Structural roughness and interface strain properties in Si/SiO2/poly-Si1-xGex tri-layer system with ultrathin oxide
2003 (English)In: Journal of materials science. Materials in electronics, ISSN 0957-4522, E-ISSN 1573-482X, Vol. 14, no 4, 247-254 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We have explored the microstructure and local interface strain in the poly-Si1-xGex/SiO2/Si tri-layer system with ultrathin oxides. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and high-resolution X-ray diffraction rocking curves (HR-RC) and two-dimensional reciprocal space mapping (2D-RSM) were the main characterization tools. The poly-Si1-xGex/SiO2/Si structures have x=0, 0.2, and 0.35 for ultrathin oxides (2.0-3.0 nm). The result shows that for the adopted growth process, the poly grain size depends very strongly on the Ge concentration, and it increases with increasing Ge mole fraction. In turn, this increase of the grain size in the poly-Si1-xGex/SiO2/Si reduces the strain in the film, which then affects the interface strain at the lower SiO2/Si interface. In addition, the presence of defects at the SiO2/Si interface was found to be greater for samples with no local interface strain.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Science Business Media , 2003. Vol. 14, no 4, 247-254 p.
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59191DOI: 10.1023/A:1022990131289ISI: 000181763300009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-59191DiVA: diva2:350139