Immobilization of Partial Dislocations Bounding Double Shockley Stacking Faults in 4h-Sic Observed by in Situ Synchrotron X-Ray Topography
27 Pages Posted: 12 May 2021 Publication Status: Under Review
The expansion of double Shockley stacking faults (DSFs) in an n-type 4H-SiC substrate with a nitrogen concentration of 3.9×10 19 cm −3 was investigated using in situ synchrotron X-ray topography. DSF expansion was observed to be suppressed and immobilized above 1590 K, along with the partial dislocation (PD) shape being changed from a straight to zig-zag configuration. For a different heating process (higher heating rate), the PDs could continue to expand, even above 1590 K. Ex situ topography experiments revealed that the DSFs close to the specimen surface expanded widely, although those expanding toward the specimen interior became immobile. One possible mechanism for this immobilization was proposed, where the core structural changes from a Si-core to the C-core by climb motion induced by the interaction between the PDs and point defects (C interstitials).
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