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Nonlinear strain effects in ion-implanted GaAs

Paine, B. M. and Speriosu, V. S. (1987) Nonlinear strain effects in ion-implanted GaAs. Journal of Applied Physics, 62 (5). pp. 1704-1709. ISSN 0021-8979.

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The nonlinear production of strain in (100) GaAs by room-temperature ion implantation has been studied. Ions of Ne, Si, and Te were used, with energies of 300, 300, and 500 keV, respectively. Doses ranged up to those required for amorphization. Strains were monitored by x-ray double-crystal diffractometry. Rocking curves were recorded about the (400) Bragg condition and detailed depth profiles of strain perpendicular to the sample surface, epsilon[perpendicular](x), found by fitting the rocking curves with a kinematic model. These were compared with calculated profiles of the density of energy deposited in nuclear interactions, rhoE(x). Rocking curves were also recorded about the (422) Bragg condition for selected samples, to monitor strain in the directionparallel with their surfaces. At low doses, epsilon[perpendicular](x) is a linear function of rhoE(x). At doses sufficient to create strains exceeding about 0.3%, strong nonlinearities are evident and strain profiles depart significantly from the rhoE(x) curves. For the Ne and Si implantations, the profiles tend to saturate at 0.4%–0.5% over a depth of ~4000 Å. At higher doses a narrow (~2000 Å), sharply peaked region develops, with strains up to 1.5%. At still higher doses this region becomes amorphous. The Te-implanted samples do not experience appreciable saturation; rather a sharply peaked profile develops, and grows with dose to amorphicity. Curves of epsilon[perpendicular] vs rhoE were extracted by comparison of epsilon[perpendicular](x) and rhoE(x) profiles. These demonstrated that for each ion species epsilon[perpendicular] is a unique function of rhoE at all depths. Although this function has the same general form for all three implantations, the curves differ from species to species. Above epsilon[perpendicular]=0.3%, epsilon[perpendicular] increases sublinearly with rhoE for all three implanted ions. For Ne and Si, epsilon[perpendicular] becomes almost constant at 0.4%, beginning at rhoE~0.15 eV/Å^3. The strain epsilon[perpendicular] starts increasing again with rhoE at about 0.7 eV/Å^3 for Ne and 0.3 eV/Å^3 for Si, until the GaAs goes amorphous. The curve for Te shows only a slight inflection at epsilon[perpendicular]~0.3%, continuing to increase with rhoE to amorphicity. Parallel strains in the Si-implanted samples were not more than 0.02% at all values of rhoE.

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Additional Information:Copyright © 1987 American Institute of Physics. Received 1 December 1986; accepted 27 April 1987. N.N. Hurvitz assisted with some of the rocking curve measurements. This work was begun with financial support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (MDA 903-82-C-0348). It was completed with support from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (85-04-059).
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