Effective band structure and crack formation analysis in pseudomorphic epitaxial growth of (InxGa1–x)2O3 alloys: a first-principles study

Mohamed Abdelilah Fadla*, Myrta Grüning, Lorenzo Stella

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Abstract

Ga2O3 is a promising material for power electronic applications. Alloying with In2O3 is used for band gap adjustment and reduction of the lattice mismatch. In this study, we calculate the effective band structure of 160-atom (InxGa1–x)2O3 supercells generated using special quasi-random structures where indium atoms preferentially substitute octahedral gallium sites in β-Ga2O3. We find that the disorder has a minimal effect on the lower conduction bands and does not introduce defect states. Employing the Heyd, Scuseria, and Ernzerhof (HSE06) hybrid functional, we accurately model the band gap, which remains indirect for all considered indium fractions, x, linearly decreasing from 4.8 to 4.24 eV in the range of x ∈ [0, 0.31]. Accordingly, the electron effective mass also decreases slightly and linearly. We determined the critical thickness for epitaxial growth of the (In𝑥Ga1−𝑥)2O3 alloys over β-Ga2O3 surfaces along the [100], [010], and [001] directions. Our findings offer new insights into site preference, effective band structure, and crack formation within (In𝑥Ga1−𝑥)2O3 alloys.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15320–15327
Number of pages8
JournalACS Omega
Volume9
Issue number13
Early online date20 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 Apr 2024

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