Epitaxial thin of on MgO Si using metalorganic molecular beam epitaxy

F. Niu, B. H. Hoerman, B. W. Wessels*

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Epitaxial cubic MgO thin films have been deposited on single crystal Si(001) substrates by metalorganic molecular beam epitaxy. The Mg source was the solid precursor magnesium acetylacetonate and a rf excited oxygen plasma was the oxidant. The growth process involved initial formation of an epitaxial β-SiC interlayer followed by direct deposition of a MgO overlayer. The films were characterized by in situ reflection high energy electron diffraction, x-ray diffraction, conventional and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The β-SiC interlayer had an epitaxial relationship such that SiC(001)∥Si(001) and SiC [110]∥Si [110]. The SiC interlayer showed a columnar grain structure with planar defects including twin bands and stacking faults. The MgO overlayer showed an epitaxial relationship given by MgO(001)∥Si(001) and MgO[110]∥Si[110]. No evidence of twins in the MgO layers was observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2146-2152
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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