Gold catalyst initiated growth of GaN nanowires by MOCVD

J. P. Ahl, H. Behmenburg, C. Giesen, I. Regolin, W. Prost, F. J. Tegude, G. Z. Radnoczi, B. Pécz, H. Kalisch, R. H. Jansen, M. Heuken

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Our study shows the impact of the process parameters V/III ratio, pressure and temperature on growth and morphology of GaN nanowires (NWs) synthesized by an Au-initiated vapour-liquid-solid mechanism on a sapphire substrate. We confined a temperature window for successful GaN NW growth and show how the variation of reactor pressure changes the NW morphology. Using a very low V/III ratio, NW tapering, which was observed for higher V/III ratios, could be avoided. The optimization of these process parameters led to non-tapered GaN NWs, aligned perpendicular to the substrate. Further evaluation by scanning electron microscopy showed a high density (~3·109/cm2) of hexagonal c-plane GaN NWs having diameters of 60 ± 9 nm. Transmission electron microscopy revealed single-crystalline NWs without threading dislocations but some stacking faults. The use of a very low V/III ratio was found to be important for the successful selective growth and, most interestingly, led to a difference in NW and gold catalyst droplet diameter. For chemical analysis of the NW and its catalyst droplet, electron energy loss spectroscopy was employed confirming gold as the catalyst material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2315-2317
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Volume8
Issue number7-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

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metalorganic chemical vapor deposition
nanowires
gold
catalysts
temperature ratio
pressure ratio
tapering
chemical analysis
crystal defects
sapphire
energy dissipation
reactors
electron energy
vapors
transmission electron microscopy
scanning electron microscopy
optimization
evaluation
liquids
spectroscopy

Keywords

  • Au catalyst
  • GaN
  • MOCVD
  • Nanowire
  • VLS

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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Ahl, J. P., Behmenburg, H., Giesen, C., Regolin, I., Prost, W., Tegude, F. J., ... Heuken, M. (2011). Gold catalyst initiated growth of GaN nanowires by MOCVD. Physica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics, 8(7-8), 2315-2317. https://doi.org/10.1002/pssc.201000992

Gold catalyst initiated growth of GaN nanowires by MOCVD. / Ahl, J. P.; Behmenburg, H.; Giesen, C.; Regolin, I.; Prost, W.; Tegude, F. J.; Radnoczi, G. Z.; Pécz, B.; Kalisch, H.; Jansen, R. H.; Heuken, M.

In: Physica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics, Vol. 8, No. 7-8, 07.2011, p. 2315-2317.

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Ahl, JP, Behmenburg, H, Giesen, C, Regolin, I, Prost, W, Tegude, FJ, Radnoczi, GZ, Pécz, B, Kalisch, H, Jansen, RH & Heuken, M 2011, 'Gold catalyst initiated growth of GaN nanowires by MOCVD', Physica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics, vol. 8, no. 7-8, pp. 2315-2317. https://doi.org/10.1002/pssc.201000992
Ahl, J. P. ; Behmenburg, H. ; Giesen, C. ; Regolin, I. ; Prost, W. ; Tegude, F. J. ; Radnoczi, G. Z. ; Pécz, B. ; Kalisch, H. ; Jansen, R. H. ; Heuken, M. / Gold catalyst initiated growth of GaN nanowires by MOCVD. In: Physica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics. 2011 ; Vol. 8, No. 7-8. pp. 2315-2317.
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