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Epitaxial lift-off of InGaAs solar cells from InP substrate using a strained AlAs/InAlAs superlattice as a novel sacrificial layer

P. Regreny
J.L. Leclercq
Michel Gendry

Abstract

In this work we present a new epitaxial lift-off (ELO) approach based on the use of a strained AlAs/InAlAs superlattice (SL) as sacrificial layer for InP related materials. Such an ELO process enables the fabrication and transfer of a thin active III-V heterostructure via its separation from its III-V parent substrate using selective chemical etching. The strategy is of particular interest for large area devices such as solar cells. The process studied here also allows the substrate reuse for a low-cost approach based on III-V-based device fabrication. In order to realize the ELO process on InP substrates, the main difficulty is the lack of lattice-matched materials offering the high chemical etching selectivity needed over both the substrate and the lattice-matched alloys of the active heterostructure. The present study therefore contributes effective strategy for overcoming the latter constraints. The AlAs/InAlAs SL was thus explored as a potential candidate as sacrificial layer for the InP lattice matched materials. The growth conditions of such SLs were investigated to produce low defect SLs compatible with the properties of an optimal sacrificial layer. The under-etching behavior of such SLs in a hydrofluoric acid-based solution was also studied in detail. The results show that advantageous under-etching rates, high enough for a full wafer detachment, combined with a low defect density, can be obtained with novel sacrificial layers based on such thin AlAs/InAlAs SL. Finally, the fabrication of solar cells via an active heterostructure grown over an optimized SL on a monolithic substrate and via a thin reported active heterostructure was performed. The solar cells perform well and demonstrate the suitability of such SLs as a sacrificial layer for InP related materials.
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hal-02071796 , version 1 (22-10-2021)

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F. Chancerel, P. Regreny, J.L. Leclercq, S. Brottet, M. Volatier, et al.. Epitaxial lift-off of InGaAs solar cells from InP substrate using a strained AlAs/InAlAs superlattice as a novel sacrificial layer. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 2019, 195, pp.204-212. ⟨10.1016/j.solmat.2019.02.013⟩. ⟨hal-02071796⟩
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