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Crystallographic plane-orientation dependent atomic force microscopy-based local oxidation of silicon carbide

Jung-Joon Ahn1, Yeong-Deuk Jo1, Sang-Cheol Kim2, Ji-Hoon Lee2 and Sang-Mo Koo1*

Author Affiliations

1 School of Electronics and Information, Kwangwoon University, Seoul 139-701, Korea

2 Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Power Semiconductor Research Group, Changwon 641-120, Korea

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:235  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-235

Published: 18 March 2011

Abstract

The effect of crystalline plane orientations of Silicon carbide (SiC) (a-, m-, and c-planes) on the local oxidation on 4H-SiC using atomic force microscopy (AFM) was investigated. It has been found that the AFM-based local oxidation (AFM-LO) rate on SiC is closely correlated to the atomic planar density values of different crystalline planes (a-plane, 7.45 cm-2; c-plane, 12.17 cm-2; and m-plane, 6.44 cm-2). Specifically, at room temperature and under about 40% humidity with a scan speed of 0.5 μm/s, the height of oxides on a- and m-planes 4H-SiC is 6.5 and 13 nm, respectively, whereas the height of oxides on the c-plane increased up to 30 nm. In addition, the results of AFM-LO with thermally grown oxides on the different plane orientations in SiC are compared.