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Nanoscale mapping of sub-gap electroluminescence from step-bunched, oxidized 4H-SiC surfaces

Abstract : Scanning tunneling luminescence microscopy (STLM) along with scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) is applied to a step-bunched, oxidized 4H-SiC surface prepared on the silicon face of a commercial, n-type SiC wafer using a silicon melt process. The step-bunched surface consists of atomically smooth terraces parallel to the [0001] crystal planes, and rougher risers consisting of nanoscale steps formed by the termination of these planes. The rather striking topography of this surface is well resolved with large tip biases of the order of -8 V and set currents of magnitude less than 1 nA. Hysteresis in the STS spectra is preferentially observed on the risers suggesting that they contain a higher density of surface charge traps than the terraces where hysteresis is more frequently absent. Similarly, at 50 K intense sub-gap light emission centered around 2.4 eV is observed mainly on the risers albeit only with larger tunneling currents of magnitude equal to or greater than 10 nA. These results demonstrate that STLM holds great promise for the observation of impurities and defects responsible for sub-gap light emission with spatial resolutions approaching the length scale of the defects themselves.
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Submitted on : Monday, October 10, 2022 - 2:54:09 PM
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  • HAL Id : hal-03808324, version 1
  • ARXIV : 2208.08775



Natalia Alyabyeva, Jacques Ding, Mylène Sauty, Judith Woerle, Yann Jousseaume, et al.. Nanoscale mapping of sub-gap electroluminescence from step-bunched, oxidized 4H-SiC surfaces. 2022. ⟨hal-03808324⟩



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