Laser photochemical deposition of germanium-silicon alloy thin films

Hubert H. Burke, Irving P. Herman, Viken Tavitian, J. Gary Eden

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Thin films of Ge-Si alloys were deposited by 193 nm photolysis of GeH 4/Si2H6 gas mixtures using an ArF laser. For substrate temperatures below 350 °C, deposition occurred only with the laser present, while for temperatures above 400 °C, film growth was little influenced by laser photolysis and resembled conventional chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The Si/Ge ratio in the films was about three times the P Si2H6/PGeH4 ratio of reactant partial pressures for deposition in either the laser photolysis or the CVD regime. This result indicates that there is strong cross chemistry between silicon and germanium-bearing species in the gas phase. Film stoichiometry was measured by Auger analysis and Raman spectroscopy, with both methods leading to the same film composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-255
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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