The growth conditions of MnS thin film on a Si (100) substrate deposited by the RF-magnetron sputtering method were investigated. The MnS is a buffer layer for the epitaxial growth of non-polar AlN thin film on the Si (100) substrate. The 4°-off-Si (100) substrate and the insertion of MnS film grown at room temperature (RT-MnS) improved the crystallinity and the surface roughness of the MnS film. In particular, the 20 nm thick RT-MnS showed a reduction of surface roughness of the MnS layer deposited at 550 °C. The root mean square value of the MnS layer was 0.23 nm, which is in the same range as that of the Si substrate. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements revealed that RT-MnS insertion with a thickness over 10 nm reduced the sulfur vacancy formation in the MnS film deposited on RT-MnS, and the MnS was thermally stable at the growth temperature of AlN.
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