• Journal Article

Low temperature InP/Si wafer bonding


Tong, Q-Y., Gan, Q., Hudson, G., Fountain, G., & Enquist, P. (2004). Low temperature InP/Si wafer bonding. Applied Physics Letters, 84(5), 732-734.


An oxide-free, covalently bonded interface of InP/silicon wafer pairs has been realized at low temperature by B2H6 plasma treatment of bonding surfaces in the reactive ion etch mode followed by a HF dip and room temperature bonding in air. The bonding energy reaches InP fracture surface energy of 630 mJ/m(2) at 200 degreesC. A total B-doped amorphous layer of about 15 Angstrom with peak concentration of similar to2x10(20) cm(-3) was detected at the bonding interface. The release of hydrogen at low temperature from B-H complexes and subsequent absorption of the atomic hydrogen by the amorphous layer at the bonding interface is most likely responsible for the enhanced bonding energy. (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics