Structural properties of GaN films grown on sapphire by molecular beam epitaxy

Q. Zhu, A. Botchkarev, W. Kim, Ö Aktas, A. Salvador, B. Sverdlov, H. Morkoç, S. C Y Tsen, David Smith

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Abstract

The structural characteristics of GaN films grown on sapphire substrates by molecular beam epitaxy have been investigated using high-resolution synchrotron x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. We find remarkable correspondence between the in-plane structural order (coherence length and mosaic spread) and the electrical and optical properties. Contrary to common belief, our observations show unequivocally that the out-of-plane structural features, which are considerably better developed than the in-plane counterparts, cannot be used for determining the material quality with respect to their optical and electrical activity. In particular, the (00l) mosaic spread is not a good indicator of film quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalApplied Physics Letters
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Zhu, Q., Botchkarev, A., Kim, W., Aktas, Ö., Salvador, A., Sverdlov, B., Morkoç, H., Tsen, S. C. Y., & Smith, D. (1995). Structural properties of GaN films grown on sapphire by molecular beam epitaxy. Applied Physics Letters.