Process for forming silicon doped group III-V semiconductors with SiBr.sub. 4

Gregory E. Stillman (Inventor), Steven L Jackson (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


An process for efficient controlled N-type silicon doping of Group III-V materials. Through the present invention silicon may be introduced into Group III-V materials at incorporation efficiencies in excess of 10.sup.-4. In a preferred embodiment doping with silicon tetrabromide attains incorporation efficiencies of approximately 0.37. Silicon incorporation efficiencies of approximately 1 should be obtained using silicon tetraiodide. The silicon dopant sources of the present invention may be used to accurately selectively produce net electron concentrations varying from approximately 1.times.10.sup.16 to 1.2.times.10.sup.20 cm.sup.-3. Favorable room temperature vapor pressures of the dopants used in accordance with the present invention allow for production of abrupt doping profiles. Additionally, high photoluminescence peak values, and low contact and sheet resistances are obtained through the present invention. The efficient controlled doping of the present invention is 10,000 times more efficient than known silicon tetrachloride dopant techniques and may be used to produce many semiconductor devices.
Original languageEnglish (US)
U.S. patent number5580382
Filing date3/27/95
StatePublished - Dec 3 1996


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