Thin layers of Nb, 100-400 Å thick, were grown by electron beam evaporation on (100)GaAs substrates in a molecular beam epitaxy system. The crystallographic relationship between deposit and substrate was monitored in situ by reflection high-energy electron diffraction, and after deposition by transmission electron microscopy and grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction. In spite of the large lattice mismatch (17%) and the low deposition temperature (40-400°C), a quite well oriented deposit with the orientation (100)Nb∥(100)GaAs and Nb∥GaAs was obtained for a substrate temperature of ∼170°C. Changing the substrate temperature from the optimum value of ∼170°C in either direction resulted in a gradual deterioration of the epitaxy.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Applied Physics Letters|
|State||Published - 1986|