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Local wing tilt analysis of laterally overgrown GaN by x-ray rocking curve imaging

: Lübbert, D.; Baumbach, T.; Mikulik, P.; Pernot, P.; Helfen, L.; Köhler, R.; Katona, T.M.; Keller, S.; DenBaars, S.P.


Journal of Physics. D. Applied Physics 38 (2005), No.10A, pp.A50-A54
ISSN: 0022-3727
ISSN: 1361-6463
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IZFP, Institutsteil Dresden ( IKTS-MD) ()

We report on recent advances in spatially resolved x-ray diffraction, extending the technique known as rocking curve imaging down to 1-2 mu m spatial resolution. Application to a set of gallium nitride samples grown by epitaxial lateral overgrowth (ELO) shows the potential of the technique. Quantitative information on crystallographic misorientations and lattice quality can be obtained by direct imaging with high lateral resolution. Results from two samples of ELO-GaN grown on different substrates are compared. Tilt in individual lateral periods of the ELO structure can be quantified. Local tilt fluctuations are distinguished from macroscopic variations (curvature). The local lattice quality can be investigated via the peak width of diffraction profiles recorded in individual camera pixels. The peak broadening previously observed in laboratory x-ray diffraction measurements is found to have (at least) two different reasons. In both cases, peak broadening does not indicate a degradation in local crystalline quality.