Effect of temperature and carrier gas on the properties of thick InxAl1-xN layer

Prerna Chauhan, Stanislav Hasenöhrl, Edmund Dobročka, Ľubomír Vančo, Roman Stoklas, Jaroslav Kováč, Peter Šiffalovič, Ján Kuzmík



Thick (>150nm) InxAl1-xN layers were grown on GaN/sapphire (0001) by organometallic vapor phase epitaxy. Growth temperature of InxAl1-xN layers was reduced from 790 to 730°C, to examine the effects of growth temperature in InxAl1-xN layers grown under H2 carrier gas. Indium incorporation, surface morphology, electrical, and optical properties of InxAl1-xN layers were examined as a function of growth temperature. Increase in In-molar fraction, as determined by high resolution X-ray diffraction, was observed with decreasing growth temperature of InxAl1-xN layers at the expense of surface roughness. Unstrained InxAl1-xN layer was achieved at 730°C under H2 carrier gas with x=0.18. However, InxAl1-xN layer grown under N2 carrier gas at 730°C to study the effects of carrier gas, was observed with two times higher In-molar fraction (x=0.37) and one order lower carrier concentration. This work shows the essential requirement of a multi-characterization approach to establish a connection between structural, electrical, and optical properties to improve our understanding towards InxAl1-xN. Edge threading dislocations density is found to be the most important parameter in deciding the characteristics of an InxAl1-xN layer.