We investigate theoretically coherent electron tunneling through three-dimensional microscopic Si/SiO2/Si model junctions with oxide thicknesses between 0.4 and 4.6 nm. The transmission probabilities of these structures were calculated using a semiempirical tight-binding scattering method. Our calculations provide a basis for the microscopic understanding of the observed independence of tunneling transmission on the orientation of the bulk silicon and on the nature of inelastic defect-assisted tunneling. We document significant differences between transmission coefficients obtained with the present scheme and with the popular effective-mass-based approaches. The energy dependence of the effective tunneling mass in bulk silicon dioxide is predicted.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)