Dislocations introduced in n-GaN at room temperature cause conductivity inversion

Eugene B. Yakimov, Pavel S. Vergeles, Alexander Y. Polyakov, Ivan V. Shchemerov, A. V. Chernyh, A. A. Vasilev, A. I. Kochkova, In Hwan Lee, S. J. Pearton

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Dislocations were introduced by scratching at room temperature of the surface of n-GaN films grown by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) on basal plane sapphire. The dislocations were observed to propagate from the scratch along the<11–20> directions along several slip systems and form a region with high dislocation density extending by 30–40 µm on each side of the scratch. The regions with enhanced dislocation density were characterized by a strong decrease of intensity of bandedge cathodoluminescence (CL) band at 368 nm, an emergence of the dislocation-related band at 400 nm wavelength, and a strong increase in intensity of the yellow CL band related to defects. Capacitance-voltage and current-voltage measurements in the dark and under illumination performed as a function of temperature indicates that the region with enhanced dislocation density is converted to p-type. Measurements of current versus temperature, admittance spectra, and Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) allowed for the first time to determine the energy position of dislocation-related acceptors level near Ev+ 0.35 eV and to estimate their concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number160281
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct 5

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Funding Information:
The work at IMT RAS was supported in part by the State Task No 075-00355-21-00 . The work was carried out with financial support from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation in the framework of Increase Competitiveness Program of NUST “MISiS” (№ К2-2020-040 ).

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© 2021 Elsevier B.V.


  • Defect states
  • Dislocations
  • GaN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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