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A comparative structural investigation of GaN implanted with rare earth ions at room temperature and 500 °C

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Abstract

The crystallographic damage induced in GaN by 300 keV rare earth ions implantation has been investigated as a function of the implantation temperature. The defect structure of GaN thin films implanted at 500 °C with Eu or Er ions with fluences ranging between 1 × 1015 and 2 × 1016 at./cm2 has been compared with the case of implantation performed at room temperature (RT). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation shows that less damage is formed during implantation at the higher temperature: basal stacking faults with a majority of I1 type and prismatic stacking faults have been observed as in GaN implanted at RT, but with a lower density. The nanocrystalline layer observed when GaN was implanted at RT with rare earth ion fluences higher than 3 × 1015 at./cm2, did not form for fluences up to 2 × 1016 at./cm2. Implantation of GaN at 500 °C through an ultrathin AlN cap points out the protective role of this cap against the GaN surface erosion that occurs from 8 × 1015 at./cm2. This method appears as a promising way to reduce the induced damage during the GaN implantation process.
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cea-00273836 , version 1 (16-04-2008)

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Florence Gloux, Pierre Ruterana, K. Lorenz, E. Alves. A comparative structural investigation of GaN implanted with rare earth ions at room temperature and 500 °C. Materials Science and Engineering: B, 2008, 146, pp.204-207. ⟨cea-00273836⟩
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