Infrared study of defects in nitrogen-doped electron irradiated silicon

E.N. Sgourou, T. Angeletos, A. Chroneos, C.A. Londos

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Abstract

Nitrogen is a key dopant in Czochralski silicon widely used to control properties of Si wafers for applications in the microelectronics industry. Most of these properties are affected by defects and their processes. Here we employ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to investigate the existence of radiation induced N-related defects in Si. Besides well-known signals of substitutional (Ns) at 653 cm−1, interstitial (Ni) at 691 cm−1, N2 at 766 cm−1, N–O complexes at 801, 996 and 1026 cm−1 and N2O at 973 and 996 cm−1 we determined some additional signals. The pair of bands at 646 and 663 cm−1 has been tentatively correlated with the Ns V pair in agreement with previous theoretical calculations. Similarly the pair of bands at 725 and 778 cm−1 has been tentatively correlated with the N2 V complex and another pair of bands at 930 and 953 cm−1 may be related with the N2SiI complex. Additionally, oxygen-vacancy defects such as the vacancy-oxygen pair (A-center or VO) are common in electron irradiated Si and can impact the material and electronic properties of Si. We investigate and compare the effect of N doping on oxygen-vacancy defects in electron irradiated Si. It is determined that nitrogen reduces the production of VO defects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2054-2061
JournalJournal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2015

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10854-015-3991-2

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