Silver diffusion and defect formation in Si (1 1 1) substrate at elevated temperatures

Linghui Chen, Yuxiao Zeng, Phucanh Nyugen, Terry Alford

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Silver diffusion into Si (1 1 1) substrate at moderate temperatures (400-700 °C) has been studied by the use of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), and optical etch pit observations. The diffusion coefficient of silver has been estimated. Silicon crystallographic defects start to form at the silicon surface when the annealing temperature is above 450 °C. This phenomenon is related to the silver diffusion. The activation energy of the defect formation is approximately 2.46 ± 0.26 eV. It is higher than the reported activation energy (1.59 eV) for silver diffusion at higher temperature (1100-1300 °C). The possible mechanisms are discussed to account for the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-227
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002


  • Activation energy
  • Si (1 1 1) substrate
  • Silver diffusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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