A method for growing suspended Ge films on micron-sized Si pillars in Si(001) is discussed. In [C.V. Falub et al., Science 335 (2012) 1330] vertically aligned three-dimensional Ge crystals, separated by a few tens of nanometers, were obtained by depositing several micrometers of Ge using Low-Energy Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition. Here a different regime of high growth temperature is exploited in order to induce the merging of the crystals into a connected structure eventually forming a continuous, two-dimensional film. The mechanisms leading to such a behavior are discussed with the aid of an effective model of crystal growth. Both the effects of deposition and curvature-driven surface diffusion are considered to reproduce the main features of coalescence. The key enabling role of high temperature is identified with the activation of the diffusion process on a time scale competitive with the deposition rate. We demonstrate the versatility of the deposition process, which allows to switch between the formation of individual crystals and a continuous suspended film simply by tuning the growth temperature.
|Titolo:||Temperature-controlled coalescence during the growth of Ge crystals on deeply patterned Si substrates|
|Autori interni:||ISELLA, GIOVANNI|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Rivista:||JOURNAL OF CRYSTAL GROWTH|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.1 Articolo in Rivista|