The Electronic Structure of Silicon Nitride
Silicon Nitride is found to have a valence band maximum of nitrogen lone pair p electrons because of the planar nitrogen site. This contrasts with the usual lone pair semiconductors, such as SiO2, caused by a p4 valence configuration. Consequently although the valence band density of electron states shows a lone pair band and a deeper bonding band as usual, impurities have a greater effect in the nitride than in conventional lone pair semiconductors. Hole transport is also discussed.
KeywordsSilicon Nitride Lone Pair Valence Band Maximum Nitrogen Lone Pair High Impurity Content
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