Growth of crack-free AlGaN film on high-temperature thin AlN interlayer

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We report on successful fabrication of crack-free thick AlGaN layers by introducing a thin AlN interlayer at the high temperature of 1000-1100°C on a high quality GaN epitaxial layer. The Al0.52Ga0.48N films grown with the optimized AlN interlayer exhibited mirror-like surface morphology and were free of cracks up to the thickness of 3μm. X-ray analyses and cathodoluminescence spectra showed excellent structural and optical quality of the AlGaN materials. Si-doped n-type AlGaN films were also grown on the high-temperature AlN interlayer, and excellent n-type conductivity was achieved up to Al0.38Ga0.62N with the electron concentration of 2.0 × 1018cm-3 and the mobility of 79 cm2/V s. Furthermore, from monochromatic cathodoluminescence images, we proposed that initial cracking of the AlN interlayer reduces the residual stress, thus preventing cracking in the AlGaN layer by generating misfit dislocations at AlGaN/AlN interface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-310
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan
Externally publishedYes


  • A1. Cathodoluminescence
  • A1. Doping
  • A1. Stress
  • A3. Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition
  • B1. Nitrides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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