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Linewise kinetic Monte Carlo study of silicon dislocation dynamics

Scarle, S, Ewels, CP, Heggie, MI and Martsinovich, N (2004) Linewise kinetic Monte Carlo study of silicon dislocation dynamics Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 69 (7). pp. 752091-752099.

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We present a number of n-fold way kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of the glide motion of 90° partial dislocations in silicon. We undertake a survey of ratios of kink formation energy Fk to kink migration barrier Wm, over a range of temperatures and applied stresses. These simulations are compared with Hirth-Lothe theory and an extension to the Hirth-Lothe theory of Kawata and Ishiota. The latter is found to give the best description of the system. Using literature first principle values for the kink and soliton formation and migration energies, a model combining both strained bond and soliton mediated motion shows a negligible contribution to dislocation motion from the solitons. The high soliton pair creation barrier was limiting and a soliton mediated mechanism for dislocation motion would have to achieve thermal equilibrium concentration via impurity or point defect interaction to be effective. We also show that if this can be overcome solitons greatly increase the mobility of the dislocation, even without a binding energy between solitons and kinks. The simulation coded here is easily expandable to incorporate further dislocation line effects such as impurities at the line.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Scarle, S
Ewels, CP
Martsinovich, N
Date : 1 February 2004
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:42
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 22:43

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