Radial Growth Evolution of InGaAs/InP Multi-Quantum-Well Nanowires Grown by Selective-Area Metal Organic Vapor-Phase Epitaxy

Inseok Yang, Xu Zhang, Changlin Zheng, Qian Gao, Ziyuan Li, Li Li, Mark N. Lockrey, Hieu Nguyen, Philippe Caroff, Joanne Etheridge, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Jennifer Wong-Leung, Lan Fu

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III-V semiconductor multi-quantum-well nanowires (MQW NWs) via selective-area epitaxy (SAE) is of great importance for the development of nanoscale light-emitting devices for applications such as optical communication, silicon photonics, and quantum computing. To achieve highly efficient light-emitting devices, not only the high-quality materials but also a deep understanding of their growth mechanisms and material properties (structural, optical, and electrical) are extremely critical. In particular, the three-dimensional growth mechanism of MQWs embedded in a NW structure by SAE is expected to be different from that of those grown in a planar structure or with a catalyst and has not yet been thoroughly investigated. In this work, we reveal a distinctive radial growth evolution of InGaAs/InP MQW NWs grown by the SAE metal organic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOVPE) technique. We observe the formation of zinc blende (ZB) QW discs induced by the axial InGaAs QW growth on the wurtzite (WZ) base-InP NW and propose it as the key factor driving the overall structure of radial growth. The role of the ZB-to-WZ change in the driving of the overall growth evolution is supported by a growth formalism, taking into account the formation-energy difference between different facets. Despite a polytypic crystal structure with mixed ZB and WZ phases across the MQW region, the NWs exhibit high uniformity and desirable QW spatial layout with bright room-temperature photoluminescence at an optical communication wavelength of ∼1.3 μm, which is promising for the future development of high-efficiency light-emitting devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10374-10382
Number of pages9
JournalACS Nano
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • growth mechanism
  • III-V compound semiconductors
  • InGaAs/InP quantum wells
  • nanowires
  • selective-area epitaxy

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Yang, I., Zhang, X., Zheng, C., Gao, Q., Li, Z., Li, L., Lockrey, M. N., Nguyen, H., Caroff, P., Etheridge, J., Tan, H. H., Jagadish, C., Wong-Leung, J., & Fu, L. (2018). Radial Growth Evolution of InGaAs/InP Multi-Quantum-Well Nanowires Grown by Selective-Area Metal Organic Vapor-Phase Epitaxy. ACS Nano, 12(10), 10374-10382. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.8b05771