Spontaneous lateral phase separation of AlInP during thin film growth and its effect on luminescence

TitleSpontaneous lateral phase separation of AlInP during thin film growth and its effect on luminescence
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMukherjee, K, Norman, AG, Akey, AJ, Buonassisi, T, Fitzgerald, EA
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume118
Issue11
Pagination115306
Date Published2015/09/21/
Abstract

The occurrence of spontaneous lateral phase separation during thin film growth of AlxIn1-xP by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition was investigated using a combination of transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography to obtain a quantitative view of this phenomenon. An anisotropic and coherent composition modulation was observed in the nearly lattice-matched films deposited below 750 degrees C with a quasi-linear amplification with thickness that was inversely proportional to the growth temperature. The periodicity of the modulation increased exponentially with the growth temperature. A comparison of photoluminescence from phase separated and homogenous direct band gap AlxIn1-xP deposited on metamorphic InyGa1-yAs graded buffers showed a lowering of peak-emission energy in accordance with the atom probe compositional characterization without any degradation in luminous intensity. Additionally, indications of carrier trapping in the low band gap regions were observed even at room-temperature. While some of these results are in qualitative agreement with theoretical models of kinetic instability in unstrained alloy growth in the literature, significant discrepancies remain. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.