Strain conservation in implantation-doped GeSi layers on Si(100)

S. Im, M. A. Nicolet

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Metastable pseudomorphic GeSi layers grown by chemical vapor deposition or by molecular beam epitaxy on Si(100) substrates were implanted at room temperature. The implantations were performed with 90 keV As ions to a dose of 1 × 1013 cm-2 for Ge0.08Si0.92 layers and 70 keV BF+2 ions to a dose of 3 × 1013 cm-2 for Ge0.06Si0.94 layers. The samples were subsequently annealed for short 10-40 s durations in a lamp furnace with a nitrogen ambient, or for a long 30 min period in a vacuum tube furnace. For Ge0.08Si0.92 samples annealed for a 30 min-long duration at 700°C, the dopant activation can only reach 50% without introducing significant strain relaxation, whereas samples annealed for short 40 s periods (at 850°C) can achieve more than 90% activation without a loss of strain. For Ge0.06Si0.94 samples annealed for either 40 s or 30 min at 800°C, full electrical activation of the boron is exhibited in the GeSi epilayer without losing their strain. However, when annealed at 900°C, the strain in both implanted and unimplanted layers is partly relaxed after 30 min, whereas it is not visibly relaxed after 40 s.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-102
Number of pages6
JournalMetals and Materials International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Semiconductor Research Corporation under a coordinated research program at Caltech and at UCLA, Contract No. 95-SJ-100G. They are also appreciative of Prof. K. L. Wang at UCLA for supplying the MBE grown GeSi samples, Prof. D. L. Kwong at UT Austin and Dr. W. S. Hong at UC Berkeley for the execution of the short thermal annealing experiments.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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