Quantitative analysis of small amounts of cubic GaN phase in GaN films grown on sapphire
Authors: Zhi, D.; Tisch, U.; Zamir, S.; Wei, M.; Zolotoyabko, E.; Salzman, J.
Source: Journal of Electronic Materials, Volume 29, Number 4, April 2000 , pp. 457-462(6)
Abstract:Thin GaN films, grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on the basal plane of sapphire substrates, were characterized by x-ray pole figures, high-resolution x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. This combination was found sensitive to small amounts (down to 0.1%) of cubic GaN phase in specimens subjected to surface nitridation treatment prior to epitaxial growth. The presence of the cubic phase and its orientation relations to the hexagonal GaN matrix was established by means of pole figures and selected area electron diffraction. The amount of cubic phase was determined by comparing the integrated x-ray diffraction intensities of the (311) cubic GaN and the (11.2) hexagonal GaN reflections. Optimum nitridation duration was found, which corresponds to almost complete suppression of the cubic phase formation.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 2000