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Chemical Vapor Deposition of Titania/Silica and Zirconia Films

  • Wayne L. Gladfelter (a1), Ryan C. Smith (a1), David Burleson, Charles J. Taylor (a1), Jeffrey T. Roberts (a1), Stephen A. Campbell (a2), Noel Hoilien (a2), Mike Tiner (a3), Rama Hegde (a3) and Christopher Hobbs (a3)...


Amorphous thin films of composition TixSi1−xO2 have been grown by low pressure chemical vapor deposition on silicon (100) substrates using Si(OEt)4 and either Ti(OiPr)4 or anhydrous Ti(NO3)4 as the sources of SiO2 and TiO2, respectively. The substrate temperature was varied between 300 and 535°C, and the precursor flow rates ranged from 5 to 100 sccm. Under these conditions growth rates ranging from 0.6 to 90.0 nm/min were observed. Films were amorphous to X-rays as deposited and SEM micrographs showed smooth, featureless film surfaces. Cross-sectional TEM showed no compositional inhomogeneity. RBS revealed that x (from the formula TixSi1−xO2) was dependent upon the choice of TiO2 precursor. For films grown using TTIP-TEOS x could be varied by systematic variation of the flow of N2 through the precursor vessels or the deposition temperature. For the case of TN-TEOS x remained close to 0.5. The results suggested the existence of a specific chemical reaction between TN and TEOS prior to film deposition.

The CVD of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) films from zirconium tetra-tert-butoxide {Zr[OC(CH3)3]4} is also described. The films, which were deposited on Si(100), were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), ellipsometry, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). Deposition was studied between ∼380 and 825 °C, and at precursor pressures between 4 × 10−5 and 1 × 10−4 Torr. The kinetics for steady-state growth were studied as functions of temperature and precursor pressure. Results were fit to a two-step kinetic model involving reversible precursor adsorption followed by irreversible decomposition to ZrO2.



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