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Formation of an interface layer between Al1-xSixOy thin films and the Si substrate during rapid thermal annealing

: Michalowski, Pawel Piotr; Beyer, Volkhard; Czernohorsky, Malte; Kücher, P.; Teichert, Steffen; Jaschke, Gert; Möller, Wolfhard


Physica status solidi. C 7 (2010), Nr.2, S.284-287
ISSN: 1610-1634
ISSN: 1610-1642
ISSN: 1862-6351
International Conference on the Formation of Semiconductor Interfaces (ICFSI) <12, 2010, Weimar>
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Konferenzbeitrag
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Silicon diffusion from the substrate through Al1-xSixOy thin films was investigated by ToF-SIMS depth profiling. Two types of substrate stacks were analyzed: Si wafer with either native oxide or with addnl. silicon nitride layer. The amt. of diffused silicon depends strongly on the type of the substrate. The activation energy for pure alumina was found to be 2.27 ± 0.02 eV and 3.73 ± 0.02 eV for SiO2/Si and Si3N4/SiO2/Si samples, resp. Furthermore it was proved that the activation energy increases with higher concn. of Si for SiO2/Si samples whereas it decreases for Si3N4/SiO2/Si. Detailed anal. of SIMS depth profiles provide satisfactory explanation of this phenomenon: SiO2 has much stronger tendency to react with Al1-xSixOy material forming an interface layer that restrain further diffusion of Si from the substrate. [on SciFinder(R)]