B diffuses in crystalline Si by reacting with a Si self-interstitial (I) with a frequency g and so forming a fast migrating B I complex that can migrate for an average length λ. We experimentally demonstrate that both g and λ strongly depend on the free hole concentration p. At low p, g has a constant trend and λ increases with p, while at high p, g has a superlinear trend and λ decreases with p. This demonstrates that B I forms in the two regimes by interaction with neutral and double positive I, respectively, and its charge state has to change by interaction with free holes before diffusing.
American Physical Society
20 Dec 2006
Volume: 97 Issue: 25 Pages: 255902
Physical review letters