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TitleOptical modulation spectroscopy of hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon
Author(s)Cerqueira, M. F.
Jansen, John A.
Adriaenssens, G. J.
Ferreira, J. A.
KeywordsOptical modulation spectroscopy
Hydrogenated silicon
Issue date1997
JournalThin Solid Films
Abstract(s)The properties of microcrystalline silicon thin films prepared by RF sputtering were investigated by optical modulation spectroscopy at room temperature and the results were correlated with Raman and conductivity measurements. For comparative purposes, a number of good quality PECVD microc-Si:H samples were also investigated. For PECVD samples the OMS signal is very weak, and only measurable for probe beam energies comparable to the gap of amorphous silicon. This indicates the absence of gap states and therefore a very high crystalline fraction, as confirmed by Raman and TEM measurements. In what concerns RF-sputtered samples, different behaviors can be distinguished: Some samples show a low OMS signal which can be attributed either to a high crystallinity (low density of gap states) or to high recombination rates. These two cases can be distinguished by electrical conductivity values and analysis of the Raman spectra. Other samples exhibit a OMS signal similar to a-Si:H and have low conductivity values, consistent with a Raman spectrum typical of a-Si:H.
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