Diamond was grown on polycrystalline CoSi2/Si substrates by bias-enhanced microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition. Both of the positive and negative biasing effects were investigated by microstructural characterization. It has been found that nucleation density can reach ∼109 cm-2 with positive biasing, much higher than with negative biasing. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy shows that diamond deposited by positive biasing grows on a relatively smooth CoSi2 surface, while the etching effect of ion bombardment during negative biasing results in a rough CoSi2 surface. The diamond morphology obtained with negative bias has a flat surface with a strong (1 0 0) texture.
- Electron microscopy
- Plasma-assisted CVD