Origin of recombination activity of non-coherent Σ3{111} grain boundaries with a positive deviation in the tilt angle in cast-grown silicon ingots

Yutaka Ohno, Takehiro Tamaoka, Hideto Yoshida, Yasuo Shimizu, Kentaro Kutsukake, Yasuyoshi Nagai, Noritaka Usami

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Abstract

Non-coherent Σ3{111} grain boundaries (GBs) with a positive deviation in the tilt angle (θ 110 > 70.5°) exhibit a high recombination activity in high-performance multicrystalline silicon ingots. Most of the GB segments are composed of edge-type dislocations with the Burgers vector b of a/3111, unlike Lomer dislocations with b = a/2110 observed for negative deviations, arranged on coherent Σ3{111} GB segments. Stretched 110 reconstructed bonds along the tilt axis are introduced so as not to form dangling bonds, and large strains are generated around the dislocation cores. Oxygen and carbon atoms segregating due to the strains would induce the recombination activity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number011002
JournalApplied Physics Express
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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