Istituto dei materiali per l'elettronica ed il magnetismo     
Navamathavan R., Arivuoli D., Attolini G., Pelosi C., Choi C. Mechanical properties of some binary, ternary and quaternary III-V compound semiconductor alloys. In: Physica B-Condensed Matter, vol. 392 pp. 51 - 57. Elsevier B.V, 2006.
Vicker's microindentation tests have been carried out on InP/InP, GaAs/InP, InGaAs/InP and InGaAsP/InP III-V compound semiconductor alloys. The detailed mechanical properties of these binary, ternary and quaternary epilayers were determined from the indentation experiments. Microindentation studies of (1 1 1) GaAs/InP both A and B faces show that the hardness value increases with load and attains a constant for further increase in load and the microhardness values were found to lie between 3.5 and 4.0 GPa. The microhardness values of InGaAs/InP epilayers with different thickness were found to lie between 3.93 and 4.312 GPa. The microhardness values of InGaAsP/InP with different elemental composition were found to lie between 5.08 and 5.73 GPa. The results show that the hardness of the quaternary alloy drastically increases, the reason may be that the increase in As concentration hardens the lattice when phosphorous concentration is less and hardness decreases when phosphorous is increased. It was interestingly observed that the hardness value increases as we proceed from binary to quaternary III-V compound semiconductor alloys.
DOI: 10.1016/j.physb.2006.10.032
Subject Microindentation
IIIĖV compounds
Vickerís hardness
Mechanical properties
71.55.Eq III-V semiconductors
68.37.Ps Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
62.20.Fe Deformation and plasticity (including yield, ductility, and superplasticity) (see also 83.50.-v Deformation and flow in rheology)
46.55.+d Tribology and mechanical contacts (see also 81.40.Pq Friction, lubrication and wear in materials science; 62.20.Qp Tribology and hardness in mechanical properties of solids)
62.25.+g Mechanical properties of nanoscale materials
62.20.-x Mechanical properties of solids

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