Transition between amorphous and crystalline phases of SiC deposited on Si substrate using H3SiCH3
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This paper presents a study of the transition between amorphous and crystalline phases of SiC films deposited on Si(1 0 0) substrate using H3SiCH3 as a single precursor by a conventional low-pressure chemical vapor deposition method in a hot-wall reactor. The microstructure of SiC, characterized by X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, is found to vary with substrate temperature and H3SiCH3 pressure. The grain size decreases with increasing MS pressure at a given temperature and also decreases with reducing temperature at a given MS pressure. The deposition rates are exponentially dependent on the substrate temperature with the activation energy of around 2.6 eV. The hydrogen compositional concentration in the deposited SiC films, determined by secondary ion mass spectrometry depth profiling, is only 2.9% in the nanocrystalline SiC but more than 10% in the amorphous SiC, decreasing greatly with increasing deposition temperature. No hydride bonds are detected by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements. The chemical order of the deposited SiC films improves with increasing deposition temperature.
Journal of Crystal Growth
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Surfaces and Structural Properties of Condensed Matter