Watch nanostructured oxides grow before your eyes

Categorie(s) : MINATEC, News, Research

Published : 30 November 2014

The MOON project, financed by the French National Research Agency (ANR), will reach a major milestone in February, with a second round of testing on the SOLEIL synchrotron near Paris. The researchers, from LMGP and SIMaP*, will use a diffractometer equipped with an instrumented CVD reactor to observe in real time the deposition of ultra-thin layers of zinc oxide on an InGaAs substrate. The researchers will be able to see just about everything, from growth mechanisms and amounts of material deposited to texture, nucleus morphology, and substrate deformation.
The observation will provide a unique opportunity to make improvements during the actual deposition process rather than working blind. The instrumented reactor was validated during an initial round of testing at SOLEIL last May and has since been set up at LMGP where it is used on a regular basis.

*with researchers from Marseille, Metz, and SOLEIL


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