Volume 88, Number 2, October 2009
Article Number 28005
Number of page(s) 6
Section Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology
Published online 06 November 2009
EPL, 88 (2009) 28005
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/88/28005

Heteroepitaxial sputtered Ge on Si (100): Nanostructure and interface morphology

S. M. Pietralunga1, M. Feré1, M. Lanata1, D. Piccinin1, G. Radnóczi2, F. Misják2, A. Lamperti3, M. Martinelli4 and P. M. Ossi5

1   CoreCom - via G. Colombo, 81, 20133 Milano, Italy, EU
2   Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science - Konkoly-Thege M. út 29-33, H-1121 Budapest, Hungary, EU
3   MDM National Laboratory CNR-INFM - via C. Olivetti, 2, 20041 Agrate Brianza (MI), Italy, EU
4   Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics and Information - via Ponzio, 34-5, 20133 Milano, Italy, EU
5   Politecnico di Milano, Department of Energy - via Ponzio, 34-3, 20133 Milano, Italy, EU

received 1 September 2009; accepted in final form 6 October 2009; published October 2009
published online 6 November 2009

Epitaxial growth of Ge thin films onto (100) silicon by DC-Pulsed Magnetron Sputtering was realized and proved by X-ray and electron diffraction. Transmission and high-resolution electron microscopy across the interface region directly confirmed a high degree of epitaxy and show that planar defects and threading dislocations are the relevant lattice imperfections. Electron microscopy shows that a post-deposition rapid thermal annealing process, up to 673 K, is effective to defect annihilation. The films grow single crystalline, slightly misoriented, below 0.1 degrees. A weak roughness around 0.6 nm, was measured both at the Ge-Si interface and at the film surface. The Ge films grown onto n-type Si show the rectifying electrical behaviour typical of p-type semiconductors.

81.15.Cd - Deposition by sputtering.
52.77.Dq - Plasma-based ion implantation and deposition.
68.37.Lp - Transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

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