Arsenic defect complexes at SiO2/Si interfaces: A density functional theory study

Ning Kong, Taras A. Kirichenko, Gyeong S. Hwang, Sanjay K. Banerjee

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The behavior of arsenic defect complexes at amorphous SiO2/Si (110) interfaces has been studied using density-functional theory calculation. We find that arsenic defect complexes that are stable in bulk Si show moderate energy gain in SiO2/Si interface region due to the interface-induced strain effect. We have identified three arsenic defect complex configurations, Asit, As2 I2I, and As2 I 2II, which exist only at SiO2 /Si interface. These interface arsenic defect complexes are highly stabilized due to their unique bonding configurations at SiO2 /Si interface. Therefore, they could contribute to arsenic segregation as both initial stage precursor and dopant trapping sites. Our calculation indicates that arsenic atoms trapped in such interface complexes are electrically inactive. Finally, the formation and evolution dynamics of interface arsenic defect complexes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number205328
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - 30 Nov 2009


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