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LT-AlSb Interlayer as a Filter of Threading Dislocations in GaSb Grown on (001) GaAs Substrate Using MBE

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Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz—Instytut Technologii Elektronowej, al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw, Poland
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Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Science, al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw, Poland
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Crystals 2019, 9(12), 628; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst9120628
Received: 20 October 2019 / Revised: 22 November 2019 / Accepted: 24 November 2019 / Published: 28 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dislocations in Heterostructures)
We report on the role of AlSb material in the reduction of threading dislocation density (TDD) in the GaSb/AlSb/GaAs system. The AlSb layers were grown using low-temperature (LT) MBE, exploiting the interfacial misfit (IMF) dislocation array. AlSb layers with four different thicknesses in the range of 1–30 nm were investigated. The results showed the inhibiting role of LT-AlSb layers in the reduction of TDD. Values of TDD as low as 2.2 × 106 and 6.3 × 106 cm−2 for samples with thin and thick AlSb layers were obtained, respectively. The filtering role of AlSb material was proven despite the IMF-AlSb/GaAs interface’s imperfectness caused by the disturbance of a 90° dislocation periodic array by, most likely, 60° dislocations. The dislocation lines confined to the region of AlSb material were visible in HRTEM images. The highest crystal quality and smoother surface of 1.0 μm GaSb material were obtained using 9 nm thick AlSb interlayer. Unexpectedly, the comparative analysis of the results obtained for the GaSb/LT-AlSb/GaAs heterostructure and our best results for the GaSb/GaAs system showed that the latter can achieve both higher crystal quality and lower dislocation density. View Full-Text
Keywords: low-temperature MBE; IMF-GaSb/GaAs; LT-AlSb interlayer; low TDD; filtering role of AlSb interlayer; 2D spiral growth of GaSb/GaAs low-temperature MBE; IMF-GaSb/GaAs; LT-AlSb interlayer; low TDD; filtering role of AlSb interlayer; 2D spiral growth of GaSb/GaAs
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Jasik, A.; Ratajczak, J.; Sankowska, I.; Wawro, A.; Smoczyński, D.; Czuba, K. LT-AlSb Interlayer as a Filter of Threading Dislocations in GaSb Grown on (001) GaAs Substrate Using MBE. Crystals 2019, 9, 628.

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