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Modelling of pattern formation during the melting of silicon by a HF EM field

K. Bergfelds - J. Virbulis - A. Krauze

Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, University of Latvia, 8 Zellu str., LV-1002, Riga, Latvia

The present work investigates reasons of inhomogeneous silicon melting in floating-zone crystal growth. It is proposed that this phenomenon is caused by the concentration of electric current in the melt induced by different material properties of the silicon melt and the solid. A coupled model of electromagnetic, temperature and phase change fields has been developed and used to describe the transient melting-solidification process. The Octave/Matlab script language is used for the implementation of this model. Calculation results demonstrate that the melt structure development is related to the magnetic skin-depth in solid silicon. Tables 2, Figs 10, Refs 11.

Magnetohydrodynamics 51, No. 2, 397-406, 2015 [PDF, 2.08 Mb]

Copyright: Institute of Physics, University of Latvia
Electronic edition ISSN 1574-0579
Printed edition ISSN 0024-998X