Controlling Plateau-Rayleigh instabilities during the reorganization of silicon macropores in the Silicon Millefeuille process
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The reorganization through high-temperature annealing of closely-packed pore arrays can be exploited to create ultra-thin (<20 µm) monocrystalline silicon layers that can work as cheap and flexible substrates for both the electronic and the photovoltaic industries. By introducing a periodic diameter modulation along deep etched pores, many thin layers can be produced from a single substrate and in a single technological process. Besides the periodicity, the exact shape of the modulation also has a profound impact on the process and subtle profile changes can lead to important differences on the process outcome. In this paper we study both theoretically and experimentally the effect of the initial profile on the pore reorganization dynamics and the morphology of the thin layers obtained through annealing. We show that process reliability, annealing time and final layer characteristics, all can be engineered and optimized by precisely controlling the initial pore profile.
CitationGarin, M., C. Jin, Cardador, D., Trifonov, T., Alcubilla, R. Controlling Plateau-Rayleigh instabilities during the reorganization of silicon macropores in the Silicon Millefeuille process. "Scientific reports", 3 Agost 2017, vol. 7, núm. 7233, p. 1-11.