Hydrogenated amorphous silicon deposited under accurately controlled ion bombardment using pulse-shaped substrate biasing

M.A. Wank, R.A.C.M.M. Swaaij, van, P. Kudlacek, M.C.M. Sanden, van de, M. Zeman

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Abstract

We have applied pulse-shaped biasing to the expanding thermal plasma deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon at substrate temperatures ~ 200¿°C and growth rates around 1 nm/s. Substrate voltage measurements and measurements with a retarding field energy analyzer demonstrate the achieved control over the ion energy distribution for deposition on conductive substrates and for deposition of conductive materials on nonconductive substrates. Presence of negative ions/particles in the Ar–H2–SiH4 plasma is deduced from a voltage offset during biasing. Densification of the material at low Urbach energies is observed at a deposited energy 4.8 eV/Si atom is attributed to bulk atom displacement in subsurface layers. We make the unique experimental abservation of a decreasing Tauc band gap at increasing total hydrogen concentration—this allows to directly relate the band gap of amorphous silicon to the presence of nanovoids in the material
Original languageEnglish
Article number103304
Pages (from-to)103304-1/9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume108
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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