Plasma Enhanced Complete Oxidation of Ultrathin Epitaxial Praseodymia Films on Si(111)
AbstractPraseodymia films have been exposed to oxygen plasma at room temperature after deposition on Si(111) via molecular beam epitaxy. Different parameters as film thickness, exposure time and flux during plasma treatment have been varied to study their influence on the oxygen plasma oxidation process. The surface near regions have been investigated by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showing that the plasma treatment transforms the stoichiometry of the films from Pr2O3 to PrO2. Closer inspection of the bulk properties of the films by means of synchrotron radiation based X-ray reflectometry and diffraction confirms this transformation if the films are thicker than some critical thickness of 6 nm. The layer distance of these films is extremely small verifying the completeness of the plasma oxidation process. Thinner films, however, cannot be transformed completely. For all films, less oxidized very thin interlayers are detected by these experimental techniques. View Full-Text
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Kuschel, O.; Dieck, F.; Wilkens, H.; Gevers, S.; Rodewald, J.; Otte, C.; Zoellner, M.H.; Niu, G.; Schroeder, T.; Wollschläger, J. Plasma Enhanced Complete Oxidation of Ultrathin Epitaxial Praseodymia Films on Si(111). Materials 2015, 8, 6379-6390.
Kuschel O, Dieck F, Wilkens H, Gevers S, Rodewald J, Otte C, Zoellner MH, Niu G, Schroeder T, Wollschläger J. Plasma Enhanced Complete Oxidation of Ultrathin Epitaxial Praseodymia Films on Si(111). Materials. 2015; 8(9):6379-6390.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kuschel, Olga; Dieck, Florian; Wilkens, Henrik; Gevers, Sebastian; Rodewald, Jari; Otte, Christian; Zoellner, Marvin H.; Niu, Gang; Schroeder, Thomas; Wollschläger, Joachim. 2015. "Plasma Enhanced Complete Oxidation of Ultrathin Epitaxial Praseodymia Films on Si(111)." Materials 8, no. 9: 6379-6390.