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Local Solid Phase Epitaxy of Few-Layer Graphene on Silicon Carbide

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Enrique Escobedo-Cousin, Dr Konstantin VasilevskiyORCiD, Irina Nikitina, Professor Nick Wright, Professor Anthony O'Neill, Dr Alton Horsfall, Professor Jon Goss


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Patterned Few-Layers Graphene (FLG) films were grown by local solid phase epitaxy from nickel silicide supersaturated with carbon. The process was realised by annealing of thin Ni films deposited on the carbon-terminated surface of a 6H-SiC semi-insulating wafer followed by wet processing to remove the resulting nickel silicide. Raman spectroscopy was used to investigate both the formation and subsequent removal of nickel silicide during processing. Characterisation of the resulting FLG films was carried out by Raman spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The thickness of the final FLG film estimated from the Raman spectra varied from 1 to 3 monolayers for initial Ni layers varying from 3 to 20 nm thick. AFM observations revealed process-induced surface roughening in FLG films. However, electrical conductivity measurements by Transfer Length Method (TLM) structures confirmed that roughness does not compromise the film sheet resistivity.

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Author(s): Escobedo-Cousin E, Vassilevski K, Nikitina I, Wright N, O'Neill A, Horsfall A, Goss J

Editor(s): Devaty, R.P., Dudley, M., Chow, T.P., Neudeck, P.G.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 14th International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials (ICSCRM)

Year of Conference: 2012

Pages: 629-632

ISSN: 0255-5476

Publisher: Trans Tech Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.4028/

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Series Title: Materials Science Forum

ISBN: 9783037854198