Thickness effect on the structural and electrical properties of poly-SiGe films

T. B. Asafa, A. Witvrouw, D. Schneider, A. Moussa, Nouar Tabet, S. A M Said

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Abstract

As lateral dimensions of electromechanical devices are scaled down to length scales comparable to electron mean free paths, the influence of thickness effect on their properties becomes sine qua non. This paper presents a detailed study of thickness effect on the Young's modulus, residual stress, resistivity and Hall mobility of ultrathin poly-Si11Ge89 films deposited by low pressure chemical vapour deposition. The Young's moduli for the films thicker than ∼40 nm are close to the bulk value (135 GPa) while those of the thinner films are much lower. The reduction in resistivity and subsequent improved Hall mobility as thickness increases are discussed in light of surface morphology which is evident from atomic microscopy images. The near constant values of Young's modulus, resistivity and Hall mobility for the films thicker than ∼40 nm are attributed to the columnar grain structure as confirmed by the transmission electron microscopy images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-107
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Hall mobility
Structural properties
modulus of elasticity
Electric properties
Elastic moduli
electrical properties
Thick films
electrical resistivity
thick films
electromechanical devices
Electromechanical devices
Low pressure chemical vapor deposition
Crystal microstructure
mean free path
residual stress
Surface morphology
Residual stresses
Microscopic examination
low pressure
vapor deposition

Keywords

  • A. Thin films
  • B. Vapour deposition
  • C. X-ray diffraction
  • D. Elastic properties
  • D. Electrical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Thickness effect on the structural and electrical properties of poly-SiGe films. / Asafa, T. B.; Witvrouw, A.; Schneider, D.; Moussa, A.; Tabet, Nouar; Said, S. A M.

In: Materials Research Bulletin, Vol. 49, No. 1, 01.01.2014, p. 102-107.

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Asafa, T. B. ; Witvrouw, A. ; Schneider, D. ; Moussa, A. ; Tabet, Nouar ; Said, S. A M. / Thickness effect on the structural and electrical properties of poly-SiGe films. In: Materials Research Bulletin. 2014 ; Vol. 49, No. 1. pp. 102-107.
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