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Effects of Growth Temperature and Postgrowth Annealing on Inhomogeneous Luminescence Characteristics of Green-Emitting InGaN Films
- Author(s): Masui, Hisashi
- Melo, Thiago
- Sonoda, Junichi
- Weisbuch, Claude
- Nakamura, Shuji
- DenBaars, Steven P.
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11664-009-0969-y
Microscopic photoluminescence was applied to investigate μm-order inhomogeneity of InGaN alloys. Samples had InGaN/GaN multiple-quantum-well structures grown on sapphire substrates at various temperatures, and luminescence was adjusted to be green. Luminescence morphologies of dendritic appearance were observed on as-grown samples. Bright spots luminescing at long wavelengths (green to amber) were formed at high growth temperatures. After annealing at 1000°C, the bright spots disappeared and the dendritic morphology turned into a granular morphology. Because of these μm-order inhomogeneities, it has been suggested that small-scale characterization (sub-μm or smaller) requires special attention in order not to miss effects of μm-order inhomogeneity in InGaN alloys.
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