To investigate the early stages of nucleation and growth of As precipitates in GaAs grown at low substrate temperature, we make use of a self-consistent-charge density-functional based tight-binding method. Since a pair of As antisites already shows a significant binding energy which increases when more As antisites are attached, there is no critical nucleus size. Provided that all excess As has precipitated, the clusters may grow in size since the binding energies increase with increasing agglomeration size. These findings close the gap between experimental investigation of point defects and the detection of nanometer-size precipitates in transmission electron microscopy.
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|