zinc selenide, atomic layer epitaxy, deposition, film


Thin film deposition techniques currently being used to produce multilayer x-ray optics (MXOs) have difficulty producing smooth, uniform multilayers with d-spacings less than about twelve angstroms. We are investigating atomic layer epitaxy (ALE) as an alternative to these techniques. ALE is a chemical vapor deposition technique which deposits an atomic layer of material during each cycle of the deposition process. The thickness of a film deposited by ALE depends only on the number of cycles. Multilayers deposited by ALE should be smooth and uniform with precise d-spacings which makes ALE an excellent technique for producing multilayer x-ray optics. We have designed and built an ALE system and we have used this system to deposit ZnSe using diethyl zinc and hydrogen selenide.

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J.K. Shurtleff, D.D. Allred, R.T. Perkins, and J.M. Thorne, "Deposition of Zinc Selenide by Atomic Layer Epitaxy for Multilayer X-Ray Optics," in Properties of II VI Semiconductors: Bulk Crystals, Epitaxial Films, Quantum Well Structures, and Dilute Magnetic Systems, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings Series 161, 19 114 (199). [][].

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Cambridge University Press (CPU); Materials Research Society (MRS)




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Physics and Astronomy