In this work, the growth and characterization of GaAsSbN epilayers nearly lattice matched to GaAs, grown in an elemental solid source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system with a RF plasma nitrogen source, are discussed. The Sb and N compositions of the nearly lattice matched layers are 2.6% and 6.8%, respectively, as determined by high resolution x-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) analysis. The layers are found to be fully strained as evidenced by the presence of Pendellosung fringes on the x-ray diffraction spectra.
Effects of in-situ and ex-situ annealing on the low temperature photoluminescence (PL) characteristics are discussed. The 10 K PL peak energy of 1 eV with a FWHM of 18 meV has been achieved on ex-situ annealed samples in N ambient. The temperature dependence of PL peak energy exhibits “S-shaped” behavior in the low temperature regime, indicative of the presence of localized excitons. Raman spectroscopy analysis has been carried out to determine the local structural changes on annealing.