Using x-ray diffraction, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM), and infrared absorption techniques, we have investigated the effects of nanocrystallization on the structural and optical properties of GaAs0.99N0.01 grown by plasma-enhanced molecular-beam epitaxy. The x-ray diffraction results of postgrowth annealed samples with a protective Si3N4 cap exhibit significant lattice relaxation, structural inhomogeneity, and apparent nitrogen "loss," indicating the occurrence of phase separation after thermal treatment. High-resolution XTEM confirms the formation of N-enriched GaAsN nanocrystals embedded at the GaAsN/Si3N4 interface. Infrared absorption study demonstrates that the annealed sample has a strongly enhanced direct optical transition.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2001 Sep 15|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics