Extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy of selenium-hyperdoped silicon

Bonna K. Newman, Elif Ertekin, Joseph T. Sullivan, Mark T. Winkler, Matthew A. Marcus, Sirine C. Fakra, Meng Ju Sher, Eric Mazur, Jeffrey C. Grossman, Tonio Buonassisi

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Silicon doped with an atomic percent of chalcogens exhibits strong, uniform sub-bandgap optical absorptance and is of interest for photovoltaic and infrared detector applications. This sub-bandgap absorptance is reduced with subsequent thermal annealing indicative of a diffusion mediated chemical change. However, the precise atomistic origin of absorptance and its deactivation is unclear. Herein, we apply Se K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy to probe the chemical states of selenium dopants in selenium-hyperdoped silicon annealed to varying degrees. We observe a smooth and continuous selenium chemical state change with increased annealing temperature, highly correlated to the decrease in sub-bandgap optical absorptance. In samples exhibiting strong sub-bandgap absorptance, EXAFS analysis reveals that the atoms nearest to the Se atom are Si at distances consistent with length scales in energetically favorable Se substitutional-type point defect complexes as calculated by density functional theory. As the sub-bandgap absorptance increases, EXAFS data indicate an increase in the Se-Si bond distance. In specimens annealed at 1225 K exhibiting minimal sub-bandgap absorptance, fitting of the EXAFS spectra indicates that Se is predominantly in a silicon diselenide (SiSe2) precipitate state. The EXAFS study supports a model of highly optically absorbing point defects that precipitate during annealing into structures with no sub-bandgap absorptance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number133507
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number13
StatePublished - Oct 7 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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