Limits on Thinning of Boron Layers With/Without Metal Contacting in PureB Si (Photo)Diodes

Tihomir Knezevic*, Xingyu Liu, Erwin Hardeveld, Tomislav Suligoj, Lis K. Nanver

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    A little more than a monolayer-thick pure-boron (PureB) layer was deposited on silicon at 250 °C by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), forming junctions with low saturation current. They displayed the same efficient suppression of electron injection as PureB diodes fabricated with a few nm-thick PureB layer deposited at 400 °C. Assuming high concentrations of acceptor states at the B-to-Si interface, induced by a fixed negative charge in the range from \textsf {5}\times \textsf {10}^{\textbf {13}} cm ^{-\textbf {2}} to \textsf {5}\times \textsf {10}^{\textbf {14}} cm ^{-\textbf {2}} , would be consistent with the experiments and device simulations that exhibit an efficient suppression of electron injection. Metallization of the B-layers was studied, showing that in many situations, thinning of the layer to monolayer thickness will lead to a significant increase in the electron injection.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number8686173
    Pages (from-to)858-861
    Number of pages4
    JournalIEEE electron device letters
    Issue number6
    Early online date11 Apr 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


    • Chemical-vapor deposition
    • electron injection
    • monolayer
    • photodiodes
    • pure boron
    • silicon
    • ultrashallow junctions


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