Ab initio study of the effect of hydrogen and point defects on arsenic segregation at Si(100)/SiO2 interfaces

Ravichandran, Karthik; Windl, Wolfgang
April 2005
Applied Physics Letters;4/11/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 15, p152106
Academic Journal
The previously suggested segregation model for arsenic at Si/SiO2 interfaces based on a combined trapping/pairing model [J. Dabrowski, H.-J. Müssig, V. Zavodinsky, R. Baierle, and M. J. Caldas, Phys. Rev. B 65, 245305 (2002)] requires high binding energies for interface vacancies, which our results of ∼0.2 eV cannot confirm. As an alternative explanation, we present ab initio results that show that As and hydrogen bond with an energy gain of 1.5–3 eV with their minimum-energy position at the interface, which creates additional trapping sites for As segregation. The inclusion of hydrogen into the modeling might thus be able to explain the differences between the previous model and experiments.


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