Deenapanray, Prakash; Hillie, K; Demangel, Caroline; Ridgway, Mark C
The surface morphology and metallic contamination of magnetron sputter-etched Si(111) was investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and high-resolution Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) as a function of Ar plasma pressure. The root-mean-square roughness (Rrms) of plasma-etched Si decreased monotonically from 36±28 angstroms at 2×10-3 mbar to 13±6 angstroms at 2×10-2 mbar. High-resolution RBS showed that metallic impurity contamination increased with increasing plasma pressure,...[Show more]
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