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Peculiar Doping Behavior of Si:Be.

  • Eugen Tarnow (a1), S.B. Zhang (a1), K.J. Chang (a2) and D.J. Chadi (a1)


The total energies and structures of a number of Be-induced defects in Si are investigated using ab-initio local density calculations. Our primary results are: 1) The geometry of the isoelectronic center is found to correspond to a [111] substitutionalinterstitial pair (SIP); 2) The low energy defect spectrum includes large Be complexes containing at least one substitutional atom; and 3) Simple bonding rules exist for the stability of the different types of bonds in the material. Thus the Si-Be bond is found to be stable for all defect configurations while the Be-Be bond is metastable.



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13. The formation energies are referenced to c-Si and metallic Be. In particular, the energy we quote for n-atom defects is the energy for n Be atoms to convert from Be metal to the specific configuration with any affected Si atoms going to a Si surface:Eform = Eform[SipBen] - pEform[c-Si] - nEform[Bemetal]
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