Distribution of Dislocations near the Interface in AlN Crystals Grown on Evaporated SiC Substrates
AbstractTo exploit unique properties of thin films of group III-nitride semiconductors, the production of native substrates is to be developed. The best choice would be AlN; however, presently available templates on sapphire or SiC substrates are defective. The quality of AlN could be improved by eliminating the substrate during the layer growth. In this paper, we demonstrate freestanding AlN layers fabricated by an SiC substrate evaporation method. Such layers were used to investigate dislocation structures near the former AlN–SiC interface. Specimens were characterized by synchrotron radiation imaging, triple-axis diffractometry and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We found that the evaporation process under non-optimal conditions affected the dislocation structure. When the growth had been optimized, AlN layers showed a uniform distribution of dislocations. The dislocations tended to constitute low-angle subgrain boundaries, which produced out-of-plane and in-plane tilt angles of about 2–3 arc-min. Similar broadening was observed in both symmetric and asymmetric rocking curves, which proved the presence of edge, screws as well as mixed dislocation content. TEM revealed arrays of edge threading dislocations, but their predominance over the other threading dislocations was not supported by present study. To explain the experimental observations, a theoretical model of the dislocation structure formation is proposed. View Full-Text
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Argunova, T.S.; Gutkin, M.Y.; Je, J.H.; Kalmykov, A.E.; Kazarova, O.P.; Mokhov, E.N.; Mikaelyan, K.N.; Myasoedov, A.V.; Sorokin, L.M.; Shcherbachev, K.D. Distribution of Dislocations near the Interface in AlN Crystals Grown on Evaporated SiC Substrates. Crystals 2017, 7, 163.
Argunova TS, Gutkin MY, Je JH, Kalmykov AE, Kazarova OP, Mokhov EN, Mikaelyan KN, Myasoedov AV, Sorokin LM, Shcherbachev KD. Distribution of Dislocations near the Interface in AlN Crystals Grown on Evaporated SiC Substrates. Crystals. 2017; 7(6):163.Chicago/Turabian Style
Argunova, Tatiana S.; Gutkin, Mikhail Y.; Je, Jung H.; Kalmykov, Alexander E.; Kazarova, Olga P.; Mokhov, Evgeniy N.; Mikaelyan, Kristina N.; Myasoedov, Alexander V.; Sorokin, Lev M.; Shcherbachev, Kirill D. 2017. "Distribution of Dislocations near the Interface in AlN Crystals Grown on Evaporated SiC Substrates." Crystals 7, no. 6: 163.
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