Microstructural studies of epitaxial Ge films grown on [100] GaAs by laser photochemical vapor deposition

C. J. Kiely, V. Tavitian, James Gary Eden

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Abstract

Ge films grown on [100] GaAs by laser photochemical vapor deposition (LPVD) in parallel geometry at temperatures (T s ) ranging from ∼240 to 415 °C have been examined by transmission electron microscopy. For 285 ≤T s ≲330 °C, a thin (250-700 Å) epitaxial film is grown initially but a switch to amorphous material is subsequently observed. At higher substrate temperatures (T s ≳400 °C), thicker (≳800 Å) epitaxial Ge films are grown before the transition to polycrystalline material takes place. In the absence of external 193-nm laser radiation (i.e., growing by conventional low-pressure chemical vapor deposition), the Ge films are completely amorphous (285 ≤T s ≤330 °C) or heavily defected polycrystalline (T s ∼400 °C). The >100 °C temperature reduction for the growth of epi Ge films made possible by LPVD is attributed to the direct production of a species (GeH 3 ) by the laser which is collisionally converted to Ge 2 H 6 en route to the substrate. Upon reaching the [100] GaAs surface, the digermane is pyrolyzed. Experiments with [100] substrates tilted 3°toward [110] yielded thinner (∼120 Å), but smooth, epitaxial films which is attributed to the higher density of available nucleation sites. Films grown at 280-330 °C on [111] oriented GaAs were completely amorphous which appears to arise from reduced adatom mobilities on [111] surfaces. These results clearly demonstrate the feasibility of photochemically generating a species which migrates to the surface and alters the chemistry at a substrate (which is itself not illuminated by the optical source) so as to permit the growth of epitaxial semiconductor films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3883-3895
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume65
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1989

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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