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Controlled Growth of Heteroepitaxial Zinc Oxide Nanostructures on Gallium Nitride

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Abstract:

ZnO epitaxial layers were grown on GaN underlying films by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition at various temperatures. An increase in growth temperature led to morphological changes from a smooth film with hexagonal-shaped surface pits to honeycomb-like nanostructures with deep hollow, and additionally resulted in a decrease in dislocation density in the interfacial layers. The reduced dislocation density at the higher growth temperature was attributed to an increase in the size of the critical nucleus and the low nucleation density at the initial stage. The shifts in the peak positions in the X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence were also observed in the samples grown at different temperatures, and were caused by the variation of residual strains after the complete coalescence of the nuclei.

Keywords: GAN; HETEROEPITAXI; STRAIN; TEM; ZNO

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2009.M64

Publication date: 2009-07-01

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