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Photoluminescence Study of Gallium Nitride Thin Films Obtained by Infrared Close Space Vapor Transport

By Luis A. Hernández, Gerardo Contreras-Puente, Francisco de Moure, Máximo López-López, Adolfo Escamilla-Esquivel, B. Marel Monroy, Jorge Aguilar-Hernández, Rogelio Mendoza-Pérez, Osvaldo de Melo and Guillermo Santana

Abstract

Photoluminescence (PL) studies in GaN thin films grown by infrared close space vapor transport (CSVT-IR) in vacuum are presented in this work. The growth of GaN thin films was done on a variety of substrates like silicon, sapphire and fused silica. Room temperature PL spectra of all the GaN films show near band-edge emission (NBE) and a broad blue and green luminescence (BL, GL), which can be seen with the naked eye in a bright room. The sample grown by infrared CSVT on the silicon substrate shows several emission peaks from 2.4 to 3.22 eV with a pronounced red shift with respect to the band gap energy. The sample grown on sapphire shows strong and broad ultraviolet emission peaks (UVL) centered at 3.19 eV and it exhibits a red shift of NBE. The PL spectrum of GaN films deposited on fused silica exhibited a unique and strong blue-green emission peak centered at 2.38 eV. The presence of yellow and green luminescence in all samples is related to native defects in the structure such as dislocations in GaN and/or the presence of amorphous phases. We analyze the material quality that can be obtained by CSVT-IR in vacuum, which is a high yield technique with simple equipment set-up, in terms of the PL results obtained in each case

Topics: solar cells, infrared-CSVT, GaN, photoluminescence, thin films, Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials, TA401-492, Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering, TK1-9971, Technology, T, DOAJ:Materials, DOAJ:Technology and Engineering, Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General), TA1-2040, Microscopy, QH201-278.5, Descriptive and experimental mechanics, QC120-168.85
Publisher: MDPI AG
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.3390/ma6031050
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:2d43615c9061485694bb48ab3dc73886
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