Formation of Ge Nanocrystals in SiO2 by Electron Beam Evaporation
Abstract:Ge nanocrystals were formed by electron beam evaporation on SiO2 covered Si substrates. The size and distribution of the nanocrystals were studied by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. Dependencies of the nanocrystal size, of the nanocrystal surface coverage, and sheet resistance obtained by van der Pauw method of the Ge layer have been found on the evaporation time. The suggested growth mechanism for the formation of nanocrystals is the Volmer-Weber type. The sheet resistance exhibited a power dependence on the nanocrystal size.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: February 1, 2008
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