A novel method to synthesize blue-luminescent doped GaN powders

R. Garcia, A. Thomas, A. Bell, Fernando Ponce

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A new method to synthesize highly luminescent GaN:Mg powders has been developed. This method has a high control over the concentration of magnesium in the final product. The method consists of reacting a high purity (99.999%) gallium-magnesium alloy with ultra-high purity ammonia in a horizontal quartz tube reactor at high temperatures for several hours. Electron microscopy showed that the light-gray powders produced by this method consist of at least two different shaped crystallites; large columnar crystals sized around 10 μm and small platelets crystals between 1 and 2 μm. X-ray diffraction showed that those crystallites have a well defined wurtzite structure. Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) showed a high intensity blue emission around 2.94 eV (422 nm). At helium temperature the well known Mg-related donor-acceptor pair band was observed at 3.25 eV (380 nm) by PL and CL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
EditorsS. Ashok, J. Chevallier, B.L. Sopori, M. Tabe, P. Kiesel
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 materials Research Society Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 28 2005Apr 1 2005


Other2005 materials Research Society Spring Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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