Abnormal strain in suspended GeSn microstructures
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

A suspended GeSn microstructure is realized by a two-step selective wet etching technique with the aim of fully relaxing the compressive strain, promoting the indirect to direct bandgap transition and improving the optical property of GeSn thin films grown on Ge. The compressive strain was found efficiently relaxed, and even unexpected large tensile strain was displayed on regions of the microstructure by micro-Raman spectroscopy. Residual Ge patches under the suspended GeSn microstructure were found by scanning electron microscopy and proved to be the origin of the tensile strain by finite element method simulations. The tensile strain on the surface is beneficial for direct bandgap conversion and carrier accumulation. Significant enhancement of photoluminescence was obtained in the GeSn microstructures than the original thin film.




strain engineering



silicon photonics


Yi Han

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Yuxin Song

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Xiren Chen

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Zhenpu Zhang

ShanghaiTech University

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Juanjuan Liu

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Yaoyao Li

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Zhongyunshen Zhu

ShanghaiTech University

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Hua Huang

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Jun Shao

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Shu Min Wang

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Fotonik

Materials Research Express

2053-1591 (eISSN)

Vol. 5 3 035901



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