Orientation control of location-controlled Si crystal grain by combining Ni nano-imprint and excimer laser annealing with Si double-layer process

Gou Nakagawa, Tanemasa Asano

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Abstract

A new method of controlling the location and orientation of Si crystal grains by combining metal (Ni) nano-imprint and excimer laser annealing (ELA) using a double-layered Si thin-film structure was successfully demonstrated. Ni nano-imprint at the surface of the first amorphous silicon (a-Si) film (25 nm thick) was used for the purpose of creating {111}-oriented Sicrystal nuclei which act as the seed for the subsequent crystallization using ELA. The annealing to form nuclei at the imprinted sites was carried out at temperatures below 450 °C. After removal of Ni, the second a-Si film layer (75 nm thick) was deposited. XeCl-laser-based ELA of the sample resulted in the formation of approximately 2 μm sized Si crystal grains at controlled positions. Electron back-scattering pattern (EBSP) analysis showed that the surface-normal orientation of all the location-controlled grains was {111}, and that 87% of the boundaries in the grain interiors were the coincidence site lattice (CSL) boundaries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L1293-L1295
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 2: Letters
Volume45
Issue number46-50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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