Cubic AlN (c-AlN) films were deposited on MgO (100) substrates by laser molecular beam epitaxy (LMBE) technique. The crystal structure and surface morphology of deposited films with various laser pulse energy and substrate temperature were investigated. The results indicate that c-AlN films exhibit the (200) preferred orientation, showing a good epitaxial relationship with the substrate. The surface roughness of c-AlN films increases when the laser pulse energy and substrate temperature increase. The film grown at laser pulse energy of 150 mJ and substrate temperature of 700 °C shows the best crystalline quality and relatively smooth surface.
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