High reflectivity airgap distributed Bragg reflectors realized by wet etching of AlInN sacrificial layers

Altoukhov, Alexei; Levrat, Jacques; Feltin, Eric; Carlin, Jean-François; Castiglia, Antonino; Butté, Raphaël; Grandjean, Nicolas
November 2009
Applied Physics Letters;11/9/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 19, p191102
Academic Journal
The authors report on the achievement of a vertically oriented three pair airgap/GaN distributed Bragg reflector realized by controlled oxidation and wet-chemical etching of AlInN sacrificial layers. Microreflectivity measurements exhibit high peak reflectivity values of 87% around 500 nm after the oxidation process and 90% around 600 nm after the etching process in overall good agreement with simulations. The broad stopband of airgap/GaN mirrors, about 250 nm wide, results from the strong refractive index contrast between air and GaN layers.


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