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Nanopipes and Inversion Domains in High-Quality GaN Epitaxial Layers

  • F. A. Ponce (a1), W. T. Young (a2), D. Cherns (a2), J. W. Steeds (a2) and S. Nakamura (a3)...

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In this paper we report that, in addition to dislocations, two other types of defects are observed in high quality GaN thin films. These defects have a filamentary nature, are oriented along the <0001> direction. and may not be easily distinguished from the pure dislocations. Using a combination of conventional electron microscopy with convergent beam electron diffraction techniques we show that one of these types of dislocations consist of nanopipes, which are coreless dislocations with Burgers vectors <0001>. The other type of observed defects consist of inversion domains with [0001 ] orientation within the [0001] matrix. The origin of the inversion domains and nanopipes is discussed.

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Nanopipes and Inversion Domains in High-Quality GaN Epitaxial Layers

  • F. A. Ponce (a1), W. T. Young (a2), D. Cherns (a2), J. W. Steeds (a2) and S. Nakamura (a3)...

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