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Demonstration of the diamond thin film transfer SmartCutTM technology on a silicon wafer

Abstract : Thin film transfer techniques are key for the development of many applications in the semiconductor industry. In particular, the SmartCutTM 1 technology is being increasingly used on Silicon, to design well-controlled thin film stacks to push devices performances further. On diamond, in addition to the development of innovative ultra-wide-band-gap devices, the SmartCutTM could address specific challenges related to the small substrate size available. For example, the fabrication of large high quality diamond tiled substrates. As well as the simplified and more efficient device fabrication in standard clean room facilities, thanks to a standard size handling substrate. In a previous work2, we proposed the SmartCutTM process on diamond described in Fig.1 a-d. First, a buried damaged layer is formed by ion implantation a few hundred nanometre deep below the surface of a diamond plate. Then, the diamond is bonded to a receiver substrate, typically a silicon wafer. A final annealing causes the propagation of a fracture inside the damaged layer, allowing the separation of the film from the diamond substrate. Suitable experimental implantation and annealing conditions were reported and optimized3,4, but no transfer could be achieved. In this work, we demonstrate for the first time the partial transfer of a 1.8 mm² and 800 nm thick (100) diamond layer on a silicon wafer (Fig.1 c-d). Prior to wafer bonding, Ti was deposited on the diamond and the silicon front faces before contacting them. We will show SIMS, AFM, Raman and XPS characterizations to explain the physical mechanism behind the damaged implanted layer fracture. Moreover, we will discuss key issues and perspectives of the diamond SmartCutTM
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Cédric Masante, Frédéric Mazen, Frederic Milesi, Lucie Le Van-Jodin. Demonstration of the diamond thin film transfer SmartCutTM technology on a silicon wafer. Hasselt Diamond Workshop 2022 - SBDD XXVI, Mar 2022, Hasselt, Belgium. ⟨cea-03846231⟩



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