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We present an analytical methodology, based on electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy, which allows us to quantify the clustered silicon concentration in annealed substoichiometric silicon oxide layers, deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The clustered Si volume fraction was deduced from a fit to the experimental EELS spectrum using a theoretical description proposed to calculate the dielectric function of a system of spherical particles of equal radii, located at random in a host material. The methodology allowed us to demonstrate that the clustered Si concentration is only one half of the excess Si concentration dissolved in the layer.
American Institute of Physics
Publication date: 
25 Jul 2005

Corrado Spinella, Corrado Bongiorno, Giuseppe Nicotra, Emanuele Rimini, Anna Muscarà, Salvo Coffa

Biblio References: 
Volume: 87 Issue: 4 Pages: 044102
Applied Physics Letters