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We examine the effect of growth temperature in the 150−300 °C range on the structural and morphological properties of Al2O3 films deposited using atomic layer deposition, contrasting the effect of H2O and O3 as oxygen sources. Trimethylaluminum (TMA) is the metal source. A mechanism for the O3 reaction is investigated using ab initio calculations and provides an explanation for the observed temperature dependence. The simulations show that hydroxyl groups are produced at the surface by the oxidation of adsorbed methyl groups by O3. This is confirmed by the measured rates; both H2O and O3 processes show molar growth rates per cycle that decrease with increasing reactor temperature, consistent with a decrease in hydroxyl coverage. At no temperature does the O3 process deposit more Al2O3 per cycle than the H2O process. Morphological characterization shows that O3 as the oxygen source yields …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
8 Aug 2006

SD Elliott, G Scarel, C Wiemer, M Fanciulli, G Pavia

Biblio References: 
Volume: 18 Issue: 16 Pages: 3764-3773
Chemistry of materials