Methods of suppressing cluster growth in silane RF discharges

M. Shiratani, S. Maeda, Y. Matsuoka, K. Tanaka, K. Koga, Y. Watanabe

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The effects of gas temperature gradient, pulse discharge modulation, hydrogen dilution, gas flow, and substrate materials on growth of clusters below about 10 nm in size in silane parallel-plate RF discharges are studied using a high-sensitivity photon-counting laser-light-scattering (PCLLS) method. Thermophoretic force due to the gas temperature gradient between the electrodes drives neutral clusters above a few nm in size toward the cool RF electrode. Pulse discharge modulation is much more effective in reducing the cluster density when it is combined with the gas temperature gradient, and clusters above a few nm in size cannot be detected by the PCLLS method even for the discharge over a few hours. Hydrogen dilution and gas flow are also effective in suppressing growth of clusters, when the H2/SiH4 concentration ratio is above about 5 and the flow velocity is above about 6 cm/s, respectively. Cluster growth rate with a glass or Si substrate is found to be considerably higher than that without the substrate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A561-A566
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2000
EventAmorphous and Heterogeneus Silicon Thin Films-2000 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 24 2000Apr 28 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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