Fast deposition of a-C:H and a-Si:H using an expanding thermal plasma beam

M.C.M. Sanden, van de, A.J.M. Buuron, J.W.A.M. Gielen, G.J. Meeusen, Shengwei Qian, W.F. Ooij, van, D.C. Schram

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Summary form only given. A fast deposition method, utilizing a thermal plasma which expands into a vacuum vessel, has been used to deposit amorphous hydrogenated silicon and carbon layers (a-Si:H and a-C:H, respectively). The deposited layers are produced by admixing silane and methane (or acetylene) to the argon carrier plasma. In contrast to the conventional plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition where the deposition is diffusion limited, in this deposition device the deposition mechanism is flow determined. As a result, the deposition rates are large, typically 100 nm/s for a-C:H and 10 nm/s for a-Si:H. The a-Si:H layers are deposited on crystaline silicon and Corning glass substrates, and the a-C:H layers are deposited on either steel, zinc or silicon substrates
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1993 IEEE conference on plasma science : record abstracts
EditorsA. Ng
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Print)0780313607
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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