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Time-evolution of thermal oxidation on high-index silicon surfaces; Real-time photoemission spectroscopic study with synchrotron radiation

Ono, Shinya*; Inoue, Kei*; Morimoto, Masahiro*; Arae, Sadanori*; Toyoshima, Hiroaki*; Yoshigoe, Akitaka ; Teraoka, Yuden; Ogata, Shoichi*; Yasuda, Tetsuji*; Tanaka, Masatoshi*

The initial oxidation on high-index silicon surfaces with (113) and (120) orientations at 820 K has been investigated by real-time X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (Si 2p and O 1s) using 687 eV photons. The time evolutions of the Si$$^{n+}$$ (n=1-4) components in the Si 2p spectrum indicate that the Si$$^{2+}$$ state is suppressed on high-index surfaces compared with Si(001). The O 1s state consists of two components, a low-binding-energy component (LBC) and a high-binding-energy component (HBC). It is suggested that the O atom in strained Si-O-Si contributes to the LBC component. The reaction rates are slower on high-index surfaces compared with that on Si(001).

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