GaN Bulk Growth and Epitaxy from Ca-Ga-N Solutions

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CD94P
Agency Tracking Number: 094143
Amount: $99,582.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: O1.07
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
The IIIAN Company, LLC
2700 East 28th Street, Suite 120, Minneapolis, MN, 55406-1575
DUNS: 832797158
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jody Klaassen
 Principal Investigator
 (612) 226-1249
Business Contact
 Jody Klaassen
Title: Business Official
Phone: (612) 226-1249
Research Institution
This SBIR proposal addresses the liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) of gallium nitride (GaN) films using nitrogen-enriched metal solutions. Growth of GaN from solutions offers the possibility of drastically reducing the density of line defects. As these defects adversely affect both breakdown voltages and electron velocities, their reduction can significantly increase the performance of high power Ka-band HEMT structures used for satellite communications. To achieve low defect densities in GaN films and efficient, large scale manufacturing, IIIAN will utilize new chemical growth methods based on nitrogen-enriched metal solutions, in particular the Ca-Ga-N ternary system. In the binary calcium-gallium alloy system it is possible to achieve a nitrogen atomic fraction of 2% at 900 oC and 2 bar. This is a significantly higher fraction than is possible in pure gallium solutions. For example, a temperature of ~1700 oC and pressure of ~10 kbar are necessary to achieve even 0.1% atomic nitrogen fraction in pure gallium solvent.

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