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Characterization of Stress Relaxation, Dislocations and Crystallographic Tilt Via X-ray Microdiffraction in GaN (0001) Layers Grown by Maskless Pendeo-Epitaxy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2011

R.I Barabash
Affiliation:
Metals and Ceramics Div., Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, USA
G.E. Ice
Affiliation:
Metals and Ceramics Div., Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, USA
W. Liu
Affiliation:
Metals and Ceramics Div., Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, USA
S. Einfeldt
Affiliation:
Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Bremen, Germany
D. Hommel
Affiliation:
Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Bremen, Germany
A. M. Roskowski
Affiliation:
Materials Science and Engineering Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA
R. F. Davis
Affiliation:
Materials Science and Engineering Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA
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Abstract

Intrinsic stresses due to lattice mismatch and high densities of threading dislocations and extrinsic stresses resulting from the mismatch in the coefficients of thermal expansion are present in almost all III-Nitride heterostructures. Stress relaxation in the GaN layers occurs in conventional and in pendeo-epitaxial films via the formation of additional misfit dislocations, domain boundaries, elastic strain and wing tilt. Polychromatic X-ray microdiffraction, high resolution monochromatic X-ray diffraction and finite element simulations have been used to determine the distribution of strain, dislocations, sub-boundaries and crystallographic wing tilt in uncoalesced and coalesced GaN layers grown by maskless pendeo-epitaxy. An important parameter was the width-to-height ratio of the etched columns of GaN from which the lateral growth of the wings occurred. The strain and tilt across the stripes increased with the width-to-height ratio. Tilt boundaries formed in the uncoalesced GaN layers at the column/wing interfaces for samples with a large ratio. Sharper tilt boundaries were observed at the interfaces formed by the coalescence of two laterally growing wings. The wings tilted upward during cooling to room temperature for both the uncoalesced and the coalesced GaN layers. It was determined that finite element simulations that account for extrinsic stress relaxation can explain the experimental results for uncoalesced GaN layers. Relaxation of both extrinsic and intrinsic stress components in the coalesced GaN layers contribute to the observed wing tilt and the formation of sub-boundaries.

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