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1 Crystals and Crystal Growing

2 Why Single Crystals What is a single crystal? Single crystals cost a lot of money. When and why is the cost justified? – Current semiconductor devices on an IC have characteristic dimensions of ¼ micron. – What happens if grain size is on the scale of microns? – What makes optical materials look translucent? – What happens when a “weapons grade laser beam” hits an inhomogeneity in an optical component?

3 Applications of Single Crystals For what applications are single crystals necessary? 1. Semiconductor optoelectronics (substrate materials) Transistors, diodes, integrated circuits: Si, Ge, GaAs, InP LEDs and lasers: GaAs, GaInAs, GaInP, GaAsP, GaP:N, ruby Solar cells: Si, GaAs, GaInP/GaAs tandems Microwave sources: GaAs 2. Non-glass optics (see previous lecture for transmission ranges): alkali halides, alkaline earth halides, thallium halides, Ge, sapphire 3. Electromechanical transducers Ultrasonic generators, sonar: ADP, KDP Strain gauges: Si Optical modulators: LiNbO 3, BaTiO 3, BaNaNiO 3 Piezoelectric microphone sources: quartz 4. Radiation detectors: HgI 2, NaI:Tl, CsI:Tl, LiI:Eu, Si, Ge, III-V, II-VI, PbS

4 5. Micromechanical devices: Si Utah Neural Array (SEM image) 6. Research: everything. Why? 7. Artificial gems: sapphire, ruby, TiO 2, ZrO 2 Why are they necessary for those applications? (Numbers correspond) 1. Electrical homogeneity on the length scale of the device; minimum carrier scattering 2. Optical homogeneity on the length scale of the light being transmitted; minimum light scattering 3. Mechanical strength and homogeneity; availability of processing technology: nickel-based super alloy turbine blades 4. Purity; well-defined material In all cases: optical, electronic or mechanical properties superior to non- single crystal competition.


6 Superconducting Ceramic Single Crystals

7 Bulk Crystal Growth Techniques

8 TechniqueExamplesAdvantagesDisadvantages Melt: ”Directional Solidification” Elemental & Compound semiconductors: Si, Ge, GaAs, InP FAST Large sizes possible Often energy intensive some materials decompose before melting Bridgman (horizontal/vertical) CuInSe 2, MCT, CdTe, ZnSe, GaSe Oxides-insulators: sapphire Reasonable K eff Seeded: predetermined orientation Crucible can be a problem Czochralski ("Cz") Windows: sapphire Scintillators: BGO, CdWO 4 NLO materials: LiNbO 3, CsLiB 6 O 10 Alkali scintillators-CsI:Tl Halides: windows-wide transmitting filters Always the technique of choice Dopants can be volatile Contamination

9 TechniqueExamplesAdvantagesDisadvantages Vapor Physical vapor transport (evaporation & condensation) HgI 2, CdS, ZnS, NH 4 X Hg 2 Cl 2, CdS Molecular Organics! Can be used with materials that decompose or have excessive vapor pressure at melting point or with destructive phase transitions or extremely high melting points or which react with containers. Materials must have reasonable vapor pressure at temperature where surface kinetics is adequate Typically slow Difficult to control Chemical vapor deposition (open flow) Refractories: SiC, PBN Semiconductor epitaxy! Chemical vapor transport (closed system) TiO 2, EuS, "halogen lamps" SnO 2, In 2 S 3 Very slow; batch process Solution/Flux ADP, KDP, Refractories Hydrothermal quartz Diamond: 1450 C, 742 kpsi, Ni flux Proteins, Minerals, Mo 2 C High T c superconductors; BiSrCaCuO Morton’s tablesalt Large sizes possible Potentially low cost, large scale Reduced temperature  less container contamination Can be inexpensive Very slow Temperature control very important K eff often very small  doping difficult

10 Digression on Segregation and Purification Electronic materials are only interesting when doped Carrier type: “n” Dopant: “P” “Res”: “1-20 ohms”

11 Typical Numbers On previous label, ρ = 1-20 Ohm (presumably 1- 20 Ω-cm) As you know: σ = 1/ρ = ne μ For silicon at 10 Ω-cm with μ n = 1700 cm 2 /V-sec n P = 3.7x10 14 /cm 3 n Si = 2.33 gm/cm 3 ) x(6.02x10 23 atoms/mole) ÷(28.068 gm/mole) = 4.997x10 22 atoms per mole n P / n Si = 7x10 -9 = 7 ppb! Background impurity level must be small on this scale!

12 Segregation Coefficient can be greater or less than unity Nutrient volume is finite – Causes major problems with dopant uniformity – Can be resolved by adding dopant to melts during growth Only works for K>1!

13 Origin of Segregation: Binary Phase Diagram W. G. Pfann, Zone Melting

14 Using Segregation for Purification: “Normal Freezing” n.b.: exactly the same process is used to grow large single crystals “from the melt”! W. G. Pfann, Zone Melting

15 Impurity Distribution after Normal Freezing W. G. Pfann, Zone Melting

16 Concept of Zone Refining Molten zone of length l is passed through ingot of length L Also the process used to make “float zone silicon” W. G. Pfann, Zone Melting

17 Impurity Distribution after Single Pass of Zone (Less efficient than normal freezing) W. G. Pfann, Zone Melting

18 Impurity Distribution from Multi-pass Zone Refining n.b.: k = 0.9524, l/L = 0.01 W. G. Pfann, Zone Melting

19 Take Away Lessons Segregation of impurities/dopants is a fact that you must deal with as an aspect of materials preparation Segregation can be used as part of an elegant purification process Zone refining can be very effective for materials purification

20 Current Purification of Silicon (Wikipedia) Siemens process: high-purity silicon rods are exposed to trichlorosilane at 1150 °C. The trichlorosilane gas decomposes and deposits additional silicon onto the rods, enlarging them: 2 HSiCl 3 → Si + 2 HCl + SiCl 4 Silicon produced from this and similar processes is called polycrystalline silicon. Polycrystalline silicon typically has impurity levels of less than 10 −9.polycrystalline silicon

21 Czochralski Growth Synthesis may or may not be part of growth GaAs may be pre-synthesized or a pre- measured quantity As may be bubbled through Ga metal Li H synthesized from Li and H 2 (or D 2 ) Typical sizes: Si - 12" φ, 200 kg charge; GaAs - 4" φ We have grown from a 2 g melt of isotopically pure K 13 C 15 N Typical growth rates: cm/hr

22 Vertical Bridgman Technique Melting point isotherm is directionally translated through an ingot from a spatially confined region. Typically unseeded  no seed necessary Can be seeded: quality as high as Czochralski High yield: all starting material is recovered as single crystal Diameters to 22 inches; 40 cm 2 square KDP Used extensively for alkali halide scintillators, transducers and windows

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