A re-examination of cobalt-related defects in n- and p-type silicon



In the present work cobalt-doped n- and p-type silicon samples were studied by means of deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and Laplace-DLTS (LDLTS). We demonstrate that two dominant DLTS peaks previously assigned to a substitutional Co defect have different annealing behaviour and therefore belong to different defects. After wet chemical etching three other peaks (E90, E140 and H160) were observed in the samples. The intensity of the peaks becomes larger in the H-plasma treated samples. This together with depth profiling demonstrates that the peaks are hydrogen-related defects. The origin of the peaks will be discussed.