X-ray diffraction confirms benefits of constrained silicon
Categorie(s) : News, Research
Published : 1 April 2014
Constrained silicon conducts electricity up to 2.5 times better than unconstrained silicon, earning the material a place in increasing numbers of integrated circuits. However, constrained silicon had never been observed at the nanometric scale in situ. But a team of researchers from INAC, Leti, ESRF, and Grenoble University just changed that!
The researchers used X-ray diffraction on 225 nm2 x 70 nm2 strips of constrained-silicon-on-insulator to produce the first-ever in situ two-dimensional single-line deformation profile. The experiment highlighted the deformation of the line, showing that the axial constraint that ensures increased charge-carrier mobility remains constant when the silicon-insulator interface is deteriorated.
The system could be used to evaluate other nanoelectronic systems.