Electromigration is a kinetic effect that has consequences for the reliability of narrow conductors. In electromigration, there is a contribution to the net flux of atoms due to a potential difference across a conductor.
The same method of associating the various fluxes with a single identifiable mechanism that was used in the analysis of stress-assisted diffusion can be used in the case of electromigration. The generalized driving force will be shown to be the gradient in electrochemical potential, , where is the magnitude of charge on the electron, and is the number of charges on the diffusing ionic species.
Considering only motion of ions and counterflow of electrons, the generalized entropy production is:1
The generalized force-flux relationships are given by:
The interaction between the moving electrons and the host atoms is usually what one would intuitively expect--the atoms are dragged along with the charge carriers.
Anisotropy and Kinetic Coefficients
From consideration of expressions for the entropy production such a Eq. 6-3 and the hypothesis that the entropy production is always positive, it was reasoned that a flux would be antiparallel to its driving force. However, it is not necessary that the they are exactly antiparallel--only that there dot-product is negative. In anisotropic materials, the driving forces and fluxes are not generally in the same direction as illustrated in the following figure:
A linear relationship between the forces and fluxes will now include all of the vector components:
or in component form:
From Onsager's hypotheses, and is positive definite.
These material coefficients are examples of tensors. Neumann's principle implies that the symmetry of the tensor must include any symmetry elements of the point group of the symmetry of the underlying material. Note that Neumann's principle implies that the tensors must include--this doesn't note prevent them from having more symmetry than the underlying material and, in fact, may be isotropic.
Some examples of material tensor properties include the following:
|Tensor type||Linear Mapping Type||Tensor Type|
|material response||material property||applied field|
|vector (rank 1)||tensor (rank 2)||vector (rank 1)|
|vector (rank 1)||tensor (rank 3)||tensor (rank 2)|
|tensor (rank 2)||tensor (rank 4)||tensor (rank 2)|
For example, the thermal conductivity of diamond is (in J/(msK)) approximately:
Considering the possible anisotropy of material coefficients, the general force-flux relations will have tensors multiplying vector driving forces, e.g.
The off-diagonal tensors are related through their transposes by Onsager symmetry. The diagonal matrices are symmetric and positive definite by positive entropy production.
Flux, Divergence, and Accumulation Revisited: The Diffusion Equation
Consider shrinking towards a given point. Using the mean value theorem for integration, can be replaced with evaluated at some point within . Dividing both sides of Eq. 6-15 by in this limit:
Using the form of Fick's first law in the laboratory frame:
Combining the above equations, a single equation involving the concentration and its derivatives results:
A diffusion equation represents a local relation between how fast a quantity is changing and the divergence of its flux. Any quantity that is conserved will have a diffusion equation and can be derived with the same simple steps used above.
Most analytic solutions to the diffusion equation are for the case of being both uniform and constant with respect to composition. As has been discussed previously, this is certainly not the case for . However, it would be useful to have the wealth of useful solutions that apply for constant to apply to materials problems of interest.3The solutions for constant are useful in limiting case where the concentration does not vary wildly. In this case, the value of can be replaced with levels of approximation to a constant concentration:
The diffusion equation becomes:
The first solution in a method of successive approximations in small and small is simply,
The Diffusion Equation for Constant Diffusivity
The diffusion equation has a intuitively useful geometrical interpretation:
Generally, because there are two spatial derivatives equation and one time derivative in the diffusion equation, The specification of two spatial integration constants (the boundary conditions) and one time integration constant (the initial conditions) are required when stating a problem for solution..
Typically, boundary conditions (BCs) look like:
Initial conditions (ICs) are a function of space specified at a particular instant of time:
One very useful result of the diffusion equation being a linear partial differential equation is superposition. Suppose and are both solutions to the diffusion equation, each with their own initial and boundary conditions:
Steady-state solutions generally apply at long times.4
The steady-state condition is that the solution ceases to be a function of time:
So, to take a simple example of a one-dimensional problem on a finite domain, with uniform diffusivity and Dirichlet BCs:
Plug in the two boundary conditions and solve for the two unknowns, and , to find the steady steady-state concentration profile:
For another simple example of a steady state solution, suppose the diffusivity is now a function of concentration, then the steady-state equation becomes:
which shows that