Impact of isovalent doping on the formation of the CiOi(SiI)n defects in silicon

Stavros Christopoulos, E.N. Sgourou, R.V. Vovk, Alexander Chroneos, C.A. Londos

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    It has been determined that carbon-oxygen-self-interstitial defects in silicon (Si) can influence the operation of devices through the concentration of intrinsic point defects. Doping with larger isovalent dopants such as germanium (Ge) and tin (Sn) can impact the formation, energetics and structure of defect clusters in Si. In the present study we use density functional theory calculations to gain insights on the formation and stability of the CiOi(SiI)n (n = 0, 1, 2) defects in Si doped with Ge or Sn. It is calculated that the CiOi(SiI)n defects will preferentially form away from the oversized dopants. This result for the interstitial clusters is opposite to what is expected for vacancy-containing clusters which strongly associate with oversized dopants.

    Publisher Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Solid State Communications. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Solid State Communications, [263, (2017)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ssc.2017.06.010

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    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-22
    Number of pages4
    JournalSolid State Communications
    Early online date28 Jun 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017


    • Semiconductors
    • Density functional theory


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