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Surface and optical properties of nanocrystalline GaN thin films on sapphire (0001) by pulsed laser deposition
Author(s): H. Q. Ni; Yongfeng Lu; JingHua Teng; Y. X. Jie; ZhiHong Mai; ZhongMin Ren
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Paper Abstract

GaN thin films have been grown on sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The thin films deposited at different substrate temperature have been evaluated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM). The influences of depositing temperature on surface and optical properties of the GaN thin films have been studied. The XRD result show that the lowest full width at half maximum of x-ray diffraction line of the GaN film was deposited at about 700 degrees C. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra were measured at 7 K. The quantum confinement effects of the nanocrystalline GaN films have been evaluated by the band edge PL peaks. The energy shift of the band edge PL peaks of GaN film deposited at 700 degrees C have been estimated by the effective mass approximation method. The chemical composition and the native oxide of the GaN film surface were investigated by the XPS spectra. Average roughness and surface morphology of the GaN thin films deposited on the sapphire substrates have been evaluated by AFM.

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Date Published: 4 November 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3898, Photonic Systems and Applications in Defense and Manufacturing, (4 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.368484
Show Author Affiliations
H. Q. Ni, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Yongfeng Lu, National Univ. of Singapore (United States)
JingHua Teng, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Y. X. Jie, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
ZhiHong Mai, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
ZhongMin Ren, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3898:
Photonic Systems and Applications in Defense and Manufacturing
Yee Loy Lam; Koji Ikuta; Metin S. Mangir, Editor(s)

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