Influence of Temperature and Incidence Angle on the Irradiation Cascade Effect of 6H-SiC: Molecular Dynamics Simulations

YL Chen and HX Liu and C Yan and H Wei, MICROMACHINES, 14, 2126 (2023).

DOI: 10.3390/mi14112126

SiC devices have been typically subjected to extreme environments and complex stresses during operation, such as intense radiation and large diurnal amplitude differences on the lunar surface. Radiation displacement damage may lead to degradation or failure of the performance of semiconductor devices. In this paper, the effects of temperature and incidence angle on the irradiation cascade effect of 6H-SiC were investigated separately using the principles of molecular dynamics. Temperatures were set to 100 K, 150 K, 200 K, 250 K, 300 K, 350 K, 400 K and 450 K. The incidence direction was parallel to the specified crystal plane, with angles of 8 degrees, 15 degrees, 30 degrees, 45 degrees, 60 degrees and 75 degrees to the negative direction of the Z-axis. In this paper, the six types of defects were counted, and the microscopic distribution images and trajectories of each type of defect were extracted. The results show a linear relationship between the peak of the Frenkel pair and temperature. The recombination rate of Frenkel pairs depends on the local temperature and degree of aggregation at the center of the cascade collision. Increasing the angle of incidence first inhibits and then promotes the production of total defects and Frenkel pairs. The lowest number of total defects, Frenkel pairs and antisite defects are produced at a 45 degrees incident angle. At an incidence angle of 75 degrees, larger size hollow clusters and anti-clusters are more likely to appear in the 6H-SiC.

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