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Investigation of Oxygen penetration during UV Nanosecond Laser Annealing of Silicon at high energy densities

Abstract : In this work, we present a comprehensive investigation of impurities contamination in silicon during UV Nanosecond Laser Annealing at high energy density. By investigating in detail the impact of the annealing ambient and of the surface preparation prior to UV-NLA (including the variation of the surface oxide thickness), we show that the observed oxygen penetration originates from the surface oxide layer. It is proposed that, at high energy UV-NLA, the prolonged contact of SiO2 with high temperature liquid Si induces a partial degradation of the SiO2/Si interface, leading to bond breaking and subsequent injection of O atoms into the substrate. A degradation involving less than 5 % of the O atoms contained in the 1 st SiO2 ML is sufficient to account for the measured amount of in-diffused O in all of the analysed samples.
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Richard Monflier, Toshiyuki Tabata, Hiba Rizk, Julien Roul, Karim Huet, et al.. Investigation of Oxygen penetration during UV Nanosecond Laser Annealing of Silicon at high energy densities. Applied Surface Science, Elsevier, 2021, 536, pp.149071. ⟨10.1016/j.apsusc.2021.149071⟩. ⟨hal-03098053⟩

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