On the role of self-interstitials in impurity diffusion in silicon

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The question of whether the monovacancy or the self-interstitial is the point defect responsible for impurity diffusion is reviewed in the light of buried marker diffusion experiments and irradiation-enhanced diffusion data. It is concluded that coupled vacancy-impurity diffusion is the preferred interpretation, but no definite conclusions can be drawn. However, the role of the self-interstitial in diffusion is proposed through a model which assumes that during oxidation, exchanges can take place between vacancies, self-interstitials, impurity interstitials, and substitutional impurities. By assuming a partial interstitialcy diffusion model it is shown that ?10-20% of the impurity flux during nonoxidizing diffusion conditions is due to impurity interstitials displaced by self-interstitials in equilibrium in the silicon. Calculations of impurity interstitial formation energies are consistent with the degree of oxidation enhanced diffusion measured for boron, phosphorus, and arsenic.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fair, RB

Published Date

  • December 1, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 5828 - 5832

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8979

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.327540

Citation Source

  • Scopus