Comparison between the reaction mechanisms of nitridation of Si(100) by a NH3 molecular beam and by a N2+ ion beam

I. Kusunoki, S. Ishidzuka, Y. Igari, T. Takaoka

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    Nitridation of a Si(100) surface takes place with NH3 at temperatures higher than 600°C and with a low energy N2+ ion beam at room temperature, forming a thin film of nitride. The nitridation processes have been studied in situ under ultrahigh vacuum by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The reaction with NH3 occurs on the surface with Si atoms supplied by out-diffusion from the substrate, producing a nitride film. On the other hand, the N atoms of the low energy N2+ ion beam (100-1000 eV) penetrate into the bulk by their kinetic energy and form the nitride layer near the surface. The difference of these mechanisms is clearly observed in the evolution of the N1s and Si2p XPS spectra during the reaction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)81-84
    Number of pages4
    JournalSurface Review and Letters
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Materials Chemistry


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