Electron traps in n-type GaN layers grown homoepitaxially by MOCVD on free-standing GaN substrates have been characterized using DLTS for vertical Schottky diodes. Two free-standing HVPE GaN substrates (A and B), obtained from two different sources, are used. The Si-doped GaN layers with the thickness of 5 μm are grown on an area of 0.9×0.9 cm2
of substrate A and on an area of 1×1 cm2
of substrate B. Two traps labeled B1 (Ec－0.23 eV) and B2 (Ec－0.58eV) are observed with trap B2 dominant in GaN on both substrates. There exist no dislocation-related traps which have been previously observed in MOCVD GaN on sapphire. This might be correlated to the reduction in dislocation density due to the homoepitaxial growth. However, it is found that there is a large variation, more than an order of magnitude, in trap B2 concentration and that the B2 spatial distributions are different between the two substrates used.