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Misfit strain relaxation and dislocation formation in supercritical strained silicon on virtual substrates

By Jonathan Parsons, Evan H. C. Parker, D. R. (David R.) Leadley, T. J. Grasby and Adam Daniel Capewell

Abstract

Relaxation of strained silicon on 20% linear graded virtual substrates was quantified using high resolution x-ray diffraction and a defect etching technique. The thickness of strained silicon was varied between 10 and 180 nm. Relaxation was observed in layers below the critical thickness but increased to only 2% relaxation in the thickest layers even with annealings up to 950 °C. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy revealed stacking faults present in layers thicker than 25 nm, and nucleated 90° Shockley partial dislocations forming microtwins in the thickest layer. These features are implicated in the impediment of the relaxation process

Topics: TK, QC
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:971

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