Mechanisms of the sidewall facet evolution in lateral epitaxial overgrowth of GaN by MOCVD.

The lateral epitaxial overgrowth of GaN was carried out by low-pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition, and the cross section shape of the stripes was characterized by scanning electron microscopy. Inclined {11-2n} facets (n=1-2.5) were observed in the initial growth, and they changed gradually into the vertical {11-20} sidewalls in accordance with the process of the lateral overgrowth. A model was proposed utilizing diffusion equations and boundary conditions to simulate the concentration of the Ga species constituent throughout the concentration boundary layer. Solutions to these equations are found using the two-dimensional, finite element method. We suggest that the observed evolution of sidewall facets results from the variation of the local V/III ratio during the process of lateral overgrowth induced by the lateral supply of the Ga species from the SiNx mask regions to the growing GaN regions.

Main Author: Feng, G.
Other Authors: Fu, Y., Xia, J., Zhu, J., Zhang, B., Shen, X., Zhao, D., Yang, H., Liang, J.
Format: Villanova Faculty Authorship
Language: English
Published: 2002
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