A Structural Characterization of GaAs MBE Grown on Si Pillars
C. Frigeria, S. Biettib, A. Scaccabarozzib, R. Bergamaschinib, C.V. Falubc, V. Grilloa, M. Bollanid, E. Bonerab, P. Niedermanne, H. von Känelc, S. Sanguinettib and L. Migliob
aCNR-IMEM Institute, Parco Area delle Scienze 37/A, I-43100 Parma, Italy
bL-Ness and Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali, Via Cozzi 53, I-20125, Milano, Italy
cLaboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zürich, Schafmattstr. 16, CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland
dCNR-IFN, L-NESS, via Anzani 42, I-22100, Como, Italy
eCentre Suisse d'Electronique et Microtechnique, Jaquet-Droz 1, CH-2002 Neuchatel, Switzerland
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Growth on deeply patterned substrates, i.e. on pillars instead of a continuous substrate, is expected to be very promising to get crack free epilayers on wafers without any bowing. We report here on a structural investigation of GaAs MBE deposited on patterned (001) offcut Si, consisting of pillars 8 μm high and 5 to 9 μm wide, to check mostly the behaviour of the threading dislocations. It is found that only very rarely they propagate up to the GaAs top that will serve as active region in devices. Twins were also detected which sometimes reached the topmost part of GaAs. However, as twins have no associated dangling bonds, they should not be electrically active. Rare antiphase boundaries exist at the interface, hence not harmful for device operation.

DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.125.986
PACS numbers: 81.05.Ea, 81.16.Rf, 61.72.Ff, 61.72.Lk, 61.72.Nn, 68.37.Lp