. Improvements in epitaxial layer quality and in fabrication techniques have led to significant advances in device performance.

  16. Multicycle rapid thermal annealing optimization of Mg-implanted GaN: Evolution of surface, optical, and structural properties

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    Greenlee, Jordan D.; Feigelson, Boris N.; Anderson, Travis J.; Hite, Jennifer K.; Mastro, Michael A.; Eddy, Charles R.; Hobart, Karl D.; Kub, Francis J.; Tadjer, Marko J.

    2014-08-14

    The first step of a multi-cycle rapid thermal annealing process was systematically studied. The surface, structure, and optical properties of Mg implanted GaN thin films annealed at temperatures ranging from 900 to 1200 °C were investigated by Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence, UV-visible spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and Nomarski microscopy. The GaN thin films are capped with two layers of in-situ metal organic chemical vapor deposition -grown AlN and annealed in 24 bar of N{sub 2} overpressure to avoid GaN decomposition. The crystal quality of the GaN improves with increasing annealing temperature as confirmed by UV-visible spectroscopy and the full widths at half maximums of the E{sub 2} and A{sub 1} (LO) Raman modes. The crystal quality of films annealed above 1100 °C exceeds the quality of the as-grown films. At 1200 °C, Mg is optically activated, which is determined by photoluminescence measurements. However, at 1200 °C, the GaN begins to decompose as evidenced by pit formation on the surface of the samples. Therefore, it was determined that the optimal temperature for the first step in a multi-cycle rapid thermal anneal process should be conducted at 1150 °C due to crystal quality and surface morphology considerations.

  17. The growth of heteroepitaxial CuInSe{sub 2} on free-standing N-polar GaN

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    Shih, Cheng-Hung; Lo, Ikai You, Shuo-Ting; Tsai, Cheng-Da; Tseng, Bae-Heng; Chen, Yun-Feng; Chen, Chiao-Hsin; Lee, Chuo-Han; Lee, Wei-I; Hsu, Gary Z. L.

    2014-12-15

    We report that chalcopyrite CuInSe{sub 2} thin films were grown on free-standing N-polar GaN (0001{sup -}) by molecular beam epitaxy. X-ray diffraction showed that the CuInSe{sub 2} thin film was grown in (112) orientation, and its peak of rocking curve with full width at half maximum of about 897.8 arc-sec indicated the epitaxial growth of CuInSe{sub 2} (112) film on N-polar GaN. Microstructure analysis of the CuInSe{sub 2 } showed that the large lattice mismatch (28.5%) between CuInSe{sub 2 } and GaN is accommodated by domain matching, and no interface reaction occurs between CuInSe{sub 2} and GaN. Our experimental results show that GaN is stable for the epitaxial growth of CuInSe{sub 2} thin film, which exhibits a promising potential for optoelectronic applications.

  18. Structural and optical properties of GaN and InGaN nanoparticles by chemical co-precipitation method

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    Gopalakrishnan, M.; Purushothaman, V.; Venkatesh, P. Sundara; Ramakrishnan, V.; Jeganathan, K.

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: ► First report on InGaN NPs by chemical co-precipitation method. ► There is no phase separation in InGaN NPs. ► Both NPs are suitable for optoelectronic devices in the visible region. ► First experimental observation of phonon mode at 272 cm{sup −1} for GaN NPs. ► First report on μ-Raman analysis for InGaN NPs. -- Abstract: A facile method for the synthesis of gallium nitride (GaN) and indium gallium nitride (InGaN) nanoparticles (NPs) has been reported by simple chemical co-precipitation method. The average diameters of the GaN and InGaN NPs were 12 nm and 38 nm respectively. GaN NPs show high crystalline quality with hexagonal structure while InGaN NPs exhibits some cubic inclusion by X-ray diffraction. Room-temperature photoluminescence analysis shows the near-band edge emission at 3.43 eV for GaN and a strong blue emission at 3.0 eV for In{sub 0.4}Ga{sub 0.6}N NPs. The E{sub 2}{sup H} phonon peaks from micro-Raman scattering at 567 cm{sup −1} for GaN and 564 cm{sup −1} for InGaN confirms the wurtzite nature of both the NPs. In addition, we have also assigned some other phonon modes of GaN associated with zone boundary K point of the Brillouin zone which is not experimentally observed for their bulk counterparts.

  19. Dislocation confinement in the growth of Na flux GaN on metalorganic chemical vapor deposition-GaN

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    Takeuchi, S. Asazu, H.; Nakamura, Y.; Sakai, A.; Imanishi, M.; Imade, M.; Mori, Y.

    2015-12-28

    We have demonstrated a GaN growth technique in the Na flux method to confine c-, (a+c)-, and a-type dislocations around the interface between a Na flux GaN crystal and a GaN layer grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) on a (0001) sapphire substrate. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) clearly revealed detailed interface structures and dislocation behaviors that reduced the density of vertically aligned dislocations threading to the Na flux GaN surface. Submicron-scale voids were formed at the interface above the dislocations with a c component in MOCVD-GaN, while no such voids were formed above the a-type dislocations. The penetration of the dislocations with a c component into Na flux GaN was, in most cases, effectively blocked by the presence of the voids. Although some dislocations with a c component in the MOCVD-GaN penetrated into the Na flux GaN, their propagation direction changed laterally through the voids. On the other hand, the a-type dislocations propagated laterally and collectively near the interface, when these dislocations in the MOCVD-GaN penetrated into the Na flux GaN. These results indicated that the dislocation propagation behavior was highly sensitive to the type of dislocation, but all types of dislocations were confined to within several micrometers region of the Na flux GaN from the interface. The cause of void formation, the role of voids in controlling the dislocation behavior, and the mechanism of lateral and collective dislocation propagation are discussed on the basis of TEM results.

  20. Pole figure measurement of the initial growth of GaN nanoneedles on GaN/Si(111) by using hydride vapor phase epitaxy

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    Jeon, Injun; Lee, Ha Young; Noh, Ji-Yeon; Ahn, Hyung Soo; Yi, Sam Nyung; Jeon, Hunsoo; Shin, Min Jeong; Yu, Young Moon; Ha, Dong Han

    2016-09-01

    We report on crystallographic analyses of one-dimensional GaN nanoneedles grown on a n-GaN epilayer by using hydride vapor phase epitaxy. The nanoneedles were grown with a HCl:NH3 gas flow ratio of 1:38 at 600 °C. The growth time of the GaN nanoneedles affected their morphologies. As time progressed, GaN dots nucleated and then evolved as nanoneedles. The vertical growth rate of GaN nanoneedles was higher than the lateral growth rate under optimized growth conditions. X-ray pole figure measurements were carried out using a four-axis diffractometer. For the sample grown for 20 min, we obtained discrete patterns with six strong dots and weak dough-nut and cotton swab patterns, indicating that most of the nanoneedles were grown ideally, but partially, in the x- y plane with an azimuthal rotation angle ϕ = 15 ~ 45° rotated to the substrate, and a few GaN nanoneedles were tilted by ±4° or by more than 32° from the vertical c-axis.

  1. Robust Visible and Infrared Light Emitting Devices Using Rare-Earth-Doped GaN

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    2006-05-31

    is encapsulated within thin barium titanate (BTO) dielectric layers for enhanced charge trapping at phosphor-dielectric interface. A high density...XRD). Fig. 3 illustrates the XRD spectra for the 4 15 min IGE and 60 min MBE GaN samples . The inserts of Fig. 3 show SEM microphotographs of both... samples grown using various 3 20 min IGE and 60 min MBE on Si substrates. Above bandgap PL was measured at room temperature under 325nm HeCd laser

  2. Hafnium nitride buffer layers for growth of GaN on silicon

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    Armitage, Robert D.; Weber, Eicke R.

    2005-08-16

    Gallium nitride is grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy on (111) and (001) silicon substrates using hafnium nitride buffer layers. Wurtzite GaN epitaxial layers are obtained on both the (111) and (001) HfN/Si surfaces, with crack-free thickness up to 1.2 {character pullout}m. However, growth on the (001) surface results in nearly stress-free films, suggesting that much thicker crack-free layers could be obtained.

  3. Electron beam induced current study of minority carrier diffusion length in homoepitaxial GaN (Conference Presentation)

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    Talin, A. Alec; Collins, Kimberlee C.; Armstrong, Andrew M.; Allerman, Andrew A.; Léonard, François

    2016-09-01

    GaN is a promising material for a range of high power, high frequency, and high temperature device applications. The wide bandgap of GaN leads to high breakdown voltages and low switching losses. Recently, large HVPE grown GaN substrates have become available for homoepitaxial growth leading to 103 reduction in dislocation density compared to similarly grown heteroepitaxial films. Device performance, however, is ultimately limited by the transport properties of minority carriers. Measured values for minority carrier diffusion lengths and lifetimes in GaN vary widely1-3, and a recent report suggests flaws in the commonly adopted electron beam induced current (EBIC) method in the planar-collection geometry.1 Here we report on EBIC measurements performed on 8 micrometer thick GaN grown by MOCVD on 2 inch GaN substrates with a n-type dopant density of 5×1016 cm-3. We determine the carrier diffusion length using both the conventional EBIC method by varying the electron beam-to-contact lateral distance as well as by varying the electron beam penetration depth and find the extracted values differ by 10×, with the latter technique yielding the lower diffusion length. We rationalize these results in light of other materials characteristics including Raman and photoluminescence. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  4. Increased p-type conductivity through use of an indium surfactant in the growth of Mg-doped GaN

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    Kyle, Erin C. H. Kaun, Stephen W.; Young, Erin C.; Speck, James S.

    2015-06-01

    We have examined the effect of an indium surfactant on the growth of p-type GaN by ammonia-based molecular beam epitaxy. p-type GaN was grown at temperatures ranging from 700 to 780 °C with and without an indium surfactant. The Mg concentration in all films in this study was 4.5–6 × 10{sup 19} cm{sup −3} as measured by secondary ion mass spectroscopy. All p-type GaN films grown with an indium surfactant had higher p-type conductivities and higher hole concentrations than similar films grown without an indium surfactant. The lowest p-type GaN room temperature resistivity was 0.59 Ω-cm, and the highest room temperature carrier concentration was 1.6 × 10{sup 18} cm{sup −3}. Fits of the temperature-dependent carrier concentration data showed a one to two order of magnitude lower unintentional compensating defect concentration in samples grown with the indium surfactant. Samples grown at higher temperature had a lower active acceptor concentration. Improvements in band-edge luminescence were seen by cathodoluminescence for samples grown with the indium surfactant, confirming the trends seen in the Hall data.

  5. Nanostructural engineering of nitride nucleation layers for GaN substrate dislocation reduction.

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    Koleske, Daniel David; Lee, Stephen Roger; Lemp, Thomas Kerr; Coltrin, Michael Elliott; Cross, Karen Charlene; Thaler, Gerald

    2009-07-01

    With no lattice matched substrate available, sapphire continues as the substrate of choice for GaN growth, because of its reasonable cost and the extensive prior experience using it as a substrate for GaN. Surprisingly, the high dislocation density does not appear to limit UV and blue LED light intensity. However, dislocations may limit green LED light intensity and LED lifetime, especially as LEDs are pushed to higher current density for high end solid state lighting sources. To improve the performance for these higher current density LEDs, simple growth-enabled reductions in dislocation density would be highly prized. GaN nucleation layers (NLs) are not commonly thought of as an application of nano-structural engineering; yet, these layers evolve during the growth process to produce self-assembled, nanometer-scale structures. Continued growth on these nuclei ultimately leads to a fully coalesced film, and we show in this research program that their initial density is correlated to the GaN dislocation density. In this 18 month program, we developed MOCVD growth methods to reduce GaN dislocation densities on sapphire from 5 x 10{sup 8} cm{sup -2} using our standard delay recovery growth technique to 1 x 10{sup 8} cm{sup -2} using an ultra-low nucleation density technique. For this research, we firmly established a correlation between the GaN nucleation thickness, the resulting nucleation density after annealing, and dislocation density of full GaN films grown on these nucleation layers. We developed methods to reduce the nuclei density while still maintaining the ability to fully coalesce the GaN films. Ways were sought to improve the GaN nuclei orientation by improving the sapphire surface smoothness by annealing prior to the NL growth. Methods to eliminate the formation of additional nuclei once the majority of GaN nuclei were developed using a silicon nitride treatment prior to the deposition of the nucleation layer. Nucleation layer thickness was determined

  6. Bulk ammonothermal GaN

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    Dwiliński, R.; Doradziński, R.; Garczyński, J.; Sierzputowski, L. P.; Puchalski, A.; Kanbara, Y.; Yagi, K.; Minakuchi, H.; Hayashi, H.

    2009-05-01

    In this work, results of structural characterization of high-quality ammonothermal GaN are presented. Besides expected low dislocation density (being of the order of 10 3 cm -2) the most interesting feature seems perfect flatness of the crystal lattice of studied crystals. Regardless the size of crystals, lattice curvature radius exceeds 100 m, whereas better crystals reveal radius of several hundred meters and the best above 1000 m. Excellent crystallinity manifests in very narrow X-ray diffraction peaks of full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) values about 16 arcsec.

  7. Critical impact of Ehrlich-Schwöbel barrier on GaN surface morphology during homoepitaxial growth

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    Kaufmann, Nils. A. K.; Lahourcade, L.; Hourahine, B.; Martin, D.; Grandjean, N.

    2016-01-01

    We discuss the impact of kinetics, and in particular the effect of the Ehrlich-Schwöbel barrier (ESB), on the growth and surface morphology of homoepitaxial GaN layers. The presence of an ESB can lead to various self-assembled surface features, which strongly affect the surface roughness. We present an in-depth study of this phenomenon on GaN homoepitaxial layers grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy and molecular beam epitaxy. We show how a proper tuning of the growth parameters allows for the control of the surface morphology, independent of the growth technique.

  8. Current mapping of nonpolar a-plane and polar c-plane GaN films by conductive atomic force microscopy

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    Xu, Shengrui; Jiang, Teng; Lin, Zhiyu; Zhao, Ying; Yang, Linan; Zhang, Jincheng; Li, Peixian; Hao, Yue

    2016-10-01

    Nonpolar (11-20) a-plane GaN and polar (0001) c-plane GaN films have been grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on r-plane (1-102) and c-plane (0001) sapphire substrates, respectively. Conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) has been used to investigate the local conductivity of the films. C-AFM shows enhanced current conduction within the etch pits of c-plane GaN and triangular pits of a-plane GaN. The results indicate that the off-axis planes are more electrically active than c-plane and a-plane. Surprisingly, the C-AFM values in triangular pit of the a-plane GaN are much smaller than that in etch pits of the c-plane GaN. The dislocations type related current leakage mechanism is revealed for polar c-plane and nonpolar a-plane GaN films.

  9. MOVPE growth of GaN on 6-inch SOI-substrates: effect of substrate parameters on layer quality and strain

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    Lemettinen, J.; Kauppinen, C.; Rudzinski, M.; Haapalinna, A.; Tuomi, T. O.; Suihkonen, S.

    2017-04-01

    We demonstrate that higher crystalline quality, lower strain and improved electrical characteristics can be achieved in gallium nitride (GaN) epitaxy by using a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate compared to a bulk silicon (Si) substrate. GaN layers were grown by metal–organic vapor phase epitaxy on 6-inch bulk Si and SOI wafers using the standard step graded AlGaN and AlN approach. The GaN layers grown on SOI exhibited lower strain according to x-ray diffraction analysis. Defect selective etching measurements suggested that the use of SOI substrate for GaN epitaxy reduces the dislocation density approximately by a factor of two. Furthermore, growth on SOI substrate allows one to use a significantly thinner AlGaN buffer compared to bulk Si. Synchrotron radiation x-ray topography analysis confirmed that the stress relief mechanism in GaN on SOI epitaxy is the formation of a dislocation network to the SOI device Si layer. In addition, the buried oxide layer significantly improves the vertical leakage characteristics as the onset of the breakdown is delayed by approximately 400 V. These results show that the GaN on the SOI platform is promising for power electronics applications.

  10. Size-dependent photoconductivity and dark conductivity of m-axial GaN nanowires with small critical diameter

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    Chen, Hsin-Yi; Chen, Reui-San; Chang, Fu-Chieh; Chen, Li-Chyong; Chen, Kuei-Hsien; Yang, Ying-Jay

    2009-10-01

    The size effects on both the photoconductivity and dark conductivity have been observed in m-axial GaN nanowires grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). For these nanowires with diameters at 50-130 nm, the products of carrier lifetime (τ) and mobility (μ) derived from the photocurrent measurements are typically at (2-8)×10-1 cm2/V, which are over two orders of magnitude higher than the maximal reported values [τμ=(1-5)×10-4 cm2/V] for their thin film counterparts. A significant decrease of τμ value at diameter below the critical values (dcrt) at 30-40 nm is observed. Similar size dependence is also found from the dark conductivity study. The temperature-dependent measurements further indicate two different thermal activation mechanisms in GaN nanowires with sizes above and below the dcrt. These results suggest a surface-dominant transport property in GaN nanowires both in dark and under light illumination due to the presence of surface depletion and band bending. Probable reasons leading to the smaller dcrt of the CVD-grown m-axial GaN nanowires, compared to the c-axial ones grown by molecular beam epitaxy are discussed as well.

  11. Metallic impurities in gallium nitride grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    McHugo, S.A.; Krueger, J.; Kisielowski, C.

    1997-04-01

    Transition metals are often encountered in trace amounts in semiconductors. They have been extensively studied in most elemental and compound systems, since they form deep donor and/or acceptor levels which usually degrade the electronic and optical material properties. Only very little is known about transition metals in recent III-V semiconducting materials, such as GaN, AlN and InN. These few studies have been done exclusively on Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) or Hybrid Vapor Phase Epitaxy HVPE-grown GaN. Preliminary x-ray fluorescence studies at the Advanced Light Source, beamline 10.3.1, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have revealed that GaN materials grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) have Fe, Ni and Cr as the dominant transition metal contaminants. This finding is commensurate with the extremely high concentrations of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen (up to 10{sup 20} cm{sup {minus}3}) measured by Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS). Preliminary work using the mapping capabilities of the x-ray fluorescence microprobe revealed the metal impurities were inhomogeneously distributed over the film. Future work of this collaboration will be to find a correlation between the existence of transition metals in MBE films, as revealed by x-ray fluorescence, and Photoluminescence (PL) spectra taken in the infrared region. Also, the authors will make use of the 1 {mu}m spatial resolution of x-ray microprobe to locate the contaminants in relation to structural defects in the GaN films. Because of the large strain caused by the lattice mismatch between the GaN films and the substrates, the films grow in a columnar order with high densities of grain boundaries and dislocations. These structural defects offer preferential sites for metal precipitation or agglomeration which could degrade the optical properties of this material more so than if the impurities were left dissolved in the GaN.

  12. Epitaxial Growth of Cubic Crystalline Semiconductor Alloys on Basal Plane of Trigonal or Hexagonal Crystal

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    Park, Yeonjoon (Inventor); Choi, Sang H. (Inventor); King, Glen C. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    Hetero-epitaxial semiconductor materials comprising cubic crystalline semiconductor alloys grown on the basal plane of trigonal and hexagonal substrates, in which misfit dislocations are reduced by approximate lattice matching of the cubic crystal structure to underlying trigonal or hexagonal substrate structure, enabling the development of alloyed semiconductor layers of greater thickness, resulting in a new class of semiconductor materials and corresponding devices, including improved hetero-bipolar and high-electron mobility transistors, and high-mobility thermoelectric devices.

  13. Multiple CubicBezier Curves.

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    Khonsari, Michael M.; Horn, Douglas

    1990-01-01

    An algorithm is described for generating smooth curves of first-order continuity. The algorithm is composed of several cubic Bezier curves joined together at the user defined control points. Introduced is a tension control parameter which can be set thus providing additional flexibility in the design of free-form curves. (KR)

  14. Cubic Unit Cell Construction Kit.

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    Mattson, Bruce

    2000-01-01

    Presents instructions for building a simple interactive unit-cell construction kit that allows for the construction of simple, body-centered, and face-centered cubic lattices. The lit is built from inexpensive and readily available materials and can be built in any number of sizes. (WRM)

  15. Cubication of Conservative Nonlinear Oscillators

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    Belendez, Augusto; Alvarez, Mariela L.; Fernandez, Elena; Pascual, Immaculada

    2009-01-01

    A cubication procedure of the nonlinear differential equation for conservative nonlinear oscillators is analysed and discussed. This scheme is based on the Chebyshev series expansion of the restoring force, and this allows us to approximate the original nonlinear differential equation by a Duffing equation in which the coefficients for the linear…

  16. Tellurium n-type doping of highly mismatched amorphous GaN1-xAsx alloys in plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Novikov, S. V.; Ting, M.; Yu, K. M.; ...

    2014-10-01

    In this paper we report our study on n-type Te doping of amorphous GaN1-xAsx layers grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. We have used a low temperature PbTe source as a source of tellurium. Reproducible and uniform tellurium incorporation in amorphous GaN1-xAsx layers has been successfully achieved with a maximum Te concentration of 9×10²⁰ cm⁻³. Tellurium incorporation resulted in n-doping of GaN1-xAsx layers with Hall carrier concentrations up to 3×10¹⁹ cm⁻³ and mobilities of ~1 cm²/V s. The optimal growth temperature window for efficient Te doping of the amorphous GaN1-xAsx layers has been determined.

  17. Comparative study of deep levels in HVPE and MOCVD GaN by combining O-DLTS and pulsed photo-ionization spectroscopy

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    Pavlov, J.; Čeponis, T.; Gaubas, E.; Meskauskaite, D.; Reklaitis, I.; Vaitkus, J.; Grigonis, R.; Sirutkaitis, V.

    2015-12-01

    Operational characteristics of sensors made of GaN significantly depend on technologically introduced defects acting as rapid traps of excess carriers which reduce charge collection efficiency of detectors. In order to reveal the prevailing defects in HVPE and MOCVD grown GaN, the carrier lifetime and photo-ionization spectra have been simultaneously measured by using microwave probed photo-conductivity transient technique. Several traps ascribed to impurities as well as vacancy and anti-site type defects have been identified in HVPE GaN material samples by combining photo-ionization and electron spin resonance spectroscopy. The optical deep level transient spectroscopy technique has been applied for spectroscopy of the parameters of thermal emission from the traps ascribed to technological defects in the Schottky barrier terrace structures fabricated on MOCVD GaN.

  18. Growth of GaN nanotubes and nanowires

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    He, Maoqi; Zhou, Piezhen; Mohammad, S. Noor; Halpern, Joshua; Jacobs, Randy; Sarney, Wendy; Salamanca-Riba, Lourdes

    2001-03-01

    We have grown GaN nanowires and nanotubes by direct reaction of Ga metal vapor with NH3 in a simple tube furnace. By varying the ammonia flow rate (20-120 sccm) and temperature (800-1000 ^oC) we have been able to control onset of growth, and the diameters of these cylindrically symmetric nanostructures. The length of the nanowires and nanotubes is determined by the duration of the growth cycle. The nanowires and nanotubes that we have studied are single crystal and have a wurtzite structure. In the first 90 minutes, a 1 or 2 μ thick amorphous GaN matrix is deposited. Soon after pebble like polycrystalline hillocks form. Single crystal nanowires sprout from the sides of the platelets. The diameter of the nanowire is the same as the thickness of the plate, that is the smallest dimension of the face from which it grows. Since the platelet thickness depends on temperature and the ammonia, the thickness of the nanowires is proportional to the temperature and ammonia flow rate. At higher temperatures and flow rates nanotubes and rods start to grow from the flat surface of the plates

  19. ODENDOR of Defects in GaN Epitaxial Layers

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    Glaser, E. R.; Kennedy, T. A.; Carlos, W. E.; Freitas, J. A., Jr.; Wickenden, A. E.; Koleske, D. D.

    1998-03-01

    Optically-detected electron-nuclear double resonance (ODENDOR) at 24 GHz has been performed on a set of GaN epitaxial layers (undoped and Si-doped) grown on Al_2O3 to identify and locate residual defects and dopants.(E.R. Glaser et al., submitted to Phys. Rev. B) The first observation was made by the Paderborn group.(F.K. Koschnick et al., Phys. Rev. B 54, R11042 (1996).) Strong ODENDOR with resolved quadrupole structure was observed between 6 and 14 MHz on the g = 1.951 effective-mass (EM) donor resonance found on the 2.2 eV emission bands from two high-resistivity films (n <= 1x10^16 cm-3). The lines are assigned to ^69,71Ga lattice nuclei coupled to the residual donors through a weak hyperfine interaction (<= 1 MHz). The quadrupole splitting of ~ 2.3 MHz found for ^69Ga varies between samples and in comparison to published values for strain-free GaN by 15-25 %. The symmetry of the electric field gradient provides evidence that the donors are located in the crystallites rather than near grain boundaries. ODENDOR was not found between 1.5 and 140 MHz on the g = 1.991 deep defect resonances. Possible reasons for the absence of signals will be discussed.

  20. Nearly stress-free substrates for GaN homoepitaxy

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    Hermann, M.; Gogova, D.; Siche, D.; Schmidbauer, M.; Monemar, B.; Stutzmann, M.; Eickhoff, M.

    2006-08-01

    High-quality 300 μm thick GaN crack-free layers grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) on c-plane sapphire without buffer layers and separated from the substrate by laser lift-off were investigated by high resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD), low-temperature photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence. All these characterization techniques confirm the high structural quality of the resulting material. Lateral X-ray mapping of the free-standing bulk-like GaN shows a homogeneous compressive stress of less than 40 MPa and a heterogeneous stress of about 80 MPa. The formation of twin grains (domains) were observed both in the reciprocal space mapping of the (2 0 .5) reflection and in rocking curve measurements. The latter ones revealed an estimated lateral coherence length of about 1.2 μm. The crystallite size along the c-axis is estimated to be larger than 20 μm. An upper limit of the density of dislocations with a component of the Burgers vector along the c-axis (screw and mixed type) of 1.3×10 7 cm -2 was extracted from the XRD data, while transmission electron microscopy measurements revealed a dislocation density of 1.7×10 7 cm -2. Thus, these layers are suitable as lattice-parameter and thermal-expansion matched substrates for strain-free homoepitaxy of GaN-based device heterostructures.

  1. Excitation mechanisms of Er optical centers GaN epilayers

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    Hawkins, Matthew; Jiang, Hongxing; Lin, Jingyu; Zavada, John; Vinh, Nguyen

    We report direct evidence of two mechanisms responsible for the excitation of optically active Er3 + ions in GaN epilayers grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. These mechanisms, resonant excitation via the higher-lying inner 4f shell transitions and band-to-band excitation of the semiconductor host, lead to narrow emission lines from isolated and the defect-related Er optical centers. However, these centers have different photoluminescence spectra, local defect environments, decay dynamics, and excitation cross sections. The photoluminescence at 1.54 micrometer from the isolated Er optical center which can be excited by either mechanism has the same decay dynamics, but possesses a much higher excitation cross-section under band-to-band excitation. In contrast, the photoluminescence at 1.54 micrometer from the defect-related Er optical center can only be observed through band-to-band excitation but has the largest excitation cross-section. These results explain the difficulty in achieving gain in Er doped GaN and indicate approaches for realization of optical amplification, and possibly lasing, at room temperature.

  2. MOCVD growth of N-polar GaN on on-axis sapphire substrate: Impact of AlN nucleation layer on GaN surface hillock density

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    Marini, Jonathan; Leathersich, Jeffrey; Mahaboob, Isra; Bulmer, John; Newman, Neil; (Shadi) Shahedipour-Sandvik, F.

    2016-05-01

    We report on the impact of growth conditions on surface hillock density of N-polar GaN grown on nominally on-axis (0001) sapphire substrate by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). Large reduction in hillock density was achieved by implementation of an optimized high temperature AlN nucleation layer and use of indium surfactant in GaN overgrowth. A reduction by more than a factor of five in hillock density from 1000 to 170 hillocks/cm-2 was achieved as a result. Crystal quality and surface morphology of the resultant GaN films were characterized by high resolution x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy and found to be relatively unaffected by the buffer conditions. It is also shown that the density of smaller surface features is unaffected by AlN buffer conditions.

  3. Tunnel-injection GaN quantum dot ultraviolet light-emitting diodes

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    Verma, Jai; Kandaswamy, Prem Kumar; Protasenko, Vladimir; Verma, Amit; Grace Xing, Huili; Jena, Debdeep

    2013-01-28

    We demonstrate a GaN quantum dot ultraviolet light-emitting diode that uses tunnel injection of carriers through AlN barriers into the active region. The quantum dot heterostructure is grown by molecular beam epitaxy on AlN templates. The large lattice mismatch between GaN and AlN favors the formation of GaN quantum dots in the Stranski-Krastanov growth mode. Carrier injection by tunneling can mitigate losses incurred in hot-carrier injection in light emitting heterostructures. To achieve tunnel injection, relatively low composition AlGaN is used for n- and p-type layers to simultaneously take advantage of effective band alignment and efficient doping. The small height of the quantum dots results in short-wavelength emission and are simultaneously an effective tool to fight the reduction of oscillator strength from quantum-confined Stark effect due to polarization fields. The strong quantum confinement results in room-temperature electroluminescence peaks at 261 and 340 nm, well above the 365 nm bandgap of bulk GaN. The demonstration opens the doorway to exploit many varied features of quantum dot physics to realize high-efficiency short-wavelength light sources.

  4. GaN nano-pyramid arrays as an efficient photoelectrode for solar water splitting

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    Hou, Y.; Yu, X.; Syed, Z. Ahmed; Shen, S.; Bai, J.; Wang, T.

    2016-11-01

    A prototype photoelectrode has been fabricated using a GaN nano-pyramid array structure grown on a cost-effective Si (111) substrate, demonstrating a significant improvement in performance of solar-powered water splitting compared with any planar GaN photoelectrode. Such a nano-pyramid structure leads to enhanced optical absorption as a result of a multi-scattering process which can effectively produce a reduction in reflectance. A simulation based on a finite-difference time-domain approach indicates that the nano-pyramid architecture enables incident light to be concentrated within the nano-pyramids as a result of micro-cavity effects, further enhancing optical absorption. Furthermore, the shape of the nano-pyramid further facilitates the photo-generated carrier transportation by enhancing a hole-transfer efficiency. All these features as a result of the nano-pyramid configuration lead to a large photocurrent of 1 mA cm-2 under an illumination density of 200 mW cm-2, with a peak incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency of 46.5% at ˜365 nm, around the band edge emission wavelength of GaN. The results presented are expected to pave the way for the fabrication of GaN based photoelectrodes with a high energy conversion efficiency of solar powered water splitting.

  5. Incorporation of Mg in Free-Standing HVPE GaN Substrates

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    Zvanut, M. E.; Dashdorj, J.; Freitas, J. A.; Glaser, E. R.; Willoughby, W. R.; Leach, J. H.; Udwary, K.

    2016-06-01

    Mg, the only effective p-type dopant for nitrides, is well studied in thin films due to the important role of the impurity in light-emitting diodes and high-power electronics. However, there are few reports of Mg in thick free-standing GaN substrates. Here, we demonstrate successful incorporation of Mg into GaN grown by hydride vapor-phase epitaxy (HVPE) using metallic Mg as the doping source. The concentration of Mg obtained from four separate growth runs ranged between 1016 cm-3 and 1019 cm-3. Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction revealed that Mg did not induce stress or perturb the crystalline quality of the HVPE GaN substrates. Photoluminescence (PL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopies were performed to investigate the types of point defects in the crystals. The near-band-edge excitonic and shallow donor-shallow acceptor radiative recombination processes involving shallow Mg acceptors were prominent in the PL spectrum of a sample doped to 3 × 1018 cm-3, while the EPR signal was also thought to represent a shallow Mg acceptor. Detection of this signal reflects minimization of nonuniform strain obtained in the thick free-standing HVPE GaN compared with heteroepitaxial thin films.

  6. GaN nano-pyramid arrays as an efficient photoelectrode for solar water splitting.

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    Hou, Y; Yu, X; Syed, Z Ahmed; Shen, S; Bai, J; Wang, T

    2016-11-11

    A prototype photoelectrode has been fabricated using a GaN nano-pyramid array structure grown on a cost-effective Si (111) substrate, demonstrating a significant improvement in performance of solar-powered water splitting compared with any planar GaN photoelectrode. Such a nano-pyramid structure leads to enhanced optical absorption as a result of a multi-scattering process which can effectively produce a reduction in reflectance. A simulation based on a finite-difference time-domain approach indicates that the nano-pyramid architecture enables incident light to be concentrated within the nano-pyramids as a result of micro-cavity effects, further enhancing optical absorption. Furthermore, the shape of the nano-pyramid further facilitates the photo-generated carrier transportation by enhancing a hole-transfer efficiency. All these features as a result of the nano-pyramid configuration lead to a large photocurrent of 1 mA cm(-2) under an illumination density of 200 mW cm(-2), with a peak incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency of 46.5% at ∼365 nm, around the band edge emission wavelength of GaN. The results presented are expected to pave the way for the fabrication of GaN based photoelectrodes with a high energy conversion efficiency of solar powered water splitting.

  7. Fabrication of non-polar GaN based highly responsive and fast UV photodetector

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    Gundimeda, Abhiram; Krishna, Shibin; Aggarwal, Neha; Sharma, Alka; Sharma, Nita Dilawar; Maurya, K. K.; Husale, Sudhir; Gupta, Govind

    2017-03-01

    We report the fabrication of ultraviolet photodetector on non-polar (11-20), nearly stress free, Gallium Nitride (GaN) film epitaxially grown on r-plane (1-102) sapphire substrate. High crystalline film leads to the formation of two faceted triangular islands like structures on the surface. The fabricated GaN ultraviolet photodetector exhibited a high responsivity of 340 mA/W at 5 V bias at room temperature which is the best performance reported for a-GaN/r-sapphire films. A detectivity of 1.24 × 109 Jones and noise equivalent power of 2.4 × 10-11 WHz-1/2 were also attained. The rise time and decay time of 280 ms and 450 ms have been calculated, respectively, which were the fastest response times reported for non-polar GaN ultraviolet photodetector. Such high performance devices substantiate that non-polar GaN can serve as an excellent photoconductive material for ultraviolet photodetector based applications.

  8. Effect of defects in oxide templates on Non-catalytic growth of GaN nanowires for high-efficiency light-emitting diodes

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    Hwang, Sung Won; Choi, Suk-Ho

    2016-04-01

    Two kinds of oxide templates, one with and one without undercuts, are employed to study the effect of defects in oxide templates on non-catalytic growth of GaN nanowires (NWs). GaN NWs abnormally grown from the templates containing undercuts exhibit two types of patterns: earlystage growth of premature NWs and abnormally-overgrown (~2 μm) NWs. GaN NWs grown on perfectly-symmetric template patterns are highly crystalline and have high aspect ratios (2 ~ 5), and their tops are shaped as pyramids with semipolar facets, clearly indicating hexagonal symmetry. The internal quantum efficiency of the well-grown NWs is 10% larger than that of the deformed NWs, as estimated by using photoluminescence. These results suggest that our technique is an effective approach for growing large-area-patterned, vertically-aligned, hexagonal GaN NWs without catalysts, in strong contrast to catalytic vapor-liquid-solid growth, and that good formation of the oxide templates is crucial for the growth of high-quality GaN NWs.

  9. Significant improvement of GaN crystal quality with ex-situ sputtered AlN nucleation layers

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    Chen, Shuo-Wei; Yang, Young; Wen, Wei-Chih; Li, Heng; Lu, Tien-Chang

    2016-03-01

    Ex-situ sputtered AlN nucleation layer has been demonstrated effective to significantly improve crystal quality and electrical properties of GaN epitaxy layers for GaN based Light-emitting diodes (LEDs). In this report, we have successfully reduced X-ray (102) FWHM from 240 to 110 arcsec, and (002) FWHM from 230 to 101 arcsec. In addition, reverse-bias voltage (Vr) increased around 20% with the sputtered AlN nucleation layer. Furthermore, output power of LEDs grown on sputtered AlN nucleation layer can be improved around 4.0% compared with LEDs which is with conventional GaN nucleation layer on pattern sapphire substrate (PSS).

  10. Spatial characterization of a 2 in GaN wafer by Raman spectroscopy and capacitance voltage measurements

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    Huang, Y.; Chen, X. D.; Fung, S.; Beling, C. D.; Ling, C. C.

    2004-10-01

    Micro-Raman spectroscopy and capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements have been used to investigate 2 in GaN epitaxial wafers grown by hydride vapour phase epitaxy on sapphire substrates. The position and line shape of the A1 longitudinal optical (LO) phonon mode were used to determine the carrier concentration at different locations across the wafer. The line-shape fitting of the Raman A1 (LO) coupled modes taken from horizontal lateral-different positions on the wafer yielded a rudimentary spatial map of the carrier concentration. These data compare well with a carrier density map of the wafer obtained by C-V measurements, confirming the non-uniform distribution of carrier concentration in the GaN epitaxial film and that Raman spectroscopy of the LO phonon-plasmon mode can be used as a reliable and production friendly wafer quality test for GaN wafer manufacturing processes.

  11. Photoluminescence enhancement from GaN by beryllium doping

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    García-Gutiérrez, R.; Ramos-Carrazco, A.; Berman-Mendoza, D.; Hirata, G. A.; Contreras, O. E.; Barboza-Flores, M.

    2016-10-01

    High quality Be-doped (Be = 0.19 at.%) GaN powder has been grown by reacting high purity Ga diluted alloys (Be-Ga) with ultra high purity ammonia in a horizontal quartz tube reactor at 1200 °C. An initial low-temperature treatment to dissolve ammonia into the Ga melt produced GaN powders with 100% reaction efficiency. Doping was achieved by dissolving beryllium into the gallium metal. The powders synthesized by this method regularly consist of two particle size distributions: large hollow columns with lengths between 5 and 10 μm and small platelets in a range of diameters among 1 and 3 μm. The GaN:Be powders present a high quality polycrystalline profile with preferential growth on the [10 1 bar 1] plane, observed by means of X-ray diffraction. The three characteristics growth planes of the GaN crystalline phase were found by using high resolution TEM microscopy. The optical enhancing of the emission in the GaN powder is attributed to defects created with the beryllium doping. The room temperature photoluminescence emission spectra of GaN:Be powders, revealed the presence of beryllium on a shoulder peak at 3.39 eV and an unusual Y6 emission at 3.32eV related to surface donor-acceptor pairs. Also, a donor-acceptor-pair transition at 3.17 eV and a phonon replica transition at 3.1 eV were observed at low temperature (10 K). The well-known yellow luminescence band coming from defects was observed in both spectra at room and low temperature. Cathodoluminescence emission from GaN:Be powders presents two main peaks associated with an ultraviolet band emission and the yellow emission known from defects. To study the trapping levels related with the defects formed in the GaN:Be, thermoluminescence glow curves were obtained using UV and β radiation in the range of 50 and 150 °C.

  12. Bulk GaN Ion Cleaving

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    Moutanabbir, O.; Gösele, U.

    2010-05-01

    Bulk or freestanding GaN is a key material in various devices other than the blue laser diodes. However, the high cost of bulk GaN wafers severely limits the large scale exploitation of these potential technologies. In this paper, we discuss some engineering issues involved in the application of the ion-cut process to split a thin layer from 2-inch freestanding GaN. This process combines the implantation of light ions and wafer bonding and can possibly be used to reduce the cost of the fabrication of GaN-based devices by allowing the transfer of several bulk quality thin layers from the same donor wafer. To achieve this multi-layer transfer several conditions must be fulfilled. Here issues related to bulk GaN surface irregularities and wafer bowing are discussed. We also describe a method to circumvent most of these problems and achieve high quality bonding.

  13. Ge doping of GaN beyond the Mott transition

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    Ajay, A.; Schörmann, J.; Jiménez-Rodriguez, M.; Lim, C. B.; Walther, F.; Rohnke, M.; Mouton, I.; Amichi, L.; Bougerol, C.; Den Hertog, M. I.; Eickhoff, M.; Monroy, E.

    2016-11-01

    We present a study of germanium as n-type dopant in wurtzite GaN films grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy, reaching carrier concentrations of up to 6.7  ×  1020 cm-3 at 300 K, well beyond the Mott density. The Ge concentration and free carrier density were found to scale linearly with the Ge flux in the studied range. All the GaN:Ge layers present smooth surface morphology with atomic terraces, without trace of pits or cracks, and the mosaicity of the samples has no noticeable dependence on the Ge concentration. The variation of the GaN:Ge band gap with the carrier concentration is consistent with theoretical calculations of the band gap renormalization due to electron-electron and electron-ion interaction, and Burstein-Moss effect.

  14. Heteroepitaxial VO{sub 2} thin films on GaN: Structure and metal-insulator transition characteristics

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    Zhou You; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2012-10-01

    Monolithic integration of correlated oxide and nitride semiconductors may open up new opportunities in solid-state electronics and opto-electronics that combine desirable functional properties of both classes of materials. Here, we report on epitaxial growth and phase transition-related electrical properties of vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) thin films on GaN epitaxial layers on c-sapphire. The epitaxial relation is determined to be (010){sub vo{sub 2}} parallel (0001){sub GaN} parallel (0001){sub A1{sub 2O{sub 3}}} and [100]{sub vo{sub 2}} parallel [1210]{sub GaN} parallel [0110]{sub A1{sub 2O{sub 3}}} from x-ray diffraction. VO{sub 2} heteroepitaxial growth and lattice mismatch are analyzed by comparing the GaN basal plane (0001) with the almost close packed corrugated oxygen plane in vanadium dioxide and an experimental stereographic projection describing the orientation relationship is established. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy suggests a slightly oxygen rich composition at the surface, while Raman scattering measurements suggests that the quality of GaN layer is not significantly degraded by the high-temperature deposition of VO{sub 2}. Electrical characterization of VO{sub 2} films on GaN indicates that the resistance changes by about four orders of magnitude upon heating, similar to epitaxial VO{sub 2} films grown directly on c-sapphire. It is shown that the metal-insulator transition could also be voltage-triggered at room temperature and the transition threshold voltage scaling variation with temperature is analyzed in the framework of a current-driven Joule heating model. The ability to synthesize high quality correlated oxide films on GaN with sharp phase transition could enable new directions in semiconductor-photonic integrated devices.

  15. Growth and characteristics of self-assembly defect-free GaN surface islands by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Hsu, Kuang-Yuan; Wang, Cheng-Yu; Liu, Chuan-Pu

    2011-04-01

    GaN surface nano-islands of high crystal quality, without any dislocations or other extended defects, are grown on a c-plane sapphire substrate by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Nano-island growth requires special conditions in terms of V/III ratio and substrate temperature, distinct from either film or nanocolumn growth. The insertion of a nitrided Ga layer can effectively improve the uniformity of the nano-islands in both shape and size. The islands are well faced truncated pyramids with island size ranged from 30 to 110 nm, and height ranged from 30 to 55 nm. On, the other hand, the density and facet of the GaN surface islands would be affected by the growth conditions. An increase of the V/III ratio from 30 to 40 led to an increase in density from 1.4 x 10(9) to 4.3 x 10(9) cm(-2) and an evolution from {1-21-1} facets to {1-21-2} facets. The GaN layers containing the surface islands can moderate the compressive strain due to the lattice and thermal mismatch between GaN and c-sapphire. Conductive atomic force microscopy shows that the off-axis sidewall facets are more electrically active than those at the island center. The formation of the GaN surface islands is strongly induced by the Ehrlich-Schwoebel barrier effect of preexisting islands grown in the early growth stage. GaN surface islands are ideal templates for growing nano-devices.

  16. Studies of Cubic Ice Crystals

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    1989-12-11

    the nitrate ion concentration in the ice. We hypothesize that Br- was oxidized to bromine (Br2), hypobromous acid (HOBr), or bromic acid (HBr03). The...Crystals grown from solutions of ammonium carbonate at -16°C 35 10 Crystals grown from solutions of sulfuric acid at -16°C 36 11 Ice crystal aspect ratios...elaborate crystals. When we compare this with the results of Workman and Reynolds for acid solutions, which all yielded negligible freezing potentials, we

  17. Optical and Electrical Characteristics of CO2-Laser-Treated Mg-Doped GaN Film

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    Lai, Wei-Chih; Yokoyama, Meiso; Chang, Shoou-Jinn; Guo, Jan-Dar; Sheu, Chia-hon; Chen, Tsung-yu; Tsai, Wen-Chung; Tsang, Jian-Shihn; Chan, Shih-Hsiung; Sze, Simon M.

    2000-11-01

    This work investigates the optical and electrical characteristics of CO2-laser annealed Mg-doped GaN films to activate Mg-doped p-type GaN films. Results obtained from the CO2 laser annealing investigation were similar to those of thermal annealing or low energy electron beam irradiation (LEEBI) treatment to activate the Mg-doped p-GaN films. The room-temperature photoluminescence (PL) intensity of the blue emission of the Mg-doped GaN film after 10 W laser annealing was approximately ten times stronger than that of the as-grown film. The resistivity of the Mg-doped GaN film decreased from 105 Ω{\\cdot}cm to 2-3 Ω{\\cdot}cm as the laser annealing power rose above 6 W@. The hole concentration of Mg-doped GaN film was approximately 1× 1017 cm-3 when the laser annealing power was 7.5 W.

  18. MOCVD of ZnO thin films for potential use as compliant layers for GaN on Si

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    Black, Kate; Jones, Anthony C.; Chalker, Paul R.; Gaskell, Jeffrey M.; Murray, Robert T.; Joyce, Tim B.; Rushworth, Simon A.

    2008-03-01

    This paper explores the use of nanostructured zinc oxide (ZnO) films as a compliant buffer layer for the growth of gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon substrates. Thin films of ZnO have been deposited on silicon (1 1 1) substrates by liquid injection metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) using dimethyl zinc-tetrahydrofuran adduct and oxygen. The use of the adduct complex avoids pre-reaction between the dialkyl zinc complex and oxygen which has been observed elsewhere. ZnO films deposited by this method were stoichiometric and of high purity, with no detectable carbon contamination. Films were deposited over a temperature range 350-550 °C, and exhibited a nanowire-like morphology. Subsequent deposition of GaN layers grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on the ZnO film resulted in the transformation of the nanowires to gallium oxide, accompanied by virtually complete removal of zinc from the layer. A heteroepitaxially oriented ( c-axis) GaN/gallium oxide/silicon structure was produced after the nitride deposition which consisted of characteristic columnar GaN with the GaN[0 0 0 1]||Si [1 1 1]. Selective area electron diffraction of the by-product oxide interlayer showed a polycrystalline-like behaviour that gave rise to a random azimuthal distribution of the GaN grains.

  19. Topical Review: Development of overgrown semi-polar GaN for high efficiency green/yellow emission

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    Wang, T.

    2016-09-01

    The most successful example of large lattice-mismatched epitaxial growth of semiconductors is the growth of III-nitrides on sapphire, leading to the award of the Nobel Prize in 2014 and great success in developing InGaN-based blue emitters. However, the majority of achievements in the field of III-nitride optoelectronics are mainly limited to polar GaN grown on c-plane (0001) sapphire. This polar orientation poses a number of fundamental issues, such as reduced quantum efficiency, efficiency droop, green and yellow gap in wavelength coverage, etc. To date, it is still a great challenge to develop longer wavelength devices such as green and yellow emitters. One clear way forward would be to grow III-nitride device structures along a semi-/non-polar direction, in particular, a semi-polar orientation, which potentially leads to both enhanced indium incorporation into GaN and reduced quantum confined Stark effects. This review presents recent progress on developing semi-polar GaN overgrowth technologies on sapphire or Si substrates, the two kinds of major substrates which are cost-effective and thus industry-compatible, and also demonstrates the latest achievements on electrically injected InGaN emitters with long emission wavelengths up to and including amber on overgrown semi-polar GaN. Finally, this review presents a summary and outlook on further developments for semi-polar GaN based optoelectronics.

  20. Direct Growth of a-Plane GaN on r-Plane Sapphire by Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Hsu, Hsiao-Chiu; Su, Yan-Kuin; Huang, Shyh-Jer; Wang, Yu-Jen; Wu, Chun-Ying; Chou, Ming-Chieh

    2010-04-01

    In this study, we had demonstrated the direct growth of nonpolar a-plane GaN on an r-plane sapphire by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) without any buffer layer. First, in this experiment, we had determined the optimum temperature for two-step growth, including obtaining three-dimensional (3D) GaN islands in the nucleation layer and coalescing with a further two-dimensional (2D) growth mode. The result shows that the nucleation layer grown under high temperature (1150 °C) leads to large islands with few grain boundaries. Under the same temperature, the effect of the V/III ratio on the growth of the overlaying GaN layer to obtain a flat and void free a-plane GaN layer is also studied. The result indicates one can directly grow a smooth epitaxial layer on an r-plane sapphire by changing the V/III ratio. The rms roughness decreases from 13.61 to 2.02 nm. The GaN crystal quality is verified using a mixed acid to etch the film surface. The etch pit density (EPD) is 3.16 ×107 cm-2.

  1. Analysis of the carbon-related 'blue' luminescence in GaN

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    Armitage, R.; Yang, Q.; Weber, E.R.

    2004-09-24

    The properties of a broad 2.86 eV photoluminescence band in carbon-doped GaN were studied as a function of C-doping level, temperature, and excitation density. The results are consistent with a C{sub Ga}-C{sub N} deep donor-deep acceptor recombination mechanism as proposed by Seager et al. For GaN:C grown by molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) the 2.86 eV band is observed in Si co-doped layers exhibiting high n-type conductivity as well as in semi-insulating material. For low excitation density (4 W/cm{sup 2}) the 2.86 eV band intensity decreases as a function of cw-laser exposure time over a period of many minutes. The transient behavior is consistent with a model based on carrier diffusion and charge trapping-induced Coulomb barriers. The temperature dependence of the blue luminescence below 150 K was different for carbon-contaminated GaN grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) compared to C-doped MBE GaN.

  2. Large lattice relaxation deep levels in neutron-irradiated GaN

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    Li, S.; Zhang, J. D.; Beling, C. D.; Wang, K.; Wang, R. X.; Gong, M.; Sarkar, C. K.

    2005-11-01

    Deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and deep level optical spectroscopy (DLOS) measurements have been carried out in neutron-irradiated n-type hydride-vapor-phase-epitaxy-grown GaN. A defect center characterized by a DLTS line, labeled as N1, is observed at EC-ET=0.17 eV. Another line, labeled as N2, at EC-ET=0.23 eV, seems to be induced at the same rate as N1 under irradiation and may be identified with E1. Other defects native to wurtzite GaN such as the C and E2 lines appear to enhance under neutron irradiation. The DLOS results show that the defects N1 and N2 have large Frank-Condon shifts of 0.64 and 0.67 eV, respectively, and hence large lattice relaxations. The as-grown and neutron-irradiated samples all exhibit the persistent photoconductivity effect commonly seen in GaN that may be attributed to DX centers. The concentration of the DX centers increases significantly with neutron dosage and is helpful in sustaining sample conductivity at low temperatures, thus making possible DLTS measurements on N1 an N2 in the radiation-induced deep-donor defect compensated material which otherwise are prevented by carrier freeze-out.

  3. Cubic Icosahedra? A Problem in Assigning Symmetry

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    Lloyd, D. R.

    2010-01-01

    There is a standard convention that the icosahedral groups are classified separately from the cubic groups, but these two symmetry types have been conflated as "cubic" in some chemistry textbooks. In this note, the connection between cubic and icosahedral symmetries is examined, using a simple pictorial model. It is shown that octahedral and…

  4. Solving Cubic Equations by Polynomial Decomposition

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    Kulkarni, Raghavendra G.

    2011-01-01

    Several mathematicians struggled to solve cubic equations, and in 1515 Scipione del Ferro reportedly solved the cubic while participating in a local mathematical contest, but did not bother to publish his method. Then it was Cardano (1539) who first published the solution to the general cubic equation in his book "The Great Art, or, The Rules of…

  5. Identification of the primary compensating defect level responsible for determining blocking voltage of vertical GaN power diodes

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    King, M. P.; Kaplar, R. J.; Dickerson, J. R.; ...

    2016-10-31

    Electrical performance and characterization of deep levels in vertical GaN P-i-N diodes grown on low threading dislocation density (~104 –106 cm–2) bulk GaN substrates are investigated. The lightly doped n drift region of these devices is observed to be highly compensated by several prominent deep levels detected using deep level optical spectroscopy at Ec-2.13, 2.92, and 3.2 eV. A combination of steady-state photocapacitance and lighted capacitance-voltage profiling indicates the concentrations of these deep levels to be Nt = 3 × 1012, 2 × 1015, and 5 × 1014 cm–3, respectively. The Ec-2.92 eV level is observed to be the primarymore » compensating defect in as-grown n-type metal-organic chemical vapor deposition GaN, indicating this level acts as a limiting factor for achieving controllably low doping. The device blocking voltage should increase if compensating defects reduce the free carrier concentration of the n drift region. Understanding the incorporation of as-grown and native defects in thick n-GaN is essential for enabling large VBD in the next-generation wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices. Furthermore, controlling the as-grown defects induced by epitaxial growth conditions is critical to achieve blocking voltage capability above 5 kV.« less

  6. A new system for sodium flux growth of bulk GaN. Part I: System development

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    Von Dollen, Paul; Pimputkar, Siddha; Alreesh, Mohammed Abo; Albrithen, Hamad; Suihkonen, Sami; Nakamura, Shuji; Speck, James S.

    2016-12-01

    Though several methods exist to produce bulk crystals of gallium nitride (GaN), none have been commercialized on a large scale. The sodium flux method, which involves precipitation of GaN from a sodium-gallium melt supersaturated with nitrogen, offers potentially lower cost production due to relatively mild process conditions while maintaining high crystal quality. We successfully developed a novel apparatus for conducting crystal growth of bulk GaN using the sodium flux method which has advantages with respect to prior reports. A key task was to prevent sodium loss or migration from the growth environment while permitting N2 to access the growing crystal. We accomplished this by implementing a reflux condensing stem along with a reusable capsule containing a hermetic seal. The reflux condensing stem also enabled direct monitoring of the melt temperature, which has not been previously reported for the sodium flux method. Furthermore, we identified and utilized molybdenum and the molybdenum alloy TZM as a material capable of directly containing the corrosive sodium-gallium melt. This allowed implementation of a crucible-free system, which may improve process control and potentially lower crystal impurity levels. Nucleation and growth of parasitic GaN (;PolyGaN;) on non-seed surfaces occurred in early designs. However, the addition of carbon in later designs suppressed PolyGaN formation and allowed growth of single crystal GaN. Growth rates for the (0001) Ga face (+c-plane) were up to 14 μm/h while X-ray omega rocking (ω-XRC) curve full width half-max values were 731″ for crystals grown using a later system design. Oxygen levels were high, >1019 atoms/cm3, possibly due to reactor cleaning and handling procedures.

  7. On the piezoelectric coupling constant of epitaxial Mg-doped GaN

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    Xu, X.; Woods, R. C.

    2010-07-01

    The electromechanical coupling coefficient ( k2) of an Mg-doped GaN epilayer has been evaluated by Lee et al. [IEEE Trans Electron Dev 2001;48:524-9] as (4.3 ± 0.3)%, which is much higher than those of other comparable III-V materials. As this is a surprising result, the present paper reports an independent determination of k2 from a similar Mg-doped GaN epilayer for comparison. A 2 μm thick Mg-doped GaN epilayer ((0 0 0 1) orientation) was grown on a c-plane sapphire substrate. The atomic concentration of Mg was 1.2 × 10 18/cm 3. Surface-acoustic wave (SAW) delay-line filters were fabricated using evaporated aluminium and "lift-off" techniques, and consisted of pairs of interdigital transducers (IDTs). Each IDT had 150 pairs of double-fingers. The SAW propagation direction in the sapphire substrate was [ 1¯ 1 0 0]. Acoustic wavelengths of 32 μm, 40 μm, 48 μm and 56 μm were used in the present work. The insertion loss of these filters was found to be more than 80 dB. This allows an upper bound of the electromechanical coupling coefficient ( k2) of the Mg-doped GaN epilayer to be calculated as 1 × 10 -4%. Our value, significantly lower than previously reported, shows that an Mg-doped GaN epilayer may not be such a promising material for SAW devices as appeared at first sight.

  8. Epitaxial Growth of GaN Films by Pulse-Mode Hot-Mesh Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Komae, Yasuaki; Yasui, Kanji; Suemitsu, Maki; Endoh, Tetsuo; Ito, Takashi; Nakazawa, Hideki; Narita, Yuzuru; Takata, Masasuke; Akahane, Tadashi

    2009-07-01

    Intermittent gas supplies for hot-mesh chemical vapor deposition (CVD) for the epitaxial growth of gallium nitride (GaN) films were investigated to improve film crystallinity and optical properties. The GaN films were deposited on SiC/Si(111) substrates using an alternating-source gas supply or an intermittent supply of source gases such as ammonia (NH3) and trimethylgallium (TMG) in hot-mesh CVD after deposition of an aluminum nitride (AlN) buffer layer. The AlN layer was deposited using NH3 and trimethylaluminum (TMA) on a SiC layer grown by carbonization of a Si substrate using propane (C3H8). GaN films were grown on the AlN layer by a reaction between NHx radicals generated on a ruthenium (Ru)-coated tungsten (W) mesh and TMG molecules. After testing various gas supply modes, GaN films with good crystallinity and surface morphology were obtained using an intermittent supply of TMG and a continuous supply of NH3 gas. An optimal interval for the TMG gas supply was also obtained for the apparatus employed.

  9. The Formation and Characterization of GaN Hexagonal Pyramids

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    Zhang, Shi-Ying; Xiu, Xiang-Qian; Lin, Zeng-Qin; Hua, Xue-Mei; Xie, Zi-Li; Zhang, Rong; Zheng, You-Dou

    2013-05-01

    GaN with hexagonal pyramids is fabricated using the photo-assisted electroless chemical etching method. Defective areas of the GaN substrate are selectively etched in a mixed solution of KOH and K2S2O8 under ultraviolet illumination, producing submicron-sized pyramids. Hexagonal pyramids on the etched GaN with well-defined {101¯1¯} facets and very sharp tips are formed. High-resolution x-ray diffraction shows that etched GaN with pyramids has a higher crystal quality, and micro-Raman spectra reveal a tensile stress relaxation in GaN with pyramids compared with normal GaN. The cathodoluminescence intensity of GaN after etching is significantly increased by three times, which is attributed to the reduction in the internal reflection, high-quality GaN with pyramids and the Bragg effect.

  10. Unraveling the strain state of GaN down to single nanowires

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    Auzelle, Thomas; Biquard, Xavier; Bellet-Amalric, Edith; Fang, Zhihua; Roussel, Hervé; Cros, Ana; Daudin, Bruno

    2016-12-01

    GaN nanowires (NWs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy are usually assumed free of strain in spite of different individual luminescence signatures. To ascertain this usual assumption, the c/a of a GaN NW assembly has been characterized using both X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, with scaling the measurement down to the single NW. Free-standing single NWs have been observed free of strain—defined as [c /a -(c/a ) o]/(c/a ) o —within the experimental accuracy amounting to 1.25 × 10-4. However, in the general case, a significant portion of the NWs is coalesced, generating an average tensile strain that can be partly released by detaching the NWs from their substrates. It is concluded that at the scale of the single NW, the free surface and the residual doping do not generate a significant strain and only coalescence does.

  11. Growth regimes during homoepitaxial growth of GaN by ammonia molecular beam epitaxy

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    Corrion, A. L.; Wu, F.; Speck, J. S.

    2012-09-01

    c-plane GaN films were grown by ammonia molecular beam epitaxy on metal-organic chemical vapor deposition templates for a wide range of NH3:Ga flux ratios and growth temperatures, and the resulting films were characterized using atomic force microscopy, reflection high-energy electron diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Three distinct nitrogen-rich growth regimes—unstable layer-by-layer, quasi-stable step flow, and dislocation-mediated pitting—were identified based on the growth mode and film properties. In addition, step flow growth was observed under conditions of gallium droplet accumulation. The results indicate the existence of two regimes for step-flow growth of GaN by ammonia MBE—both gallium-rich and nitrogen-rich. Growth mode instabilities and mound formation were observed and are discussed in the context of a step-edge energy barrier to adatom diffusion over a terrace.

  12. (-201) β-Gallium oxide substrate for high quality GaN materials

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    Roqan, I. S.; Muhammed, M. M.

    2014-03-01

    (-201) oriented β-Ga2O3 has the potential to be used as a transparent and conductive substrate for GaN-growth. The key advantages of Ga2O3 are its small lattice mismatches (4.7%), appropriate structural, thermal and electrical properties and a competitive price compared to other substrates. Optical characterization show that GaN layers grown on (-201) oriented β-Ga2O3 are dominated by intense bandedge emission with a high luminescence efficiency. Atomic force microscopy studies show a modest threading dislocation density of ~108 cm-2, while complementary Raman spectroscopy indicates that the GaN epilayer is of high quality with slight compressive strain. Room temperature time-findings suggest that the limitation of the photoluminescence lifetime (~500 ps) is due to nonradiative recombination arising from threading dislocation. Therefore, by optimizing the growth conditions, high quality material with significant optical efficiency can be obtained.

  13. The effects of Si doping on dislocation movement and tensile stress in GaN films

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    Moram, M. A.; Kappers, M. J.; Massabuau, F.; Oliver, R. A.; Humphreys, C. J.

    2011-04-01

    Dislocations in undoped GaN move in response to the in-plane tensile stress present during film growth. Dislocation movement during growth relieves tensile stress, produces arrays of a-type dislocations and reduces the overall dislocation density, with preferential reduction of (a+c)-type dislocations. However, Si-doping limits dislocation movement, limiting the relief of the tensile stress that develops during growth and limiting dislocation reduction, probably due to the formation of Si impurity atmospheres at dislocations. Consequently, Si-doped films are under relatively greater tensile stress compared to undoped GaN films grown under similar conditions. Alternative dopants could be chosen to reduce tensile stress development, such as Ge.

  14. MOCVD of BN and GaN thin films on silicon: new attempt of GaN growth with BN buffer layer

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    Boo, Jin-Hyo; Rohr, Carsten; Ho, Wilson

    1998-06-01

    Highly oriented polycrystalline h-BN thin films were deposited on silicon substrates in the temperature range of 600-900°C from the single molecular precursor of borane-triethylamine complex, (C 2H 5) 3N : BH 3, by supersonic jet assisted chemical vapor deposition. Hydrogen was used as carrier gas, and additional nitrogen was supplied by either ammonia through a nozzle or nitrogen via a remote microwave plasma. Hexagonal GaN films were also grown on Si(1 0 0) with h-BN buffer layers at temperatures between 550 and 750°C with dual supersonic molecular beam sources. Triethylgallium, (C 2H 5) 3Ga, and ammonia, NH 3, were used as precursors. Hydrogen was used as seeding gas for the precursors, providing a wide range of possible kinetic energies for the supersonic beams. The h-BN buffer layers and the GaN films were characterized in situ by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and ex situ by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and optical transmission. This is the first report of growing the h-BN films on silicon substrates from the single source precursor of borane-triethylamine complex and new attempts of GaN film growth on silicon with BN buffer layer.

  15. High Efficiency m-plane LEDs on Low Defect Density Bulk GaN Substrates

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    David, Aurelien

    2012-10-15

    Solid-state lighting is a key technology for reduction of energy consumption in the US and worldwide. In principle, by replacing standard incandescent bulbs and other light sources with sources based on light-emitting diodes (LEDs), ultimate energy efficiency can be achieved. The efficiency of LEDs has improved tremendously over the past two decades, however further progress is required for solid- state lighting to reach its full potential. The ability of an LED at converting electricity to light is quantified by its internal quantum efficiency (IQE). The material of choice for visible LEDs is Gallium Nitride (GaN), which is at the basis of blue-emitting LEDs. A key factor limiting the performance of GaN LEDs is the so-called efficiency droop, whereby the IQE of the LED decreases significantly at high current density. Despite decades of research, efficiency droop remains a major issue. Since high-current operation is necessary for practical lighting applications, reducing droop is a major challenge for the scientific community and the LED industry. Our approach to solving the droop issue is the use of newly available low-defect-density bulk GaN non-polar substrates. In contrast to the standard foreign substrates (sapphire, silicon carbide, silicon) used in the industry, we have employed native bulk GaN substrates with very low defect density, thus ensuring exquisite material quality and high IQE. Whereas all commercial LEDs are grown along the c-plane crystal direction of GaN, we have used m-plane non-polar substrates; these drastically modify the physical properties of the LED and enable a reduction of droop. With this approach, we have demonstrated very high IQE performance and low droop. Our results focused on violet and blue LEDs. For these, we have demonstrated very high peak IQEs and current droops of 6% and 10% respectively (up to a high current density of 200A.cm-2). All these results were obtained under electrical operation. These high IQE and low droop

  16. GaN nanowire tip for high aspect ratio nano-scale AFM metrology (Conference Presentation)

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    Behzadirad, Mahmoud; Dawson, Noel; Nami, Mohsen; Rishinaramangalam, Ashwin K.; Feezell, Daniel F.; Busani, Tito L.

    2016-09-01

    In this study we introduce Gallium Nitride (GaN) nanowire (NW) as high aspect ratio tip with excellent durability for nano-scale metrology. GaN NWs have superior mechanical property and young modulus compare to commercial Si and Carbon tips which results in having less bending issue during measurement. The GaN NWs are prepared via two different methods: i) Catalyst-free selected area growth, using Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD), ii) top-down approach by employing Au nanoparticles as the mask material in dry-etch process. To achieve small diameter tips, the semipolar planes of the NWs grown by MOCVD are etched using AZ400k. The diameter of the NWs fabricated using the top down process is controlled by using different size of nanoparticles and by Inductively Coupled Plasma etching. NWs with various diameters were manipulated on Si cantilevers using Focus Ion Beam (FIB) to make tips for AFM measurement. A Si (110) substrate containing nano-scale grooves with vertical 900 walls were used as a sample for inspection. AFM measurements were carried out in tapping modes for both types of nanowires (top-down and bottom-up grown nanowires) and results are compared with conventional Si and carbon nanotube tips. It is shown our fabricated tips are robust and have improved edge resolution over conventional Si tips. GaN tips made with NW's fabricated using our top down method are also shown to retain the gold nanoparticle at tip, which showed enhanced field effects in Raman spectroscopy.

  17. The importance of structural inhomogeneity in GaN thin films

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    Liliental-Weber, Z.; Reis, Roberto dos; Weyher, Jan L.; Staszczak, Grzegorz; Jakieła, Rafał

    2016-12-01

    This paper describes two types of MOCVD-grown n-type GaN layers (Samples A and B) with similar carrier concentration but behaved differently under galvanic photo-etching. In order to understand this behavior, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) for cross-section and plan-view samples, Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS) and photoluminescence (PL) techniques were applied. SIMS studies showed that Si, C and O are approximately at the same concentration in both samples, but Sample B also contained Fe and Mg. Both GaN samples were grown on sapphire substrate with Ga growth polarity, which was confirmed by Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction (CBED). Despite a smaller layer thickness in Sample B, the density of edge dislocations is almost one order of magnitude lower than in Sample A. In addition, planar defects formed in this sample in the transition area between the undoped buffer and Si doped layers resulted in a substantial decrease in the density of screw dislocations at the sample surface. These planar defects most probably gave rise to the PL lines observed at 3.42 eV and 3.32 eV. The new PL lines that only appeared in Sample B might be related to Mg impurities found in this sample. There were no detectable gettering of these impurities at dislocations using different diffraction conditions. However, Fe rich platelets were found only in Sample B due to the presence of Fe as well as hexagonal features, similar to defects reported earlier in highly Mg-doped GaN. These structural and chemical non-uniformities between the two GaN samples can explain their different etching behaviors. This paper demonstrates that samples with similar carrier concentrations do not necessarily ensure similar structural and optical properties and that additional material characterization are needed to ensure that devices built on such samples have similar performance.

  18. Reduction of crack density in ammonothermal bulk GaN growth

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    Letts, Edward; Key, Daryl; Hashimoto, Tadao

    2016-12-01

    The growth of high quality GaN by the ammonothermal method is appealing due to the potential to scale and achieve very high crystal quality. Several applications could benefit from the supply of very high quality GaN such as high power light emitting diodes, laser diodes, and high power electronics. Despite steady advancement by the few groups developing ammonothermal growth technology, high quality ammonothermal GaN wafers have yet be manufactured in great quantities. This paper reviews the current progress of ammonothermal growth at SixPoint Materials. Growths were performed at T<600 °C and P<300 MPa on GaN seed crystals produced by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE). For thin boules, <1 mm growth thickness, no cracking is observed. Historically however, SixPoint Materials' ammonothermal growth on HVPE seeds eventually experiences a curvature flip giving extremely high radius of curvature at a critical thickness. As the growth continues the radius of curvature degrades and cracking is observed. Since IWBNSVIII, SixPoint Materials has improved the crack free area for 5 mm thick boules from 5 to 80 mm2 to the complete seed area. This result is repeatable in multiple reactors. Careful selection of the HVPE seeds led to the greatest reduction in cracking. Seed selection combined with an additional technique has allowed boules to be grown crack free. X-ray diffraction was carried out on an ammonothermally grown boule at 90 points along a 44 mm line providing a mean (002) and (201) full width half max (FWHM) reflection of 29 and 35″ respectively using a beam spot of 0.3 mm x 0.3 mm and an open detector. The radius of curvature is typically between 3 and 20 m across the sample. Dislocation densities are routinely low 105 cm-2 .

  19. Weighted cubic and biharmonic splines

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    Kvasov, Boris; Kim, Tae-Wan

    2017-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the design of algorithms for interpolating discrete data by using weighted cubic and biharmonic splines in such a way that the monotonicity and convexity of the data are preserved. We formulate the problem as a differential multipoint boundary value problem and consider its finite-difference approximation. Two algorithms for automatic selection of shape control parameters (weights) are presented. For weighted biharmonic splines the resulting system of linear equations can be efficiently solved by combining Gaussian elimination with successive over-relaxation method or finite-difference schemes in fractional steps. We consider basic computational aspects and illustrate main features of this original approach.

  20. Mushroom structure of GaN template for epitaxial growth of GaN

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    Lee, Sung Bo; Kwon, Tae-Wan; Park, Jungwon; Jin Choi, Won; Sung Park, Hae

    2012-07-01

    In the present study, we show the formation of mushroom morphology produced by a ramp anneal of a low-temperature GaN buffer layer. Structural analysis by transmission electron microscopy indicates that the cap of the mushroom has the stable wurtzitic GaN structure, whereas the stem possesses the metastable zinc-blende structure. With the air gap introduced between the substrate and the cap of the mushroom structure, threading dislocations propagate along its stem. The formation of the mushroom morphology is suggested to result from the nucleation of wurtzitic GaN on the surface of the low-temperature buffer layer during the ramp anneal, followed by mass transport of GaN from the buffer layer, which remains zinc-blende during the anneal, to the surface, because wurtzitic GaN has the lower structure energy than zinc-blende GaN. This study extends limits of the conventional use of the buffer layer, laying the foundation for the development of low-cost recipes for achieving GaN templates with a low density of threading dislocations.

  1. Improved crystal quality of semipolar (10 1 bar 3) GaN on Si(001) substrates using AlN/GaN superlattice interlayer

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    Lee, Ho-Jun; Bae, Si-Young; Lekhal, Kaddour; Mitsunari, Tadashi; Tamura, Akira; Honda, Yoshio; Amano, Hiroshi

    2016-11-01

    The planar epitaxial growth of semipolar (10 1 bar 3) GaN on a Si(001) substrate was performed on a directionally sputtered AlN buffer layer. Three types of interlayers, i.e., single AlN, double AlN, and a stack of AlN/GaN layers were grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) to achieve high quality GaN films. The results for the stack of AlN/GaN layers provide highest crystal quality and optical properties for GaN. Comparing the top (Ga face) and bottom (N face) surfaces of grown semipolar (10 1 bar 3) GaN confirms the defect density reduction that is due to the application of interlayers. Moreover, reduced inversion domain density on the bottom surface is attributed with the insertion of interlayers. Improving the quality of semipolar GaN on Si(001) substrates is expected to be useful for GaN/Si(001) integrated optoelectronics.

  2. Method of growing GaN films with a low density of structural defects using an interlayer

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    Bourret-Courchesne, Edith D.

    2003-01-01

    A dramatic reduction of the dislocation density in GaN was obtained by insertion of a single thin interlayer grown at an intermediate temperature (IT-IL) after the growth of an initial grown at high temperature. A description of the growth process is presented with characterization results aimed at understanding the mechanisms of reduction in dislocation density. A large percentage of the threading dislocations present in the first GaN epilayer are found to bend near the interlayer and do not propagate into the top layer which grows at higher temperature in a lateral growth mode. TEM studies show that the mechanisms of dislocation reduction are similar to those described for the epitaxial lateral overgrowth process, however a notable difference is the absence of coalescence boundaries.

  3. Theoretical study of gallium nitride molecules, GaN2 and GaN4.

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    Tzeli, Demeter; Theodorakopoulos, Giannoula; Petsalakis, Ioannis D

    2008-09-18

    The electronic and geometric structures of gallium dinitride GaN 2, and gallium tetranitride molecules, GaN 4, were systematically studied by employing density functional theory and perturbation theory (MP2, MP4) in conjunction with the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set. In addition, for the ground-state of GaN 4( (2)B 1) a density functional theory study was carried out combining different functionals with different basis sets. A total of 7 minima have been identified for GaN 2, while 37 structures were identified for GaN 4 corresponding to minima, transition states, and saddle points. We report geometries and dissociation energies for all the above structures as well as potential energy profiles, potential energy surfaces and bonding mechanisms for some low-lying electronic states of GaN 4. The dissociation energy of the ground-state GaN 2 ( X (2)Pi) is 1.1 kcal/mol with respect to Ga( (2)P) + N 2( X (1)Sigma g (+)). The ground-state and the first two excited minima of GaN 4 are of (2)B 1( C 2 v ), (2)A 1( C 2 v , five member ring), and (4)Sigma g (-)( D infinityh ) symmetry, respectively. The dissociation energy ( D e) of the ground-state of GaN 4, X (2)B 1, with respect to Ga( (2)P) + 2 N 2( X (1)Sigma g (+)), is 2.4 kcal/mol, whereas the D e of (4)Sigma g (-) with respect to Ga( (4)P) + 2 N 2( X (1)Sigma g (+)) is 17.6 kcal/mol.

  4. Hardness of cubic solid solutions

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    Gao, Faming

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate that a hardening rule exists in cubic solid solutions with various combinations of ionic, covalent and metallic bonding. It is revealed that the hardening stress ∆τFcg is determined by three factors: shear modulus G, the volume fraction of solute atoms fv, and the size misfit degree δb. A simple hardening correlation in KCl-KBr solid-solution is proposed as ∆τFcg = 0.27 G. It is applied to calculate the hardening behavior of the Ag-Au, KCl-KBr, InP-GaP, TiN-TiC, HfN-HfC, TiC-NbC and ZrC-NbC solid-solution systems. The composition dependence of hardness is elucidated quantitatively. The BN-BP solid-solution system is quantitatively predicted. We find a hardening plateau region around the x = 0.55–0.85 in BNxP1−x, where BNxP1−x solid solutions are far harder than cubic BN. Because the prediction is quantitative, it sets the stage for a broad range of applications. PMID:28054659

  5. Transparent polycrystalline cubic silicon nitride.

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    Nishiyama, Norimasa; Ishikawa, Ryo; Ohfuji, Hiroaki; Marquardt, Hauke; Kurnosov, Alexander; Taniguchi, Takashi; Kim, Byung-Nam; Yoshida, Hidehiro; Masuno, Atsunobu; Bednarcik, Jozef; Kulik, Eleonora; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Wakai, Fumihiro; Irifune, Tetsuo

    2017-03-17

    Glasses and single crystals have traditionally been used as optical windows. Recently, there has been a high demand for harder and tougher optical windows that are able to endure severe conditions. Transparent polycrystalline ceramics can fulfill this demand because of their superior mechanical properties. It is known that polycrystalline ceramics with a spinel structure in compositions of MgAl2O4 and aluminum oxynitride (γ-AlON) show high optical transparency. Here we report the synthesis of the hardest transparent spinel ceramic, i.e. polycrystalline cubic silicon nitride (c-Si3N4). This material shows an intrinsic optical transparency over a wide range of wavelengths below its band-gap energy (258 nm) and is categorized as one of the third hardest materials next to diamond and cubic boron nitride (cBN). Since the high temperature metastability of c-Si3N4 in air is superior to those of diamond and cBN, the transparent c-Si3N4 ceramic can potentially be used as a window under extremely severe conditions.

  6. Vacancy Relaxation in Cubic Crystals

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    Girifalco, L. A.; Weizer, V. G.

    1960-01-01

    The configuration of the atoms surrounding a vacancy in four face-centered cubic and three body-centered cubic metals has been computed, using a pairwise, central-force model in which the energy of interaction between two atoms was taken to have the form of a Morse function. Only radial relaxations were considered. The first and second nearest-neighbor relaxations for the face-centered systems were found to be: Pb (1.42,-0.43), Ni (2.14,-0.39), Cu(2.24,-0.40) and Ca (2.73,-0.41, expressed in percentages of normal distances. For the body-centered systems the relaxations out to the fourth nearest neighbors to the vacancy were: Fe (6.07,-2.12, -0.25, -), Ba (7.85, -2.70, 0.70, -0.33) and Na (10.80, -3.14, 3.43, -0.20). The positive signs indicate relaxation toward the vacancy and the negative signs indicate relaxation away from the vacancy. The energies of relaxation (eV) are: Pb (0.162), Ni (0.626), Cu (0.560), Ca (0.400), Fe (1.410), Ba (0.950) and Na (0.172).

  7. Transparent polycrystalline cubic silicon nitride

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    Nishiyama, Norimasa; Ishikawa, Ryo; Ohfuji, Hiroaki; Marquardt, Hauke; Kurnosov, Alexander; Taniguchi, Takashi; Kim, Byung-Nam; Yoshida, Hidehiro; Masuno, Atsunobu; Bednarcik, Jozef; Kulik, Eleonora; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Wakai, Fumihiro; Irifune, Tetsuo

    2017-03-01

    Glasses and single crystals have traditionally been used as optical windows. Recently, there has been a high demand for harder and tougher optical windows that are able to endure severe conditions. Transparent polycrystalline ceramics can fulfill this demand because of their superior mechanical properties. It is known that polycrystalline ceramics with a spinel structure in compositions of MgAl2O4 and aluminum oxynitride (γ-AlON) show high optical transparency. Here we report the synthesis of the hardest transparent spinel ceramic, i.e. polycrystalline cubic silicon nitride (c-Si3N4). This material shows an intrinsic optical transparency over a wide range of wavelengths below its band-gap energy (258 nm) and is categorized as one of the third hardest materials next to diamond and cubic boron nitride (cBN). Since the high temperature metastability of c-Si3N4 in air is superior to those of diamond and cBN, the transparent c-Si3N4 ceramic can potentially be used as a window under extremely severe conditions.

  8. Transparent polycrystalline cubic silicon nitride

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    Nishiyama, Norimasa; Ishikawa, Ryo; Ohfuji, Hiroaki; Marquardt, Hauke; Kurnosov, Alexander; Taniguchi, Takashi; Kim, Byung-Nam; Yoshida, Hidehiro; Masuno, Atsunobu; Bednarcik, Jozef; Kulik, Eleonora; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Wakai, Fumihiro; Irifune, Tetsuo

    2017-01-01

    Glasses and single crystals have traditionally been used as optical windows. Recently, there has been a high demand for harder and tougher optical windows that are able to endure severe conditions. Transparent polycrystalline ceramics can fulfill this demand because of their superior mechanical properties. It is known that polycrystalline ceramics with a spinel structure in compositions of MgAl2O4 and aluminum oxynitride (γ-AlON) show high optical transparency. Here we report the synthesis of the hardest transparent spinel ceramic, i.e. polycrystalline cubic silicon nitride (c-Si3N4). This material shows an intrinsic optical transparency over a wide range of wavelengths below its band-gap energy (258 nm) and is categorized as one of the third hardest materials next to diamond and cubic boron nitride (cBN). Since the high temperature metastability of c-Si3N4 in air is superior to those of diamond and cBN, the transparent c-Si3N4 ceramic can potentially be used as a window under extremely severe conditions. PMID:28303948

  9. Hardness of cubic solid solutions

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    Gao, Faming

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate that a hardening rule exists in cubic solid solutions with various combinations of ionic, covalent and metallic bonding. It is revealed that the hardening stress ∆τFcg is determined by three factors: shear modulus G, the volume fraction of solute atoms fv, and the size misfit degree δb. A simple hardening correlation in KCl-KBr solid-solution is proposed as ∆τFcg = 0.27 G. It is applied to calculate the hardening behavior of the Ag-Au, KCl-KBr, InP-GaP, TiN-TiC, HfN-HfC, TiC-NbC and ZrC-NbC solid-solution systems. The composition dependence of hardness is elucidated quantitatively. The BN-BP solid-solution system is quantitatively predicted. We find a hardening plateau region around the x = 0.55–0.85 in BNxP1‑x, where BNxP1‑x solid solutions are far harder than cubic BN. Because the prediction is quantitative, it sets the stage for a broad range of applications.

  10. Resonantly enhanced selective photochemical etching of GaN

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    Trichas, E.; Kayambaki, M.; Iliopoulos, E.; Pelekanos, N. T.; Savvidis, P. G.

    2009-04-01

    Wavelength dependent photochemical etching of GaN films reveals a strong resonant enhancement of the photocurrent at the GaN gap, in close agreement with the excitonic absorption profile of GaN. The corresponding etching rate of GaN strongly correlates with the measured photocurrent. No photocurrent, nor etching is observed for AlGaN films under same excitation conditions. The method could pave the way to the development of truly selective etching of GaN on AlGaN for the fabrication of nitride based optoelectronic devices.

  11. Growth of self-standing GaN substrates

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    Lee, Hyun-Jae; Fujii, Katsushi; Goto, Takenari; Kim, Chinkyo; Chang, Jiho; Hong, Soon-Ku; Cho, Meoungwhan; Yao, Takafumi

    2010-03-01

    Large-sized and high-quality free standing GaN are required with the development of GaN-based devices. We have developed new techniques to reduce the price of GaN substrates. In this paper, we introduce a simple fabrication way of freestanding GaN substrate using hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE). An evaporable buffer layer was applied for the fabrication of 2inch freestanding GaN to separate from a sapphire substrate, in other words, a freestanding GaN was fabricated only by HVPE (one-stop process) without any process.

  12. Direct Growth of a-Plane GaN on r-Plane Sapphire Substrate by Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy

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    Araki, Masahiro; Mochimizo, Noriaki; Hoshino, Katsuyuki; Tadatomo, Kazuyuki

    2007-02-01

    We have investigated the direct growth of nonpolar a-plane GaN layers on an r-plane sapphire substrate by metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOVPE). A high-density nucleation of GaN islands was obtained on the r-plane sapphire substrate at the initial stage of the high-temperature growth without a buffer layer, which resulted in a two-dimensional (2D) growth mode. We studied the effects of V/III ratio growth conditions on the surface morphology and growth features of an a-plane GaN layer. The results showed that a high density of pits with an inverse-pyramidal shape were formed at a high V/III ratio, whereas a relatively low density of pits were formed at a low V/III ratio due to the increase in the rate of lateral growth along the c-axis direction. We successfully grew a-plane GaN layers with a flat and pit-free surface using the “two-step growth method”. The method consisted of growing a first layer at a high V/III ratio and growing a second layer at a low V/III ratio. We found that the first layer plays an important role in GaN layer growth. The formation of a void-free GaN layer with sidewall facets in the first step leads to a flat and pit-free layer grown at a high rate of lateral growth along the c-axis direction in the second step.

  13. Automated reasoning about cubic curves.

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    Padmanabhan, R.; McCune, W.; Mathematics and Computer Science; Univ. of Manitoba

    1995-01-01

    It is well known that the n-ary morphisms defined on projective algebraic curves satisfy some strong local-to-global equational rules of derivation not satisfied in general by universal algebras. For example, every rationally defined group law on a cubic curve must be commutative. Here we extract from the geometry of curves a first order property (gL) satisfied by all morphisms defined on these curves such that the equational consequences known for projective curves can be derived automatically from a set of six rules (stated within the first-order logic with equality). First, the rule (gL) is implemented in the theorem-proving program Otter. Then we use Otter to automatically prove some incidence theorems on projective curves without any further reference to the underlying geometry or topology of the curves.

  14. Long wavelength GaN blue laser (400-490nm) development

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    DenBaars, S P; Abare, A; Sink, K; Kozodoy, P; Hansen, M; Bowers, J; Mishra, U; Coldren, L; Meyer, G

    2000-10-26

    Room temperature (RT) pulsed operation of blue nitride based multi-quantum well (MQW) laser diodes grown on c-plane sapphire substrates was achieved. Atmospheric pressure MOCVD was used to grow the active region of the device which consisted of a 10 pair In{sub 0.21}Ga{sub 0.79}N (2.5nm)/In{sub 0.07}Ga{sub 0.93}N (5nm) InGaN MQW. The threshold current density was reduced by a factor of 2 from 10 kA/cm{sup 2} for laser diodes grown on sapphire substrates to 4.8 kA/cm{sub 2} for laser diodes grown on lateral epitaxial overgrowth (LEO) GaN on sapphire. Lasing wavelengths as long as 425nm were obtained. LEDs with emission wavelengths as long as 500nm were obtained by increasing the Indium content. These results show that a reduction in nonradiative recombination from a reduced dislocation density leads to a higher internal quantum efficiency. Further research on GaN based laser diodes is needed to extend the wavelength to 490nm which is required for numerous bio-detection applications. The GaN blue lasers will be used to stimulate fluorescence in special dye molecules when the dyes are attached to specific molecules or microorganisms. Fluorescein is one commonly used dye molecule for chemical and biological warfare agent detection, and its optimal excitation wavelength is 490 nm. InGaN alloys can be used to reach this wavelength.

  15. Self-organization of dislocation-free, high-density, vertically aligned GaN nanocolumns involving InGaN quantum wells on graphene/SiO2 covered with a thin AlN buffer layer.

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    Hayashi, Hiroaki; Konno, Yuta; Kishino, Katsumi

    2016-02-05

    We demonstrated the self-organization of high-density GaN nanocolumns on multilayer graphene (MLG)/SiO2 covered with a thin AlN buffer layer by RF-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. MLG/SiO2 substrates were prepared by the transfer of CVD graphene onto thermally oxidized SiO2/Si [100] substrates. Employing the MLG with an AlN buffer layer enabled the self-organization of high-density and vertically aligned nanocolumns. Transmission electron microscopy observation revealed that no threading dislocations, stacking faults, or twinning defects were included in the self-organized nanocolumns. The photoluminescence (PL) peak intensities of the self-organized GaN nanocolumns were 2.0-2.6 times higher than those of a GaN substrate grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy. Moreover, no yellow luminescence or ZB-phase GaN emission was observed from the nanocolumns. An InGaN/GaN MQW and p-type GaN were integrated into GaN nanocolumns grown on MLG, displaying a single-peak PL emission at a wavelength of 533 nm. Thus, high-density nitride p-i-n nanocolumns were fabricated on SiO2/Si using the transferred MLG interlayer, indicating the possibility of developing visible nanocolumn LEDs on graphene/SiO2.

  16. Broadband nanophotonic waveguides and resonators based on epitaxial GaN thin films

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    Bruch, Alexander W.; Xiong, Chi; Leung, Benjamin; Poot, Menno; Han, Jung; Tang, Hong X.

    2015-10-05

    We demonstrate broadband, low loss optical waveguiding in single crystalline GaN grown epitaxially on c-plane sapphire wafers through a buffered metal-organic chemical vapor phase deposition process. High Q optical microring resonators are realized in near infrared, infrared, and near visible regimes with intrinsic quality factors exceeding 50 000 at all the wavelengths we studied. TEM analysis of etched waveguide reveals growth and etch-induced defects. Reduction of these defects through improved material and device processing could lead to even lower optical losses and enable a wideband photonic platform based on GaN-on-sapphire material system.

  17. Voltage-controlled sub-terahertz radiation transmission through GaN quantum well structure

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    Laurent, T.; Sharma, R.; Torres, J.; Nouvel, P.; Blin, S.; Varani, L.; Cordier, Y.; Chmielowska, M.; Chenot, S.; Faurie, J.-P.; Beaumont, B.; Shiktorov, P.; Starikov, E.; Gruzinskis, V.; Korotyeyev, V. V.; Kochelap, V. A.

    2011-08-01

    We report on measurements of radiation transmission in the 0.220-0.325 THz frequency range through GaN quantum wells grown on sapphire substrates at nitrogen and room temperatures. Significant enhancement of the transmitted beam intensity with applied voltage is found at nitrogen temperature. This effect is explained by changes in the mobility of two-dimensional electrons under electric bias. We have clarified which physical mechanism modifies the electron mobility and we suggest that the effect of voltage-controlled sub-terahertz transmission can be used for the development of electro-optic modulators operating in the sub-THz frequency range.

  18. Physical origin of the incubation time of self-induced GaN nanowires

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    Consonni, V.; Trampert, A.; Geelhaar, L.; Riechert, H.

    2011-07-01

    The nucleation process of self-induced GaN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy has been investigated by reflection high-energy electron diffraction measurements. It is found that stable nuclei in the form of spherical cap-shaped islands develop only after an incubation time that is strongly dependent upon the growth conditions. Its evolution with the growth temperature and gallium rate has been described within standard island nucleation theory, revealing a nucleation energy of 4.9 ± 0.1 eV and a very small nucleus critical size. The consideration of the incubation time is critical for the control of the nanowire morphology.

  19. GaN Nanowire Functionalized with Atomic Layer Deposition Techniques for Enhanced Immobilization of Biomolecules

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    2010-01-01

    GaN NW chips were fabricated using the molecular beam epitaxy technique under the condition of a high substrate temperature (∼800 C) and a high N2...18382 DOI: 10.1021/la103337a Langmuir 2010, 26(23), 18382–18391Published on Web 11/01/2010 pubs.acs.org/Langmuir © 2010 American Chemical Society...detection sensitivity. Three kinds of ALD coating films, Al2O3, TiO2, and SiO2, were grown on the gallium nitride nanowire (GaNNW) surfaces and

  20. Mechanism of molecular beam epitaxy growth of GaN nanowires on Si(111)

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    Debnath, R. K.; Meijers, R.; Richter, T.; Stoica, T.; Calarco, R.; Lüth, H.

    2007-03-01

    GaN nanowires have been grown without external catalyst on Si(111) substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Nanowire aspect ratios (length/diameter) of about 250 have been achieved. During the initial stage of the growth, there is a nucleation process in which the number of wires increases and the most probable nucleation diameter of about 10nm has been observed, which slowly increases with deposition time. For deposition time longer than the nucleation stage, the nanowire length as a function of diameter monotonically decreases. This phenomenon can be explained by adatom diffusion on the nanowire lateral surface towards the tip.

  1. Dry etching of MgCaO gate dielectric and passivation layers on GaN

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    Hlad, M.; Voss, L.; Gila, B. P.; Abernathy, C. R.; Pearton, S. J.; Ren, F.

    2006-09-01

    MgCaO films grown by rf plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy and capped with Sc 2O 3 are promising candidates as surface passivation layers and gate dielectrics on GaN-based high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and metal-oxide semiconductor HEMTs (MOS-HEMTs), respectively. Two different plasma chemistries were examined for etching these thin films on GaN. Inductively coupled plasmas of CH 4/H 2/Ar produced etch rates only in the range 20-70 Å/min, comparable to the Ar sputter rates under the same conditions. Similarly slow MgCaO etch rates (˜100 Å/min) were obtained with Cl 2/Ar discharges under the same conditions, but GaN showed rates almost an order of magnitude higher. The MgCaO removal rates are limited by the low volatilities of the respective etch products. The CH 4/H 2/Ar plasma chemistry produced a selectivity of around 2 for etching the MgCaO with respect to GaN.

  2. GaN on Silicon Substrate with AlN Buffer Layer for UV Photodiode

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    Chuah, L. S.; Thahab, S. M.; Hassan, Z.

    Nitrogen plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE) deposited GaN thin films on (111) n-type silicon substrate with different thickness AlN buffer layers are investigated and distinguished by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman scattering. The thickness of AlN buffer layer ranged from 200 nm to 300 nm. Besides that, the electrical characteristics of the GaN thin film for ultraviolet detecting utilizations are studied by calculating the photo current/dark current ratio on a metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) photodiode with and without the illumination of Hg-lamp source. The devices have been tested over room temperature (RT). The photocurrent analysis, together with the study of Schottky barrier height (SBH) development, ascertain that the principal mechanism of photo transport is thermionic emission. The photocurrent value is rigorously dependent on Schottky barrier height. The GaN/AlN(200 nm)/n-Si MSM photodiode produces the highest photo/dark current ratio for the lowest strain that consists of the GaN film grown on the AlN (200 nm) buffer layer.

  3. Radaitive decay engineering in GaN Quantum Dots for biomedical application

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    Neogi, Arup; Basu Neogi, Purnima; Morkoc, Hadis

    2003-03-01

    Thin metallic films containing nanoscale surface features result in giant enhancement of linear and nonlinear optical responses. These enhancements are associated with excitation of surface plasmon (SP), collective electromagnetic modes whose characteristics are strongly dependent on the geometric structure of the metallic component of the medium and can be further enhanced via the directional emission from a semiconductor microcavity. The SP energy of Ag (3 eV) is modified ( 2.92 eV) by the GaN dielectric constant with bandgap at 3.4 eV [1] and is the ideal candidate for the resonantly modifying optical responses at metal-semiconductor interface. The spontaneous emission rate in strained GaN quantum dots grown using molecular beam epitaxy can be enhanced and the photoluminescence (PL) is reduced by nearly five times in the presence of a continuous Ag film due to resonant silver-surface plasmon interaction. The PL can also be enhanced using directional coupling through silver nano-shells fabricated by spin coating a silver halide solution over the GaN QDs having a 2 nm AlN cap layer. We also propose the use of radaitive decay engineering effects in wide-bandgap Ag-GaN semiconductor QD system for biomedical application. [1] A. Neogi, et al.; Phys. Rev., 66, 153305 (2002).

  4. Strained GaN quantum-well FETs on single crystal bulk AlN substrates

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    Qi, Meng; Li, Guowang; Ganguly, Satyaki; Zhao, Pei; Yan, Xiaodong; Verma, Jai; Song, Bo; Zhu, Mingda; Nomoto, Kazuki; Xing, Huili Grace; Jena, Debdeep

    2017-02-01

    We report the first realization of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) grown strained GaN quantum well field-effect transistors on single-crystal bulk AlN substrates. The fabricated double heterostructure FETs exhibit a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) density in the excess of 2 × 1013/cm2. The ohmic contacts to the 2DEG channel were formed by the n+ GaN MBE regrowth process, with a contact resistance of 0.13 Ω . mm. The Raman spectroscopy using the quantum well as an optical marker reveals the strain in the quantum well and strain relaxation in the regrown GaN contacts. A 65-nm-long rectangular-gate device showed a record high DC drain current drive of 2.0 A/mm and peak extrinsic transconductance of 250 mS/mm. Small-signal RF performance of the device achieved the current gain cutoff frequency fT˜120 GHz. The DC and RF performances demonstrate that bulk AlN substrates offer an attractive alternative platform for strained quantum well nitride transistors for the future high-voltage and high-power microwave applications.

  5. High-quality GaN films obtained by air-bridged lateral epitaxial growth

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    Ishibashi, Akihiko; Kidoguchi, Isao; Sugahara, Gaku; Ban, Yuzaburoh

    2000-12-01

    High-quality GaN films with low dislocation density and low wing tilt of c-axis orientation have been successfully obtained by a promising technique of selected area growth, namely air-bridged lateral epitaxial growth (ABLEG). A GaN film was grown from the exposed (0 0 0 1) top facet of the ridged GaN seed structures, whose side walls and etched bottoms were covered with silicon nitride mask, using low-pressure metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy. The ridge-stripe structures of the GaN seed were constructed in the 1 1¯00 GaN direction. At the optimum growth temperature of 950°C, only the 1 1 2¯ 0 and {0 0 0 1} facets were obtained. Continuing the growth led to fabricating the air-bridged structure, where the coalescence of the wing region occurred. From the transmission electron microscopy study, it was found that most of the vertical dislocations along the c-axis were confined to the seed region, while the horizontal dislocations were newly generated in the vicinity of coalescence boundary. The densities of the vertical dislocations were about 9×10 8 cm -2 in the seed region, while below 1×10 6 cm -2 in other regions. The densities of the horizontal dislocations were about 1×10 6 cm -2 in the wing region and 4×10 7 cm -2 in the vicinity of the coalescence boundary, respectively. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements revealed that the tilt angle of c-axis relative to underlying seed GaN was about 297 arcsec (0.083°), and the full-width at half-maximum of the XRD curve for the wing region was 138 arcsec, indicating that the wing region has high uniformity of c-axis orientation. Both of the wing and the coalescence boundary region exhibited atomically smooth surfaces with stepped terraces, whose root mean square roughness was found to be 0.089 nm by atomic force microscopy measurements.

  6. Unintentional doping of a-plane GaN by insertion of in situ SiN masks

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    Witte, H.; Wieneke, M.; Rohrbeck, A.; Guenther, K.-M.; Dadgar, A.; Krost, A.

    2011-03-01

    Undoped a-plane GaN layers grown by metal-organic vapour phase epitaxy on sapphire (1 0 - 1 2) substrates using low temperature (LT) GaN seed layers and in situ SiN masks were characterized by Hall-effect measurements, CV-characteristics and photovoltage spectroscopy. With increasing deposition time of the SiN masks the electron concentrations of the GaN layers are enhanced. The dominant activation energy between 14 and 22 meV determined by temperature-dependent Hall effect is very similar to the donor silicon on gallium site. Two other activation energies at 30 meV and between 50 and 70 meV were found corresponding well with OGa and VN defects, respectively. The depth profiles of the net donor densities show a strong increase towards the substrate/LT-GaN/high temperature(HT)-GaN interface indicating diffusion of silicon from the SiN mask towards the surface. Therefore, the Si doping is attributed to the dissolution of the SiN masks during the following HT GaN layer growth. The Si doping from the SiN masks also explains the deterioration of the band bending within the LT-GaN/HT-GaN junction found by photovoltage spectroscopy.

  7. Growth of Ga2O3 by furnace oxidation of GaN studied by perturbed angular correlations

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    Steffens, Michael; Vianden, Reiner; Pasquevich, Alberto F.

    2016-12-01

    Ga2O3 is a promising material for use in "solar-blind" UV-detectors which can be produced efficiently by oxidation of GaN. In this study we focus on the evolution of the oxide layer when GaN is heated in air. The experimental method applied is the perturbed angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy of γ-rays emitted by radioactive nuclides, here 111Cd and 181Ta, whose parent nuclei are ion implanted into films of GaN grown on sapphire. As the emission pattern for nuclei in GaN is clearly distinct from that of nuclei in Ga2O3, the fraction of probe nuclei in the oxide layer can be directly measured and allows to follow the time dependent growth of the oxide on a scale of less than 100 nm. Additional measurements were carried out with the oxidized sample held at fixed temperatures in the temperature range from 19 K to 973 K showing transitions between the hyperfine interactions of 111Cd in the oxide matrix both at high and low temperatures. A model for these transitions is proposed.

  8. Growth of GaN epitaxial films on polycrystalline diamond by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Jiang, Quanzhong; Allsopp, Duncan W. E.; Bowen, Chris R.

    2017-04-01

    Heat extraction is often essential in ensuring efficient performance of semiconductor devices and requires minimising the thermal resistance between the functional semiconductor layers and any heat sink. This paper reports the epitaxial growth of N-polar GaN films on polycrystalline diamond substrates of high thermal conductivity with metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy, by using a Si x C layer formed during deposition of polycrystalline diamond on a silicon substrate. The Si x C layer acts to provide the necessary structure ordering information for the formation of a single crystal GaN film at the wafer scale. It is shown that a three-dimensional island (3D) growth process removes hexagonal defects that are induced by the non-single crystal nature of the Si x C layer. It is also shown that intensive 3D growth and the introduction of a convex curvature of the substrate can be deployed to reduce tensile stress in the GaN epitaxy to enable the growth of a crack-free layer up to a thickness of 1.1µm. The twist and tilt can be as low as 0.65° and 0.39° respectively, values broadly comparable with GaN grown on Si substrates with a similar structure.

  9. Thermodynamic theory of epitaxial alloys: first-principles mixed-basis cluster expansion of (In, Ga)N alloy film.

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    Liu, Jefferson Zhe; Zunger, Alex

    2009-07-22

    Epitaxial growth of semiconductor alloys onto a fixed substrate has become the method of choice to make high quality crystals. In the coherent epitaxial growth, the lattice mismatch between the alloy film and the substrate induces a particular form of strain, adding a strain energy term into the free energy of the alloy system. Such epitaxial strain energy can alter the thermodynamics of the alloy, leading to a different phase diagram and different atomic microstructures. In this paper, we present a general-purpose mixed-basis cluster expansion method to describe the thermodynamics of an epitaxial alloy, where the formation energy of a structure is expressed in terms of pair and many-body interactions. With a finite number of first-principles calculation inputs, our method can predict the energies of various atomic structures with an accuracy comparable to that of first-principles calculations themselves. Epitaxial (In, Ga)N zinc-blende alloy grown on GaN(001) substrate is taken as an example to demonstrate the details of the method. Two (210) superlattice structures, (InN)(2)/(GaN)(2) (at x = 0.50) and (InN)(4)/(GaN)(1) (at x = 0.80), are identified as the ground state structures, in contrast to the phase-separation behavior of the bulk alloy.

  10. Cubic spline functions for curve fitting

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    Young, J. D.

    1972-01-01

    FORTRAN cubic spline routine mathematically fits curve through given ordered set of points so that fitted curve nearly approximates curve generated by passing infinite thin spline through set of points. Generalized formulation includes trigonometric, hyperbolic, and damped cubic spline fits of third order.

  11. Deep level study of Mg-doped GaN using deep level transient spectroscopy and minority carrier transient spectroscopy

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    Duc, Tran Thien; Pozina, Galia; Amano, Hiroshi; Monemar, Bo; Janzén, Erik; Hemmingsson, Carl

    2016-07-01

    Deep levels in Mg-doped GaN grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), undoped GaN grown by MOCVD, and halide vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE)-grown GaN have been studied using deep level transient spectroscopy and minority charge carrier transient spectroscopy on Schottky diodes. One hole trap, labeled HT1, was detected in the Mg-doped sample. It is observed that the hole emission rate of the trap is enhanced by increasing electric field. By fitting four different theoretical models for field-assisted carrier emission processes, the three-dimensional Coulombic Poole-Frenkel (PF) effect, three-dimensional square well PF effect, phonon-assisted tunneling, and one-dimensional Coulombic PF effect including phonon-assisted tunneling, it is found that the one-dimensional Coulombic PF model, including phonon-assisted tunneling, is consistent with the experimental data. Since the trap exhibits the PF effect, we suggest it is acceptorlike. From the theoretical model, the zero field ionization energy of the trap and an estimate of the hole capture cross section have been determined. Depending on whether the charge state is -1 or -2 after hole emission, the zero field activation energy Ei 0 is 0.57 eV or 0.60 eV, respectively, and the hole capture cross section σp is 1.3 ×10-15c m2 or 1.6 ×10-16c m2 , respectively. Since the level was not observed in undoped GaN, it is suggested that the trap is associated with an Mg related defect.

  12. Highly mismatched GaN1-x Sb x alloys: synthesis, structure and electronic properties

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    Yu, K. M.; Sarney, W. L.; Novikov, S. V.; Segercrantz, N.; Ting, M.; Shaw, M.; Svensson, S. P.; Martin, R. W.; Walukiewicz, W.; Foxon, C. T.

    2016-08-01

    Highly mismatched alloys (HMAs) is a class of semiconductor alloys whose constituents are distinctly different in terms of size, ionicity and/or electronegativity. Electronic properties of the alloys deviate significantly from an interpolation scheme based on small deviations from the virtual crystal approximation. Most of the HMAs were only studied in a dilute composition limit. Recent advances in understanding of the semiconductor synthesis processes allowed growth of thin films of HMAs under non-equilibrium conditions. Thus reducing the growth temperature allowed synthesis of group III-N-V HMAs over almost the entire composition range. This paper focuses on the GaN x Sb1-x HMA which has been suggested as a potential material for solar water dissociation devices. Here we review our recent work on the synthesis, structural and optical characterization of GaN1-x Sb x HMA. Theoretical modeling studies on its electronic structure based on the band anticrossing (BAC) model are also reviewed. In particular we discuss the effects of growth temperature, Ga flux and Sb flux on the incorporation of Sb, film microstructure and optical properties of the alloys. Results obtained from two separate MBE growths are directly compared. Our work demonstrates that a large range of direct bandgap energies from 3.4 eV to below 1.0 eV can be achieved for this alloy grown at low temperature. We show that the electronic band structure of GaN1-x Sb x HMA over the entire composition range is well described by a modified BAC model which includes the dependence of the host matrix band edges as well as the BAC model coupling parameters on composition. We emphasize that the modified BAC model of the electronic band structure developed for the full composition of GaN x Sb1-x is general and is applicable to any HMA.

  13. Optical and structural characteristics of high indium content InGaN/GaN multi-quantum wells with varying GaN cap layer thickness

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    Yang, J.; Zhao, D. G. Jiang, D. S.; Chen, P.; Zhu, J. J.; Liu, Z. S.; Le, L. C.; Li, X. J.; He, X. G.; Liu, J. P.; Yang, H.; Zhang, Y. T.; Du, G. T.

    2015-02-07

    The optical and structural properties of InGaN/GaN multi-quantum wells (MQWs) with different thicknesses of low temperature grown GaN cap layers are investigated. It is found that the MQW emission energy red-shifts and the peak intensity decreases with increasing GaN cap layer thickness, which may be partly caused by increased floating indium atoms accumulated at quantum well (QW) surface. They will result in the increased interface roughness, higher defect density, and even lead to a thermal degradation of QW layers. An extra growth interruption introduced before the growth of GaN cap layer can help with evaporating the floating indium atoms, and therefore is an effective method to improve the optical properties of high indium content InGaN/GaN MQWs.

  14. Annealing behaviors of vacancy-type defects near interfaces between metal contacts and GaN probed using a monoenergetic positron beam

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    Uedono, Akira; Fujishima, Tatsuya; Piedra, Daniel; Yoshihara, Nakaaki; Ishibashi, Shoji; Sumiya, Masatomo; Laboutin, Oleg; Johnson, Wayne; Palacios, Tomás

    2014-08-01

    Vacancy-type defects near interfaces between metal contacts and GaN grown on Si substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition have been studied using a monoenergetic positron beam. Measurements of Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation for Ti-deposited GaN showed that optically active vacancy-type defects were introduced below the Ti/GaN interface after annealing at 800 °C. Charge transition of those defects due to electron capture was observed and was found to correlate with a yellow band in the photoluminescence spectrum. The major defect species was identified as vacancy clusters such as three to five Ga-vacancies coupled with multiple nitrogen-vacancies. The annealing behaviors of vacancy-type defects in Ti-, Ni-, and Pt-deposited GaN were also examined.

  15. Performance enhancement of GaN metal–semiconductor–metal ultraviolet photodetectors by insertion of ultrathin interfacial HfO{sub 2} layer

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    Kumar, Manoj E-mail: aokyay@ee.bilkent.edu.tr; Tekcan, Burak; Okyay, Ali Kemal E-mail: aokyay@ee.bilkent.edu.tr

    2015-03-15

    The authors demonstrate improved device performance of GaN metal–semiconductor–metal ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors (PDs) by ultrathin HfO{sub 2} (UT-HfO{sub 2}) layer on GaN. The UT-HfO{sub 2} interfacial layer is grown by atomic layer deposition. The dark current of the PDs with UT-HfO{sub 2} is significantly reduced by more than two orders of magnitude compared to those without HfO{sub 2} insertion. The photoresponsivity at 360 nm is as high as 1.42 A/W biased at 5 V. An excellent improvement in the performance of the devices is ascribed to allowed electron injection through UT-HfO{sub 2} on GaN interface under UV illumination, resulting in the photocurrent gain with fast response time.

  16. A 350-nm-band GaN/AlGaN multiple-quantum-well laser diode on bulk GaN

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    Aoki, Yuta Kuwabara, Masakazu; Yamashita, Yoji; Takagi, Yasufumi; Sugiyama, Atsushi; Yoshida, Harumasa

    2015-10-12

    We have demonstrated the pulsed operation of a 350-nm-band ultraviolet laser diode with a vertical current path. The laser structure was grown on a (0001)-face bulk GaN substrate. The lasing wavelength was 356.6 nm and the peak output power reached to 10 mW from the one side of uncoated facets under pulsed current operation with a pulse duration of 10 ns and a repetition frequency of 5 kHz at room temperature. The GaN substrate is expected to provide a cleaved facet configuration leading to an excellent far-field pattern as well as an advantageous thermal management solution of the devices relative to sapphire substrates. The far-field pattern of actual device on GaN substrate has been improved dramatically compared with distorted one on that of sapphire substrates.

  17. Effect of screw threading dislocations and inverse domain boundaries in GaN on the shape of reciprocal-space maps1

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    Motylenko, Mykhaylo; Lukin, Gleb; Pätzold, Olf

    2017-01-01

    The microstructure of polar GaN layers, grown by upgraded high-temperature vapour phase epitaxy on [001]-oriented sapphire substrates, was studied by means of high-resolution X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Systematic differences between reciprocal-space maps measured by X-ray diffraction and those which were simulated for different densities of threading dislocations revealed that threading dislocations are not the only microstructure defect in these GaN layers. Conventional dark-field transmission electron microscopy and convergent-beam electron diffraction detected vertical inversion domains as an additional microstructure feature. On a series of polar GaN layers with different proportions of threading dislocations and inversion domain boundaries, this contribution illustrates the capability and limitations of coplanar reciprocal-space mapping by X-ray diffraction to distinguish between these microstructure features. PMID:28381980

  18. Annealing behaviors of vacancy-type defects near interfaces between metal contacts and GaN probed using a monoenergetic positron beam

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    Uedono, Akira Yoshihara, Nakaaki; Fujishima, Tatsuya; Piedra, Daniel; Palacios, Tomás; Ishibashi, Shoji; Sumiya, Masatomo; Laboutin, Oleg; Johnson, Wayne

    2014-08-04

    Vacancy-type defects near interfaces between metal contacts and GaN grown on Si substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition have been studied using a monoenergetic positron beam. Measurements of Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation for Ti-deposited GaN showed that optically active vacancy-type defects were introduced below the Ti/GaN interface after annealing at 800 °C. Charge transition of those defects due to electron capture was observed and was found to correlate with a yellow band in the photoluminescence spectrum. The major defect species was identified as vacancy clusters such as three to five Ga-vacancies coupled with multiple nitrogen-vacancies. The annealing behaviors of vacancy-type defects in Ti-, Ni-, and Pt-deposited GaN were also examined.

  19. Porous ZnO nanonetworks grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Lee, W. C. T.; Kendrick, C. E.; Millane, R. P.; Liu, Z.; Ringer, S. P.; Washburn, K.; Callaghan, P. T.; Durbin, S. M.

    2012-04-01

    Plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy was employed to create porous nanonetworks of ZnO directly on GaN epilayers without the use of catalysts or templates. Detailed analysis of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of both as-grown and etched samples reveals that the typical porous nanonetwork structure is multilayered, and suggests that dislocations originating at the GaN/sapphire heterointerface and/or defects characterizing an unusually rough GaN surface are responsible. The pore size distribution of the nanonetwork was measured using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) cryoporometry. A bimodal pore size distribution centred at 4 nm and 70 nm, respectively, was observed, consistent with the existence of small nanoscale pores in the bulk of the sample, and large open pores on the surface of the porous nanonetwork as observed by SEM.

  20. Tuning emission in violet, blue, green and red in cubic GaN/InGaN/GaN quantum wells

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    Orozco Hinostroza, I. E.; Avalos-Borja, M.; Compeán García, V. D.; Zamora, C. Cuellar; Rodríguez, A. G.; López Luna, E.; Vidal, M. A.

    2016-02-01

    Light emission in the three primary colors was achieved in cubic GaN/InGaN/GaN heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy on MgO substrates in a single growth process. A heterostructure with four quantum wells with a width of 10 nm was grown; this quantum wells width decrease the segregation effect of In. Photoluminescence emission produced four different emission signals: violet, blue, green-yellow and red. Thus, we were able to tune energy transitions in the visible spectrum modifying the In concentration in cubic InxGa1-xN ternary alloy.

  1. Growth and structure of GaN layers on silicon carbide synthesized on a Si substrate by the substitution of atoms: A model of the formation of V-defects during the growth of GaN

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    Kukushkin, S. A.; Osipov, A. V.; Rozhavskaya, M. M.; Myasoedov, A. V.; Troshkov, S. I.; Lundin, V. V.; Sorokin, L. M.; Tsatsul'nikov, A. F.

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents the results of the electron microscopic study of GaN/AlGaN/AlN/SiC/Si(111) structures grown by the metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy. A SiC epitaxial buffer nanolayer has been grown by a new method of substitution of atoms on the Si(111) substrate. It has been found that there is a strong dependence of the density of dislocations and V-defects on the synthesis conditions of SiC and the thickness of the AlN layer. It has been proved experimentally that the creation of a low-temperature AlN insert with a simultaneous decrease in the thickness of the AlN layer to values of no more than 50 nm makes it possible to almost completely prevent the formation of V-defects in the GaN layer. The density of screw and mixed dislocations in the GaN layer of the studied samples lies in the range from 5 × 109 to 1 × 1010 cm-2. A theoretical model of the formation of V-defects during the growth of GaN has been developed.

  2. Ultrahard nanotwinned cubic boron nitride.

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    Tian, Yongjun; Xu, Bo; Yu, Dongli; Ma, Yanming; Wang, Yanbin; Jiang, Yingbing; Hu, Wentao; Tang, Chengchun; Gao, Yufei; Luo, Kun; Zhao, Zhisheng; Wang, Li-Min; Wen, Bin; He, Julong; Liu, Zhongyuan

    2013-01-17

    Cubic boron nitride (cBN) is a well known superhard material that has a wide range of industrial applications. Nanostructuring of cBN is an effective way to improve its hardness by virtue of the Hall-Petch effect--the tendency for hardness to increase with decreasing grain size. Polycrystalline cBN materials are often synthesized by using the martensitic transformation of a graphite-like BN precursor, in which high pressures and temperatures lead to puckering of the BN layers. Such approaches have led to synthetic polycrystalline cBN having grain sizes as small as ∼14 nm (refs 1, 2, 4, 5). Here we report the formation of cBN with a nanostructure dominated by fine twin domains of average thickness ∼3.8 nm. This nanotwinned cBN was synthesized from specially prepared BN precursor nanoparticles possessing onion-like nested structures with intrinsically puckered BN layers and numerous stacking faults. The resulting nanotwinned cBN bulk samples are optically transparent with a striking combination of physical properties: an extremely high Vickers hardness (exceeding 100 GPa, the optimal hardness of synthetic diamond), a high oxidization temperature (∼1,294 °C) and a large fracture toughness (>12 MPa m(1/2), well beyond the toughness of commercial cemented tungsten carbide, ∼10 MPa m(1/2)). We show that hardening of cBN is continuous with decreasing twin thickness down to the smallest sizes investigated, contrasting with the expected reverse Hall-Petch effect below a critical grain size or the twin thickness of ∼10-15 nm found in metals and alloys.

  3. Gallium Nitride (GaN) High Power Electronics (FY11)

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    2012-01-01

    Gallium Nitride (GaN) High Power Electronics (FY11) by Kenneth A. Jones, Randy P. Tompkins, Michael A. Derenge, Kevin W. Kirchner, Iskander...Army Research Laboratory Adelphi, MD 20783-1197 ARL-TR-5903 January 2012 Gallium Nitride (GaN) High Power Electronics (FY11) Kenneth A...DSI 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Gallium Nitride (GaN) High Power Electronics (FY11) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT

  4. Sensitivity of Fermi level position at Ga-polar, N-polar, and nonpolar m-plane GaN surfaces to vacuum and air ambient

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    Janicki, Łukasz; Ramírez-López, Manolo; Misiewicz, Jan; Cywiński, Grzegorz; Boćkowski, Michał; Muzioł, Grzegorz; Chèze, Caroline; Sawicka, Marta; Skierbiszewski, Czesław; Kudrawiec, Robert

    2016-05-01

    Ga-polar, N-polar, and nonpolar m-plane GaN UN+ structures have been examined in air and vacuum ambient by contactless electroreflectance (CER). This technique is very sensitive to the surface electric field that varies with the Fermi level position at the surface. For UN+ GaN structures [i.e., GaN (undoped)/GaN (n-type)/substrate], a homogeneous built-in electric field is expected in the undoped GaN layer that is manifested by Franz-Keldysh oscillation (FKO) in CER spectra. A clear change in FKO has been observed in CER spectra for N-polar and nonpolar m-plane structures when changing from air to vacuum ambient. This means that those surfaces are very sensitive to ambient atmosphere. In contrast to that, only a small change in FKO can be seen in the Ga-polar structure. This clearly shows that the ambient sensitivity of the Fermi level position at the GaN surface varies with the crystallographic orientation and is very high for N-polar and nonpolar m-plane surfaces. This feature of the N-polar and nonpolar m-plane surfaces can be very important for GaN-based devices grown on these crystallographic orientations and can be utilized in some of the devices, e.g., sensors.

  5. Study on the relationships between Raman shifts and temperature range for a-plane GaN using temperature-dependent Raman scattering

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    Wang, Dang-Hui; Xu, Sheng-Rui; Hao, Yue; Zhang, Jin-Cheng; Xu, Tian-Han; Lin, Zhi-Yu; Zhou, Hao; Xue, Xiao-Yong

    2013-02-01

    In this paper, Raman shifts of a-plane GaN layers grown on r-plane sapphire substrates by low-pressure metal—organic chemical vapor deposition (LPMOCVD) are investigated. We compare the crystal qualities and study the relationships between Raman shift and temperature for conventional a-plane GaN epilayer and insertion AlN/AlGaN superlattice layers for a-plane GaN epilayer using temperature-dependent Raman scattering in a temperature range from 83 K to 503 K. The temperature-dependences of GaN phonon modes (A1 (TO), E2 (high), and E1 (TO)) and the linewidths of E2 (high) phonon peak are studied. The results indicate that there exist two mechanisms between phonon peaks in the whole temperature range, and the relationship can be fitted to the pseudo-Voigt function. From analytic results we find a critical temperature existing in the relationship, which can characterize the anharmonic effects of a-plane GaN in different temperature ranges. In the range of higher temperature, the relationship exhibits an approximately linear behavior, which is consistent with the analyzed results theoretically.

  6. GaN nanowires with pentagon shape cross-section by ammonia-source molecular beam epitaxy

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    Lin, Yong; Leung, Benjamin; Li, Qiming; ...

    2015-07-14

    In this study, ammonia-based molecular beam epitaxy (NH3-MBE) was used to grow catalyst-assisted GaN nanowires on (11¯02) r-plane sapphire substrates. Dislocation free [112¯0] oriented nanowires are formed with pentagon shape cross-section, instead of the usual triangular shape facet configuration. Specifically, the cross-section is the result of the additional two nonpolar {101¯0} side facets, which appear due to a decrease in relative growth rate of the {101¯0} facets to the {101¯1} and {101¯1} facets under the growth regime in NH3-MBE. Compared to GaN nanowires grown by Ni-catalyzed metal–organic chemical vapor deposition, the NH3-MBE grown GaN nanowires show more than an ordermore » of magnitude increase in band-edge to yellow luminescence intensity ratio, as measured by cathodoluminescence, indicating improved microstructural and optical properties.« less

  7. GaN nanowires with pentagon shape cross-section by ammonia-source molecular beam epitaxy

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    Lin, Yong; Leung, Benjamin; Li, Qiming; Figiel, Jeffrey J.; Wang, George T.

    2015-07-14

    In this study, ammonia-based molecular beam epitaxy (NH3-MBE) was used to grow catalyst-assisted GaN nanowires on (11¯02) r-plane sapphire substrates. Dislocation free [112¯0] oriented nanowires are formed with pentagon shape cross-section, instead of the usual triangular shape facet configuration. Specifically, the cross-section is the result of the additional two nonpolar {101¯0} side facets, which appear due to a decrease in relative growth rate of the {101¯0} facets to the {101¯1} and {101¯1} facets under the growth regime in NH3-MBE. Compared to GaN nanowires grown by Ni-catalyzed metal–organic chemical vapor deposition, the NH3-MBE grown GaN nanowires show more than an order of magnitude increase in band-edge to yellow luminescence intensity ratio, as measured by cathodoluminescence, indicating improved microstructural and optical properties.

  8. Evolution of impurity incorporation during ammonothermal growth of GaN

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    Sintonen, Sakari; Wahl, Stefanie; Richter, Susanne; Meyer, Sylke; Suihkonen, Sami; Schulz, Tobias; Irmscher, Klaus; Danilewsky, Andreas N.; Tuomi, Turkka O.; Stankiewicz, Romuald; Albrecht, Martin

    2016-12-01

    Ammonothermally grown GaN is a promising substrate for high-power optoelectronics and electronics thanks to its scalability and high structural perfection. Despite extensive research, ammonothermal GaN still suffers from significant concentrations of impurities. This article discusses the evolution of impurity incorporation during growth of basic ammonothermal GaN, in specific whether the impurity concentration changes temporally along the growth direction and how the autoclave influences the impurity concentration. The effect of the impurities on the structural, electrical and optical properties of the grown crystal is also discussed. The chemical analysis is carried out by time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS) and laser-ablation inductively-coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (LA-ICP-MS). Strain and dislocation generation caused by impurity concentration gradients and steps are studied by synchrotron radiation x-ray topography (SR-XRT). Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) reflectivity is used to determine the effect of the impurities on the free carrier concentration, and the luminescent properties are studied by low temperature photoluminescence (PL). The influence of the autoclave is studied by growing a single boule in multiple steps in several autoclaves. LA-ICP-MS and ToF-SIMS ion intensities indicate that the impurity concentrations of several species vary between different autoclaves by over an order of magnitude. SR-XRT measurements reveal strain at the growth interfaces due to impurity concentration gradients and steps. Oxygen is determined to be the most abundant impurity species, resulting in a high free carrier concentration, as determined by FTIR. The large variation in Mn concentration dramatically affects PL intensity.

  9. Cubical Sets and Trace Monoid Actions

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    Husainov, Ahmet A.

    2013-01-01

    This paper is devoted to connections between trace monoids and cubical sets. We prove that the category of trace monoids is isomorphic to the category of generalized tori and it is a reflective subcategory of the category of cubical sets. Adjoint functors between the categories of cubical sets and trace monoid actions are constructed. These functors carry independence preserving morphisms in the independence preserving morphisms. This allows us to build adjoint functors between the category of weak asynchronous systems and the category of higher dimensional automata. PMID:24453827

  10. Growth of thick (112xAF0) GaN using a metal interlayer

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    Tavernier, P. R.; Imer, B.; DenBaars, S. P.; Clarke, D. R.

    2004-11-01

    Thick films of (112¯0)-oriented GaN have been grown on Ti-coated metal organic chemical vapor deposition templates using hydride vapor phase epitaxy. Significant reductions in crack density were observed enabling 240μm thick films to be grown on sapphire. The use of Ti interlayers was shown to generate significant fractions of voids at the interlayer regrowth interface facilitating void-assisted separation on cooling. Ti metal layers annealed under optimal conditions were found to produce a TiN nanomask suitable for lateral overgrowth during HVPE. An estimate of the void size required to allow spontaneous delamination of the substrate at the TiN-GaN interface is discussed with reference to growth conditions.

  11. Microstructural properties of Eu-doped GaN luminescent powders

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    Contreras, O.; Srinivasan, S.; Ponce, F. A.; Hirata, G. A.; Ramos, F.; McKittrick, J.

    2002-09-01

    GaN powders doped with europium have been prepared using Eu and Ga nitrates and N2H4 as reactants. The resulting particles have dimensions ranging from 0.5 to 1.0 mum. The crystalline structure was studied by transmission electron microscopy, and it consisted of single crystals with a hexagonal (wurtzite) structure containing small cubic domains (zinc blende) and a high density of stacking faults, all aligned along the 0001 and <111> directions, respectively. Cathodoluminescence measurements show strong light emission in the red region. This luminescence corresponds to transitions of Eu with the strongest emission in the 611 nm line, which is associated to the Eu3+ 4f transition from 5D0 to 7F2. These results demonstrate the feasibility of GaN:RE powders for luminescent applications.

  12. Carbon defects as sources of the green and yellow luminescence bands in undoped GaN

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    Demchenko, Denis; Reshchikov, Michael

    2015-03-01

    In high-purity GaN grown by hydride vapor-phase epitaxy (HVPE), the commonly observed yellow luminescence (YL) band gives way to a green luminescence (GL) band at high excitation intensity. Based on hybrid functional calculations and experimental photoluminescence measurements, we propose that the GL band with a maximum at 2.4 eV is caused by transitions of electrons from the conduction band to the 0/+ level of the isolated CN defect. The YL band with a maximum at 2.1 eV, related to the transitions via the -/0 level of the same defect can be observed only for some high-purity HVPE samples. However, in less pure GaN samples (HVPE samples with larger O and C concentrations, as well as all MOCVD grown samples), no GL band is observed and another YL band with a maximum at 2.2 eV dominates the PL spectrum. The latter is attributed to the CNON complex. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (DMR-1410125) and the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust.

  13. Molecular beam epitaxy of 2D-layered gallium selenide on GaN substrates

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    Lee, Choong Hee; Krishnamoorthy, Sriram; O'Hara, Dante J.; Brenner, Mark R.; Johnson, Jared M.; Jamison, John S.; Myers, Roberto C.; Kawakami, Roland K.; Hwang, Jinwoo; Rajan, Siddharth

    2017-03-01

    Large area epitaxy of two-dimensional (2D) layered materials with high material quality is a crucial step in realizing novel device applications based on 2D materials. In this work, we report high-quality, crystalline, large-area gallium selenide (GaSe) films grown on bulk substrates such as c-plane sapphire and gallium nitride (GaN) using a valved cracker source for Se. (002)-Oriented GaSe with random in-plane orientation of domains was grown on sapphire and GaN substrates at a substrate temperature of 350-450 °C with complete surface coverage. Higher growth temperature (575 °C) resulted in the formation of single-crystalline ɛ-GaSe triangular domains with six-fold symmetry confirmed by in-situ reflection high electron energy diffraction and off-axis x-ray diffraction. A two-step growth method involving high temperature nucleation of single crystalline domains and low temperature growth to enhance coalescence was adopted to obtain continuous (002)-oriented GaSe with an epitaxial relationship with the substrate. While six-fold symmetry was maintained in the two step growth, β-GaSe phase was observed in addition to the dominant ɛ-GaSe in cross-sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy images. This work demonstrates the potential of growing high quality 2D-layered materials using molecular beam epitaxy and can be extended to the growth of other transition metal chalcogenides.

  14. Enhanced UV detection by non-polar epitaxial GaN films

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    Mukundan, Shruti; Chandan, Greeshma; Mohan, Lokesh; Krupanidhi, S. B.; Roul, Basanta; Shetty, Arjun

    2015-12-15

    Nonpolar a-GaN (11-20) epilayers were grown on r-plane (1-102) sapphire substrates using plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy. High resolution x-ray diffractometer confirmed the orientation of the grown film. Effect of the Ga/N ratio on the morphology and strain of a-GaN epilayers was compared and the best condition was obtained for the nitrogen flow of 1 sccm. Atomic force microscopy was used to analyze the surface morphology while the strain in the film was quantitatively measured using Raman spectroscopy and qualitatively analyzed by reciprocal space mapping technique. UV photo response of a-GaN film was measured after fabricating a metal-semiconductor-metal structure over the film with gold metal. The external quantum efficiency of the photodetectors fabricated in the (0002) polar and (11-20) nonpolar growth directions were compared in terms of responsivity and nonpolar GaN showed the best sensitivity at the cost of comparatively slow response time.

  15. Layer-transferred MoS{sub 2}/GaN PN diodes

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    Lee, Edwin W.; Lee, Choong Hee; Paul, Pran K.; Krishnamoorthy, Sriram; Arehart, Aaron R.; Ma, Lu; McCulloch, William D.; Wu, Yiying; Rajan, Siddharth

    2015-09-07

    Electrical and optical characterization of two-dimensional/three-dimensional (2D/3D) p-molybdenum disulfide/n-gallium nitride (p-MoS{sub 2}/n-GaN) heterojunction diodes are reported. Devices were fabricated on high-quality, large-area p-MoS{sub 2} grown by chemical vapor deposition on sapphire substrates. The processed devices were transferred onto GaN/sapphire substrates, and the transferred films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). On-axis XRD spectra and surface topology obtained from AFM scans were consistent with previously grown high-quality, continuous MoS{sub 2} films. Current-voltage measurements of these diodes exhibited excellent rectification, and capacitance-voltage measurements were used to extract a conduction band offset of 0.23 eV for the transferred MoS{sub 2}/GaN heterojunction. This conduction band offset was confirmed by internal photoemission measurements. The energy band lineup of the MoS{sub 2}/GaN heterojunction is proposed here. This work demonstrates the potential of 2D/3D heterojunctions for novel device applications.

  16. Growth and characterization of GaN thin film on Si substrate by thermionic vacuum arc (TVA)

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    Kundakçı, Mutlu; Mantarcı, Asim; Erdoğan, Erman

    2017-01-01

    Gallium nitride (GaN) is an attractive material with a wide-direct band gap (3.4 eV) and is one of the significant III-nitride materials, with many advantageous device applications such as high electron mobility transistors, lasers, sensors, LEDs, detectors, and solar cells, and has found applications in optoelectronic devices. GaN could also be useful for industrial research in the future. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD), molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), sputter, and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) are some of the methods used to fabricate GaN thin film. In this research, a GaN thin film grown on a silicon substrate using the thermionic vacuum arc (TVA) technique has been extensively studied. Fast deposition, short production time, homogeneity, and uniform nanostructure with low roughness can be seen as some of the merits of this method. The growth of the GaN was conducted at an operating pressure of 1× {{10}-6} \\text{Torr} , a plasma current 0.6 \\text{A} and for a very short period of time of 40 s. For the characterization process, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was conducted to determine the structure and surface morphology of the material. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) was used to comprehend the elemental analysis characterization of the film. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to analyze the structure of the film. Raman measurements were taken to investigate the phonon modes of the material. The morphological properties of the material were analyzed in detail by atomic force microscopy (AFM).

  17. Fabrication of WS2/GaN p-n Junction by Wafer-Scale WS2 Thin Film Transfer

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    Yu, Yang; Fong, Patrick W. K.; Wang, Shifeng; Surya, Charles

    2016-01-01

    High quality wafer-scale free-standing WS2 grown by van der Waals rheotaxy (vdWR) using Ni as a texture promoting layer is reported. The microstructure of vdWR grown WS2 was significantly modified from mixture of crystallites with their c-axes both parallel to (type I) and perpendicular to (type II) the substrate to large type II crystallites. Wafer-scale transfer of vdWR grown WS2 onto different substrates by an etching-free technique was demonstrated for the first time that utilized the hydrophobic property of WS2 and hydrophilic property of sapphire. Our results show that vdWR is a reliable technique to obtain type-II textured crystallites in WS2, which is the key factor for the wafer-scale etching-free transfer. The transferred films were found to be free of observable wrinkles, cracks, or polymer residues. High quality p-n junctions fabricated by room-temperature transfer of the p-type WS2 onto an n-type GaN was demonstrated with a small leakage current density of 29.6 μA/cm2 at −1 V which shows superior performances compared to the directly grown WS2/GaN heterojunctions. PMID:27897210

  18. Fabrication of WS2/GaN p-n Junction by Wafer-Scale WS2 Thin Film Transfer

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    Yu, Yang; Fong, Patrick W. K.; Wang, Shifeng; Surya, Charles

    2016-11-01

    High quality wafer-scale free-standing WS2 grown by van der Waals rheotaxy (vdWR) using Ni as a texture promoting layer is reported. The microstructure of vdWR grown WS2 was significantly modified from mixture of crystallites with their c-axes both parallel to (type I) and perpendicular to (type II) the substrate to large type II crystallites. Wafer-scale transfer of vdWR grown WS2 onto different substrates by an etching-free technique was demonstrated for the first time that utilized the hydrophobic property of WS2 and hydrophilic property of sapphire. Our results show that vdWR is a reliable technique to obtain type-II textured crystallites in WS2, which is the key factor for the wafer-scale etching-free transfer. The transferred films were found to be free of observable wrinkles, cracks, or polymer residues. High quality p-n junctions fabricated by room-temperature transfer of the p-type WS2 onto an n-type GaN was demonstrated with a small leakage current density of 29.6 μA/cm2 at ‑1 V which shows superior performances compared to the directly grown WS2/GaN heterojunctions.

  19. Biomechanical Analysis with Cubic Spline Functions

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    McLaughlin, Thomas M.; And Others

    1977-01-01

    Results of experimentation suggest that the cubic spline is a convenient and consistent method for providing an accurate description of displacement-time data and for obtaining the corresponding time derivatives. (MJB)

  20. The anti-surfactant effect of silane on the facets-controlled growth of GaN nanorods by MOCVD

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    Li, J. Z.; Chen, Z. Z.; Li, S. F.; Jiao, Q. Q.; Feng, Y. L.; Jiang, S. X.; Chen, Y. F.; Yu, T. J.; Shen, B.; Zhang, G. Y.

    2016-08-01

    N-polar GaN nanorods were selective area grown by continuous mode metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) under a Ga-rich and high silane flow condition. The interruption comparing with continuous supply of silane flow was performed to study the role of silane flux. High resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), cathodoluminescence (CL) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements were performed. The enhanced vertical growth rate was achieved as 42 μm/h and sharp smooth m-plane, r-plane and c-plane facets were obtained for the nanorods with high silane flux. Sisbnd N bonds were clarified to be formed on the surface of the nanorod by XPS spectra. The silane acting as anti-surfactant was suggested to explain the diffusion and incorporation of the species on the facets of GaN nanorods.

  1. Double Gaussian distribution of barrier height observed in densely packed GaN nanorods over Si (111) heterostructures

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    Mohan, Lokesh; Chandan, Greeshma; Mukundan, Shruthi; Krupanidhi, S. B.; Roul, Basanta

    2014-12-21

    GaN nanorods were grown by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy on intrinsic Si (111) substrates which were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and photoluminescence. The current–voltage characteristics of the GaN nanorods on Si (111) heterojunction were obtained from 138 to 493 K which showed the inverted rectification behavior. The I-V characteristics were analyzed in terms of thermionic emission model. The temperature variation of the apparent barrier height and ideality factor along with the non-linearity of the activation energy plot indicated the presence of lateral inhomogeneities in the barrier height. The observed two temperature regimes in Richardson's plot could be well explained by assuming two separate Gaussian distribution of the barrier heights.

  2. Semipolar (202̅3) nitrides grown on 3C-SiC/(001) Si substrates

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    Dinh, Duc V.; Presa, S.; Akhter, M.; Maaskant, P. P.; Corbett, B.; Parbrook, P. J.

    2015-12-01

    Heteroepitaxial growth of GaN buffer layers on 3C-SiC/(001) Si templates (4°-offcut towards [110]) by metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy has been investigated. High-temperature grown Al0.5Ga0.5N/AlN interlayers were employed to produce a single (202̅3) GaN surface orientation. Specular crack-free GaN layers showed undulations along [11̅0]{}3{{C}-{SiC}/{Si}} with a root mean square roughness of about 13.5 nm (50 × 50 μm2). The orientation relationship determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD) was found to be [1̅21̅0]GaN ∥[11̅0]{}3{{C}-{SiC}/{Si}} and [3̅034]GaN ∥[110]3C - SiC/Si . Low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) and XRD measurements showed the presence of basal-plane stacking faults in the layers. PL measurements of (202̅3) multiple-quantum-well and light-emitting diode structures showed uniform luminescence at about 500 nm emission wavelength. A small peak shift of about 3 nm was observed in the electroluminescence when the current was increased from 5 to 50 mA (25-250 A cm-2).

  3. Great Plains makes 100 billion cubic feet

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    1987-03-01

    The Great Plains coal gasification plant on January 18, 1987 produced its 100 billionth cubic foot of gas since start-up July 28, 1984. Owned by the Department of Energy and operated by ANG Coal Gasification Company, the plant uses the Lurgi process to produce about 50 billion cubic feet per year of gas from five million tons per year of lignite. The plant has been performing at well above design capacity.

  4. Serial femtosecond crystallography of soluble proteins in lipidic cubic phase

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    Fromme, Raimund; Ishchenko, Andrii; Metz, Markus; ...

    2015-08-04

    Serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) at X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) enables high-resolution protein structure determination using micrometre-sized crystals at room temperature with minimal effects from radiation damage. SFX requires a steady supply of microcrystals intersecting the XFEL beam at random orientations. An LCP–SFX method has recently been introduced in which microcrystals of membrane proteins are grown and delivered for SFX data collection inside a gel-like membrane-mimetic matrix, known as lipidic cubic phase (LCP), using a special LCP microextrusion injector. Here, it is shown enabling a dramatic reduction in the amount of crystallized protein required for data collection compared with crystals deliveredmore » by liquid injectors. High-quality LCP–SFX data sets were collected for two soluble proteins, lysozyme and phycocyanin, using less than 0.1 mg of each protein.« less

  5. Serial femtosecond crystallography of soluble proteins in lipidic cubic phase

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    Fromme, Raimund; Ishchenko, Andrii; Metz, Markus; Chowdhury, Shatabdi Roy; Basu, Shibom; Boutet, Sébastien; Fromme, Petra; White, Thomas A.; Barty, Anton; Spence, John C. H.; Weierstall, Uwe; Liu, Wei; Cherezov, Vadim

    2015-08-04

    Serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) at X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) enables high-resolution protein structure determination using micrometre-sized crystals at room temperature with minimal effects from radiation damage. SFX requires a steady supply of microcrystals intersecting the XFEL beam at random orientations. An LCP–SFX method has recently been introduced in which microcrystals of membrane proteins are grown and delivered for SFX data collection inside a gel-like membrane-mimetic matrix, known as lipidic cubic phase (LCP), using a special LCP microextrusion injector. Here, it is shown enabling a dramatic reduction in the amount of crystallized protein required for data collection compared with crystals delivered by liquid injectors. High-quality LCP–SFX data sets were collected for two soluble proteins, lysozyme and phycocyanin, using less than 0.1 mg of each protein.

  6. Identification of the primary compensating defect level responsible for determining blocking voltage of vertical GaN power diodes

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    King, M. P.; Kaplar, R. J.; Dickerson, J. R.; Lee, S. R.; Allerman, A. A.; Crawford, M. H.; Fischer, A. J.; Marinella, M. J.; Flicker, J. D.; Fleming, R. M.; Kizilyalli, I. C.; Aktas, O.; Armstrong, A. M.

    2016-10-31

    Electrical performance and characterization of deep levels in vertical GaN P-i-N diodes grown on low threading dislocation density (~104 –106 cm–2) bulk GaN substrates are investigated. The lightly doped n drift region of these devices is observed to be highly compensated by several prominent deep levels detected using deep level optical spectroscopy at Ec-2.13, 2.92, and 3.2 eV. A combination of steady-state photocapacitance and lighted capacitance-voltage profiling indicates the concentrations of these deep levels to be Nt = 3 × 1012, 2 × 1015, and 5 × 1014 cm–3, respectively. The Ec-2.92 eV level is observed to be the primary compensating defect in as-grown n-type metal-organic chemical vapor deposition GaN, indicating this level acts as a limiting factor for achieving controllably low doping. The device blocking voltage should increase if compensating defects reduce the free carrier concentration of the n drift region. Understanding the incorporation of as-grown and native defects in thick n-GaN is essential for enabling large VBD in the next-generation wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices. Furthermore, controlling the as-grown defects induced by epitaxial growth conditions is critical to achieve blocking voltage capability above 5 kV.

  7. P-type doping of GaN

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    Wong, Raechelle Kimberly

    2000-04-01

    After implantation of As, As + Be, and As + Ga into GaN and annealing for short durations at temperatures as high as 1500 C, the GaN films remained highly resistive. It was apparent from c-RBS studies that although implantation damage did not create an amorphous layer in the GaN film, annealing at 1500 C did not provide enough energy to completely recover the radiation damage. Disorder recovered significantly after annealing at temperatures up to 1500 C, but not completely. From SIMS analysis, oxygen contamination in the AIN capping layer causes oxygen diffusion into the GaN film above 1400 C. The sapphire substrate (A1203) also decomposed and oxygen penetrated into the backside of the GaN layer above 1400 C. To prevent donor-like oxygen impurities from the capping layer and the substrate from contaminating the GaN film and compensating acceptors, post-implantation annealing should be done at temperatures below 1500 C. Oxygen in the cap could be reduced by growing the AIN cap on the GaN layer after the GaN growth run or by depositing the AIN layer in a ultra high vacuum (UHV) system post-growth to minimize residual oxygen and water contamination. With longer annealing times at 1400 C or at higher temperatures with a higher quality AIN, the implantation drainage may fully recover.

  8. GaN Electronics For High Power, High Temperature Applications

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    PEARTON,S.J.; REN,F.; ZHANG,A.P.; DANG,G.; CAO,X.A.; LEE,K.P.; CHO,H.; GILA,B.P.; JOHNSON,J.W.; MONIER,C.; ABERNATHY,C.R.; HAN,JUNG; BACA,ALBERT G.; CHYI,J.-I.; LEE,C.-M.; NEE,T.-E.; CHUO,C.-C.; CHU,S.N.G.

    2000-06-12

    A brief review is given of recent progress in fabrication of high voltage GaN and AlGaN rectifiers. GaN/AlGaN heterojunction bipolar transistors and GaN metal-oxide semiconductor field effect transistors. Improvements in epitaxial layer quality and in fabrication techniques have led to significant advances in device performance.

  9. Optical polarization characteristics of m-plane GaN/AlGaN quantum well structures grown on m-plane SiC substrate

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    Park, Seoung-Hwan; Ahn, Doyeol

    2015-12-01

    Optical polarization characteristics of m-plane GaN/AlGaN QW structures grown on m-plane SiC substrate were theoretically investigated using the multiband effective-mass theory. The QW structure grown on SiC substrate shows much larger in-plane optical polarization than that grown on GaN substrate. This is attributed to the fact that the QW structure grown on SiC substrate has larger y‧-polarized optical emission and smaller x‧-polarized optical emission than the QW structure grown on GaN substrate. Also, the magnitude of the optical polarization is found to depend on the carrier density and decrease gradually with increasing carrier density. This can be explained by the fact that, with increasing k∥, the x‧-polarized matrix element increases while the y‧-polarized matrix element rapidly decreases.

  10. Natural Cubic Spline Regression Modeling Followed by Dynamic Network Reconstruction for the Identification of Radiation-Sensitivity Gene Association Networks from Time-Course Transcriptome Data

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    Michna, Agata; Braselmann, Herbert; Selmansberger, Martin; Dietz, Anne; Hess, Julia; Gomolka, Maria; Hornhardt, Sabine; Blüthgen, Nils; Zitzelsberger, Horst; Unger, Kristian

    2016-01-01

    Gene expression time-course experiments allow to study the dynamics of transcriptomic changes in cells exposed to different stimuli. However, most approaches for the reconstruction of gene association networks (GANs) do not propose prior-selection approaches tailored to time-course transcriptome data. Here, we present a workflow for the identification of GANs from time-course data using prior selection of genes differentially expressed over time identified by natural cubic spline regression modeling (NCSRM). The workflow comprises three major steps: 1) the identification of differentially expressed genes from time-course expression data by employing NCSRM, 2) the use of regularized dynamic partial correlation as implemented in GeneNet to infer GANs from differentially expressed genes and 3) the identification and functional characterization of the key nodes in the reconstructed networks. The approach was applied on a time-resolved transcriptome data set of radiation-perturbed cell culture models of non-tumor cells with normal and increased radiation sensitivity. NCSRM detected significantly more genes than another commonly used method for time-course transcriptome analysis (BETR). While most genes detected with BETR were also detected with NCSRM the false-detection rate of NCSRM was low (3%). The GANs reconstructed from genes detected with NCSRM showed a better overlap with the interactome network Reactome compared to GANs derived from BETR detected genes. After exposure to 1 Gy the normal sensitive cells showed only sparse response compared to cells with increased sensitivity, which exhibited a strong response mainly of genes related to the senescence pathway. After exposure to 10 Gy the response of the normal sensitive cells was mainly associated with senescence and that of cells with increased sensitivity with apoptosis. We discuss these results in a clinical context and underline the impact of senescence-associated pathways in acute radiation response of normal

  11. Natural Cubic Spline Regression Modeling Followed by Dynamic Network Reconstruction for the Identification of Radiation-Sensitivity Gene Association Networks from Time-Course Transcriptome Data.

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    Michna, Agata; Braselmann, Herbert; Selmansberger, Martin; Dietz, Anne; Hess, Julia; Gomolka, Maria; Hornhardt, Sabine; Blüthgen, Nils; Zitzelsberger, Horst; Unger, Kristian

    2016-01-01

    Gene expression time-course experiments allow to study the dynamics of transcriptomic changes in cells exposed to different stimuli. However, most approaches for the reconstruction of gene association networks (GANs) do not propose prior-selection approaches tailored to time-course transcriptome data. Here, we present a workflow for the identification of GANs from time-course data using prior selection of genes differentially expressed over time identified by natural cubic spline regression modeling (NCSRM). The workflow comprises three major steps: 1) the identification of differentially expressed genes from time-course expression data by employing NCSRM, 2) the use of regularized dynamic partial correlation as implemented in GeneNet to infer GANs from differentially expressed genes and 3) the identification and functional characterization of the key nodes in the reconstructed networks. The approach was applied on a time-resolved transcriptome data set of radiation-perturbed cell culture models of non-tumor cells with normal and increased radiation sensitivity. NCSRM detected significantly more genes than another commonly used method for time-course transcriptome analysis (BETR). While most genes detected with BETR were also detected with NCSRM the false-detection rate of NCSRM was low (3%). The GANs reconstructed from genes detected with NCSRM showed a better overlap with the interactome network Reactome compared to GANs derived from BETR detected genes. After exposure to 1 Gy the normal sensitive cells showed only sparse response compared to cells with increased sensitivity, which exhibited a strong response mainly of genes related to the senescence pathway. After exposure to 10 Gy the response of the normal sensitive cells was mainly associated with senescence and that of cells with increased sensitivity with apoptosis. We discuss these results in a clinical context and underline the impact of senescence-associated pathways in acute radiation response of normal

  12. Cyan laser diode grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Turski, H. Muziol, G.; Wolny, P.; Cywiński, G.

    2014-01-13

    We demonstrate AlGaN-cladding-free laser diodes (LDs), operating in continuous wave (CW) mode at 482 nm grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE). The maximum CW output power was 230 mW. LDs were grown on c-plane GaN substrates obtained by hydride vapor phase epitaxy. The PAMBE process was carried out in metal-rich conditions, supplying high nitrogen flux (Φ{sub N}) during quantum wells (QWs) growth. We found that high Φ{sub N} improves quality of high In content InGaN QWs. The role of nitrogen in the growth of InGaN on (0001) GaN surface as well as the influence of LDs design on threshold current density are discussed.

  13. Structure Dependence of Magnetic Properties for Annealed GaMnN Films Grown by MOCVD

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    Jiang, Xian-Zhe; Yang, Xue-Lin; Ji, Cheng; Xing, Hai-Ying; Yang, Zhi-Jian; Wang, Cun-Da; Yu, Tong-Jun; Zhang, Guo-Yi

    2014-06-01

    GaMnN/GaN multilayers and conventional GaMnN single layers are grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. Both kinds of samples show room-temperature ferromagnetism. After thermal annealing, the sample with GaMnN/GaN multilayer structure displays a larger coercivity and better thermal stability compared to the GaMnN single layer. The annealing effects on VGa related defects are observed from photoluminescence measurements. Moreover, a different magnetic behavior is also found in the annealed GaMnN films grown on different (n-type GaN and p-type GaN) templates. These kinds of structure-dependent magnetic behaviors indicate that defects or carriers transformation introduced during annealing may have important effects on the electronic structure of Mn ions and on the ferromagnetism. Our work may be helpful for further understanding the origin of ferromagnetism in GaN-based diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  14. Superhard BC3 in cubic diamond structure

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    Zhang, Miao; Liu, Hanyu; Li, Quan; ...

    2015-01-06

    We solve the crystal structure of recently synthesized cubic BC3 using an unbiased swarm structure search, which identifies a highly symmetric BC3 phase in the cubic diamond structure (d–BC3) that contains a distinct B-B bonding network along the body diagonals of a large 64-atom unit cell. Simulated x-ray diffraction and Raman peaks of d–BC3 are in excellent agreement with experimental data. Calculated stress-strain relations of d–BC3 demonstrate its intrinsic superhard nature and reveal intriguing sequential bond-breaking modes that produce superior ductility and extended elasticity, which are unique among superhard solids. Here, the present results establish the first boron carbide inmore » the cubic diamond structure with remarkable properties, and these new findings also provide insights for exploring other covalent solids with complex bonding configurations.« less

  15. Yellow Luminescence Centers of GaN

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    Zhao, Guangyuan; Hubbard, Seth; Pavlidis, Dimitris

    2004-05-01

    The method for measuring Shockley-Read-Hall (SRH) lifetime of yellow centers of GaN was developed. The capture-section ratio (150) of hole to electron is extracted by comparing the experimental and theoretical results. A marked increase in the SRH lifetime (from 0.75 to 7.0 ns) with the increasing in Si doping density (from 1.5× 1017 to 8.8× 1018 cm-3) was observed, and it is attributed to some Si dopant substituting for the Ga vacancy. In addition, it is also found that the YL centers are an important factor limiting the performance of GaN-based devices.

  16. Purely cubic action for string field theory

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    Horowitz, G. T.; Lykken, J.; Rohm, R.; Strominger, A.

    1986-01-01

    It is shown that Witten's (1986) open-bosonic-string field-theory action and a closed-string analog can be written as a purely cubic interaction term. The conventional form of the action arises by expansion around particular solutions of the classical equations of motion. The explicit background dependence of the conventional action via the Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin operator is eliminated in the cubic formulation. A closed-form expression is found for the full nonlinear gauge-transformation law.

  17. Origin of the c-Axis Tilt Occurring During the Lateral Epitaxial Overgrowth of GaN

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    Kuan, T. S.; Inoki, C. K.; Zhang, R.; Gu, S.; Kuech, T. F.

    2001-03-01

    A large angle c-axis tilt has often been observed in GaN layers grown by lateral epitaxial overgrowth (LEO) through narrow windows defined on a seed layer. The c-axis tilt generates vertical tilt boundaries at the coalescence of growth facets. To investigate the defect mechanisms responsible for the onset of c-axis tilt, a series of GaN LEO samples was grown using the hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) technique and examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Cross sectional TEM images indicate that as LEO proceeds from triangular-shaped ridges originally grown over the windows, all edge-type threading dislocations propagated from the seed layer bend into screw type and glide on the c plane. Plan-view TEM observations reveal further that to relax the twist/shear strain in the LEO regions, these screw dislocations collectively make another 90^o bend again, forming arrays of edge dislocations parallel to the mask edge. The number of dislocations in the arrays can account for the amount of crystal tilt observed. The c-axis tilt is thus a stress-driven phenomenon dictated by the growth window geometry, and is much less influenced by the growth parameters.

  18. Stable vicinal step orientations in m-plane GaN

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    Kelchner, K. M.; Kuritzky, L. Y.; Nakamura, S.; DenBaars, S. P.; Speck, J. S.

    2015-02-01

    The performance of InxGa1-xN-based m-plane LEDs and laser diodes grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition on bulk GaN substrates is currently limited by lower indium uptake and inhomogeneous linewidth broadening in the blue spectrum compared to semipolar planes and c-plane. Linewidth broadening is partially attributed to inhomogeneous indium composition that is associated with template morphology. We investigate the morphological evolution of homoepitaxial GaN growth on bulk m-plane substrates in three co-loaded miscut orientations: nominally on-axis, 1° in the -c-direction (-c-miscut), and 1° in the a-direction (a-miscut). Atomic force microscopy reveals four-sided pyramidal hillocks for on-axis growth with faces inclined toward the [ 11 2 bar 0 ]a-axis (a-faces) and the [0001] c-axis (c-faces). The a-faces exhibit steps oriented in an a+c direction with longer terrace widths than the c-face steps. The -c-miscut template growth sometimes forms diagonal striations, characterized by regions with stable a+c step direction. The a-miscut template growth exhibits meandering steps oriented in the a±c directions that bunch to form diagonal striations. These results reveal that c-direction steps are unstable compared to a±c directions. We further demonstrate that m-plane GaN substrates with combined a+c miscut lead to narrower InxGa1-xN photoluminescence emission spectra in blue with enhanced indium incorporation.

  19. Cathodoluminescence characterization of suspended GaN nanomembranes

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    Stevens-Kalceff, M. A.; Tiginyanu, I. M.; Popa, V.; Braniste, T.; Brenner, P.

    2013-07-01

    Continuous suspended ˜15 nm thick gallium nitride (GaN) nano-membranes have been investigated using cathodoluminescence microanalysis. The GaN nanomembranes are fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB) pre-treatment of GaN epilayer surfaces followed by photoelectrochemical (PEC) etching. CL microanalysis enables high sensitivity, nanoscale spatial resolution detection of impurities, and defects, and is associated with key features of the suspended GaN nano-membranes. CL spectra and images of the suspended nano-membranes reveal the broad emission band at ˜2.2 eV which is associated with deep acceptor states and the near edge emission at ˜3.4 eV which is associated with free exciton transitions at 295 K. The near edge emission can be resolved into two components, one associated with emission from the nanomembrane and the other associated with CL from underlying GaN transmitted through the nanomembrane. CL spectroscopy gives insight into the physical properties and optical quality of the suspended GaN nano-membranes. Blue shift of the CL near band edge emission indicates that the suspended GaN nanomembranes exhibit the combined effects of quantum confinement and strain.

  20. GaN power devices for automotive applications

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    Uesugi, T.; Kachi, Tetsu

    2013-03-01

    GaN is an attractive material for high performance power devices. Vertical GaN power devices are suitable for high current operation, on the other hand, lateral GaN power devices, namely GaN lateral HEMTs have both low on-resistance and low parasitic capacitance. In addition, the GaN lateral HEMTs can be fabricated on Si substrate. We can get low conduction loss and low switching loss devices with low cost. So the GaN lateral HEMTs are suitable for subsystems like an air conditioner and an electric power steering. Serious technical issues about GaN power devices are a normally-off operation, a current collapse, and a high quality gate insulator. Several normally-off operation techniques have been proposed but there is no decisive method. An NH3 surface treatment and a SiO2 passivation are useful to suppress the current collapse. An Al2O3 deposited by ALD is excellent for gate insulator in breakdown and it has enough TDDB reliability under room temperature and 150°C.