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Standard Practice for Conversion between Resistivity and Dopant Density for Boron-Doped, Phosphorus-Doped, and Arsenic-Doped Silicon

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  • Revision: 1999 Edition, June 10, 1999
  • Published Date: June 10, 1999
  • Status: Not Active, See comments below
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: ASTM International (ASTM)
  • Page Count: 17
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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1.1 This practice describes a conversion between dopant density and resistivity for arsenic-, boron- and phosphorus- doped single crystal silicon at 23°C. The conversions are based primarily on the data of Thurber et al (1), (2), (3) taken on bulk single crystal silicon having dopant density values in the range from 3 × 1013 cm−3 to 1 × 1020 cm−3 for phosphorus-doped silicon and in the range from 1014 cm−3 to 1 × 1020 cm−3 for boron-doped silicon. The phosphorus data base was supplemented in the following manner: two bulk specimen data points of Esaki and Miyahara (4) and one diffused specimen data point of Fair and Tsai (5) were used to extend the data base above 1020 cm−3, and an imaginary point was added at 1012 cm−3 to improve the quality of the conversion for low dopant density values. A conversion for arsenic, distint from that of phosphorus, is presented for the range 1019 to 6 by 1020 cm−3.

1.2 The self consistency of the conversion (resistivity to dopant density and dopant density to resistivity) (see Appendix X1) is within 3 % for boron from 0.0001 to 10 000 Ω·cm, (1012 to 1021 cm−3) and within 4.5 % for phosphorus from 0.0002 to 4000 Ω·cm (1012 to 5 × 1020 cm−3). This error increases rapidly if the phosphorus conversions are used for densities above 5 × 1020 cm−3.

1.3 These conversions are based upon boron and phosphorus data. They may be extended to other dopants in silicon that have similar activation energies; although the accuracy of conversions for other dopants has not been established, it is expected that the phosphorus data would be satisfactory for use with arsenic and antimony, except when approaching solid solubility (see 6.3).

1.4 These conversions are between resistivity and dopant density and should not be confused with conversions between resistivity and carrier density or with mobility relations.

NOTE 1--The commonly used conversion between resistivity and dopant density compiled by Irvin (6) is compared with this conversion in Appendix X2. In this compilation, Irvin used the term "impurity concentration" instead of the term "dopant density."

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.