Structural evolution of self-assisted GaAs nanowires grown on Si(111)



GaAs nanowires are grown on Si(111) by self-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, and the ratio between wurtzite and zinc-blende phases is determined as function of nanowire length using asymmetric X-ray diffraction. We show that under the applied growth conditions, nanowires grow in both phases during the initial stage of growth, whereas the zinc-blende content increases with growth time and dominates in long nanowires. Compared to the zinc-blende units, the vertical lattice parameter of the wurtzite segments is 0.7% larger, as measured by the positions of respective diffraction peaks. (© 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)