Evolution of strain throughout gallium nitride deposited on silicon carbide

M. A. Mastro, N. D. Bassim, J. A. Freitas, M. E. Twigg, C. R. Eddy, D. K. Gaskill, R. L. Henry, R. T. Holm, J. Kim, P. G. Neudeck, A. J. Trunek, J. A. Powell

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During GaN growth on an on-axis SiC substrate, a large density of dislocations (∼109 cm-2) is unavoidably generated by the GaN/SiC misfit, uncontrolled misorientation in the substrate and defects present at the surface of the substrate. Recently a unique SiC substrate was developed with step-free and stepped mesas as well as continuous surface areas similar to a standard wafer all in close proximity. It is now possible to isolate the influence of defects and steps on the deposition of GaN on SiC. This paper provides a link between the dislocation environment and the strain state in the GaN film as well as the change of this strain with increasing thickness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-335
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Ceramic Processing Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Gallium nitride
  • Growth
  • Silicon carbide
  • Strain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites


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