Probing the formation of silicon nano-crystals (Si-ncs) using variable energy positron annihilation spectroscopy

A P Knights, J D B Bradley, O Hulko, D V Stevanovic, C J Edwards, Alexis Kallis, Paul G Coleman, I F Crowe, M P Halsall, R M Gwilliam

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Abstract

We describe preliminary results from studies of the formation of silicon nano-crystals (Si-ncs) embedded in stoichiometric, thermally grown SiO 2 using Variable Energy Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (VEPAS). We show that the VEPAS technique is able to monitor the introduction of structural damage. In SiO2 through the high dose Si+ ion implantation required to introduce excess silicon as a precursor to Si-nc formation. VEPAS is also able to characterize the rate of the removal of this damage with high temperature annealing, showing strong correlation with photoluminescence. Finally, VEPAS is shown to be able to selectively probe the interface between Si-ncs and the host oxide. Introduction of hydrogen at these interfaces suppresses the trapping of positrons at the interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012031
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume262
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event12th International Workshop on Slow Positron Beam Techniques for Solids, Surfaces, Atoms and Molecules, SLOPOS12, August 1, 2010 - August 6, 2010 - Magnetic Island, QLD, Australia
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …

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    Knights, A. P., Bradley, J. D. B., Hulko, O., Stevanovic, D. V., Edwards, C. J., Kallis, A., Coleman, P. G., Crowe, I. F., Halsall, M. P., & Gwilliam, R. M. (2011). Probing the formation of silicon nano-crystals (Si-ncs) using variable energy positron annihilation spectroscopy. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 262(1), [012031]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/262/1/012031