Role of oxygen precipitation processes in defect formation and evolution in oxygen implanted silicon-insulator material

J. C. Park, J. D. Lee, D. Venables, Stephen Krause, P. Roitman

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The role of precipitation processes in defect development in high temperature implanted single and multiple implant/anneal SIMOX was studied by transmission electron microscopy. The differences in defect type, density and location were compared. The dominant defects in single implanted and annealed material are pairs of narrow stacking faults (NSFs) at a density of approx. 106 cm-2 while stacking fault pyramids (SFPs) at a similar density dominate multiple implant/anneal material. However, SFPs are confined to the buried oxide interface and thus the density of through-thickness defects is about two orders of magnitude lower in multiple implant (<104 cm-2) than in single implant material (approx. 106 cm-2). SFPs are formed from a collection of four NSFs pinned to residual oxide precipitates. This transformation is energetically possible only below a critical NSF length which is dictated by the relative location of the residual precipitates. In turn, the residual precipitate location is determined by the location of as-implanted defects on which SiO2 preferentially nucleates and grows. Thus, the synergistic interaction between precipitation and defect formation and evolution processes plays a key role in determining the final defect microstructure of SIMOX.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
PublisherPubl by Materials Research Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1558991743
StatePublished - 1993
EventBeam Solid Interactions: Fundamentals and Applications - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 30 1992Dec 4 1992

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


OtherBeam Solid Interactions: Fundamentals and Applications
CityBoston, MA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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