Electron-beam interactions in Cu-GeSe2 amorphous thin films

Jason Romero, Sandy Fitzgerald

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    Copper migration and surface expansion of irradiated areas are observed in amorphous germanium-based chalcogenide thin films when an electron beam is focused in pulsed or continuous operation on the surface of these thin films. Both phenomena can be explained using a simple model in which the population of D- centers is considered to increase upon electron irradiation. The increase in the D- center population is envisaged as due to the breaking of bonds by the electron radiation and by the constant presence of negative charge in irradiated regions. Changes in copper concentration of 20%–30% and surface expansions of 30%–40% of films thickness have been obtained. © 2003 American Institute of Physics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4517-4520
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003


    • Copper compounds
    • Germanium compounds
    • Ternary semiconductors
    • Diffusion
    • Semiconductor thin films
    • Chalcogenide glasses
    • Electron-surface impact


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