In-situ Study of the Growth, Composition and Morphology of III-V Semiconductor Nanowires

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It is widely known that nanoparticle seeded growth of III-V semiconductor nanowires often occurs via the vapor-liquid-solid mechanism. However, conventional growth of nanowires is carried out in closed systems, where most
of the details and dynamics of the growth are impossible to follow. Since all analysis is typically carried out after growth completion and transfer, only the trends in the produced growth series give hints to the processes occurring
at the nanoscale.
In this thesis, the growth of Au-seeded III-V semiconductor nanowires has been studied in-situ, during growth, by means of environmental transmission electron microscopy. The supply of growth species in the form of precursor
molecules directly into the microscope column provides a unique opportunity to follow the nanowire growth while it is occurring, through all techniques commonly available in a transmission electron microscope. This means that nanoscale growth dynamics can be studied in real time under static or changing growth conditions, and changes in crystal structure, composition and morphology can be revealed.
The present investigation highlights the relation between the liquid nanoparticle and the solid nanowire. For GaSb nanowires, I show that the nanoparticle can swell by alloying to various extents with Ga, which will influence the formed nanowire diameter. I also investigate the compositional relationship between the Au-based nanoparticles and growing ternary InGaAs nanowires, where it is established that the solidified composition is dependent on both kinetics and thermodynamics. One of the main conclusions is that a high concentration of indium in the nanoparticle is needed in order to form indium rich solid InGaAs. The in-situ investigations reveal that nanowire growth is dynamic, and the layer-by-layer growth process consists of separate steps of material collection (incubation) and solidification (step-flow). I present how the layer-by-layer growth is affected by changes in the precursor flows for GaSb nanowires, and how the formation of defects in GaAs affects growth rate and can influence the growth behavior. Finally, I discuss the multilayer growth phenomenon in InGaAs nanowires, where multiple layers nucleate and grow simultaneously at the liquid-solid interface. In many cases the results are compared to simulations and models, which can be used to provide a more detailed understanding about the factors influencing the growth. The results presented in this thesis provide fundamental insight into the growth of nanostructures and are expected to be useful in the continued pursuit of atomic scale control.
Original languageEnglish
Award date2023 Oct 4
Place of PublicationLund
ISBN (Print)978-91-7422-974-5
ISBN (electronic) 978-91-7422-975-2
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

Defence details
Date: 2023-10-04
Time: 09:00
Place: Kemicentrum KC:A
External reviewer(s)
Name: McIntyre, Paul
Title: Reed Professor of Engineering
Affiliation: Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Department of Photon Science, Stanford University.

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Nano Technology
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Free keywords

  • Nanowire
  • Semiconductor
  • III-V
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • In-situ
  • Environmental TEM
  • Crystal growth


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