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Title: Determination of pseudogap state density and carrier mobility in rf sputtered amorphous silicon. Quarterly technical progress report, January-March 31, 1980

Abstract

The effect of a variety of plasma cleaning procedures on the level of bulk and interfacial contaminants in the films is analyzed by secondary ion mass spectrometry. Bulk levels of 0 have been reduced considerably by N/sub 2/ plasma cleaning, but no reproducible reductions in interfacial contamination have been achieved. A method is described of determining the gap state density N(epsilon) of a-Si:H from field effect, in which no assumptions are made about the form of the band bending in the semiconductor. The problem is reduced to three successive integrals over an assumed N(epsilon) by change of variable from distance to applied voltage and the best fit to the experimental data is obtained by iteration of the assumed state density. The method is shown to be no less rigorous and considerably more economical than the recent analysis of Goodman, Fritzsche and Ozaki. In addition, an experimental means of determining the flat-band voltage to within 5% of the maximum gate voltage V/sub g/ used is demonstrated, by finding the value of V/sub g/ for which (kT/e)dlog I/sub SD//dV/sub g/ is independent of temperature.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (USA). Div. of Applied Sciences
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
6379217
Report Number(s):
DOE/ET/23037-3
DOE Contract Number:  
AC03-79ET23037
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; SILICON; CARRIER MOBILITY; ENERGY GAP; AMORPHOUS STATE; CARBON; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES; HYDROGENATION; INTEGRALS; NITROGEN; OXYGEN; SPUTTERING; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; ELEMENTS; MOBILITY; NONMETALS; PHYSICAL PROPERTIES; SEMIMETALS; 140501* - Solar Energy Conversion- Photovoltaic Conversion; 360603 - Materials- Properties

Citation Formats

Paul, W. Determination of pseudogap state density and carrier mobility in rf sputtered amorphous silicon. Quarterly technical progress report, January-March 31, 1980. United States: N. p., 1980. Web. doi:10.2172/6379217.
Paul, W. Determination of pseudogap state density and carrier mobility in rf sputtered amorphous silicon. Quarterly technical progress report, January-March 31, 1980. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/6379217
Paul, W. Sun . "Determination of pseudogap state density and carrier mobility in rf sputtered amorphous silicon. Quarterly technical progress report, January-March 31, 1980". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/6379217. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6379217.
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title = {Determination of pseudogap state density and carrier mobility in rf sputtered amorphous silicon. Quarterly technical progress report, January-March 31, 1980},
author = {Paul, W},
abstractNote = {The effect of a variety of plasma cleaning procedures on the level of bulk and interfacial contaminants in the films is analyzed by secondary ion mass spectrometry. Bulk levels of 0 have been reduced considerably by N/sub 2/ plasma cleaning, but no reproducible reductions in interfacial contamination have been achieved. A method is described of determining the gap state density N(epsilon) of a-Si:H from field effect, in which no assumptions are made about the form of the band bending in the semiconductor. The problem is reduced to three successive integrals over an assumed N(epsilon) by change of variable from distance to applied voltage and the best fit to the experimental data is obtained by iteration of the assumed state density. The method is shown to be no less rigorous and considerably more economical than the recent analysis of Goodman, Fritzsche and Ozaki. In addition, an experimental means of determining the flat-band voltage to within 5% of the maximum gate voltage V/sub g/ used is demonstrated, by finding the value of V/sub g/ for which (kT/e)dlog I/sub SD//dV/sub g/ is independent of temperature.},
doi = {10.2172/6379217},
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number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {6}
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