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Defect characterization in GaN: Possible influence of dislocations in the yellow-band features

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Polenta, L. ; CNISM and Physics Department, University of Bologna, V.le Berti-Pichat 6/2, 40127, Bologna, Italy ; Castaldini, A. ; Cavallini, A.

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Defects in freestanding gallium nitride were examined in this work. Electron beam induced current mapping evidence a low density of dislocations in the first microns from the upper Ga-terminated surface; correspondingly, deep levels detected by junction spectroscopy exhibit point-like characteristics. Spectral photoconductivity measurements in the poorly dislocated region show the characteristic red, yellow, green, and blue bands, which shift toward higher energies with decreasing temperatures according to Varshni’s law. Spectral photoconductivity measurements carried out in depth evidenced, instead, the quenching of the defect-related yellow band and the prevalence of the green band when temperature increases. This behavior suggests a dislocation-assisted connection between the yellow and green bands, in agreement with theoretical models on their common origin involving complexes VGa-ON.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:102 ,  Issue: 6 )