REAL TIME MONITOR AND CONTROL OF MBE GROWTH OF HGCDTE BY SPECTROSCOPIC ELLIOPSOMETRY

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 18520
Amount: $489,495.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
J.a. Woollam Company
650 J Street, Lincoln, NE, 68508
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Blaine Johs
 (402) 477-7501
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
II-VI SEMICONDUCTORS, ESPECIALLY HGCDTE, ARE USED EXTENSIVELY IN INFRARED IMAGING AND NIGHT VISION ELECTRONICS. THESE SEMICONDUCTORS HAVE SOFT SURFACES; GROWTH OF DEVICE QUALITY MATERIAL IS DIFFICULT; DEVICE YIELDS ARE LOW, AND COSTS ARE HIGH. THERE IS THUS A GREAT NEED FOR NON-INVASIVE PROCESS CONTROL. RECENTLY OUR COMPANY HAS DEVELOPED IN SITU SPECTROSCOPIC ELLIPSOMETRY FOR THE MONITOR OF AL(X)GA(1-X). AS CRYSTAL GROWTH BY MBE. IN ELLIPSOMETRY LINEARLY POLARIZED LIGHT IS INCIDENT ON THE MATERIAL OF INTEREST AND THE POLARIZATION STATE OF THE REFLECTED LIGHT IS DETERMINED. OUR IN SITU WORK TO DATE HAS BEEN REASONABLY SUCCESSFUL USING ROTATING ANALYZER, FIXED POLARIZER ELLIPSOMETRY; HOWEVER, CONSIDERABLE FURTHER PROGRESS MUST BE MADE BEFORE ELLIPSOMETRY CAN BE ADOPTED FOR IN SITU CONTROL OF HGCDTE CRYSTAL GROWTH. FASTER DATA ACQUISITION AND ANALYSIS METHODS NEED TO BE ADOPTED. FOR THIS PURPOSE WE PROPOSE USING A SOLID STATE OPTICAL MULTIDETECTOR ARRAY, AS WELL AS VERY FAST COMPUTERS AND MORE EFFICIENT SOFTWARE. IN ADDITION, THE OPTICAL CONSTANTS OF HG(1-X)CD(X)TE NEED TO BE MEASURED AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURES AND FOR VARIOUS X VALUES. THUS IN PHASE I WE WILL BUILD AND TEST A FAST PROTOTYPE SPECTROSCOPIC ELLIPSOMETER AND GAIN EXPERIENCE MAKING MEASUREMENTS AT GROWTH TEMPERATURES. EMPHASIS WILL BE ON MONITORING GROWTH; HOWEVER, WE WILL IMPLEMENT A SIMPLE DEMONSTRATION OF PROCESS CONTROL IN PHASE I. IN PHASE II WE WILL FURTHER PERFECT THE TECHNIQUE FOR CONTROL OF MBE GROWTH OF HGCDTE AND GAIN CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE ON AN ACTUAL ARMY GROWTH CHAMBER. AN OPERATING AND WELL DOCUMENTED SPECTROSCOPIC ELLIPSOMETER SYSTEM WILL BE DELIVERABLE AS PART OF THE PHASE II CONTRACT.

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