SiO2 thin films were deposited with atomic layer control using binary reaction sequence chemistry. The SiO2 growth was accomplished by separating the binary reaction SiCl4+ 2H2O→SiO2 + 4HCl into two half-reactions. Successive application of the half-reactions in an ABAB... sequence produced SiO2 deposition at temperatures between 600 and 800 K and reactant pressures of 1-10 Torr. The SiO2 growth was monitored using ellipsometry versus substrate temperature and reactant exposure time. The maximum SiO2 deposition per AB cycle was 1.1 Å/AB cycle at 600 K. The surface topography measured using atomic force microscopy was extremely flat with a roughness nearly identical to the initial substrate.
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