Effect of Hydrostatic Pressure on Self-Interstitial Diffusion in Si, Ge, Si
Crystals: Quantum-Chemical Simulations Ge
A theoretical modeling of the diffusion of self-interstitials in silicon and germanium crystals both at normal and high hydrostatic pressure has been carried out using molecular mechanics, semiempirical (PM3, PM5) and ab-initio (SIESTA) methods. According to the simulation for the Si and Ge neutral interstitials (I0) both in silicon and germanium crystals more stable configuration is <110> split interstitial. T is the stable configuration for the double positive interstitial I++, but the interstitial is displaced from the high-symmetry site. Stability of <110> splitinterstitial is not changed under hydrostatic pressure. The activation barriers for the diffusion of interstitials were determined and equal to ΔEa(Si)(<110> -> T1)=0.69 eV; ΔEa (Ge)(<110> -> T1)=1.1 eV. For mixed interstitials the calculated activation barriers equal Si Emix = 1.06 eV, Ge Emix = 0.86 eV. Hydrostatic pressure decreases the activation barriers ΔEa(Si), ΔEa (Ge).
A. Cavallini, H. Richter, M. Kittler and S. Pizzini
V. E. Gusakov et al., "Effect of Hydrostatic Pressure on Self-Interstitial Diffusion in Si, Ge, Si