Geometric modeling of the diamond-β-SiC heteroepitaxial interface

Journal Article (Academic article)

A theoretical study of the diamond-β-SiC heteroepitaxial interface has been conducted. The interfacial modeling was performed to examine the various combinations of like and unlike interfacial planes between diamond and β-SiC based on a geometric criterion formulated in reciprocal space for minimization of interfacial misfit and strain energies. The modeling results indicated that the low index, unlike pair between diamond {114} and β-SiC{221} has the greatest potential for minimizing the interfacial energy and, therefore, is strongly recommended for experimental investigations. The low index, like pairs between diamond and β-SiC are next in potential, and diamond {100}-β-SiC{100} heteroepitaxy has been confirmed experimentally. Other configurations yield high interfacial energies and are unlikely to occur in reality. The relatively high strain energy associated with the like pair heteroepitaxy can be relieved by the introduction of misfit dislocations at the interface. The calculated misfit dislocation densities agree well with the experimental measurements.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhu, W; Wang, XH; Stoner, BR; Kong, HS; Braun, MWH; Glass, JT

Published Date

  • 1993

Published In

  • Diamond and Related Materials

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 2-4 pt 1

Start / End Page

  • 590 - 596

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0925-9635(93)90127-N

Conference Location

  • Heidelberg, Ger