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TEM Study of strain states in III-V semiconductor epitaxial layers.

  • André ROCHER (a1), Anne PONCHET (a1), Stéphanie BLANC (a2) and Chantal FONTAINE (a2)

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The strain states induced by a lattice mismatch in epitaxial systems have been studied by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) using the moiré fringe technique on plane view samples. For the GaSb/(001)GaAs system, moiré patterns suggest that the GaSb layer is free of stress and homogeneously relaxed by a perfect square array of Lomer dislocations. A 10 nm thick layer of GaInAs (20% In concentration) grown on (001)GaAs does not give any moiré fringes for all low-index Bragg reflections: this result indicates that the effective misfit strain does not correspond to the theoretical one described by the elastic theory. Segregation effects are expected to play an important role in the relaxation of the misfit strain.

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TEM Study of strain states in III-V semiconductor epitaxial layers.

  • André ROCHER (a1), Anne PONCHET (a1), Stéphanie BLANC (a2) and Chantal FONTAINE (a2)

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