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Melt Depth And Regrowth Kinetics In Pulsed Laser Annealing Of Silicon And Gallium Arsenide
Author(s): G. J. Galvin; Michael O. Thompson; J. W. Mayer; P. S. Peercy; R. B. Hammond
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Paper Abstract

High intensity pulsed laser irradiation of semiconductor materials results in ultra-fast melting and resolidification of a thin surface layer. An experimental probe has been developed based on the discontinuous change in electrical conductivity of a semiconductor material upon melting. Real time monitoring of the dynamics of pulsed laser melting and resolidification can be obtained by transient electrical conductance measurements. Melting velocities from 5 to 200 m/s and resolidification velocities of 1 to 20 m/s have been observed in silicon with this technique. Simultaneous measurement of the optical reflectance provides additional complementary information on laser melting dynamics. Data from both electrical conductance and optical reflectance measurements are presented for silicon and gallium arsenide. The real time experimental data provide strong evidence for a simple thermal model for melting and resolidification during nanosecond pulsed laser annealing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 1983
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0385, Laser Processing of Semiconductor Devices, (9 August 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.934946
Show Author Affiliations
G. J. Galvin, Cornell University (United States)
Michael O. Thompson, Cornell University (United States)
J. W. Mayer, Cornell University (United States)
P. S. Peercy, Sandia National Laboratories, (United States)
R. B. Hammond, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0385:
Laser Processing of Semiconductor Devices
Charles C. Tang, Editor(s)

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