We utilized in-situ-grown SiNx insertion layers to mitigate part of dislocations stretching in nonpolar a-plane GaN films using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. Both X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements revealed that better crystal quality and smoother surface could be obtained when the in-situ SiNx layer was inserted closer to the r-plane sapphire substrate and indicated that the in-situ SiNx insertion layer could suppress dislocations caused by lattice mismatch between the sapphire and epitaxial layers. In addition, photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence measurements confirmed the effect of the in-situ SiNx insertion layer on the optical properties of the improved a-plane GaN thin film, which is consistent with the XRD and AFM analyses and suggested reduction in the density of nonradiative centers.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry