Multi-layered structures containing GaN on SOD (silicon/diamond/silicon) substrates are described. The unique substrate/epilayer combination can provide electronic materials suitable for high-power and opto-electronic devices without commonly observed limitations due to excess heat during device operation. The resulting devices have built-in thermal heat spreading capability that result in better performance and higher reliability.
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 The invention described and claimed herein was made in part utilizing funds supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC03-76SF00098, and more recently under DE-AC02-05CH11231. The government has certain rights in this invention.