Thermally induced changes in the optical properties of SiNx : H films deposited by the electron cyclotron resonance plasma method



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Mártil de la Plaza, Ignacio and González Díaz, Germán and Prado Millán, Álvaro del (1999) Thermally induced changes in the optical properties of SiNx : H films deposited by the electron cyclotron resonance plasma method. Journal of Applied Physics, 86 (4). pp. 2055-2061. ISSN 0021-8979

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We analyze the effect of thermal processes on the optical properties (refractive index, optical gap, Tauc coefficient, and Urbach energy) of SiNx:H films. Films with three different nitrogen to silicon ratios (x = 0.97, x = 1.43, and x = 1.55, respectively) were deposited by a chemical vapor deposition technique assisted by an electron cyclotron resonance generated plasma. After deposition they were subjected to rapid thermal annealing at temperatures ranging from 300 degrees C to 1050 degrees C. We found that the percolation threshold for Si-Si bonds (at x = 1.1) separates films with different response to thermal treatments. The changes of the Tauc coefficient and the Urbach energy at moderate annealing temperatures indicate a structural relaxation of the network for the films with x above the percolation threshold, while at higher temperatures the trends are inverted. In the case of x below the percolation limit the inversion point is not observed. These trends are well correlated with the width of the Si-N infrared stretching absorption band. Additionally the samples with as-grown x = 1.43 show a good correlation between the Urbach energy and the density of unpaired spins in silicon dangling bonds. (C) 1999 American Institute of Physics. [S0021-8979(99)08016-0].

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© American Institute of Physics. The authors are indebted to Dr. J. Cárabe and Dr. J. Gandía from the National Center for Energy Research (CIEMAT) for the use of the spectrometer facility, licensing of their useful software GRAFO for optical analysis, and many helpful discussions. Their friendship and support are greatly appreciated, as well as those of the technical center CAI Implantación Iónica of the University of Madrid and the financing from the Science Ministry of Spain under contract TIC98-0740.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Chemical-Vapor-Deposition, Amorphous-Silicon Nitride, Thin-Films, Refractive-Index, Bonded-Hydrogen, Defects, Temperature, Dielectrics, Interfaces, Alloys.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Electronics
ID Code:26862
Deposited On:30 Sep 2014 07:58
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 14:58

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