CoSi and CoSi2 phase formation on bulk and SOI Si substrates

We have studied the CoSi and CoSi2 phase formation sequence in (001) bulk and SOI Si wafers, using Co/Ti bimetallic layers as source materials which are suitable for growing epitaxial CoSi2 films on (001) Si. In bulk Si, co-formation of polycrystalline CoSi and epitaxial CoSi2 phases at T>500°C have been observed. These phases form respectively at the metal and Si sides of the film. For very long times and/or at high temperatures, only epitaxial CoSi2 is observed, e.g., for samples annealed at 560°C for 30 min or at 900°C for 10 s. When using (001) SOI Si with inexhaustible Co supply, only polycrystalline CoSi has been formed for a 900°C 10 s annealing, which is in contrast to the bulk Si results. This phenomenon is understood on the basis of Gibbs free energy reduction in forming the two phases. In the CoSi2 formation temperature range, Gibbs free energy release in forming CoSi2 is only approx.10% more than that of forming CoSi. Consequently, after all Si atoms have been consumed, the formation of CoSi becomes energetically more favorable, since the free energy reduction due to formation of 2x mole of CoSi is much larger than that due to formation of 1x mole of CoSi2, where x is the SOI Si mole number.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hsia, SL; Tan, TY; Smith, PL; McGuire, GE

Published Date

  • 1994

Published In

  • Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings

Volume / Issue

  • 320 /

Start / End Page

  • 373 - 378

Citation Source

  • SciVal