Nucleation Control of Cubic Silicon Carbide on 6H- Substrates
2012 (English)In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 12, no 1, 197-204 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The nucleation of cubic (3C) SiC on on-axis 6H-SiC was investigated in the temperature range 1500–1775 °C by the technique of sublimation epitaxy. We have studied two different cases: (i) the initial homoepitaxial growth of 6H-SiC followed by nucleation of 3C-SiC and (ii) nucleation of homoepitaxial 6H-SiC islands. The supersaturation in the growth cell was calculated using the modeled source to substrate temperature difference. We show that, at low temperature and supersaturation, growth of 6H-SiC commences in spiral growth mode, which prepares the surface for 3C-SiC nucleation. Provided the supersaturation is high enough, the 3C-SiC nucleates as two-dimensional islands on terraces of the homoepitaxial 6H-SiC. Detailed structural study indicates that the 3C-SiC began to grow on defect free surfaces. From the experimental and modeling results, we show that the growth parameter window for 3C-SiC is rather narrow. Deviation from it can result in 6H-SiC growth in spiral or 2D-nucleation mode, which suggests the importance of knowledge of supersaturation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Chemical Society (ACS), 2012. Vol. 12, no 1, 197-204 p.
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73583DOI: 10.1021/cg200929rISI: 000298726300030OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-73583DiVA: diva2:474712
Funding agencies|Swedish Research Council|
|Research and Training Network - MANSiC|
|Angpanneforeningen Research Foundation||Swedish Energy Agency||Bundesministerium fur Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)|