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Applied Physics Letters
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Conductive atomic force microscopy has been used to investigate the local conductivity in hydride vapor-phase epitaxy and molecular-beam epitaxyGaN films, focusing on the effect of off-axis facet planes. We investigated two different types of samples, in which the facet planes were either present on the perimeters of as-grown islands, or on the edges of etch pits created by post-growth chemical etching. The results show that crystallographic planes tilted with respect to the c-plane growth direction show a significantly higher conductivity than surrounding areas. The n-type (or p-type) samples required a negative (or positive) sample bias for current conduction, consistent with the formation of a Schottky barrier between the metallized atomic force microscope tip and sample. The time dependence of this enhanced conductivity was different for the two types of samples, possibly indicating different conduction mechanisms.
Pomarico, A.A., Huang, D., Dickinson, J., et al. Current mapping of GaN films by conductive atomic force microscopy. Applied Physics Letters, 82, 1890 (2003). Copyright © 2003 AIP Publishing LLC.
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