Effect of in-situ plasma cleaning on the crystalline quality of silicon homoepitaxial films

Kwang Sik Kim, Hyoun Woo Kim

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Low temperature processing, which includes in-situ cleaning and epitaxial deposition, is not only important for future silicon ULSI (Ultra Large Scale Integration) technology but also for silicon based heterostructures. Low temperature processing cannot volatilize or dissolve the surface contaminants by heating the substrate, as was accomplished in the traditional high temperature epitaxial growth. In this study, electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) hydrogen plasma was used and films were deposited thermally at a low temperature. The epitaxial films, which were deposited in our chemical vapor deposition systems, immediately after the in-situ cleaning processes were characterized by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, etc. The role of a hydrogen ion in the in-situ cleaning was clarified by investigating the cleaning efficiencies for a variety of conditions. Process variables such as cleaning temperature and d.c. bias were investigated, and the d.c bias turned out to play a crucial role in low-temperature in-situ cleaning processes. Also, the effect of the in-situ cleaning temperature on the cleaning efficiency was investigated and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-642
Number of pages6
JournalMetals and Materials International
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001 Dec 1


  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Hydrogen
  • Plasma processing and deposition
  • Transmission electron microscopy

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