We present Raman studies of p-type and unintentionally doped GaN epitaxial layers grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy onto c-plane sapphire substrates. The E2 (high) Raman mode from a series of thermally annealed p-type samples shows that a compressive lattice distortion is induced with increasing annealing temperature. This is further corroborated by our photoluminescence measurements which show that the blue luminescence at 2.8 eV undergoes a redshift upon increasing the annealing temperatures beyond 650°C. In comparing the Raman and photoluminescence spectra from the various samples we discuss the importance of two possible mechanisms: local distortion and longitudinal optical phonon-plasmon coupling.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)