Band gap energy fluctuations in InGaN films grown by RF-MBE with changing nitrogen supply rate investigated by a piezoelectric photothermal spectroscopy

H. Komaki, T. Shimohara, K. Sakai, R. Katayama, K. Onabe, A. Fukuyama, T. Ikari

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Abstract

In this study, non-radiative recombination center in InGaN films with varying III/N ratio grown by rf-molecular beam epitaxy was investigated directly by piezoelectric photothermal spectroscopy (PPTS). To clarify the influence of the III/N supply ratio during the InGaN layer growth, the nitrogen flow rate was changed from 1.0 to 2.0 sccm. Since metallic-indium droplets and phase separation were observed for the samples grown by low nitrogen flow rate, it was found that these have been grown under a group-III-rich condition. With increasing nitrogen flow rate, the indium content in InGaN films increased. The estimated non-radiative recombination edges determined from PPTS method (PPT edge) red-shifted with increasing the nitrogen flow rate. The energy difference between estimated band edge and the PPT edges increased with increasing flow rate under group-III rich condition, and became saturated under the N-rich condition. It is considered that the existence of the phase separation is related to this behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-502
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
EventE-MRS 2007 Spring Meeting-Symposium F - Novel Gain Materials and Devices Based on III-N-V Compounds - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 2007 May 282007 Jun 1

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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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