Coalescence overgrowth of GaN nanocolumns on sapphire with patterned metal organic vapor phase epitaxy

Tsung Yi Tang, Wen Yu Shiao, Cheng Hung Lin, Kun Ching Shen, Jeng Jie Huang, Shao Ying Ting, Tzu Chi Liu, C. C. Yang, Chiu Lin Yao, Jui Hung Yeh, Ta Cheng Hsu, Wei Chao Chen, Hsu Cheng Hsu, Li Chyong Chen

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High-quality coalescence overgrowth of patterned-grown GaN nanocolumns on c -plane sapphire substrate with metal organic chemical vapor deposition is demonstrated. Although domain structures of a tens of micron scale in the overgrown layer can be identified with cathodoluminescence measurement, from atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurement, the surface roughness of the overgrown layer in an area of 5×5 μ m2 is as small as 0.411 nm, which is only one-half that of the high-quality GaN thin-film template directly grown on sapphire substrate (the control sample). Based on the AFM and depth-dependent x-ray diffraction measurements near the surface of the overgrown layer, the dislocation density is reduced to the order of 107 cm-2, which is one order of magnitude lower than that of the control sample and two to three orders of magnitude lower than those of ordinary GaN templates for fabricating light-emitting diodes. Also, the lateral domain size, reaching a level of ∼2.7 μm, becomes three times larger than the control sample. Meanwhile, the ratio of photoluminescence intensity at room temperature over that at low temperature of the overgrown sample is at least six times higher than that of the control sample. Although the strain in nanocolumns is almost completely released, a stress of ∼0.66 GPa is rebuilt when the coalescence overgrowth is implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023501
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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