MBE Components, E-Beam Boron Doping Source EBVV-B


Electron Beam Boron Doping Source EBVV-B

EBVV 63-4
  • Up to 1021/ccm Boron doping in Si-MBE

  • Evaporation of elemental Boron or Si-B alloy in vertical e-beam evaporator

  • Small dimensions; can be used in DN63CF

    (O.D. 4.5“) effusion cell ports; hearth volume 5 cm³

  • Long filament lifetime and easy maintenance

  • 270° beam deflection

  • High frequency x-y-beam deflection system

  • Silicon shielding parts for use in SiGe-MBE

EBVV-B 63-4 Electron Beam Boron Doping Source on DN63CF (O.D. 4.5") flange with 4 cm³ crucible capacity

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The Vertical Electron Beam Evaporator EBVV-B 63-5 allows to introduce real e-beam evaporation into your MBE system that has originally been designed for effusion cells only.

The unique and extremely compact design permits to install the EBVV-B 63 instead of an ordinary effusion cell on any MBE system having CF63 ports with an I.D. ≥ 60 mm. Even tilted ports can be used. Despite its small footprint, the new EBVV-B 63 includes a complete electromagnetic x- and y-dynamic beam deflection system and can deliver beam powers up to 3 kW.

The evaporator hearth volume is 5 cm³.  

The 270° beam deflection design of the electron emitter eliminates nearly all ion bombardment on the filament due to a sharply bent electron beam path near the beam exit aperture. Thus, the filament is well shielded from evaporant or charged particles ejected from the crucible.

EBVV 63-4 close-up view

EBVV-B 63-4
, view onto emitter block and filament


The EBVV-B 63-5 allows high purity evaporation of elemental boron or Si-B alloy. Consequently, it allows Si and SiGe MBE growth of highest Boron doped epi-layers with Boron concentrations  up to 1021/ccm.

This concept is applied in Si/SiGe HBTs or Si based Esaki-Diodes with record peak-to valley ratio and current density. The SIMS profile below shows a 275 nm Si layer with high Boron doping.

SIMS profile B-doping

pool of molten silicon
EBVV-B 63-5,
 pool of molten silicon (EBVV is mounted into a port 35° to the vertical axis)

Silicon shielding parts

The EBVV-B is equipped with a specially adapted set of shielding parts manufactured from high-purity single crystalline Si. A Si plate and a ring cover all parts of the metallic body that are potentially subject to electron or ion bombardment and that face the substrate.

Only this Si-shielding allows the growth of highest purity Boron doped Si and SiGe films.

We also supply high purity Si-B source material in superior quality. It is machined and pre-conditioned from wafer-grade Si-single crystals and high purity Boron, fitting the evaporator hearth.

silicon shielding parts

shielding parts

EBVV-B 63-5,
with shielding parts
Set of silicon shielding parts for EBVV-B 63-5

Technical Data

Mounting flange
DN63 CF (O.D.4,5“) or DN100 CF (O.D.6“)
Dimensions in UHV
Length: 234 – 450 mm (user specific); ØD: 60 mm
Crucible capacity 5 cm³
Hearth dimensions Ø 23 mm (12° taper) x 15 mm
Filament type short-legged coil of W wire, electron emitting filament
Bakeout temperature 200° (all air side connectors removed)
Operating pressure 1 × 10-11 mbar ….1 × 10-5 mbar
Accelaration voltage 4 - 6 kV
Beam power max. 3 kW
Filament current max. 25 A at 10V (AC)
Spot size
5 mm diameter, approx.
Primary beam deflection C270° by permanent magnet system
Dynamic beam deflection coils wound from KAPTONTM isolated wire; defl. frequency: max. 150 Hz; x-deflection current: ± 1,5 A max.; y-deflection current: ± 2 A max.
Water cooling Min. water flow rate 5 l/min at 4 bar
Options Tilted hearth (T); integrated rotary shutter (S)


Schematic drawing EBVV-B Schematic drawing of the Electron Beam Boron Doping Source EBVV-B

(drawing shows EBVV-B 63-5)