- Matyi, R.J. and Doolittle, W.A. and Brown, A.S., High resolution X-ray diffraction analyses of GaN/LiGaO2,
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, vol. 32 no. 10A
pp. 61-64 -  .
(last updated on 2007/04/14)
Lithium gallate (LiGaO2) is gaining increasing attention as a potential substrate for the growth of the important semiconductor GaN. In order to better understand this material we have performed high-resolution double- and triple-axis x-ray diffraction analyses of both the starting LiGaO2 and GaN/LiGaO2 following epitaxial growth. A high-resolution triple-axis reciprocal space map of the substrate showed a sharp, well-defined crystal truncation rod and a symmetric streak of intensity perpendicular to q002, suggesting high structural quality with mosaic spread. Triple-axis scans following GaN growth showed (1) the development of isotropic diffuse scatter around the LiGaO2 (002) reflection, (2) the presence of a semi-continuous intensity streak between the LiGaO2 (002) and GaN (0002) reflections, and (3) a compact pattern of diffuse scatter around the GaN (0002) reflection that becomes increasingly anisotropic as the growth temperature is increased. These results suggest that LiGaO2 permits the epitaxial growth of GaN with structural quality that may be superior to that observed when growth is performed on SiC or Al2O3.
Semiconducting gallium compounds;Lithium compounds;Molecular beam epitaxy;Epitaxial growth;Crystal structure;Temperature;