One-step aluminium-assisted crystallization of Ge epitaxy on Si by magnetron sputtering

Ziheng Liu, Xiaojing Hao, Anita Ho-Baillie, Martin A. Green

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Abstract

In this work, one-step aluminium-assisted crystallization of Ge on Si is achieved via magnetron sputtering by applying an in-situ low temperature (50°C to 150°C) heat treatment in between Al and Ge depositions. The effect of heat treatment on film properties and the growth mechanism of Ge epitaxy on Si are studied via X-ray diffraction, Raman and transmission electron microscopy analyses. Compared with the conventional two-step process, the one-step aluminium-assisted crystallization requires much lower thermal budget and results in pure Ge epitaxial layer, which may be suitable for use as a virtual substrate for the fabrication of III-V solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052107
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume104
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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