To understand the impact that the growth rate has on the residual stress of chemical vapor deposition-grown 3C–SiC heteroepitaxial films on Si substrates, growth experiments were performed. The film thickness was held constant at ∼2.5 μm independent of the growth rate so as to allow for direct film comparison as a function of the growth rate. Stress analysis performed by profilometer curvature measurement, μιχρο-Raman shift analysis and micro-machined freestanding structures, show an apparent disagreement about the stress nature. This incongruity between the experimental data can be explained assuming a strong stress field located in the substrate related to defects generated in the silicon during the growth process.
Cambridge University Press
1 Jan 2013
Volume: 28 Issue: 1 Pages: 129-135
Journal of Materials Research