Decaborane as ion source material for boron implantation

Marek Sosnowski, Ravidath Gurudath, John Poate, Anthony Mujsce, Dale Jacobson

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Formation of p-type shallow junctions for future generations of Si technology will require ion implantation of B at very low energies, i.e. below 1 keV, where the beam formation and transport at reasonably high currents are hindered by Coulomb repulsion of ions at high volume density. An alternative to implantation of monomer ions at a very low energy is implantation of large molecular ions at a higher energy. In the latter case, the implantation depth of the atoms corresponds to a fraction of the beam energy, partitioned between the atoms of the molecule. The decaborane molecule (B10H14) is of particular interest for implantation of p-type shallow junction in Si, because each of the B atoms carries only 9% of the molecule's kinetic energy. Experimental PMOS devices made using decaborane implantation have been demonstrated recently. It also has been shown that transient enhanced diffusion (TED) of B in Si implanted with B ions and with decaborane ions at the equivalent dose and energy are the same. The prospect for using decaborane in ion sources is examined, based on measurements of its ionization and dissociation properties. It is shown that decaborane molecules are effectively ionized by electron impact in the energy range near 100 eV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 MRS Spring Meeting - Symposium Z, 'Compound Semiconductor Surface Passivation and Novel Device Processing' - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 5 1999Apr 7 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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