Epitaxial growth of CaF2 films onto Si(100) and (111) substrates and the growth of Si films onto the CaF2/Si structure have been investigated. It has been found from ion channeling and backscattering measurements that the optimum growth temperatures at which the crystalline quality of the CaF2 films is excellent range from 600 to 800°C for Si(111) substrates and from 500 to 600°C for Si (100). It has also been found that a heteroepitaxial Si/CaF2/Si(111) structure is formed by vacuum deposition of Si onto the heated CaF2/Si(111) structure.
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