Nucleation of diamond films by ECR-enhanced microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1410-1413
Journal / PublicationDiamond and Related Materials
Issue number8-9
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999


A novel nucleation technique based on electron cyclotron resonance microwave plasma was developed to enhance the nucleation of diamond. By choosing a suitable experimental condition, a nucleation density higher than 108 nuclei cm-2 was achieved on an untreated, mirror-polished silicon substrate. Uniform diamond films were obtained by combining this nucleation method with subsequent growth by the common microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition. Furthermore, the possibility of this new nucleation method to generate heteroepitaxial diamond nuclei on (001) silicon substrates was explored. © 1999 Elsevier Science S.A. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Cyclotron resonance, Diamond films, Heteroepitaxy, Nucleation