Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1984, 49, 2425-2436

A dual equilibrium diffusion model for epitaxial growth of gallium arsenide layers from the gas phase and an a priori computation of growth rates

Emerich Erdösa, Petr Voňkab, Josef Stejskalc and Přemysl Klímac

a J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 121 38 Prague 2
b Department of Physical Chemistry, Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague 6
c Tesla - Popov Research Institute of Radiocommunication, 142 21 Prague 4


A model is proposed and quantitatively treated of epitaxial growth of gallium arsenide layers, where the rate controlling step consists in the diffusion of reactants through a stagnant gas film adhering to the substrate, and where chemical equilibria are established between the reactants in the main gas stream and at the surface of substrate. The boundary layer theory is applied to the hydrodynamic part of the model which is simplified by introducing a mean effective film thickness, and the system of Ga-As-Cl-H is reduced to six molecular species and to three chemical reactions. With this basis and using estimated values of diffusion coefficients, the growth rates of epitaxial gallium arsenide layers have been a priori computed in dependence of the feed rate, its composition and on temperature. The predicted three dependences are discussed from the view-point of their courses and of the significance of computed results.