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Ionization equilibrium at the transition from valence-band to acceptor-band migration of holes in boron-doped diamond.

N. A. Poklonski, S. A. Vyrko, O. N. Poklonskaya, A. I. Kovalev, A. G. Zabrodskii



A quasi-classical model of ionization equilibrium in the p-type diamond between hydrogen-like acceptors (boron atoms which substitute carbon atoms in the crystal lattice) and holes in the valence band (v-band) is proposed. The model is applicable on the insulator side of the insulator–metal concentration phase transition (Mott transition) in p-Dia:B crystals. The densities of the spatial distributions of impurity atoms (acceptors and donors) and of holes in the crystal are considered to be Poissonian, and the fluctuations of their electrostatic potential energy are considered to be Gaussian. The model accounts for the decrease in thermal ionization energy of boron atoms with increasing concentration, as well as for electrostatic fluctuations due to the Coulomb interaction limited to two nearest point charges (impurity ions and holes). The mobility edge of holes in the v-band is assumed to be equal to the sum of the threshold energy for diffusion percolation and the exchange energy of the holes. On the basis of the virial theorem, the temperature Tj is determined, in the vicinity of which the dc band-like conductivity of holes in the v-band is approximately equal to the hopping conductivity of holes via the boron atoms. For compensation ratio (hydrogen-like donor to acceptor concentration ratio) K ≈ 0.15 and temperature Tj, the concentration of “free” holes in the v-band and their jumping (turbulent) drift mobility are calculated. Dependence of the differential energy of thermal ionization of boron atoms (at the temperature 3Tj/2) as a function of their concentration N is calculated. The estimates of the extrapolated into the temperature region close to Tj hopping drift mobility of holes hopping from the boron atoms in the charge states (0) to the boron atoms in the charge states (−1) are given. Calculations based on the model show good agreement with electrical conductivity and Hall effect measurements for p-type diamond with boron atom concentrations in the range from 3 × 1017 to 3 × 1020 cm−3, i.e., up to the Mott transition. The model uses no fitting parameters.


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