Krause B., Miljevic B., Aschenbrenner T., Piskorska-Hommel E., Tessarek C., Barchuk M., Buth G., Donfeu Tchana R., Figge S., Gutowski J., Hanschke D., Kalden J., Laurus T., Lazarev S., Magalhaes-Paniago R., Sebald K., Wolska A., Hommel D., Falta J., Holy V., Baumbach T.
in Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 585 (2014) 572-579. DOI:10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.09.005
The structure and morphology of uncapped and capped InGaN quantum dots formed by spinodal decomposition was studied by AFM, SEM, XRD, and EXAFS. As result of the spinodal decomposition, the uncapped samples show a meander structure with low Indium content which is strained to the GaN template, and large, relaxed Indium-rich islands. The thin meander structure is responsible for the quantum dot emission. A subsequently deposited low-temperature GaN cap layer forms small and nearly unstrained islands on top of the meander structure which is a sharp interface between the GaN template and the cap layer. For an InGaN cap layer deposited with similar growth parameters, a similar morphology but lower crystalline quality was observed. After deposition of a second GaN cap at a slightly higher temperature, the surface of the quantum dot structure is smooth. The large In-rich islands observed for the uncapped samples are relaxed, have a relatively low crystalline quality and a broad size distribution. They are still visible after capping with a low-temperature InGaN or GaN cap at 700 C but dissolve after deposition of the second cap layer. The low crystalline quality of the large islands does not influence the quantum dot emission but is expected to increase the number of defects in the cap layer. This might reduce the performance of complex devices based on the stacking of several functional units. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.