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The initial stages of metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) of AlN on epitaxial graphene at temperatures in excess of 1200 °C have been rationalized. The use of epitaxial graphene, in conjunction with high deposition temperatures, can deliver on the realization of nanometer thin AlN whose material quality is characterized by the appearance of luminescent centers with narrow spectral emission at room temperature. It has been elaborated, based on our previous comprehensive ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, that the impact of graphene on AlN growth consists in the way it promotes dissociation of the trimethylaluminum, (CH3)3Al, precursor with subsequent formation of Al adatoms during the initial stages of the deposition process. The high deposition temperatures ensure adequate surface diffusion of the Al adatoms which is an essential factor in material quality enhancement. The role of …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2020

Anelia Kakanakova-Georgieva, Ivan G Ivanov, Nattamon Suwannaharn, Chih-Wei Hsu, Ildikó Cora, Béla Pécz, Filippo Giannazzo, Davide G Sangiovanni, Gueorgui K Gueorguiev

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