Molecular dynamics simulations of solid phase epitaxy of Si: Growth mechanism and defect formation

T. Motooka, S. Munetoh, K. Nisihira, K. Moriguchi, A. Shintani

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We have investigated crystal growth and defect formation processes during solid phase epitaxy (SPE) of Si in the [001] direction based on molecular dynamics (MD) simulations using the Tersoff potential. From the Arrhenius plot of the growth rates obtained by MD simulations, we have found that the activation energy of SPE at lower temperatures is in good agreement with the experimental value, approximately 2.7 eV, while it becomes lower at higher temperatures. This can be attributed to the difference in the amorphous/crystalline (a/c) interface structure. In the low temperature region, the a/c interface is essentially (001) and the rate-limiting step is two-dimensional nucleation on the (001) a/c interface. On the other hand, the a/c interface becomes rough due to (111) facets formation in the high temperature region and the rate-limiting step is presumably a diffusion process of Si to be trapped at the kink sites associated with these facets. Defect formation is found to be initiated by 5-membered rings created at the a/c interface. These mismatched configurations at the interface give rise to (111) stacking faults during further SPE growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-268
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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