Suppression of thermal conductivity in InxGa1-xN alloys by nanometer-scale disorder

T. Tong, D. Fu, A. X. Levander, W. J. Schaff, B. N. Pantha, N. Lu, B. Liu, I. Ferguson, R. Zhang, J. Y. Lin, H. X. Jiang, J. Wu, David G. Cahill

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We have systematically measured the room-temperature thermal conductivity of epitaxial layers of InxGa1-xN alloys with 15 different Indium compositions ranging from 0.08 to 0.98 by time-domain thermoreflectance method. The data are compared to the estimates of the strength of phonon scattering by cation disorder. The thermal conductivity is in good agreement with the theoretical modeling results based on the mass difference for In-rich (x > 0.9) and Ga-rich (x 0.2) compositions. At intermediate compositions (0.2 x 0.9), the thermal conductivity is strongly suppressed below the values expected for homogeneous alloys. We attribute this suppression of thermal conductivity to phonon scattering by nanometer-scale compositional inhomogeneities in alloys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number121906
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume102
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 25 2013

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Suppression of thermal conductivity in InxGa1-xN alloys by nanometer-scale disorder. / Tong, T.; Fu, D.; Levander, A. X.; Schaff, W. J.; Pantha, B. N.; Lu, N.; Liu, B.; Ferguson, I.; Zhang, R.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.; Wu, J.; Cahill, David G.

In: Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 102, No. 12, 121906, 25.03.2013.

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Tong, T, Fu, D, Levander, AX, Schaff, WJ, Pantha, BN, Lu, N, Liu, B, Ferguson, I, Zhang, R, Lin, JY, Jiang, HX, Wu, J & Cahill, DG 2013, 'Suppression of thermal conductivity in InxGa1-xN alloys by nanometer-scale disorder', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 102, no. 12, 121906. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4798838
Tong T, Fu D, Levander AX, Schaff WJ, Pantha BN, Lu N et al. Suppression of thermal conductivity in InxGa1-xN alloys by nanometer-scale disorder. Applied Physics Letters. 2013 Mar 25;102(12). 121906. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4798838
Tong, T. ; Fu, D. ; Levander, A. X. ; Schaff, W. J. ; Pantha, B. N. ; Lu, N. ; Liu, B. ; Ferguson, I. ; Zhang, R. ; Lin, J. Y. ; Jiang, H. X. ; Wu, J. ; Cahill, David G. / Suppression of thermal conductivity in InxGa1-xN alloys by nanometer-scale disorder. In: Applied Physics Letters. 2013 ; Vol. 102, No. 12.
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