Imaging Screw Dislocations and Steps in Gallium Nitride With Equipment From NanoSurf

Gallium nitride features some unique properties such as large band gap, strong interatomic bonds, and high thermal conductivity.

Applications

Along the last decade, GaN has attracted great interests owing to its potential applications in high power and high frequency electronic devices as well as in blue LED devices. GaN layers are usually grown by Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition and the Molecular Beam Epitaxy methods.

GaN, different sample preparation conditions. Image size 5x5 um, Z-range 1.5 nm

Figure 1. GaN, different sample preparation conditions. Image size 5x5 um, Z-range 1.5 nm

Sapphire Substrate

Sapphire is now the most commonly used substrate although of its highly mismatched lattice and thermal expansion coefficients. As a consequence, the obtained GaN layers often contain a large number defects, mainly dislocations.

Steps and Screw Dislocations

The image shows a piece of GaN with steps and screw dislocations (holes). The goal is to count number of dislocations and step distribution.

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