Tensile strain mapping in flat germanium membranes

S. D. Rhead, J. E. Halpin, V. A. Shah, M. Myronov, D. H. Patchett, P. S. Allred, V. Kachkanov, I. P. Dolbnya, J. S. Reparaz, N. R. Wilson, C. M. Sotomayor Torres, D. R. Leadley

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Scanning X-ray micro-diffraction has been used as a non-destructive probe of the local crystalline quality of a thin suspended germanium (Ge) membrane. A series of reciprocal space maps were obtained with ∼4 μm spatial resolution, from which detailed information on the strain distribution, thickness, and crystalline tilt of the membrane was obtained. We are able to detect a systematic strain variation across the membranes, but show that this is negligible in the context of using the membranes as platforms for further growth. In addition, we show evidence that the interface and surface quality is improved by suspending the Ge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number172107
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2014


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