Effects of point defects on oxidation of 3C-SiC

JQ Xi and C Liu and I Szlufarska, JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 538, 152308 (2020).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2020.152308

The influence of implantation-induced point defects (PDs) on SiC oxidation is investigated via molecular dynamics simulations. PDs generally increase the oxidation rate of crystalline grains. Particularly, accelerations caused by Si antisites and vacancies are comparable, and followed by Si interstitials, which are higher than those by C antisites and C interstitials. However, in the grain boundary (GB) region, defect contribution to oxidation is more complex, with C antisites decelerating oxidation. The underlying reason is the formation of a C-rich region along the oxygen diffusion pathway that blocks the access of O to Si and thus reduces the oxidation rate, as compared to the oxidation along a GB without defects. (c) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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