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Evidence of the De-multiplication Interactions Between Threading Dislocations in GaN Films Grown on (0001) Sapphire Substrates

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2011

Cheng-Liang Wang
Affiliation:
jrgong@phys.nchu.edu.tw, National Chung Hsing University, Physics Department, Taichung City, 402, Taiwan
Jyh-Rong Gong
Affiliation:
jrgong@phys.nchu.edu.tw, National Chung Hsing University, Department of Physics, Taichung City, 402, Taiwan
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Abstract

We report the observation of threading dislocation de-multiplication process by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The GaN films used in this study were grown on (0001) sapphire substrates with LT-GaN buffer layers by reduced pressure organometallic vapor phase epitaxy. By using g · Db = 0 invisibility criterion, it was found that some of TDs were de-multiplicated by interactions among themselves. In particular, type a+c TDs were found to nucleate through the interactions between type a and type c TDs in GaN near the GaN/sapphire interface so that the de-multiplication of TDs in GaN films was achieved.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2007

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