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In this work, the annihilation mechanism of stacking faults (SFs) in epitaxial 3C-SiC layers grown on Si(001) substrates is studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The evolution of SFs located in the crossing (11) and (11) glide planes is considered. This evolution is determined by the interaction of 30° leading partial dislocations (PDs) limiting the stacking faults under the slightly compressive (∼0.45%) strain condition during the 3C-SiC layer growth. It is characterized in key terms: the distance between the PDs and the mutual orientation of their Burgers vectors. Two SF annihilation scenarios are revealed. In the first scenario, two PDs with opposite screw components of Burgers vectors, leading the SFs located in the (11) and (11) planes, are close enough (∼15 nm or less) and attract each other. As a result, the propagation of both SFs is suppressed via the formation of a Lomer–Cottrell lock at their …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2021

Andrey Sarikov, Anna Marzegalli, Luca Barbisan, Massimo Zimbone, Corrado Bongiorno, Marco Mauceri, Danilo Crippa, Francesco La Via, Leo Miglio

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