Strain relaxation mechanisms in AlGaN epitaxy on AlN templates

Zhihao Wu, Kentaro Nonaka, Yohjiro Kawai, Toshiaki Asai, Fernando Ponce, Changqing Chen, Motoaki Iwaya, Satoshi Kamiyama, Hiroshi Amano, Isamu Akasaki

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Two strain relaxation processes have been observed in AGaN layers grown on thick AlN templates. In Process I, a-type threading dislocations (TDs) with b = 1/3(112̄0) from the AlN underlayer are inclined away from the [0001] axis toward the (11̄00) directions when they enter the AlGaN film, forming dislocation line projection perpendicular to the Burger vector. In Process II, a + c-type TDs from the AlN underlayer with Burgers vector of b = 1/3(112̄3) glide on (01̄11) planes when they enter the AlGaN film to generate interfacial misfit dislocations lying along the (2̄110) directions at the AlGaN/AlN interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111003
JournalApplied Physics Express
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

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