(211) oriented ZnTe growth on m-plane sapphire by MBE



Single-crystalline and single domain ZnTe thin films are sought for high-performance terahertz wave detectors, and ZnTe/sapphire heterostructures were considered since the Electro-Optical (EO) effect could be obtained only from epilayers. ZnTe epilayers were grown on m-plane sapphire substrates by molecular beam epitaxy, and the potential of single domain epilayers was explored. Through the X-ray diffraction pole figure measurement it was confirmed that one (100) oriented ZnTe domain along with two kinds of (211) oriented domains were formed on the m-plane sapphire when the layer was grown at 340 °C. When the layer was grown at 350 °C, the (211) oriented domain dominated the film. (© 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)