Strain-induced diffusion in heteroepitaxially grown CuInSe2 on GaAs substrates

P. Fons, S. Niki, A. Yamada, A. Okada, D. J. Tweet

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A series of CuInSe2 thin films of varying thicknesses were grown on both GaAs(001) substrates and nominally lattice-matched In0.29Ga0.71As (001) linearly graded buffers by MBE at 450°C. Transmission electron microscopy and high resolution x-ray diffraction measurements revealed the presence of a second phase with chalcopyrite symmetry strained to the CuInSe2 thin film in-plane lattice constant for CuInSe2 films grown on GaAs substrates. Further examination confirmed that the second phase possessed chalcopyrite symmetry. No second phase was observed in films grown on nearly lattice-matched In0.29Ga0.71As (001) linearly graded buffers. Secondary ion mass spectrometry confirmed the presence of interdiffusion from of Ga from the substrate into the CuInSe2 layer. It is speculated that this diffusion is related to the state of stress due to heteroepitaxial misfit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-554
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1995 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: 1995 Nov 271995 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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