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Electronic transport in hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon: similarities with amorphous silicon

Droz, Corinne ; Goerlitzer, M. ; Wyrsch, Nicolas ; Shah, Arvind

In: Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 2000, vol. 266-269, p. 319-324

Undoped hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H) layers were grown by the very high frequency glow discharge (VHF-GD) technique under various deposition conditions. The electronic transport properties under illumination were investigated by means of steady-state photoconductivity and steady-state photocarrier grating methods. Similarly to hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H), power law... Plus

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    Summary
    Undoped hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H) layers were grown by the very high frequency glow discharge (VHF-GD) technique under various deposition conditions. The electronic transport properties under illumination were investigated by means of steady-state photoconductivity and steady-state photocarrier grating methods. Similarly to hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H), power law dependencies as a function of the generation rate are observed for the photoconductivity, for the ambipolar diffusion length, and for the parameter b (indicating the Fermi level). For μc-Si:H, as for a-Si:H, nearly constant product of (mobility × recombination time) of majority and minority carriers is observed as a function of the parameter b. Based on these similarities, we assume that the electronic transport model developed for a-Si:H remains valid for μc-Si:H.