Stabilization of Ge-rich defect complexes originating from E centers in SiGe:P

S. Kilpeläinen, K. Kuitunen, F. Tuomisto, J. Slotte, H.H. Radamson, A.Yu. Kuznetsov

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Thermal evolution of vacancy complexes was studied in P-doped ([P]=1018 cm−3) proton irradiated Si1−xGex with Ge contents of 10%, 20%, and 30% in the range of 250–350 °C using positron annihilation spectroscopy. The radiation damage recovers in the course of anneals but the final state differs from that in as-grown samples indicating the presence of small Ge clusters in the samples, contrary to the initially random Ge distribution. The activation energy for the annealing process was estimated to be 1.4±0.3 eV and attributed to the dissociation energy of the vacancy-phosphorus-germanium (V-P-Ge) complex.
Original languageEnglish
Article number132103
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • distribution
  • E-center
  • positron
  • SiGe


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