Spatial variation of luminescence in thick GaN films

F. Bertram, S. Srinivasan, Fernando Ponce, T. Riemann, J. Christen, R. J. Molnar

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The spatial variation of the optical properties of hydride vapor-phase epitaxial GaN layers of various thickness has been studied using scanning cathodoluminescence microscopy. A strong improvement of these properties with film thickness is observed in plan view. Cross-sectional studies show a strong redshift of the luminescence in the vicinity of the substrate within a typical thickness of about 2 μm, reflecting a high local impurity content. Above this initial growth region, a strong blueshift is observed up to the energy of fully relaxed high-purity GaN, indicating vertical strain relaxation as well as depletion of residual donors. This is accompanied by a sharp increase in the lateral spectral homogeneity, indicative of a significant improvement in crystalline quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1222-1224
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Feb 26 2001

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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