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Stress Induced Lateral Concentration Profiles in SiGe Layers Grown on Si(001) Non-Planar Substrates

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 March 2011

Anat Eshed
Affiliation:
Physics department, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA
Robert Beserman
Affiliation:
Solid State Institute and Physics Department, Technion, Haifa, Israel
Klauss Dettmer
Affiliation:
Institute of Semiconductor Physics and Optics, Technical University, Braunchweig, Germany
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Abstract

In this paper we report lateral variation of Si and Ge concentration profiles measured in SiGe layers grown on mesa shaped Si(001) substrates. Si(001) substrate was patterned using conventional lithography process in forms of mesa with two crystal planes: (001) top plane and the etched (111) side plane. 50 nm thick Si0.7Ge0.3 strained epitaxial layer was grown using Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), on top of the substrate. Thickness on the center of both crystal planes agrees with the expected values. Lateral image of composition profiles has been obtained from Micro Raman spectra taken at various locations on the mesa. Lower concentration of Ge was found at the vicinity of the edges of the (001) planes relative to the centers. We introduce a diffusion model using stress enhanced activation energy to explain our data, taking into account stress profiles along the mesas, by modifying the activation energy for planar diffusion model. The planar diffusion length was used as a fitting parameter in the model, with good agreement to known values from the literature.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2001

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