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  • 1.
    Booker, Ian Don
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hassan, Jawad
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hallén,, Anders
    Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
    Sveinbjörnsson, Einar Ö.
    University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Bergman, Peder
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Comparison of Post-Growth Carrier Lifetime Improvement Methods for 4H-SiC Epilayers2012In: Materials Science Forum Vols 717 - 720, Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2012, Vol. 717-720, p. 285-288Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We compare two methods for post-growth improvement of bulk carrier lifetime in 4H-SiC: dry oxidations and implantations with either C-12 or N-14, followed by high temperature anneals in Ar atmosphere. Application of these techniques to samples cut from the same wafer/epilayer yields 2- to 11-fold lifetime increases, with the implantation/annealing technive shown to give greater rnaximum lifetimes. The maximum lifetimes reached are similar to 5 mu s after C-12 implantation at 600 degrees C and annealing in Ar for 180 minutes at 1500 degrees C. At higher annealing temperatures the lifetimes decreases, a result which differs from reports in the literature.

  • 2.
    Booker, Ian Don
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ul Hassan, Jawad
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lilja, Louise
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Beyer, Franziska
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Karhu, Robin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Bergman, J. Peder
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Danielsson, Örjan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olof
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sveinbjörnsson, Einar
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Carrier Lifetime Controlling Defects Z(1/2) and RB1 in Standard and Chlorinated Chemistry Grown 4H-SiC2014In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 14, no 8, p. 4104-4110Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    4H-SiC epilayers grown by standard and chlorinated chemistry were analyzed for their minority carrier lifetime and deep level recombination centers using time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) and standard deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). Next to the well-known Z(1/2) deep level a second effective lifetime killer, RB1 (activation energy 1.05 eV, electron capture cross section 2 x 10(-16) cm(2), suggested hole capture cross section (5 +/- 2) x 10(-15) cm(2)), is detected in chloride chemistry grown epilayers. Junction-DLTS and bulk recombination simulations are used to confirm the lifetime killing properties of this level. The measured RB1 concentration appears to be a function of the iron-related Fe1 level concentration, which is unintentionally introduced via the corrosion of reactor steel parts by the chlorinated chemistry. Reactor design and the growth zone temperature profile are thought to enable the formation of RB1 in the presence of iron contamination under conditions otherwise optimal for growth of material with very low Z(1/2) concentrations. The RB1 defect is either an intrinsic defect similar to RD1/2 or EH5 or a complex involving iron. Control of these corrosion issues allows the growth of material at a high growth rate and with high minority carrier lifetime based on Z(1/2) as the only bulk recombination center.

  • 3.
    Chen, Jr-Tai
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Forsberg, Urban
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Persson, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Persson, Per
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Classic WBG Semiconductors AB, LEAD, Sweden.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Growth optimization of AlGaN/GaN HEMT structure on 100 mm SiC substrate: Utilizing bottom-to-top approachManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The structure of high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) based on group-III nitride materials generally consists of three important blocks; a nucleation layer, a semi-insulating (SI) GaN buffer layer, and active layers. In this work, we present an overall growth optimization, which leads to superior crystalline quality and ultra-low thermal boundary resistance (TBR) of a 35-nm AlN nucleation layer, excellent crystalline quality of carbon-doped GaN buffer layer, and high mobility (> 2000 cm2/Vs) of two-dimensional gas (2DEG) in a simple AlGaN/GaN heterostructure grown on a SI SiC substrate.

  • 4.
    Danielsson, Örjan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Simulations of SiC CVD - Perspectives on the need for surface reaction model improvements2014In: SILICON CARBIDE AND RELATED MATERIALS 2013, PTS 1 AND 2, Trans Tech Publications , 2014, Vol. 778-780, p. 218-221Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Simulations of SiC chemical vapor deposition is an excellent tool for understanding, improving and optimizing this complex process. However, models used up to date have often been validated for one particular set of process parameters, often in the silicon limited growth regime, in one particular growth equipment. With chlorinated precursors optimal growth condition is often found to take place at the border between carbon limited and silicon limited regimes. At those conditions the previous models fail to predict deposition rates properly. In this study we argue that molecules like C2H2, C2H4 and CH4, actually might react with the surface with much higher rates than suggested before. Comparisons are made between the previous model and our new model, as well as experiments. It is shown that higher reactivities of the hydrocarbon molecules will improve simulation results as compared to experimental findings, and help to better explain some of the trends for varying C/Si ratios.

  • 5.
    Danielsson, Örjan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sukkaew, Pitsiri
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ojamäe, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Physical Chemistry. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olof
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Shortcomings of CVD modeling of SiC today2013In: Theoretical Chemistry accounts, ISSN 1432-881X, E-ISSN 1432-2234, Vol. 132, no 11, p. 1398-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The active, epitaxial layers of silicon carbide (SiC) devices are grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), at temperatures above 1,600 °C, using silane and light hydrocarbons as precursors, diluted in hydrogen. A better understanding of the epitaxial growth process of SiC by CVD is crucial to improve CVD tools and optimize growth conditions. Through computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations, the process may be studied in great detail, giving insight to both flow characteristics, temperature gradients and distributions, and gas mixture composition and species concentrations throughout the whole CVD reactor. In this paper, some of the important parts where improvements are very much needed for accurate CFD simulations of the SiC CVD process to be accomplished are pointed out. First, the thermochemical properties of 30 species that are thought to be part of the gas-phase chemistry in the SiC CVD process are calculated by means of quantum-chemical computations based on ab initio theory and density functional theory. It is shown that completely different results are obtained in the CFD simulations, depending on which data are used for some molecules, and that this may lead to erroneous conclusions of the importance of certain species. Second, three different models for the gas-phase chemistry are compared, using three different hydrocarbon precursors. It is shown that the predicted gas-phase composition varies largely, depending on which model is used. Third, the surface reactions leading to the actual deposition are discussed. We suggest that hydrocarbon molecules in fact have a much higher surface reactivity with the SiC surface than previously accepted values.

  • 6.
    Danielsson, Örjan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sukkaew, Pitsiri
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Yazdanfar, Milan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Simulation of Gas-Phase Chemistry for Selected Carbon Precursors in Epitaxial Growth of SiC2013In: Materials Science Forum, ISSN 0255-5476, E-ISSN 1662-9752, Vol. 740-742, p. 213-216Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Numerical simulations are one way to obtain a better and more detailed understanding of the chemical vapor deposition process of silicon carbide. Although several attempts have been made in this area during the past ten years, there is still no general model valid for any range of process parameters and choice of precursors, that can be used to control the growth process, and to optimize growth equipment design. In this paper a first step towards such a model is taken. Here, mainly the hydrocarbon chemistry is studied by a detailed gas-phase reaction model, and comparison is made between C3H8 and CH4 as carbon precursor. The results indicate that experimental differences, which previous models have been unable to predict, may be explained by the new model.

  • 7.
    Duc Tran, Thien
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pozina, Galia
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nguyen, Tien Son
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Ohshima, Takeshi
    Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Takasaki, Japan.
    Hemmingsson, Carl
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Thermal behavior of irradiation-induced-deep levels in bulk GaN2015Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Bulk GaN grown by halide vapor phase epitaxy and irradiated by 2 MeV electrons at a fluence of 5×1016 cm-2 were studied by deep level transient spectroscopy. After irradiation, two new peaks labelled D0 (EC – 0.18 eV) and D1 (EC – 0.13 eV) are observed. From isochronal annealing studies in the temperature range of 350 - 600 K, it is observed that peak D0 is completely annealed out already at 550 K while the broad peak D1 has a more complex annealing behavior. The concentration of D1 is decreasing during annealing and its peak position is shifted to higher temperatures, until a relatively stable peak labelled D2 (EC – 0.24 eV) is formed. From an isothermal annealing study of D2, it is concluded that the annealing process can be described by a first order annealing process with an activation energy and prefactor of 1.2 eV and 6.6 × 105 s-1, respectively. From the large pre-factor it is concluded that the annihilation of D2 is governed by a long-range migration process. From its annealing behavior, it is suggested that trap D2 may be related to the VGa.

  • 8.
    Duc Tran, Thien
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pozina, Galia
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nguyen, Tien Son
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ohshima, Takeshi
    Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Takasaki, Japan.
    Hemmingsson, Carl
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Deep levels in as-grown and electron-irradiated n-type GaN studied by deep level transient spectroscopy and minority carrier transient spectroscopy2016In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 119, no 9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    By minority carrier transient spectroscopy on as-grown n-type bulk GaN produced by halide vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) one hole trap labelled H1 (EV + 0.34 eV) has been detected. After 2 MeV-energy electron irradiation, the concentration of H1 increases and at fluences higher than 5×1014 cm-2, a second hole trap labelled H2 is observed. Simultaneously, the concentration of two electron traps, labelled T1 (EC - 0.12 eV) and T2 (EC - 0.23 eV) increases. By studying the increase of the concentration versus electron irradiation fluences, the introduction rate of T1 and T2 using 2 MeV-energy electrons was determined to 7X10-3 cm-1 and 0.9 cm-1, respectively. Due to the low introduction rate of T1 and the low threading dislocation density in the HVPE bulk GaN material, it is suggested that the defect is associated with a primary defect decorating extended structural defects. The high introduction rate of the trap H1 suggests that the H1 defect is associated with a primary intrinsic defect or a complex.

  • 9.
    Gueorguiev Ivanov, Ivan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gällström, Andreas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Tien Son, Nguyen
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ivády, Viktor
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gali, Adam
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Optical properties of the niobium centre in 4H, 6H, and 15R SiC2013In: SILICON CARBIDE AND RELATED MATERIALS 2012, Trans Tech Publications , 2013, Vol. 740-742, p. 405-408Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A set of lines in the photoluminescence spectra of 4H-, 6H-, and 15R-SiC in the near-infrared are attributed to Nb-related defects on the ground of doping experiments conducted with 4H-SiC. A model based on a an exciton bound at the Nb-centre in an asymmetric split vacancy configuration at a hexagonal site is proposed, which explains the structure of the luminescence spectrum and the observed Zeeman splitting of the lines.

  • 10.
    Gällström, Andreas
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Magnusson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Kordina, Olof
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Son, Nguyen Tien
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Ivády, Viktor
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Wigner Research Center for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary.
    Gali, Adam
    Wigner Research Center for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest Hungary; Department of Atomic Physics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary.
    Abrikosov, Igor A.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Materials Modeling and Development Laboratory, NUST “MISIS,” Moscow, Russia; LACOMAS Laboratory, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Ivanov, Ivan G.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Optical properties and Zeeman spectroscopy of niobium in silicon carbide2015In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 92, no 7, p. 1-14, article id 075207Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The optical signature of niobium in the low-temperature photoluminescence spectra of three common polytypes of SiC (4H, 6H, and 15R) is observed and confirms the previously suggested concept that Nb occupies preferably the Si-C divacancy with both Si and C at hexagonal sites. Using this concept we propose a model considering a Nb-bound exciton, the recombination of which is responsible for the observed luminescence. The exciton energy is estimated using first-principles calculation and the result is in very good agreement with the experimentally observed photon energy in 4H SiC at low temperature. The appearance of six Nb-related lines in the spectra of the hexagonal 4H and 6H polytypes at higher temperatures is tentatively explained on the grounds of the proposed model and the concept that the Nb center can exist in both C1h and C3v symmetries. The Zeeman splitting of the photoluminescence lines is also recorded in two different experimental geometries and the results are compared with theory based on phenomenological Hamiltonians. Our results show that Nb occupying the divacancy at the hexagonal site in the studied SiC polytypes behaves like a deep acceptor.

  • 11.
    Hemmingsson, Carl
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Nguyen, Tien Son
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Metastable defects in 6H-SiC: Experiments and modeling2002In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 91, no 3, p. 1324-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    [No abstract available]

  • 12.
    Hemmingsson, Carl
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Son, Nguyen Tien
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Bergman, Peder
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lindström, J.L.
    National Defense Research Institute.
    Savage, S.
    Industrial Microelectronics Center.
    Nordell, N.
    Industrial Microelectronics Center.
    Deep-Level Defects in Electron-irradiated 4H SiC Epitaxial Layers1997In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 81, no 9, p. 6155-6159Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Deep level defects in electron-irradiated 4H SiC epitaxial layers grown by chemical vapor deposition were studied using deep level transient spectroscopy. The measurements performed on electron-irradiated p+n junctions in the temperature range 100–750 K revealed several electron traps and one hole trap with thermal ionization energies ranging from 0.35 to 1.65 eV. Most of these defects were already observed at a dose of irradiation as low as ≈5×1013 cm-2. Dose dependence and annealing behavior of the defects were investigated. For two of these electron traps, the electron capture cross section was measured. From the temperature dependence studies, the capture cross section of these two defects are shown to be temperature independent. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.

  • 13.
    Henry, Anne
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Beyer, Franziska C.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Andersson, Sven
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chloride based CVD of 3C-SiC on (0001) α-SiC substrates2011In: Materials Science Forum Vols. 679-680 (2011) pp 75-78, Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2011, p. 75-78Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A chloride-based chemical-vapor-deposition (CVD) process has been successfully used to grow very high quality 3C-SiC epitaxial layers on on-axis α-SiC substrates. An accurate process parameters study was performed testing the effect of temperature, surface preparation, precursor ratios, nitrogen addition, and substrate polytype and polarity. The 3C layers deposited showed to be largely single-domain material of very high purity and of excellent electrical characteristics. A growth rate of up to 10 μm/h and a low background doping enable deposition of epitaxial layers suitable for MOSFET devices.

  • 14.
    Henry, Anne
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Beyer, Franziska
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Andersson, Sven
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    SiC epitaxy growth using chloride-based CVD2012In: Physica. B, Condensed matter, ISSN 0921-4526, E-ISSN 1873-2135, Vol. 407, no 10, p. 1467-1471Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The growth of thick epitaxial SiC layers needed for high-voltage, high-power devices is investigated with the chloride-based chemical vapor deposition. High growth rates exceeding 100 mu m/h can be obtained, however to obtain device quality epilayers adjustments of the process parameters should be carried out appropriately for the chemistry used. Two different chemistry approaches are compared: addition of hydrogen chloride to the standard precursors or using methyltrichlorosilane, a molecule that contains silicon, carbon and chlorine. Optical and electrical techniques are used to characterize the layers.

  • 15.
    Henry, Anne
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Liu, Xianjie
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ul-Hassan, Jawad
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Bergman, J. Peder
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Epitaxial growth on on-axis substrates2012In: Silicon Carbide Epitaxy / [ed] Francesco La Via, Kerala, India: Research Signpost, 2012, p. 97-119Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    SiC epitaxial growth using the Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) technique on nominally on-axis substrate is presented. Both standard and chloride-based chemistry have been used with the aim to obtain high quality layers suitable for device fabrication. Both homoepitaxy (4H on 4H) and heteroepitaxy (3C on hexag onal substrate) are addressed.

  • 16.
    Henry, Anne
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Growth of 4H-SiC Epitaxial Layers on 4° Off-axis Si-face substrates2009In: Materials Science Forum, Vols. 615-617, Trans Tech Publications , 2009, p. 81-84Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    CVD growth of epitaxial layers with a mirror like surface grown on 75 mm diameter 4° off-axis 4H SiC substrates is demonstrated. The effect of the C/Si ratio, temperature and temperature ramp up conditions is studied in detail. A low C/Si ratio of 0.4 and a temperature of 1530 °C is the best combination to avoid step bunching and triangular defects on the epitaxial layers. Using a low growth rate (about 3 µm/h) 6 μm thick, n-type doped epilayers were grown on 75 mm diameter wafers resulting in an RMS value of 0.7 nm and good reproducibility. 20 μm thick epitaxial layers with a background doping in the low 1014 cm-3 were grown with a mirror-like, defect-free surface. Preliminary results when using higher Si/H2 ratio (up to 0.4 %) and HCl addition are also presented: growth rate of 28 μm/h is achieved while keeping a smooth morphology.

  • 17.
    Henry, Anne
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Leone, Steffano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Andersson, S.
    n/a.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Concentrated chloride-based epitaxial growth of 4H-SiC2010In: Materials Science Forum, Vols. 645-648, Transtec Publications; 1999 , 2010, Vol. 645-648, p. 95-98Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A chloride-based CVD process has been studied in concentrated growth conditions. A systematic study of different carrier flows and pressures has been done in order to get good quality epilayers on 8 degrees off and on-axis substrates while using very low carrier flows. Hydrogen chloride (HCl) was added to the standard gas mixture to keep a high growth rate and to get homo-polytypic growth on on-axis substrates. The carrier flow was reduced down to one order of magnitude less than under typical growth condition. By lowering the process pressure it was possible to reduce precursor depletion along the susceptor which improved the thickness uniformity to below 2% variation (sigma/mean) over a 2 diameter wafer.

  • 18.
    Henry, Anne
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Li, Xun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olof
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    CVD growth of 3C-SiC on 4H-SiC substrate2012In: Materials Science Forum Vol 711, Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2012, Vol. 711, p. 16-21Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The hetero epitaxial growth of 3C-SiC on nominally on-axis 4H-SiC is reported. A horizontal hot-wall CVD reactor working at low pressure is used to perform the growth experiments in a temperature range of 1200-1500 °C with the standard chemistry using silane and propane as precursors carried by a mix of hydrogen and argon. The optimal temperature for single-domain growth is found to be about 1350 °C. The ramp up-conditions and the gas-ambient atmosphere when the temperature increases are key factors for the quality of the obtained 3C layers. The best pre-growth ambient found is carbon rich environment; however time of this pre-treatment is crucial. A too high C/Si ratio during growth led to polycrystalline material whereas for too low C/Si ratios Si cluster formation is observed on the surface. The addition of nitrogen gas is also explored.

  • 19.
    Ivanov, Ivan Gueorguiev
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Yazdanfar, Milan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lundqvist, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chen, Jr-Tai
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    ul-Hassan, Jawad
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Stenberg, Pontus
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Liljedahl, Rickard
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Son, Nguyen Tien
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ager, Joel W. III
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    High-Resolution Raman and Luminescence Spectroscopy of Isotope-Pure (SiC)-Si-28-C-12, Natural and C-13 - Enriched 4H-SIC2014In: Silicon Carbide and Related Materials 2013, PTS 1 AND 2, Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2014, Vol. 778-780, p. 471-474Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The optical properties of isotope-pure (SiC)-Si-28-C-12, natural SiC and enriched with C-13 isotope samples of the 4H polytype are studied by means of Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopies. The phonon energies of the Raman active phonons at the Gamma point and the phonons at the M point of the Brillouin zone are experimentally determined. The excitonic bandgaps of the samples are accurately derived using tunable laser excitation and the phonon energies obtained from the photoluminescence spectra. Qualitative comparison with previously reported results on isotope-controlled Si is presented.

  • 20.
    Janzén, Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Silicon Carbide - The Power Device for the Future2012In: 2012 18TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON THERMAL INVESTIGATIONS OF ICS AND SYSTEMS (THERMINIC), IEEE , 2012, p. 119-124Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Silicon Carbide (SiC) is a wide bandgap semiconductor with highly appreciated properties making it ideal for high power, high frequency, and high temperature applications. One of these properties is the high thermal conductivity (lambda) which is mentioned in almost every single publication, yet very few measurements of lambda on SiC have been made and essentially no knowledge has been accumulated on the limiting factors on lambda or on what role lambda plays in a finished device. Improvement of lambda may be achieved if the material is isotope enriched i.e. the SiC is dominatingly (SiC)-Si-28-C-12. In this paper we will highlight the properties of SiC as a power device material with specific emphasis on lambda. The results from (SiC)-Si-28-C-12 show that the layers are very low doped and have an isotope purity of 99% or better.

  • 21.
    Kordina, Olle
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hallin, Christer
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Bergman, Peder
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ivanov, Ivan Gueorguiev
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ellison, A.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Son, Nguyen Tien
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Growth of SiC by "Hot-Wall" CVD and HTCVD1997In: Physica status solidi. B, Basic research, ISSN 0370-1972, E-ISSN 1521-3951, Vol. 202, no 1, p. 321-334Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A reactor concept for the growth of high-quality epitaxial SiC films has been investigated. The reactor concept is based on a hot-wall type susceptor which, due to the unique design, is very power efficient. Four different susceptors are discussed in terms of quality and uniformity of the grown material. The films are grown using the silane–propane–hydrogen system on off-axis (0001) 6H- and 4H-SiC substrates. Layers with doping levels in the low 1014 cm—3 showing strong free exciton emission in the photoluminescence spectra may readily be grown reproducibly in this system. The quality of the grown layers is also confirmed by the room temperature minority carrier lifetimes in the microsecond range and the optically detected cyclotron resonance data which give mobilities in excess of 100000 cm2/Vs at 6 K. Finally, a brief description will be given of the HTCVD technique which shows promising results in terms of high quality material grown at high growth rates.

  • 22.
    Kordina, Olle
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    SIC epitaxial growth on large area substrates: history and evolution2012In: Silicon carbide epitaxy / [ed] Francesco La Via, Kerala, Indien: Research Signpost , 2012, p. 1-25Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the past decades, the commercial requirements have steered the development of SiC materials to increasing perfection in quality, size, uniformity, and reproducibility. It has indeed been intense and captivating and we have yet to see the end of this development. This brief review gives a short historic background trying to highlight the main technological achievements which have advanced the technology to the point where we stand today. The need for a high throughput has made the development of multi-wafer reactors particularly fascinating. Today there are warm-wall reactors with a capacity of 10 x 100 mm and dual chamber hot-wall reactors with a capacity of 7 x 100 mm and with auto-loading capability. The growth rate increase seen in the past decade has lead to an interesting situation as it is no longer the growth rate that limits the throughput but rather the heat- and cooldown times. At the end of this chapter a brief outlook for the future is also given.

  • 23.
    Kotamraju, Siva
    et al.
    Mississippi State University, USA .
    Krishnan, Bharat
    Mississippi State University, USA .
    Beyer, Franziska C.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Koshka, Yaroslav
    Mississippi State University, USA .
    Electrical and optical properties of high-purity epilayers grown by the low-temperature chloro-carbon growth method2012In: Materials Science Forum Vol 717 - 720, Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2012, Vol. 717-720, p. 129-132Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A reduced growth pressure (down to 10 Torr) was employed for the low-temperature chloro-carbon epitaxial growth. More than two times lower H-2 flow rate became possible. The optimal input H-2/Si and C/Si ratios were also lower. A significant reduction of the net free donor concentration resulted from the use of the low pressure, delivering partially compensated epilayers with the net free donor concentration below 7 x 10(13) cm(-3). Deep levels were characterized in the low-temperature epilayers for the first time. No Z(1/2) or EH6/7 centers could be detected by DLTS. No strong D-1 photoluminescence signature was observed. The high purity of the obtained epitaxial layers made it possible to use the low-temperature chloro-carbon epitaxial growth to fabricate drift regions of Schottky diodes for the first time. Promising values of the reverse breakdown voltage and the leakage current were obtained from the fabricated devices.

  • 24.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Beyer, Franziska
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hemmingsson, Carl
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chloride-Based SiC Epitaxial Growth toward Low Temperature Bulk Growth2010In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 10, no 8, p. 3743-3751Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, chloride-based chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of SiC is used either to grow epitaxial layers at high growth rate and to facilitate homopolytypic growth on on-axis substrates or to grow bulk material at temperatures lower than 2000 °C. A vertical reactor configuration with an inlet of gas flow placed at the bottom of the reactor chamber and the exhaust at the top of it has been used. The chlorinated precursors have helped to eliminate or greatly reduce cluster formation, thereby allowing the deposition of thick SiC epilayers at growth rates exceeding 300 μm/h at 1700−1900 °C. Up to 1.5 mm thick homoepitaxial layers have been grown on up to 75 mm diameter 4H- or 6H-SiC wafers. Both on-axis and off-axis, Si-face and C-face polarities have been used. Our results show great promise for the realization of a high growth rate epitaxial process suitable for bulk growth at temperatures lower than those typically used. Such a process is interesting on account of the higher quality material and lower operating cost.

  • 25.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Beyer, Franziska
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chloride-based CVD of 3C-SiC epitaxial layers on 6H(0001) SiC2010In: Physica Status Solidi (RRL) – Rapid Research Letters, ISSN 1862-6270, Vol. 4, no 11, p. 305-307Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The growth of 3C‐SiC epitaxial layers on nominally on‐axis 6H‐SiC Si‐face substrates using the chloride‐based CVD process is demonstrated. A hot‐wall CVD reactor was used and HCl was added to the standard precursors (silane and ethylene). Several growth parameters were tested: temperature, in‐situ surface preparation, C/Si ratio, Cl/Si ratio, and nitrogen addition. Each parameter had a very important effect on the polytype formation. In the case of 3C‐SiC deposition the morphology and typology of defects could change significantly depending on the different combinations of growth conditions, including the addition of nitrogen. At a growth rate of 10 μm/h, a mirror‐like surface with a single domain decorated by some parallel stripes and few epitaxial defects were obtained. The near‐band gap luminescence of high quality 3C‐SiC layers was characterized by very sharp lines. Microscope and AFM analysis showed a very smooth surface. A background doping in the low 1015 cm−3 range was achieved.

  • 26.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Beyer, Franziska
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chloride-based CVD of 3C-SiC Epitaxial Layers on On-axis 6H (0001) SiC Substrates2010In: AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 1292, 2010, p. 7-10Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 27.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Beyer, Franziska
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Andersson, Sven
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chlorinated precursor study in low temperature CVD of 4H-SiC2011In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 519, no 10, p. 3074-3080Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Low temperature chemical vapour deposition of SiC has gained interest in the last years for being less demanding in terms of reaction chamber lifetime, but also for allowing higher p-type dopant incorporation. Chloride-based CVD at low temperatures has been studied using chloromethane with tetrachlorosilane or silane, respectively and with or without controlled HCl addition. In this study we explore the use of methyltrichlorosilane (MTS) at growth temperatures significantly lower than what is commonly used for homoepitaxial growth of SiC. MTS is a molecule containing all the needed precursor atoms; its effects are compared to the standard CVD chemistry, consisting of silane, ethylene, and HCl.

    Very different chemistries between the two precursor systems are proposed; in the case of MTS, C/Si ratios higher than 1 were required, however using the standard chemistry ratios lower than 1 were needed to obtain a defect-free epitaxial layer. We also demonstrate the need of using Cl/Si ratios as high as 15 to achieve a growth rate of 13 μm/h for 8° off-axis 4H-SiC epitaxial layers at 1300 °C. Limitations due to the low growth temperature are discussed in light of the experimental evidence on the growth mechanism as determined by the morphology degradation and the limited growth rate. Finally a comparison between the epilayers morphology obtained on 4H-SiC substrates with different off-cuts are presented, confirming the importance of lower C/Si ratios for 4° off-axis material and the inevitable growth of the cubic SiC polytype on on-axis substrates.

  • 28.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Beyer, Franziska
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Growth of smooth 4H-SiC epilayers on 4° off-axis substrates with chloride-based CVD at very high growth rate2011In: Materials research bulletin, ISSN 0025-5408, E-ISSN 1873-4227, Vol. 46, no 8, p. 1272-1275Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    4H-SiC epilayers grown on 4º off-axis substrates at high rates usually suffer from step-bunching (very high surface roughness) or of extended triangular defects, both detrimental for device performance.

    In this study we developed a novel in situ pre-growth surface preparation based on hydrogen chloride (HCl) addition at a temperature higher than that used for the growth. This pre-growth etching procedure minimizes the density of triangular defects which usually occur at low temperatures and simultaneously enables growth at a temperature low enough to avoid stepbunching. Thanks to this surface preparation step, chloride-based CVD could be used for rapid epitaxial growth of high quality layers. In this study, layers were grown at rates of 100 μm/h yielding defect free epitaxial layers with very smooth surface (RMS value of 8.9 Å on 100x100 μm2 area).

  • 29.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Beyer, Franziska
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    High growth rate of 4H-SiC epilayers grown on on-axis substrates with different chlorinated precursors2010In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 10, no 12, p. 5334-5340Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The epitaxial growth of 4H-SiC on on-axis substrates is a very important process to develop in order to accelerate the development and improve the performance of bipolar SiC based power devices, but until now, only relatively low growth rate processes have been demonstrated. The aim of this study is to demonstrate a high growth rate deposition process of high quality 4H-SiC epilayers on on-axis substrates, free of 3C-SiC inclusions. Previous studies showed that silicon-rich gas-phase conditions (prior to, and during the deposition process) and/or high Cl/Si ratios were vital in order to avoid 3C-SiC inclusions in the epitaxial layers when growing on on-axis substrates. This study combines the knowledge of surface pre-treatment with the chloride-based chemistry developed for off-axis growth. Two different precursor approaches were used, one adopting the standard precursors (silane and ethylene) with addition of hydrogen chloride (HCl), and the other based on the molecule methyltrichlorosilane (CH3SiCl3 or MTS). In this study we will show that using a MTS-based CVD process in combination with proper in situ silane etching and accurate optimisation of the other process parameters (temperature, C/Si and Cl/Si ratio) results in homoepitaxial growth of high purity and high quality 4H-SiC layers on on-axis Si-face substrates at a growth rate of 100 μm/h. Additionally, a higher efficiency of the MTS precursor chemistry was found and discussed.

  • 30.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Andersson, Sven
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Optimization of a Concentrated Chloride-Based CVD Process for 4H–SiC Epilayers2010In: Journal of the Electrochemical Society, ISSN 0013-4651, E-ISSN 1945-7111, Vol. 157, no 10, p. H969-H979Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Concentrated homoepitaxial growths of 4H–SiC was performed using a chloride-based chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process on different off-angle substrates (on-axis, 4 and 8° off-axis toward the [110] direction). A suitable combination of gas flow and process pressure is needed to produce the gas speed that yields an optimum cracking of the precursors and a uniform gas distribution for deposition over large areas. The use of low pressure and the addition of chlorinated precursors bring the added benefit of achieving higher growth rates. A systematic study of the gas speed's effect on the growth rate, uniformity, and morphology on the 4H–SiC epitaxial layers was performed. Growth rates in excess of 50  µm/h were achieved on 50 mm diameter wafers with excellent thickness uniformity (below 2% /mean without rotation of the substrate) and smooth morphology using only 1/10 of the typical gas carrier flow and process pressure demonstrating the feasibility of a concentrated chloride-based CVD process for 4H–SiC. Thermodynamic calculations showed that the improved thickness uniformity could be due to a more uniform gas phase composition of the silicon intermediates. The concentration of the SiCl2 intermediate increases by a factor of 8 at a reduced carrier flow, while all the other hydrogenated silicon intermediates decrease.

  • 31.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chloride-based CVD at high growth rates on 3 vicinal off-angles SiC wafers2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chloride-based growth on on-axis SiC substrates has been studied at higher temperature than typical CVD conditions. The use of chlorinated precursors allows to grow homo-polytypic layers and to achieve high growth rates for thick layers deposition. In this study a vertical reactor with the gas flow inlet at the bottom has been used to grow layers up to 1.5 mm thick. Thanks to the addition of hydrogen chloride (HCl) to the standard precursors mixture, growth rates up to 300 mu m/h have been achieved at a process temperature lower than 1900 degrees C. Very pure layers, micropipe free, and with a low background doping have been grown on 4H and 6H-SiC carbon and silicon-face, respectively, on-axis 3 diameter substrates. The results obtained indicates that this process has the potential to become a novel bulk growth technique at lower temperature than usual, which could give several advantages.

  • 32.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nishizawa, Shin-ichi
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Danielsson, Örjan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gas-Phase Modeling of Chlorine-Based Chemical Vapor Deposition of Silicon Carbide2012In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 1977-1984Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Kinetic calculations of the chemical phenomena occurring in the epitaxial growth of silicon carbide are performed in this study. The main process parameters analyzed are precursor types, growth temperature, Cl/Si ratio, and precursors concentration. The analysis of the gas-phase reactions resulted in a model which could explain most of the already reported experimental results, performed in horizontal hot-wall reactors. The effect of using different carbon or silicon precursors is discussed, by comparing the gas-phase composition and the resulting C/Si ratio inside the hot reaction chamber. Chlorinated molecules with three chlorine atoms seem to be the most efficient and resulting in a uniform C/Si ratio along the susceptor coordinate. Further complexity in the process derives from the use of low temperatures, which affects not only the gas-phase composition but also the risk of gas-phase nucleation. The Cl/Si ratio is demonstrated to be crucial not only for the prevention of silicon clusters but also for the uniformity of the gas-phase composition.

  • 33.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lin, Yuan-Chih
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Beyer, Franziska C.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Andersson, Sven
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chloride-Based CVD at High Rates of 4H-SiC on On-Axis Si-Face Substrates2011In: Materials Science Forum Vols. 679-680 (2011) pp 59-62, Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2011, p. 59-62Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The epitaxial growth at 100 µm/h on on-axis 4H-SiC substrates is demonstrated in this study. Chloride-based CVD, which has been shown to be a reliable process to grow SiC epitaxial layers at rates above 100 µm/h on off-cut substrates, was combined with silane in-situ etching. A proper tuning of C/Si and Cl/Si ratios and the combination of different chlorinated precursors resulted in the homoepitaxial growth of 4H-SiC on Si-face substrates at high rates. Methyltrichlorosilane, added with silane, ethylene and hydrogen chloride were employed as precursors to perform epitaxial growths resulting in very low background doping concentration and high quality material, which could be employed for power devices structure on basal-plane-dislocation-free epitaxial layers.

  • 34.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Beyer, Franziska
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Andersson, Sven
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Canino, Andrea
    Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche IMM, Catania, Italy.
    La Via, Francesco
    Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche IMM, Catania, Italy.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chloride-Based CVD of 4H-SiC at High Growth Rates on Substrates with Different Off-Angles2012In: Materials Science Forum Vols 717 - 720, Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2012, Vol. 717-720, p. 113-116Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A review of recently achieved results with the chloride-based CVD on 8 degrees and 4 degrees off-axis and nominally on-axis 4H-SiC wafers is done to clarify the epitaxial growth mechanisms on different off-angle substrates. The process conditions selected for each off-axis angle become even more difficult when running at growth rates of 100 mu m/h or more. A fine-tuning of process parameters, mainly temperature, C/Si ratio and in situ surface preparation is necessary for each Wangle. Some trends related to the surface properties and the effective C/Si ratio existing on the surface prior to and during the epitaxial growth can be observed.

  • 35.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Caracal Inc., 611 Eljer way, Ford City, PA, 16226, USA.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Homoepitaxial growth of 4H-SiC on on-axis Si-face substrates using chloride-based CVD2009Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The homoepitaxial chloride-based CVD growth is demonstrated on Si-face on-axis 4HSiC substrates. The use of chloride-based CVD has allowed growth of 100% 4H-SiC epitaxial layers with a growth rate of 20μm/h, thus about seven times higher than with standard precursors. It was also found that chlorine etches preferentially the 3C-SiC inclusions that tends to nucleate on Siface on-axis substrates. Therefore the Cl/Si ratio is a fundamental process parameter to optimize.

  • 36.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Caracal Inc., 611 Eljer way, Ford City, PA, 16226, USA.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Improved morphology for epitaxial growth on 4° off-axis 4H-SiC substrates2009In: Journal of Crystal Growth, ISSN 0022-0248, E-ISSN 1873-5002, Vol. 311, no 12, p. 3265-3272Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A process optimization of the growth of SiC epilayers on 4° off-axis 4H-SiC substrates is reported. Process parameters such as growth temperature, C/Si-ratio and temperature ramp up conditions are optimized for the standard non-chlorinated growth in order to grow smooth epilayers without step-bunching and triangular defects. The growth of 6 μm thick n-type doped epitaxial layers on 75 mm diameter wafers is demonstrated as well as that of 20 μm thick layer. The optimized process was then transferred to a chloride-based process and a growth rate 28 μm/h was achieved without morphology degradation. A low growth temperature and a low C/Si ratio are the key parameters to reduce both the step-bunching and the formation of triangular defects.

  • 37.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Thick homoepitaxial layers grown on on-axis Si-face 6H- and 4H-SiC substrates with HCl addition2009In: Journal of Crystal Growth, ISSN 0022-0248, E-ISSN 1873-5002, Vol. 312, no 1, p. 24-32Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The homoepitaxial growth of 6H- and 4H-SiC on on-axis substrates has been studied in order to demonstrate the growth of thick, mirror-like epitaxial layers without other polytype inclusions and basal plane dislocations. The study was done in a hot wall reactor using standard precursors silane and ethylene with hydrogen chloride (HCl) addition. The main important process parameters were studied, in particular deposition temperature, and precursor ratios such as C/Si, Cl/Si and Si/H2. The addition of chlorine in the precursor mixture was found to be the key parameter to grow layers at high rate with morphology and thickness similar to epilayers deposited on commonly used off-axis substrates. Two different process conditions were found allowing growth of low-doped (in the low 1014 cm−3 range) 100-μm-thick epitaxial layers at a growth rate of 25 μm/h, 8 times higher than what is achieved without HCl addition. A high concentration of SiCl2 in the gas phase obtained by high Cl/Si and Si/C ratios was fundamental to achieve these results.

  • 38.
    Leone, Stefano
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Rao, S.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials.
    Growth of Thick 4H-SiC Epitaxial Layers on On-axis Si-Face Substrates with HCl Addition2009In: Materials Science Forum, Vols. 615-617, Trans Tech Publications , 2009, p. 93-96Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Homoepitaxial growth of 4H-SiC on on-axis Si-face substrates is reported using hydrogen chloride together with silane and ethylene. In this study, the main process parameters, such as temperature, Cl/Si ratio, C/Si ratio, Si/H2 ratio and ramp up conditions, were studied in detail to understand their effects on the growth mechanisms. Two different optimal epitaxial growth conditions were found. Silicon rich conditions and a high Cl/Si ratio were the key parameters to grow thick homoepitaxial layers with a very low background doping concentration and a growth rate higher than 20 μm/h.

  • 39.
    Li, Xun
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Andersson, Sven
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    CVD Heteroepitaxial Growth of 3C-SiC on 4H-SiC (0001) Substrates2012In: Materials Science Forum Vols 717 - 720, Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2012, Vol. 717-720, p. 189-192Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study has been focused on 3C-SiC epitaxial growth on 4H-SiC (0001) on-axis substrates using the standard CVD chemistry. Several growth parameters were investigated, including growth temperature, in-situ etching process and C/Si ratio. High quality single domain 3C epilayers could be obtained around 1350 degrees C, with propane present during pre-growth etching and when the C/Si ratio was equal to 1. The best grown layer is 100% 3C-SiC and single domain. The net n-type background doping is around 2x10(16) cm(-3). The surface roughness of the layers from AFM analysis is in the 3 to 8 nm range on a 50x50 mu m(2) area.

  • 40.
    Li, Xun
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    ul Hassan, Jawad
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olof
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Surface preparation of 4 degrees off-axis 4H-SIC substrate for epitaxial growth2013In: Materials Science Forum (Volumes 740 - 742), Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2013, p. 225-228Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Results of surface preparation on Si-face 4° off-cut 4H-SiC substrates are presented in this paper. The influences of two types of etchants, i.e. hydrogen chloride (HCl) and only hydrogen (H2), were investigated by Nomarski microscopy and AFM. The experiments were performed in a hot wall CVD reactor using a TaC coated susceptor. Four etching temperatures, including 1580 °C, 1600 °C, 1620 °C and 1640 °C, were studied. In-situ etching with only H2 as ambient atmosphere is found to be the optimal way for the SiC surface preparation. Using HCl at temperature higher than 1620 °C could degrade the substrates surface quality.

  • 41.
    Lundqvist, Björn
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Raad, Peter
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA.
    Yazdanfar, Milan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Stenberg, Pontus
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Liljedahl, Rickard
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Komarov, Pavel
    TMX Scientific, Dallas, Texas, USA.
    Rorsman, Niklas
    Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Ager III, J.
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ivanov, Ivan Gueorguiev
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Thermal Conductivity of Isotopically Enriched Silicon Carbide2013In: Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems (THERMINIC), 2013, IEEE , 2013, p. 58-61Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Since the semiconductor silicon carbide presents attractive opportunities for the fabrication of novel electronic devices, there is significant interest in improving its material quality. Shrinking component sizes and high demands for efficiency and reliability make the capability to release excess heat an important factor for further development. Experience from Si and Diamond tells us that isotopic enrichment is a possible way to increase the thermal conductivity. We have produced samples of 4H-SiC that contain Si-28 and C-12 to a purity of 99.5%. The thermal conductivity in the c-direction of these samples has been measured by a transient thermoreflectance method. An improvement due to enrichment of at least 18% was found. The result is valid for a temperature of 45K above room temperature. A preliminary study of the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity demonstrates a strong temperature dependence in agreement with earlier reports for 4H.

  • 42.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Henry, Anne
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nishizawa, Shin-ichi
    National Institute Adv Ind Science and Technology, Tsukuba.
    Koshka, Yaroslav
    Mississippi State University.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Chloride-Based CVD Growth of Silicon Carbide for Electronic Applications2012In: Chemical Reviews, ISSN 0009-2665, E-ISSN 1520-6890, Vol. 112, no 4, p. 2434-2453Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 43.
    Son, Nguyen Tien
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ivady, V.
    Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.
    Gali, Adam
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Gällström, Andreas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Identification of Niobium in 4H-SiC by EPR and ab Initio Studies2012In: Materials Science Forum Vols 717 - 720, Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2012, Vol. 717-720, p. 217-220Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In unintentionally Nb-doped 4H-SiC grown by high-temperature chemical vapor deposition (HTCVD), an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) center with C-lh symmetry and an electron spin S=1/2 was observed. The spectrum shows a hyperfine structure consisting of ten equal-intensity hyperfine (hf) lines which is identified as due to the hf interaction between the electron spin and the nuclear spin of Nb-93. An additional hf structure due to the interaction with two equivalent Si neighbors was also observed. Ab initio supercell calculations of Nb in 4H-SiC suggest that Nb may form a complex with a C-vacancy (V-C) resulting in an asymmetric split-vacancy (ASV) defect, Nb-Si-V-C. Combining results from EPR and supercell calculations, we assign the observed Nb-related EPR center to the hexagonal-hexagonal configuration of the AVS defect in the neutral charge state, (Nb-Si-V-C)(0).

  • 44.
    Son Tien, Nguyen
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Trinh, Xuan Thang
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gällström, Andreas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Szasz, Krisztian
    Hungarian Academic Science, Hungary .
    Ivady, Viktor
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gali, Adam
    Hungarian Academic Science, Hungary Budapest University of Technology and Econ, Hungary .
    Electron paramagnetic resonance and theoretical studies of Nb in 4H- and 6H-SiC2012In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 112, no 8, p. 083711-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    High purity silicon carbide (SiC) materials are of interest from high-power high temperature applications across recent photo-voltaic cells to hosting solid state quantum bits, where the tight control of electrically, optically, and magnetically active point defects is pivotal in these areas. 4H- and 6H-SiC substrates are grown at high temperatures and the incorporation of transition metal impurities is common. In unintentionally Nb-doped 4H- and 6H-SiC substrates grown by high-temperature chemical vapor deposition, an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum with C-1h symmetry and a clear hyperfine (hf) structure consisting of ten equal intensity hf lines was observed. The hf structure can be identified as due to the interaction between the electron spin S - 1/2 and the nuclear spin of Nb-93. Additional hf structures due to the interaction with three Si neighbors were also detected. In 4H-SiC, a considerable spin density of similar to 37.4% was found on three Si neighbors, suggesting the defect to be a complex between Nb and a nearby carbon vacancy (V-C). Calculations of the Nb-93 and Si-29 hf constants of the neutral Nb on Si site, Nb-Si(0), and the Nb-vacancy defect, NbSiVC0, support previous reported results that Nb preferentially forms an asymmetric split-vacancy (ASV) defect. In both 4H- and 6H-SiC, only one Nb-related EPR spectrum has been observed, supporting the prediction from calculations that the hexagonal-hexagonal defect configuration of the ASV complex is more stable than others.

  • 45.
    Sukkaew, Pitsiri
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ojamäe, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Chemistry. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Danielsson, Örjan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Revisiting the Thermochemical Database of Si-C-H System Related to SiC CVD Modeling2014In: SILICON CARBIDE AND RELATED MATERIALS 2013, PTS 1 AND 2, Trans Tech Publications , 2014, Vol. 778-780, p. 175-178Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chemical vapor deposition of silicon carbide (SiC-CVD) is a complex process involving a Si-C-H system wherein a large number of reaction steps occur. To simulate such a system requires knowledge of thermochemical and transport properties of all the species involved in the process. The accuracy of this information consequently becomes a crucial factor toward the correctness of the outcome prediction. In this work, the thermochemical data for several important growth species for SiC CVD using the SiH4/CxHy/H-2 system has been calculated. For the most part an excellent agreement is seen with previously reported data, however for the organosilicons a larger deviation is detected and in particular for the CH3SiH2SiH species which shows a stark deviation from the CHEMKIN database. Impacts of the improved database on SiC CVD modeling are presented in computational fluid dynamics calculations, manifesting the significance of an accurate database.

  • 46.
    Sukkaew, Pitsiri
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Ojamäe, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Danielsson, Örjan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Thermochemical Properties of Halides and Halohydrides of Silicon and Carbon2016In: ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, ISSN 2162-8769, E-ISSN 2162-8777, Vol. 5, no 2, p. P27-P35Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Atomization energies, enthalpies of formation, entropies as well as heat capacities of the SiHnXm and CHnXm systems, with X being F, Cl and Br, have been studied using quantum chemical calculations. The Gaussian-4 theory (G4) and Weizman-1 theory as modified by Barnes et al. 2009 (W1RO) have been applied in the calculations of the electronic, zero point and thermal energies. The effects of low-lying electronically excited states due to spin orbit coupling were included for all atoms and diatomic species by mean of the electronic partition functions derived from the experimental or computational energy splittings. The atomization energies, enthalpies of formation, entropies and heat capacities derived from both methods were observed to be reliable. The thermochemical properties in the temperature range of 298-2500 K are provided in the form of 7-coefficient NASA polynomials. (C) The Author(s) 2015. Published by ECS. All rights reserved.

  • 47.
    Tobias, Peter
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Baranzahi, Amir
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lloyd Spetz, Anita
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lundström, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Fast chemical sensing with metal-insulator silicon carbide structures1997In: IEEE Electron Device Letters, ISSN 0741-3106, E-ISSN 1558-0563, Vol. 18, no 6, p. 287-289Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is demonstrated that the current-voltage characteristics of platinum-thin insulator silicon carbide diodes react rapidly to changes of the concentration of oxygen and hydrocarbons in the ambient already at temperatures around 500 degrees C-600 degrees C, In this letter, we use moving gas outlets to, for the first time, estimate time constants of the response in the order of a few milliseconds. The short time constants of these sensors make them suitable for applications in combustion monitoring. The new method to modulate gas concentrations rapidly at surfaces has the potential to be a valuable tool for evaluation of device structures for fast chemical sensing.

  • 48.
    Trinh, Xuan Thang
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gällström, Andreas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nguyen, Son Tian
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Leone, Stefano
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Studies of Nb in 6H-SiC2013In: Materials Science Forum (Volumes 740 - 742), Trans Tech Publications Inc., 2013, p. 385-388Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Defects in unintentionally Nb-doped 6H-SiC grown by high-temperature chemical vapor deposition were studied by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). An EPR spectrum with a hyperfine (hf) structure consisting of ten equal-intensity lines was observed. The hf structure is identified to be due to the hf interaction between an electron spin S=1/2 and a nuclear spin of 93Nb. The hf interaction due to the interaction three nearest Si neighbors was also observed, suggesting the involvement of the C vacancy (VC) in the defect. Only one EPR spectrum was observed in 6H-SiC polytype. The obtained spin-Hamiltonian parameters are similar to that of the Nb-related EPR defect in 4H-SiC, suggesting that the EPR center in 6H-SiC is the NbSiVC complex in the neutral charge state, NbSiVC0. Photoexcitation EPR experiments suggest that the single negative charge state of the NbSiVC complex is located at ~1.3 eV below the conduction band minimum.

  • 49.
    Ul-Hassan, Jawad
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Bae, H.
    Applied Materials Lab., Components R&D Center, LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Lilja, Louise
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Farkas, Ildiko
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kim, I.
    Applied Materials Lab., Components R&D Center, LG Innotek Co., Ltd, South Korea.
    Stenberg, Pontus
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sun, Jianwu
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Bergman, Peder
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ha, S.
    Applied Materials Lab., Components R&D Center, LG Innotek Co., Ltd, South Korea.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Fast growth rate epitaxy on 4((degrees)under-bar) off-cut 4-inch diameter 4H-SiC wafers2014In: SILICON CARBIDE AND RELATED MATERIALS 2013, PTS 1 AND 2, Trans Tech Publications , 2014, Vol. 778-780, p. 179-182Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report the development of over 100 mu m/h growth rate process on 4-inch diameter wafers using chlorinated growth. The optimized growth process has shown extremely smooth epilayers completely free of surface step-bunching with very low surface defect density, high uniformity in thickness and doping and high run to run reproducibility in growth rate, controlled doping and defect density.

  • 50.
    Yazdanfar, Milan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Danielsson, Örjan
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kordina, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Janzén, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Pedersen, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Chemistry. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Finding the Optimum Chloride-Based Chemistry for Chemical Vapor Deposition of SiC2014In: ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, ISSN 2162-8769, E-ISSN 2162-8777, Vol. 3, no 10, p. P320-P323Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chemical vapor deposition of silicon carbide with a chloride-based chemistry can be done using several different silicon and carbon precursors. Here, we present a comparative study of SiCl4, SiHCl3, SiH4+HCl, C3H8, C2H4 and CH4 in an attempt to find the optimal precursor combination. We find that while the chlorinated silanes SiCl4 and especially SiHCl3 give higher growth rate than natural silane and HCl, SiH4+HCl gives better morphology at C/Si around 1 and SiCl4 gives the best morphology at low C/Si. Our study shows no effect on doping incorporation with precursor chemistry. We suggest that these results can be explained by the number of reaction steps in the gas phase chemical reaction mechanisms for producing SiCl2, which is the most important Si species, and by formation of organosilicons in the gas phase. As carbon precursor, C3H8 or C2H4 are more or less equal in performance with a slight advantage for C3H8, CH4 is however not a carbon precursor that should be used unless extraordinary growth conditions are needed.

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