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Sensitivity of germanium content on growth conditions of silicon-germanium nanoparticles prepared in nonthermal capacitively-coupled plasmas
Published in EDP Sciences
2020
Volume: 91
   
Issue: 2
Abstract
We report on the synthesis of Si1-x Ge x alloy nanocrystals by very-high-frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (VHF PECVD) technique at different silane to germane gas flow ratio (R) in a mixture of (H2+Ar) dilution gas and H2 dilution gas alone. TEM, SAED, EDS studies and HAADF-STEM mapping of the samples were done to investigate the NCs' size, crystallinity and distribution of Si and Ge in the Si1-x Ge x alloy NCs. The average estimated size of the NCs in all the samples are in the order of exciton Bohr radius of Ge (24.3 nm), thereby indicating the probability of good quantum confinement. The alloy nature of NCs was confirmed in Raman study. The content of Ge in SiGe NCs was evaluated from Raman spectra which show a direct correlation with the fraction of hydrogen flow in the dilution gas mixture. © EDP Sciences, 2020.
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JournalData powered by TypesetEPJ Applied Physics
PublisherData powered by TypesetEDP Sciences
ISSN12860042
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