Depletion layer imaging using a gaseous secondary electron detector in an environmental scanning electron microscope

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Applied Physics Letters, 1999, 75 (1), pp. 76 - 78
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We present a method for imaging depletion layers using the gaseous secondary electron detector (GSED) employed in environmental scanning electron microscopes. GSED images of a p-n junction were obtained from a Si P+PN power diode. Behavior of the junction contrast as a function of imaging conditions is unrelated to reported GSED contrast formation mechanisms [ A. L. Fletcher, B. L. Thiel, and A. M. Donald, J. Phys. D 30, 2249 (1997)]. Optimum imaging conditions are presented, and the contrast behavior is interpreted in terms of a previously unreported induced current component in GSED images. The presented technique is unique as it will enable imaging of depletion layers in uncoated semiconductor/oxide devices in controlled gaseous environments at elevated specimen temperatures. © 1999 American Institute of Physics.
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