Oxygen to silicon ratio determination of SiOXHY thin films



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Mártil de la Plaza, Ignacio and González Díaz, Germán and Prado Millán, Álvaro del and San Andres Serrano, Enrique (2005) Oxygen to silicon ratio determination of SiOXHY thin films. Thin Solid Films, 492 (1-2). pp. 232-235. ISSN 0040-6090

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2005.06.049


The oxygen to silicon ratio of several SiOxHy thin films deposited by the electron cyclotron resonance plasma method was studied by several methods (heavy ion elastic recoil detection analysis, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Auger spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy). Among these methods, other groups found that x scales linearly with the wavenumber of the Si-O-Si stretching vibration (nu(st)) by the relation x = 0.020 nu(st) - 19.3. This equation has been used by many different groups to determine x of SiOx thin films, but we have found that in our ECR deposited films the above mentioned formula gives accurate results for x values higher than 1.5, but for Si richer films the formula overestimates the x value, with values well outside the 20% accuracy range. A possible explanation of this discrepancy may be the bonded hydrogen of the films: in the plasma deposited samples used in this study the hydrogen content was high, above 20 at.% for silicon-rich samples. As a consequence, the Si-O-Si groups were immersed in a more electronegative matrix than in the usual case (SiOx with a low hydrogen concentration) and thus the variation of the position of the stretching peak was less pronounced.

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© 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. The authors acknowledge C.A.I. de Implantación Iónica (U.C.M.) for technical support, and C.A.I. de Espectroscopía (U.C.M.) for availability of the FTIR spectrometer. This work was partially supported by the Spanish CICYT, under the contract TEC 2004-01237.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Photoluminescence, Nanocrystals.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Electronics
ID Code:26015
Deposited On:09 Jul 2014 08:16
Last Modified:31 Dec 2020 00:03

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