Performances of a-Si: H films produced by hot wire plasma assisted technique

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Abstract

This work reports on the performances of undoped and doped amorphous/nanocrystalline silicon films grown by hot wire plasma assisted technique. The structure (including the presence of several nanoparticles with sizes ranging from 5 nm to 50 nm), composition (oxygen and hydrogen content) and transport properties of the films are highly dependent on the temperature of the filament and on the hydrogen dilution. The undoped films grown under low r.f. power (≈4mWcm-2) and filament temperatures around 1850 K present dark conductivities below 10-10 Scm-1, optical gaps of about 1.6 eV and photosensitivities above 105, (under AM 1.5 light intensities), with almost no traces of oxygen content. For the n- and the p-doped silicon films also fabricated under the same conditions the conductivities obtained are of about 10-2Scm-1 and 10-5Scm-1, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-208
Number of pages6
JournalVacuum
Volume52
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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