Carbon diffusion and clustering in SiGeC layers under thermal oxidation

D. De Salvador, E. Napolitani, A. Coati, M. Berti, A. V. Drigo, M. Carroll, J. C. Sturm, J. Stangl, G. Bauer, L. Lazzarini

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In this work we investigated the diffusion and clustering of supersaturated substitutional carbon 200nm thick SiGeC layers buffed under a silicon cap layer of 40nm. The samples were annealed in inert (N2) or oxidizing (O2) ambient at 850°C for times ranging from 2 to 10 hours. The silicon self-interstitial (I) flux coming from the surface under oxidation enhances the C diffusion with respect to the N2 annealed samples. In the early stages of the oxidation process, carbon escape by diffusion across the layer/cap interface dominates. This phenomenon saturates after an initial period (2-4h) which depends on the C concentration. This saturation is due to the formation and growth of C containing precipitates which are promoted by the I injection and act as a sink for mobile C atoms. The competition between clustering and diffusion is discussed for two different C concentrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)J681-J686
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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