Solid phase epitaxy processes of amorphized silicon surfaces by Ar-ion bombardment observed "in situ" with ultra-high vacuum tunneling microscopy operated at high temperature

  • Yao T
  • Uesugi K
  • Yoshimura M
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Abstract

A clean Si(100) surface is amorphized by Ar+-ion bombardment. The amorphous layer consists of grains of 0.75-1.6 nm in diameter. Solid phase epitaxy (SPE) processes of the amorphous surfaces are investigated "in situ" using ultra-high vacuum tunneling microscopy. The surface morphology during thermal annealing is affected by the Ar+-ion dose. For a lightly dosed case, (2 × 1) domains surrounded by amorphous regions consisting of grains are observed at 245°C which indicates the onset of SPE. It is found that the surface crystallizes and is smoothened in a layer-by-layer mode. As the temperature increases, the surface roughness is greatly reduced and the whole surface showed (2 × 1) reconstruction at 450°C. For a high-dose case, both (2 × 2) and c(4 × 4) reconstructions are observed in limited areas surrounded by amorphous regions during annealing at around 620°C. Pyramidal structures are observed on a (2 × 1) reconstructed surface during annealing at 830°C. The step structure of the pyramidal structure is clarified. © 1994.

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