Atomic-Scale Characterization of Planar Selective-Area-Grown InAs/ InGaAs Nanowires
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Atomic-scale information about the structural and compositional properties of novel semiconductor nanowires is essential to tailoring their properties for specific applications, but characterization at this length scale remains a challenging task. Here, quasi-1D InAs/InGaAs semiconductor nanowire arrays were grown by selective area epitaxy (SAE) using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), and their subsequent properties were analyzed by a combination of atom probe tomography (APT) and aberration -corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results revealed the chemical composition of the outermost thin InAs layer, a fine variation in the indium content at the InAs/InGaAs interface, and lightly incorporated element tracing. The results highlight the importance of correlative microscopy approaches in revealing complex nanoscale structures, with TEM being uniquely suited to interrogating the crystallography of InGaAs NWs, whereas APT is capable of three-dimensional (3D) elemental mapping, revealing the subtle compositional variation near the boundary region. This work demonstrates a detailed pathway for the nanoscale structural assessment of novel one-dimensional (1D) nanomaterials.
|Journal||ACS applied materials & interfaces|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Oct 2022|
- InGaAs nanowires, In segregation, epitaxy growth, atom probe tomography, transmission electron microscopy, III-V, SURFACE SEGREGATION, SOLAR-CELLS, SILICON