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Title: Separating strain from composition in unit cell parameter maps obtained from aberration corrected high resolution transmission electron microscopy imaging

Based on the evaluation of lattice parameter maps in aberration corrected high resolution transmission electron microscopy images, we propose a simple method that allows quantifying the composition and disorder of a semiconductor alloy at the unit cell scale with high accuracy. This is realized by considering, next to the out-of-plane, also the in-plane lattice parameter component allowing to separate the chemical composition from the strain field. Considering only the out-of-plane lattice parameter component not only yields large deviations from the true local alloy content but also carries the risk of identifying false ordering phenomena like formations of chains or platelets. Our method is demonstrated on image simulations of relaxed supercells, as well as on experimental images of an In{sub 0.20}Ga{sub 0.80}N quantum well. Principally, our approach is applicable to all epitaxially strained compounds in the form of quantum wells, free standing islands, quantum dots, or wires.
Authors:
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  1. Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung, Max-Born-Straße 2, 12489 Berlin (Germany)
  2. Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Max-Planck-Straße 1, 40237 Düsseldorf (Germany)
  3. TopGaN Sp. z o.o., Sokolowska 29/37, 01-142 Warsaw (Poland)
  4. (Poland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22275677
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; CHEMICAL COMPOSITION; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; EPITAXY; GALLIUM NITRIDES; IMAGES; INDIUM COMPOUNDS; LATTICE PARAMETERS; QUANTUM DOTS; QUANTUM WELLS; SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS; STRAINS; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY