ITTC Project

Advanced Semiconductor Research Group in the State of Kansas

Project Award Date: 08-15-1999


The goal of this project is to establish an Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) in semiconductors that is dedicated to the advancement of the group III-nitride (GaN and related compounds) wide band gap semiconductors. These semiconductors are recognized as a very important technological material system for the fabrication of UV/ blue optoelectronic devices (UV/blue LEDs and laser diodes), and electronic devices capable of operating under high power and high temperature conditions.

Devices based on III-nitride materials will lead to many technological improvements in a variety of systems and will significantly impact many areas, including communications, transportation, and energy. Despite the rapid progress in III-nitride materials growth and device fabrication, many problems still need to be solved.

An IRG, consisting of nine faculty members from three Kansas research institutions, has been assembled. The group possesses an expertise in advanced semiconductor materials synthesis and characterization, device fabrication, and modeling. The IRG will develop innovative approaches to synthesizing high-quality materials, such as epitaxial growth, on compliant, patterned, and III-nitride bulk substrates and selective epitaxy. The group will devise fabrication, such as plasma dry etching and photolithographic patterning, and will use the results from these studies to design and to test III-nitride based herojunction FETs, UV/blue micro-LEDs, microdisk or microcavity lasers, and vertical cavity surface emitting lasers.


Faculty Investigator(s): Rongqing Hui (PI)

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): Kansas State University

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