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Ab initio investigation of phosphorus and boron diffusion in germanium

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P and B diffusion has been modeled in Ge using ab initio methods along with the formation energies and electrical levels of various PxVy defects expected to be important in the deactivation of P in heavily n-doped Ge. The calculated activation barrier for B diffusion is found to be substantially lower than the measured barrier. However. the exceptionally large pre-exponential factor in the measured diffusivity points to a Meyer-Neldel rule operating and accounting for the discrepancy. The magnitude of the theoretical diffusivity is about a factor 10 lower than observed. For P diffusion, the experimental and theoretical results are in much closer agreement. The formation energy calculations show that all PxVy clusters are stable with respect to their component defects, and all but P4V are predicted to introduce acceptor levels into the band gap. A simple analysis of possible formation mechanisms and Coulombic contributions suggests that as in Si, P3V is the most important compensating center in heavily n-doped Ge. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Janke C, Jones R, Coutinho J, Oberg S, Briddon PR

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing: International Symposium on Beyond Silicon Technology

Year of Conference: 2009

Pages: 324-327

ISSN: 1369-8001

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.mssp.2008.07.002

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ISBN: 18734081