Effects of low-fluence swift iodine ion bombardment on the crystallization of ion-beam-synthesized silicon carbide
2007 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 101, no 8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Ion beam synthesis using high-fluence carbon ion implantation in silicon in combination with subsequent or in situ thermal annealing has been shown to be able to form nanocrystalline cubic SiC (3C-SiC) layers in silicon. In this study, a silicon carbide layer was synthesized by 40-keV C-12(+) implantation of a p-type (100) Si wafer at a fluence of 6.5x10(17) ions/cm(2) at an elevated temperature. The existence of the implanted carbon in Si substrate was investigated by time-of-flight energy elastic recoil detection analysis. The SiC layer was subsequently irradiated by 10-30 MeV I-127 ions to a very low fluence of 10(12) ions/cm(2) at temperatures from 80 to 800 degrees C to study the effect on the crystallization of the SiC layer. Infrared spectroscopy and Raman scattering measurement were used to monitor the formation of SiC and detailed information about the SiC film properties was obtained by analyzing the peak shape of the Si-C stretching mode absorption. The change in crystallinity of the synthesized layer was probed by glancing incidence x-ray diffraction measurement and transmission electron microscopy was also used to confirm the results and to model the crystallization process. The results from all these measurements showed in a coherent way that the synthesized structure was a polycrystalline layer with nanometer sized SiC crystals buried in a-Si matrix. The crystallinity of the SiC layer was enhanced by the low-fluence swift heavy ion bombardment and also favored by higher energy, higher fluence, and higher substrate temperature. It is suggested that electronic stopping plays a dominant role in the enhancement.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 101, no 8
x-ray-diffraction, heavy-ions, epitaxial crystallization, induced amorphization, raman-scattering, low-temperature, buried layers, sic layers, irradiation, recrystallization
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