Si atomic layer-by-layer epitaxial growth process using alternate exposure of Si(1 0 0) to SiH 4 and to Ar plasma

Masao Sakuraba, Daisuke Muto, Takuya Seino, Junichi Murota

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Abstract

Si atomic layer-by-layer epitaxial growth without substrate heating has been investigated using alternate exposure of Si(100) to SiH 4 and to Ar plasma. With an Ar plasma generated by electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) at the Ar pressure of 2.1Pa (the measured peak energy and the incident density of the Ar ion are about 3 eV and 3 × 10 15 cm -2 s -1 , respectively), the average deposited Si thickness per cycle increases and saturates with exposure times to SiH 4 and to Ar plasma and also with the SiH 4 partial pressure. The thickness becomes smaller for the longer interruption of SiH 4 introduction until the Ar plasma exposure. In the Si atomic layer-by-layer epitaxial growth processes, their characteristics are qualitatively described in a modified Langmuir-type equation, assuming that the SiH 4 coverage is determined by the equilibrium of adsorption/desorption processes of a SiH 4 molecule on a single site, and the site density is the same as the surface atom density of Si(1 0 0).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-200
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Surface Science
Volume212-213
Issue numberSPEC.
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 May 15

Keywords

  • Ar plasma
  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Langmuir type adsorption
  • Si epitaxial growth
  • SiH

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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