Silicon oxycarbide formation on SiC surfaces and at the SiC/SiO2 interface

C. Onneby, Carlo G. Pantano

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Amorphous and single-crystal α-SiC were exposed to various oxygen sources at room temperature. The oxygen sources included the residual gas in an ultrahigh vacuum environment, ambient air, ozone, and oxygen plasma. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to follow changes in the surface composition and to determine the local bonding environment of the Si atoms. It was found that silicon oxycarbide species are formed when these SiC materials are initially exposed to oxygen. With extended exposure to ambient air, a SiO2 layer is subsequently formed over the silicon oxycarbide. However, the native oxide on the single-crystal SiC consists mainly of silicon oxycarbide species. The thicknesses of these native oxides were calculated using the XPS data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1597-1602
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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