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1 Diamond films prepared by Chemical Vapor Deposition Victor Ralchenko General Physics Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia Tallinn University of Technology, Nov. 19-20, 2013

2 1. Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) of diamond films: principles and methods 2. Growth processes for nano/micro/mono-crystalline films in microwave plasma 3. Properties of diamond films 4. Diamond films processing 5. Applications Outline

3 Founded in 1983 by Prof. Alexander Prokhorov, Winner of Nobel Prize in 1964 for discovery of the principle of «laser». The GPI is a multi-discipline research body oriented at general and applied physics in different fields: ● laser physics and optics ● solid state physics ● crystal growth ● nanomaterials ● fiber optics ● plasma physics ● physics of magnetic phenomena ● laser medicine and ecology General Physics Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (GPI ) The staff (total): ca. 1000 persons. Scientific staff: ca. 500 persons.

4 GPI activity in CVD diamond technology: ● Laser processing of diamond films (pattering, polishing…)1988 ● DC plasma CVD reactor built1990 ● Nanocrystalline diamond in DC (Ar-CH 4 -H 2 ) plasma1995 ● Microwave plasma CVD reactor (from Astex)1995 ● DC arc-jet system 1996 ● CO 2 laser plasmatron1998 ● Microwave plasma CVD system DF1002001 ● Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) by MPCVD2005 ● Epitaxial diamond films2007 Applications ● UV, X-ray, particle detectors ● Microwave transistors (MESFET) ● Raman shifters (Raman laser) ● Heat spreaders for transistors ● Electrochemistry on conductive (doped) UNCD films ● IR optical windows ● Field electron emitters

5 ● atomic density 1.76х10 23 сm -3 (record high) ● cubic lattice parameter а=3.56 А ● interatomic distance 1.54 А Remarkable properties of diamond are result of - light atom (Z=6) - short and strong covalent bonding (3D vs 2D for graphite). Debye temperature Т D = 1860 K → Т=300 K is low temperature for diamond. Displacement energy of atom from lattice ≈43 eV → radiation hardness. Atomic structure of diamond

6 Properties of diamond PropertyValueApplication Band gap, eV5.4High-temperature electronics Carrier mobility, cm 2 /Vs1600 h 2200 e Radiation-hard detectors Optoelectronic switches Resistivity, Ohm*cm10 13 -10 15 Optical (electron) switches Thermal conductivity, W/mK2000-2400Heat spreaders Dielectric constant5.7 Loss tangent @170 GHz0.3·10 -6 Windows for gyrotrons, klystrons Optical transmission range225 nm – RFOptics for lasers (mostly IR) Hardness, GPa81±18Tools, surgery blades Acoustic wave velocity, km/s18.4 along Surface acoustic wave devices Thermal expansion coefficient, 10 -6 K -1 0.8 @293 KStable-dimension components Corrosion resistanceStable in HFElectrochemistry (doped diamond) Low or negative electron affinity Field electron emitters Biocompatibility Coatings on implants

7 Natural and synthetic diamonds HPHT synthetic single crystals Natural crystals CVD polycrystalline films and single crystals ● Small size ● Defects and impurities ● High cost ● Small size, few mm. ● Catalyst impurity. ● Very large lateral size. ● Can be highly pure. ● Reduced cost.

8 Diamond samples grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) with CH 4 + H 2 Polycrystalline diamond on 2-4 inch Silicon wafers (PCD) Single Crystal Plates on HPHT (high pressure high temperature) substrate (SCD) CVD Diamond for Electronics Ulm University, Germany Diamond Materials Fraunhofer Institute IAF in Freiburg, Germany Delaware Diamond Knives, DDK Inc. Wilgminton, USA SCDPCD element six ltd Ascot, Berkshire, UK General Physics Institute RAS Moscow (Russia) Why diamond ?

9 P-T regions (hatched) of high-pressure phase transformations achievable in practice [Bundy F.P. Proc. ХI AIRAPT Int. Conf., Kiev, 1989. Vol. 1, p. 326]: (1) graphite lonsdaleite martensitic transformation under static compression (2) graphite lonsdaleite diamond martensitic transformations under shock compression (3) commercial diamond synthesis in metal– carbon systems (4) direct high-temperature graphite diamond transformation. Phase diagram of carbon. Diamond synthesis at high pressures. ● Diamond is unstable with respect to graphite at temperatures below 1300ºC and pressures below 40 kbar. ● Synthesis of diamond at HPHT in mid of 1950s in General Electric Co. HPHT synthesis, 5-6 GPa CVD, <1 atm

10 ● small size – typically less than 6 mm. ● difficult to avoid catalyst impurities. Yellow color due to nitrogen atom impurity in substitutional position. Synthetic single crystal diamonds produced by HPHT technique Toroid- type HPHT apparatus, maximum pressures up to 8 GPa (Inst. High Pressure Physics, Troitsk) Largest diamond crystal ~ 25 carats (5 g) has been grown in “Belt” press R.S. Burns et al. DRM. 8 (1999) 1433. Production of “Adamas”, BSU, Minsk

11 Chemical Vapor Deposition of Diamond Methods of gas activation ● Hot filament ● DC arc jet* ● DC plasma* ● Laser plasma* ● Oxygen-acetylene flame ● Microwave plasma* *realized at GPI Any physical process creating atomic hydrogen and CHx radicals potentially is able to produce diamond. Parallel processes: ● Etching (sp 2, sp 3 ) ● Co-deposition (sp 2, sp 3 ) Etch rate of diamond by atomic hydrogen is higher than that of graphite. ►Dominating product - diamond

12 CVD systems for diamond growth developed at GPI since 1990 DC plasma system СО 2 laser plasmatronECR microwave plasma DC arc-jet system, 14 kWMicrowave plasma jet

13 Growth mechanism (Harris & Goodwin 1993) Adsorption of CH 3 radical and dehydrogenation Creation of active sites Growth rate Atomic H and CH3 radical are of most important species The most of diamond surface is covered by adsorbed hydrogen. H desorption leave free C bond – active site. The chain of reactions to add one new C-C bond and continue diamond building. Extended model includes 28 species, 130 reactions: G. Lombardi et al. J. Appl. Phys. (2005)

14 With pioneers in CVD diamond Second Chinese-Russian Seminar on CVD diamond, GPI, Moscow, 2012 History Early attempts to grow diamond on diamond seed at low pressures used CO or CH4 only, without H 2 ► very low growth rate ~0.01 nm/h W.G. Eversole, Patent 1962; B.V. Deryaguin, Usp. Khimii, 1970 Only when importance of hydrogen has been recognized, high growth rates, ~ 1 µm/h were obtained: B.V. Spitsyn et al. J. Cryst. Growth, 52 (1981) 219.

15 Hot filament CVD ● Introduced by group of S. Matsumoto (NIRIM) [Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 21(1982) L183]. Earlier work (1972) at Inst. Physical Chemistry, Moscow (unpublished). ● Typical growth rate 1 μm/hour. ● Large deposition area can be achieved, ~1 m 2 (array of filaments). Drawbacks: ●Filament deformation and embritlment due to carburization; ● diamond contamination with filament material, ~0.1%W [E. Gheerhaert, DRM 1 (1992) 504].

16 Diamond deposition from oxygen-acetylene flame Introduced by Y. Matsui, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys., 29 (1990) 1552. ● Typical ratio O 2 :C 2 H 2 = 0.9 – 1.1. ● Possibility to deposition in air environment ● High growth rate ~100 μm/h, but … - inhomogeneity in deposition zone - small area (<1 cm across). Improvements ● flat flame at reduced pressure ~ 40 Torr [A.Lowe, Combust. Flame, 188 (1999) 37]. ► large deposition area ~ Ø4 cm ● flame scanning ► 35  30 cm 2 area; [M. Okada, Diamond Relat. Mater., 11 (2002), 1479]. ● multiple flame systems Problems ● Stability: flame tip–substrate distance must be maintained strictly constant ~ 1 mm. ● High gas consumption ~ 5 l/min ● Diamond quality – moderate.

17 Laser reflectivity at 633 nm wavelength. One oscillation period corresponds to film thickness of 131 nm. Damping due to increasing scattering on roughened surface. DC plasma system with interferometric control of film thickness and growth rate (GPI, Moscow). Cathode - glassy carbon or TaC rod. [A. Smolin, Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, (1993) 3449]. ● High CH 4 concentrations (~10%) acceptable due to hot (almost thermal plasma). ● High growth rate >10 μm/h. DC plasma CVD Optical quality diamond can be grown.

18 DC plasma CVD systems Advantages: ● low gas consumption. ● Multicathode systems to increase the substrate diameter. Example: - substrate diameter of 100 mm, - discharge power of 2.4 kW per cathode in a seven-cathode system, - deposition rate of 10 μm/h, - diamond wafers of 800 μm thickness, - possibility to further scale-up by increasing the number of cathodes. K.Y. Eun et al., Proc. ADC/FCT'99, Tsukuba, 1999, p. 175 The growing film may be contaminated with electrode sputtering products. Non-electronic grade material.

19 DC arc-jet for diamond growth First publication by K. Kurihara et al. APL(1988). ● high-velocity jet with a core temperature of up to 40,000ºC → effective gas decomposition; ● growth rates over 900 μm/h, and 8% conversion of methane carbon to diamond (deposition area of several mm 2 only) [N. Ohtake, J. Electrochem.Soc., 137 (1990) 717]. ● high gas consumption (Ar-CH 4 -H 2 )~10-30 l/min gas recirculation is required. ● In the 1990s, Norton Co. (US) launched commercial production of diamond wafers up to 175 mm in diameter, thermal grade. [K.J. Gray, Diamond Relat. Mater., 8 (1999) 903]. - Jet diameter extension by an extra discharge downstream of the nozzle exit, between a ring electrode (anode) and the jet itself (cathode). - The plasma core expands several fold. - Pressure 70 Torr. - Deposition rate of 40 μm/h at deposition area of 12 cm 2 with power as low as 10 kW. -Economically viable process (16 mg/(h W). V. Pereverzev, Diamond Relat. Mater. (2000)

20 Gas recirculation for economical process. Growth rate ~10 μm/h for optical quality films, ~20 μm/h for thermal grade. Control of N 2 impurity. F.X. Lu, Diamond Relat. Mater., 7 (1998) 737. 100 kW arc-jet system at USTB, Beijing Ordinary torch operating at blow down mode, substrate diameter 30mm 100kW high power torch operating with arc roots rotation in magntec field, substrate diamerter 110mm. 60 mm optical windows

21 Non-vacuum laser plasma CVD system operated at 1 atm pressure first version built at GPI V.I. Konov et al. Appl. Phys. A, 66, (1998) 575. ● CW CO 2 laser (λ=10.6 μm) sustains stationary hot plasma, plasma position is stabilized in gas stream. ● Xe gas is added in reaction mixture to reduce laser power necessary to maintain plasma down to ~2 kW.

22 Diamond deposition conditions of laser CVD technique CW CO 2 laser power: 2.3 kW Beam divergence : 4 mRad Focal length: 7 – 12 cm Substrate temperature: 650 - 1200  С Gas mixture: Xe(Ar):H 2 :CH 4, Xe(Ar): H 2 :(CH 4 +CO 2 ) Flow rate: 2 - 5 l/min Substrate material : W, Mo Expensive Xe gas is added to reduce power threshold to maintaine cw laser plasma. Later Xe has been replaced by Ar at 6 kW laser system.

23 Scheme of the atmospheric-pressure laser plasmatron for CVD of diamond Ability to scan the substrate to cover large area A.P. Bolshakov et al. Quantum Electronics (Moscow), 35 (2005) 385

24 Advantages of CW laser plasma for diamond growth ● High plasma temperature 15 000 – 20 000 K (effective decomposition of H 2 and CH 4 ). ● High pressure (up to 4 atm is realized). ► High deposition rate, 120 µm/hour. S. Metev et al. Diamond Relat. Mater. 11, 472 (2002). ► No need in vacuum chamber. ► Plasma scanning to enlarge the area coated. A.P. Bolshakov et al. Quantum Electronics (Moscow), 35 (2005) 385

25 Polycrystalline diamond films and isolated crystals Substrates W, Mo

26 Microwave plasma CVD: NIRIM reactor, Japan First version: M. Kamo, et al., J. Cryst. Growth, 62 (1983), 642. NIRIM - National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials, Tsukuba, Japan. ● A quartz tube inserted in a rectangular waveguide. Wave mode TE 10 ; Microwave source – magnetron, frequency 2.45 GHz; ● The process gas: methane + hydrogen; Pressure below 50 Torr; Microwave power < 1.5 kW, Typical deposition rate ~ 0.5 μm/h. Advantages: simple design, low cost. Drawbacks: ● small substrate size (several cm 2 ); ● etching of the quartz walls by the nearby plasma → film contamination; ● carbon deposition on quartz → microwave absorption on window. side view top view

27 Microwave plasma CVD systems 2.45 GHz and 915 MHz The most popular method for CVD diamond production owing to: ● the availability of standard 2.45 GHz components to build the CVD reactor; ● wide experience in microwave plasma surface processing, especially in microelectronics; ● Large deposition area with MW plasma at 915 MHz (plasma size scales with MW wavelength: λ=12 cm for 2.45 GHz and λ=32 cm for 915 MHz) ● microwave plasma is “sterile”, no electrode sputtering; → low contamination of the growing diamond with the reactor material; → possibility to produce optical grade and electronic-grade diamond.

28 High quality diamond wafers by MPCVD ●Reliable 5-6 kW magnetrons (2.45 GHz) available, working time >5000 hours. ● 915 MHz magnetrons of 70-100 kW. ●High pressure (up 300 Torr) deposition regimes, large area, high productivity. ● Wafers of 100 mm in diameter and larger (E6, Aixtron, SEKI) ● Single crystal CVD diamond Diamond wafers produced with AIXTRON reactor C. Wild, SMSA 2008 SEKI AX6600 CVD reactor Frequency 915 MHz, Power 70-100 kW, Max diameter 300 mm Growth rate 15 μm/h

29 CVD diamond system with gyrotron microwave source Features ● Very high power sources (up to 1 MW power in CW mode) available; ● flat plasma ● large substrate area (Ø100 mm at 20 kW) ● high growth rate (>10 μm/h) Remaining issues: How durable the system? Needs many ours to work continuously. The gyrotron CVD system developed at IAP (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia). high frequencies 20-200 GHz (millimeter waves)

30 Deposition of diamond films on substrates up to 100 mm diameter, growth rate of 10-15 μm/hour. A.L. Vikharev, et al. Diamond and Related Materials, 17 (2008) 1055 The pilot CVD reactor with 28 GHz gyrotron, 15 kW Institute of Applied Physics RAS, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

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