Stretched-exponential a-Si:Hc-Si interface recombination decay

Stefaan De Wolf*, Sara Olibet, Christophe Ballif

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The electronic properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) relax following stretched exponentials. This phenomenon was explained in the past by dispersive hydrogen diffusion, or by retrapping included hydrogen motion. In this letter, the authors report that the electronic passivation properties of intrinsic a-Si:H /crystalline silicon (c-Si) interfaces relax following a similar law. Carrier injection dependent a-Si:Hc-Si interface recombination calculations suggest this originates from amphoteric interface state (or Si dangling bond) reduction, rather than from a field effect. These findings underline the similarity between a-Si:Hc-Si interface recombination and the electronic properties of a-Si:H bulk material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number032101
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme [FP7/2007-2013] under the Hetsi Project (Grant Agreement No. 211821), and Axpo Holding AG, Switzerland in the frame of the Axpo Naturstrom Fond. Evelyne Vallat-Sauvain is thanked for kindly providing the HR-TEM micrograph.

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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