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Title: Effect of the thermionic emission on the recombination and electron beam induced current contrast at the interface of a metallic precipitate embedded in a semiconductor matrix

The barrier height and the recombination velocity at the interface between a metallic precipitate and a semiconductor matrix are investigated with a new self consistent procedure based both on the analysis of the recombination and emission balance rates for electrons and holes and on the determination of the size-dependent electronic structure of the embedded precipitate. In the present work, the precipitate is modeled within the spherical well potential framework. The main result is the dependence of the recombination features on the electronic structure of the metal precipitate unlike the models based only on the Shockley-Read-Hall theory. The behaviors of the surface charge density on the metallic precipitate and the barrier height versus the precipitate size are similar to our previous studies. Unlike previous works, the recombination velocity reaches a constant non-zero value for sizes smaller than a critical size which is dependent on the defect concentration at the interface. The new dependencies of the recombination parameters are illustrated by the calculation of the electron beam induced current (EBIC) contrast at the interface.
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, UMR 8502 - Université Paris-Sud, Bât. 510, F-91405 Orsay Cedex (France)
  2. Faculté des Sciences, Département de Physique, Université d'Annaba, B.P12 (Algeria)
  3. Laboratoire de Physique des semiconducteurs, Département de Physique, Université des Freres Mentouri-Constantine, 25000, Constantine (Algeria)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22251767
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Advances; Journal Volume: 3; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: (c) 2013 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; CHARGE DENSITY; CRITICAL SIZE; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; PRECIPITATION; RECOMBINATION; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS; THERMIONIC EMISSION