Solid Source Molecular Beam Epitaxy

  • J. F. Rochette
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASHT, volume 14)


Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) is a very powerful technique for growing thin layers of semiconductors, metals or insulators. The molecular or atomic beams of the constituent elements crystallize on a substrate maintained at an elevated temperature under ultra-high vacuum environment. The composition of the grown epilayer and its doping level depend directly on the evaporation rate of the elemental sources. The smoothness of the surface of the film is ensured by a relatively low growth rate, generally about lμm per hour, allowing proper surface migration of the atomic species. The source beams can be interrupted very quickly by simple mechanical shutters so that changes in composition and doping can be abrupt on an atomic scale.


Molecular Beam Epitaxy Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth Effusion Cell Sticking Coefficient Molecular Beam Epitaxy System 
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  • J. F. Rochette
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  1. 1.I.C.S. c/o UMIST Ventures LtdManchesterEngland

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