Nucleation and growth of polycrystalline SiC

M. Kaiser, S. Schimmel, V. Jokubavicius, M. K. Linnarsson, Haiyan Ou, M. Syväjärvi, P. Wellmann

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The nucleation and bulk growth of polycrystalline SiC in a 2 inch PVT setup using isostatic and pyrolytic graphite as substrates was studied. Textured nucleation occurs under near-thermal equilibrium conditions at the initial growth stage with hexagonal platelet shaped crystallites of 4H, 6H and 15R polytypes. It is found that pyrolytic graphite results in enhanced texturing of the nucleating gas species. Reducing the pressure leads to growth of the crystallites until a closed polycrystalline SiC layer containing voids with a rough surface is developed. Bulk growth was conducted at 35 mbar Ar pressure at 2250°C in diffusion limited mass transport regime generating a convex shaped growth form of the solid-gas interface leading to lateral expansion of virtually [001] oriented crystallites. Growth at 2350°C led to the stabilization of 6H polytypic grains. The micropipe density in the bulk strongly depends on the substrate used.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEMRS 2013 Spring Meeting, Symposium G
Number of pages7
PublisherIOP Publishing
Publication date2014
Article number012001
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventE-MRS 2013 Spring Meeting - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 27 May 201331 May 2013


ConferenceE-MRS 2013 Spring Meeting
Internet address
SeriesI O P Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering

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