# Reinvestigation on the silicide formation process

• 발행 : 2008.06.30

#### 초록

Silicide formation process and the formation sequence were investigated in this study. It was postulated that the formation of the second silicide phase involves glass formation between the first silicide phase and Si given that a thin metal film is deposited on a Si substrate. The concentration of glass was assumed to be located where the free energy of the liquid alloy with respect to the first nucleated compound and solid Si (${\Delta}$G') is most negative. It was also mentioned that the glass concentration is close to the composition of the second phase in order to achieve the maximum energy degradation. It was shown that the minimum ${\Delta}$G' concentration can be estimated by interpolating the portion of the liquidus where the liquid alloy is in equilibrium with the two solid constituents, namely the first compound phase and Si, thereby forming a hypothetical eutectic.