Formation of one-dimensional surface grooves from pit instabilities in annealed SiGe/Si(100) epitaxial films

J. L. Gray, R. Hull, J. A. Flora

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Growth of Si 0.7Ge 0.3 on Si under kinetically limited conditions results in the formation of shallow strain-relieving pits that only partially penetrate the wetting layer. Upon annealing at the growth temperature of 550°C, these pits elongate in one of the (100) directions and obtain near-{105} facets. The length-to-width aspect ratio of the resulting grooves can be as large as 20. Material ejected from the pits accumulates along the sides of the elongated pit forming shallow islands with a shape that exhibits a monotonic dependence on island size, and eventually evolves to {105} facets. We discuss the origins of this roughening behavior, which may provide a route for self-assembly of highly anisotropic quantum nanostructures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3253-3255
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - Oct 11 2004


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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