We have used Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy to investigate strain relaxation mechanism of Si(0.22)Ge(0.78) heteroepitaxial layer deposited on Si substrates in tensile, neutral, and compressive strain conditions. The three regimes have been obtained by interposing between the SiGe layer and the substrate a fully relaxed Ge layer, a partially relaxed Ge layer, or growing directly the alloy on Si. We found that the deposition of a Ge buffer layer prior to the growth of the SiGe is very promising in view of the realization of thin virtual substrates on silicon to be used for the deposition of strain-controlled high Ge content SiGe alloys. We demonstrate that this is mainly due to the strain relaxation mechanism in the Ge layer occurring via insertion of pure edge 90 degrees misfit dislocations (MDs) and to the confinement of threading arms in to the Ge layer due to a second MD network formed at the SiGe/Ge heterointerface.

Capellini G, De Seta M, Busby Y, Pea M, Evangelisti F, Nicotra G, et al. (2010). Strain relaxation in high Ge content SiGe layers deposited on Si. JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 107(6) [10.1063/1.3327435].

Strain relaxation in high Ge content SiGe layers deposited on Si

CAPELLINI, GIOVANNI;DE SETA, Monica;
2010

Abstract

We have used Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy to investigate strain relaxation mechanism of Si(0.22)Ge(0.78) heteroepitaxial layer deposited on Si substrates in tensile, neutral, and compressive strain conditions. The three regimes have been obtained by interposing between the SiGe layer and the substrate a fully relaxed Ge layer, a partially relaxed Ge layer, or growing directly the alloy on Si. We found that the deposition of a Ge buffer layer prior to the growth of the SiGe is very promising in view of the realization of thin virtual substrates on silicon to be used for the deposition of strain-controlled high Ge content SiGe alloys. We demonstrate that this is mainly due to the strain relaxation mechanism in the Ge layer occurring via insertion of pure edge 90 degrees misfit dislocations (MDs) and to the confinement of threading arms in to the Ge layer due to a second MD network formed at the SiGe/Ge heterointerface.
Capellini G, De Seta M, Busby Y, Pea M, Evangelisti F, Nicotra G, et al. (2010). Strain relaxation in high Ge content SiGe layers deposited on Si. JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 107(6) [10.1063/1.3327435].
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