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SiC nanocrystals are grown at high temperature on Si(1 0 0) and Si(1 1 1) surfaces starting from a chemisorbed layer of methanol. The decomposition of this layer allows to have a well defined amount of carbon to feed SiC growth. Nanocrystals ranging from 10 nm to 50 nm with density from 100 μm−2 to 1500 μm−2 are obtained, and the total volume of produced SiC corresponds to carbon provided by the chemisorbed organic layer. Large differences in nanocrystal size and density, as well as in surface roughness, are observed depending on substrate orientation. The internal structure, crystallinity and epitaxy of nanocrystals grown on Si(1 0 0) are studied using cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM), methanol adsorption and surface evolution using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). The joint application of XTEM and STM techniques allows a complete characterization of the geometry and …
Publication date: 
1 Mar 2006

V Palermo, A Parisini, D Jones

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Volume: 600 Issue: 5 Pages: 1140-1146
Surface science