Pulsed lateral epitaxial overgrowth of aluminum nitride on sapphire substrates

Z. Chen, R. S. Qhalid Fareed, M. Gaevski, V. Adivarahan, J. W. Yang, Asif Khan, J. Mei, Fernando Ponce

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The authors report on pulsed lateral epitaxial overgrowth of aluminum nitride films on basal plane sapphire substrates. This approach, at temperatures in excess of 1150 °C, enhanced the adatom migration, thereby significantly increasing the lateral growth rates. This enabled a full coalescence in wing regions as wide as 4-10 μm. Atomic force microscopy and cross-section transmission electron microscopy were used to establish the reduction of threading dislocations in the lateral growth. Cross-sectional monochromatic cathodoluminescence and photoluminescence measurements confirmed the improved optical properties of the laterally overgrown aluminum nitride films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number081905
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2006

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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