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Joseph Woicik

Research Interests

  • High energy x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy:  Applications to semiconductor gate stacks and Moore's law scaling.  Direct measurements of the chemistry and bonding at semiconductor interfaces.  Variable kinetic energy x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for chemical depth profiling of electronic materials and interfaces.
  • X-ray scattering:  Applications to the hetero-epitaxial growth of semiconductor thin films.  Diffraction studies of strain dependent structural and electronic phase transitions in transition-metal oxides.  Diffuse x-ray scattering of defect structures in thin films.
  • X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy of electronic materials:  Local structure determination of dopant incorporation in implanted films, strain enhanced phase transitions in electronic materials, semiconductor gate stacks, and semiconductor diffusion barriers.

Figure 1
Figure 1:  Chemical depth profiling of a semiconductor gate stack by variable-kinetic energy x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.  As the photon energy is increased, the Si 1s photoelectrons probe more deeply into the buried structure.  An interface effect is observed that reveals the Si oxide sub-stochiometry at the HfO2/SiO2 interface.
Figure 2
Figure 2:  Diffuse x-ray scattering patterns from misfit dislocations in a strained, 100 nm thick, 10 % Ge, GeSi thin film grown on Si(001).  The patterns were recorded around the SiGe(004) and SiGe(044) diffractions at constant L.  The x and y axis are H and K in Si reciprocal lattice units.
Figure 3
Figure 3:  Ti-K and Ti-L near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectra from bulk SrTiO3 and a 2 nm thick SrTiO3 thin film grown coherently on Si(001).  The spectra are compared to first-principles density functional and Bethe-Salpeter calculations.  The presence of the large pre-edge feature in the K edge spectra of the film demonstrates that strain has driven a room temperature ferroelectric distortion in the SrTiO3 thin film, a material that is not typically ferroelectric at any temperature

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

We have developed synchrotron based variable kinetic energy x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to address the development and optimization of materials for microelectronics, catalysis, homeland security, and energy. Materials that can be investigated include monolayers to bulk materials of all classes. Depth selectivity is attained by utilizing different photon energies and core lines over a wide energy range. Examples of ongoing measurements include (1) chemistry and bonding at semiconductor oxide interfaces, (2) oxidation of metal electrodes on semiconductors, (3) ferroelectric oxides, (4) high-k gate dielectrics; and (5) organic electronics. Such measurement studies offer the opportunity to develop and utilize world class x-ray instrumentation and detectors.  Similar materials are also characterized by x-ray diffraction and x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy to determine both their local and long range atomic structure in addition to the chemical information obtained from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

Awards and Honors

  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award,  2010
  • Bronze Medal Award, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, 1998
  • General Electric Fellow, Stanford University, 1983-1989

Publications

Local structural distortions in strained BaSrTiO3 thin films

Author(s)
Joseph C. Woicik, Eric L. Shirley, Keith Gilmore, K E. Andersen, C S. Hellberg
The local atomic structures in Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 thin films grown on MgO(001) substrates have been determined by density functional theory calculations and Ti K

Crystal Structure of the Type I Clathrate Ba8Ni4Ge42

Author(s)
Winnie K. Wong-Ng, Qingzhen Huang, Igor Levin, Joseph C. Woicik, Xun Shi, Jihui Yang, James A. Kaduk
The crystal structure of Type-I clathrate Ba8Ni4Ge42 has been determined using neutron powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, for possible
Created October 9, 2019, Updated November 14, 2019