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More stable low gap a-Si:H layers deposited by PE-CVD at moderately high temperature with hydrogen dilution

Ziegler, Y. ; Daudrix, V. ; Droz, C. ; Platz, R. ; Wyrsch, Nicolas ; Shah, Arvind

In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 2001, vol. 66, no. 1-4, p. 413-419

In the present work, several series with variation of deposition parameters such as hydrogen dilution ratio, VHF-power and plasma excitation frequency fexc have been extensively analyzed. Compared with “conventional” more-stable layers obtained at 200–250°C and high H2 dilution ratios of about 10, it was observed that electrical transport properties after... Plus

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    Summary
    In the present work, several series with variation of deposition parameters such as hydrogen dilution ratio, VHF-power and plasma excitation frequency fexc have been extensively analyzed. Compared with “conventional” more-stable layers obtained at 200–250°C and high H2 dilution ratios of about 10, it was observed that electrical transport properties after light-induced degradation of layers deposited at “moderately high” temperatures (300–350°C) are equivalent but required lower H2 dilution ratios (between 2 and 4). As a consequence, the deposition rate of more stable layers obtained at moderately high temperatures is increased by a factor of 2. Moreover, optical gaps of a-Si:H deposited at 300–350°C are significantly lower (by approx. 10 meV); furthermore, they decrease with fexc.