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We investigated the complex interaction between a nickel layer and a 4H-SiC substrate under UV-laser irradiation since the early stages of the atomic inter-diffusion. An exhaustive description is still lacking in the literature. A multimethod approach based on Transmission Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy and Diffraction (electron and X-ray) techniques has been implemented for a cross-correlated description of the final state of the contact after laser irradiation. They detailed the stoichiometry and the lattice structure of each phase formed as well as the Ni/Si alloy profile along the contact for laser fluences in the range 2.4–3.8 J/cm2. To make a bridge between process conditions and post-process characterizations, time dependent ultra-fast phenomena (laser pulse ≈160 ns), such as intermixing driven melting and Ni-silicides reactions, have been simulated by a modified phase fields approach in …
Publication date: 
10 Nov 2020

Salvatore Sanzaro, Corrado Bongiorno, Paolo Badalà, Anna Bassi, Giovanni Franco, Patrizia Vasquez, Alessandra Alberti, Antonino La Magna

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Volume: 539 Pages: 148218
Applied Surface Science