The generation of misfit dislocations in facet-controlled growth of AlGaNGaN films

D. Cherns, S. L. Sahonta, R. Liu, Fernando Ponce, H. Amano, I. Akasaki

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The relaxation of tensile stresses in AlGaN layers grown on GaN(0001) sapphire by facet-controlled epitaxial lateral overgrowth is reported. It is shown that a -type misfit dislocations are introduced at inclined {11 2- 2} AlGaNGaN interfaces, with strong evidence for a half-loop nucleation and glide mechanism driven by shear stresses present on the (0001) slip plane. In addition to relieving misfit stresses, these dislocations introduce grain rotations of up to 10-2 rad across the AlGaNGaN boundaries, leading to tilt boundaries at the meeting front between laterally growing wings and between regions growing in the lateral and [0001] directions. The effects of these processes on the defect density in subsequent layers are examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4923-4925
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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