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Growth of Metamorphic InGaAs on GaAs (111)A: Counteracting Lattice Mismatch by Inserting a Thin InAs Interlayer

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posted on 18.08.2016, 00:00 by Takaaki Mano, Kazutaka Mitsuishi, Neul Ha, Akihiro Ohtake, Andrea Castellano, Stefano Sanguinetti, Takeshi Noda, Yoshiki Sakuma, Takashi Kuroda, Kazuaki Sakoda
We have successfully grown high quality InxGa1–xAs metamorphic layer on GaAs (111)­A using molecular beam epitaxy. Inserting a thin 3.0–7.1 monolayer (ML) InAs interlayer between the In0.25Ga0.75As and GaAs allowed the formation of a nearly lattice-relaxed In0.25Ga0.75As with a very flat upper surface. However, when the thickness of the inserted InAs is thinner or thicker than these values, we observed degradation of crystal quality and/or surface morphology. We also revealed this technique to be applicable to the formation of a high quality metamorphic InxGa1–xAs layer with a range of In compositions (0.25 ≤ x ≤ 0.78) on GaAs (111)­A. Cross-sectional scanning transmission electron microscope studies revealed that misfit dislocations formed only at the interface of InAs and GaAs, not at the interface of In0.25Ga0.75As and InAs. From the dislocation density analysis, it is suggested that the dislocation density was decreased by growing In0.25Ga0.75As on InAs, which effectively contribute the strain relaxation of In0.25Ga0.75As. The InGaAs/InAlAs quantum wells that were formed on the metamorphic layers exhibit clear photoluminescence emissions up to room temperature.