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Growth mechanism and electronic properties of epitaxial In(2)O(3) films on sapphire

 
: Wang, C.Y.; Kirste, L.; Morales, F.M.; Mánuel, J.M.; Röhlig, C.-C.; Köhler, K.; Cimalla, V.; García, R.; Ambacher, O.

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Journal of applied physics 110 (2011), No.9, Art. 093712, 7 pp.
ISSN: 0021-8979
ISSN: 1089-7550
English
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IAF ()

Abstract
In this work, we report on the epitaxial growth of high-quality cubic indium oxide thick films on c-plane sapphire substrates using a two-step growth process. The epitaxial relationship of In2O3 on (0001) Al2O3 has been investigated. The (222) plane spacing and lattice parameter of a most strain-relaxed high-quality In2O3 film have been determined to be 292.58 pm and 1013.53 pm, respectively. The electronic properties in dependence of the film thickness are interpreted using a three-region model. The density at the surface and interface totals (3.3 +-1.5) x 10(13) cm(-2), while the background electron density in the bulk was determined to be (2.4+-0.5) x 10(18) cm(-3). Furthermore, post treatments such as irradiation via ultraviolet light and ozone oxidation have been found to influence only the surface layer, while the bulk electronic properties remain unchanged.

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