Low-temperature growth of high-quality ZnO layers by surfactant-mediated molecular-beam epitaxy

Journal of Crystal Growth (Impact Factor: 1.7). 12/2007; 309(2):158-163. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2007.09.020


High-quality ZnO layers are grown on Zn-polar ZnO substrates by surfactant-mediated plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy (P-MBE) using atomic hydrogen as a surfactant. Careful investigation with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) reveals that two-dimensional growth is preserved down to 400 °C by irradiating atomic hydrogen during growth, while the low-temperature limit of two-dimensional growth is 600 °C without atomic hydrogen irradiation. The crystal quality of ZnO layers grown at 400 °C by surfactant-mediated MBE is evaluated to be the same as those grown at 600 °C by conventional MBE in terms of X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence properties.

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