Structural characterization of ion-beam-induced epitaxially crystallized thin layers of III-V and IV-IV semiconductors

Naoto Kobayashi*

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Structural properties of ion-beam-induced epitaxial crystallization (IBIEC) for amorphous layers of GaAs on GaAs(100), BP on BP(100) and Si1-xGex and Si1-x-yGexCy on Si(100) have been investigated. Crystallization was induced by ion bombardment with 400 keV Ne, Ar or Kr at 150 °C for GaAs and at 350 °C for BP. Epitaxial crystallization up to the surface was observed both in GaAs and BP at temperatures much below those required for the solid phase epitaxial growth (SPEG). The growth rate per nuclear energy deposition density has shown a larger dependence on ion dose rate in cases of heavier ion bombardments both for GaAs and BP. Crystallization of a-GaAs with ions whose projected ranges are within the amorphous layer thickness was also observed at 150 °C. Epitaxial crystallization of Si1-xGex and Si1-x-yGexCy layers (x = 0.13 and y = 0.014 at peak concentration) on Si(100) formed by high-dose implantation of 80 keV Ge and 17 keV C ions has been observed in the IBIEC process with 400 keV Ar ion bombardments at 300-400 °C. Crystalline growth by IBIEC has shown a larger growth rate in Si1-x-yGexCy Si} than in Si1-xGex Si} with the same Ge concentration for all bombardments under investigation. X-ray rocking-curve measurements have shown a strain-compensated growth in Si1-x-yGexCy Si}, whereas Si1-xGex Si} samples have shown a growth with strain accommodation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-313
Number of pages7
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Crystallization
  • Epitaxy
  • Semiconductors
  • Structural properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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