Comparison of high-order silanes and island formation phenomena during SiGe epitaxy at 500 °C

Dae Seop Byeon, Yongjoon Choi, Choonghee Cho, Dongmin Yoon, Kiseok Lee, Seunghyun Baik, Dae Hong Ko

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Abstract

High-order silane precursors, including trisilane, are candidates for the low-temperature epitaxy process owing to the low energy of Si–Si bond. Higher order silanes are regarded as being more reactive than lower order ones. We compared the SiGe epitaxial growth behaviors of high-order silane precursors on Si substrates in an ultra-high vacuum chemical vapor deposition chamber without a carrier gas. SiGe epitaxial layers with a thickness of 25 nm or more were grown using disilane, trisilane, or tetrasilane precursor at 500 °C. Interestingly, trisilane exhibited more severe island formation than tetrasilane, which has higher reactivity than trisilane, even at lower partial pressure. These islands were not eliminated by lowering pressure but could be suppressed by higher Ge content owing to enhanced surface diffusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)712-718
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Korean Physical Society
Volume78
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Apr

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Future Semiconductor Device Technology Development Program (20004274) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE), and the Technology Innovation Program (20010598) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) and Korea Semiconductor Research Consortium (KSRC).

Funding Information:
The authors thank SK Materials for providing the high-order silane precursors. We would like to thank Editage (https://www.editage.co.kr) for English language editing.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Korean Physical Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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