Highly tensile-strained Ge/InAlAs nanocomposites
- Highly tensile-strained Ge/InAlAs nanocomposites
- 정대환; Joseph Faucher; Samik Mukherjee; Austin Akey; Daniel J. Ironside; Matthew Cabral; Xiahan Sang; James Lebeau; Seth R. Bank; Tonio Buonassisi; Oussama Moutanabbir; Minjoo Larry Lee
- Issue Date
- Nature Communications
- VOL 8, 14204
- Self-assembled nanocomposites have been extensively investigated due to the novel properties that can emerge when multiple material phases are combined. Growth of epitaxial nanocomposites using lattice-mismatched constituents also enables strain-engineering, which can be used to further enhance material properties. Here, we report self-assembled growth of highly tensile-strained Ge/In0.52Al0.48As (InAlAs) nanocomposites by using spontaneous phase separation. Transmission electron microscopy shows a high density of single-crystalline germanium nanostructures coherently embedded in InAlAs without extended defects, and Raman spectroscopy reveals a 3.8% biaxial tensile strain in the germanium nanostructures. We also show that the strain in the germanium nanostructures can be tuned to 5.3% by altering the lattice constant of the matrix material, illustrating the versatility of epitaxial nanocomposites for strain engineering. Photoluminescence and electroluminescence results are then discussed to illustrate the potential for realizing devices based on this nanocomposite material.
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