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Nanotechnology. 2013 Feb 15;24(6):065601. doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/24/6/065601. Epub 2013 Jan 16.

Growth of dilute nitride GaAsN/GaAs heterostructure nanowires on Si substrates.

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Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan.


The concept of band engineering dilute nitride semiconductors into nanowires is introduced. Using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, dilute nitride GaAsN/GaAs heterostructure nanowires are grown on silicon (111) substrates. Growth of the nanowires under high As overpressure results in a regular wire diameter of 350 nm with a length exceeding 3 μm. The GaAsN/GaAs nanowires show characteristics including favorable vertical alignment, hexagonal cross-sectional structure with {110} facets, regions of wurtzite and zinc-blende phases, and a core-shell-type heterostructure. The nanowires are composed of GaAsN shells containing up to 0.3% nitrogen surrounding GaAs cores. Panchromatic cathodoluminescence images show intensity modulation along the length of the nanowires that is possibly related to the interfaces of wurtzite/zinc-blende regions. Photoluminescence with peak wavelengths between 870 and 920 nm is clearly observed at room temperature. The spectral red shift depends on the amount of introduced nitrogen. These results reveal a method for precise lattice and band engineering of nanowires composed of dilute nitride semiconductors.

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