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X-ray curve characterization of homo-epitaxial layers on silicon deposited after DC hydrogen cleaning

Röntgendiffraktometrische Analyse homoepitaktischer Filme auf plasmagereinigtem Silizium
: Dommann, A.; Herres, N.; Deller, H.R.; Nissen, H.U.; Krüger, D.; Pixley, R.E.; Ramm, J.


Journal of Physics. D. Applied Physics 28 (1995), S.144-148
ISSN: 0022-3727
Fraunhofer IAF ()
Homoepitaxie; homoepitaxy; hydrogen plasma cleaning; silicon; Silizium; Wasserstoffplasma-Reinigung

High-resolution x-ray diffraction is a non-destructive method with an extremely high strain sensitivity. It is shown that its sensitivity is high enough to detect the influence of very small degrees of contamination by oxygen at the interface and the influence of H2 incorporation. Interference fringes due to the strain induced by 0.01 monolayer of oxygen between the substrate and epilayer can be observed and distinguished from the H2 incorporation. Depending on the sample preparation, the fit of the x-ray rocking curve measurements is different. Therefore, it is possible to distinguish between interface contamination, which leads to a well-defined strain at the interface, and the strain induced by H2 incorporation, which is smeared out over a large region. Secondaryion mass spectrometry as well as the cross section transmission electron microscopy measurements were correlated with the high-resolution x-ray diffraction measurements. Additional Rutherford backscattering channelling meas urements also confirmed these results.