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Applied Physics Letters
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Surface morphology of oxidized and ion-etched silicon by scanning tunneling microscopy

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Abstract

The surface morphology of silicon (100) wafers has been measured by scanning tunneling microscopy. Samples which were bombarded with low-energy argon ions are found to have an average root-mean-square roughness of 4.0 Å, and the surfaces are covered with characteristic 50-Å-diam hillocks. The roughness of nonbombarded (control) samples is observed to be 1.8 Å, and this roughness arises in part from disorder at the interface between a native oxide and the silicon substrate.

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01 Jan 1985

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Applied Physics Letters

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