Compositional analysis of thin SiOxNy : H films by heavy-ion ERDA, standard RBS, EDX and AES: a comparison



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Mártil de la Plaza, Ignacio and González Díaz, Germán and Prado Millán, Álvaro del and San Andres Serrano, Enrique (2004) Compositional analysis of thin SiOxNy : H films by heavy-ion ERDA, standard RBS, EDX and AES: a comparison. Nuclear instruments & methods in physics research. Section B, Beam interactions with materials and atoms, 217 (2). pp. 237-245. ISSN 0168-583X

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The composition of silicon oxynitride (SiOxNy:H) films deposited by electron cyclotron resonance chemical vapour deposition (ECR-CVD) was analysed by ion beam techniques, heavy-ion elastic recoil detection analysis (HI-ERDA) with 150 MeV Kr-86 ions and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) with 1.4 MeV He-4 ions. The results were compared with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Since HI-ERDA provides absolute atomic concentrations of all film components including hydrogen with a sensitivity of at least 0.005 at% the data from this method were used as a quantitative reference to assess the applicability of RBS, EDX and AES to the analysis of silicon oxynitrides. For each of these techniques the comparison with HI-ERDA allowed a discussion of the different sources of error, especially of those causing systematic deviations of the measured concentration values. A novel approach to determine from RBS spectra also the hydrogen concentrations appeared to be applicable for hydrogen levels exceeding 2 at%. Furthermore, it is shown that the film density can be determined from the HI-ERDA results alone or in combination with single-wavelength ellipsometry.

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© 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This study was supported in part by the German Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft (contract 0329773) and by the CICYT of Spain (contract TIC 01-1253).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Electron-Cyclotron-Resonance, Silicon Oxynitride Films, Chemical-Vapor-Deposition.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Electronics
ID Code:26072
Deposited On:10 Jul 2014 07:42
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