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dc.contributor.advisor Margrave, John L.
dc.creatorZhu, Mei
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-03T23:58:16Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-03T23:58:16Z
dc.date.issued 1993
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/13801
dc.description.abstract Equilibrium concentrations of the major species in conventional and halogen assisted CVD diamond synthesis systems were calculated and the results are presented in this thesis. The optimal diamond deposition conditions were predicted based on these calculations and kinetic considerations as well. The calculations suggest that the addition of chlorine or fluorine can significantly reduce the temperature of CVD diamond deposition. The step growth mechanism on a diamond (001) surface was also investigated using molecular mechanics calculations (MM3). The basic step in diamond growth was found to be the incorporation of a gas phase carbon species such as the methyl radical into two carbon atoms on the surface which involves the breaking of the original dimer bond and the formation of a new one. It is suggested that only growth on the S$\sb{\rm B}$ step can continuously generate a smooth (001) surface while individual dimer rows extending from the S$\sb{\rm A}$ step or random dimer rows are kinetically unstable. The mechanism presented in this thesis explains the recent STM observations of finger growth patterns which extend from the SB step on the diamond (001) surface.
dc.format.extent 65 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectPhysical chemistry
dc.title Investigations of CVD diamond-growth mechanisms using computer techniques: A. Equilibrium calculation program TEQWORKS. B. Molecular mechanism program MM3
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Chemistry
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.identifier.citation Zhu, Mei. "Investigations of CVD diamond-growth mechanisms using computer techniques: A. Equilibrium calculation program TEQWORKS. B. Molecular mechanism program MM3." (1993) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/13801.


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