Thermal effect on strain relaxation in Ge films epitaxially grown on Si(100) using ECR plasma CVD

Katsutoshi Sugawara, Masao Sakuraba, Junichi Murota

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Abstract

Highly strained Ge film with atomically flatness and thermal effect on strain relaxation and surface roughness generation in Ge film on Si(100) have been investigated. Strained Ge film is deposited by electron cyclotron resonance Ar plasma enhanced GeH4 reaction without substrate heating. At substrate temperature below 50 °C, the deposited Ge film grown with a microwave power of 200 W has larger strain and flat surface than the case by LPCVD at 350 °C. By heat-treatment at 200 °C, lattice strain in the deposited Ge film scarcely changes. With increasing heat-treatment temperature, strain relaxation and surface roughness generation proceed. These results indicate that, in order to obtain the highly strained Ge film with atomically flatness, lowering substrate temperature during Ge deposition and heat-treatment is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-146
Number of pages4
JournalThin Solid Films
Volume508
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jun 5

Keywords

  • Chemical vapor deposition (CVD)
  • Electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma
  • Ge epitaxial growth
  • Strain

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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