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MOCVD growth of GaN films on Si-rich SiNx nanoislands patterned sapphire
Author(s): Zhilai Fang; Shuping Li; Junyong Kang
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Paper Abstract

We intentionally patterned Si-rich SiNx nanoislands on sapphire substrates and found the SiNx significantly influenced the subsequent growth of GaN films. Distinct GaN islands of triangular base were formed caused by the enhanced diffusion and regrowth anisotropy during the annealing processes of GaN nucleation layers. Subsequent growth of GaN epilayers at high temperature with initial low V/III ratios on the nucleated triangular islands resulted in island coarsening and shape variations from triangular to hexagonal due to the dominating gas phase transport growth mechanism and limited diffusion length. Further growth with high V/III ratios eventually resulted in layer-growth with surface roughness of ~2.6 Å. Both AFM and XRD results showed a significant improvement of the crystalline qualities with estimated threading dislocation (TD) density of about 1×108 cm-2 when Si-rich SiNx nanoislands patterning was performed. Photoluminescence measurements showed that the yellow and blue emissions were substantially suppressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2008
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 6984, Sixth International Conference on Thin Film Physics and Applications, 69842V (11 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.792371
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Zhilai Fang, Xiamen Univ. (China)
Shuping Li, Xiamen Univ. (China)
Junyong Kang, Xiamen Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6984:
Sixth International Conference on Thin Film Physics and Applications
Wenzhong Shen; Junhao Chu, Editor(s)

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