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Crystallization of thin Si, Ge and NiGe films on SiO2 by flash lamp annealing
Rebohle, L.ORC; Begeza, V.; Garcia Munoz, A.; Schumann, T.; Neubert, M.; Xie, Y.; Prucnal, S.; Grenzer, J.; Hübner, R.; Zhou, S.ORC; Skorupa, W.
There is a broad palette of applications for thin Si and Ge films ranging from photovoltaics over various microelectronic devices to sensor applications. Both amorphous and polycrystalline thin films are of interest for thin film photovoltaics, and thin film poly-Si transistors are the heart piece for driving LCDs and OLEDs [1]. In addition, the ability to deposit SiO2 and Si layers in an alternating order and to process them allows to extend the device density without further downscaling [2]. Amorphous thin film deposition methods are the most cost-effective ones, the subsequent crystallization is the most critical process step with regard to microstructure, defect density, and electrical properties.

Potentially, flash lamp annealing (FLA) is a very suitable method due to the short process time, the qualification for temperature-sensible substrates and the possibility to take advantage of non-equilibrium crystallization modes [3]. In this work thin amorphous Si and Ge films have been deposited on SiO2 by DC-magnetron sputtering and crystallized by in-situ FLA in a new FLA sputter tool recently installed by the Rovak GmbH at HZDR (Fig. 1). The in-situ-processing suppresses the influence of surface oxidation effects after deposition prior to FLA. In order to investigate the crystallization behaviour, the thin films have been characterized by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, ellipsometry, current-voltage and Hall effect measurements. Based on these results and in combination with temperature simulations, a model for the crystallization of thin amorphous Si and Ge films is derived.
Keywords: flah lamp annealing; magnetron sputtering, nickel germanide, crystallization
  • Lecture (Conference)
    Gettering and Defect Engineering in Semiconductor Technology 2019, 22.-27.09.2019, Zeuthen, Deutschland

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