Studying the electronic and structural properties of AlN thin films is an important problem because such films are widely used as a buffer layer when growing GaN-based semiconductor heterostructures on Si substrates. In this paper, we carry out a theoretical investigation of the properties of an Al-terminated AlN(0001) surface in the framework of the density functional theory. Ab initio calculations allow us to analyze the effect of the in-plane lattice strain on the energy of this surface. It is shown that compressive strain causes a decrease in the AlN(0001) surface energy, while tensile strain leads to its increase. Knowing the surface energy values allows us to evaluate the stress of the surface under investigation. In addition, the curvature of the AlN surface is calculated for various AlN film thicknesses in the case of free growth. The obtained values of the surface curvature are in close agreement with the known experimental results.
Russian Microelectronics – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 8, 2017
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud