The use of plasma hydrogenation for relaxed SiGe layer transfer is demonstrated. It is found that the interface of a strain-relaxed SiGeSi heterostructure is effective in trapping H during plasma hydrogenation. Long microcracks observed at the interface due to the trapping of indiffused H indicate the distinct possibility of transferring the overlayer using the ion-cutting technique. Our results suggest that interfacial defects induced by the He implantation relaxation process trap the indiffusing H atoms and lead to interfacial cracks during hydrogenation or upon postannealing at higher temperatures. It is further noted that trapping of H at the interface is possible only in strain-relaxed structures. Without strain relaxation, H atoms introduced by plasma hydrogenation get trapped just below the sample surface and form a band of shallow platelets. Without the need for high-dose high-energy ion implantation, our results suggest an effective way for high-quality strain-relaxed SiGe layer transfer. The technique has potential for application in the fabrication of SiGe-on-insulator strained Si epitaxial layer and related structures.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)