Consumption kinetics of Si atoms during growth and decomposition of very thin oxide on Si(001) surfaces

Shuichi Ogawa, Akitaka Yoshigoe, Shinji Ishidzuka, Yuden Teraoka, Yuji Takakuwa

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Surface morphological changes during growth and the subsequent decomposition of very thin oxide on an Si(001) surface was observed in real time by RHEED combined with AES and microscopically by STM. The RHEED intensity ratio between half-order spots revealed that etching of the surface took place in a manner of nucleation and lateral growth of dimer vacancy on the terrace during two-dimensional (2D) oxide island growth at 690 °C, whereas the resultant oxide layer was decomposed at 709 °C with consumption of Si atom in a step-flow mode. STM observation of the partially oxide decomposed surface, however, showed that a number of Si islands with 10-20 Å in diameter remained randomly over the rather atomically flat terraces within voids in spite of the step-flow etching. From these results, it is concluded that the oxide grown by the 2D oxide island growth mode contains excess Si atoms and the Si-rich oxide is thermally decomposed with the phase separation between Si clusters and a more stoichiometric oxide matrix, leading to precipitation of Si islands on the oxide-removed terraces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jun 5


  • AES
  • Decomposition
  • Oxidation
  • STM
  • Si surface
  • Surface morphology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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