Both polysilicon films low-pressure chemical-vapor-deposited (LPCVD) at 625°C and amorphous films deposited at 550°C with subsequent annealing at 600 °C for 24 h to form polysilicon films were used to grow polyoxides at 850°C in wet or dry oxygen. Detailed high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies have been performed to determine the microstructures of the poly oxide/polysilicon interface and the crystallinity of the polysilicon films. It is found that the oxidation phenomena of these two films are very different. For the recrystallized amorphous silicon specimens, the poly oxide/poly silicon interface is very flat because of the poor crystallinity and low-angle grain boundaries between the grains. On the other hand, the polyoxide/polysilicon interface is rough for the as-deposited polysilicon samples due to the distinct grain characteristics and the high-angle grain boundaries between these grains.
- Grain boundary
- Intergranular oxidation
- Polyoxide/polysilicon interface
- Polysilicon sample
- Recrystallized amorphous sample