Large-Scale Atomistic Modeling of Thermally Grown SiO2 on Si(111) Substrate

Kosuke Tatsumura*, Takanobu Watanabe, Daisuke Yamasaki, Takayoshi Shimura, Masataka Umeno, Iwao Ohdomari

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Large-scale SiO2/Si(111) models were constructed by introducing oxygen atoms in c-Si models in an atom-by-atom manner. Molecular dynamics calculation at a constant temperature was repeatedly carried out for the growing oxide model. By comparing the oxidation simulation of Si(111) substrate with that of Si(001) substrate performed previously, the influence of substrate orientation on the oxide structure was discussed. Owing to the significant feature of bonding arrangement within a Si bilayer in the Si(111) substrate, the inherent stress induced at the SiO2/Si interface by oxygen insertions is originally higher for the Si(111) oxidation than for the Si(001) oxidation, resulting in frequent changes in the bonding network. The resulting structure of bulk SiO2 on Si(111) has less strain and a lower density than that on Si(001), but involves a larger number of dangling bonds. The X-ray diffraction pattern calculated for the SiO2/Si(111) model exhibits a diffraction peak with a Laue-function-like profile on each of the crystal-truncation-rods from the 111 and 111 points, agreeing well with experimental results. These diffraction peaks indicate that the thermally grown SiO2 retains the residual order emanating from the {111} atomic planes in the original c-Si. Because of differences in the angles between the surface and the {111} atomic planes, the residual order within the SiO 2 differs depending on the substrate orientation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-497
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Feb


  • Orientation
  • Oxidation
  • Residual order
  • Si(001)
  • Si(111)
  • Silicon
  • Simulation
  • X-ray CTR scattering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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