Monte Carlo simulation of the contrast of SEM charge-collection images of dislocations in semiconductors

M. Ledra, Nouar Tabet

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Abstract

We describe a Monte Carlo algorithm that we have developed to simulate the electron beam induced current (EBIC) contrast of a surface perpendicular dislocation. The contrast was obtained by simulating the random diffusion and collection of the carriers that are generated at point-like sources S i randomly distributed within the generation volume. The dislocation is described as a cylinder with a radius rD where the minority carrier lifetime (τD) is lower than that in the bulk (τB). The dependence on the electron range Re of the simulated EBIC contrast profiles, their full width at half maximum (FWHM) and their maximum (Cmax) is analysed for a germanium sample. It is shown that with increasing Re, the FWHM of the contrast profile increases steadily in agreement with experiment while the maximum contrast goes through a maximum and converges to zero for Re → 0. The variation of Cmax upon the diffusion length LD within the dislocation cylinder is analysed too. The results of our simulations show that the values of the contrast obtained by the analytical approach using the first order approximation are underestimated for dislocations of strength exceeding 5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3845-3849
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Volume38
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes

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