Intervalley Scattering of Electrons in n-Si at T = 77 ÷ 450 K


The change in electron mobility of n-Si with increasing the temperature which may be due to the inclusion of gLOphonon energy of 720 K, is presented. Under orientation of the uniaxial pressure X//[110]//J, g-transitions are attached in the directions [100] and [010]. The f-transitions are not completely removed from valleys located in the plane (100). In this case, there is no change in the slope of the dependence logρ vs. logT for the temperature range 77 to 450 K. So, no appreciable contribution of g-transitions to intervalley scattering occurs, while the observed is the decisive role of f-transitions to intervalley scattering. The results of measuring of the tensoresistivity effect for n-Si crystals under X//[001]//J are presented at these temperatures too.


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Ermakov, V. , Kolomoets, V. , Panasyuk, L. and Orasgulyev, B. (2013) Intervalley Scattering of Electrons in n-Si at T = 77 ÷ 450 K. World Journal of Condensed Matter Physics, 3, 43-45. doi: 10.4236/wjcmp.2013.31007.

1. Introduction

Previously [1], the crucial role of f-transitions in intervalley scattering of electrons in n-Si with strong uniaxial pressures X//[001] and temperatures to 300 K was first demonstrated. In the same work, small contribution of g-transitions to this type of scattering was shown. It is unknown, however, whether the electron mobility wile change at T > 300 K, if there is the possibility of g-transitions, which, moreover, are not completely eliminated under strong uniaxial pressure X//[001].

The analysis of experimental data of many works on the study of fand g-transitions in n-Si indicates that the discussion of their role in intervalley scattering is not finished until now. This is due to the fact that silicon possesses a sufficiently wide set of phonons, which can make sufficiently comparable contribution of electrons to the intervalley scattering [2-7].

The scattering between Δ1 valleys that are aligned along the non-equivalent directions is caused by f-transitions. In these processes the phonons from Σ line are involved. According to the selection rules the TOand LOphonons with Σ1 symmetry are involved. Electron-phonon scattering between the valleys that are aligned along Δ is named g-transitions. This scattering is caused by the transitions in which the phonons are involved. In silicon these are the LO-phonons of symmetry.

In [2] was determined that electron interaction with g-type phonons is approximately in one and a half lower and the interaction with the f-type phonons is nearly twice as powerful as previously reported [7]. Howeverfor he equilibrium condition low-energetic transition with assistance of g-phonons are forbidden. The change in mobility with increasing temperature may be due to inclusion of intervalley scattering related with g-transitions. Their contribution can increase with increasing temperature as a result of gLO-phonon energy of 720 K, deformation potential constant of which is »7.5 × 108 eV/cm. We used the direction of uniaxial pressure X//[110]//J to change at T > 300 K g-value and f-transitions in intervalley scattering. In this orientation of the uniaxial pressure, g-transitions are attached in the directions [100] and [010]. Furthermore, with strong intervalley scattering in uniaxial pressures, f-transitions between valleys [001] and [100] and [ī00]; [00ī] and [100] and [ī00]; [001] and [0ī0] and [010]; and [00ī] and [0ī0] and [010] (Figure 1) are excluded, and thus their intensity as compared to that in unstrained crystals decreases. This type of experiment gives us confidence that if there is significant contribution of gLO-conversion to the intervalley scattering of electrons in silicon at T = 77 ¸ 450 K.

As known, “Intel Corporation” introduced n-MOS transistors with silicon uniaxial deformed in the direction [001] channels, thus increase the mobility of electrons around twice at T = 300 K [8,9]. This increase is due to removal of intervalley scattering related with f-transitions, thereby increasing the steepness of the currentvoltage characteristics (CVC) and cutoff frequency of switching.

2. Experimental

For the investigation of the intervalley scattering of elec-

Figure 1. Scattering of electrons in n-Si for X//[110] X = 1.2 GPa.

trons in n-Si at T = 77 ¸ 450 K the specimens had sufficiently low donor concentration and namely 4 × 1013 cm−3. Sample dimensions were (0.7 × 0.7 × 10) mm3 for longitudinal investigation geometry. In all the cases the quantity E don’t over the limit of 0.5 V/cm. The accuracy of the X-ray method for determining the crystallographic orientation was ±15². After mounting a sample on the experimental setup the precision of its orientation with respect to the applied stress was not less than ±30². We used the installation for transport phenomena investigation under high uniaxial pressure described previously [10].

3. Results and Discussion

In this work we used the tensoresistivity (TR) effect at different directions of uniaxial pressure and temperature dependence of resistivity r = r(Т) in uniaxial deformed and undistorted crystal n-Si for the temperature range T = 77 ¸ 450 K. This temperature range covers the region of intrinsic conductivity of silicon crystals, so all conclusions about the impact of fand g-transitions are limited to the temperature at which the intrinsic conductivity sets in.

Figure 2 presents the results of measuring the tensoresistivity effect for n-Si crystals under X//[001]//J at different temperature. The view of data dependencies shows that under uniaxial pressure X = 1.2 GPa at temperatures T = 77 ¸ 450 K, redistribution of carriers between valleys is completely finished, and the dependence of goes to saturation (curves 1 - 4). Clearly, the saturation function of r(Х) is characterized by lack absence of manifestations of f-transitions, and the possible presence of high gLO-temperature transitions in intervalley scattering. In the case of uniaxial pressure in the direction X//[001] the exponential law of changes in mobility m ~ Т−2,3 at X = 0 (Figure 3 curve 1) and with strong uniaxial pressure X = 1.2 GPa - m ~ T−1,6 (Figure 3 curve 2) it has been shown. It is under this pressure the f-transition of intervalley scattering is completely removed, indicating their crucial contribution to the intervalley scattering at Х = 0. Thus at X//[001] when the

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