Phosphorus atomic layer doping in SiGe using reduced pressure chemical vapor deposition

Yuji Yamamoto, Bernd Heinemann, Junichi Murota, Bernd Tillack

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Phosphorus (P) atomic layer doping in SiGe is investigated at temperatures between 100 °C to 600 °C using a single wafer reduced pressure chemical vapor deposition system. SiGe(100) surface is exposed to PH3 at different PH3 partial pressures by interrupting SiGe growth. The impact of the SiGe buffer/cap growth condition (total pressure/SiGe deposition precursors) on P adsorption, incorporation, and segregation are investigated. In the case of SiH4-GeH4-H2 gas system, steeper P spikes due to lower segregation are observed by SiGe cap deposition at atmospheric (ATM) pressure compared with reduced pressure (RP). The steepness of P spike of ∼ 5.7 nm/dec is obtained for ATM pressure without reducing deposition temperature. This result may be due to the shift of equilibrium of P adsorption/desorption to desorption direction by higher H2 pressure. Using Si2H6-GeH4-H2 gas system for SiGe cap deposition in RP, lowering the SiGe growth temperature is possible, resulting in higher P incorporation and steeper P profile due to reduced desorption and segregation. In the case of Si2H6-GeH 4-H2 gas system, the P dose could be simulated assuming a Langmuir-type kinetics model. Incorporated P shows high electrical activity, indicating P is adsorbed mostly in lattice position.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-18
Number of pages5
JournalThin Solid Films
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr 30


  • Atomic layer doping
  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Epitaxy
  • Phosphorus
  • SiGe

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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