(100) single crystal silicon films have been deposited onto (100) oriented Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) substrates by pyrolysis of SiH4 at ∼ 980°C.
The as deposited epitaxial silicon films have been characterized by Reflexion High Energy Electron Diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy techniques.
The as deposited silicon films have also been oxidized by oxygen transport through the substrate, resulting in a Si(100)/ amorphous SiO2/YSZ(100) structure in which the most defective part of the epitaxial silicon deposit has been eliminated. The oxidized interfaces (with SiO2 thicknesses in the 2000 Å range) have then been characterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy in order to assess the improvement in crystalline quality. Electrical measurements have also been performed on MOS-Hall bar structures.