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Anomalous lattice deformation in GaN/SiC(0001) measured by high-speed ${{it in situ}}$ synchrotron X-ray diffraction

Sasaki, Takuo; Ishikawa, Fumitaro*; Takahashi, Masamitsu

We report an anomalous lattice deformation of GaN layers grown on SiC(0001) by molecular beam epitaxy. The evolution of the lattice parameters during the growth of the GaN layers was measured by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction. The lattice parameters in the directions parallel and normal to the surface showed significant deviation from the elastic strains expected for lattice-mismatched films on substrates up to a thickness of 10 nm. The observed lattice deformation was well explained by the incorporation of hydrostatic strains due to point defects. The results indicate that the control of point defects in the initial stage of growth is important for fabricating GaN-based optoelectronic devices.



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