We report the use of ScAlMgO 4 as a substrate for the epitaxial growth of wurzitic GaN. The low misfit (+1.8%) allows coherent epitaxy of GaN, as observed by RHEED. The congruent melting of ScAlMgO 4 makes Czochralski growth possible, suggesting that large, high quality substrates can be realized. Boules about 17mm in diameter are reported. We have used nitrogen-plasma molecular beam epitaxy to grow GaN epitaxial films onto ScAlMgO 2 substrates. Band-gap photoluminescence has been observed from some of these films, depending primarily on the deposition conditions. A 3×3 superstructure has been observed by RHEED on the GaN surfaces. Structural analysis by x-ray diffraction indicates very good in-plane alignment of the GaN films. We also report thermal expansion measurements for ScAlMgO 4.
|MRS Internet Journal of Nitride Semiconductor Research
|Published - 1 Dec 1996