Particle behavior and its contribution to film growth in a remote silane plasma

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Time-dependent behavior of particles measured using the laser light scattering method in a remote silane plasma has been investigated using both optical emission spectroscopy and quartz crystal microbalance. Laser-scattered particles were observed from 0.3 s after the plasma ignition and scattering increased rapidly until 3.0 s. In the 0-0.3 s region where no particles were observed, SiH and Hβ emission intensity as well as Si/SiH and Hβ/SiH intensity ratios increased rapidly. Laser-scattered particles decreased in number, 3.0 s after plasma discharge, but the deposition rate measured using the quartz crystal microbalance increased linearly. The relationships between time-resolved images of particle movements and their contribution to film deposition as well as plasma characteristics such as SiH and Hβ are presented. The results show that the particles contributing to film growth at the early stage of plasma are much higher in number than those in the stabilized state.

Original languageEnglish
Article number050601
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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