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Size-dependent photoconductivity and dark conductivity of m-axial GaN nanowires with small critical diameter

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6 Author(s)
Chen, Hsin-Yi ; Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan ; Chen, Reui-San ; Chang, Fu-Chieh ; Chen, Li-Chyong
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The size effects on both the photoconductivity and dark conductivity have been observed in m-axial GaN nanowires grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). For these nanowires with diameters at 50–130 nm, the products of carrier lifetime (τ) and mobility (μ) derived from the photocurrent measurements are typically at (2–8)×10-1 cm2/V, which are over two orders of magnitude higher than the maximal reported values [τμ=(1–5)×10-4 cm2/V] for their thin film counterparts. A significant decrease of τμ value at diameter below the critical values (dcrt) at 30–40 nm is observed. Similar size dependence is also found from the dark conductivity study. The temperature-dependent measurements further indicate two different thermal activation mechanisms in GaN nanowires with sizes above and below the dcrt. These results suggest a surface-dominant transport property in GaN nanowires both in dark and under light illumination due to the presence of surface depletion and band bending. Probable reasons leading to the smaller dcrt of the CVD-grown m-axial GaN nanowires, compared to the c-axial ones grown by molecular beam epitaxy are discussed as well.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:95 ,  Issue: 14 )