Microstructure of heteroepitaxial CdTe grown on misoriented Si(001) substrates

David Smith, S. C Y Tsen, Y. P. Chen, J. P. Faurie, S. Sivananthan

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Transmission electron microscopy has been used to characterize the microstructure of heteroepitaxial CdTe (111) layers grown by molecular beam epitaxy directly on nominal and misoriented Si(001) substrates. High-resolution electron micrographs showing atomic-scale details of the CdTe (111)/Si(001) interface have been recorded. Layer quality depended on the substrate tilt parameters, including the offcut orientation angle θ, and the azimuthal angle φ relative to [110]. Small φ values (4°and 10°) gave high densities of stacking fault twins throughout the epilayer whereas larger misorientation angles led to a rapid falloff away from the substrate. Under optimized growth conditions, the occurrence of twins effectively dropped to zero within a distance of less than 2.5 μm from the substrate surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1591
Number of pages1
JournalApplied Physics Letters
StatePublished - 1995

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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