Journal of Applied Physics vol:73 issue:4 pages:1773-1780
The interaction energy E(I)irr of arrays of dislocations with nonperiodic (or irregular) distribution is calculated. The calculations have been made for uniform-random and Gaussian distributions of dislocations. The method used is, however, general and can also be applied to any arbitrary or an observed distribution of dislocations. The results for several values of average spacing pBAR and standard deviation sigma are given and are compared with the energy E(I) of periodic arrays with spacing p=pBAR. The total energy E(T)irr of strained layers containing nonperiodic dislocation arrays is also calculated. The results for both 90-degrees and 60-degrees dislocations are given. For sufficiently large numbers of dislocations, E(I)irr is always larger than E(I). The difference between the energies E(I)irr and E(I) increases rapidly as the standard deviation sigma of the nonperiodic distribution increases. The equilibrium strain relaxation in thick layers and the strain relaxation on annealing the metastable layers are usually calculated by modeling the nonperiodic array as an equivalent periodic array with p=pBAR. It is found that this procedure for the calculation of the strain relaxation is not valid.