Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 72, Number 2, November 2015
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||30 October 2015|
Quantitative study for surface properties of AlGaN epi-layers by ARXPS
Advanced Photonics Center, School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Southeast University, 210096
Nanjing, P.R. China
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Revised: 8 September 2015
Accepted: 18 September 2015
Published online: 30 October 2015
The surface chemical properties of AlxGa1-xN (x=0.35, 0.47, 0.60) epi-layers grown on c-plane sapphire substrates by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) were quantitatively characterized by angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARXPS). The results suggested that the Ga Auger peak for the AlxGa1-xN epi-layers was greatly suppressed with increasing Al composition since the amount of N-Ga bonds were dramatically decreased. Moreover, more Al-O bonds were found near the surfaces of the AlxGa1-xN epi-layers with relatively high Al composition due to the large chemical affinity of aluminum to oxygen. In addition, the Al composition in the AlxGa1-xN epi-layers was showed to be non-uniform because Al atom has higher oxidizability and lower mobility than Ga atom, especially for the AlxGa1-xN epi-layers with relatively high Al composition. Our work should be very helpful to further investigation of the surface properties for making Al-containing III-nitrides optoelectronic devices.
© EDP Sciences, 2015
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