PACS: 68.55; 78.30; 81.40
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Abstract. In this work, the excimer-laser-induced crystallization of a-Si films on SiO2 was investigated using a long-pulse-duration (200 ns) XeCl source. The microstructural analysis of the laser-irradiated area, for incident energy densities comprised between the thresholds corresponding to the surface and full melting, respectively, of the Si layer, was performed by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. A super-lateral-growth regime was evidenced quite comparable to that which occurs when classical excimer laser pulses of short duration (≈20 ns) are used. A numerical simulation of the surface melt dynamics was also performed and compared to the experimental observations.
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