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An atomistic vision of the Mass Action Law: Prediction of carbon/oxygen defects in silicon

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We introduce an atomistic description of the kinetic Mass Action Law to predict concentrations of defects and complexes. We demonstrate in this paper that this approach accurately predicts carbon/oxygen related defect concentrations in silicon upon annealing. The model requires binding and migration energies of the impurities and complexes, here obtained from density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Vacancy-oxygen complex kinetics are studied as a model system during both isochronal and isothermal annealing. Results are in good agreement with experimental data, confirming the success of the methodology. More importantly, it gives access to the sequence of chain reactions by which oxygen and carbon related complexes are created in silicon. Beside the case of silicon, the understanding of such intricate reactions is a key to develop point defect engineering strategies to control defects and thus semiconductors properties. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

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hal-01587604 , version 1 (14-09-2017)

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Gilles Brenet, Dilyara Timerkaeva, E. N. Sgourou, C. A. Londos, Damien Caliste, et al.. An atomistic vision of the Mass Action Law: Prediction of carbon/oxygen defects in silicon. Journal of Applied Physics, 2015, 118 (12), pp.125706. ⟨10.1063/1.4931569⟩. ⟨hal-01587604⟩
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