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A new method for the creation of high-quality, fully electrically active junctions to be applied in nanostructured semiconductor materials is explored in this work. The method consists in a gas phase antimony deposition on Ge, which gives rise to an antimony self-limiting behavior to form a monolayer (ML) on the Ge (100) surface. The ML formation is characterized by a wide thermal process window in terms of time and temperature. Synchrotron radiation Angle Resolved X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy shows that the ML structure consists in oxidized Sb grown over a very thin layer of Ge oxide, and a small amount of metallic Sb is embedded beneath the Ge surface during the deposition process. Interestingly, during the ML formation process native Ge oxide is reduced without the need of strong acid pre-treatments. By performing further thermal annealing in equilibrium conditions, Sb diffusion can be faithfully …
Publication date: 
1 Dec 2019

Francesco Sgarbossa, Gianluigi Maggioni, Gian Andrea Rizzi, Sara Maria Carturan, Enrico Napolitani, Walter Raniero, Chiara Carraro, Federica Bondino, Igor Píš, Davide De Salvador

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Volume: 496 Pages: 143713
Applied Surface Science