Effect of overgrowth temperature on shape, strain, and composition of buried Ge islands deduced from x-ray diffraction

Stangl, J.; Hesse, A.; Holý, V.; Zhong, Z.; Bauer, G.; Denker, U.; Schmidt, O. G.
April 2003
Applied Physics Letters;4/7/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 14, p2251
Academic Journal
We have investigated a series of samples containing SiGe islands capped at different growth temperatures. A layer of islands formed by deposition of 5 ML of pure Ge was capped with Si, deposited at temperatures of 460, 540, and 630 °C, respectively. The Ge composition profile and the shape of the buried islands are deduced from x-ray diffraction data. While for capping at high substrate temperatures a significant dilution of the Ge content and a flattening of the islands occur, capping at low temperatures maintains a high aspect ratio and a high Ge content of the islands. The maximum in-plane strain in the island remains as high as 0.005 for capping at low temperatures.


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