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Boron-doping of cubic SiC for intermediate band solar cells: a scanning transmission electron microscopy study

by Patricia Almeida Carvalho, Annett Thørgesen, Quanbo Ma, Daniel Nielsen Wright, Spyros Diplas, Augustinas Galeckas, Alexander Azarov, Valdas Jokubavicius, Mikael Syväjärvi, Bengt Gunnar Svensson, Ole Martin Løvvik

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As Contributors: Patricia Carvalho
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Date submitted: 2018-04-19 02:00
Submitted by: Carvalho, Patricia
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Academic field: Physics
  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - Experiment
  • Condensed Matter Physics - Experiment
Approach: Experimental


Boron (B) has the potential for generating an intermediate band in cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC), turning this material into a highly efficient absorber for single-junction solar cells. The formation of a delocalized band demands high concentration of the foreign element, but the precipitation behavior of B in the 3C polymorph of SiC is not well known. Here, probe-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and secondary-ion mass spectrometry are used to investigate precipitation mechanisms in B-implanted 3C-SiC as a function of temperature. Point-defect clustering was detected after annealing at 1273 K, while stacking faults, B-rich precipitates and dislocation networks developed in the 1573 - 1773 K range. The precipitates adopted the rhombohedral B13C2 structure and trapped B up to 1773 K. Above this temperature, higher solubility reduced precipitation and free B diffused out of the implantation layer. Dopant concentrations E19 were achieved at 1873 K.

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Boron (B) Secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) Silicon carbide (SiC) Solar cells Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
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Published as SciPost Phys. 5, 021 (2018)

Resubmission 1804.06532v3 on 26 July 2018

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