Atomic scale mechanism of silicon etching in presence of CF 2, fluorine (F), and Ar + was analyzed using molecular dynamics simulation. It was found that segregated layers of Si-C and SiF x formed on silicon surfaces due to Ar + ion impact and ion-induced mixing. It was also found that carbon reaction with silicon in the SiC area increased the total atomic density in the Si-C layer top early three times the value observed in undistributed Si. The results show that the carbon slows down the etching rate on increasing the atomic density in Si-C layer.
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