The excess Si emitted from the Si-oxide/Si interface is studied using the first-principles calculations. It is shown that the excess Si can have many (meta-) stable positions around the interface. In addition, some positions in the oxide do not have any dangling bonds or floating bonds in contrast to those in the bulk crystalline Si. The results indicate that the emitted Si can be located in the oxide layer but they do not necessarily cause charge traps in the oxide. The emitted Si atoms are thought to just be oxidized and absorbed into the oxide while a portion of them cause the E′ centers, the P b centers or charge traps.
- First-principles calculation
- Si oxide