Selective heteroepitaxy on deeply grooved substrate: A route to low cost semipolar GaN platforms of bulk quality
Semipolar GaN crystal stripes larger than 100 mu m with dislocation densities below 5 x 10(6) cm(-2) are achieved using a low cost fabrication process. An original sapphire patterning procedure is proposed, enabling selective growth of semipolar oriented GaN stripes while confining the defects to specific areas. Radiative and non-radiative crystalline defects are investigated by cathodoluminescence and can be correlated to the development of crystal microstructure during the growth process. A dislocation reduction mechanism, supported by transmission electron microscopy, is proposed. This method represents a step forward toward low-cost quasi-bulk semipolar GaN epitaxial platforms with an excellent structural quality which will allow for even more efficient III-nitride based devices. Published by AIP Publishing.