Uniaxial strain relaxation in He+ ion implanted (110) oriented SiGe layers

Minamisawa, R. A.; Buca, D.; Trinkaus, H.; Holländer, B.; Mantl, S.; Destefanis, V.; Hartmann, J. M.
July 2009
Applied Physics Letters;7/20/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 3, p034102
Academic Journal
Uniaxially strained (011)Si is attractive for high performance p-channel metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor devices due to the predicted high hole mobilities. Here, we demonstrate the realization of purely uniaxially relaxed (011) SiGe virtual substrates by He+ ion implantation and thermal annealing. Perfect uniaxial relaxation is evidenced by precise ion channeling angular yield scan measurements and plan view transmission electron microscopy as predicted theoretically on the basis of the layer symmetry dependent dislocation dynamics. Strikingly, misfit dislocations propagate exclusively along the [011] direction in the (011) oriented crystal and, in contrast to (100)Si, no crosshatch is formed. We describe dislocation formation and propagation inducing strain relaxation of (011)SiGe and enlighten the differences to (100) oriented SiGe on Si.


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