In this paper we highlight the existence of tensile stress in heavily arsenic-doped epitaxial silicon (Si:As) prepared by low pressure chemical vapor deposition. Despite the large size of As atoms compared to Si ones, we demonstrate with x-ray diffraction and convergent electron beam diffraction that the heavily doped epitaxial layers show a tetragonal lattice with a reduced out of plane parameter. Using positron annihilation spectroscopy, we highlight the formation of arsenic-vacancies defects during the growth. We show that the tensile strain is related to this type of defects involving inactive As atoms and not to the As active concentration.
- As doped