Role of the rf frequency on the structure and composition of polymorphous silicon films

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Abstract

In this work we present results of structural composition and morphological characteristics of polymorphous silicon (pm-Si:H) films deposited by PECVD at 13.56 and 27.12 MHz. In addition, the role of the excitation frequency on the growth rate will be also analyzed. The results show that by using the 27.12 MHz excitation frequency the hydrogen dilution in the plasma needed to produce pm-Si:H can be reduced by more than 50% as well as the rf power density, leading to an increase on the growth rate to values higher than 3 Å/s. Spectroscopic ellipsometry and Raman spectroscopy show that the 27.12 MHz pm-Si:H films are more ordered than the pm-Si:H films produced at 13.56 MHz, while the infrared spectroscopy show that the SiH2 concentration in the films is strongly reduced. AFM measurements reveal that the films produced at 27.12 MHz films are more structured, presenting also higher roughness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Volume338-40
Issue numberNA
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2004

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