Knowledge of the interaction between a thin metal film and a compound semiconductor can be used to engineer electrical contacts to the semiconductor. In this study, we examine the reaction between a 50 nm layer of Pd and a GaSb substrate annealed at 100-350°C for 10-360 min using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). We report on the formation of Pd-rich nanocrystalline and polycrystalline ternary phases at temperatures below 200°C, followed by Pd-Ga and Pd-Sb binary phases above 200°C.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Materials Chemistry