Liquid Phase Epitaxy of Electronic, Optical and Optoelectronic Materials

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Peter Capper, Michael Mauk
Wiley, Aug 20, 2007 - Science - 464 pages
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Liquid-Phase Epitaxy (LPE) is a technique used in the bulk growth of crystals, typically in semiconductor manufacturing, whereby the crystal is grown from a rich solution of the semiconductor onto a substrate in layers, each of which is formed by supersaturation or cooling. At least 50% of growth in the optoelectronics area is currently focussed on LPE.

This book covers the bulk growth of semiconductors, i.e. silicon, gallium arsenide, cadmium mercury telluride, indium phosphide, indium antimonide, gallium nitride, cadmium zinc telluride, a range of wide-bandgap II-VI compounds, diamond and silicon carbide, and a wide range of oxides/fluorides (including sapphire and quartz) that are used in many industrial applications. A separate chapter is devoted to the fascinating field of growth in various forms of microgravity, an activity that is approximately 30-years old and which has revealed many interesting features, some of which have been very surprising to experimenters and theoreticians alike.

  • Covers the most important materials within the field
  • The contributors come from a wide variety of countries and include both academics and industrialists, to give a balanced treatment
  • Builds-on an established series known in the community
  • Highly pertinent to current and future developments in telecommunications and computer-processing industries.

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About the author (2007)

Professor Hans J. Scheel started the Scheel Consulting company in 2001 after retiring from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Starting out with a chemical background, he has more than 40 years of experience with crystal growth and epitaxy in university as well as industry. For his achievements in bulk crystal growth and epitaxy technologies, he received awards from IBM and from Swiss, British, Korean Crystal Growth Associations, was elected member of the Russian Academy of Engineering Sciences, and received his D.Sc. from Tohoku University, Japan. He is co-author and editor of 6 books, author of more than 100 publications and patents, has organized international workshops on crystal technology and has been visiting professor at Osaka and Tohoku Universities, Japan, as well as Shandong University, China.
Dr. Peter Capper is a Materials Team Leader at SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems Infrared Ltd (formerly BAE Systems), and has over 30 years of experience in the infrared material Cadmium Mercury Telluride (CMT). He holds the patent for the application of the accelerated crucible rotation technique to CMT growth and is recognised as a world authority on CMT. He has written and edited 6 books on electronic materials and devices. He has served on several International Advisory boards to conferences, acted as co-Chair at an E-MRS Symposium and a SPIE Symposium and has edited several conference proceedings for J. Crystal Growth and J. Materials Science. He is also currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics.