Low-temperature (∼250°C) layer exchange crystallization of poly-Si 1 - xGe x (x = 1-0) films on insulators has been investigated for realization of advanced flexible devices. We propose utilization of Au as catalyst to enhance the crystallization at low temperatures. By annealing (∼250°C, 20 h) of the a-Si 1 - xGe x (x = 1-0)/Au stacked structures formed on insulating substrates, the SiGe and Au layers exchange their positions, and Au/poly-SiGe stacked structures are obtained. The Ge fractions of the obtained poly-SiGe layers are identical to that of the initial a-SiGe layers, and there is no Si or Ge segregation. This low temperature crystallization technique enables poly-SiGe films on plastic substrates, which are essential to realize advanced flexible devices.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry