Low Pressure Source for Mass-Selective, Diffusion Assisted Epitaxy
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DOD / USAF
Epitaxial growth of non-equilibrium thin-film structures, which have high quality and abrupt interfaces, is still the main challenge that limits many material systems for applications in semiconductor devices. In this STTR Phase II program, SVT Associates (SVTA) in collaboration with the University of Minnesota (UMN) will develop a new RF plasma light-mass ion source, compatible with the low-pressure requirements of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). This source will allow selective enhancement of the motion of surface atoms during thin film growth. Ion-enhanced MBE growth techniques will be used at SVTA and UMN to achieve high-quality growth of challenging material systems such as high-indium-content III-nitride films and novel high-temperature oxides. These are technologically important materials with broad applications in high frequency and high-power electronics, UV photodetectors and emitters, and MEMs and high-temperature device packaging.
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Research Institution Information:
SVT ASSOC., INC.
7620 Executive Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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University of Minnesota
Dept of Elec. & Comp Eng., 200 Union Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Philip I. Cohen
Nonprofit college or university