The effect of the initial nitridation of the sapphire substrate on the GaN crystal quality as a function of substrate temperature was studied. GaN layers were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on sapphire substrates nitridated at different substrate temperatures. A strong improvement in the GaN crystal quality was observed at 100°C nitridation temperature. Symmetric (0004) and asymmetric (10-5) full widths at half maximum (FWHM) of the x-ray rocking curves were 136 and 261 arcsec, respectively. This compares to an x-ray rocking curve full width at half maximum of 818 arcsec (0004) for conventional MBE buffer conditions. For our conventional buffer conditions, sapphire substrates were exposed to a N plasma at temperatures above 500°C for 10min and then 25∼50nm buffers were deposited without annealing at high temperature. The low temperature nitridation also shows an enhancement of the lateral growth of the GaN, resulting in larger grain sizes. The largest grain size achieved was approximately 2.8μm, while the average grain size was approximately 2.4μm at 100°C nitridation temperature.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||MRS Internet Journal of Nitride Semiconductor Research|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)