The modulation between different doping species required to produce a diode in VLS-grown nanowires (NWs) yields a complex doping profile, both axially and radially, and a gradual junction at the interface. We present a detailed analysis of the dopant distribution around the junction. By combining surface potential measurements, performed by KPFM, with finite element simulations, we show that the highly doped (5 × 1019 cm-3) shell surrounding the NW can screen the junctions built in voltage at shell thickness as low as 3 nm. By comparing NWs with high and low doping contrast at the junction, we show that dopant compensation dramatically decreases the electrostatic width of the junction and results in relatively low leakage currents.
- Kelvin probe force microscopy
- dopant compensation
- vapor-liquid-solid growth