Characterization of structural defects in SnSe2 thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs (111)B substrates

Brian D. Tracy, Xiang Li, Xinyu Liu, Jacek Furdyna, Margaret Dobrowolska, David Smith

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Tin selenide thin films have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs (111)B substrates at a growth temperature of 150 °C, and a microstructural study has been carried out, primarily using the technique of transmission electron microscopy. The Se:Sn flux ratio during growth was systematically varied and found to have a strong impact on the resultant crystal structure and quality. Low flux ratios (Se:Sn=3:1) led to defective films consisting primarily of SnSe, whereas high flux ratios (Se:Sn>10:1) gave higher quality, single-phase SnSe2. The structure of the monoselenide films was found to be consistent with the Space Group Pnma with the epitaxial growth relationship of [011]SnSe//[11¯0]GaAs, while the diselenide films were consistent with the Space Group P3¯m1, and had the epitaxial growth relationship [21¯1¯0]SnSe2//[11¯0] GaAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-64
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • A1. Characterization
  • A1. Crystal structure
  • A3. Molecular beam epitaxy
  • B2. Semiconducting materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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