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Composition and optical properties of silicon oxynitride films deposited by electron cyclotron resonance

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Mártil de la Plaza, Ignacio and González Díaz, Germán and Prado Millán, Álvaro del and San Andres Serrano, Enrique (2002) Composition and optical properties of silicon oxynitride films deposited by electron cyclotron resonance. Vacuum, 67 (3-4). pp. 507-512. ISSN 0042-207X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0042-207X(02)00220-8


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Silicon oxynitride films covering the whole composition range from silicon nitride to silicon oxide have been deposited by electron cyclotron resonance chemical vapor deposition from SiH4, O-2 and N-2 gas mixtures. The composition of the films has been determined by heavy-ion elastic recoil detection analysis (HI-ERDA), providing absolute concentrations of all elements, including H, and by Auger electron spectroscopy. Additionally, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and ellipsometry measurements have been performed on the same samples for optical characterization. The concentration of the different species (Si, O, N and H) and the density of the films have been calculated and compared to the theoretical values for stoichiometric films. The presence of N-H bonds and non-bonded H results in a significant decrease of the Si concentration with respect to the theoretical value, especially for samples close to silicon nitride composition. The decrease of the Si concentration results in a decrease of both the N and 0 concentrations. The overall result is a decrease of the density and therefore a decrease of the refractive index with respect to stoichiometric films. The total H content determined by ERDA has been compared with the area of the FTIR N-H stretching band, which is frequently used to obtain the H content. It has been found that the calibration factor for this band depends on composition, increasing with increasing the O content.


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European Vacuum Conference (EVC-7)/European Topical Conference on Hard Coatings (ETCHC-3)(7. 2001. Madrid). © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. The authors acknowledge CAI de Implantación Iónica (UCM) for availability of deposition system and CAI de Espectroscopía (UCM) for availability of FTIR spectrometer.The work has been partially financed by the CICYT (Spain) under Contract No.TIC 98/0740.Technical support of G.Keil er is gratefully acknowledged.

Uncontrolled Keywords:SiN(x-h) Films, SiOxNy Films, Temperature.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Electronics
ID Code:26172
Deposited On:11 Jul 2014 07:52
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 14:58

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