The role of strain in hydrogenation induced cracking in Si∕Si1−xGex∕Si structures Academic Article uri icon


  • Hydrogenation induced cracking in molecular beam epitaxy grown Si Si1-x Gex Si heterostructures is studied. The Si1-x Gex layer buried between an ∼200 nm thick Si capping layer and the Si substrate is ∼5 nm thick. After plasma hydrogenation, long range H migration and H trapping at the Si1-x Gex layer are observed. With increasing Ge concentrations, the amount of H trapping increases, cracking along the Si1-x Gex layer is smoother, and fewer defects are formed in the Si capping layer. The study suggests maximizing the interfacial strain to achieve the smoothest cracking with minimized radiation damage for ultrathin silicon-on-insulator technology. © 2008 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Shao, L., Di, Z., Lin, Y., Jia, Q. X., Wang, Y. Q., Nastasi, M., ... Chu, P. K.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • July 2008