structural and optical properties of InxGa1-xN/GaN epilayers grown on a miscut sapphire substrate

by Idris A Ajia, SMC Miranda, N Franco, E Alves, K Lorenz, KP O'Donnell, Iman S Roqan
Year: 2019 DOI: 10.15406/mseij.2018.02.00056

Abstract

We report on structural and optical properties of InGaN/GaN thin films, with a 0.46 o misalignment between the surface and the (0001) plane, which were grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) on 0.34 o miscut sapphire substrates. X-ray diffraction and X-ray reflectivity were used to precisely measure the degree of miscut. Reciprocal space mapping was employed to determine the lattice parameters and strain state of the InGaN layers. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry with channeling was employed to measure their composition and crystalline quality with depth resolution. No strain anisotropy was observed. Polarization-dependent photoluminescence spectroscopy was carried out to examine the effect of the miscut on the bandedge emission of the epilayer.

Keywords

structural and optical properties of InxGa1-xN/GaN epilayers grown on a miscut sapphire substrate