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The role of dislocation-induced scattering in electronic transport in GaxIn1-xN alloys

Omer Donmez1, Mustafa Gunes1, Ayse Erol1, Cetin M Arikan1*, Naci Balkan2 and William J Schaff3

Author Affiliations

1 Science Faculty, Department of Physics, Istanbul University, Vezneciler, Istanbul 34134, Turkey

2 School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ, United Kingdom

3 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:490  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-490

Published: 31 August 2012

Abstract

Electronic transport in unintentionally doped GaxIn1-xN alloys with various Ga concentrations (x = 0.06, 0.32 and 0.52) is studied. Hall effect measurements are performed at temperatures between 77 and 300 K. Temperature dependence of carrier mobility is analysed by an analytical formula based on two-dimensional degenerate statistics by taking into account all major scattering mechanisms for a two-dimensional electron gas confined in a triangular quantum well between GaxIn1-xN epilayer and GaN buffer. Experimental results show that as the Ga concentration increases, mobility not only decreases drastically but also becomes less temperature dependent. Carrier density is almost temperature independent and tends to increase with increasing Ga concentration. The weak temperature dependence of the mobility may be attributed to screening of polar optical phonon scattering at high temperatures by the high free carrier concentration, which is at the order of 1014 cm−2. In our analytical model, the dislocation density is used as an adjustable parameter for the best fit to the experimental results. Our results reveal that in the samples with lower Ga compositions and carrier concentrations, alloy and interface roughness scattering are the dominant scattering mechanisms at low temperatures, while at high temperatures, optical phonon scattering is the dominant mechanism. In the samples with higher Ga compositions and carrier concentrations, however, dislocation scattering becomes more significant and suppresses the effect of longitudinal optical phonon scattering at high temperatures, leading to an almost temperature-independent behaviour.

Keywords:
GaxIn1-xN; In-rich GaxIn1-xN; Mobility; Electronic transport; 72.10.Fk; 72.20.Fr