Universidad de Valladolid

Universidad de Valladolid

Atomistic modeling of amorphization and recrystallization in silicon

L. Pelaz, L. A. Marqués, M. Aboy, J. Barbolla and G. H. Gilmer

Applied Physics Letters 82, 2038 (2003)


We propose an atomistic model to describe the evolution of the damage generated by irradiation in Si, going from isolated point defects to the formation of continuous amorphous layers. The elementary units used to reproduce the defective zones are Si interstitials,vacancies and the bonddefect, which is a local distortion of the Si lattice without any excess or deficit of atoms. More complex defectstructures can be formed as these elementary units cluster. The amorphous pockets are treated as agglomerates of bonddefects characterized by their local coordination. The model is able to reproduce the abrupt regime in the crystal-amorphous transition in Si and the epitaxial recrystallization upon annealing as observed in the experiments. The model extends the atomistic kinetic Monte Carlo simulation technique to high implant doses, adequately describing the amorphization and regrowth in Si.

DOI: 10.1063/1.1564296

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