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Experimental Evidence of Long-Range Point Defect-Phosphorous Pair Diffusion in Silicon

  • Ammar Nayfeh (a1) and Viktor Koldyaev (a2)


Point Defect (PD) mediated diffusion of phosphorous in silicon is studied in order to address the long standing open problem of PD-Dopant pair lifetime. A novel experimental method is suggested to increase PD-P pair lifetime for better observability and experimental resolution. In the experiment, phosphorous is implanted, followed by low temperature poly-Si deposition with in-situ doped phosphorous. The P profile shows, after low temperature (<650°C) in-situ phosphorous doped poly-Si deposition, an exponential dependence of two orders of magnitude for a significant depth scale. This indicates that the PD-P pairs survive long-range diffusion before dissociating in the Si lattice. As a result, the lifetime of PD-P pair was extracted and this provides a physical basis for TCAD simulation at the atomic scale.



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[4] Kol'dyaev, V.I., “Study of influence of the nonequlbrium point defect concentration gradient on the dopant flux during ion implantation at high temperaturesNuclear Instruments and Methods in Phys. Res B (1995) Vol 103 PP.446453



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