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1.  Growth and Characterization of Very Long Wavelength Type-II Infrared Detectors
H. Mohseni, A. Tahraoui, J. Wojkowski, M. Razeghi, W. Mitchel, and A. Saxler
SPIE Conference, San Jose, CA, -- January 26, 2000
We report on the growth and characterization of type-II IR detectors with a InAs/GaSb superlattice active layer in the 15-19 μm wavelength range. The material was grown by molecular beam epitaxy on semi-insulating GaAs substrates. The material was processed into photoconductive detectors using standard photolithography, dry etching, and metalization. The 50 percent cut-off wavelength of the detectors is about 15.5 μm with a responsivity of 90 mA/W at 80 K. The 90 percent-10 percent cut-off energy width of the responsivity is only 17 meV which is an indication of the uniformity of the superlattices. These are the best reported values for type-II superlattices grown on GaAs substrates. reprint
 
2.  LEO of III-Nitride on Al2O3 and Si Substrates
M. Razeghi, P. Kung, P. Sandvik, K. Mi, X. Zhang, V.P. Dravid, J. Freitas, and A. Saxler
SPIE Conference, San Jose, CA, -- January 26, 2000
Lateral epitaxial overgrowth (LEO) has recently become the method of choice to reduce the density of dislocations in heteroepitaxial GaN thin films, and is thus expected to lead to enhanced performance devices. We present here the LEO growth and characterization of GaN films by low pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. Various substrates were used, including basal plane sapphire and oriented Si substrates. The steps in the LEO growth technology will be briefly reviewed. The characterization results will be discussed in detail. The structural, electrical and optical properties of the films were assessed through scanning, atomic and transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, capacitance-voltage, deep level transient spectroscopy, photoluminescence, and scanning cathodoluminenscence measurements. Single-step and double- step LEO GaN was achieved on sapphire. Similarly high quality LEO grown GaN films were obtained on sapphire and silicon substrates. Clear and dramatic reduction in the density of defects are observed in LEO grown materials using the various characterization techniques mentioned previously. reprint
 
3.  Aluminum gallium nitride short-period superlattices doped with magnesium
A. Saxler, W.C. Mitchel, P. Kung and M. Razeghi
Applied Physics Letters 74 (14)-- April 9, 1999
Short-period superlattices consisting of alternating layers of GaN:Mg and AlGaN:Mg were grown by low-pressure organometallic vapor phase epitaxy. The electrical properties of these superlattices were measured as a function of temperature and compared to conventional AlGaN:Mg layers. It is shown that the optical absorption edge can be shifted to shorter wavelengths while lowering the acceptor ionization energy by using short-period superlattice structures instead of bulk-like AlGaN:Mg. reprint
 
4.  Phase-matched optical second-harmonic generation in GaN and AlN slab waveguides
D.N. Hahn, G.T. Kiehne, G.K.L. Wong, J.B. Ketterson, P. Kung, A. Saxler and M. Razeghi
Journal of Applied Physics 85 (5)-- March 1, 1999
Phase-matched optical second-harmonic (SH) generation was observed in GaN and AlN slab waveguides. Phase matching was achieved by waveguide modal dispersion. By tuning the output wavelength of an optical parametric amplifier, several phased-matched SH peaks were observed in the visible spectrum covering blue to red wavelengths. The peak positions are in agreement with the values calculated using the dispersive refractive indices of the film and substrate materials. reprint
 
5.  Electrical Characterization of AlxGa1-xN for UV Photodetector Applications
A. Saxler, M. Ahoujja, W.C. Mitchel, P. Kung, D. Walker, and M. Razeghi
SPIE Conference, San Jose, CA, -- January 27, 1999
Ultraviolet photodetectors have many military and commercial applications. However, for many of these applications, the photodetectors must be solar blind. This means that the photodetectors must have a cutoff wavelength of less than about 270 nm. Semiconductor based devices would then need energy gaps of over 4.6 eV. In the AlxGa1-xN system, the aluminum mole fraction, x, required is over 40%. As the energy gap is increased, doping becomes much more difficult, especially p-type doping. This report is a study of the electrical properties of AlxGa1-xN to enable better control of the doping. Magnesium doped p-type AlxGa1-xN has been studied using high-temperature Hall effect measurements. The acceptor ionization energy has been found to increase substantially with the aluminum content. Short-period superlattices consisting of alternating layers of GaN:Mg and AlGaN:Mg were also grown by low-pressure organometallic vapor phase epitaxy. The electrical properties of these superlattices were measured as a function of temperature and compared to conventional AlGaN:Mg layers. It is shown that the optical absorption edge can be shifted to shorter wavelengths while lowering the acceptor ionization energy by using short- period superlattice structures instead of bulk-like AlGaN:Mg. Silicon doped n-type films have also been studied. reprint
 
6.  Solar blind GaN p-i-n photodiodes
D. Walker, A. Saxler, P. Kung, X. Zhang, M. Hamilton, J. Diaz and M. Razeghi
Applied Physics Letters 72 (25)-- June 22, 1998
We present the growth and characterization of GaN p-i-n photodiodes with a very high degree of visible blindness. The thin films were grown by low-pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The room-temperature spectral response shows a high responsivity of 0.15 A/W up until 365 nm, above which the response decreases by six orders of magnitude. Current/voltage measurements supply us with a zero bias resistance of 1011  Ω. Lastly, the temporal response shows a rise and fall time of 2.5 μs measured at zero bias. This response time is limited by the measurement circuit. reprint
 
7.  Continuous-wave room-temperature operation of InGaN/GaN multiquantum well lasers grown by low-pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition
M. Razeghi, A. Saxler, P. Kung, D. Walker, X. Zhang, A. Rybaltowski, Y. Xiao, H.J. Yi and J. Diaz
SPIE Conference, San Jose, CA, Vol. 3284, pp. 113-- January 28, 1998
Continuous-wave (CW) room temperature operation of InGaN/GaN multi-quantum well (MQW) lasers is reported. Far-field beam divergence as narrow as 13 degrees and 20 degrees for parallel and perpendicular directions to epilayer planes were measured, respectively. The MQW lasers showed strong beam polarization anisotropy as consistent with QW laser gain theory. Dependencies of threshold current on cavity-length and temperature are also consistent with conventional laser theory. No significant degradation in laser characteristics was observed during lifetime testing for over 140 hours of CW room temperature operation. reprint
 
8.  GaN p-i-n photodiodes with high visible-to-ultraviolet rejection ratio
P. Kung, X. Zhang, D. Walker, A. Saxler, and M. Razeghi
SPIE Conference, San Jose, CA, -- January 28, 1998
UV photodetectors are critical components in many applications, including UV astronomy, flame sensors, early missile threat warning and space-to-space communications. Because of the presence of strong IR radiation in these situations, the photodetectors have to be solar blind, i.e. able to detect UV radiation while not being sensitive to IR. AlxGa1-xN is a promising material system for such devices. AlxGa1-xN materials are wide bandgap semiconductors, with a direct bandgap whose corresponding wavelength can be continuously tuned from 200 to 365 nm. AlxGa1-xN materials are thus insensitive to visible and IR radiation whose wavelengths are higher than 365 nm. We have already reported the fabrication and characterization of AlxGa1-xN-based photoconductors with a cut-off wavelength tunable from 200 to 365 nm by adjusting the ternary alloy composition. Here, we present the growth and characterization of GaN p-i- n photodiodes which exhibit a visible-to-UV rejection ratio of 6 orders or magnitude. The thin films were grown by low pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. Square mesa structures were fabricated using dry etching, followed by contact metallization. The spectral response, rejection ratio and transient response of these photodiodes is reported. reprint
 
9.  New Developments in III-Nitride Material and Device Applications
M. Razeghi, A. Saxler, P. Kung, D. Walker, X. Zhang, K.S. Kim, H.R. Vydyanath, J. Solomon, M. Ahoujja, and W.C. Mitchel
-- January 1, 1998
 
10.  GaInN/GaN Multi-Quantum Well Laser Diodes Grown by Low-Pressure Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition
P. Kung, A. Saxler, D. Walker, A. Rybaltowski, X. Zhang, J. Diaz, and M. Razeghi
MRS Internet Journal of Nitride Semiconductor Research 3 (1)-- January 1, 1998
We report the growth, fabrication and characterization of GaInN/GaN multi-quantum well lasers grown on (00·1) sapphire substrates by low pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The threshold current density of a 1800 µm long cavity length laser was 1.4 kA/cm² with a threshold voltage of 25 V. These lasers exhibited series resistances of 13 and 14 Ω at 300 and 79 K, respectively. reprint
 
11.  Simultaneous growth of two differently oriented GaN epilayers on (11.0) sapphire (II) a growth model of (00.1) and (10.0) GaN
T. Kato, P. Kung, A. Saxler, C.J. Sun, H. Ohsato, M. Razeghi and T. Okuda
-- January 1, 1998
 
12.  Comparison of Trimethylgallium and Triethylgallium for the Growth of GaN
A. Saxler, D. Walker, P. Kung, X. Zhang, M. Razeghi, J. Solomon, W. Mitchel, and H.R. Vydyanath
Applied Physics Letters 71 (22)-- December 1, 1997
GaN films grown by low-pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition using trimethylgallium and triethylgallium as gallium precursors are compared. The films were characterized by x-ray diffraction, Hall effect, photoluminescence, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, and etch pit density measurements. GaN layers grown using triethylgallium exhibited superior electrical and optical properties and a lower carbon impurity concentration. reprint
 
13.  Determination of of Band Gap Energy of Al1-xInxN Grown by Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition in the High Al Composition Regime
K.S. Kim, A. Saxler, P. Kung, M. Razeghi, and K.Y. Lim
Applied Physics Letters 71 (6)-- August 11, 1997
Ternary AlInN was grown by metal–organic chemical-vapor deposition in the high Al composition regime. The band-gap energy of AlInN ternary was measured by optical absorption spectroscopy at room temperature. The band-gap energy of Al0.92In0.08N is 5.26 eV. The potential application of AlInN as a barrier material for GaN is also discussed. reprint
 
14.  GaN Grown Using Trimethylgallium and Triethylgallium
A. Saxler, P. Kung, X. Zhang, D. Walker, J. Solomon, W.C. Mitchel and M. Razeghi
-- July 1, 1997
 
15.  GaN Doped with Sulfur
A. Saxler, P. Kung, X. Zhang, D. Walker, J. Solomon, M. Ahoujja, W.C. Mitchel, H.R. Vydyanath, and M. Razeghi
-- July 1, 1997
 
16.  Electroluminescence of III-Nitride Double Heterostructure Light Emitting Diodes with Silicon and Magnesium Doped InGaN
A. Saxler, K.S. Kim, D. Walker, P. Kung, X. Zhang, G.J. Brown, W.C. Mitchel and M. Razeghi
-- July 1, 1997
 
17.  Structural and Microstructural Characterization of GaN Thin Films and GaN-based Heterostructures Grown on Sapphire Substrates
M. Razeghi, P. Kung, X. Zhang, D. Walker, A. Saxler, K.Y. Lim and K.S. Kim
-- June 30, 1997
 
18.  AlxGa1-xN (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) Ultraviolet Photodetectors Grown on Sapphire by Metal-organic Chemical-vapor Deposition
D. Walker, X. Zhang, A. Saxler, P. Kung, J. Xu, and M. Razeghi
Applied Physics Letters 70 (8)-- February 24, 1997
AlxGa1–xN (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) ultraviolet photoconductors with cutoff wavelengths from 365 to 200 nm have been fabricated and characterized. The maximum detectivity reached 5.5 × 108 cm·Hz1/2/W at a modulating frequency of 14 Hz. The effective majority carrier lifetime in AlxGa1–xN materials, derived from frequency-dependent photoconductivity measurements, has been estimated to be from 6 to 35 ms. The frequency-dependent noise spectrum shows that it is dominated by Johnson noise at high frequencies for low-Al-composition samples. reprint
 
19.  Intrinsic AlGaN photodetectors for the entire compositional range
D. Walker, X. Zhang, A. Saxler, P. Kung, J. Xu, and M. Razeghi
SPIE Conference, San Jose, CA, -- February 12, 1997
AlxGa1-xN ultraviolet photoconductors with cut- off wavelengths from 365 nm to 200 nm have been fabricated and characterized. Various characteristics of the devices, such as photoresponse, voltage-dependent responsivity, frequency-dependent responsivity and noise spectral density, were measured and cross-referenced with optical, electrical and structural characteristics of the material to provide information about the mechanisms taking place during detection. The maximum detectivity reached 5.5 X 108 cm·Hz½/W at a modulating frequency of 14 Hz. The effective majority carrier lifetime in AlxGa1-xN materials, derived from frequency-dependent photoconductivity measurements, has been estimated to be from 6 to 35 msec. The frequency-dependent noise-spectrum shows that it is dominated by Johnson-noise at high frequencies for low Al-composition samples. reprint
 
20.  Morphology of Twinned GaN Grown on (11.0) Sapphire Substrates
T. Kato, P. Kung, A. Saxler, C.J. Sun, H. Ohsato, M. Razeghi and T. Okuda
-- January 1, 1997
 
21.  Simultaneous growth of two different oriented GaN epilayers on (11.0) sapphire (I) morphology and orientation
T. Kato, H. Ohsato, T. Okuda, P. Kung, A. Saxler, C.J. Sun, and M. Razeghi
-- January 1, 1997
 
22.  MOCVD Growth of High Quality GaN-AlGaN Based Structures on Al2O3 Substrates with Dislocation Density less than 107cm-2
P. Kung, X. Zhang, A. Saxler, D. Walker, M. Razeghi, W. Qian, and V.P. Dravid
-- January 1, 1997
 
23.  High Resolution X-ray Diffraction of GaN Grown on Sapphire Substrates
A. Saxler, M.A. Capano, W.C. Mitchel, P. Kung, X. Zhang, D. Walker and M. Razeghi
-- December 2, 1996
 
24.  AlGaN Based Materials and Heterostructures
P. Kung, A. Saxler, D. Walker, X. Zhang, R. Lavado, K.S. Kim, and M. Razeghi
-- December 2, 1996
 
25.  Observation of Room Temperature Surface-Emitting Stimulated Emission from GaN:Ge by Optical pumping
X. Zhang, P. Kung, A. Saxler, D. Walker, and M. Razeghi
Journal of Applied Physics 80 (11)-- December 1, 1996
Optically pumped surface-emitting stimulated emission at room temperature was observed from GaN:Ge grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The sample was optically pumped perpendicularly on the top surface while the stimulated emission was collected from the back colinearly with the pump beam. The cavity was formed by the GaN/air and GaN/sapphire interfaces without any other structure. The stimulated emission was gain guided by the pump beam. The threshold optical pump density for stimulated emission was approximately 2.8 MW/cm² and the linewidth was 2.5 nm. The emission from GaN:Ge showed a redshift as the pump density increased. The comparison between theoretical calculations and experimental results suggested that many-body interactions can account well for the redshift. reprint
 

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