Method for predicting the formation of silicon nanocrystals in embedded oxide matrices
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A method for predicting the formation of silicon nanocrystals in an oxide matrix is disclosed. Initially, fundamental data for a set of microscopic processes that can occur during one or more material processing operations are obtained. Kinetic models are then built by utilizing the fundamental data for a set of reactions that can contribute substantially to the formation of silicon nanocrystals in a silicon oxide matrix. Finally, the kinetic models are applied to predict shape, size distribution, spatial arrangements of silicon nanocrystals.