The group-Ill nitrides have become versatile semiconductors for short wavelength emitters, high temperature microwave transistors, photodetectors, and field emission tips. The processing of these materials is significant due to the unusually high bond energies that they possess. The dry and wet etching methods developed for these materials over the last few years are reviewed. High etch rates and highly anisotropic profiles obtained by inductively-coupled-plasma reactive ion etching are presented. Photoenhanced wet etching provides an alternative path to obtaining high etch rates without ion-induced damage. This method is shown to be suitable for device fabrication as well as for the estimation of dislocation densities in n-GaN. This has the potential of developing into a method for rapid evaluation of materials.
|Journal||Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering