Published online by Cambridge University Press: 26 February 2011
A 900A single crystalline GaAs film deposited by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on a silicon crystal cut 4.1° from (001) surface was characterized with X-ray diffraction measurements of the mosaic spread, particle size and strain distribution, and lattice parameter. The GaAs film had a larger mosaic spread in the direction of the steps of the silicon surface and coherent particle sizes of about 900 Å compared to the estimated film thickness of approximately 1000 Å. Superlattice reflections gave an ordered domain size of about 330 Å. There is a residual strain gradient in the film which is nearly linear with the lattice constant differing by about 0.044 Å between the surface of the film and its interface with the silicon substrate. Lattice parameter measurements indicate a small expansion of 0.13% perpendicular to the plane of the film.
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