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Distributions of Conduction Electrons as Manifested in MAS NMR of Gallium Nitride

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posted on 2006-04-19, 00:00 authored by James P. Yesinowski, Andrew P. Purdy, Huaqiang Wu, Michael G. Spencer, Janet Hunting, Francis J. DiSalvo
A strategy is demonstrated for identifying unambiguously and characterizing quantitatively the effects of distributions of conduction electron concentrations arising from intentional or unintentional dopants in semiconductors by magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR. The 71Ga MAS NMR spectra of a number of chemically synthesized GaN samples with no intentional doping show inhomogeneously broadened absorptions to high frequency of the main peak. These broad signals are shown, from spin−lattice relaxation time measurements as a function of shift position in a single sample, to be due to Knight shifts arising from degenerate conduction electrons. For a GaN sample with Ge as an intentional dopant at the 0.13% (wt) level, the spectrum is dramatically broadened and shifted to high frequency by up to several hundred parts per million. Analysis of the inhomogeneously broadened line shape yields a quantitative probability density function for electron carrier concentration in the bulk sample that reflects significant compositional heterogeneity due to a variety of possible sources.