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Formation of micro structured doped and undoped hydrogenated silicon thin films

Rojwal, Vineet and Singha, Monoj Kumar and Mondal, TK and Mondal, Debojyoti (2018) Formation of micro structured doped and undoped hydrogenated silicon thin films. In: SUPERLATTICES AND MICROSTRUCTURES, 124 . pp. 201-217.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.spmi.2018.09.022


The microcrystalline hydrogenated-silicon (mu c-Si: H) (also called polymorphous silicon) consisting a two-phase mixture of amorphous and structured silicon is being used for electronic or optoelectronic based thin-film devices. The pc-Si: H thin films are deposited using radio frequency (13.56 MHz) Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition (RF-PECVD) by varying doping gases (diborane (B2H6) and phosphine (PH3)) flow and hydrogen-silane dilution ratio (R = H-2/SiH4) to optimize the crystalline fraction and electrical conductivity. Micro-Raman spectroscopy is used to investigate these effect on the transition fraction regime from amorphous into micro-structured silicon. Qualitative and quantitative properties have been studied by deconvolution of the micro Raman spectra which allows to determine the crystalline fraction in the film and also some investigation regarding the correlation between electrical and structural properties are presented for different annealing temperature (from 300 to 550 degrees C) and various film thickness ranges (10-100 nm). In this work, we present the characterization of thin films (both doped and undoped) deposited at the temperature of 250 degrees C on quartz substrate after annealed at 550 degrees C in N-2-ambient, as a result crystallinity percentage up to 90% for p-type, 96% for n-type and 80% for undoped films are achieved. A detailed characterization of the microcrystalline silicon (mu c-Si: H) has been demonstrated in this paper: structural properties through Raman spectroscopy, electrical properties through Four-point probe station and optical properties using Ellipsometer.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Microcrystalline; Polymorphous; Radio-frequency (13.56 MHz) plasma; RF-PECVD; Micro-Raman spectroscopy; Deconvolution
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2018 15:44
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2022 05:12
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/61163

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