In situ etching for control over axial and radial III-V nanowire growth rates using HBr.

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We report on the influence of hydrogen bromide (HBr) in situ etching on the growth of InP, GaP and GaAs nanowires. We find that HBr can be used to impede undesired radial growth during axial growth for all three material systems. The use of HBr opens a window for optimizing the growth parameters with respect to the materials' quality rather than only their morphology. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterization reveals a partial transition from a wurtzite crystal structure to a zincblende upon the use of HBr during growth. For InP, defect-related luminescence due to parasitic radial growth is removed by use of HBr. For GaP, the etching with HBr reduced the defect-related luminescence, but no change in peak emission energy was observed. For GaAs, the HBr etching resulted in a shift to lower photon emission energies due to a shift in the crystal structure, which reduced the wurtzite segments.


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  • Nano Technology
Original languageEnglish
Article number505601
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Solid State Physics (011013006), Polymer and Materials Chemistry (LTH) (011001041)