Strain-free GaN thick films grown on single crystalline ZnO buffer layer with in situ lift-off technique

S. W. Lee, T. Minegishi, W. H. Lee, H. Goto, H. J. Lee, S. H. Lee, Hyo Jong Lee, J. S. Ha, T. Goto, T. Hanada, M. W. Cho, T. Yao

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Abstract

Strain-free freestanding GaN layers were prepared by in situ lift-off process using a ZnO buffer as a sacrificing layer. Thin Zn-polar ZnO layers were deposited on c -plane sapphire substrates, which was followed by the growth of Ga-polar GaN layers both by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The MBE-grown GaN layer acted as a protecting layer against decomposition of the ZnO layer and as a seeding layer for GaN growth. The ZnO layer was completely in situ etched off during growth of thick GaN layers at low temperature by hydride vapor phase epitaxy. Hence freestanding GaN layers were obtained for the consecutive growth of high-temperature GaN thick layers. The lattice constants of freestanding GaN agree with those of strain-free GaN bulk. Extensive microphotoluminescence study indicates that strain-free states extend throughout the high-temperature grown GaN layers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number061907
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume90
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Feb 19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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