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In this work we investigate pulse laser annealing as an alternative approach to reach high-level incorporation of Sb in substitutional location in crystalline germanium. Laser irradiation is demonstrated to recover also those structural defects, like honeycomb structures, that form during high-fluence heavy-ion implantations in Ge and that cannot be eliminated by conventional thermal treatments. Indeed, concentrations of substitutional Sb higher than 1×1021 at./cm3 have been obtained, well above the solid solubility of Sb in Ge. The strain induced on the Ge host lattice is also investigated, evidencing that the obtained Sb doped Ge layer is pseudomorphic to the Ge substrate while positively strained by the substitutional Sb atoms present within the Ge matrix. The kinetics of this Sb-rich Ge alloy phase is finally investigated, showing that most of Sb goes out of lattice with increasing the annealing temperature up to 488 …
American Institute of Physics
Publication date: 
15 Dec 2010

E Bruno, GG Scapellato, G Bisognin, E Carria, L Romano, A Carnera, F Priolo

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Volume: 108 Issue: 12 Pages: 124902
Journal of Applied Physics