The Monitoring of Structural Quality of Silicon-Sapphire Interface by the Surface Photovoltage Method

Heteroepitaxial silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) wafers with a layer thickness of 200 and 600 nm were fabricated by the vapor phase epitaxy with monosilane as a precursor. The assessment of structural quality of silicon-sapphire interface was carried out by the surface photovoltage method (SPV) and X-ray reflectometry. Technological parameters of the manufacturing process that affecting to the amount of SPV signal were determined via SOS quality monitoring. We conclude that deposition temperature and the growth rate are most important process parameters in this cause. It was found that SPV method can be used as monitoring method of SOS fabrication process, because SPV signals are correlated with X-ray reflectometry results. Probably, SPV method allowed to evaluate the structural and electrophysical parameters of silicon-sapphire interface. SOS device performances as function of SPV signal were determined. The leakage current of test p-channel MOS transistor in the closed state was on 2-16 nA when SPV signal higher than 450 mV and the leakage current was approximately 4 nA when SPV signal lower than 450 mV.

Authors: Fedotov S.D., Timoshenkov S.P., Sokolov E.M., Statsenko V.N.

Direction: Проектирование и технология радиоэлектронных средств

Keywords: Hetero epitaxial Structures, Gas Phase Epistaxis, Silicon on Sapphire, Silicon on Insulator, Interface, Surface Photo Voltage, Surface Potential

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