Single crystalline substrates are typically differentiated by the process by which they are made. Czochralski (Cz)1 wafers are the most commonly used type of silicon wafer, and are used by both the solar and integrated circuit industry. The process of making a large single crystalline silicon ingot by the Czochralski process is shown below. The use of quartz crucibles in the manufacture of Cz substrates causes the incorporation of ppm (1018 cm-3) oxygen into the silicon ingot. The oxygen itself is relatively benign but creates complexes with boron doping that degrades the carrier lifetime.2,3 N-type ingots fabricated with phosphorous dopants have similar oxygen concentrations but do not show the degradation effect nor do wafers with lower resistivity or gallium dopants. 4
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