Model thermodynamics and the role of free-carrier energy at high temperatures: Nitrogen and boron pairing in diamond

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  2. Rob MacLeod
  3. Dr Jon Goss
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  5. Richard Eyre
Author(s)MacLeod RM, Murray SW, Goss JP, Briddon PR, Eyre RJ
Publication type Article
JournalPhysical Review B
ISSN (print)1098-0121
ISSN (electronic)1550-235X
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The role of configurational, vibrational, and electrical terms in the temperature-dependent binding energy of impurity pairs at high temperatures is considered by use of the example of boron and nitrogen in diamond. To calculate the free binding energy, we have developed a formalism for quantification of the free carrier contribution to the free binding energy. For doping concentrations of 1018cm−3, N2 is favored over isolated substitutional N for temperatures up to ~2600 K, and boron favors the isolated substitutional form above ~750 K. Comparing with typical experimental conditions for growth or heat treatment, we show that the calculations account for the different behavior observed for B and N. For boron, the electronic contribution is large at low concentrations at the temperature at which Bs is able to migrate and cannot be neglected.
PublisherAmerican Physical Society
NotesArticle no. 054106 7 pages
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