Mechanism for coupling between properties of interfaces and bulk semiconductors

Kapil Dev, L. Jung, R. Gunawan, D. Braatz, G. Seebauer

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A mechanism is described by which interface electronic properties can affect bulk semiconductor behavior. In particular, experimental measurements by photoreflectance of Si(100)-SiO2 interfaces show how a controllable degree of band bending can be introduced near the interface by ion bombardment and annealing. The resulting electric field near the interface can affect dopant concentration profiles deep within the semiconductor bulk by drastically changing the effective interfacial boundary condition for annihilation of charged interstitial atoms formed during bombardment. Kinetic measurements of band-bending evolution during annealing show that the bending persists for substantial periods even above 1000 °C. Unusually low activation energies for the evolution point to a distribution of energies for healing of bombardment-generated interface defects. The findings have significant implications for p-n junction formation during complementary metal oxide semiconductor device processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number19
StatePublished - Nov 18 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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