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dc.contributor.author Venkatasamy, V
dc.contributor.author Jayaraju, N
dc.contributor.author Cox, SM
dc.contributor.author Thambidurai, C
dc.contributor.author Mathe, MK
dc.contributor.author Stickney, LJ
dc.date.accessioned 2007-08-13T09:03:31Z
dc.date.available 2007-08-13T09:03:31Z
dc.date.issued 2006-04
dc.identifier.citation Venkatasamy, V et al. 2006. Deposition of HgTe by electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy (EC-ALE). ournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Vol. 589(2), pp 195-202 en
dc.identifier.issn 0013-4651
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1106
dc.description Copyright: 2006 Electrochemical Society en
dc.description.abstract This paper describes the first instance of HgTe growth by electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy (EC-ALE). EC-ALE is the electrochemical analog of atomic layer epitaxy (ALE) and atomic layer deposition (ALD), all of which are based on the growth of materials a monolayer at a time, using surface limited reactions. EC-ALE involves the successive application of electrochemical surface limited reactions such as underpotential deposition (UPD), to form the desired material in a series of steps, a cycle, to produce a monolayer of the material. The number such cycles then determines the thickness of the resulting deposit. This study describes attempts to optimize an EC-ALE cycle for the growth of HgTe. The effect of changes in the deposition potentials for Hg and Te are studied, as well as that used to strip excess Te. All depositions took place in an automated electrochemical flow cell deposition system, so that potentials and solutions could be repeatedly changed on the fly. Based on these studies, the best deposits were formed using Hg and Te deposition potentials of 0.40 V and -0.35 V, respectively, and using a Te stripping potential of -0.70 V. Ellipsometric measurements of 100 cycle deposits formed using these conditions showed a film thickness of 71.9 nm, about twice that expected, based on the view that each cycle should result in one HgTe compound monolayer. Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) of the deposit indicated a Te/Hg atomic ratio of 1.02, the expected stoichiometry for the deposit. Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) studies of this cycle, also using an automated flow cell, indicated that some deposited Te was stripped at the potential used to deposit Hg. X-ray diffraction studies showed the deposits to grow in a strongly (1 1 1) orientation. Room temperature IR absorption studies of HgTe indicated a negative bandgap, -0.20 eV. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Electrochemical Society en
dc.subject Electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy en
dc.subject Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance en
dc.subject Electron probe microanalysis en
dc.subject Atomic layer deposition en
dc.subject Underpotential deposition en
dc.title Deposition of HgTe by electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy (EC-ALE) en
dc.type Article en


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