Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Desorption of Arsenic Species During the Surfactant Enhanced Growth of Ge on Si (100)



C L. Berrie, S R. Leone


The desorption and scattering of As4 and As2 species from the surface during the growth of germanium films on Si(100) with continuous As4deposition is monitored using laser ionizatin time-of-flight mass spectrometry. A significant increase in the flux of As2 from the surface is oberved when the Ge flux is admitted to the surface. Upon discontinuation of the germanium growth process, the As4 and As2 signal levels remains at this increased level. A comprehensive study of the desorption fluxes of As4, As2, and As species from both Ge(100) and Si(100) substrates was performed as a function of substrate temperature and incident As4 flux to determine the kinetics of desorption of the different species from the substrates. The behavior of the As2 desorbed fluxes as a function fo surface temperature is qualitatively different on the Ge(100) and Si(100) substrates. The results indicate that the catalytic cracking of As4 to As2 is more effective on Ge (100) compared to Si(100) at substrate temperatures between 800 and 1000 K, most likely because fo more rapid desorption of As2 at a given temperature on Ge(100). A phenomenological activation energy for the desorption of As atoms from Ge(100) of 1.2 0.4 eV is also obtained. The implications for the surfacactant enhanced growth of Ge on Si(100) are discussed.
Journal of Physical Chemistry B
No. 25


arsenic desorption, germanium thin films, Si(100)


Berrie, C. and Leone, S. (2002), Desorption of Arsenic Species During the Surfactant Enhanced Growth of Ge on Si (100), Journal of Physical Chemistry B (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created May 31, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021