Stability of shuffle and glide dislocation segments with increasing misfit in Ge/Si1-xGex(001) epitaxial layers

Marzegalli, A.; Montalenti, F.; Miglio, Leo
January 2005
Applied Physics Letters;1/24/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 4, p041912
Academic Journal
Using molecular dynamics simulations, based on Tersoff potentials, we show that at typical experimental temperatures high compressive strain regimes suppress the formation of partial glide dislocations, while enhancing the gliding of the shuffle segments. Despite being qualitative in nature, these results suggest that strain relaxation in thin virtual substrates at high misfit may occur with a different modality than in thick graded layers, as indicated by preliminary experimental results by low-energy plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition.


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