Synthesis of SiC microstructures in Si technology by high dose carbon implantation: Etch-stop properties

C. Serre, A. Pérez-Rodriguez, A. Romano-Rodríguez, L. Calvo-Barrio, J. R. Morante, J. Esteve, M. C. Acero, W. Skorupa, R. Kögler

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    Abstract

    The use of high dose carbon ion implantation in Si for the production of membranes and microstructures is investigated. Si wafers were implanted with carbon doses of 1017 and 5 × 1017 cm-2, at an energy of 300 keV and a temperature of 500°C. The structural analysis of these samples revealed the formation of a highly stable buried layer of crystalline β-SiC precipitates aligned with the Si matrix. The etch-stop properties of this layer have been investigated using tetramethyl-ammonium hydroxide as etchant solution. Secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements performed on the etched samples have allowed an estimate of the minimum dose needed for obtaining an etch-stop layer to a value in the range 2 to 3 × 1017 ions/cm2. This behavior has been explained assuming the existence of a percolation process in a SiC/Si binary system. Finally, very thin crystalline membranes and self-standing structures with average surface roughness in the range 6 to 7 nm have been obtained.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2211-2215
    JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
    Volume144
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997

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