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  1. Amorphous silicon for thin-film transistors

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    Schropp, Rudolf Emmanuel Isidore

    1987-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) has considerable potential as a semiconducting material for large-area photoelectric and photovoltaic applications. Moreover, a-Si:H thin-film transistors (TFT’s) are very well suited as switching devices in addressable liquid crystal display panels and addressable image sensor arrays, due to a new technology of low-cost, Iow-temperature processing overlarge areas. ... Zie: Abstract

  2. Crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films deposited by PECVD on nickel-metalized porous silicon.

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    Ben Slama, Sonia; Hajji, Messaoud; Ezzaouia, Hatem

    2012-01-01

    Porous silicon layers were elaborated by electrochemical etching of heavily doped p-type silicon substrates. Metallization of porous silicon was carried out by immersion of substrates in diluted aqueous solution of nickel. Amorphous silicon thin films were deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition on metalized porous layers. Deposited amorphous thin films were crystallized under vacuum at 750°C. Obtained results from structural, optical, and electrical characterizations show that thermal annealing of amorphous silicon deposited on Ni-metalized porous silicon leads to an enhancement in the crystalline quality and physical properties of the silicon thin films. The improvement in the quality of the film is due to the crystallization of the amorphous film during annealing. This simple and easy method can be used to produce silicon thin films with high quality suitable for thin film solar cell applications. PMID:22901341

  3. Crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films deposited by PECVD on nickel-metalized porous silicon

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    Ben Slama, Sonia; Hajji, Messaoud; Ezzaouia, Hatem

    2012-01-01

    Porous silicon layers were elaborated by electrochemical etching of heavily doped p-type silicon substrates. Metallization of porous silicon was carried out by immersion of substrates in diluted aqueous solution of nickel. Amorphous silicon thin films were deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition on metalized porous layers. Deposited amorphous thin films were crystallized under vacuum at 750°C. Obtained results from structural, optical, and electrical characterizations show that...

  4. Surface passivation of crystalline silicon by Cat-CVD amorphous and nanocrystalline thin silicon films

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    Voz Sánchez, Cristóbal; Martin, I.; Orpella, A.; Puigdollers i González, Joaquim; Vetter, M.; Alcubilla González, Ramón; Soler Vilamitjana, David; Fonrodona Turon, Marta; Bertomeu i Balagueró, Joan; Andreu i Batallé, Jordi

    2003-01-01

    In this work, we study the electronic surface passivation of crystalline silicon with intrinsic thin silicon films deposited by Catalytic CVD. The contactless method used to determine the effective surface recombination velocity was the quasi-steady-state photoconductance technique. Hydrogenated amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon films were evaluated as passivating layers on n- and p-type float zone silicon wafers. The best results were obtained with amorphous silicon films, which allowed ...

  5. Raman and ellipsometric characterization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films

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    2009-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films were deposited by plasma-enhanced vapor deposition (PECVD) at different silane temperatures (Tg) before glow-discharge. The effect of Tg on the amorphous network and optoelectronic properties of the films has been investigated by Raman scattering spectra, ellipsometric transmittance spectra, and dark conductivity measurement, respectively. The results show that the increase in Tg leads to an improved ordering of amorphous network on the short and intermediate scales and an increase of both refractive index and absorption coefficient in a-Si:H thin films. It is indicated that the dark conductivity increases by two orders of magnitude when Tg is raised from room temperature (RT) to 433 K. The continuous ordering of amorphous network of a-Si:H thin films deposited at a higher Tg is the main cause for the increase of dark conductivity.

  6. Raman and ellipsometric characterization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films

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    LIAO NaiMan; LI Wei; KUANG YueJun; JIANG YaDong; LI ShiBin; WU ZhiMing; QI KangCheng

    2009-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films were deposited by plasma-enhanced vapor depo-sition (PEOVD) at different silane temperatures (Tg) before glow-discharge. The effect of Tg on the amorphous network and optoelectronic properties of the films has been investigated by Raman scat-tering spectra, ellipsometric transmittance spectra, and dark conductivity measurement, respectively. The results show that the increase in Tg leads to an improved ordering of amorphous network on the short and intermediate scales and an increase of both refractive index and absorption coefficient in a-Si:H thin films. It is indicated that the dark conductivity increases by two orders of magnitude when Tg is raised from room temperature (RT) to 433 K. The continuous ordering of amorphous network of a-Si:H thin films deposited at a higher Tg is the main cause for the increase of dark conductivity.

  7. Charged particle detectors made from thin layers of amorphous silicon

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    A series of experiments was conducted to determine the feasibility of using hydrogenated amorphous silicon (α-Si:H) as solid state thin film charged particle detectors. 241Am alphas were successfully detected with α-Si:H devices. The measurements and results of these experiments are presented. The problems encountered and changes in the fabrication of the detectors that may improve the performance are discussed

  8. Diffusion length measurements of thin amorphous silicon layers

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    van den Heuvel, J. C.; van Oort, R. C.; Geerts, M. J.

    1989-02-01

    A new method for the analysis of diffusion length measurements by the Surface Photovoltage (SPV) method is presented. It takes into account the effect of the reflection of light from the back contact in thin layers and the effect of a finite bandwidth of the used interference filters. The model was found to agree with experiments on thin amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) layers. It is shown that in the region were these effects are negligible this method is equivalent to the standard method.

  9. Heat-Induced Agglomeration of Amorphous Silicon Nanoparticles Toward the Formation of Silicon Thin Film.

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    Jang, Bo Yun; Kim, Ja Young; Seo, Gyeongju; Shin, Chae-Ho; Ko, Chang Hyun

    2016-01-01

    The thermal behavior of silicon nanoparticles (Si NPs) was investigated for the preparation of silicon thin film using a solution process. TEM analysis of Si NPs, synthesized by inductively coupled plasma, revealed that the micro-structure of the Si NPs was amorphous and that the Si NPs had melted and merged at a comparatively low temperature (~750 °C) considering bulk melting temperature of silicon (1414 °C). A silicon ink solution was prepared by dispersing amorphous Si NPs in propylene glycol (PG). It was then coated onto a silicon wafer and a quartz plate to form a thin film. These films were annealed in a vacuum or in an N₂ environment to increase their film density. N2 annealing at 800 °C and 1000 °C induced the crystallization of the amorphous thin film. An elemental analysis by the SIMS depth profile showed that N₂annealing at 1000 °C for 180 min drastically reduced the concentrations of carbon and oxygen inside the silicon thin film. These results indicate that silicon ink prepared using amorphous Si NPs in PG can serve as a proper means of preparing silicon thin film via solution process. PMID:27398566

  10. Optical limiting in hydrogenated amorphous silicon-selenium thin films

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    Manaa, Hacene, E-mail: hmanaa@gmail.co [Physics Department, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, Safat 13060 (Kuwait); Al-Mulla, Abdullah; Al-Jamal, Noor [Physics Department, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, Safat 13060 (Kuwait); Al-Dallal, Shawqi; Al-Alawi, Saleh [Physics Department, University of Bahrain, P.O. Box 32038 (Bahrain)

    2010-05-03

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon-selenium alloy thin films grown by capacitively coupled radio-frequency glow-discharge are investigated. Nonlinear absorptive effects are evaluated with the help of open aperture z-scan technique in the 525 to 580 nm spectral range. The nonlinear absorption coefficient is found to be very large and reaching the value of 5.14 x 10{sup -3} cm/W at 525 nm. The origin of the optical nonlinearities is studied and found to be due mainly to two photon absorption in the case of pulsed excitation, whereas thermal effects are thought to be dominant when the sample is excited with a continuous wave laser. Optical limiting potentialities of the thin film are experimentally observed and their thresholds are found to be very low.

  11. Silicon nanocrystals on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films: Control of film properties and nanocrystals growth

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    The present study demonstrates the growth of silicon nanocrystals on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films. Amorphous silicon carbide films [a-Si1−xCx:H (with x 1−xCx:H layer. The effect of short-time annealing at 700 °C on the composition and properties of the layer was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. It was observed that the silicon-to-carbon ratio in the layer remains unchanged after short-time annealing, but the reorganization of the film due to a large dehydrogenation leads to a higher density of SiC bonds. Moreover, the film remains amorphous after the performed short-time annealing. In a second part, it was shown that a high density (1 × 1012 cm−2) of silicon nanocrystals can be grown by low pressure chemical vapor deposition on a-Si0.8C0.2 surfaces at 700 °C, from silane diluted in hydrogen. The influence of growth time and silane partial pressure on nanocrystals size and density was studied. It was also found that amorphous silicon carbide surfaces enhance silicon nanocrystal nucleation with respect to SiO2, due to the differences in surface chemical properties. - Highlights: ► Silicon nanocrystals (Si-NC) growth on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films ► Plasma deposited amorphous silicon carbide films with well-controlled properties ► Study on the thermal effect of 700 °C short-time annealing on the layer properties ► Low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) of Si-NC ► High density (1 × 1012 cm−2) of Si-NC was achieved on a-Si0.8C0.2 surfaces by LPCVD.

  12. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin film anode for proton conducting batteries

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    Meng, Tiejun; Young, Kwo; Beglau, David; Yan, Shuli; Zeng, Peng; Cheng, Mark Ming-Cheng

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous Si (a-Si:H) thin films deposited by chemical vapor deposition were used as anode in a non-conventional nickel metal hydride battery using a proton-conducting ionic liquid based non-aqueous electrolyte instead of alkaline solution for the first time, which showed a high specific discharge capacity of 1418 mAh g-1 for the 38th cycle and retained 707 mAh g-1 after 500 cycles. A maximum discharge capacity of 3635 mAh g-1 was obtained at a lower discharge rate, 510 mA g-1. This electrochemical discharge capacity is equivalent to about 3.8 hydrogen atoms stored in each silicon atom. Cyclic voltammogram showed an improved stability 300 mV below the hydrogen evolution potential. Both Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy studies showed no difference to the pre-existing covalent Si-H bond after electrochemical cycling and charging, indicating a non-covalent nature of the Si-H bonding contributing to the reversible hydrogen storage of the current material. Another a-Si:H thin film was prepared by an rf-sputtering deposition followed by an ex-situ hydrogenation, which showed a discharge capacity of 2377 mAh g-1.

  13. Silicon nanocrystals on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films: Control of film properties and nanocrystals growth

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    Barbe, Jeremy, E-mail: jeremy.barbe@hotmail.com [CEA, Liten, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Universite de Toulouse, UPS, INPT, LAPLACE (Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d' Energie), 118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse (France); Xie, Ling; Leifer, Klaus [Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Box 534, S-751 21 Uppsala (Sweden); Faucherand, Pascal; Morin, Christine; Rapisarda, Dario; De Vito, Eric [CEA, Liten, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Makasheva, Kremena; Despax, Bernard [Universite de Toulouse, UPS, INPT, LAPLACE (Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d' Energie), 118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse (France); CNRS, LAPLACE, F-31062 Toulouse (France); Perraud, Simon [CEA, Liten, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2012-11-01

    The present study demonstrates the growth of silicon nanocrystals on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films. Amorphous silicon carbide films [a-Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}:H (with x < 0.3)] were obtained by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition from a mixture of silane and methane diluted in hydrogen. The effect of varying the precursor gas-flow ratio on the film properties was investigated. In particular, a wide optical band gap (2.3 eV) was reached by using a high methane-to-silane flow ratio during the deposition of the a-Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}:H layer. The effect of short-time annealing at 700 Degree-Sign C on the composition and properties of the layer was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. It was observed that the silicon-to-carbon ratio in the layer remains unchanged after short-time annealing, but the reorganization of the film due to a large dehydrogenation leads to a higher density of SiC bonds. Moreover, the film remains amorphous after the performed short-time annealing. In a second part, it was shown that a high density (1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} cm{sup -2}) of silicon nanocrystals can be grown by low pressure chemical vapor deposition on a-Si{sub 0.8}C{sub 0.2} surfaces at 700 Degree-Sign C, from silane diluted in hydrogen. The influence of growth time and silane partial pressure on nanocrystals size and density was studied. It was also found that amorphous silicon carbide surfaces enhance silicon nanocrystal nucleation with respect to SiO{sub 2}, due to the differences in surface chemical properties. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Silicon nanocrystals (Si-NC) growth on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Plasma deposited amorphous silicon carbide films with well-controlled properties Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Study on the thermal effect of 700 Degree-Sign C short-time annealing on the layer properties Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low pressure

  14. Infrared Insight into the Network of Hydrogenated Amorphous and Polycrystalline Silicon thin Films

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    Jarmila Mullerova

    2006-01-01

    IR measurements were carried out on both amorphous and polycrystalline silicon samples deposited by PECVD on glass substrate. The transition from amorphous to polycrystalline phase was achieved by increasing dilution of silane plasma at the deposition process. The samples were found to be mixed phase materials. Commonly, infrared spectra of hydrogenated silicon thin films yield information about microstructure, hydrogen content and hydrogen bonding to silicon. In this paper, addit...

  15. Optical position detectors based on thin film amorphous silicon

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    Henry, Jasmine; Livingstone, John

    2001-10-01

    Thin film optical position sensitive detectors (PSDs) based on novel hydrogenated amorphous silicon Schottky barrier (SB) structures are compared in this work. The three structures reported here have been tested under different light sources to measure their linear properties and wavelength response characteristics. The sputtered a-Si sensors were configured as layered structures of platinum, a-Si and indium tin oxide, forming SB-i-n devices and exhibited linear properties similar to multi-layer a-Si p-i- n devices produced by complex chemical vapor deposition procedures, which involve flammable and toxic gases. All structures were test4ed as possible configurations for 2D sensors. The devices were tested under white light, filtered white light and also a red diode laser. Each of the three structures responded quite differently to each of the sources. Results, based on the correlation coefficient, which measures the linearity of output and which has a maximum value of 1, produced r values ranging between 0.992 to 0.999, in the best performances.

  16. Fracture properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide thin films

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    The cohesive fracture properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) thin films in moist environments are reported. Films with stoichiometric compositions (C/Si ≈ 1) exhibited a decreasing cohesive fracture energy with decreasing film density similar to other silica-based hybrid organic–inorganic films. However, lower density a-SiC:H films with non-stoichiometric compositions (C/Si ≈ 5) exhibited much higher cohesive fracture energy than the films with higher density stoichiometric compositions. One of the non-stoichiometric films exhibited fracture energy (∼9.5 J m−2) greater than that of dense silica glasses. The increased fracture energy was due to crack-tip plasticity, as demonstrated by significant pileup formation during nanoindentation and a fracture energy dependence on film thickness. The a-SiC:H films also exhibited a very low sensitivity to moisture-assisted cracking compared with other silica-based hybrid films. A new atomistic fracture model is presented to describe the observed moisture-assisted cracking in terms of the limited Si-O-Si suboxide bond formation that occurs in the films.

  17. Structure and Optical Properties of Silicon Nanocrystals Embedded in Amorphous Silicon Thin Films Obtained by PECVD

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    B. M. Monroy

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Silicon nanocrystals embedded in amorphous silicon matrix were obtained by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition using dichlorosilane as silicon precursor. The RF power and dichlorosilane to hydrogen flow rate ratio were varied to obtain different crystalline fractions and average sizes of silicon nanocrystals. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy images and RAMAN measurements confirmed the existence of nanocrystals embedded in the amorphous matrix with average sizes between 2 and 6 nm. Different crystalline fractions (from 12% to 54% can be achieved in these films by regulating the selected growth parameters. The global optical constants of the films were obtained by UV-visible transmittance measurements. Effective band gap variations from 1.78 to 2.3 eV were confirmed by Tauc plot method. Absorption coefficients higher than standard amorphous silicon were obtained in these thin films for specific growth parameters. The relationship between the optical properties is discussed in terms of the different internal nanostructures of the samples.

  18. Characteristics of Disorder and Defect in Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Nitride Thin Films Containing Silicon Nanograins

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    DING Wen-ge; YU Wei; ZHANG Jiang-yong; HAN Li; FU Guang-sheng

    2006-01-01

    The hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride (SiNx) thin films embedded with nano-structural silicon were prepared and the microstructures at the interface of silicon nano-grains/SiNx were identified by the optical absorption and Raman scattering measurements. Characterized by the exponential tail of optical absorption and the band-width of the Raman scattering TO mode, the disorder in the interface region increases with the gas flow ratio increasing. Besides, as reflected by the sub-gap absorption coefficients, the density of interface defect states decreases, which can be attributed to the structural mismatch in the interface region and also the changes of hydrogen content in the deposited films. Additional annealing treatment results in a significant increase of defects and degree of disorder, for which the hydrogen out-diffusion in the annealing process would be responsible.

  19. Structure and Optical Properties of Silicon Nanocrystals Embedded in Amorphous Silicon Thin Films Obtained by PECVD

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    Monroy, B. M.; Aduljay Remolina Millán; García-Sánchez, M. F.; Ponce, A.; Picquart, M.; Santana, G.

    2011-01-01

    Silicon nanocrystals embedded in amorphous silicon matrix were obtained by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition using dichlorosilane as silicon precursor. The RF power and dichlorosilane to hydrogen flow rate ratio were varied to obtain different crystalline fractions and average sizes of silicon nanocrystals. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy images and RAMAN measurements confirmed the existence of nanocrystals embedded in the amorphous matrix with average sizes between 2...

  20. Fabrication of amorphous silicon nanoribbons by atomic force microscope tip induced local oxidation for thin film device applications

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    Pichon, Laurent; Rogel, Regis; Demami, Fouad

    2010-01-01

    WOS International audience We demonstrate the feasibility of induced local oxidation of amorphous silicon by atomic force microscopy. The resulting local oxide is used as mask for the elaboration of thin film silicon resistor. A thin amorphous silicon layer deposited on a glass substrate is locally oxidized following narrow continuous lines. The corresponding oxide line is then used as mask during plasma etching of the amorphous layer leading to the formation of nanoribbon. Such amorpho...

  1. Geometric photovoltaics applied to amorphous silicon thin film solar cells

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    Kirkpatrick, Timothy

    Geometrically generalized analytical expressions for device transport are derived from first principles for a photovoltaic junction. Subsequently, conventional planar and unconventional coaxial and hemispherical photovoltaic architectures are applied to detail the device physics of the junction based on their respective geometry. For the conventional planar cell, the one-dimensional transport equations governing carrier dynamics are recovered. For the unconventional coaxial and hemispherical junction designs, new multi-dimensional transport equations are revealed. Physical effects such as carrier generation and recombination are compared for each cell architecture, providing insight as to how non-planar junctions may potentially enable greater energy conversion efficiencies. Numerical simulations are performed for arrays of vertically aligned, nanostructured coaxial and hemispherical amorphous silicon solar cells and results are compared to those from simulations performed for the standard planar junction. Results indicate that fundamental physical changes in the spatial dependence of the energy band profile across the intrinsic region of an amorphous silicon p-i-n junction manifest as an increase in recombination current for non-planar photovoltaic architectures. Despite an increase in recombination current, however, the coaxial architecture still appears to be able to surpass the efficiency predicted for the planar geometry, due to the geometry of the junction leading to a decoupling of optics and electronics.

  2. Controlled growth of nanocrystalline silicon within amorphous silicon carbide thin films

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    Kole, Arindam; Chaudhuri, Partha

    2014-04-01

    Controlled formation of nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si) within hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) thin films has been demonstrated by a rf (13.56 MHz) plasma chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) method at a low deposition temperature of 200°C by regulating the deposition pressure (Pr) between 26.7 Pa and 133.3 Pa. Evolution of the size and the crystalline silicon volume fraction within the a-SiC:H matrix has been studied by XRD, Raman and HRTEM. The study reveals that at Pr of 26.7 Pa there are mostly isolated grains of nc-Si within the a-SiC:H matrix with average size of 4.5 nm. With increase of Pr the isolated nc-Si grains coalesce more and more giving rise to larger size connected nc-Si islands which appear as microcrystalline silicon in the Raman spectra. As a result net isolated nc-Si volume fraction decreases while the total crystalline silicon volume fraction increases.

  3. Optical bandgap of ultra-thin amorphous silicon films deposited on crystalline silicon by PECVD

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    Yaser Abdulraheem; Ivan Gordon; Twan Bearda; Hosny Meddeb; Jozef Poortmans

    2014-01-01

    An optical study based on spectroscopic ellipsometry, performed on ultrathin hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) layers, is presented in this work. Ultrathin layers of intrinsic amorphous silicon have been deposited on n-type mono-crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafers by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The layer thicknesses along with their optical properties –including their refractive index and optical loss- were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) in a wavel...

  4. Amorphous silicon thin films: The ultimate lightweight space solar cell

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    Vendura, G. J., Jr.; Kruer, M. A.; Schurig, H. H.; Bianchi, M. A.; Roth, J. A.

    1994-01-01

    Progress is reported with respect to the development of thin film amorphous (alpha-Si) terrestrial solar cells for space applications. Such devices promise to result in very lightweight, low cost, flexible arrays with superior end of life (EOL) performance. Each alpha-Si cell consists of a tandem arrangement of three very thin p-i-n junctions vapor deposited between film electrodes. The thickness of this entire stack is approximately 2.0 microns, resulting in a device of negligible weight, but one that must be mechanically supported for handling and fabrication into arrays. The stack is therefore presently deposited onto a large area (12 by 13 in), rigid, glass superstrate, 40 mil thick, and preliminary space qualification testing of modules so configured is underway. At the same time, a more advanced version is under development in which the thin film stack is transferred from the glass onto a thin (2.0 mil) polymer substrate to create large arrays that are truly flexible and significantly lighter than either the glassed alpha-Si version or present conventional crystalline technologies. In this paper the key processes for such effective transfer are described. In addition, both glassed (rigid) and unglassed (flexible) alpha-Si cells are studied when integrated with various advanced structures to form lightweight systems. EOL predictions are generated for the case of a 1000 W array in a standard, 10 year geosynchronous (GEO) orbit. Specific powers (W/kg), power densities (W/sq m) and total array costs ($/sq ft) are compared.

  5. Infrared Insight into the Network of Hydrogenated Amorphous and Polycrystalline Silicon thin Films

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    Jarmila Mullerova

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available IR measurements were carried out on both amorphous and polycrystalline silicon samples deposited by PECVDon glass substrate. The transition from amorphous to polycrystalline phase was achieved by increasing dilution of silaneplasma at the deposition process. The samples were found to be mixed phase materials. Commonly, infrared spectra ofhydrogenated silicon thin films yield information about microstructure, hydrogen content and hydrogen bonding to silicon. Inthis paper, additional understanding was retrieved from infrared response. Applying standard optical laws, effective mediatheory and Clausius-Mossoti approach concerning the Si-Si and Si-H bonds under IR irradiation as individual oscillators,refractive indices in the long wavelength limit, crystalline, amorphous and voids volume fractions and the mass density of thefilms were determined. The mass density was found to decrease with increasing crystalline volume fraction, which can beattributed to the void-dominated mechanism of network formation.

  6. Electrical and optical properties of thin film of amorphous silicon nanoparticles

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    Electrical and optical properties of thin film of amorphous silicon nanoparticles (a-Si) are studied. Thin film of silicon is synthesized on glass substrate under an ambient gas (Ar) atmosphere using physical vapour condensation system. We have employed Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) to study the morphology and microstructure of this film. It is observed that this silicon film contains almost spherical nanoparticles with size varying between 10 and 40 nm. The average surface roughness is about 140 nm as evident from the AFM image. X-ray diffraction analysis is also performed. The XRD spectrum does not show any significant peak which indicates the amorphous nature of the film. To understand the electrical transport phenomena, the temperature dependence of dc conductivity for this film is studied over a temperature range of (300-100 K). On the basis of temperature dependence of dc conductivity, it is suggested that the conduction takes place via variable range hopping (VRH). Three-dimensional Mott's variable range hopping (3D VRH) is applied to explain the conduction mechanism for the transport of charge carriers in this system. Various Mott's parameters such as density of states, degree of disorder, hopping distance, hopping energy are estimated. In optical properties, we have studied Fourier transform infra-red spectra and the photoluminescence of this amorphous silicon thin film. It is found that these amorphous silicon nanoparticles exhibits strong Si-O-Si stretching mode at 1060 cm-1, which suggests that the large amount of oxygen is adsorbed on the surface of these a-Si nanoparticles. The photoluminescence observed from these amorphous silicon nanoparticles has been explained with the help of oxygen related surface state mechanism.

  7. Applications of microcrystalline hydrogenated cubic silicon carbide for amorphous silicon thin film solar cells

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    We demonstrated the fabrication of n-i-p type amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin film solar cells using phosphorus doped microcrystalline cubic silicon carbide (μc-3C-SiC:H) films as a window layer. The Hot-wire CVD method and a covering technique of titanium dioxide TiO2 on TCO was utilized for the cell fabrication. The cell configuration is TCO/TiO2/n-type μc-3C-SiC:H/intrinsic a-Si:H/p-type μc- SiCx (a-SiCx:H including μc-Si:H phase)/Al. Approximately 4.5% efficiency with a Voc of 0.953 V was obtained for AM-1.5 light irradiation. We also prepared a cell with the undoped a-Si1-xCx:H film as a buffer layer to improve the n/i interface. A maximum Voc of 0.966 V was obtained

  8. Size effects on the thermal conductivity of amorphous silicon thin films

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    Braun, Jeffrey L.; Baker, Christopher H.; Giri, Ashutosh; Elahi, Mirza; Artyushkova, Kateryna; Beechem, Thomas E.; Norris, Pamela M.; Leseman, Zayd C.; Gaskins, John T.; Hopkins, Patrick E.

    2016-04-01

    We investigate thickness-limited size effects on the thermal conductivity of amorphous silicon thin films ranging from 3 to 1636 nm grown via sputter deposition. While exhibiting a constant value up to ˜100 nm, the thermal conductivity increases with film thickness thereafter. The thickness dependence we demonstrate is ascribed to boundary scattering of long wavelength vibrations and an interplay between the energy transfer associated with propagating modes (propagons) and nonpropagating modes (diffusons). A crossover from propagon to diffuson modes is deduced to occur at a frequency of ˜1.8 THz via simple analytical arguments. These results provide empirical evidence of size effects on the thermal conductivity of amorphous silicon and systematic experimental insight into the nature of vibrational thermal transport in amorphous solids.

  9. Failure analysis of thin-film amorphous-silicon solar-cell modules

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    Kim, Q.

    1984-01-01

    A failure analysis of thin film amorphous silicon solar cell modules was conducted. The purpose of this analysis is to provide information and data for appropriate corrective action that could result in improvements in product quality and reliability. Existing techniques were expanded in order to evaluate and characterize degradational performance of a-Si solar cells. Microscopic and macroscopic defects and flaws that significantly contribute to performance degradation were investigated.

  10. Toughening thin-film structures with ceramic-like amorphous silicon carbide films.

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    Matsuda, Yusuke; Ryu, Ill; King, Sean W; Bielefeld, Jeff; Dauskardt, Reinhold H

    2014-01-29

    A significant improvement of adhesion in thin-film structures is demonstrated using embedded ceramic-like amorphous silicon carbide films (a-SiC:H films). a-SiC:H films exhibit plasticity at the nanoscale and outstanding chemical and thermal stability unlike most materials. The multi-functionality and the ease of processing of the films have potential to offer a new toughening strategy for reliability of nanoscale device structures. PMID:23894055

  11. Optimization of amorphous silicon thin film solar cells for flexible photovoltaics

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    Söderström, T; Haug, F. -J.; Terrazzoni-Daudrix, V.; Ballif, C.

    2008-01-01

    We investigate amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin film solar cells in the n-i-p or substrate configuration that allows the use of nontransparent and flexible substrates such as metal or plastic foils such as polyethylene- naphtalate (PEN). A substrate texture is used to scatter the light at each interface, which increases the light trapping in the active layer. In the first part, we investigate the relationship between the substrate morphology and the short circui...

  12. Nanoparticles embedded in hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin layers

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    Remeš, Zdeněk; Stuchlík, Jiří; Stuchlíková, The-Ha; Purkrt, Adam; Fajgar, Radek; Dřínek, Vladislav; Zhuravlev, K.; Galkin, N.G.

    Aachen : ICANS26, 2015 - (Carius, R.). s. 196-197 [International Conference on Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Semiconductors /26./ (ICANS26). 13.09.2015-18.09.2015, Aachen] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-05053S; GA MŠk(CZ) LD14011; GA MŠk LH12236 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 ; RVO:67985858 Keywords : a-Si:H * LED * RLA * RDE Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  13. A delta-doped amorphous silicon thin-film transistor with high mobility and stability

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    Ultrathin doped layers, known as delta-doped layers, were introduced within the intrinsic amorphous silicon (a-Si) active layer to fabricate hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin-film transistors (TFTs) with enhanced field-effect mobility. The performance of the delta-doped a-Si:H TFTs depended on the phosphine (PH3) flow rate and the distance from the n+ a-Si to the delta-doping layer. The delta-doped a-Si:H TFTs fabricated using a commercial manufacturing process exhibited an enhanced field-effect mobility of approximately ∼0.23 cm2/Vs (compared to a conventional a-Si:H TFT with 0.15 cm2/Vs) and a desirable stability under a bias-temperature stress test.

  14. Photodecomposition of Hg - Photo - CVD monosilane. Application to hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films

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    The construction of a Hg-photo-CVD device is discussed. The system enables the manufacturing of hydrogenous thin films of amorphous silicon from monosilane compound. The reaction mechanisms taking place in the gaseous phase and at the surface, and the optimal conditions for the amorphous silicon film growth are studied. The analysis technique is based on the measurement of the difference between the condensation points of the gaseous components of the mixture obtained from the monosilane photolysis. A kinetic simplified model is proposed. Conductivity measurements are performed and the heat treatment effects are analyzed. Trace amounts of oxygen and carbon are found in the material. No Hg traces are detected by SIMS analysis

  15. Transition metal oxide window layer in thin film amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Pin-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells have been fabricated by replacing state of the art silicon based window layer with more transparent transition metal oxide (TMO) materials. Three kinds of TMOs: vanadium oxide, tungsten oxide, and molybdenum oxide (MoOx) were comparatively investigated to reveal the design principles of metal oxide window layers. It was found that MoOx exhibited the best performance due to its higher work function property compared to other materials. In addition, the band alignment between MoOx and amorphous Si controls the series resistance, which was verified through compositional variation of MoOx thin films. The design principles of TMO window layer in amorphous Si solar cells are summarized as follows: A wide optical bandgap larger than 3.0 eV, a high work function larger than 5.2 eV, and a band alignment condition rendering efficient hole collection from amorphous Si absorber layer. - Highlights: • High work function metal oxides can potentially replace the conventional p-a-SiC. • V2Ox, WOx, and MoOx are comparatively investigated in this study. • MoOx is the most relevant material due to its highest work function. • Slightly oxygen deficient MoOx exhibited performance enhancement at x = 2.9

  16. Optical bandgap of ultra-thin amorphous silicon films deposited on crystalline silicon by PECVD

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    Abdulraheem, Yaser; Gordon, Ivan; Bearda, Twan; Meddeb, Hosny; Poortmans, Jozef

    2014-05-01

    An optical study based on spectroscopic ellipsometry, performed on ultrathin hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) layers, is presented in this work. Ultrathin layers of intrinsic amorphous silicon have been deposited on n-type mono-crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafers by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The layer thicknesses along with their optical properties -including their refractive index and optical loss- were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) in a wavelength range from 250 nm to 850 nm. The data was fitted to a Tauc-Lorentz optical model and the fitting parameters were extracted and used to compute the refractive index, extinction coefficient and optical bandgap. Furthermore, the a-Si:H film grown on silicon was etched at a controlled rate using a TMAH solution prepared at room temperature. The optical properties along with the Tauc-Lorentz fitting parameters were extracted from the model as the film thickness was reduced. The etch rate for ultrathin a-Si:H layers in TMAH at room temperature was found to slow down drastically as the c-Si interface is approached. From the Tauc-Lorentz parameters obtained from SE, it was found that the a-Si film exhibited properties that evolved with thickness suggesting that the deposited film is non-homogeneous across its depth. It was also found that the degree of crystallinity and optical (Tauc) bandgap increased as the layers were reduced in thickness and coming closer to the c-Si substrate interface, suggesting the presence of nano-structured clusters mixed into the amorphous phase for the region close to the crystalline silicon substrate. Further results from Atomic Force Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy confirmed the presence of an interfacial transitional layer between the amorphous film and the underlying substrate showing silicon nano-crystalline enclosures that can lead to quantum confinement effects. Quantum confinement is suggested to be the cause of the observed

  17. Optical bandgap of ultra-thin amorphous silicon films deposited on crystalline silicon by PECVD

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available An optical study based on spectroscopic ellipsometry, performed on ultrathin hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H layers, is presented in this work. Ultrathin layers of intrinsic amorphous silicon have been deposited on n-type mono-crystalline silicon (c-Si wafers by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD. The layer thicknesses along with their optical properties –including their refractive index and optical loss- were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE in a wavelength range from 250 nm to 850 nm. The data was fitted to a Tauc-Lorentz optical model and the fitting parameters were extracted and used to compute the refractive index, extinction coefficient and optical bandgap. Furthermore, the a-Si:H film grown on silicon was etched at a controlled rate using a TMAH solution prepared at room temperature. The optical properties along with the Tauc-Lorentz fitting parameters were extracted from the model as the film thickness was reduced. The etch rate for ultrathin a-Si:H layers in TMAH at room temperature was found to slow down drastically as the c-Si interface is approached. From the Tauc-Lorentz parameters obtained from SE, it was found that the a-Si film exhibited properties that evolved with thickness suggesting that the deposited film is non-homogeneous across its depth. It was also found that the degree of crystallinity and optical (Tauc bandgap increased as the layers were reduced in thickness and coming closer to the c-Si substrate interface, suggesting the presence of nano-structured clusters mixed into the amorphous phase for the region close to the crystalline silicon substrate. Further results from Atomic Force Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy confirmed the presence of an interfacial transitional layer between the amorphous film and the underlying substrate showing silicon nano-crystalline enclosures that can lead to quantum confinement effects. Quantum confinement is suggested to be the cause

  18. Optical bandgap of ultra-thin amorphous silicon films deposited on crystalline silicon by PECVD

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    An optical study based on spectroscopic ellipsometry, performed on ultrathin hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) layers, is presented in this work. Ultrathin layers of intrinsic amorphous silicon have been deposited on n-type mono-crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafers by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The layer thicknesses along with their optical properties –including their refractive index and optical loss- were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) in a wavelength range from 250 nm to 850 nm. The data was fitted to a Tauc-Lorentz optical model and the fitting parameters were extracted and used to compute the refractive index, extinction coefficient and optical bandgap. Furthermore, the a-Si:H film grown on silicon was etched at a controlled rate using a TMAH solution prepared at room temperature. The optical properties along with the Tauc-Lorentz fitting parameters were extracted from the model as the film thickness was reduced. The etch rate for ultrathin a-Si:H layers in TMAH at room temperature was found to slow down drastically as the c-Si interface is approached. From the Tauc-Lorentz parameters obtained from SE, it was found that the a-Si film exhibited properties that evolved with thickness suggesting that the deposited film is non-homogeneous across its depth. It was also found that the degree of crystallinity and optical (Tauc) bandgap increased as the layers were reduced in thickness and coming closer to the c-Si substrate interface, suggesting the presence of nano-structured clusters mixed into the amorphous phase for the region close to the crystalline silicon substrate. Further results from Atomic Force Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy confirmed the presence of an interfacial transitional layer between the amorphous film and the underlying substrate showing silicon nano-crystalline enclosures that can lead to quantum confinement effects. Quantum confinement is suggested to be the cause of the observed

  19. Optical bandgap of ultra-thin amorphous silicon films deposited on crystalline silicon by PECVD

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    Abdulraheem, Yaser, E-mail: yaser.abdulraheem@kuniv.edu.kw [Electrical Engineering Department, College of Engineering and Petroleum, Kuwait University. P.O. Box 5969, 13060 Safat (Kuwait); Gordon, Ivan; Bearda, Twan; Meddeb, Hosny; Poortmans, Jozef [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001, Leuven (Belgium)

    2014-05-15

    An optical study based on spectroscopic ellipsometry, performed on ultrathin hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) layers, is presented in this work. Ultrathin layers of intrinsic amorphous silicon have been deposited on n-type mono-crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafers by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The layer thicknesses along with their optical properties –including their refractive index and optical loss- were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) in a wavelength range from 250 nm to 850 nm. The data was fitted to a Tauc-Lorentz optical model and the fitting parameters were extracted and used to compute the refractive index, extinction coefficient and optical bandgap. Furthermore, the a-Si:H film grown on silicon was etched at a controlled rate using a TMAH solution prepared at room temperature. The optical properties along with the Tauc-Lorentz fitting parameters were extracted from the model as the film thickness was reduced. The etch rate for ultrathin a-Si:H layers in TMAH at room temperature was found to slow down drastically as the c-Si interface is approached. From the Tauc-Lorentz parameters obtained from SE, it was found that the a-Si film exhibited properties that evolved with thickness suggesting that the deposited film is non-homogeneous across its depth. It was also found that the degree of crystallinity and optical (Tauc) bandgap increased as the layers were reduced in thickness and coming closer to the c-Si substrate interface, suggesting the presence of nano-structured clusters mixed into the amorphous phase for the region close to the crystalline silicon substrate. Further results from Atomic Force Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy confirmed the presence of an interfacial transitional layer between the amorphous film and the underlying substrate showing silicon nano-crystalline enclosures that can lead to quantum confinement effects. Quantum confinement is suggested to be the cause of the observed

  20. Silicon nitride and intrinsic amorphous silicon double antireflection coatings for thin-film solar cells on foreign substrates

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    Hydrogenated intrinsic amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) was investigated as a surface passivation method for crystalline silicon thin film solar cells on graphite substrates. The results of the experiments, including quantum efficiency and current density-voltage measurements, show improvements in cell performance. This improvement is due to surface passivation by an a-Si:H(i) layer, which increases the open circuit voltage and the fill factor. In comparison with our previous work, we have achieved an increase of 0.6% absolute cell efficiency for a 40 μm thick 4 cm2 aperture area on the graphite substrate. The optical properties of the SiNx/a-Si:H(i) stack were studied using spectroscopic ellipsometer techniques. Scanning transmission electron microscopy inside a scanning electron microscope was applied to characterize the cross section of the SiNx/a-Si:H(i) stack using focus ion beam preparation. - Highlights: • We report a 10.8% efficiency for thin-film silicon solar cell on graphite. • Hydrogenated intrinsic amorphous silicon was applied for surface passivation. • SiNx/a-Si:H(i) stacks were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometer techniques. • Cross-section micrograph was obtained by scanning transmission electron microscopy. • Quantum efficiency and J-V measurements show improvements in the cell performance

  1. Silicon nitride and intrinsic amorphous silicon double antireflection coatings for thin-film solar cells on foreign substrates

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    Li, Da; Kunz, Thomas [Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Division: Photovoltaics and Thermosensoric, Haberstr. 2a, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Wolf, Nadine [Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Division: Energy Efficiency, Am Galgenberg 87, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Liebig, Jan Philipp [Materials Science and Engineering, Institute I, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstr. 5, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Wittmann, Stephan; Ahmad, Taimoor; Hessmann, Maik T.; Auer, Richard [Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Division: Photovoltaics and Thermosensoric, Haberstr. 2a, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Göken, Mathias [Materials Science and Engineering, Institute I, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstr. 5, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Brabec, Christoph J. [Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Division: Photovoltaics and Thermosensoric, Haberstr. 2a, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstr. 7, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)

    2015-05-29

    Hydrogenated intrinsic amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) was investigated as a surface passivation method for crystalline silicon thin film solar cells on graphite substrates. The results of the experiments, including quantum efficiency and current density-voltage measurements, show improvements in cell performance. This improvement is due to surface passivation by an a-Si:H(i) layer, which increases the open circuit voltage and the fill factor. In comparison with our previous work, we have achieved an increase of 0.6% absolute cell efficiency for a 40 μm thick 4 cm{sup 2} aperture area on the graphite substrate. The optical properties of the SiN{sub x}/a-Si:H(i) stack were studied using spectroscopic ellipsometer techniques. Scanning transmission electron microscopy inside a scanning electron microscope was applied to characterize the cross section of the SiN{sub x}/a-Si:H(i) stack using focus ion beam preparation. - Highlights: • We report a 10.8% efficiency for thin-film silicon solar cell on graphite. • Hydrogenated intrinsic amorphous silicon was applied for surface passivation. • SiN{sub x}/a-Si:H(i) stacks were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometer techniques. • Cross-section micrograph was obtained by scanning transmission electron microscopy. • Quantum efficiency and J-V measurements show improvements in the cell performance.

  2. Deposition and characterization of amorphous silicon with embedded nanocrystals and microcrystalline silicon for thin film solar cells

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    Ambrosio, R., E-mail: rambrosi@uacj.mx [Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, INAOE, Puebla (Mexico); Instituto de Ingeniería y Tecnología, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, UACJ, C.J., Chihuahua (Mexico); Moreno, M.; Torres, A. [Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, INAOE, Puebla (Mexico); Carrillo, A. [Instituto de Ingeniería y Tecnología, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, UACJ, C.J., Chihuahua (Mexico); Vivaldo, I.; Cosme, I. [Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, INAOE, Puebla (Mexico); Heredia, A. [Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Puebla (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Nanostructured silicon thin films were deposited by PECVD. • Polymorphous and microcrystalline were obtained varying the pressure and power. • Structural and optoelectronics properties were studied. • The σ{sub dark} changed by 5 order of magnitude under illumination, V{sub d} was at 2.5 A/s. • The evidence of embedded nanocrystals into the amorphous matrix was investigated. - Abstract: Amorphous silicon thin films with embedded nanocrystals and microcrystalline silicon were deposited by the standard Radio Frequency (RF) Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) technique, from SiH{sub 4}, H{sub 2}, Ar gas mixture at substrate temperature of 200 °C. Two series of films were produced varying deposition parameters as chamber pressure and RF power density. The chemical bonding in the films was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, where it was observed a correlation between the hydrogen content and the morphological and electrical properties in the films. Electrical and optical parameters were extracted in both series of films, as room temperature conductivity (σ{sub RT}), activation energy (E{sub a}), and optical band gap (E{sub g}). As well, structural analysis in the films was performed by Raman spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), which gives an indication of the films crystallinity. The photoconductivity changed in a range of 2 and 6 orders of magnitude from dark to AM 1.5 illumination conditions, which is of interest for thin film solar cells applications.

  3. Deposition and characterization of amorphous silicon with embedded nanocrystals and microcrystalline silicon for thin film solar cells

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    Highlights: • Nanostructured silicon thin films were deposited by PECVD. • Polymorphous and microcrystalline were obtained varying the pressure and power. • Structural and optoelectronics properties were studied. • The σdark changed by 5 order of magnitude under illumination, Vd was at 2.5 A/s. • The evidence of embedded nanocrystals into the amorphous matrix was investigated. - Abstract: Amorphous silicon thin films with embedded nanocrystals and microcrystalline silicon were deposited by the standard Radio Frequency (RF) Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) technique, from SiH4, H2, Ar gas mixture at substrate temperature of 200 °C. Two series of films were produced varying deposition parameters as chamber pressure and RF power density. The chemical bonding in the films was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, where it was observed a correlation between the hydrogen content and the morphological and electrical properties in the films. Electrical and optical parameters were extracted in both series of films, as room temperature conductivity (σRT), activation energy (Ea), and optical band gap (Eg). As well, structural analysis in the films was performed by Raman spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), which gives an indication of the films crystallinity. The photoconductivity changed in a range of 2 and 6 orders of magnitude from dark to AM 1.5 illumination conditions, which is of interest for thin film solar cells applications

  4. Study of some structural properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films prepared by radiofrequency cathodic sputtering

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    In this work, we have used the grazing X-rays reflectometry technique to characterise hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films deposited by radio-frequency cathodic sputtering. Relfectometry measurements are taken immediately after films deposition as well as after having naturally oxidised their surfaces during a more or less prolonged stay in the ambient. For the films examined just after deposition, the role of hydrogen appears in the increase of their density. For those analysed after a short stay in the ambient, hydrogen plays a protective role against the oxidation of their surfaces. This role disappears when the stay in the ambient is so long. (author)

  5. Nanopatterned front contact for broadband absorption in ultra-thin amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Massiot, I.; Colin, Clément; Péré-Laperne, Nicolas; Roca I Cabarrocas, Pere; Sauvan, Christophe; Lalanne, Philippe; Pelouard, Jean-Luc; Collin, Stéphane

    2012-01-01

    International audience Broadband light trapping is numerically demonstrated in ultra-thin solar cells composed of a flat amorphous silicon absorber layer deposited on a silver mirror. A one-dimensional silver array is used to enhance light absorption in the visible spectral range with low polarization and angle dependencies. In addition, the metallic nanowires play the role of transparent electrodes. We predict a short-circuit current density of 14:6mA=cm2 for a solar cell with a 90 nm-thi...

  6. Electroless deposition and characterization of Pd thin films on hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    This paper reports on electroless palladium thin films deposited on hydrogenated amorphous Si from a palladium-ammine bath. The d.c. magnetron reactive sputtered 18% hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) possessed a hydrogen passivated surface, using an activation step prior to the electroless deposition to obtain a film with good uniformity. The specially prepared hypophosphite-based dilute metal ion bath exhibited good stability as low operating temperatures of 35--50 degrees C. The morphology and microstructure of the Pd aggregates were characterized by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX), while the Pd aggregates and as-deposited films from the citrate and NH3/NH4Cl baths were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Marked differences in morphology and distribution of the Pd aggregates on activated a-Si:H and c-Si substrates were observed and discussed

  7. A Comparison of Photo-Induced Hysteresis Between Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon and Amorphous IGZO Thin-Film Transistors.

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    Ha, Tae-Jun; Cho, Won-Ju; Chung, Hong-Bay; Koo, Sang-Mo

    2015-09-01

    We investigate photo-induced instability in thin-film transistors (TFTs) consisting of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) as active semiconducting layers by comparing with hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H). An a-IGZO TFT exhibits a large hysteresis window in the illuminated measuring condition but no hysteresis window in the dark condition. On the contrary, a large hysteresis window measured in the dark condition in a-Si:H was not observed in the illuminated condition. Even though such materials possess the structure of amorphous phase, optical responses or photo instability in TFTs looks different from each other. Photo-induced hysteresis results from initially trapped charges at the interface between semiconductor and dielectric films or in the gate dielectric which possess absorption energy to interact with deep trap-states and affect the movement of Fermi energy level. In order to support our claim, we also perform CV characteristics in photo-induced hysteresis and demonstrate thermal-activated hysteresis. We believe that this work can provide important information to understand different material systems for optical engineering which includes charge transport and band transition. PMID:26716230

  8. Adjustable optical response of amorphous silicon nanowires integrated with thin films.

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    Dhindsa, Navneet; Walia, Jaspreet; Pathirane, Minoli; Khodadad, Iman; Wong, William S; Saini, Simarjeet Singh

    2016-04-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a new optical platform by integrating hydrogenated amorphous silicon nanowire arrays with thin films deposited on transparent substrates like glass. A 535 nm thick thin film is anisotropically etched to fabricate vertical nanowire arrays of 100 nm diameter arranged in a square lattice. Adjusting the nanowire length, and consequently the thin film thickness permits the optical properties of this configuration to be tuned for either transmission filter response or enhanced broadband absorption. Vivid structural colors are also achieved in reflection and transmission. The optical properties of the platform are investigated for three different etch depths. Transmission filter response is achieved for a configuration with nanowires on glass without any thin film. Alternatively, integrating thin film with nanowires increases the absorption efficiency by ∼97% compared to the thin film starting layer and by ∼78% over nanowires on glass. The ability to tune the optical response of this material in this fashion makes it a promising platform for high performance photovoltaics, photodetectors and sensors. PMID:26906427

  9. Crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films using nanoenergetic intermolecular materials with buffer layers

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    Lee, Choong Hee; Jeong, Tae Hoon; Kim, Do Kyung; Jeong, Woong Hee; Kang, Myung-Koo; Hwang, Tae Hyung; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2009-02-01

    Optimization of the crystallization of amorphous silicon (a-Si) using a mixture of nanoenergetic materials of iron oxide/aluminum (Fe 2O 3/Al) was studied. To achieve high-quality polycrystalline Si (poly-Si) thin films, silicon oxide (SiO 2) and silver (Ag) layer were deposited on the a-Si as buffer layers to prevent the metal diffusion in a-Si during thermite reaction and to transport the thermal energy released from nanoenergetic materials, respectively. Raman measurement was used to define the crystallinity of poly-Si. For molar ratio of Al and Fe of 2 with 100-nm-thick-SiO 2, Raman measurement showed the 519.59 cm -1 of peak position and the 5.08 cm -1 of full width at half maximum with 353 MPa of low tensile stress indicating high quality poly-Si thin film. These results showed that optimized thermite reaction could be used successfully in crystallization of a-Si to high -quality poly-Si thin films.

  10. Morphological characteristics and optical properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films

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    Tang, Haihua; Liu, Shuang; Zhou, Xiang; Liu, Yunfei; Chen, Dejun; Liu, Yong; Zhong, Zhiyong

    2016-05-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films were prepared by radio frequency (RF) plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (RF-PECVD) technique with silane (SiH4) as reactive gas. The influence of process parameters on the morphological characteristics and optical properties of a-Si:H thin films were systematically investigated. When the RF power density was taken as the only variable, it firstly improves the smoothness of the surface with increasing the RF power density below the value of 0.17 W/cm2, and then exhibits an obvious degradation at further power density. The refractive index, extinction coefficient, optical energy gap initially increase and reach a maximum at 0.17 W/cm2, followed by a significant decrease with further RF power density. When the RF power density was taken as the only variable, the surface of a-Si:H thin films become smoother by increasing the reaction pressure in the investigated range (from 50 Pa to 140 Pa), and the refractive index, extinction coefficient, optical energy gap increase with increasing of reaction pressure. The effect of RF power density and the reaction pressure on the morphological characteristics and optical properties of a-Si:H thin films was obtained, contributing to the further studies of the performance and applications of a-Si:H thin films.

  11. Direct measurement of free-energy barrier to nucleation of crystallites in amorphous silicon thin films

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    Shi, Frank G.

    1994-01-01

    A method is introduced to measure the free-energy barrier W(sup *), the activation energy, and activation entropy to nucleation of crystallites in amorphous solids, independent of the energy barrier to growth. The method allows one to determine the temperature dependence of W(sup *), and the effect of the preparation conditions of the initial amorphous phase, the dopants, and the crystallization methds on W(sup *). The method is applied to determine the free-energy barrier to nucleation of crystallites in amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin films. For thermally induced nucleation in a-Si thin films with annealing temperatures in the range of from 824 to 983 K, the free-energy barrier W(sup *) to nucleation of silicon crystals is about 2.0 - 2.1 eV regardless of the preparation conditions of the films. The observation supports the idea that a-Si transforms into an intermediate amorphous state through the structural relaxation prior to the onset of nucleation of crystallites in a-Si. The observation also indicates that the activation entropy may be an insignificant part of the free-energy barrier for the nucleation of crystallites in a-Si. Compared with the free-energy barrier to nucleation of crystallites in undoped a-Si films, a significant reduction is observed in the free-energy barrier to nucleation in Cu-doped a-Si films. For a-Si under irradiation of Xe(2+) at 10(exp 5) eV, the free-energy barrier to ion-induced nucleation of crystallites is shown to be about half of the value associated with thermal-induced nucleation of crystallites in a-Si under the otherwise same conditions, which is much more significant than previously expected. The present method has a general kinetic basis; it thus should be equally applicable to nucleation of crystallites in any amorphous elemental semiconductors and semiconductor alloys, metallic and polymeric glasses, and to nucleation of crystallites in melts and solutions.

  12. Estimation of the impact of electrostatic discharge on density of states in hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film transistors

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    Tosic Golo, Natasa; Wal, van der Siebrigje; Kuper, F.G.; Mouthaan, A.J.

    2002-01-01

    The objective of this letter is to give an estimation of the impact of an electrostatic discharge (ESD) stress on the density of states (DOS) within the energy gap of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin-film transistors. ESD stresses were applied by means of a transmission line model tester

  13. Recombination and thin film properties of silicon nitride and amorphous silicon passivated c-Si following ammonia plasma exposure

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    Recombination at silicon nitride (SiNx) and amorphous silicon (a-Si) passivated crystalline silicon (c-Si) surfaces is shown to increase significantly following an ammonia (NH3) plasma exposure at room temperature. The effect of plasma exposure on chemical structure, refractive index, permittivity, and electronic properties of the thin films is also investigated. It is found that the NH3 plasma exposure causes (i) an increase in the density of Si≡N3 groups in both SiNx and a-Si films, (ii) a reduction in refractive index and permittivity, (iii) an increase in the density of defects at the SiNx/c-Si interface, and (iv) a reduction in the density of positive charge in SiNx. The changes in recombination and thin film properties are likely due to an insertion of N–H radicals into the bulk of SiNx or a-Si. It is therefore important for device performance to minimize NH3 plasma exposure of SiNx or a-Si passivating films during subsequent fabrication steps

  14. Enhanced light trapping with double-groove grating in thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Wu, Jun

    2016-05-01

    A design to enhance light absorption in thin-film amorphous silicon (a-Si) solar cells is proposed. It is achieved by patterning a double-groove grating with waveguide layer as the absorbing layer and coating a double-groove grating anti-reflective layer in the front window of the cell. The broadband absorption under normal incidence can be achieved for both TE and TM polarizations. It is shown that the averaged integrated absorptions have very large angle independence for the optimized solar cell. An qualitative understanding of such broadband enhanced absorption effect, which is attributed to the guided mode resonance, is presented. The conclusions can be exploited to guide the design of solar cells based on a grating structure.

  15. Plasma optical emission spectroscopy diagnostic during amorphous silicon thin films deposition by Rf sputtering technique

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    This paper deals with the study of the glow discharge, used for amorphous silicon thin films deposition by Rf sputtering technique. The produced plasma is investigated by mean of the optical emission spectroscopy (OES) analysis. Different plasmas obtained with changing the gas pressure and Rf powers were analysed at different positions in the inter-electrode space. Emission lines from Ar, Si, Si+ and Ar+ were observed in the visible region. It was found that emission intensities of all the observed lines have a spatial Gaussian shape. The maximum intensity is located in the core of the plasma and decrease in the electrodes region. The ratio between the Si and Ar+ intensities (ISi/IAr+), in the target region, is proposed as a new tool to estimate the Ar sputtering yield. This ratio was compared to the theoretical calculated sputtering yield. The difference between these two quantities is exploited to determine the contribution of fast Ar neutrals in the sputtering process.

  16. Charge transport and activation energy of amorphous silicon carbide thin film on quartz at elevated temperature

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    Dinh, Toan; Viet Dao, Dzung; Phan, Hoang-Phuong; Wang, Li; Qamar, Afzaal; Nguyen, Nam-Trung; Tanner, Philip; Rybachuk, Maksym

    2015-06-01

    We report on the temperature dependence of the charge transport and activation energy of amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC) thin films grown on quartz by low-pressure chemical vapor deposition. The electrical conductivity as characterized by the Arrhenius rule was found to vary distinctly under two activation energy thresholds of 150 and 205 meV, corresponding to temperature ranges of 300 to 450 K and 450 to 580 K, respectively. The a-SiC/quartz system displayed a high temperature coefficient of resistance ranging from -4,000 to -16,000 ppm/K, demonstrating a strong feasibility of using this material for highly sensitive thermal sensing applications.

  17. Plasma deposition of amorphous silicon carbide thin films irradiated with neutrons

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    Huran, J.; Bohacek, P.; Kucera, M.; Kleinova, A.; Sasinkova, V.; IEE SAS, Bratislava, Slovakia Team; Polymer Institute, SAS, Bratislava, Slovakia Team; Institute of Chemistry, SAS, Bratislava, Slovakia Team

    2015-09-01

    Amorphous silicon carbide and N-doped silicon carbide thin films were deposited on P-type Si(100) wafer by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technology using silane, methane, ammonium and argon gases. The concentration of elements in the films was determined by RBS and ERDA method. Chemical compositions were analyzed by FTIR spectroscopy. Photoluminescence properties were studied by photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). Irradiation of samples with various neutron fluencies was performed at room temperature. The films contain silicon, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and small amount of oxygen. From the IR spectra, the films contained Si-C, Si-H, C-H, Si-N, N-H and Si-O bonds. No significance effect on the IR spectra after neutron irradiation was observed. PL spectroscopy results of films showed decreasing PL intensity after neutron irradiation and PL intensity decreased with increased neutron fluencies. The measured current of the prepared structures increased after irradiation with neutrons and rise up with neutron fluencies.

  18. Amorphous and microcrystalline silicon applied in very thin tandem solar cells

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    Schicho, Sandra

    2011-07-28

    Thin-film solar cells are fabricated by low-cost production processes, and are therefore an alternative to conventionally used wafer solar cells based on crystalline silicon. Due to the different band gaps, tandem cells that consist of amorphous (a-Si:H) and microcrystalline ({mu}c-Si:H) single junction solar cells deposited on top of each other use the solar spectrum much more efficient than single junction solar cells. The silicon layers are usually deposited on TCO (Transparent Conductive Oxide)-coated glass and metal- or plastic foils. Compared to the CdTe and CIGS based thin-film technologies, silicon thin-film solar cells have the advantage that no limitation of raw material supply is expected and no toxic elements are used. Nevertheless, the production cost per Wattpeak is the decisive factor concerning competitiveness and can be reduced by, e.g., shorter deposition times or reduced material consumption. Both cost-reducing conceptions are simultaneously achieved by reducing the a-Si:H and {mu}c-Si:H absorber layer thicknesses in a tandem device. In the work on hand, the influence of an absorber layer thickness reduction up to 77% on the photovoltaic parameters of a-Si:H/{mu}c-Si:H tandem solar cells was investigated. An industry-oriented Radio Frequency Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition (RF-PECVD) system was used to deposit the solar cells on glass substrates coated with randomly structured TCO layers. The thicknesses of top and bottom cell absorber layers were varied by adjusting the deposition time. Reduced layer thicknesses lead to lower absorption and, hence, to reduced short-circuit current densities which, however, are partially balanced by higher open-circuit voltages and fill factors. Furthermore, by using very thin amorphous top cells, the light-induced degradation decreases tremendously. Accordingly, a thickness reduction of 75% led to an efficiency loss of only 21 %. By adjusting the parameters for the deposition of a-Si:H top cells, a

  19. Low temperature plasma deposition of silicon thin films: From amorphous to crystalline

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    Roca I Cabarrocas, Pere; Cariou, Romain; Labrune, Martin

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    International audience We report on the epitaxial growth of crystalline silicon films on (100) oriented crystalline silicon substrates by standard plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition at 175 °C. Such unexpected epitaxial growth is discussed in the context of deposition processes of silicon thin films, based on silicon radicals and nanocrystals. Our results are supported by previous studies on plasma synthesis of silicon nanocrystals and point toward silicon nanocrystals being the most...

  20. Modeling the Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon Thin Films Using a High Repetition Rate Scanning Laser

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    Černý, R.; A. Kalbáč

    2000-01-01

    An optimum design of experimental setup for the preparation of polycrystalline silicon (pc-Si) films from amorphous layers applicable in the solar cell production is analyzed in the paper. In the computational simulations, the influence of basic characteristic parameters of the experimental procedure on the mechanisms of pc-Si lateral growth is studied. Among these parameters, the energy density of the applied laser and the thickness of the amorphous silicon (a-Si) layer are identified ...

  1. [The Influence of Deposition Pressure on the Properties of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Thin Films].

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    Yuan, Jun-bao; Yang, Wen; Chen, Xiao-bo; Yang, Pei-zhi; Song, Zhao-ning

    2016-02-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films on soda-lime glass substrates were deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) using disilane and hydrogen as source gases. To study the influence of deposition pressure on the deposition rate, optical band gap and structure factor, a surface profilometer, an ultraviolet-visible spectrometer, a Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer and a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the deposited thin films. It is found that the deposition rate firstly increased and then decreased and the optical band gap monotonically decreased with the increasing deposition pressure. Moreover, the formation of SiH bond was preferable to the formation of SH₂ or SiH₃ bond when the deposition pressure was less than 210 Pa, while it was opposite when the deposition pressure is higher than 210 Pa. Finally, the deposition pressure in the range of 110~210 Pa was found to be more suitable for the preparation of high quality a-Si:H thin films. PMID:27209724

  2. Stabilization of amorphous structure in silicon thin film by adding germanium

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    The stabilization of the amorphous structure in amorphous silicon film by adding Ge atoms was studied using Raman spectroscopy. Amorphous Si1−xGex (x = 0.0, 0.03, 0.14, and 0.27) films were deposited on glass substrates from electron beam evaporation sources and annealed in N2 atmosphere. The change in the amorphous states and the phase transition from amorphous to crystalline were characterized using the TO, LO, and LA phonons in the Raman spectra. The temperature of the transition from the amorphous phase to the crystalline phase was higher for the a-Si1−xGex (x = 0.03, 0.14) films, and the crystallization was hindered. The reason why the addition of a suitable quantity of Ge atoms into the three-dimensional amorphous silicon network stabilizes its amorphous structure is discussed based on the changes in the Raman signals of the TO, LO, and LA phonons during annealing. The characteristic bond length of the Ge atoms allows them to stabilize the random network of the amorphous Si composed of quasi-tetrahedral Si units, and obstruct its rearrangement

  3. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon sensors based on thin film on ASIC technology

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    Despeisse, M; Anelli, G; Jarron, P; Kaplon, J; Rusack, R; Saramad, S; Wyrsch, N

    2006-01-01

    The performance and limitations of a novel detector technology based on the deposition of a thin-film sensor on top of processed integrated circuits have been studied. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films have been deposited on top of CMOS circuits developed for these studies and the resulting "thin-film on ASIC" (TFA) detectors are presented. The leakage current of the a-Si:H sensor at high reverse biases turns out to be an important parameter limiting the performance of a TFA detector. Its detailed study and the pixel segmentation of the detector are presented. High internal electric fields (in the order of 10/sup 4/-10/sup 5/ V/cm) can be built in the a-Si:H sensor and overcome the low mobility of electrons and holes in a-Si:H. Signal induction by generated carrier motion and speed in the a-Si:H sensor have been studied with a 660 nm pulsed laser on a TFA detector based on an ASIC integrating 5 ns peaking time pre- amplifiers. The measurement set-up also permits to study the depletion of the senso...

  4. Amorphous and microcrystalline silicon applied in very thin tandem solar cells

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    2011-07-28

    Thin-film solar cells are fabricated by low-cost production processes, and are therefore an alternative to conventionally used wafer solar cells based on crystalline silicon. Due to the different band gaps, tandem cells that consist of amorphous (a-Si:H) and microcrystalline ({mu}c-Si:H) single junction solar cells deposited on top of each other use the solar spectrum much more efficient than single junction solar cells. The silicon layers are usually deposited on TCO (Transparent Conductive Oxide)-coated glass and metal- or plastic foils. Compared to the CdTe and CIGS based thin-film technologies, silicon thin-film solar cells have the advantage that no limitation of raw material supply is expected and no toxic elements are used. Nevertheless, the production cost per Wattpeak is the decisive factor concerning competitiveness and can be reduced by, e.g., shorter deposition times or reduced material consumption. Both cost-reducing conceptions are simultaneously achieved by reducing the a-Si:H and {mu}c-Si:H absorber layer thicknesses in a tandem device. In the work on hand, the influence of an absorber layer thickness reduction up to 77% on the photovoltaic parameters of a-Si:H/{mu}c-Si:H tandem solar cells was investigated. An industry-oriented Radio Frequency Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition (RF-PECVD) system was used to deposit the solar cells on glass substrates coated with randomly structured TCO layers. The thicknesses of top and bottom cell absorber layers were varied by adjusting the deposition time. Reduced layer thicknesses lead to lower absorption and, hence, to reduced short-circuit current densities which, however, are partially balanced by higher open-circuit voltages and fill factors. Furthermore, by using very thin amorphous top cells, the light-induced degradation decreases tremendously. Accordingly, a thickness reduction of 75% led to an efficiency loss of only 21 %. By adjusting the parameters for the deposition of a-Si:H top cells, a

  5. Investigation on Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells

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    2003-01-01

    The preparation, current status and trends are investigated for silicon thin film solar cells. The advantages and disadvantages of amorphous silicon thin film, polycrystalline silicon thin film and mono-crystalline silicon thin film solar cells are compared. The future development trends are pointed out. It is found that polycrystalline silicon thin film solar cells will be more promising for application with great potential.

  6. Baseline Evaluation of Thin-Film Amorphous Silicon, Copper Indium Diselenide, and Cadmium Telluride for the 21st Century: Preprint

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    This paper examines three thin-film PV technologies: amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride, and copper indium selenide. The purpose is to: (1) assess their status and potential; (2) provide an improved set of criteria for comparing these existing thin films against any new PV technological alternatives, and examining the longer-term (c. 2050) potential of thin films to meet cost goals that would be competitive with conventional sources of energy without any added value from the substantial environmental advantages of PV. Among the conclusions are: (1) today's thin films have substantial economic potential, (2) any new approach to PV should be examined against the substantial achievements and potential of today's thin films, (3) the science and technology base of today's thin films needs substantial strengthening, (4) some need for alternative technologies exists, especially as the future PV marketplace expands beyond about 30 GW of annual production

  7. Development of thin film amorphous silicon oxide/microcrystalline silicon double-junction solar cells and their temperature dependence

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    Sriprapha, K.; Piromjit, C.; Limmanee, A.; Sritharathikhun, J. [Institute of Solar Energy Technology Development (SOLARTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), 111 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Road, Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand)

    2011-01-15

    We have developed thin film silicon double-junction solar cells by using micromorph structure. Wide bandgap hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiO:H) film was used as an absorber layer of top cell in order to obtain solar cells with high open circuit voltage (V{sub oc}), which are attractive for the use in high temperature environment. All p, i and n layers were deposited on transparent conductive oxide (TCO) coated glass substrate by a 60 MHz-very-high-frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (VHF-PECVD) technique. The p-i-n-p-i-n double-junction solar cells were fabricated by varying the CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2} flow rate of i top layer in order to obtain the wide bandgap with good quality material, which deposited near the phase boundary between a-SiO:H and hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon oxide ({mu}c-SiO:H), where the high V{sub oc} can be expected. The typical a-SiO:H/{mu}c-Si:H solar cell showed the highest initial cell efficiency of 10.5%. The temperature coefficient (TC) of solar cells indicated that the values of TC for conversion efficiency ({eta}) of the double-junction solar cells were inversely proportional to the initial V{sub oc}, which corresponds to the bandgap of the top cells. The TC for {eta} of typical a-SiO:H/{mu}c-Si:H was -0.32%/ C, lower than the value of conventional a-Si:H/{mu}c-Si:H solar cell. Both the a-SiO:H/{mu}c-Si:H solar cell and the conventional solar cell showed the same light induced degradation ratio of about 20%. We concluded that the solar cells using wide bandgap a-SiO:H film in the top cells are promising for the use in high temperature regions. (author)

  8. Amorphous silicon thermometer

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    The carbon glass resistance thermometers (CGRT) shows an unstable drift by heat cycles. Since we were looking for a more stable element of thermometer for cryogenic and high magnetic field environments, we selected amorphous silicon as a substitute for CGRT. The resistance of many amorphous samples were measured at 4K, at 77K, and 300K. We eventually found an amorphous silicon (Si-H) alloy whose the sensitivity below 77K was comparable to that of the germanium resistance thermometer with little magnetic field influence. (author)

  9. Behavioral data of thin-film single junction amorphous silicon (a-Si) photovoltaic modules under outdoor long term exposure.

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    Kichou, Sofiane; Silvestre, Santiago; Nofuentes, Gustavo; Torres-Ramírez, Miguel; Chouder, Aissa; Guasch, Daniel

    2016-06-01

    Four years׳ behavioral data of thin-film single junction amorphous silicon (a-Si) photovoltaic (PV) modules installed in a relatively dry and sunny inland site with a Continental-Mediterranean climate (in the city of Jaén, Spain) are presented in this article. The shared data contributes to clarify how the Light Induced Degradation (LID) impacts the output power generated by the PV array, especially in the first days of exposure under outdoor conditions. Furthermore, a valuable methodology is provided in this data article permitting the assessment of the degradation rate and the stabilization period of the PV modules. Further discussions and interpretations concerning the data shared in this article can be found in the research paper "Characterization of degradation and evaluation of model parameters of amorphous silicon photovoltaic modules under outdoor long term exposure" (Kichou et al., 2016) [1]. PMID:26977439

  10. Modeling the Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon Thin Films Using a High Repetition Rate Scanning Laser

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    R. Černý

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available An optimum design of experimental setup for the preparation of polycrystalline silicon (pc-Si films from amorphous layers applicable in the solar cell production is analyzed in the paper. In the computational simulations, the influence of basic characteristic parameters of the experimental procedure on the mechanisms of pc-Si lateral growth is studied. Among these parameters, the energy density of the applied laser and the thickness of the amorphous silicon (a-Si layer are identified as the most significant. As an optimum solution, the mechanism of pc-Si growth consisting in repeated melting of a part of already crystallized pc-Si layer by the scanning laser is proposed.

  11. Low Cost Amorphous Silicon Intrinsic Layer for Thin-Film Tandem Solar Cells

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The authors propose a methodology to improve both the deposition rate and SiH4 consumption during the deposition of the amorphous silicon intrinsic layer of the a-Si/μc-Si tandem solar cells prepared on Gen 5 glass substrate. It was found that the most important issue is to find out the saturation point of deposition rate which guarantees saturated utilization of the sourcing gas. It was also found that amorphous silicon intrinsic layers with the same k value will result in the same degradation of the fabricated modules. Furthermore, it was found that we could significantly reduce the production cost of the a-Si/μc-Si tandem solar cells prepared on Gen 5 glass substrate by fine-tuning the process parameters.

  12. Amorphous silicon based radiation detectors

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    We describe the characteristics of thin(1 μm) and thick (>30μm) hydrogenated amorphous silicon p-i-n diodes which are optimized for detecting and recording the spatial distribution of charged particles, x-rays and γ rays. For x-ray, γ ray, and charged particle detection we can use thin p-i-n photosensitive diode arrays coupled to evaporated layers of suitable scintillators. For direct detection of charged particles with high resistance to radiation damage, we use the thick p-i-n diode arrays. 13 refs., 7 figs

  13. Impact of contamination on hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films and solar cells

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    Woerdenweber, Jan

    2011-09-26

    This thesis deals with atmospheric contamination and cross-contamination of boron (single-chamber process) of the intrinsic absorber layer (i-layer) of p-i-n thin film solar cells based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon. The atmospheric contaminations were introduced by means of intentional leaks. Hereby, the focus is on the influence of contamination species (oxygen and nitrogen), quantity of contamination (leak flow), source of contamination (leaks at chamber wall or in the process gas pipe), and plasma power on the properties of solar cells. Thereby, the minimum requirements for the purity of vacuum and process gas as well as leak conditions of the recipient and gas pipe system have been determined. Additionally, deposition regimes were developed, where the incorporation of impurities is significantly suppressed. For standard processes critical levels of nitrogen and oxygen contamination are determined to be {proportional_to} 4 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} and {proportional_to} 2 x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}, respectively, for a leak situated at the chamber wall. Above these concentrations the solar cell efficiency deteriorates. In literature, incorporation of oxygen and nitrogen in doping configuration is assumed to be the reason for the cell deterioration. This assumption is supported by additional material studies of contaminated absorber layers done in this work. The difference in critical concentration is due to the higher doping efficiency of nitrogen compared to that for oxygen. Nevertheless, applying an air leak the critical concentrations of O and N are reached almost simultaneously since the incorporation probability of oxygen is about one order of magnitude higher compared to that for nitrogen. Applying a leak in the process gas pipe the critical oxygen contamination level increases to {proportional_to} 2 x 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} whereas the critical nitrogen level remains unchanged compared to a chamber wall leak. Applying a deposition regime with a very high

  14. Structural relaxation of amorphous silicon carbide thin films in thermal annealing

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    Amorphous Si0.4C0.6 thin films were deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering onto non-heated single crystal Si substrates, followed by annealing at 800 deg. C or 1100 deg. C in the vacuum chamber. The chemical bond properties and atomic local ordering as a function of the annealing temperature were characterized by Auger electron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Infrared absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy measurements. We have examined the evolution of microstructure in annealing-induced relaxation process, and investigated the initial stages of thermal crystallization of amorphous Si0.4C0.6. Meanwhile, the structure of excess C in the films also has been studied

  15. Spectroscopy and structural properties of amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon carbide thin films

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    Halindintwali, Sylvain; Knoesen, D.; B.A. Julies; Arendse, C.J.; Muller, T; Gengler, Régis Y N; Rudolf, P.; van Loosdrecht, P.H.M.

    2011-01-01

    Amorphous SiC:H thin films were grown by hot wire chemical vapour deposition from a SiH4/CH4/H2 mixture at a substrate temperature below 400 °C. Thermal annealing in an argon environment up to 900 °C shows that the films crystallize as μc-Si:H and SiC with a porous microstructure that favours an oxidation process. By a combination of spectroscopic tools comprising Fourier transform infrared, Raman scattering and X-rays photoelectron spectroscopy we show that the films evolve from the amorphou...

  16. Synthesis of Poly-Silicon Thin Films on Glass Substrate Using Laser Initiated Metal Induced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon for Space Power Application

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    Abu-Safe, Husam H.; Naseem, Hameed A.; Brown, William D.

    2007-01-01

    Poly-silicon thin films on glass substrates are synthesized using laser initiated metal induced crystallization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon films. These films can be used to fabricate solar cells on low cost glass and flexible substrates. The process starts by depositing 200 nm amorphous silicon films on the glass substrates. Following this, 200 nm of sputtered aluminum films were deposited on top of the silicon layers. The samples are irradiated with an argon ion cw laser beam for annealing. Laser power densities ranging from 4 to 9 W/cm2 were used in the annealing process. Each area on the sample is irradiated for a different exposure time. Optical microscopy was used to examine any cracks in the films and loss of adhesion to the substrates. X-Ray diffraction patterns from the initial results indicated the crystallization in the films. Scanning electron microscopy shows dendritic growth. The composition analysis of the crystallized films was conducted using Energy Dispersive x-ray Spectroscopy. The results of poly-silicon films synthesis on space qualified flexible substrates such as Kapton are also presented.

  17. Characterization and FDTD simulation analysis on light trapping structures of amorphous silicon thin films by laser irradiation

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    Huang, Lu; Jin, Jing; Yuan, Zhijun; Yang, Weiguang; Wang, Linjun; Shi, Weimin; Zhou, Jun; Lou, Qihong

    2016-05-01

    The effect of laser energy density on the light-trapping structures of amorphous silicon (α-Si) thin films is studied both theoretically and experimentally. The thin films are irradiated by a frequency-doubled (λ = 532 nm) Nd:YAG pulsed nanosecond laser. An effective finite difference time domain (FDTD) model is built to find the optimized laser energy density (EL) for the light trapping structures of α-Si. Based on the simulation analysis, it shows the variation of reflection spectra with laser energy density. The optimized reflection spectra at EL = 1000 mJ/cm2 measured by UV-visible spectroscopy confirms to agree well with that corresponding to the depth to diameter ratio (h/D) in the FDTD simulation. The surface morphology characterization by optical microscope (OM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) accords fairly well to of light-trapping modeling in the simulation.

  18. 非晶硅锗电池性能的调控研究%Modification to the performance of hydrogenated amorphous silicon germanium thin film solar cell

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    刘伯飞; 白立沙; 魏长春; 孙建; 侯国付; 赵颖; 张晓丹

    2013-01-01

    采用射频等离子体增强化学气相沉积技术,研究了非晶硅锗薄膜太阳电池。针对非晶硅锗薄膜材料的本身特性,通过调控硅锗合金中硅锗的比例,实现了对硅锗薄膜太阳电池中开路电压和短路电流密度的分别控制。借助于本征层硅锗材料帯隙梯度的设计,获得了可有效用于多结叠层电池中的非晶硅锗电池。%In this paper, we study hydrogenated amorphous silicon germanium thin film solar cells prepared by the radio frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. In the light of the inherent characteristics of hydrogenated amorphous silicon germanium mate-rial, the modulation of the germanium/silicon ratio in silicon germanium alloys can separately control open circuit voltage (Voc) and short circuit current density (Jsc) of a-SiGe:H thin film solar cells. By the structural design of band gap profiling in the amorphous silicon germanium intrinsic layer, hydrogenated amorphous silicon germanium thin film solar cells, which can be used efficiently as the component cell of multi-junction solar cells, are obtained.

  19. Visible Absorption Properties of Retinoic Acid Controlled on Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Thin Film

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    Tsujiuchi, Yutaka; Masumoto, Hiroshi; Goto, Takashi

    2008-02-01

    Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of retinoic acid and LB films of retinoic acid mixed with a peptide that contains an alanine-lysine-valine (AKV) amino acid sequence deposited on a hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) film prepared by electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma sputtering were fabricated, and their light absorption spectrums were compared. A specific visible light absorption at approximately 500 nm occurred in a film that had a film thickness of more than 80 nm and a hydrogen concentration of more than 20% in the sputtering process gas. Mixing the AKV sequence peptide with retinoic acid caused a 6 nm blueshift, from 363 to 357 nm, of the absorption maximum of the composite LB film on a SiO2 substrate. Using the same peptide, a large 30 nm blueshift, from 500 to 470 nm, was induced in the composite LB film on the a-Si:H film.

  20. Picosecond and nanosecond laser annealing and simulation of amorphous silicon thin films for solar cell applications

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    Theodorakos, I.; Zergioti, I.; Vamvakas, V.; Tsoukalas, D.; Raptis, Y. S.

    2014-01-01

    In this work, a picosecond diode pumped solid state laser and a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser have been used for the annealing and the partial nano-crystallization of an amorphous silicon layer. These experiments were conducted as an alternative/complementary to plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition method for fabrication of micromorph tandem solar cell. The laser experimental work was combined with simulations of the annealing process, in terms of temperature distribution evolution, in order to predetermine the optimum annealing conditions. The annealed material was studied, as a function of several annealing parameters (wavelength, pulse duration, fluence), as far as it concerns its structural properties, by X-ray diffraction, SEM, and micro-Raman techniques.

  1. Picosecond and nanosecond laser annealing and simulation of amorphous silicon thin films for solar cell applications

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    Theodorakos, I.; Zergioti, I.; Tsoukalas, D.; Raptis, Y. S., E-mail: yraptis@central.ntua.gr [Physics Department, National Technical University of Athens, Heroon Polytechniou 9, 15780 Zographou, Athens (Greece); Vamvakas, V. [Heliosphera SA, Industrial Area of Tripolis, 8th Building Block, 5th Road, GR-221 00 Tripolis (Greece)

    2014-01-28

    In this work, a picosecond diode pumped solid state laser and a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser have been used for the annealing and the partial nano-crystallization of an amorphous silicon layer. These experiments were conducted as an alternative/complementary to plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition method for fabrication of micromorph tandem solar cell. The laser experimental work was combined with simulations of the annealing process, in terms of temperature distribution evolution, in order to predetermine the optimum annealing conditions. The annealed material was studied, as a function of several annealing parameters (wavelength, pulse duration, fluence), as far as it concerns its structural properties, by X-ray diffraction, SEM, and micro-Raman techniques.

  2. Noise and degradation of amorphous silicon devices

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    Bakker, J.P.R.

    2003-01-01

    Electrical noise measurements are reported on two devices of the disordered semiconductor hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H). The material is applied in sandwich structures and in thin-film transistors (TFTs). In a sandwich configuration of an intrinsic layer and two thin doped layers, the obse

  3. Characterization and simulation on antireflective coating of amorphous silicon oxide thin films with gradient refractive index

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    Huang, Lu; Jin, Qi; Qu, Xingling; Jin, Jing; Jiang, Chaochao; Yang, Weiguang; Wang, Linjun; Shi, Weimin

    2016-08-01

    The optical reflective properties of silicon oxide (SixOy) thin films with gradient refractive index are studied both theoretically and experimentally. The thin films are widely used in photovoltaic as antireflective coatings (ARCs). An effective finite difference time domain (FDTD) model is built to find the optimized reflection spectra corresponding to structure of SixOy ARCs with gradient refractive index. Based on the simulation analysis, it shows the variation of reflection spectra with gradient refractive index distribution. The gradient refractive index of SixOy ARCs can be obtained in adjustment of SiH4 to N2O ratio by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system. The optimized reflection spectra measured by UV-visible spectroscopy confirms to agree well with that simulated by FDTD method.

  4. Amorphous silicon based particle detectors

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    Wyrsch, N; Franco, A; Riesen, Y.; Despeisse, M; S. Dunand; Powolny, F; Jarron, P.; Ballif, C.

    2012-01-01

    Radiation hard monolithic particle sensors can be fabricated by a vertical integration of amorphous silicon particle sensors on top of CMOS readout chip. Two types of such particle sensors are presented here using either thick diodes or microchannel plates. The first type based on amorphous silicon diodes exhibits high spatial resolution due to the short lateral carrier collection. Combination of an amorphous silicon thick diode with microstrip detector geometries permits to achieve micromete...

  5. Structural and optical properties of thin films porous amorphous silicon carbide formed by Ag-assisted photochemical etching

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    In this work, we present the formation of porous layers on hydrogenated amorphous SiC (a-SiC: H) by Ag-assisted photochemical etching using HF/K2S2O8 solution under UV illumination at 254 nm wavelength. The amorphous films a-SiC: H were elaborated by d.c. magnetron sputtering using a hot pressed polycrystalline 6H-SiC target. Because of the high resistivity of the SiC layer, around 1.6 MΩ cm and in order to facilitate the chemical etching, a thin metallic film of high purity silver (Ag) has been deposited under vacuum onto the thin a-SiC: H layer. The etched surface was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and photoluminescence. The results show that the morphology of etched a-SiC: H surface evolves with etching time. For an etching time of 20 min the surface presents a hemispherical crater, indicating that the porous SiC layer is perforated. Photoluminescence characterization of etched a-SiC: H samples for 20 min shows a high and an intense blue PL, whereas it has been shown that the PL decreases for higher etching time. Finally, a dissolution mechanism of the silicon carbide in 1HF/1K2S2O8 solution has been proposed.

  6. Development of Thin Film Amorphous Silicon Tandem Junction Based Photocathodes Providing High Open-Circuit Voltages for Hydrogen Production

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin film tandem solar cells (a-Si:H/a-Si:H have been developed with focus on high open-circuit voltages for the direct application as photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water splitting devices. By temperature variation during deposition of the intrinsic a-Si:H absorber layers the band gap energy of a-Si:H absorber layers, correlating with the hydrogen content of the material, can be adjusted and combined in a way that a-Si:H/a-Si:H tandem solar cells provide open-circuit voltages up to 1.87 V. The applicability of the tandem solar cells as photocathodes was investigated in a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC measurement set-up. With platinum as a catalyst, the a-Si:H/a-Si:H based photocathodes exhibit a high photocurrent onset potential of 1.76 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE and a photocurrent of 5.3 mA/cm2 at 0 V versus RHE (under halogen lamp illumination. Our results provide evidence that a direct application of thin film silicon based photocathodes fulfills the main thermodynamic requirements to generate hydrogen. Furthermore, the presented approach may provide an efficient and low-cost route to solar hydrogen production.

  7. Laser annealing and simulation of amorphous silicon thin films for solar cell applications

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    Theodorakos, I.; Raptis, Y. S.; Vamvakas, V.; Tsoukalas, D.; Zergioti, I.

    2014-03-01

    In this work, a picosecond DPSS and a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser have been used for the annealing and the partial nanocrystallization of an amorphous silicon layer. These experiments were conducted in order to improve the characteristics of a micromorph tandem solar cell. The laser annealing was attempted at 1064nm in order to obtain the desired crystallization's depth and ratios. Preliminary annealing-processes, with different annealing parameters, have been tested, such as fluence, repetition rate and number of pulses. Irradiations were applied in the sub-melt regime, in order to prevent significant diffusion of p- and n-dopants to take place within the structure. The laser experimental work was combined with simulations of the laser annealing process, in terms of temperature distribution evolution, using the Synopsys Sentaurus Process TCAD software. The optimum annealing conditions for the two different pulse durations were determined. Experimentally determined optical properties of our samples, such as the absorption coefficient and reflectivity, were used for a more realistic simulation. From the simulations results, a temperature profile, appropriate to yield the desired recrystallization was obtained for the case of ps pulses, which was verified from the experimental results described below. The annealed material was studied, as far as it concerns its structural properties, by XRD, SEM and micro-Raman techniques, providing consistent information on the characteristics of the nanocrystalline material produced by the laser annealing experiments. It was found that, with the use of ps pulses, the resultant polycrystalline region shows crystallization's ratios similar to a PECVD developed poly-Silicon layer, with slightly larger nanocrystallite's size.

  8. Innovative Characterization of Amorphous and Thin-Film Silicon for Improved Module Performance: 1 February 2005 - 31 July 2008

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    Taylor, P. C.; Williams, G. A.

    2009-09-01

    Electron spin resonance and nuclear magnetic resonance was done on amorphous silicon samples (modules with a-Si:H and a-SixGe1-x:H intrinsic layer) to study defects that contribute to Staebler-Wronski effect.

  9. Amorphous silicon thin-film solar cells deposited on flexible substrates using different zinc oxide layers

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    Alpuim, P.; Samantilleke, A.; Marins, E.; Rebouta, L. [Centro de Fisica, Universidade do Minho, 4800-058 Guimaraes (Portugal); Oliveira, F.; Cerqueira, M.F. [Centro de Fisica, Universidade do Minho, 4800-058 Guimaraes (Portugal); Centro de Fisica, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Stefanov, S.; Chiussi, S. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, E.T.S.I. Industriales, Universidade de Vigo, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Serra, C. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, E.T.S.I. Industriales, Universidade de Vigo, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende, 36310 Vigo (Spain); C.A.C.T.I., Universidade de Vigo, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Bouree, J.E. [Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces, CNRS UMR 7647, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France)

    2010-04-15

    In order to improve the transparent contact layer in amorphous silicon solar cells fabricated on low-temperature plastic substrates, Al and Ga doped ZnO films were deposited at room temperature on plastic and glass and their optical, electronic and structural properties were correlated and optimized. Aiming to explore light trapping effects, plastic substrates were laser textured and their haze and total transmittance and reflectance were compared with those of untextured substrates. Although the haze increased dramatically, from 1.7 to 78.9%, the total transmittance of PET coated with ZnO:Ga decreased from 83.9%, in the untextured substrate, to 58.5% in the textured PET. The haze in reflected light of PET coated with Al increased from 4.3% to 66.2% after texturing but the total reflectance decreased from 70.1% to 36.8%. Therefore the untextured substrates were used in the solar cells. a-Si:H solar cells were deposited at a substrate temperature of 150 C on plastic, in the superstrate p-i-n configuration, and on stainless steel, in the substrate n-i-p configuration. The efficiency is {proportional_to}5% in both types of devices, limited by low J{sub sc} and low fill factor. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Arrays of ZnO nanocolumns for 3-dimensional very thin amorphous and microcrystalline silicon solar cells

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    We report on the hydrothermal growth of high quality arrays of single crystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocolumns, oriented perpendicularly to the transparent conductive oxide substrate. In order to obtain precisely defined spacing and arrangement of ZnO nanocolumns over an area up to 0.5 cm2, we used electron beam lithography. Vertically aligned ZnO (multicrystalline or single crystals) nanocolumns were grown in an aqueous solution of zinc nitrate hexahydrate and hexamethylenetetramine at 95 °C, with a growth rate 0.5 ÷ 1 μm/h. The morphology of the nanostructures was visualized by scanning electron microscopy. Such nanostructured ZnO films were used as a substrate for the recently developed 3-dimensional thin film silicon (amorphous, microcrystalline) solar cell, with a high efficiency potential. The photoelectrical and optical properties of the ZnO nanocolumns and the silicon absorber layers of these type nanostructured solar cells were investigated in details. - Highlights: • Vertically-oriented ZnO nanocolumns were grown by hydrothermal method. • The ZnO nanocolumns were grown over an area of 0.5 cm2. • For precise arrangement of the ZnO nanocolumns electron beam lithography was used. • We report on 3-D design of nanostructured solar cell. • Optical thickness of nanostructured cell was three times higher compared to flat cell

  11. Film adhesion in amorphous silicon solar cells

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    A R M Yusoff; M N Syahrul; K Henkel

    2007-08-01

    A major issue encountered during fabrication of triple junction -Si solar cells on polyimide substrates is the adhesion of the solar cell thin films to the substrates. Here, we present our study of film adhesion in amorphous silicon solar cells made on different polyimide substrates (Kapton VN, Upilex-S and Gouldflex), and the effect of tie coats on film adhesion.

  12. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide containing a microcrystalline silicon phase and usage as an intermediate reflector in thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Lambertz, A.; Grundler, T.; F. Finger

    2011-01-01

    To further improve the stability of amorphous/microcrystalline silicon (a-Si:H/mu c-Si:H) tandem solar cells, it is important to reduce the thickness of the a-Si: H top cell. This can be achieved by introduction of an intermediate reflector between the a-Si: H top and the mu c-Si: H bottom cell which reflects light back into the a-Si: H cell and thus, increases its photocurrent at possibly reduced thickness. Microcrystalline silicon oxide (mu c-SiOx:H) is used for this purpose and the trade-o...

  13. Light emission in forward and reverse bias operation in OLED with amorphous silicon carbon nitride thin films

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    Reyes, R.; Cremona, M.; Achete, C. A.

    2011-01-01

    Amorphous silicon carbon nitride (a-SiC:N) thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering were used in the structure of an organic light emitting diode (OLED), obtaining an OLED operating in forward and reverse bias mode. The device consist of the heterojunction structure ITO/a-SiC:N/Hole Transport Layer (HTL)/ Electron Transport Layer (ETL)/a-SiC:N/Al. As hole transporting layer was used a thin film of 1-(3-methylphenyl)-1,2,3,4 tetrahydroquinoline - 6 - carboxyaldehyde - 1,1'- diphenylhydrazone (MTCD), while the tris(8-hydroxyquinoline aluminum) (Alq3) is used as electron transport and emitting layer. A significant increase in the voltage operation compared to the conventional ITO/MTCD/Alq3/Al structure was observed, so the onset of electroluminescence occurs at about 22 V in the forward and reverse bias mode of operation. The electroluminescence spectra is similar in both cases, only slightly shifted 0.14 eV to lower energies in relation to the conventional device.

  14. Dual-Layer Nanostructured Flexible Thin-Film Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells with Enhanced Light Harvesting and Photoelectric Conversion Efficiency.

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    Lin, Yinyue; Xu, Zhen; Yu, Dongliang; Lu, Linfeng; Yin, Min; Tavakoli, Mohammad Mahdi; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Hao, Yuying; Fan, Zhiyong; Cui, Yanxia; Li, Dongdong

    2016-05-01

    Three-dimensional (3-D) structures have triggered tremendous interest for thin-film solar cells since they can dramatically reduce the material usage and incident light reflection. However, the high aspect ratio feature of some 3-D structures leads to deterioration of internal electric field and carrier collection capability, which reduces device power conversion efficiency (PCE). Here, we report high performance flexible thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells with a unique and effective light trapping scheme. In this device structure, a polymer nanopillar membrane is attached on top of a device, which benefits broadband and omnidirectional performances, and a 3-D nanostructure with shallow dent arrays underneath serves as a back reflector on flexible titanium (Ti) foil resulting in an increased optical path length by exciting hybrid optical modes. The efficient light management results in 42.7% and 41.7% remarkable improvements of short-circuit current density and overall efficiency, respectively. Meanwhile, an excellent flexibility has been achieved as PCE remains 97.6% of the initial efficiency even after 10 000 bending cycles. This unique device structure can also be duplicated for other flexible photovoltaic devices based on different active materials such as CdTe, Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS), organohalide lead perovskites, and so forth. PMID:27052357

  15. Light emission in forward and reverse bias operation in OLED with amorphous silicon carbon nitride thin films

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    Reyes, R [Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica y Textil, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Av. Tupac Amaru SN, Lima (Peru); Cremona, M [Departamento de Fisica, PontifIcia Universidade Catolica de Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio, Cx. Postal 38071, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, CEP 22453-970 (Brazil); Achete, C A, E-mail: rreyes@uni.edu.pe [Departamento de Engenheria Metalurgica e de Materiais, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Cx. Postal 68505, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, CEP 21945-970 (Brazil)

    2011-01-01

    Amorphous silicon carbon nitride (a-SiC:N) thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering were used in the structure of an organic light emitting diode (OLED), obtaining an OLED operating in forward and reverse bias mode. The device consist of the heterojunction structure ITO/a-SiC:N/Hole Transport Layer (HTL)/ Electron Transport Layer (ETL)/a-SiC:N/Al. As hole transporting layer was used a thin film of 1-(3-methylphenyl)-1,2,3,4 tetrahydroquinoline - 6 - carboxyaldehyde - 1,1'- diphenylhydrazone (MTCD), while the tris(8-hydroxyquinoline aluminum) (Alq{sub 3}) is used as electron transport and emitting layer. A significant increase in the voltage operation compared to the conventional ITO/MTCD/Alq{sub 3}/Al structure was observed, so the onset of electroluminescence occurs at about 22 V in the forward and reverse bias mode of operation. The electroluminescence spectra is similar in both cases, only slightly shifted 0.14 eV to lower energies in relation to the conventional device.

  16. NMR INVESTIGATIONS OF HYDROGENATED AMORPHOUS SILICON

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    J. Reimer

    1981-01-01

    A review is presented of the N.M.R. (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) studies to date of hydrogenated amorphous silicon-hydrogen films. Structural features of proton N.M.R. lineshapes, dynamics of hydrogen containing defect sites, and the promise of quantitative determinations of local silicon-hydrogen bonding environments are discussed in detail. Finally, some comments are given on future directions for N.M.R. studies of hydrogenated thin films.

  17. Stable Transistors in Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon

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    J. M. Shannon

    2004-01-01

    Thin-film field-effect transistors in hydrogenated amorphous silicon are notoriously unstable due to the formation of silicon dangling bond trapping states in the accumulated channel region during operation. Here, we show that by using a source-gated transistor a major improvement in stability is obtained. This occurs because the electron quasi-Fermi level is pinned near the center of the band in the active source region of the device and strong accumulation of electrons is prevented. The use...

  18. Room temperature photoluminescence spectrum modeling of hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide thin films by a joint density of tail states approach and its application to plasma deposited hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide thin films

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    Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiCx:H) thin films was modeled by a joint density of tail states approach. In the frame of these analyses, the density of tail states was defined in terms of empirical Gaussian functions for conduction and valance bands. The PL spectrum was represented in terms of an integral of joint density of states functions and Fermi distribution function. The analyses were performed for various values of energy band gap, Fermi energy and disorder parameter, which is a parameter that represents the width of the energy band tails. Finally, the model was applied to the measured room temperature PL spectra of a-SiCx:H thin films deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition system, with various carbon contents, which were determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. The energy band gap and disorder parameters of the conduction and valance band tails were determined and compared with the optical energies and Urbach energies, obtained by UV–Visible transmittance measurements. As a result of the analyses, it was observed that the proposed model sufficiently represents the room temperature PL spectra of a-SiCx:H thin films. - Highlights: ► Photoluminescence spectra (PL) of the films were modeled. ► In the model, joint density of tail states and Fermi distribution function are used. ► Various values of energy band gap, Fermi energy and disorder parameter are applied. ► The model was applied to the measured PL of the films. ► The proposed model represented the room temperature PL spectrum of the films.

  19. Simulation in Amorphous Silicon and Amorphous Silicon Carbide Pin Diodes

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    Gonçalves, Dora; Fernandes, Miguel; Louro, Paula; Fantoni, Alessandro; Vieira, Manuela

    2014-01-01

    Part 21: Electronics: Devices International audience Photodiodes are devices used as image sensors, reactive to polychromatic light and subsequently color detecting, and they are also used in optical communication applications. To improve these devices performance it is essential to study and control their characteristics, in fact their capacitance and spectral and transient responses. This study considers two types of diodes, an amorphous silicon pin and an amorphous silicon carbide pi...

  20. Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    2007-01-01

    We review the field of thin-film silicon solar cells with an active layer thickness of a few micrometers. These technologies can potentially lead to low cost through lower material costs than conventional modules, but do not suffer from some critical drawbacks of other thin-film technologies, such as limited supply of basic materials or toxicity of the components. Amorphous Si technology is the oldest and best established thin-film silicon technology. Amorphous silicon is deposited at low t...

  1. Optimization of Recombination Layer in the Tunnel Junction of Amorphous Silicon Thin-Film Tandem Solar Cells

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    Yang-Shin Lin; Shui-Yang Lien; Chao-Chun Wang; Chia-Hsun Hsu; Chih-Hsiang Yang; Asheesh Nautiyal; Dong-Sing Wuu; Pi-Chuen Tsai; Shuo-Jen Lee

    2011-01-01

    The amorphous silicon/amorphous silicon (a-Si/a-Si) tandem solar cells have attracted much attention in recent years, due to the high efficiency and low manufacturing cost compared to the single-junction a-Si solar cells. In this paper, the tandem cells are fabricated by high-frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (HF-PECVD) at 27.1 MHz. The effects of the recombination layer and the i-layer thickness matching on the cell performance have been investigated. The results show that ...

  2. Estimation of local built-in potential of amorphous silicon thin-film solar cells by Kelvin force microscopy

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    Itoh, Takashi; Ito, Takanori; Kuriyama, Hiroshi; Nonomura, Shuichi

    2016-04-01

    The local surface potential of pin-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin-film solar cells has been evaluated by Kelvin force microscopy (KFM). We have also estimated the local built-in potential of the solar cells by KFM. In the surface morphology image of the solar cells, large convex grains related to the textured structure of the substrate were found. The surface potential distribution related to the surface morphology was observed in the solar cells. A similar surface potential distribution was also found in an n-type hydrogenated microcrystalline Si (µc-Si:H) film. The surface potential of the solar cells was not the same as that of the n-type film. The difference in average surface potential between the n-type hydrogenated microcrystalline Si (µc-Si:H) film and the solar cells increased with increasing built-in potential. The difference in local surface potential on large convex grains was smaller than that in the region between the large convex grains.

  3. Scattering effect of the high-index dielectric nanospheres for high performance hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film solar cells.

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    Yang, Zhenhai; Gao, Pingqi; Zhang, Cheng; Li, Xiaofeng; Ye, Jichun

    2016-01-01

    Dielectric nanosphere arrays are considered as promising light-trapping designs with the capability of transforming the freely propagated sunlight into guided modes. This kinds of designs are especially beneficial to the ultrathin hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells due to the advantages of using lossless material and easily scalable assembly. In this paper, we demonstrate numerically that the front-sided integration of high-index subwavelength titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanosphere arrays can significantly enhance the light absorption in 100 nm-thick a-Si:H thin films and thus the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of related solar cells. The main reason behind is firmly attributed to the strong scattering effect excited by TiO2 nanospheres in the whole waveband, which contributes to coupling the light into a-Si:H layer via two typical ways: 1) in the short-waveband, the forward scattering of TiO2 nanospheres excite the Mie resonance, which focuses the light into the surface of the a-Si:H layer and thus provides a leaky channel; 2) in the long-waveband, the transverse waveguided modes caused by powerful scattering effectively couple the light into almost the whole active layer. Moreover, the finite-element simulations demonstrate that photocurrent density (Jph) can be up to 15.01 mA/cm(2), which is 48.76% higher than that of flat system. PMID:27455911

  4. Amorphous silicon thin film transistor active-matrix organic light-emitting diode displays fabricated on flexible substrates

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    Nichols, Jonathan A.

    Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays are of immense interest because they have several advantages over liquid crystal displays, the current dominant flat panel display technology. OLED displays are emissive and therefore are brighter, have a larger viewing angle, and do not require backlights and filters, allowing thinner, lighter, and more power efficient displays. The goal of this work was to advance the state-of-the-art in active-matrix OLED display technology. First, hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin film transistor (TFT) active-matrix OLED pixels and arrays were designed and fabricated on glass substrates. The devices operated at low voltages and demonstrated that lower performance TFTs could be utilized in active-matrix OLED displays, possibly allowing lower cost processing and the use of polymeric substrates. Attempts at designing more control into the display at the pixel level were also made. Bistable (one bit gray scale) active-matrix OLED pixels and arrays were designed and fabricated. Such pixels could be used in novel applications and eventually help reduce the bandwidth requirements in high-resolution and large-area displays. Finally, a-Si:H TFT active-matrix OLED pixels and arrays were fabricated on a polymeric substrate. Displays fabricated on a polymeric substrates would be lightweight; flexible, more rugged, and potentially less expensive to fabricate. Many of the difficulties associated with fabricating active-matrix backplanes on flexible substrates were studied and addressed.

  5. Behavioral data of thin-film single junction amorphous silicon (a-Si photovoltaic modules under outdoor long term exposure

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    Sofiane Kichou

    2016-06-01

    Further discussions and interpretations concerning the data shared in this article can be found in the research paper “Characterization of degradation and evaluation of model parameters of amorphous silicon photovoltaic modules under outdoor long term exposure” (Kichou et al., 2016 [1].

  6. Optimization of optical absorption in thin layers of amorphous silicon enhanced by silver nanospheres

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    Omelyanovich, Mikhail; Simovski, Constantin

    2015-01-01

    We study a highly controllable perfect plasmonic absorber -- a thin metamaterial layer which possess balanced electric and magnetic responses in some frequency range. We show that this regime is compatible with both metal-backed variant of the structure or its semitransparent variant. This regime can be implemented in a prospective thin-film photovoltaic cell with negligible parasitic losses.

  7. Amorphization and recrystallization processes in monocrystalline beta silicon carbide thin films

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    Individual, as well as multiple doses of 27Al+, 31P+, 28Si+, and 28Si+ and 12C+, were implanted into (100) oriented monocrystalline β-SiC films. The critical energy of approx. =16 eV/atom required for the amorphization of β-SiC via implantation of 27Al+ and 31P+ was determined using the TRIM84 computer program for calculation of the damage-energy profiles coupled with the results of RBS/ion channeling analyses. In order to recrystallize amorphized layers created by the individual implantation of all four ion species, thermal annealing at 1600, 1700, or 18000C was employed. Characterization of the recrystallized layers was performed using XTEM. Examples of SPE regrown layers containing precipitates and dislocation loops, highly faulted-microtwinned regions, and random crystallites were observed

  8. Plasma Deposition of Amorphous Silicon

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    Calcote, H. F.

    1982-01-01

    Strongly adhering films of silicon are deposited directly on such materials as Pyrex and Vycor (or equivalent materials) and aluminum by a non-equilibrium plasma jet. Amorphous silicon films are formed by decomposition of silicon tetrachloride or trichlorosilane in the plasma. Plasma-jet technique can also be used to deposit an adherent silicon film on aluminum from silane and to dope such films with phosphorus. Ability to deposit silicon films on such readily available, inexpensive substrates could eventually lead to lower cost photovoltaic cells.

  9. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film deposition by direct photo-enhanced decomposition of silane using an internal hydrogen discharge lamp

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    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films have been deposited from silane using a novel photo-enhanced decomposition technique. The system comprises a hydrogen discharge lamp contained within the reaction vessel; this unified approach allows high energy photon excitation of the silane molecules without absorption by window materials or the need for mercury sensitisation. The film growth rates (exceeding 4 A/s) and material properties obtained are comparable to those of films produced by plasma-enhanced CVD techniques. The reduction of energetic charged particles in the film growth region should enable the fabrication of cleaner semiconductor/insulator interfaces in thin-film transistors

  10. Thin Ni silicide formation by low temperature-induced metal atom reaction with ion implanted amorphous silicon

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    We have extended our recent work on buried silicide formation by Ni diffusion into a buried amorphous silicon layer to the case where silicide formation is at lower temperatures on silicon substrates which have been preamorphized. The reaction of metal atoms from a 12 nm Ni film evaporated on top of a 65 nm thick surface amorphous layer formed by 35 keV Si+ ion implantation has been investigated at temperature ≤400C. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) with channeling, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM), x-ray diffraction and four-point-probe measurements were used to determine structure, interfacial morphology, composition and resistivity of the silicide films. It has been found that an increased rate of silicidation occurs for amorphous silicon with respect to crystalline areas permitting a selective control of the silicon area to be contacted during silicide growth. Vacuum furnace annealing at 360C for 8 hours followed by an additional step at 400C for one hour produces a continuos NiSi2 layer with a resistivity 44 μΩ cm

  11. Correlating Raman-spectroscopy and high-resolution transmission-electron-microscopy studies of amorphous/nanocrystalline multilayered silicon thin films

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    Gajovic, Andreja, E-mail: gajovic@irb.h [Ruder Boskovic Institute, POB 180, HR-1002 Zagreb (Croatia); Institute Jozef Stefan, Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Gracin, Davor; Juraic, Krunoslav; Sancho-Parramon, Jordi [Ruder Boskovic Institute, POB 180, HR-1002 Zagreb (Croatia); Ceh, Miran [Institute Jozef Stefan, Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    2009-07-31

    The nanostructure of multilayered silicon thin films was studied using Raman spectroscopy (RS) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Since the properties of nanocrystalline silicon layer depend on the size of the nanocrystals, an accurate determination of the crystallite sizes and the crystalline fraction is of primary importance. The average sizes of the nanocrystals estimated by RS, assuming bi-modal distribution of crystal sizes, were close to 2 nm and above 5-20 nm. HRTEM confirmed the existence of nanocrystals with a mean square value of around 2 nm and certain number of larger nanocrystals, embedded in an amorphous matrix. The correlation between the results obtained by these two techniques is discussed. The optical properties of measured samples corresponded to an amorphous-crystalline mixture with indication of confinement effects compatible with 2 nm nanocrystals.

  12. Structural relaxation in amorphous silicon carbide

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    High purity single crystal and chemically vapor deposited (CVD) silicon carbide have been amorphized under fast neutron irradiation. The gradual transition in physical properties from the as-amorphized state to a more relaxed amorphous state prior to crystallization is studied. For the three bulk properties studied: density, electrical resistivity, and thermal conductivity, large property changes occur upon annealing between the amorphization temperature and the point of crystallization. These physical property changes occur in the absence of crystallization and are attributed to short and perhaps medium range ordering during annealing. It is demonstrated that the physical properties of amorphous SiC (a-SiC) can vary greatly and are likely a function of the irradiation state producing the amorphization. The initiation of crystallization as measured using bulk density and in situ TEM is found to be ∼875 deg. C, though the kinetics of crystallization above this point are seen to depend on the technique used. It is speculated that in situ TEM and other thin-film approaches to study crystallization of amorphous SiC are flawed due to thin-film effects

  13. Effect of deposition temperature on the properties of amorphous silicon carbide thin films

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    Silicon carbide films were deposited on n-type Si substrates (111) of resistivity 2-7 Ω cm in a high-frequency parallel-plate plasma reactor. The deposition temperatures were 250, 350 and 450 deg. C, respectively. The RBS results showed that the concentrations of Si and C in the films depend a little on the deposition temperature. The films contain a small amount of oxygen and nitrogen. IR results showed the presence of Si-C, Si-H, C-H, Si-O, Si-N specific bonds. The AFM micrographs revealed that the film surface is rather smooth and compact

  14. Sub-micron gap in-plane micromechanical resonators based on low-temperature amorphous silicon thin-films on glass substrates

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    In this work, high-frequency bulk mode resonators made from low stress hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a–Si:H) thin-films are demonstrated. The microelectromechanical structures are fabricated using surface micromachining techniques at a maximum processing temperature of 175 °C on glass substrates. The silicon thin-film based resonators presented here are temperature compatible with post processing on standard CMOS. The resonators are capacitively driven and sensed across 400 nm air gaps. A proof of concept design consisting of a 200 µm side length square has been selectively excited in the Lamé-mode at a characteristic vibration frequency of 13.64 MHz. The quality factor of the resonators is in the 103 range and the motional resistance was measured to be approximately 21.8 MΩ at a DC bias voltage of 40 V. (paper)

  15. Nickel-induced crystallization of amorphous silicon

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    Schmidt, J A; Arce, R D; Buitrago, R H [INTEC (CONICET-UNL), Gueemes 3450, S3000GLN Santa Fe (Argentina); Budini, N; Rinaldi, P, E-mail: jschmidt@intec.unl.edu.a [FIQ - UNL, Santiago del Estero 2829, S3000AOM Santa Fe (Argentina)

    2009-05-01

    The nickel-induced crystallization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) is used to obtain large grained polycrystalline silicon thin films on glass substrates. a-Si:H is deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition at 200 deg. C, preparing intrinsic and slightly p-doped samples. Each sample was divided in several pieces, over which increasing Ni concentrations were sputtered. Two crystallization methods are compared, conventional furnace annealing (CFA) and rapid thermal annealing (RTA). The crystallization was followed by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy observations, X-ray diffraction, and reflectance measurements in the UV region. The large grain sizes obtained - larger than 100{mu}m for the samples crystallized by CFA - are very encouraging for the preparation of low-cost thin film polycrystalline silicon solar cells.

  16. Amorphous metallic films in silicon metallization systems

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    So, F.; Kolawa, E.; Nicolet, M. A.

    1985-01-01

    Diffusion barrier research was focussed on lowering the chemical reactivity of amorphous thin films on silicon. An additional area of concern is the reaction with metal overlays such as aluminum, silver, and gold. Gold was included to allow for technology transfer to gallium arsenide PV cells. Amorphous tungsten nitride films have shown much promise. Stability to annealing temperatures of 700, 800, and 550 C were achieved for overlays of silver, gold, and aluminum, respectively. The lower results for aluminum were not surprising because there is an eutectic that can form at a lower temperature. It seems that titanium and zirconium will remove the nitrogen from a tungsten nitride amorphous film and render it unstable. Other variables of research interest were substrate bias and base pressure during sputtering.

  17. Amorphous silicon crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Fahrner, Wolfgang Rainer

    2013-01-01

    Amorphous Silicon/Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells deals with some typical properties of heterojunction solar cells, such as their history, the properties and the challenges of the cells, some important measurement tools, some simulation programs and a brief survey of the state of the art, aiming to provide an initial framework in this field and serve as a ready reference for all those interested in the subject. This book helps to ""fill in the blanks"" on heterojunction solar cells. Readers will receive a comprehensive overview of the principles, structures, processing techniques and the curre

  18. Preparation and electrochemical performance of copper foam-supported amorphous silicon thin films for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

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    Research highlights: → Amorphous Si thin films have been deposited on copper foam substrate by radio-frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering. → The as-prepared Si/Cu films with interconnected 3-dimensional structure are employed as anode materials of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, showing that the electrode properties are greatly affected by the deposition temperature. → The film electrode deposited at an optimum temperature of 300 deg. C delivers a specific capacity of ∼2900 mAh/g and a coulombic efficiency above 95% at charge/discharge current density of 0.2C after 30 cycles. → The Li+ diffusion coefficiency in copper foam-supported Si thin films is determined to be 2.36 x 10-9 cm2/s. → The combination of rf magnetron sputtering and cooper foam substrate is an efficient route to prepare amorphous Si films with high capacity and cyclability due to the efficient ionic diffusion and interface contact with a good conductive current collector. - Abstract: Amorphous Si thin films, which have been deposited on copper foam by radio-frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering, are employed as anode materials of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The morphologies and structures of the as-prepared Si thin films are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). Electrochemical performance of lithium-ion batteries with the as-prepared Si films as the anode materials is investigated by cyclic voltammetry and charge-discharge measurements. The results show that the electrode properties of the prepared amorphous Si films are greatly affected by the deposition temperature. The film electrode deposited at an optimum temperature of 300 deg. C can deliver a specific capacity of ∼2900 mAh/g and a coulombic efficiency above 95% at charge/discharge current density of 0.2C after 30 cycles. The Li+ diffusion coefficiency in copper foam-supported Si thin films is determined to be 2.36 x 10-9 cm2/s.

  19. Optimization of Recombination Layer in the Tunnel Junction of Amorphous Silicon Thin-Film Tandem Solar Cells

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    Yang-Shin Lin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The amorphous silicon/amorphous silicon (a-Si/a-Si tandem solar cells have attracted much attention in recent years, due to the high efficiency and low manufacturing cost compared to the single-junction a-Si solar cells. In this paper, the tandem cells are fabricated by high-frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (HF-PECVD at 27.1 MHz. The effects of the recombination layer and the i-layer thickness matching on the cell performance have been investigated. The results show that the tandem cell with a p+ recombination layer and i2/i1 thickness ratio of 6 exhibits a maximum efficiency of 9.0% with the open-circuit voltage (Voc of 1.59 V, short-circuit current density (Jsc of 7.96 mA/cm2, and a fill factor (FF of 0.70. After light-soaking test, our a-Si/a-Si tandem cell with p+ recombination layer shows the excellent stability and the stabilized efficiency of 8.7%.

  20. Interaction of hydrogenated amorphous silicon films with transparent conductive films

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    Kitagawa, M.; Mori, K; Ishihara, S.; Ohno, M.; Hirao, T.; Yoshioka, Y.; Kohiki, S

    1983-01-01

    The effects of the deposition temperature on the interaction of the hydrogenated amorphous silicon films with indium-tin-oxide and tin-oxide films have been investigated in the temperature range 150-300 degrees C, using Auger electron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and scanning electron microscopy. It was found that the constituent atoms such as indium and tin are detected in the thin amorphous silicon films deposited. Around the interface between the transparent conductive fi...

  1. Increasing the deposition rate of microcrystalline and amorphous silicon thin films for photovoltaic applications - Phase IV: 1997-1999

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    This report on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) describes Phase IV of the project to test the feasibility and usefulness of Very High Frequency (VHF) plasma operation in large-area reactors suitable for the production of solar cell panels using thinly-deposited micro-crystalline silicon films. The report discusses the results of fast-deposition tests and trials using high-current DC arcs and VHF techniques to obtain deposition rates and film quality suitable for industrial processes for the production of thin-film solar cell panels. The effects of alternative plasma chemistry were also studied by adding silicon tetrafluoride to the standard silane/hydrogen mixtures. The report is concluded with calculations for optimum radio-frequency (RF) contact configuration for large area reactors with 1 m{sup 2} electrodes.

  2. Arrays of ZnO nanocolumns for 3-dimensional very thin amorphous and microcrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Neykova, Neda; Hruška, Karel; Holovský, Jakub; Remeš, Zdeněk; Vaněček, Milan

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 543, SEP (2013), s. 110-113. ISSN 0040-6090 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP108/11/0937; GA MŠk(CZ) 7E09057 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : zinc oxide nanocolumns * hydrothermal method * thin film silicon solar cells Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.867, year: 2013 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040609013003805

  3. Exoelectron analysis of amorphous silicon

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    Dekhtyar, Yu. D.; Vinyarskaya, Yu. A.

    1994-04-01

    The method based on registration of photothermostimulated exoelectron emission (PTSE) is used in the proposed new field of investigating the structural defects in amorphous silicon (a-Si). This method can be achieved if the sample under investigation is simultaneously heated and illuminated by ultraviolet light. The mechanism of PTSE from a-Si has been studied in the case of a hydrogenized amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) film grown by glow discharge method. The electronic properties and annealing of defects were analyzed in the study. It has been shown from the results that the PTSE from a-Si:H takes place as a prethreshold single-photon external photoeffect. The exoemission spectroscopy of a-Si:H was shown to be capable in the study of thermally and optically stimulated changes in the electronic structure of defects, their annealing, as well as diffusion of atomic particles, such as hydrogen.

  4. Colloidal Photoluminescent Amorphous Porous Silicon, Methods Of Making Colloidal Photoluminescent Amorphous Porous Silicon, And Methods Of Using Colloidal Photoluminescent Amorphous Porous Silicon

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    Chaieb, Sahraoui

    2015-04-09

    Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for a colloidal photoluminescent amorphous porous silicon particle suspension, methods of making a colloidal photoluminescent amorphous porous silicon particle suspension, methods of using a colloidal photoluminescent amorphous porous silicon particle suspension, and the like.

  5. Thin silicon solar cells

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    Hall, R.B.; Bacon, C.; DiReda, V.; Ford, D.H.; Ingram, A.E.; Cotter, J.; Hughes-Lampros, T.; Rand, J.A.; Ruffins, T.R.; Barnett, A.M. [Astro Power Inc., Solar Park, Newark, DE (United States)

    1992-12-01

    The silicon-film design achieves high performance by using a dun silicon layer and incorporating light trapping. Optimally designed thin crystalline solar cells (<50 microns thick) have performance advantages over conventional thick devices. The high-performance silicon-film design employs a metallurgical barrier between the low-cost substrate and the thin silicon layer. Light trapping properties of silicon-film on ceramic solar cells are presented and analyzed. Recent advances in process development are described here.

  6. Amorphous silicon based betavoltaic devices

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    Wyrsch, N; Riesen, Y.; Franco, A; S. Dunand; Kind, H.; Schneider, S.; Ballif, C.

    2013-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon betavoltaic devices are studied both by simulation and experimentally. Devices exhibiting a power density of 0.1 μW/cm2 upon Tritium exposure were fabricated. However, a significant degradation of the performance is taking place, especially during the first hours of the exposure. The degradation behavior differs from sample to sample as well as from published results in the literature. Comparisons with degradation from beta particles suggest an effect of tritium...

  7. The investigation of ZnO:Al2O3/metal composite back reflectors in amorphous silicon germanium thin film solar cells

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    Wang Guang-Hong; Zhao Lei; Yan Bao-Jun; Chen Jing-Wei; Wang Ge; Diao Hong-Wei; Wang Wen-Jing

    2013-01-01

    Different aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO)/metal composite thin films,including AZO/Ag/Al,AZO/Ag/nickelchromium alloy (NiCr),and AZO/Ag/NiCr/Al,are utilized as the back reflectors of p-i-n amorphous silicon germanium thin film solar cells.NiCr is used as diffusion barrier layer between Ag and Al to prevent mutual diffusion,which increases the short circuit current density of solar cell.NiCr and NiCr/Al layers are used as protective layers of Ag layer against oxidation and sulfurization,the higher efficiency of solar cell is achieved.The experimental results show that the performance of a-SiGe solar cell with AZO/Ag/NiCr/Al back reflector is best.The initial conversion efficiency is achieved to be 8.05%.

  8. Amorphous-silicon cell reliability testing

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    Lathrop, J. W.

    1985-01-01

    The work on reliability testing of solar cells is discussed. Results are given on initial temperature and humidity tests of amorphous silicon devices. Calibration and measurement procedures for amorphous and crystalline cells are given. Temperature stress levels are diagrammed.

  9. Radiation resistance studies of amorphous silicon films

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    Woodyard, James R.; Payson, J. Scott

    1989-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films were irradiated with 2.00 MeV helium ions using fluences ranging from 1E11 to 1E15 cm(-2). The films were characterized using photothermal deflection spectroscopy and photoconductivity measurements. The investigations show that the radiation introduces sub-band-gap states 1.35 eV below the conduction band and the states increase supralinearly with fluence. Photoconductivity measurements suggest the density of states above the Fermi energy is not changing drastically with fluence.

  10. Thermal properties of amorphous/crystalline silicon superlattices.

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    France-Lanord, Arthur; Merabia, Samy; Albaret, Tristan; Lacroix, David; Termentzidis, Konstantinos

    2014-09-01

    Thermal transport properties of crystalline/amorphous silicon superlattices using molecular dynamics are investigated. We show that the cross-plane conductivity of the superlattices is very low and close to the conductivity of bulk amorphous silicon even for amorphous layers as thin as ≃ 6 Å. The cross-plane thermal conductivity weakly increases with temperature which is associated with a decrease of the Kapitza resistance with temperature at the crystalline/amorphous interface. This property is further investigated considering the spatial analysis of the phonon density of states in domains close to the interface. Interestingly, the crystalline/amorphous superlattices are shown to display large thermal anisotropy, according to the characteristic sizes of elaborated structures. These last results suggest that the thermal conductivity of crystalline/amorphous superlattices can be phonon engineered, providing new directions for nanostructured thermoelectrics and anisotropic materials in thermal transport. PMID:25105883

  11. Electron field emission from amorphous semiconductor thin films

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    The flat panel display market requires new and improved technologies in order to keep up with the requirements of modem lifestyles. Electron field emission from thin film amorphous semiconductors is potentially such a technology. For this technology to become viable, improvements in the field emitting properties of these materials must be achieved. To this end, it is important that a better understanding of the emission mechanisms responsible is attained. Amorphous carbon thin films, amorphous silicon thin films and other materials have been deposited, in-house and externally. These materials have been characterised using ellipsometry, profilometry, optical absorption, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. An experimental system for evaluating the electron field emitting performance of thin films has been developed. In the process of developing thin film cathodes in this study, it has been possible to add a new and potentially more useful semiconductor, namely amorphous silicon, to the family of cold cathode emitters. Extensive experimental field emission data from amorphous carbon thin films, amorphous silicon thin films and other materials has been gathered. This data has been used to determine the mechanisms responsible for the observed electron emission. Preliminary computer simulations using appropriate values for the different material properties have exhibited emission mechanisms similar to those identified by experiment. (author)

  12. Amorphous silicon based solar cells

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    Al Tarabsheh, Anas

    2007-01-01

    This thesis focuses on the deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films bymeans of plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD). This technique allows the growth of device quality a-Si:H at relatively low deposition temperatures, below 140 °C and, therefore, enables the use of low-cost substrates, e.g. plastic foils. The maximum efficiencies of a-Si:H solar cells in this work are η= 6.8 % at a deposition temperature Tdep = 180 °C and η = 4.9 % at a deposition ...

  13. High Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Films and Solar Cells.

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    He, Rongrui; Day, Todd D; Sparks, Justin R; Sullivan, Nichole F; Badding, John V

    2016-07-01

    Thin films of hydrogenated amorphous silicon can be produced at MPa pressures from silane without the use of plasma at temperatures as low as 345 °C. High pressure chemical vapor deposition may open a new way to low cost deposition of amorphous silicon solar cells and other thin film structures over very large areas in very compact, simple reactors. PMID:27174318

  14. Optical contrast in ion-implanted amorphous silicon carbide nanostructures

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    Topographic and optical contrasts formed by Ga+ ion irradiation of thin films of amorphous silicon carbide have been investigated with scanning near-field optical microscopy. The influence of ion-irradiation dose has been studied in a pattern of sub-micrometre stripes. While the film thickness decreases monotonically with ion dose, the optical contrast rapidly increases to a maximum value and then decreases gradually. The results are discussed in terms of the competition between the effects of ion implantation and surface milling by the ion beam. The observed effects are important for uses of amorphous silicon carbide thin films as permanent archives in optical data storage applications

  15. Adjustable ultraviolet sensitive detectors based on amorphous silicon

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    TOPIC, M; Stiebig, H.; Krause, M.; Wagner, H.

    2001-01-01

    Thin-film detectors made of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (LI-Si:H) and amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) with adjustable sensitivity in the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum were developed. Thin PIN diodes deposited on glass substrates in N-I-P layer sequence with a total thickness of down to 33 nm and a semitransparent Ag front contact were fabricated. The optimized diodes with a 10 nm Ag contact exhibit spectral response values above 80 mA/W in the wavelength range from 295 to 395 nm with a max...

  16. Modeling of current–voltage characteristics for dual-gate amorphous silicon thin-film transistors considering deep Gaussian density-of-state distribution

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    Accounting for the deep Gaussian and tail exponential distribution of the density of states, a physical approximation for potentials of amorphous silicon thin-film transistors using a symmetric dual gate (sDG a-Si:H TFT) has been presented. The proposed scheme provides a complete solution of the potentials at the surface and center of the layer without solving any transcendental equations. A channel current model incorporating features of gate voltage-dependent mobility and coupling factor is derived. We show the parameters required for accurately describing the current–voltage (I–V) characteristics of DG a-Si:H TFT and just how sensitively these parameters affect TFT current. Particularly, the parameters' dependence on the I–V characteristics with respect to the density of deep state and channel thickness has been investigated in detail. The resulting scheme and model are successively verified through comparison with numerical simulations as well as the available experimental data. (paper)

  17. Driving Method for Compensating Reliability Problem of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Thin Film Transistors and Image Sticking Phenomenon in Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode Displays

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    Shin, Min-Seok; Jo, Yun-Rae; Kwon, Oh-Kyong

    2011-03-01

    In this paper, we propose a driving method for compensating the electrical instability of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin film transistors (TFTs) and the luminance degradation of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) devices for large active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays. The proposed driving method senses the electrical characteristics of a-Si:H TFTs and OLEDs using current integrators and compensates them by an external compensation method. Threshold voltage shift is controlled a using negative bias voltage. After applying the proposed driving method, the measured error of the maximum emission current ranges from -1.23 to +1.59 least significant bit (LSB) of a 10-bit gray scale under the threshold voltage shift ranging from -0.16 to 0.17 V.

  18. An investigation of optimal interfacial film condition for Cu-Mn alloy based source/drain electrodes in hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin film transistors

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    Haruhiko Asanuma

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available To aid in developing next generation Cu-Mn alloy based source/drain interconnects for thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs, we have investigated the optimal structure of a pre-formed oxide layer on phosphorus doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon (n+a-Si:H that does not degrade TFT electrical properties. We use transmission electron microscopy (TEM and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS to examine composition depth profiles of and structural information for the Cu-Mn alloy/n+a-Si:H interface region. In aiming to achieve the same electrical properties as those of TFTs having conventional Mo source/drain electrodes, we have obtained three important findings: (1 in typical TFT-LCD manufacturing processes, no Mn complex oxide layer is formed because Mn cannot diffuse substantially into an n+a-Si:H surface during low temperature (below 300°C processes and the growth of Mn complex oxide layer would also be limited by the absence of excess oxygen species; (2 a pre-formed silicon oxide layer much thicker than 1 nm severely degrades TFT electrical properties and therefore an ultrathin (≈1 nm silicon oxide layer is required to prevent the degradation; (3 Cu diffuses into an n+a-Si:H layer at oxygen-deficient spots and thus uniform surface oxidation is required to prevent the diffusion.

  19. Comparison of silicon oxide and silicon carbide absorber materials in silicon thin-film solar cells

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    Walder Cordula; Kellermann Martin; Wendler Elke; Rensberg Jura; von Maydell Karsten; Agert Carsten

    2015-01-01

    Since solar energy conversion by photovoltaics is most efficient for photon energies at the bandgap of the absorbing material the idea of combining absorber layers with different bandgaps in a multijunction cell has become popular. In silicon thin-film photovoltaics a multijunction stack with more than two subcells requires a high bandgap amorphous silicon alloy top cell absorber to achieve an optimal bandgap combination. We address the question whether amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) or ...

  20. Investigation of Sb diffusion in amorphous silicon

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    Csik, A.; Langer, G A; Erdelyi, G.; Beke, D. L.; Erdelyi, Z.; Vad, K.

    2009-01-01

    Amorphous silicon materials and its alloys become extensively used in some technical applications involving large area of the microelectronic and optoelectronic devices. However, the amorphous-crystalline transition, segregation and diffusion processes still have numerous unanswered questions. In this work we study the Sb diffusion into an amorphous Si film by means of Secondary Neutral Mass Spectrometry (SNMS). Amorphous Si/Si1-xSbx/Si tri-layer samples with 5 at% antimony concentration were...

  1. Tests Of Amorphous-Silicon Photovoltaic Modules

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    Ross, Ronald G., Jr.

    1988-01-01

    Progress in identification of strengths and weaknesses of amorphous-silicon technology detailed. Report describes achievements in testing reliability of solar-power modules made of amorphous-silicon photovoltaic cells. Based on investigation of modules made by U.S. manufacturers. Modules subjected to field tests, to accelerated-aging tests in laboratory, and to standard sequence of qualification tests developed for modules of crystalline-silicon cells.

  2. Research on Stability Technology of Amorphous Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells%非晶硅薄膜太阳能电池稳定性技术研究

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    郑奇

    2011-01-01

    This paper introduced the preparation principle of the amorphous silicon thin film and improvement methods for preparation of silicon membrane. In the process of preparing the amorphous silicon thin film,by discussing the parameter design of amorphous silicon membrane structure,the technology method and battery stability data analysis,the article proposes that taking these measures can improve the stability of the silicon thin film solar cells.%介绍了非晶硅薄膜的制备原理以及硅膜制备过程中的重要改进方法,在制备非晶硅薄膜过程中从非晶硅膜结构的参数设计、生产中的工艺技术方法以及电池稳定性实验数据分析,提出采用该系列措施可在一定程度上改善硅薄膜太阳能电池不够稳定的缺陷.

  3. Studies of pure and nitrogen-incorporated hydrogenated amorphous carbon thin films and their possible application for amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) and nitrogen-incorporated a-C:H (a-C:N:H) thin films were deposited using radio frequency-plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique and studied for their electrical, optical, and nano-mechanical properties. Introduction of nitrogen and increase of self bias enhanced the conductivity of a-C:H and a-C:N:H films, whereas current-voltage measurement reveals heterojunction formation due to their rectifying behavior. The bandgap of these films was changed over wide range from 1.9 eV to 3.45 eV by varying self bias and the nitrogen incorporation. Further, activation energy was correlated with the electronic structure of a-C:H and a-C:N:H films, and conductivity was discussed as a function of bandgap. Moreover, a-C:N:H films exhibited high hardness and elastic modulus, with maximum values as 42 GPa and 430 GPa, respectively, at -100 V. Observed fascinating electrical, optical, and nano-mechanical properties made it a material of great utility in the development of optoelectronic devices, such as solar cells. In addition, we also performed simulation study for an a-Si:H solar cell, considering a-C:H and C:N:H as window layers, and compared their performance with the a-Si:H solar cell having a-SiC:H as window layer. We also proposed several structures for the development of a near full-spectrum solar cell. Moreover, due to high hardness, a-C:N:H films can be used as a protective and encapsulate layer on solar cells, especially in n-i-p configuration on metal substrate. Nevertheless, a-C:H and a-C:N:H as a window layer can avoid the use of additional hard and protective coating and, hence, minimize the cost of the product.

  4. 微波退火非晶硅薄膜低温晶化研究%Study on the Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon Thin Film by Microwave Annealing at Low Temperature

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    饶瑞; 曾祥斌; 徐重阳; 孙国才

    2001-01-01

    多晶硅薄膜晶体管以其独特的优点在液晶显示领域中起着重要的作用。为了满足在普通玻璃衬底上制备多晶硅薄膜晶体管有源矩阵液晶显示器,低温制备(<600°C)高质量多晶硅薄膜已成为研究热点。文章研究了一种低温制备多晶硅薄膜的新工艺:微波退火非晶硅薄膜固相晶化法,利用X射线衍射、拉曼光谱和扫描电镜分析了微波退火工艺对非晶硅薄膜固相晶化的影响,成功实现了低温制备多晶硅薄膜。%Polycrystalline silicon thin film transistor has played adominant role in the area of liquid display.Preparation of polycrystalline silicon thin film with high quality at low temperature(<600 °C)has been recently become one of the hot spots in order to meet the requirement of polycrystalline silicon thin film transistors in the active matrix liquid crystal display on the substrate of common glass.We developed a new process for preparing polycrystalline silicon thin film at low temperature by microwave-induced solid phase crystallization of amorphous silicon thin film.The influence of microwave annealing process on the crystallization of amorphous silicon thin film has been studied by XRD,raman spectrum and SEM.And then polycrystalline silicon thin film was prepared at low temperature.

  5. First principles simulation of amorphous silicon bulk, interfaces, and nanowires for photovoltaics

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    Belayneh, Merid Legesse

    2015-01-01

    Amorphous silicon has become the material of choice for many technologies, with major applications in large area electronics: displays, image sensing and thin film photovoltaic cells. This technology development has occurred because amorphous silicon is a thin film semiconductor that can be deposited on large, low cost substrates using low temperature. In this thesis, classical molecular dynamics and first principles DFT calculations have been performed to generate structural models of amorph...

  6. Integral bypass diodes in an amorphous silicon alloy photovoltaic module

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    Hanak, J. J.; Flaisher, H.

    1991-01-01

    Thin-film, tandem-junction, amorphous silicon (a-Si) photovoltaic modules were constructed in which a part of the a-Si alloy cell material is used to form bypass protection diodes. This integral design circumvents the need for incorporating external, conventional diodes, thus simplifying the manufacturing process and reducing module weight.

  7. A new tevchnique for production of amorphous silicon solar cells

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    It is presented a new technique for the production of amorphous silicon solar cells based on the development of thin films of a-Si in a reactor in which the decomposition of the sylane, induced by capacitively coupled RF, and the film deposition occur in separate chambers. (M.W.O.)

  8. Multi-resonant silver nano-disk patterned thin film hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells for Staebler-Wronski effect compensation

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    Vora, Ankit; Pearce, Joshua M; Bergstrom, Paul L; Güney, Durdu Ö

    2014-01-01

    We study polarization independent improved light trapping in commercial thin film hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar photovoltaic cells using a three-dimensional silver array of multi-resonant nano-disk structures embedded in a silicon nitride anti-reflection coating (ARC) to enhance optical absorption in the intrinsic layer (i-a-Si:H) for the visible spectrum for any polarization angle. Predicted total optical enhancement (OE) in absorption in the i-a-Si:H for AM-1.5 solar spectrum is 18.51% as compared to the reference, and producing a 19.65% improvement in short-circuit current density (JSC) over 11.7 mA/cm2 for a reference cell. The JSC in the nano-disk patterned solar cell (NDPSC) was found to be higher than the commercial reference structure for any incident angle. The NDPSC has a multi-resonant optical response for the visible spectrum and the associated mechanism for OE in i-a-Si:H layer is excitation of Fabry-Perot resonance facilitated by surface plasmon resonances. The detrimental Staebl...

  9. The silicon/zinc oxide interface in amorphous silicon-based thin-film solar cells: Understanding an empirically optimized contact

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    Gerlach, D.; Wilks, R. G.; Wippler, D.; Wimmer, M.; Lozac'h, M.; Félix, R.; Mück, A.; Meier, M.; Ueda, S.; Yoshikawa, H.; Gorgoi, M.; Lips, K.; Rech, B.; Sumiya, M.; Hüpkes, J.; Kobayashi, K.; Bär, M.

    2013-07-01

    The electronic structure of the interface between the boron-doped oxygenated amorphous silicon "window layer" (a-SiOx:H(B)) and aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) was investigated using hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and compared to that of the boron-doped microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H(B))/ZnO:Al interface. The corresponding valence band offsets have been determined to be (-2.87 ± 0.27) eV and (-3.37 ± 0.27) eV, respectively. A lower tunnel junction barrier height at the μc-Si:H(B)/ZnO:Al interface compared to that at the a-SiOx:H(B)/ZnO:Al interface is found and linked to the higher device performances in cells where a μc-Si:H(B) buffer between the a-Si:H p-i-n absorber stack and the ZnO:Al contact is employed.

  10. Pyrolytic transformation from polydihydrosilane to hydrogenated amorphous silicon film

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    Masuda, Takashi; Matsuki, Yasuo; Shimoda, Tatsuya

    2012-01-01

    The fabrication of thin film silicon devices based on solution processes rather than on conventional vacuum processes is of substantial interest since cost reductions may result. Using a solution process, we coated substrates with polydihydrosilane solution and studied the pyrolytic transformation of the material into hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H). From thermal gravimetry and differential thermal analysis data a significant reduction in weight of the material and a construction of S...

  11. Temperature dependence of hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cell performances

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    Riesen, Y.; Stuckelberger, M.; Haug, F. -J.; Ballif, C.; N. Wyrsch

    2016-01-01

    Thin-film hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar (a-Si:H) cells are known to have better temperature coefficients than crystalline silicon cells. To investigate whether a-Si:H cells that are optimized for standard conditions (STC) also have the highest energy yield, we measured the temperature and irradiance dependence of the maximum power output (Pmpp), the fill factor (FF), the short-circuit current density (Jsc), and the open-circuit voltage (Voc) for four series of cells fabricated with dif...

  12. Amorphous Silicon-Carbon Nanostructure Solar Cells

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    Schriver, Maria; Regan, Will; Loster, Matthias; Zettl, Alex

    2011-03-01

    Taking advantage of the ability to fabricate large area graphene and carbon nanotube networks (buckypaper), we produce Schottky junction solar cells using undoped hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films and nanostructured carbon films. These films are useful as solar cell materials due their combination of optical transparency and conductance. In our cells, they behave both as a transparent conductor and as an active charge separating layer. We demonstrate a reliable photovoltaic effect in these devices with a high open circuit voltage of 390mV in buckypaper devices. We investigate the unique interface properties which result in an unusual J-V curve shape and optimize fabrication processes for improved solar conversion efficiency. These devices hold promise as a scalable solar cell made from earth abundant materials and without toxic and expensive doping processes.

  13. Amorphous Silicon Display Backplanes on Plastic Substrates

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    Striakhilev, Denis; Nathan, Arokia; Vygranenko, Yuri; Servati, Peyman; Lee, Czang-Ho; Sazonov, Andrei

    2006-12-01

    Amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film transistor (TFT) backplanes are very promising for active-matrix organic light-emitting diode displays (AMOLEDs) on plastic. The technology benefits from a large manufacturing base, simple fabrication process, and low production cost. The concern lies in the instability of the TFTs threshold voltage (VT) and its low device mobility. Although VT-instability can be compensated by means of advanced multi-transistor pixel circuits, the lifetime of the display is still dependent on the TFT process quality and bias conditions. A-Si TFTs with field-effect mobility of 1.1 cm2/V · s and pixel driver circuits have been fabricated on plastic substrates at 150 °C. The circuits are characterized in terms of current drive capability and long-term stability of operation. The results demonstrate sufficient and stable current delivery and the ability of the backplane on plastic to meet AMOLED requirements.

  14. Electrical Characterization of Amorphous Silicon Nitride Passivation Layers for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

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    Helland, Susanne

    2011-01-01

    High quality surface passivation is important for the reduction of recombination losses in solar cells. In this work, the passivation properties of amorphous hydrogenated silicon nitride for crystalline silicon solar cells were investigated, using electrical characterization, lifetime measurements and spectroscopic ellipsometry. Thin films of varying composition were deposited on p-type monocrystalline silicon wafers by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). Highest quality surfac...

  15. Research and developments in thin film silicon photovoltaics

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    Despeisse, M; Ballif, C.; Feltrin, A.; Meillaud, F.; Fay, S.; F.-J. Haug, F.-J.; Dominé, D.; Python, M.; Soderstrom, T.; Buehlmann, P; Bugnon, G.; Parascandolo, G

    2009-01-01

    The increasing demand for photovoltaic devices and the associated crystalline silicon feedstock demand scenario have led in the past years to the fast growth of the thin film silicon industry. The high potential for cost reduction and the suitability for building integration have initiated both industrial and research laboratories dynamisms for amorphous silicon and micro-crystalline silicon based photovoltaic technologies. The recent progress towards higher efficiencies thin film silicon sol...

  16. Raman Amplifier Based on Amorphous Silicon Nanoparticles

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    M.A. Ferrara; Rendina, I.; S. N. Basu; Dal Negro, L.; Sirleto, L.

    2012-01-01

    The observation of stimulated Raman scattering in amorphous silicon nanoparticles embedded in Si-rich nitride/silicon superlattice structures (SRN/Si-SLs) is reported. Using a 1427 nm continuous-wavelength pump laser, an amplification of Stokes signal up to 0.9 dB/cm at 1540.6 nm and a significant reduction in threshold power of about 40% with respect to silicon are experimentally demonstrated. Our results indicate that amorphous silicon nanoparticles are a great promise for Si-based Raman la...

  17. Comparison of silicon oxide and silicon carbide absorber materials in silicon thin-film solar cells

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    Walder Cordula

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Since solar energy conversion by photovoltaics is most efficient for photon energies at the bandgap of the absorbing material the idea of combining absorber layers with different bandgaps in a multijunction cell has become popular. In silicon thin-film photovoltaics a multijunction stack with more than two subcells requires a high bandgap amorphous silicon alloy top cell absorber to achieve an optimal bandgap combination. We address the question whether amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H or amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiO:H is more suited for this type of top cell absorber. Our single cell results show a better performance of amorphous silicon carbide with respect to fill factor and especially open circuit voltage at equivalent Tauc bandgaps. The microstructure factor of single layers indicates less void structure in amorphous silicon carbide than in amorphous silicon oxide. Yet photoconductivity of silicon oxide films seems to be higher which could be explained by the material being not truly intrinsic. On the other hand better cell performance of amorphous silicon carbide absorber layers might be connected to better hole transport in the cell.

  18. Comparison of silicon oxide and silicon carbide absorber materials in silicon thin-film solar cells

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    Walder, Cordula; Kellermann, Martin; Wendler, Elke; Rensberg, Jura; von Maydell, Karsten; Agert, Carsten

    2015-02-01

    Since solar energy conversion by photovoltaics is most efficient for photon energies at the bandgap of the absorbing material the idea of combining absorber layers with different bandgaps in a multijunction cell has become popular. In silicon thin-film photovoltaics a multijunction stack with more than two subcells requires a high bandgap amorphous silicon alloy top cell absorber to achieve an optimal bandgap combination. We address the question whether amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) or amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiO:H) is more suited for this type of top cell absorber. Our single cell results show a better performance of amorphous silicon carbide with respect to fill factor and especially open circuit voltage at equivalent Tauc bandgaps. The microstructure factor of single layers indicates less void structure in amorphous silicon carbide than in amorphous silicon oxide. Yet photoconductivity of silicon oxide films seems to be higher which could be explained by the material being not truly intrinsic. On the other hand better cell performance of amorphous silicon carbide absorber layers might be connected to better hole transport in the cell.

  19. Influence of microstructure and hydrogen concentration on amorphous silicon crystallization

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    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon samples were deposited on glass substrates at different temperatures by high frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. In this way, samples with different hydrogen concentrations and structures were obtained. The transition from an amorphous to a crystalline material, induced by a four-step thermal annealing sequence, has been followed. Effusion of hydrogen from the films plays an important role in the nucleation and growth mechanisms of crystalline silicon grains. Measurements of hydrogen concentrations, Raman scattering, X-ray diffraction and UV reflectance showed that an enhanced crystallization was obtained on samples deposited at lower substrate temperatures. A correlation between these measurements allows to analyze the evolution of structural properties of the samples. The presence of voids in the material, related to disorder in the amorphous matrix, results in a better quality of the resulting nanocrystalline silicon thin films.

  20. Influence of microstructure and hydrogen concentration on amorphous silicon crystallization

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    Budini, N., E-mail: nbudini@intec.unl.edu.a [Instituto de Desarrollo Tecnologico para la Industria Quimica, UNL-CONICET, Gueemes 3450, S3000GLN Santa Fe (Argentina); Rinaldi, P.A. [Instituto de Desarrollo Tecnologico para la Industria Quimica, UNL-CONICET, Gueemes 3450, S3000GLN Santa Fe (Argentina); Schmidt, J.A.; Arce, R.D.; Buitrago, R.H. [Instituto de Desarrollo Tecnologico para la Industria Quimica, UNL-CONICET, Gueemes 3450, S3000GLN Santa Fe (Argentina); Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica, UNL, Santiago del Estero 2829, S3000AOM Santa Fe (Argentina)

    2010-07-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon samples were deposited on glass substrates at different temperatures by high frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. In this way, samples with different hydrogen concentrations and structures were obtained. The transition from an amorphous to a crystalline material, induced by a four-step thermal annealing sequence, has been followed. Effusion of hydrogen from the films plays an important role in the nucleation and growth mechanisms of crystalline silicon grains. Measurements of hydrogen concentrations, Raman scattering, X-ray diffraction and UV reflectance showed that an enhanced crystallization was obtained on samples deposited at lower substrate temperatures. A correlation between these measurements allows to analyze the evolution of structural properties of the samples. The presence of voids in the material, related to disorder in the amorphous matrix, results in a better quality of the resulting nanocrystalline silicon thin films.

  1. Laser annealing of hydrogen implanted amorphous silicon

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    Amorphous silicon, prepared by silicon bombardment at energies of 200 to 250 keV, was implanted with 40 keV H2+ to peak concentrations up to 15 at .% and recrystallized in air by single 20 nsec pulses at 1.06 μm from a Nd:glass laser. Amorphous layer formation and recrystallization were verified using Raman spectroscopy and ion backscattering/channeling analysis

  2. Electron tunnelling into amorphous germanium and silicon.

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    Smith, C. W.; Clark, A. H.

    1972-01-01

    Measurements of tunnel conductance versus bias, capacitance versus bias, and internal photoemission were made in the systems aluminum-oxide-amorphous germanium and aluminium-oxide-amorphous silicon. A function was extracted which expresses the deviation of these systems from the aluminium-oxide-aluminium system.

  3. The U.S. and Japanese amorphous silicon technology programs A comparison

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    Shimada, K.

    1984-01-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy/Solar Energy Research Institute Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) Solar Cell Program performs R&D on thin-film hydrogenated amorphous silicon for eventual development of stable amorphous silicon cells with 12 percent efficiency by 1988. The Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Program in Japan is sponsored by the Sunshine Project to develop an alternate energy technology. While the objectives of both programs are to eventually develop a-Si photovoltaic modules and arrays that would produce electricity to compete with utility electricity cost, the U.S. program approach is research oriented and the Japanese is development oriented.

  4. Analysis on the interfacial properties of transparent conducting oxide and hydrogenated p-type amorphous silicon carbide layers in p–i–n amorphous silicon thin film solar cell structure

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    Quantitative estimation of the specific contact resistivity and energy barrier at the interface between transparent conducting oxide (TCO) and hydrogenated p-type amorphous silicon carbide (a-Si1−xCx:H(p)) was carried out by inserting an interfacial buffer layer of hydrogenated p-type microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H(p)) or hydrogenated p-type amorphous silicon (a-Si:H(p)). In addition, superstrate configuration p–i–n hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells were fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition to investigate the effect of the inserted buffer layer on the solar cell device. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy was employed to measure the work functions of the TCO and a-Si1−xCx:H(p) layers and to allow direct calculations of the energy barriers at the interfaces. Especially interface structures were compared with/without a buffer which is either highly doped μc-Si:H(p) layer or low doped a-Si:H(p) layer, to improve the contact properties of aluminum-doped zinc oxide and a-Si1−xCx:H(p). Out of the two buffers, the superior contact properties of μc-Si:H(p) buffer could be expected due to its higher conductivity and slightly lower specific contact resistivity. However, the overall solar cell conversion efficiencies were almost the same for both of the buffered structures and the resultant similar efficiencies were attributed to the difference between the fill factors of the solar cells. The effects of the energy barrier heights of the two buffered structures and their influence on solar cell device performances were intensively investigated and discussed with comparisons. - Highlights: ► Decrease of fill factor due to high contact resistance of Al:ZnO/a-SiC:H(p) interface. ► Insertion of buffer layer (μc-Si or a-Si) between Al:ZnO and p-layer for comparison. ► μc-Si:H(p) buffer with high conductivity has better fill factor but higher barrier. ► a-Si:H(p) buffer with low conductivity forms lower barrier and

  5. Challenges in amorphous silicon solar cell technology

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    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon is nowadays extensively used for a range of devices, amongst others solar cells. Solar cell technology has matured over the last two decades and resulted in conversion efficiencies in excess of 15%. In this paper the operation of amorphous silicon solar cells is briefly described. For tandem solar cell, amorphous silicon germanium is often used as material for the intrinsic layer of the bottom cell. This improves the red response of the cell. In order to optimize the performance of amorphous silicon germanium solar cells, profiling of the germanium concentration near the interfaces is applied. We show in this paper that the performance is strongly dependent on the width of the grading near the interfaces. The best performance is achieved when using a grading width that is as small as possible near the p-i interface and as wide as possible near the i-n interface. High-rate deposition of amorphous silicon is nowadays one of the main issues. Using the Expanding Thermal Plasma deposition method very high deposition rates can be achieved. This method has been applied for the fabrication of an amorphous silicon solar cell with a conversion efficiency of 5,8%. (authors)

  6. Development of Tandem Amorphous/Microcrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Large-Area See-Through Color Solar Panels with Reflective Layer and 4-Step Laser Scribing for Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Applications

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    Chin-Yi Tsai; Chin-Yao Tsai

    2014-01-01

    In this work, tandem amorphous/microcrystalline silicon thin-film large-area see-through color solar modules were successfully designed and developed for building-integrated photovoltaic applications. Novel and key technologies of reflective layers and 4-step laser scribing were researched, developed, and introduced into the production line to produce solar panels with various colors, such as purple, dark blue, light blue, silver, golden, orange, red wine, and coffee. The highest module power...

  7. Modeling of current-voltage characteristics for dual-gate amorphous silicon thin-film transistors considering deep Gaussian density-of-state distribution

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    Jian, Qin; Ruohe, Yao

    2015-12-01

    Accounting for the deep Gaussian and tail exponential distribution of the density of states, a physical approximation for potentials of amorphous silicon thin-film transistors using a symmetric dual gate (sDG a-Si:H TFT) has been presented. The proposed scheme provides a complete solution of the potentials at the surface and center of the layer without solving any transcendental equations. A channel current model incorporating features of gate voltage-dependent mobility and coupling factor is derived. We show the parameters required for accurately describing the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of DG a-Si:H TFT and just how sensitively these parameters affect TFT current. Particularly, the parameters' dependence on the I-V characteristics with respect to the density of deep state and channel thickness has been investigated in detail. The resulting scheme and model are successively verified through comparison with numerical simulations as well as the available experimental data. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61274085) and the Cadence Design System, Inc.

  8. Thin-film silicon solar cell technology

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    Shah, A. V.; Schade, H.; Vaněček, Milan; Meier, J.; Vallat-Sauvain, E.; Wyrsch, N.; Kroll, U.; Droz, C.; Bailat, J.

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 12, - (2004), s. 113-142. ISSN 1062-7995 R&D Projects: GA MŽP SN/320/11/03 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1010914 Keywords : thin-film silicon modules * hydrogen erated amorphous silicon(a-Si:H) * hydrogen erated microcrystalline (ćc-Si:H) * transparent conductive oxydes(TCOs) * building-integrated photovoltaics(BIPV) Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.196, year: 2004

  9. Atomic-scale disproportionation in amorphous silicon monoxide.

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    Hirata, Akihiko; Kohara, Shinji; Asada, Toshihiro; Arao, Masazumi; Yogi, Chihiro; Imai, Hideto; Tan, Yongwen; Fujita, Takeshi; Chen, Mingwei

    2016-01-01

    Solid silicon monoxide is an amorphous material which has been commercialized for many functional applications. However, the amorphous structure of silicon monoxide is a long-standing question because of the uncommon valence state of silicon in the oxide. It has been deduced that amorphous silicon monoxide undergoes an unusual disproportionation by forming silicon- and silicon-dioxide-like regions. Nevertheless, the direct experimental observation is still missing. Here we report the amorphous structure characterized by angstrom-beam electron diffraction, supplemented by synchrotron X-ray scattering and computer simulations. In addition to the theoretically predicted amorphous silicon and silicon-dioxide clusters, suboxide-type tetrahedral coordinates are detected by angstrom-beam electron diffraction at silicon/silicon-dioxide interfaces, which provides compelling experimental evidence on the atomic-scale disproportionation of amorphous silicon monoxide. Eventually we develop a heterostructure model of the disproportionated silicon monoxide which well explains the distinctive structure and properties of the amorphous material. PMID:27172815

  10. Atomic-scale disproportionation in amorphous silicon monoxide

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    Hirata, Akihiko; Kohara, Shinji; Asada, Toshihiro; Arao, Masazumi; Yogi, Chihiro; Imai, Hideto; Tan, Yongwen; Fujita, Takeshi; Chen, Mingwei

    2016-01-01

    Solid silicon monoxide is an amorphous material which has been commercialized for many functional applications. However, the amorphous structure of silicon monoxide is a long-standing question because of the uncommon valence state of silicon in the oxide. It has been deduced that amorphous silicon monoxide undergoes an unusual disproportionation by forming silicon- and silicon-dioxide-like regions. Nevertheless, the direct experimental observation is still missing. Here we report the amorphous structure characterized by angstrom-beam electron diffraction, supplemented by synchrotron X-ray scattering and computer simulations. In addition to the theoretically predicted amorphous silicon and silicon-dioxide clusters, suboxide-type tetrahedral coordinates are detected by angstrom-beam electron diffraction at silicon/silicon-dioxide interfaces, which provides compelling experimental evidence on the atomic-scale disproportionation of amorphous silicon monoxide. Eventually we develop a heterostructure model of the disproportionated silicon monoxide which well explains the distinctive structure and properties of the amorphous material. PMID:27172815

  11. Nanocrystalline silicon based thin film solar cells

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    Ray, Swati

    2012-06-01

    Amorphous silicon solar cells and panels on glass and flexible substrate are commercially available. Since last few years nanocrystalline silicon thin film has attracted remarkable attention due to its stability under light and ability to absorb longer wavelength portion of solar spectrum. For amorphous silicon/ nanocrystalline silicon double junction solar cell 14.7% efficiency has been achieved in small area and 13.5% for large area modules internationally. The device quality nanocrystalline silicon films have been fabricated by RF and VHF PECVD methods at IACS. Detailed characterizations of the materials have been done. Nanocrystalline films with low defect density and high stability have been developed and used as absorber layer of solar cells.

  12. On the use of a charged tunnel layer as a hole collector to improve the efficiency of amorphous silicon thin-film solar cells

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    A new concept, using a negatively charged tunnel layer as a hole collector, is proposed and theoretically investigated for application in amorphous silicon thin-film solar cells. The concept features a glass/transparent conductive oxide/ultra-thin negatively charged tunnel layer/intrinsic a-Si:H/n-doped a-Si:H/metal structure. The key feature of this so called t+-i-n structure is the introduction of a negatively charged tunnel layer (attracting holes from the intrinsic absorber layer), which substitutes the highly recombination active p-doped a-Si:H layer in a conventional p-i-n configuration. Atomic layer deposited aluminum oxide (ALD AlOx) is suggested as a potential candidate for such a tunnel layer. Using typical ALD AlOx parameters, a 27% relative efficiency increase (i.e., from 9.7% to 12.3%) is predicted theoretically for a single-junction a-Si:H solar cell on a textured superstrate. This prediction is based on parameters that reproduce the experimentally obtained external quantum efficiency and current-voltage characteristics of a conventional processed p-i-n a-Si:H solar cell, reaching 9.7% efficiency and serving as a reference. Subsequently, the p-doped a-Si:H layer is replaced by the tunnel layer (studied by means of numerical device simulation). Using a t+-i-n configuration instead of a conventional p-i-n configuration will not only increase the short-circuit current density (from 14.4 to 14.9 mA/cm2, according to our simulations), it also enhances the open-circuit voltage and the fill factor (from 917 mV to 1.0 V and from 74% to 83%, respectively). For this concept to work efficiently, a high work function front electrode material or a high interface charge is needed

  13. Transmission Electron Microscopy of Amorphous Tandem Thin-Film Silicon Modules Produced by A Roll-to-Roll Process on Plastic Foil

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    Couty, P.; Duchamp, Martial; Söderström, K.;

    2011-01-01

    An improvement of the photo-current is expected when amorphous silicon solar cells are grown on a ZnO texture. A full understanding of the relationship between cell structure and electrical performance is essential for the rapid development of high efficiency VHF-tandem cells on textured substrates....... At first, we present the systematic study where amorphous cells are grown on ZnO based textures. For varying the texture, the same original master LPCVD ZnO was successively transferred to nickel molds and finally transferred to the plastic foil by roll-to-roll process. From TEM images, we show how a...... control-lost of shape fidelity is used to smooth the texture and make it compatible with subsequent layer growth. Then, we present the electrical performances of the most promising reference solar cell single junction which was obtained on a roll-to-roll foil. Finally, a tandem amorphous/amorphous Si...

  14. Pyrolytic transformation from polydihydrosilane to hydrogenated amorphous silicon film

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    The fabrication of thin film silicon devices based on solution processes rather than on conventional vacuum processes is of substantial interest since cost reductions may result. Using a solution process, we coated substrates with polydihydrosilane solution and studied the pyrolytic transformation of the material into hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H). From thermal gravimetry and differential thermal analysis data a significant reduction in weight of the material and a construction of Si-Si bonds are concluded for the pyrolysis temperature Tp = 270 to 360 °C. The appearance of amorphous silicon phonon bands in Raman spectra for films prepared at Tp ≥ 330 °C suggests the construction of a three-dimensional amorphous silicon network. Films prepared at Tp ≥ 360 °C exhibit a hydrogen content near 10 at.% and an optical gap near 1.6 eV similar to device-grade vacuum processed a-Si:H. However, the infrared microstructure factor, the spin density, and the photosensitivity require significant improvements. - Highlights: ► We fabricate hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films by a solution process. ► The a-Si:H films are prepared by pyrolytic transformation in polysilane solution. ► We investigate basic properties in relation to the pyrolysis temperature. ► Raman spectra, hydrogen content, and optical gap are similar to device-grade a-Si:H. ► Microstructure factor, spin density, and photoconductivity show poor quality.

  15. Amorphous Silicon: Flexible Backplane and Display Application

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    Sarma, Kalluri R.

    Advances in the science and technology of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H, also referred to as a-Si) and the associated devices including thin-film transistors (TFT) during the past three decades have had a profound impact on the development and commercialization of major applications such as thin-film solar cells, digital image scanners and X-ray imagers and active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCDs). Particularly, during approximately the past 15 years, a-Si TFT-based flat panel AMLCDs have been a huge commercial success. a-Si TFT-LCD has enabled the note book PCs, and is now rapidly replacing the venerable CRT in the desktop monitor and home TV applications. a-Si TFT-LCD is now the dominant technology in use for applications ranging from small displays such as in mobile phones to large displays such as in home TV, as well-specialized applications such as industrial and avionics displays.

  16. Amorphous silicon detectors in positron emission tomography

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    Conti, M. (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Pisa (Italy) Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (USA)); Perez-Mendez, V. (Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (USA))

    1989-12-01

    The physics of the detection process is studied and the performances of different Positron Emission Tomography (PET) system are evaluated by theoretical calculation and/or Monte Carlo Simulation (using the EGS code) in this paper, whose table of contents can be summarized as follows: a brief introduction to amorphous silicon detectors and some useful equation is presented; a Tantalum/Amorphous Silicon PET project is studied and the efficiency of the systems is studied by Monte Carlo Simulation; two similar CsI/Amorphous Silicon PET projects are presented and their efficiency and spatial resolution are studied by Monte Carlo Simulation, light yield and time characteristics of the scintillation light are discussed for different scintillators; some experimental result on light yield measurements are presented; a Xenon/Amorphous Silicon PET is presented, the physical mechanism of scintillation in Xenon is explained, a theoretical estimation of total light yield in Xenon and the resulting efficiency is discussed altogether with some consideration of the time resolution of the system; the amorphous silicon integrated electronics is presented, total noise and time resolution are evaluated in each of our applications; the merit parameters {epsilon}{sup 2}{tau}'s are evaluated and compared with other PET systems and conclusions are drawn; and a complete reference list for Xenon scintillation light physics and its applications is presented altogether with the listing of the developed simulation programs.

  17. Amorphous silicon detectors in positron emission tomography

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    The physics of the detection process is studied and the performances of different Positron Emission Tomography (PET) system are evaluated by theoretical calculation and/or Monte Carlo Simulation (using the EGS code) in this paper, whose table of contents can be summarized as follows: a brief introduction to amorphous silicon detectors and some useful equation is presented; a Tantalum/Amorphous Silicon PET project is studied and the efficiency of the systems is studied by Monte Carlo Simulation; two similar CsI/Amorphous Silicon PET projects are presented and their efficiency and spatial resolution are studied by Monte Carlo Simulation, light yield and time characteristics of the scintillation light are discussed for different scintillators; some experimental result on light yield measurements are presented; a Xenon/Amorphous Silicon PET is presented, the physical mechanism of scintillation in Xenon is explained, a theoretical estimation of total light yield in Xenon and the resulting efficiency is discussed altogether with some consideration of the time resolution of the system; the amorphous silicon integrated electronics is presented, total noise and time resolution are evaluated in each of our applications; the merit parameters ε2τ's are evaluated and compared with other PET systems and conclusions are drawn; and a complete reference list for Xenon scintillation light physics and its applications is presented altogether with the listing of the developed simulation programs

  18. Simulation and Experimental Study of Photogeneration and Recombination in Amorphous-Like Silicon Thin Films Deposited by 27.12 MHz Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Chia-Hsun Hsu; In-Cha Hsieh; Chia-Chi Tsou; Shui-Yang Lien

    2013-01-01

    Amorphous-like silicon (a-Si:H-like) thin films are prepared by 27.12 MHz plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique. The films are applied to p-i-n single junction thin film solar cells with varying i-layer thickness to observe the effects on the short-circuit current density, as well as the open-circuit voltage, fill factor, and conversion efficiency. The most significant experimental result is that Jsc has two different behaviors with increasing the i-layer thickness, which can be...

  19. Effects of interface and bulk properties of gate-dielectric on the performance and stability of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film transistors

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    Ando, M.; Wakagi, M.; Onisawa, K.

    2015-12-01

    In order to investigate the effects of interface and bulk properties of gate insulator on the threshold voltage (Vth) and the gate-bias induced instability of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film transistors (a-Si:H TFTs), four kinds of TFT structures were fabricated with SiNx and SiOx insulators stacked to make different combinations of the bulk and interface in the gate-dielectric layers. It was found that the Vth and the stability are independently controlled by tuning stoichiometry and thickness of the SiOx insertion layer between a-Si:H and SiNx. In TFTs with SiOx insertion layer of 50 nm thickness, on increasing oxygen/silicon (O/Si = x) ratio from 1.7 to 1.9, Vth increased from 0 V to 9 V. In these TFTs with a relatively thick SiOx insertion layer, positive Vth shift with negative bias stress was observed, confirmed to be due to defect creation in a-Si:H with the thermalization barrier energy of 0.83 eV. On reducing the thickness of the SiOx insertion layer down to approximately 1 nm, thin enough for hole injection through SiOx by tunneling effect, stable operation was obtained while keeping the high Vth value under negative stress bias. These results are consistently explained as follows: (1) the high value for Vth is caused by the dipole generated at the interface between a-Si:H and SiOx; and (2) two causes for Vth shift, charge injection to the gate insulator and defect creation in a-Si:H, are mutually related to each other through the "effective bias stress," Vbseff = Vbs - ΔVfb (Vbs: applied bias stress and ΔVfb: flat band voltage shift due to the charge injection). It was experimentally confirmed that there should be an optimum thickness of SiOx insertion layer of approximately 1 nm with stable high Vth, where enhanced injection increases ΔVfb, reduces Vbseff to reduce defect creation, and totally minimizes Vth shift.

  20. Near single-crystalline, high-carrier-mobility silicon thin film on a polycrystalline/amorphous substrate

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    Findikoglu, Alp T. (Los Alamos, NM); Jia, Quanxi (Los Alamos, NM); Arendt, Paul N. (Los Alamos, NM); Matias, Vladimir (Santa Fe, NM); Choi, Woong (Los Alamos, NM)

    2009-10-27

    A template article including a base substrate including: (i) a base material selected from the group consisting of polycrystalline substrates and amorphous substrates, and (ii) at least one layer of a differing material upon the surface of the base material; and, a buffer material layer upon the base substrate, the buffer material layer characterized by: (a) low chemical reactivity with the base substrate, (b) stability at temperatures up to at least about 800.degree. C. under low vacuum conditions, and (c) a lattice crystal structure adapted for subsequent deposition of a semiconductor material; is provided, together with a semiconductor article including a base substrate including: (i) a base material selected from the group consisting of polycrystalline substrates and amorphous substrates, and (ii) at least one layer of a differing material upon the surface of the base material; and, a buffer material layer upon the base substrate, the buffer material layer characterized by: (a) low chemical reactivity with the base substrate, (b) stability at temperatures up to at least about 800.degree. C. under low vacuum conditions, and (c) a lattice crystal structure adapted for subsequent deposition of a semiconductor material, and, a top-layer of semiconductor material upon the buffer material layer.

  1. Transverse and longitudinal vibrations in amorphous silicon

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    Beltukov, Y. M.; Fusco, C.; Tanguy, A.; Parshin, D. A.

    2015-12-01

    We show that harmonic vibrations in amorphous silicon can be decomposed to transverse and longitudinal components in all frequency range even in the absence of the well defined wave vector q. For this purpose we define the transverse component of the eigenvector with given ω as a component, which does not change the volumes of Voronoi cells around atoms. The longitudinal component is the remaining orthogonal component. We have found the longitudinal and transverse components of the vibrational density of states for numerical model of amorphous silicon. The vibrations are mostly transverse below 7 THz and above 15 THz. In the frequency interval in between the vibrations have a longitudinal nature. Just this sudden transformation of vibrations at 7 THz from almost transverse to almost longitudinal ones explains the prominent peak in the diffusivity of the amorphous silicon just above 7 THz.

  2. Atomic-scale disproportionation in amorphous silicon monoxide

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    Hirata, Akihiko; Kohara, Shinji; Asada, Toshihiro; Arao, Masazumi; Yogi, Chihiro; Imai, Hideto; Tan, Yongwen; Fujita, Takeshi; Chen, Mingwei

    2016-01-01

    Solid silicon monoxide is an amorphous material which has been commercialized for many functional applications. However, the amorphous structure of silicon monoxide is a long-standing question because of the uncommon valence state of silicon in the oxide. It has been deduced that amorphous silicon monoxide undergoes an unusual disproportionation by forming silicon- and silicon-dioxide-like regions. Nevertheless, the direct experimental observation is still missing. Here we report the amorphou...

  3. DEFECTS IN AMORPHOUS CHALCOGENIDES AND SILICON

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    Adler, D.

    1981-01-01

    Our comprehension of the physical properties of amorphous semiconductors has improved considerably over the past few years, but many puzzles remain. From our present perspective, the major features of chalcogenide glasses appear to be well understood, and some of the fine points which have arisen recently have been explained within the same general model. On the other hand, there are a grear number of unresolved mysteries with regard to amorphous silicon-based alloys. In this paper, the valen...

  4. Neutron irradiation induced amorphization of silicon carbide

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    Snead, L.L.; Hay, J.C. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1998-09-01

    This paper provides the first known observation of silicon carbide fully amorphized under neutron irradiation. Both high purity single crystal hcp and high purity, highly faulted (cubic) chemically vapor deposited (CVD) SiC were irradiated at approximately 60 C to a total fast neutron fluence of 2.6 {times} 10{sup 25} n/m{sup 2}. Amorphization was seen in both materials, as evidenced by TEM, electron diffraction, and x-ray diffraction techniques. Physical properties for the amorphized single crystal material are reported including large changes in density ({minus}10.8%), elastic modulus as measured using a nanoindentation technique ({minus}45%), hardness as measured by nanoindentation ({minus}45%), and standard Vickers hardness ({minus}24%). Similar property changes are observed for the critical temperature for amorphization at this neutron dose and flux, above which amorphization is not possible, is estimated to be greater than 130 C.

  5. Neutron irradiation induced amorphization of silicon carbide

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    This paper provides the first known observation of silicon carbide fully amorphized under neutron irradiation. Both high purity single crystal hcp and high purity, highly faulted (cubic) chemically vapor deposited (CVD) SiC were irradiated at approximately 60 C to a total fast neutron fluence of 2.6 x 1025 n/m2. Amorphization was seen in both materials, as evidenced by TEM, electron diffraction, and x-ray diffraction techniques. Physical properties for the amorphized single crystal material are reported including large changes in density (-10.8%), elastic modulus as measured using a nanoindentation technique (-45%), hardness as measured by nanoindentation (-45%), and standard Vickers hardness (-24%). Similar property changes are observed for the critical temperature for amorphization at this neutron dose and flux, above which amorphization is not possible, is estimated to be greater than 130 C

  6. Structural relaxation of amorphous silicon carbide

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    We have examined amorphous structures of silicon carbide (SiC) using both transmission electron microscopy and a molecular-dynamics approach. Radial distribution functions revealed that amorphous SiC contains not only heteronuclear (Si-C) bonds but also homonuclear (Si-Si and C-C) bonds. The ratio of heteronuclear to homonuclear bonds was found to change upon annealing, suggesting that structural relaxation of the amorphous SiC occurred. Good agreement was obtained between the simulated and experimentally measured radial distribution functions

  7. Structural relaxation of amorphous silicon carbide.

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    Ishimaru, Manabu; Bae, In-Tae; Hirotsu, Yoshihiko; Matsumura, Syo; Sickafus, Kurt E

    2002-07-29

    We have examined amorphous structures of silicon carbide (SiC) using both transmission electron microscopy and a molecular-dynamics approach. Radial distribution functions revealed that amorphous SiC contains not only heteronuclear (Si-C) bonds but also homonuclear (Si-Si and C-C) bonds. The ratio of heteronuclear to homonuclear bonds was found to change upon annealing, suggesting that structural relaxation of the amorphous SiC occurred. Good agreement was obtained between the simulated and experimentally measured radial distribution functions. PMID:12144449

  8. Inverted amorphous silicon solar cell utilizing cermet layers

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    Hanak, Joseph J.

    1979-01-01

    An amorphous silicon solar cell incorporating a transparent high work function metal cermet incident to solar radiation and a thick film cermet contacting the amorphous silicon opposite to said incident surface.

  9. Optimization of the absorption efficiency of an amorphous-silicon thin-film tandem solar cell backed by a metallic surface-relief grating.

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    Solano, Manuel; Faryad, Muhammad; Hall, Anthony S; Mallouk, Thomas E; Monk, Peter B; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

    2013-02-10

    The rigorous coupled-wave approach was used to compute the plane-wave absorptance of a thin-film tandem solar cell with a metallic surface-relief grating as its back reflector. The absorptance is a function of the angle of incidence and the polarization state of incident light; the free-space wavelength; and the period, duty cycle, the corrugation height, and the shape of the unit cell of the surface-relief grating. The solar cell was assumed to be made of hydrogenated amorphous-silicon alloys and the back reflector of bulk aluminum. The incidence and the grating planes were taken to be identical. The AM1.5 solar irradiance spectrum was used for computations in the 400-1100 nm wavelength range. Inspection of parametric plots of the solar-spectrum-integrated (SSI) absorption efficiency and numerical optimization using the differential evolution algorithm were employed to determine the optimal surface-relief grating. For direct insolation, the SSI absorption efficiency is maximizable by appropriate choices of the period, the duty cycle, and the corrugation height, regardless of the shape of the corrugation in each unit cell of the grating. A similar conclusion also holds for diffuse insolation, but the maximum efficiency for diffuse insolation is about 20% smaller than for direct insolation. Although a tin-doped indium-oxide layer at the front and an aluminum-doped zinc-oxide layer between the semiconductor material and the backing metallic layer change the optimal depth of the periodic corrugations, the optimal period of the corrugations does not significantly change. PMID:23400058

  10. Preparation of hydrogenated amorphous silicon tin alloys

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    Vergnat, M.; Marchal, G.; Piecuch, M.

    1987-01-01

    This paper describes a new method to obtain hydrogenated amorphous semiconductor alloys. The method is reactive co-evaporation. Silicon tin hydrogenated alloys are prepared under atomic hydrogen atmosphere. We discuss the influence of various parameters of preparation (hydrogen pressure, tungsten tube temperature, substrate temperature, annealing...) on electrical properties of samples.

  11. Design and noise analysis of charge sensitive amplifier for readout of pixelized thin film amorphous silicon sensors

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    Poltorak, K; Jarron, P; Kaplon, J; 10.1109/NSSMIC.2008.4774982

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    Future high-energy physics experiments entail the need to improve the existing detection technologies, as well as develop new ones. Larger luminosities of the new accelerators require greater granularity of tracking detectors, which will be exposed to much higher doses of radiation. One of the newly-investigated solutions for tracking detectors is the Thin Film on ASIC (TFA) technology, which allows combining advantages of Monolithic Active Pixel and Hybrid Pixel technologies. In the paper we present noise analysis of a front-end circuit for readout of a TFA sensor. The circuit is based on a charge sensitive preamplifier built around an un-buffered cascode stage with active reset circuit. The feedback capacitance is reset through a transistor biased with a constant current instead of a voltage controlled reset transistor in order to limit parasitic charge injection into a very small feedback capacitance. Detailed analysis of noise in the reset and the readout phase and design optimization based on the Enz-Kru...

  12. Generation of correlated photons in hydrogenated amorphous-silicon waveguides

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    Clemmen, S.; Perret, A; Selvaraja, Shankar Kumar; Bogaerts, Wim; Van Thourhout, Dries; Baets, Roel; Emplit, Ph.; Massar, S.

    2011-01-01

    We report the first (to our knowledge) observation of correlated photon emission in hydrogenated amorphous- silicon waveguides. We compare this to photon generation in crystalline silicon waveguides with the same geome- try. In particular, we show that amorphous silicon has a higher nonlinearity and competes with crystalline silicon in spite of higher loss.

  13. Development of Tandem Amorphous/Microcrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Large-Area See-Through Color Solar Panels with Reflective Layer and 4-Step Laser Scribing for Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Applications

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, tandem amorphous/microcrystalline silicon thin-film large-area see-through color solar modules were successfully designed and developed for building-integrated photovoltaic applications. Novel and key technologies of reflective layers and 4-step laser scribing were researched, developed, and introduced into the production line to produce solar panels with various colors, such as purple, dark blue, light blue, silver, golden, orange, red wine, and coffee. The highest module power is 105 W and the highest visible light transmittance is near 20%.

  14. Ion bombardment and disorder in amorphous silicon

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    The effect of ion bombardment during growth on the structural and optical properties of amorphous silicon are presented. Two series of films were deposited under electrically grounded and positively biased substrate conditions. The biased samples displayed lower growth rates and increased hydrogen content relative to grounded counterparts. The film structure was examined using Raman spectroscopy. The transverse optic like phonon band position was used as a parameter to characterize network order. Biased samples displayed an increased order of the amorphous network relative to grounded samples. Furthermore, biased samples exhibited a larger optical gap. These results are correlated and attributed to reduced ion bombardment effects

  15. Amorphous silicon thin film solar cells deposited entirely by Hot-Wire Chemical Vapour Deposition at low temperature (<150 ºC)

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    Villar, Fernando; Antony, Aldrin; Escarré i Palou, Jordi; Ibarz, D.; Roldán, Rubén; Stella, Marco; Muñoz Ramos, David; Asensi López, José Miguel; Bertomeu i Balagueró, Joan

    2009-01-01

    Amorphous silicon n-i-p solar cells have been fabricated entirely by Hot-Wire Chemical Vapour Deposition (HW-CVD) at low process temperature < 150 °C. A textured-Ag/ZnO back reflector deposited on Corning 1737F by rf magnetron sputtering was used as the substrate. Doped layers with very good conductivity and a very less defective intrinsic a-Si:H layer were used for the cell fabrication. A double n-layer (μc-Si:H/a-Si:H) and μc-Si:H p-layer were used for the cell. In this paper, we report the...

  16. Investigations on silicon/amorphous-carbon and silicon/nanocrystalline palladium/ amorphous-carbon interfaces.

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    Roy, M; Sengupta, P; Tyagi, A K; Kale, G B

    2008-08-01

    Our previous work revealed that significant enhancement in sp3-carbon content of amorphous carbon films could be achieved when grown on nanocrystalline palladium interlayer as compared to those grown on bare silicon substrates. To find out why, the nature of interface formed in both the cases has been investigated using Electron Probe Micro Analysis (EPMA) technique. It has been found that a reactive interface in the form of silicon carbide and/silicon oxy-carbide is formed at the interface of silicon/amorphous-carbon films, while palladium remains primarily in its native form at the interface of nanocrystalline palladium/amorphous-carbon films. However, there can be traces of dissolved oxygen within the metallic layer as well. The study has been corroborated further from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies. PMID:19049221

  17. Pyrolytic transformation from polydihydrosilane to hydrogenated amorphous silicon film

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    Masuda, Takashi, E-mail: mtakashi@jaist.ac.jp [Japan Science and Technology Agency, ERATO, Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, 2-13 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa, 923-1211 (Japan); Matsuki, Yasuo [Japan Science and Technology Agency, ERATO, Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, 2-13 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa, 923-1211 (Japan); Yokkaichi Research Center, JSR Corporation, 100 Kawajiri-cho, Yokkaichi, Mie, 510-8552 (Japan); Shimoda, Tatsuya [Japan Science and Technology Agency, ERATO, Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, 2-13 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa, 923-1211 (Japan); School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa, 923-1292 (Japan)

    2012-08-31

    The fabrication of thin film silicon devices based on solution processes rather than on conventional vacuum processes is of substantial interest since cost reductions may result. Using a solution process, we coated substrates with polydihydrosilane solution and studied the pyrolytic transformation of the material into hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H). From thermal gravimetry and differential thermal analysis data a significant reduction in weight of the material and a construction of Si-Si bonds are concluded for the pyrolysis temperature T{sub p} = 270 to 360 Degree-Sign C. The appearance of amorphous silicon phonon bands in Raman spectra for films prepared at T{sub p} {>=} 330 Degree-Sign C suggests the construction of a three-dimensional amorphous silicon network. Films prepared at T{sub p} {>=} 360 Degree-Sign C exhibit a hydrogen content near 10 at.% and an optical gap near 1.6 eV similar to device-grade vacuum processed a-Si:H. However, the infrared microstructure factor, the spin density, and the photosensitivity require significant improvements. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We fabricate hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films by a solution process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The a-Si:H films are prepared by pyrolytic transformation in polysilane solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We investigate basic properties in relation to the pyrolysis temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Raman spectra, hydrogen content, and optical gap are similar to device-grade a-Si:H. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microstructure factor, spin density, and photoconductivity show poor quality.

  18. A buffer-layer/a-SiOx:H(p) window-layer optimization for thin film amorphous silicon based solar cells

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    Amorphous silicon based (a-Si:H-based) solar cells with a buffer-layer/boron doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiOx:H(p)) window-layer were fabricated and investigated. In the first part, in order to reduce the Schottky barrier height at the fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO)/a-SiOx:H(p) window-layer heterointerface, we have used buffer-layer/a-SiOx:H(p) for the window-layer, in which boron doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H(p)) or boron doped microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H(p)) is introduced as a buffer layer between the a-SiOx:H(p) and FTO of the a-Si:H-based solar cells. The a-Si:H-based solar cell using a μc-Si:H(p) buffer-layer shows the highest efficiency compared to the optimized bufferless, and a-Si:H(p) buffer-layer in the a-Si:H-based solar cells. This highest performance was attributed not only to the lower absorption of the μc-Si:H(p) buffer-layer but also to the lower Schottky barrier height at the FTO/window-layer interface. Then, we present the dependence of the built-in potential (Vbi) and blue response of the devices on the inversion of activation energy (ξ) of the a-SiOx:H(p), in the μc-Si:H(p)/a-SiOx:H(p) window-layer. The enhancement of both Vbi and blue response is observed, by increasing the value of ξ. The improvement of Vbi and blue response can be ascribed to the enlargement of the optical gap of a-SiOx:H(p) films in the μc-Si:H(p)/a-SiOx:H(p) window-layer. Finally, the conversion efficiency was increased by 22.0%, by employing μc-Si:H(p) as a buffer-layer and raising the ξ of the a-SiOx:H(p), compared to the optimized bufferless case, with a 10 nm-thick a-SiOx:H(p) window-layer. - Highlights: • Low Schottky barrier height benefits fill factor, and open-circuit voltage (Voc). • High band gap is beneficial for short-circuit current density (Jsc). • Boron doped microcrystalline silicon is a suitable buffer-layer for cell performance. • The Voc and Jsc increase with an increasing inversion of activation

  19. Nano-Structured Silicon Thin Films for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Taylor, P. Craig

    2008-03-01

    The current technology for thin-film silicon photovoltaic panels is based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon and related alloys, such as silicon-germanium and silicon-carbon. Currently there is great interest in using some form of thin-film silicon that includes nano-structured components. This interest is driven in part by the potential for decreased cost, increased efficiency, and increased stability. Also driving this interest is the abundance of silicon as an element and its lack of toxicity. I will review various structures that have been suggested, and discuss recent results on inhomogeneous films of hydrogenated amorphous silicon that contain nanocrystalline inclusions. In particular, I will describe the mechanisms for optical absorption, carrier transport and the role of defects.

  20. PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF AMORPHOUS CVD SILICON

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    Hirose, M.

    1981-01-01

    Amorphous silicon produced from the chemical vapor decomposition of silane at ~600 °C offers a pure silicon network containing no bonded-hydrogen and involving native defects of the order of 1 x 1019 cm-3. Doped phosphorus or boron atoms in the CVD a-Si interact with the defects to reduce the gap states and the spin density as well. The mechanism of the defect compensation has been interpreted in terms of complex-defect formation through the reaction between three-fold dopant atoms and divaca...

  1. Self-Diffusion in Amorphous Silicon

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    Strauß, Florian; Dörrer, Lars; Geue, Thomas; Stahn, Jochen; Koutsioubas, Alexandros; Mattauch, Stefan; Schmidt, Harald

    2016-01-01

    The present Letter reports on self-diffusion in amorphous silicon. Experiments were done on 29Si/natSi heterostructures using neutron reflectometry and secondary ion mass spectrometry. The diffusivities follow the Arrhenius law in the temperature range between 550 and 700 °C with an activation energy of (4.4 ±0.3 ) eV . In comparison with single crystalline silicon the diffusivities are tremendously higher by 5 orders of magnitude at about 700 °C , which can be interpreted as the consequence of a high diffusion entropy.

  2. The Local Structure of Amorphous Silicon

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    Treacy, M. M. J.; Borisenko, K. B.

    2012-02-01

    It is widely believed that the continuous random network (CRN) model represents the structural topology of amorphous silicon. The key evidence is that the model can reproduce well experimental reduced density functions (RDFs) obtained by diffraction. By using a combination of electron diffraction and fluctuation electron microscopy (FEM) variance data as experimental constraints in a structural relaxation procedure, we show that the CRN is not unique in matching the experimental RDF. We find that inhomogeneous paracrystalline structures containing local cubic ordering at the 10 to 20 angstrom length scale are also fully consistent with the RDF data. Crucially, they also matched the FEM variance data, unlike the CRN model. The paracrystalline model has implications for understanding phase transformation processes in various materials that extend beyond amorphous silicon.

  3. Transverse and longitudinal vibrations in amorphous silicon

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    Beltukov, Y. M.; De Fusco, C; Tanguy, A.; Parshin, D. A.

    2015-01-01

    We show that harmonic vibrations in amorphous silicon can be decomposed to transverse and longitudinal components in all frequency range even in the absence of the well defined wave vector ${\\bf q}$. For this purpose we define the transverse component of the eigenvector with given $\\omega$ as a component, which does not change the volumes of Voronoi cells around atoms. The longitudinal component is the remaining orthogonal component. We have found the longitudinal and transverse components of...

  4. Amorphous silicon carbide films prepared using vaporized silicon ink

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    Masuda, Takashi; Shen, Zhongrong; Takagishi, Hideyuki; Ohdaira, Keisuke; Shimoda, Tatsuya

    2014-03-01

    The deposition of wide-band-gap silicon films using nonvacuum processes rather than conventional vacuum processes is of substantial interest because it may reduce cost. Herein, we present the optical and electrical properties of p-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) films prepared using a nonvacuum process in a simple chamber with a vaporized silicon ink consisting of cyclopentasilane, cyclohexene, and decaborane. The incorporation of carbon into the silicon network induced by the addition of cyclohexene to the silicon ink resulted in an increase in the optical band gap (Eg) of films from 1.56 to 2.11 eV. The conductivity of films with Eg 1.9 eV show lower conductivity than expected because of the incorporation of excess carbon without the formation of Si-C bonds.

  5. Development of Amorphous/Microcrystalline Silicon Tandem Thin-Film Solar Modules with Low Output Voltage, High Energy Yield, Low Light-Induced Degradation, and High Damp-Heat Reliability

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, tandem amorphous/microcrystalline silicon thin-film solar modules with low output voltage, high energy yield, low light-induced degradation, and high damp-heat reliability were successfully designed and developed. Several key technologies of passivation, transparent-conducting-oxide films, and cell and segment laser scribing were researched, developed, and introduced into the production line to enhance the performance of these low-voltage modules. A 900 kWp photovoltaic system with these low-voltage panels was installed and its performance ratio has been simulated and projected to be 92.1%, which is 20% more than the crystalline silicon and CdTe counterparts.

  6. Properties and application of hydrogenated amorphous silicon films

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    Geiger, J.

    1985-04-12

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films have found increasing applications in the last few years, in particular for thin film solar cells. Efficiencies of around 10% have been achieved and the field is still rapidly developing. Three main methods are used to deposite a-Si:H, i.e. the decomposition of silane in a glow discharge, the reactive sputtering of silicon in an Ar-H2 atmosphere and the reactive evaporation of silicon in atomic hydrogen. The basic properties of the film, i.e. structure, electrical and photoelectrical properties and the density of states in the gap, are reviewed. Advantages and disadvantages of the three methods are discussed, also with regard to the applications. (orig.).

  7. Separation of signals from amorphous and microcrystalline part of a tandem thin film silicon solar cell in Fourier transform photocurrent spectroscopy

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    Holovský, Jakub; Poruba, Aleš; Bailat, J.; Vaněček, Milan

    München: WIP- Renewable Energies, 2007 - (Willeke, G.; Ossenbrink, H.; Helm, P.), s. 1851-1854 ISBN 3-936338-22-1. [European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference /22./. Milan (IT), 03.09.2007-07.09.2007] R&D Projects: GA MŽP(CZ) SN/3/172/05 Keywords : thin film silicon solar cell * Fourier transform photocurrent spectroscopy Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  8. Polymeric amorphous carbon as p-type window within amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Khan, R.U.A.; Silva, S.R.P.; Van Swaaij, R.A.C.M.M.

    2003-01-01

    Amorphous carbon (a-C) has been shown to be intrinsically p-type, and polymeric a-C (PAC) possesses a wide Tauc band gap of 2.6 eV. We have replaced the p-type amorphous silicon carbide layer of a standard amorphous silicon solar cell with an intrinsic ultrathin layer of PAC. The thickness of the p

  9. Study on the Laser Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon Thin Films with a 355 nm YAG Picosecond Pulsed Laser%355nm YAG皮秒脉冲激光晶化非晶硅薄膜的研究

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    赖键均; 段春艳; 艾斌; 曾学然; 邓幼俊; 刘超; 沈辉

    2012-01-01

    250 nm amorphous silicon thin films were crystallized by a 355 nm YAG picosecond pulsed laser, then the crystallized samples were investigated by metallurgical microscope, Raman spectrometer and X-ray spectrometer. The results show that with increasing laser energy the width of completely molten zone and partially molten zone increases remarkably. In the energy range from 15 uj to 860 uj, neither characteristic peak of amorphous silicon nor characteristic peak of crystalline silicon appears in Raman spectra of the completely molten zones in all samples, while Raman spectra of the partially molten zone exhibit the sharp characteristic peak of crystalline silicon, it might be because that the energy flux density received by completely molten zone was so big that the most of the amorphous silicon in this region was e-vaporated. This assumption was further reconfirmed by EDS (energy dispersive spectrometer) analysis results, which shows that the composition of the completely molten zone are mainly silicide produced by reaction between glass and silicon, and its surface are covered by silicon dioxide layer.%使用355 nm YAG皮秒脉冲激光对250 nm厚的非晶硅薄膜进行激光晶化的研究,并利用金相显微镜、拉曼光谱和X射线能谱(EDS:energy dispersive spectrometer)等对晶化样品进行了分析.结果表明:随着激光脉冲能量的增加,完全熔区和部分熔区的宽度均明显增大.在所研究的脉冲能量范围内(15μl-860μl),所有样品的完全熔区的拉曼光谱均无非晶硅或晶体硅的特征峰,而位于完全熔区边缘的部分熔区的拉曼光谱却显示出晶体硅的特征峰,这可能是因为完全熔区接受到的激光能流密度过大,造成区内绝大部分非晶硅薄膜气化蒸发.这个推测进一步得到了X射线能谱分析结果的证实.X射线能谱分析结果表明,完全熔区的成份主要是玻璃与硅反应生成的硅化物,其表面被二氧化硅层所覆盖.

  10. Analysis of IV characteristics of solar cells made of hydrogenated amorphous, polymorphous and microcrystalline silicon

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    The IV characteristics of pin solar cells made of amorphous, polymorphous and microcrystalline silicon were investigated. The temperature dependence was measured in the temperature range between 150 K and 395 K. This range covers the most terrestrial applications condition. Using simplex procedure, the IV parameter of the cells were deduce using line fitting. It has been shown that polymorphous silicon shows electrical properties that are close to properties of microcrystalline silicon but as it is well known, polymorphous silicon shows higher absorption similar to amorphous silicon. The polymorphous silicon solar cells showed higher efficiencies, lower shunting and higher filling factors. In the above mentioned temperature range, polymorphous silicon is the better material for the manufacturing of thin film hydrogenated silicon pin solar cells. More investigations concerning the structural properties are necessary to make stronger conclusions in regards to the stability of the material, what we hope to do in the future. (author)

  11. Modelling the light induced metastable effects in amorphous silicon

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    Munyeme, G.; Chinyama, G.K.; Zeman, M.; R. E. I. Schropp; Weg, W

    2008-01-01

    We present results of computer simulations of the light induced degradation of amorphous silicon solar cells. It is now well established that when amorphous silicon is illuminated the density of dangling bond states increases. Dangling bond states produce amphoteric electronic mid-gap states which act as efficient charge trapping and recombination centres. The increase in dangling bond states causes a decrease in the performance of amorphous silicon solar cells. To show this effect, a modelli...

  12. Nanomechanical characterization of amorphous hydrogenated carbon thin films

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    Amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H) thin films deposited on a silicon substrate under various mixtures of methane-hydrogen gas by electron cyclotron resonance microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (ECR-MPCVD) was investigated. Microstructure, surface morphology and mechanical characterizations of the a-C:H films were analyzed using Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and nanoindentation technique, respectively. The results indicated there was an increase of the hydrogen content, the ratio of the D-peak to the G-peak (I D/I G) increased but the surface roughness of the films was reduced. Both hardness and Young's modulus increased as the hydrogen content was increased. In addition, the contact stress-strain analysis is reported. The results confirmed that the mechanical properties of the amorphous hydrogenated carbon thin films improved using a higher H2 content in the source gas

  13. Thin-film silicon solar cell technology

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    Shah, A.V.; Meier, J.; Kroll, U.; Droz, C.; Bailat, J. [University of Neuchatel (Switzerland). Inst. of Microtechnology; Schade, H. [RWE Schott Solar GmbH, Putzbrunn (Germany); Vanecek, M. [Academy of Sciences, Prague (Czech Republic). Inst. of Physics; Vallat Sauvain, E.; Wyrsch, N. [University of Neuchatel (Switzerland). Inst. of Microtechnology; Unaxis SPTec S A, Neuchatel (Switzerland)

    2004-07-01

    This paper describes the use, within p-i-n- and n-i-p-type solar cells, of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon ({mu}c-Si:H) thin films (layers), both deposited at low temperatures (200{sup o}C) by plasma-assisted chemical vapour deposition (PECVD), from a mixture of silane and hydrogen. Optical and electrical properties of the i-layers are described. These properties are linked to the microstructure and hence to the i-layer deposition rate, that in turn, affects throughput in production. The importance of contact and reflection layers in achieving low electrical and optical losses is explained, particularly for the superstrate case. Especially the required properties for the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) need to be well balanced in order to provide, at the same time, for high electrical conductivity (preferably by high electron mobility), low optical absorption and surface texture (for low optical losses and pronounced light trapping). Single-junction amorphous and microcrystalline p-i-n-type solar cells, as fabricated so far, are compared in their key parameters (J{sub sc},FF,V{sub oc}) with the [theoretical] limiting values. Tandem and multijunction cells are introduced; the {mu}c-Si: H/a-Si: H or [micromorph] tandem solar cell concept is explained in detail, and recent results obtained here are listed and commented. Factors governing the mass-production of thin-film silicon modules are determined both by inherent technical reasons, described in detail, and by economic considerations. The cumulative effect of these factors results in distinct efficiency reductions from values of record laboratory cells to statistical averages of production modules. Finally, applications of thin-film silicon PV modules, especially in building-integrated PV (BIPV) are shown. In this context, the energy yields of thin-film silicon modules emerge as a valuable gauge for module performance, and compare very favourably with those of

  14. Separation of signals from amorphous and microcrystalline part of a tandem thin film silicon solar cell in Fourier transform photocurrent spectroscopy

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    Holovský, Jakub; Poruba, Aleš; Bailat, J.; Vaněček, Milan

    München: WIP- Renewable Energies, 2007 - (Willeke, G.; Ossenbrink, H.; Helm, P.), s. 1851-1854 ISBN 3-936338-22-1. [European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference /22./. Milan (IT), 03.09.2007-07.09.2007] R&D Projects: GA MŽP(CZ) SN/3/172/05 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 509178 - LPAMS Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : thin film silicon solar cell * Fourier transform photocurrent spectroscopy Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  15. Three-Terminal Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells

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    Cheng-Hung Tai; Chu-Hsuan Lin; Chih-Ming Wang; Chun-Chieh Lin

    2011-01-01

    Many defects exist within amorphous silicon since it is not crystalline. This provides recombination centers, thus reducing the efficiency of a typical a-Si solar cell. A new structure is presented in this paper: a three-terminal a-Si solar cell. The new back-to-back p-i-n/n-i-p structure increased the average electric field in a solar cell. A typical a-Si p-i-n solar cell was also simulated for comparison using the same thickness and material parameters. The 0.28 μm-thick three-terminal a-Si...

  16. Amorphous silicon oxide window layers for high-efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Seif, Johannes Peter; Descoeudres, Antoine; Filipic, Miha; Smole, Franc; Topic, Marko; Holman, Zachary Charles; De Wolf, Stefaan; Ballif, Christophe

    2014-01-01

    In amorphous/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells, optical losses can be mitigated by replacing the amorphous silicon films by wider bandgap amorphous silicon oxide layers. In this article, we use stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon and amorphous silicon oxide as front intrinsic buffer layers and show that this increases the short-circuit current density by up to 0.43 mA/cm2 due to less reflection and a higher transparency at short wavelengths. Additionally, high open-circuit volt...

  17. Electrochromism of amorphous ruthenium oxide thin films

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    Lee, Se-Hee; Liu, Ping; Tracy, C. Edwin; Deb, Satyen K. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Center for Basic Sciences, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Cheong, Hyeonsik M. [Sogang University, Shinsoo-Dong, Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-12-01

    We report on the electrochromic behavior of amorphous ruthenium oxide thin films and their electrochemical characteristics for use as counterelectrodes for electrochromic devices. Hydrous ruthenium oxide thin films were prepared by cyclic voltammetry on ITO coated glass substrates from an aqueous ruthenium chloride solution. The cyclic voltammograms of this material show the capacitive behavior including two redox reaction peaks in each cathodic and anodic scan. The ruthenium oxide thin film electrode exhibits a 50% modulation of optical transmittance at 670 nm wavelength with capacitor charge/discharge.

  18. Amorphous silicon-based microchannel plates

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    Microchannel plates (MCP) based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) were recently introduced to overcome some of the limitations of crystalline silicon and glass MCP. The typical thickness of a-Si:H based MCPs (AMCP) ranges between 80 and 100 μm and the micromachining of the channels is realized by deep reactive ion etching (DRIE). Advantages and issues regarding the fabrication process are presented and discussed. Electron amplification is demonstrated and analyzed using Electron Beam Induced Current (EBIC) technique. The gain increases as a function of the bias voltage, limited to −340 V on account of high leakage currents across the structure. EBIC maps on 10° tilted samples confirm that the device active area extend to the entire channel opening. AMCP characterization with the electron beam shows gain saturation and signal quenching which depends on the effectiveness of the charge replenishment in the channel walls.

  19. Amorphous silicon-based microchannel plates

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    Franco, Andrea, E-mail: andrea.franco@epfl.ch [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Microengineering (IMT), Photovoltaics and thin-film electronics laboratory, Breguet 2, CH-2000 Neuchatel (Switzerland); Riesen, Yannick; Wyrsch, Nicolas; Dunand, Sylvain [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Microengineering (IMT), Photovoltaics and thin-film electronics laboratory, Breguet 2, CH-2000 Neuchatel (Switzerland); Powolny, Francois; Jarron, Pierre [European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Ballif, Christophe [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Microengineering (IMT), Photovoltaics and thin-film electronics laboratory, Breguet 2, CH-2000 Neuchatel (Switzerland)

    2012-12-11

    Microchannel plates (MCP) based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) were recently introduced to overcome some of the limitations of crystalline silicon and glass MCP. The typical thickness of a-Si:H based MCPs (AMCP) ranges between 80 and 100 {mu}m and the micromachining of the channels is realized by deep reactive ion etching (DRIE). Advantages and issues regarding the fabrication process are presented and discussed. Electron amplification is demonstrated and analyzed using Electron Beam Induced Current (EBIC) technique. The gain increases as a function of the bias voltage, limited to -340 V on account of high leakage currents across the structure. EBIC maps on 10 Degree-Sign tilted samples confirm that the device active area extend to the entire channel opening. AMCP characterization with the electron beam shows gain saturation and signal quenching which depends on the effectiveness of the charge replenishment in the channel walls.

  20. Indium tin oxide-silicon thin film solar cell

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    Heterojunction solar cells consisting of amorphous indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films on silicon films have been fabricated and studied. The results show that the devices give a photovoltaic effect and rectifying characteristics. One of the main characteristics of amorphous ITO thin films is better transparency (>85%) over the complete useful window of the solar spectrum. The polarity observed is found to be consistent with V/sub oc/ = 0.34 volt, I/sub sc/ = 22mA/cm/sup 2/ and fill factor = 0.48. An attempt has been made to understand the conduction mechanism of indium tin oxide - silicon heterojunction

  1. Thin film silicon photovoltaics: Architectural perspectives and technological issues

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    Mercaldo, Lucia Vittoria; Addonizio, Maria Luisa; Noce, Marco Della; Veneri, Paola Delli; Scognamiglio, Alessandra; Privato, Carlo [ENEA, Portici Research Center, Piazzale E. Fermi, 80055 Portici (Napoli) (Italy)

    2009-10-15

    Thin film photovoltaics is a particularly attractive technology for building integration. In this paper, we present our analysis on architectural issues and technological developments of thin film silicon photovoltaics. In particular, we focus on our activities related to transparent and conductive oxide (TCO) and thin film amorphous and microcrystalline silicon solar cells. The research on TCO films is mainly dedicated to large-area deposition of zinc oxide (ZnO) by low pressure-metallorganic chemical vapor deposition. ZnO material, with a low sheet resistance (<8 {omega}/sq) and with an excellent transmittance (>82%) in the whole wavelength range of photovoltaic interest, has been obtained. ''Micromorph'' tandem devices, consisting of an amorphous silicon top cell and a microcrystalline silicon bottom cell, are fabricated by using the very high frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique. An initial efficiency of 11.1% (>10% stabilized) has been obtained. (author)

  2. Nanocrystalline silicon thin films for thermoelectric applications

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    Queen, Daniel; Jugdersuren, Battogtokh; Culberston, Jim; Wang, Qi; Nemeth, William; Metcalf, Tom; Liu, Xiao

    2014-03-01

    Recent advances in thermoelectric materials have come from reductions in thermal conductivity by manipulating both chemical composition and nanostructure to limit the phonon mean free path. However, wide spread applications for some of these materials may be limited due to high raw material and integration costs. In this talk we will discuss our recent results on nanocrystalline silicon thin films deposited by both hot-wire and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition where the nanocrystal size and crystalline volume fraction are varied by dilution of the silane precursor gas with hydrogen. Nanocyrstalline silicon is an established material technology used in multijunction amorphous silicon solar cells and has the potential to be a low cost and scalable material for use in thermoelectric devices. This work supported by the Office of Naval Research and the National Research Council.

  3. Endurance Tests Of Amorphous-Silicon Photovoltaic Modules

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    Ross, Ronald G., Jr.; Sugimura, Russell S.

    1989-01-01

    Failure mechanisms in high-power service studied. Report discusses factors affecting endurance of amorphous-silicon solar cells. Based on field tests and accelerated aging of photovoltaic modules. Concludes that aggressive research needed if amorphous-silicon modules to attain 10-year life - value U.S. Department of Energy established as goal for photovoltaic modules in commercial energy-generating plants.

  4. Modelling the light induced metastable effects in amorphous silicon

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    Munyeme, G.; Chinyama, G.K.; Zeman, M.; Schropp, R.E.I.; van der Weg, W.

    2008-01-01

    We present results of computer simulations of the light induced degradation of amorphous silicon solar cells. It is now well established that when amorphous silicon is illuminated the density of dangling bond states increases. Dangling bond states produce amphoteric electronic mid-gap states which a

  5. Effect of phosphorus ion implantation on crystallization of amorphous silicon films under exposure to excimer laser radiation pulses

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    The effect of implanted phosphorus ions on the crystallization of thin amorphous silicon films under the action of nanosecond radiation pulses of a XeCl excimer laser is studied. The amorphous silicon films with a thickness of 90 nm on glass substrates, were implanted with phosphorus ions at a dose of 3 x 1014 and 3 x 1015 cm-2. The subsequent laser treatments were performed using energies both above and below a threshold corresponding to the fusion of amorphous silicon. The structure of the silicon films was studied using Raman spectroscopy. The conclusion is made that implanted phosphorus stimulates nucleation, especially in the case of liquid phase crystallization

  6. An infrared and luminescence study of tritiated amorphous silicon

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    Tritium has been incorporated into amorphous silicon. Infrared spectroscopy shows new infrared vibration modes due to silicon-tritium (Si-T) bonds in the amorphous silicon network. Si-T vibration frequencies are related to Si-H vibration frequencies by simple mass relationships. Inelastic collisions of β particles, produced as a result of tritium decay, with the amorphous silicon network results in the generation of electron-hole pairs. Radiative recombination of these carriers is observed. Dangling bonds associated with the tritium decay reduce luminescence efficiency

  7. A STUDY OF TIN IMPURITY ATOMS IN AMORPHOUS SILICON

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    Rabchanova, Tatiana

    2013-01-01

    Using the Mössbauer spectroscopy method for the 119 Sn isotope the state of tin impurity atoms in amorphous a-Si silicon is studied. The electrical and optical properties of tin doped films of thermally spray-coated amorphous silicon have been studied. It is shown that in contrast to the crystalline silicon where tin is an electrically inactive substitution impurity, in vacuum deposited amorphous silicon it produces an acceptor band near the valence band and a fraction of the tin atoms become...

  8. Production Of Tandem Amorphous Silicon Alloy Solar Cells In A Continuous Roll-To-Roll Process

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    Izu, Masat; Ovshinsky, Stanford R.

    1983-09-01

    A roll-to-roll plasma deposition machine for depositing multi-layered amorphous alloys has been developed. The plasma deposition machine (approximately 35 ft. long) has multiple deposition areas and processes 16-inch wide stainless steel substrate continuously. Amorphous photovoltaic thin films (less than 1pm) having a six layered structure (PINPIN) are deposited on a roll of 16-inch wide 1000 ft. long stainless steel substrate, continu-ously, in a single pass. Mass production of low-cost tandem amorphous solar cells utilizing roll-to-roll processes is now possible. A commercial plant utilizing this plasma deposition machine for manufacturing tandem amorphous silicon alloy solar cells is now in operation. At Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD), one of the major tasks of the photovoltaic group has been the scale-up of the plasma deposition process for the production of amorphous silicon alloy solar cells. Our object has been to develop the most cost effective way of producing amorphous silicon alloy solar cells having the highest efficiency. The amorphous silicon alloy solar cell which we produce has the following layer structure: 1. Thin steel substrate. 2. Multi-layered photovoltaic amorphous silicon alloy layers (approximately 1pm thick; tandem cells have six layers). 3. ITO. 4. Grid pattern. 5. Encapsulant. The deposition of the amorphous layer is technologically the key process. It was clear to us from the beginning of this scale-up program that amorphous silicon alloy solar cells produced in wide width, continuous roll-to-roll production process would be ultimate lowest cost solar cells according to the following reasons. First of all, the material cost of our solar cells is low because: (1) the total thickness of active material is less than 1pm, and the material usage is very small; (2) silicon, fluorine, hydrogen, and other materials used in the device are abundant and low cost; (3) thin, low-cost substrate is used; and (4) product yield is high. In

  9. Light trapping effects in thin film silicon solar cells

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    Haug, FJ; Söderström, T; Dominé, D.; Ballif, C.

    2009-01-01

    We present advanced light trapping concepts for thin film silicon solar cells. When an amorphous and a microcrystalline absorber layers are combined into a micromorph tandem cell, light trapping becomes a challenge because it should combine the spectral region from 600 to 750 nm for the amorphous top cell and from 800 to 1100 for the microcrystalline bottom cell. Because light trapping is typically achieved by growing on textured substrates, the effect of interface textures on the material an...

  10. Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Studies of n-i-p Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Based Photovoltaic Devices

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    Laxmi Karki Gautam; Maxwell M. Junda; Hamna F. Haneef; Collins, Robert W.; Nikolas J. Podraza

    2016-01-01

    Optimization of thin film photovoltaics (PV) relies on characterizing the optoelectronic and structural properties of each layer and correlating these properties with device performance. Growth evolution diagrams have been used to guide production of materials with good optoelectronic properties in the full hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) PV device configuration. The nucleation and evolution of crystallites forming from the amorphous phase were studied using in situ near-infrared to u...

  11. Amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers for crystalline-silicon-based heterojunction solar cells

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    Amorphous silicon enables the fabrication of very high-efficiency crystalline-silicon-based solar cells due to its combination of excellent passivation of the crystalline silicon surface and permeability to electrical charges. Yet, amongst other limitations, the passivation it provides degrades upon high-temperature processes, limiting possible post-deposition fabrication possibilities (e.g., forcing the use of low-temperature silver pastes). We investigate the potential use of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers to sidestep this issue. The passivation obtained using device-relevant stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide with various carbon contents and doped amorphous silicon are evaluated, and their stability upon annealing assessed, amorphous silicon carbide being shown to surpass amorphous silicon for temperatures above 300 °C. We demonstrate open-circuit voltage values over 700 mV for complete cells, and an improved temperature stability for the open-circuit voltage. Transport of electrons and holes across the hetero-interface is studied with complete cells having amorphous silicon carbide either on the hole-extracting side or on the electron-extracting side, and a better transport of holes than of electrons is shown. Also, due to slightly improved transparency, complete solar cells using an amorphous silicon carbide passivation layer on the hole-collecting side are demonstrated to show slightly better performances even prior to annealing than obtained with a standard amorphous silicon layer

  12. Amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers for crystalline-silicon-based heterojunction solar cells

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    Boccard, Mathieu; Holman, Zachary C. [School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-5706 (United States)

    2015-08-14

    Amorphous silicon enables the fabrication of very high-efficiency crystalline-silicon-based solar cells due to its combination of excellent passivation of the crystalline silicon surface and permeability to electrical charges. Yet, amongst other limitations, the passivation it provides degrades upon high-temperature processes, limiting possible post-deposition fabrication possibilities (e.g., forcing the use of low-temperature silver pastes). We investigate the potential use of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers to sidestep this issue. The passivation obtained using device-relevant stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide with various carbon contents and doped amorphous silicon are evaluated, and their stability upon annealing assessed, amorphous silicon carbide being shown to surpass amorphous silicon for temperatures above 300 °C. We demonstrate open-circuit voltage values over 700 mV for complete cells, and an improved temperature stability for the open-circuit voltage. Transport of electrons and holes across the hetero-interface is studied with complete cells having amorphous silicon carbide either on the hole-extracting side or on the electron-extracting side, and a better transport of holes than of electrons is shown. Also, due to slightly improved transparency, complete solar cells using an amorphous silicon carbide passivation layer on the hole-collecting side are demonstrated to show slightly better performances even prior to annealing than obtained with a standard amorphous silicon layer.

  13. Amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers for crystalline-silicon-based heterojunction solar cells

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    Boccard, Mathieu; Holman, Zachary C.

    2015-08-01

    Amorphous silicon enables the fabrication of very high-efficiency crystalline-silicon-based solar cells due to its combination of excellent passivation of the crystalline silicon surface and permeability to electrical charges. Yet, amongst other limitations, the passivation it provides degrades upon high-temperature processes, limiting possible post-deposition fabrication possibilities (e.g., forcing the use of low-temperature silver pastes). We investigate the potential use of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers to sidestep this issue. The passivation obtained using device-relevant stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide with various carbon contents and doped amorphous silicon are evaluated, and their stability upon annealing assessed, amorphous silicon carbide being shown to surpass amorphous silicon for temperatures above 300 °C. We demonstrate open-circuit voltage values over 700 mV for complete cells, and an improved temperature stability for the open-circuit voltage. Transport of electrons and holes across the hetero-interface is studied with complete cells having amorphous silicon carbide either on the hole-extracting side or on the electron-extracting side, and a better transport of holes than of electrons is shown. Also, due to slightly improved transparency, complete solar cells using an amorphous silicon carbide passivation layer on the hole-collecting side are demonstrated to show slightly better performances even prior to annealing than obtained with a standard amorphous silicon layer.

  14. Dynamics of hydrogen in hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Ranber Singh; S Prakash

    2003-07-01

    The problem of hydrogen diffusion in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) is studied semiclassically. It is found that the local hydrogen concentration fluctuations-induced extra potential wells, if intense enough, lead to the localized electronic states in a-Si:H. These localized states are metastable. The trapping of electrons and holes in these states leads to the electrical degradation of the material. These states also act as recombination centers for photo-generated carriers (electrons and holes) which in turn may excite a hydrogen atom from a nearby Si–H bond and breaks the weak (strained) Si–Si bond thereby apparently enhancing the hydrogen diffusion and increasing the light-induced dangling bonds.

  15. Three-Terminal Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells

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    Cheng-Hung Tai

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Many defects exist within amorphous silicon since it is not crystalline. This provides recombination centers, thus reducing the efficiency of a typical a-Si solar cell. A new structure is presented in this paper: a three-terminal a-Si solar cell. The new back-to-back p-i-n/n-i-p structure increased the average electric field in a solar cell. A typical a-Si p-i-n solar cell was also simulated for comparison using the same thickness and material parameters. The 0.28 μm-thick three-terminal a-Si solar cell achieved an efficiency of 11.4%, while the efficiency of a typical a-Si p-i-n solar cell was 9.0%. Furthermore, an efficiency of 11.7% was achieved by thickness optimization of the three-terminal solar cell.

  16. Short range atomic migration in amorphous silicon

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    Strauß, F.; Jerliu, B.; Geue, T.; Stahn, J.; Schmidt, H.

    2016-05-01

    Experiments on self-diffusion in amorphous silicon between 400 and 500 °C are presented, which were carried out by neutron reflectometry in combination with 29Si/natSi isotope multilayers. Short range diffusion is detected on a length scale of about 2 nm, while long range diffusion is absent. Diffusivities are in the order of 10-19-10-20 m2/s and decrease with increasing annealing time, reaching an undetectable low value for long annealing times. This behavior is strongly correlated to structural relaxation and can be explained as a result of point defect annihilation. Diffusivities for short annealing times of 60 s follow the Arrhenius law with an activation enthalpy of (0.74 ± 0.21) eV, which is interpreted as the activation enthalpy of Si migration.

  17. Tunable plasticity in amorphous silicon carbide films.

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    Matsuda, Yusuke; Kim, Namjun; King, Sean W; Bielefeld, Jeff; Stebbins, Jonathan F; Dauskardt, Reinhold H

    2013-08-28

    Plasticity plays a crucial role in the mechanical behavior of engineering materials. For instance, energy dissipation during plastic deformation is vital to the sufficient fracture resistance of engineering materials. Thus, the lack of plasticity in brittle hybrid organic-inorganic glasses (hybrid glasses) often results in a low fracture resistance and has been a significant challenge for their integration and applications. Here, we demonstrate that hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide films, a class of hybrid glasses, can exhibit a plasticity that is even tunable by controlling their molecular structure and thereby leads to an increased and adjustable fracture resistance in the films. We decouple the plasticity contribution from the fracture resistance of the films by estimating the "work-of-fracture" using a mean-field approach, which provides some insight into a potential connection between the onset of plasticity in the films and the well-known rigidity percolation threshold. PMID:23876200

  18. Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    Guy Beaucarne

    2007-01-01

    with plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD. In spite of the fundamental limitation of this material due to its disorder and metastability, the technology is now gaining industrial momentum thanks to the entry of equipment manufacturers with experience with large-area PECVD. Microcrystalline Si (also called nanocrystalline Si is a material with crystallites in the nanometer range in an amorphous matrix, and which contains less defects than amorphous silicon. Its lower bandgap makes it particularly appropriate as active material for the bottom cell in tandem and triple junction devices. The combination of an amorphous silicon top cell and a microcrystalline bottom cell has yielded promising results, but much work is needed to implement it on large-area and to limit light-induced degradation. Finally thin-film polysilicon solar cells, with grain size in the micrometer range, has recently emerged as an alternative photovoltaic technology. The layers have a grain size ranging from 1 μm to several tens of microns, and are formed at a temperature ranging from 600 to more than 1000∘C. Solid Phase Crystallization has yielded the best results so far but there has recently been fast progress with seed layer approaches, particularly those using the aluminum-induced crystallization technique.

  19. Ion beam irradiation of relaxed amorphous silicon carbide

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    In-situ transmittance measurements at λ=633 nm are used during ion irradiation to probe the defect generation in relaxed amorphous silicon carbide (SiC). The optical constants of amorphous SiC are strongly correlated to the thermal history of the material and the transmittance of ion implanted amorphous SiC (unrelaxed amorphous) increases after annealing in the temperature range 100-700 deg. C. The transmittance of annealed amorphous SiC (relaxed) during subsequent implantation decreases and saturates to the value of unrelaxed amorphous. In-situ transmittance measurements allow to follow directly the defect generation and to measure the fluence at which the transmittance saturates (derelaxation fluence). The effect of different ions (He and Ar) on these phenomena is explored. The obtained results are compared and discussed with similar measurements performed on amorphous silicon

  20. 2H-SiC Dendritic Nanocrystals In Situ Formation from Amorphous Silicon Carbide under Electron Beam Irradiation

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    2006-01-01

    Under electron beam irradiation, the in-situ formation of 2H-SiC dentritic nanocrystals from amorphous silicon carbide at room temperature was observed. The homogenous transition mainly occurs at the thin edge and on the surface of specimen where the energy obtained from electron beam irradiation is high enough to cause the amorphous crystallizing into 2H-SiC.

  1. Proton irradiation effects of amorphous silicon solar cell for solar power satellite

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    Morita, Yousuke; Oshima, Takeshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment; Sasaki, Susumu; Kuroda, Hideo; Ushirokawa, Akio

    1997-03-01

    Flexible amorphous silicon(fa-Si) solar cell module, a thin film type, is regarded as a realistic power generator for solar power satellite. The radiation resistance of fa-Si cells was investigated by the irradiations of 3,4 and 10 MeV protons. The hydrogen gas treatment of the irradiated fa-Si cells was also studied. The fa-Si cell shows high radiation resistance for proton irradiations, compared with a crystalline silicon solar cell. (author)

  2. Amorphous Dielectric Thin Films with Extremely Low Mechanical Loss

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    Liu X; Queen D.R.; Metcalf T.H.; Karel J.E.; Hellman F.

    2015-01-01

    The ubiquitous low-energy excitations are one of the universal phenomena of amorphous solids. These excitations dominate the acoustic, dielectric, and thermal properties of structurally disordered solids. One exception has been a type of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) with 1 at.% H. Using low temperature elastic and thermal measurements of electron-beam evap-orated amorphous silicon (a-Si), we show that TLS can be eliminated in this system as the films become denser and more structur...

  3. Light-induced Voc increase and decrease in high-efficiency amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Stuckelberger, Michael; Riesen, Yannick Samuel; Despeisse, Matthieu; Schüttauf, Jan-Willem Alexander; Haug, Franz-Josef; Ballif, Christophe

    2014-01-01

    High-efficiency amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells were deposited with different thicknesses of the p-type amorphous silicon carbide layer on substrates of varying roughness. We observed a light-induced open-circuit voltage (Voc) increase upon light soaking for thin p-layers, but a decrease for thick p-layers. Further, the Voc increase is enhanced with increasing substrate roughness. After correction of the p-layer thickness for the increased surface area of rough substrates, we can exclu...

  4. Hydrogen distribution in amorphous silicon and silicon based alloys

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    The results of hydrogen evolution experiments on amorphous silicon alloys prepared by high frequency PECVD of gas mixtures containing SiH4, NH3, PH2, B2H6 are compared. Using a very low heating rate of 5 degree/min it is possible to resolve fine structure on the exodiffusion spectra. Three evolution processes are observed: (a) low temperature effusion due to included gas (b) mid temperature effusion due to 'clustered' hydrogen bonds (c) high temperature effusion due to 'isolated' hydrogen bonds In addition it is possible to oberve very fine structure 'puffing' due to the release of molecular hydrogen at mid to high temperature. Silicon and silicon nitride films have been annealed at low temperatures before the exodiffusion experiments and changes in the evolution spectra are observed, dependent on the annealing process. A scanning electron microscope study of the effect of high temperature heat treatment has also been undertaken. These results are correlated with infra-red absorption measurements and the influence of doping concentration and substrate character discussed. Under certain preparation conditions the films blister on heating and finally burst forming circular craters, and these effects are shown to be dependent on substrate material and intrinsic stress of the as-grown films

  5. Research on amorphous-silicon-based thin-film photovoltaic devices: Semiannual subcontract report, 1 July 1987--31 December 1987

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    Bottenberg, W.; Mitchell, K.; Wieting, R.

    1988-05-01

    The objective of this work is to develop 13% (aperture area) efficient, 850-cm/sup 2/ four-terminal hybrid tandem submodules. The module design consists of a copper-indium-diselenide (CIS)-based bottom circuit and a semitransparent, thin-film silicon-hydrogen (TFS)-based top circuit. High-performance, semitransparent TFS devices and submodules were fabricated in which ZnO was used in the front and rear transparent conductors. High-performance CIS devices and submodules were also fabricated; however, the location and nature of the junction are not yet understood. Representative four-terminal hybrid tandem devices and submodules were fabricated from TFS and CIS component circuits. Optical coupling between the circuits was lower than expected, because of reflection losses at key interfaces. Efficiencies obtained for these devices and modules include 14.17% for a four-terminal, 4-cm/sup 2/ tandem cell and 12.3% for a four-terminal, tandem module. 7 refs., 90 figs.

  6. Si-H bond dynamics in hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Scharff, R. Jason; McGrane, Shawn D.

    2007-08-01

    The ultrafast structural dynamics of the Si-H bond in the rigid solvent environment of an amorphous silicon thin film is investigated using two-dimensional infrared four-wave mixing techniques. The two-dimensional infrared (2DIR) vibrational correlation spectrum resolves the homogeneous line shapes ( 4ps waiting times. The Si-H stretching mode anharmonic shift is determined to be 84cm-1 and decreases slightly with vibrational frequency. The 1→2 linewidth increases with vibrational frequency. Frequency dependent vibrational population times measured by transient grating spectroscopy are also reported. The narrow homogeneous line shape, large inhomogeneous broadening, and lack of spectral diffusion reported here present the ideal backdrop for using a 2DIR probe following electronic pumping to measure the transient structural dynamics implicated in the Staebler-Wronski degradation [Appl. Phys. Lett. 31, 292 (1977)] in a-Si:H based solar cells.

  7. Simulation and Experimental Study of Photogeneration and Recombination in Amorphous-Like Silicon Thin Films Deposited by 27.12 MHz Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Chia-Hsun Hsu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Amorphous-like silicon (a-Si:H-like thin films are prepared by 27.12 MHz plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique. The films are applied to p-i-n single junction thin film solar cells with varying i-layer thickness to observe the effects on the short-circuit current density, as well as the open-circuit voltage, fill factor, and conversion efficiency. The most significant experimental result is that Jsc has two different behaviors with increasing the i-layer thickness, which can be related to carrier collection efficiency in the long wavelength region. Furthermore, technology computer-aided design simulation software is used to gain better insight into carrier generation and recombination of the solar cells, showing that for the i-layer thickness of 200 to 300 nm the generation dominates the carrier density and thus Jsc, whereas for the i-layer thickness of 300 to 400 nm the recombination becomes the leading factor. The simulation results of cell performances are in good agreement with experimental data, indicating that our simulation has great reliability. In addition, the a-Si:H-like solar cells have low light-induced degradation, which in turn can have a great potential to be used for stable and high-efficiency solar cells.

  8. Characterization of thin-film silicon materials and solar cells through numerical modeling

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    Pieters, B.E.

    2008-01-01

    At present most commercially available solar cells are made of crystalline silicon (c-Si). The disadvantages of crystalline silicon solar cells are the high material cost and energy consumption during production. A cheaper alternative can be found in thin-film silicon solar cells. The thin-film silicon used in this type of solar cells is in a different phase than c-Si and usually alloyed with hydrogen. The most common thin-film silicon phases are hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and hy...

  9. Proton NMR studies of PECVD hydrogenated amorphous silicon films and HWCVD hydrogenated amorphous silicon films

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    Herberg, Julie Lynn

    This dissertation discusses a new understanding of the internal structure of hydrogenated amorphous silicon. Recent research in our group has included nuclear spin echo double resonance (SEDOR) measurements on device quality hydrogenated amorphous silicon photovoltaic films. Using the SEDOR pulse sequence with and without the perturbing 29Si pulse, we obtain Fourier transform spectra for film at 80K that allows us to distinguish between molecular hydrogen and hydrogen bonded to silicon. Using such an approach, we have demonstrated that high quality a-Si:H films produced by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) from SiH 4 contains about ten atomic percent hydrogen, nearly 40% of which is molecular hydrogen, individually trapped in the amorphous equivalent of tetragonal sites (T-sites). The main objective of this dissertation is to examine the difference between a-Si:H made by PECVD techniques and a-Si:H made by Hot Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition (HWCVD) techniques. Proton NMR and 1H- 29Si SEDOR NMR are used to examine the hydrogen structure of HWCVD a-Si:H films prepared at the University of Utrecht and at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Past NMR studies have shown that high quality PECVD a-Si:H films have geometries in which 40% of the contained hydrogen is present as H2 molecules individually trapped in the amorphous equivalent of T-sites. A much smaller H2 fraction sometimes is physisorbed on internal surfaces. In this dissertation, similar NMR methods are used to perform structural studies of the two HWCVD aSi:H samples. The 3kHz resonance line from T-site-trapped H2 molecules shows a hole-burn behavior similar to that found for PECVD a-Si:H films as does the 24kHz FWHM line from clustered hydrogen bonded to silicon. Radio frequency hole-burning is a tool to distinguish between inhomogenous and homogeneous broadening. In the hole-burn experiments, the 3kHz FWHM resonance line from T-site-trapped H2 molecules shows a hole

  10. Laser annealing of amorphous silicon core optical fibers

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    Healy, N; Mailis, S.; Day, T. D.; Sazio, P.J.A.; Badding, J. V.; A.C. Peacock

    2012-01-01

    Laser annealing of an optical fiber with an amorphous silicon core is demonstrated. The annealing process produces a fiber that has a highly crystalline core, whilst reducing the optical transmission losses by ~3 orders of magnitude.

  11. Nanocavity Shrinkage and Preferential Amorphization during Irradiation in Silicon

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    ZHU Xian-Fang; WANG Zhan-Guo

    2005-01-01

    @@ We model the recent experimental results and demonstrate that the internal shrinkage of nanocavities in silicon is intrinsically associated with preferential amorphization as induced by self-ion irradiation.

  12. PHOTOEMISSION STUDIES OF THE TRANSITION FROM AMORPHOUS TO MICROCRYSTALLINE SILICON

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    Richter, H.; Ley, L.

    1981-01-01

    We have studied a series of samples spanning the range from purely amorphous to microcrystalline silicon prepared by chemical transport in a hydrogen plasma or by sputtering in a H2/Ar mixture. The first order Raman spectra show a superposition of amorphous and crystalline contribution, showing some features of wurtzite-silicon. The electronic density of states, as deduced from X-ray photoelectron-spectroscopy, shows a gradual change from microcrystalline structure for samples prepared by che...

  13. Experimentally Constrained Molecular Relaxation: The case of hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Biswas, Parthapratim; Atta-Fynn, Raymond; Drabold, David A.

    2007-01-01

    We have extended our experimentally constrained molecular relaxation technique (P. Biswas {\\it et al}, Phys. Rev. B {\\bf 71} 54204 (2005)) to hydrogenated amorphous silicon: a 540-atom model with 7.4 % hydrogen and a 611-atom model with 22 % hydrogen were constructed. Starting from a random configuration, using physically relevant constraints, {\\it ab initio} interactions and the experimental static structure factor, we construct realistic models of hydrogenated amorphous silicon. Our models ...

  14. Understanding the Structure of Amorphous Thin Film Hafnia - Final Paper

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    Miranda, Andre [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    2015-08-27

    Hafnium Oxide (HfO2) amorphous thin films are being used as gate oxides in transistors because of their high dielectric constant (κ) over Silicon Dioxide. The present study looks to find the atomic structure of HfO2 thin films which hasn’t been done with the technique of this study. In this study, two HfO2 samples were studied. One sample was made with thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) on top of a Chromium and Gold layer on a silicon wafer. The second sample was made with plasma ALD on top of a Chromium and Gold layer on a Silicon wafer. Both films were deposited at a thickness of 50nm. To obtain atomic structure information, Grazing Incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) was carried out on the HfO2 samples. Because of this, absorption, footprint, polarization, and dead time corrections were applied to the scattering intensity data collected. The scattering curves displayed a difference in structure between the ALD processes. The plasma ALD sample showed the broad peak characteristic of an amorphous structure whereas the thermal ALD sample showed an amorphous structure with characteristics of crystalline materials. This appears to suggest that the thermal process results in a mostly amorphous material with crystallites within. Further, the scattering intensity data was used to calculate a pair distribution function (PDF) to show more atomic structure. The PDF showed atom distances in the plasma ALD sample had structure up to 10 Å, while the thermal ALD sample showed the same structure below 10 Å. This structure that shows up below 10 Å matches the bond distances of HfO2 published in literature. The PDF for the thermal ALD sample also showed peaks up to 20 Å, suggesting repeating atomic spacing outside the HfO2 molecule in the sample. This appears to suggest that there is some crystalline structure within the thermal ALD sample.

  15. Light-Induced Degradation of Thin Film Silicon Solar Cells

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    Hamelmann, F. U.; Weicht, J. A.; Behrens, G.

    2016-02-01

    Silicon-wafer based solar cells are still domination the market for photovoltaic energy conversion. However, most of the silicon is used only for mechanical stability, while only a small percentage of the material is needed for the light absorption. Thin film silicon technology reduces the material demand to just some hundred nanometer thickness. But even in a tandem stack (amorphous and microcrystalline silicon) the efficiencies are lower, and light-induced degradation is an important issue. The established standard tests for characterisation are not precise enough to predict the performance of thin film silicon solar cells under real conditions, since many factors do have an influence on the degradation. We will show some results of laboratory and outdoor measurements that we are going to use as a base for advanced modelling and simulation methods.

  16. Preparation and characterizations of amorphous nanostructured SiC thin films by low energy pulsed laser deposition

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    Amorphous silicon carbide (SiC) thin films were deposited on silicon substrates by pulsed laser ablation at room temperature. Thicknesses and surface morphology of the thin films were characterized using optical profilers, atomic force and field emission scanning electron microscopy. Nanohardnes, modulus and scratch resistance properties were determined using XP nanoindenter. The results show that crack free, smooth and nanostructured thin films can be deposited using low laser energy densities.

  17. Anharmonic Decay of Vibrational States in Amorphous Silicon

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    Fabian, Jaroslav; Allen, Philip B.

    1996-01-01

    Anharmonic decay rates are calculated for a realistic atomic model of amorphous silicon. The results show that the vibrational states decay on picosecond timescales and follow the two-mode density of states, similar to crystalline silicon, but somewhat faster. Surprisingly little change occurs for localized states. These results disagree with a recent experiment.

  18. Nickel-disilicide-assisted excimer laser crystallization of amorphous silicon

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    Liao Yan-Ping; Shao Xi-Bin; Gao Feng-Li; Luo Wen-Sheng; Wu Yuan; Fu Guo-Zhu; Jing Hai; Ma Kai

    2006-01-01

    Polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin film has been prepared by means of nickel-disilicide (NiSi2) assisted excimer laser crystallization (ELC). The process to prepare a sample includes two steps. One step consists of the formation of NiSi2 precipitates by heat-treating the dehydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si) coated with a thin layer of Ni. And the other step consists of the formation of poly-Si grains by means of ELC. According to the test results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), another grain growth model named two-interface grain growth has been proposed to contrast with the conventional Ni-metal-induced lateral crystallization (Ni-MILC) model and the ELC model. That is, an additional grain growth interface other than that in conventional ELC is formed, which consists of NiSi2 precipitates and a-Si.The processes for grain growth according to various excimer laser energy densities delivered to the a-Si film have been discussed. It is discovered that grains with needle shape and most of a uniform orientation are formed which grow up with NiSi2 precipitates as seeds. The reason for the formation of such grains which are different from that of Ni-MILCwithout migration of Ni atoms is not clear. Our model and analysis point out a method to prepare grains with needle shape and mostly of a uniform orientation. If such grains are utilized to make thin-film transistor, its characteristics may be improved.

  19. Model for electron-beam-induced crystallization of amorphous Me-Si-C (Me = Nb or Zr) thin films

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    Tengstrand, Olof; Nedfors, Nils; Andersson, Matilda; Lu, Jun; Jansson, Ulf; Flink, Axel; Eklund, Per; Hultman, Lars

    2014-01-01

    We use transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for in-situ studies of electronbeam-induced crystallization behavior in thin films of amorphous transition metal silicon carbides based on Zr (group 4 element) and Nb (group 5). Higher silicon content stabilized the amorphous structure while no effects of carbon were detected. Films with Nb start to crystallize at lower electron doses than Zr-containing ones. During the crystallization equiaxed MeC grains are formed in all samples with larger grai...

  20. Polymeric amorphous carbon as p-type window within amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Khan, R U A; Silva, S. R. P.; Van Swaaij, R.A.C.M.M.

    2003-01-01

    Amorphous carbon (a-C) has been shown to be intrinsically p-type, and polymeric a-C (PAC) possesses a wide Tauc band gap of 2.6 eV. We have replaced the p-type amorphous silicon carbide layer of a standard amorphous silicon solar cell with an intrinsic ultrathin layer of PAC. The thickness of the p layer had to be reduced from 9 to 2.5 nm in order to ensure sufficient conduction through the PAC film. Although the resulting external parameters suggest a decrease in the device efficiency from 9...

  1. Preparation and Characterization of Amorphous Silicon Oxide Nanowires

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    2007-01-01

    Large-scale amorphous silicon nanowires (SiNWs) with a diameter about 100 nm and a length of dozens of micrometers on silicon wafers were synthesized by thermal evaporation of silicon monoxide (SiO).Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations show that the silicon nanowires are smooth.Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) shows that the silicon nanowires are amorphous and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) indicates that the nanowires have the composition of Si and O elements in an atomic ratio of 1:2, their composition approximates that of SiO2.SiO is considered to be used as a Si sources to produce SiNWs.We conclude that the growth mechanism is closely related to the defect structure and silicon monoxide followed by growth through an oxide-assisted vapor-solid reaction.

  2. Electrical characteristics of amorphous iron-tungsten contacts on silicon

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    Finetti, M.; Pan, E. T-S.; Suni, I.; Nicolet, M-A.

    1983-01-01

    The electrical characteristics of amorphous Fe-W contacts have been determined on both p-type and n-type silicon. The amorphous films were obtained by cosputtering from a composite target. Contact resistivities, pc=1×10^−7 and pc=2.8×10^−6, were measured on n+ and p+ silicon, respectively. These values remain constant after thermal treatment up to at least 500°C. A barrier height, φBn=0.61 V, was measured on n-type silicon.

  3. Electrical characteristics of amorphous iron-tungsten contacts on silicon

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    Finetti, M.; Pan, E. T.-S.; Nicolet, M.-A.; Suni, I.

    1983-01-01

    The electrical characteristics of amorphous Fe-W contacts have been determined on both p-type and n-type silicon. The amorphous films were obtained by cosputtering from a composite target. Contact resistivities of 1 x 10 to the -7th and 2.8 x 10 to the -6th were measured on n(+) and p(+) silicon, respectively. These values remain constant after thermal treatment up to at least 500 C. A barrier height of 0.61 V was measured on n-type silicon.

  4. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon deposited by ion-beam sputtering

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    Lowe, V. E.; Henin, N.; Tu, C.-W.; Tavakolian, H.; Sites, J. R.

    1981-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon films 1/2 to 1 micron thick were deposited on metal and glass substrates using ion-beam sputtering techniques. The 800 eV, 2 mA/sq cm beam was a mixture of argon and hydrogen ions. The argon sputtered silicon from a pure (7.6 cm) single crystal wafer, while the hydrogen combined with the sputtered material during the deposition. Hydrogen to argon pressure ratios and substrate temperatures were varied to minimize the defect state density in the amorphous silicon. Characterization was done by electrical resistivity, index of refraction and optical absorption of the films.

  5. Growth and Characterization of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon and Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Carbide with Liquid Organometallic Sources.

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    Gaughan, Kevin David

    The growth and characterization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and hydrogenated amorphous silicon -carbon (rm a-rm Si _{1-X}C_{X}: H) alloys employing liquid organometallic sources are described. N -type a-Si:H films were grown using a mixture of silane and tertiarybutylphosphine (TBP-rm C_4H _9P_2) vapor in a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition system. Impurity levels from parts per million to about 5 at. % phosphorus have been incorporated into the film with this method. Tertiarybutylphosphine is less toxic and less pyrophoric than phosphine which is usually used in n-type doping of a-Si:H films. Optical and electronic properties were characterized by room temperature as well as temperature dependent dark conductivity, photothermal deflection spectroscopy, infrared vibrational spectroscopy, electron spin resonance, and electron microprobe analysis. The gross doping properties of a-Si:H doped with TBP are the same as those obtained with phosphine. The experimental results are compared with the predictions of several models that describe the chemical equilibrium between active dopants and deep defects. A pronounced decrease in the effects of doping, such as an increase in the activation energy of electrical conductivity and an decrease in the conductivity of the sample, were seen in heavily doped films (TBP/SiH _4> 0.5%), perhaps influenced by the increased carbon and/or phosphorus concentrations. Amorphous silicon-carbide alloys have been grown by the plasma decomposition of ditertiarybutylsilane ( rm DTBS-rm SiH_2(C _4H_9)_2). The optical bandgaps, which varied from 2.2 to 3.3 eV, are strongly dependent upon the deposition conditions. The carbon concentrations in these films varied from 60 to 95 at. %. The optical band-edge is very broad compared to that which is found in a-Si:H and this breadth is essentially independent of the deposition conditions. The plasma decomposition of admixtures of DTBS and silane has produced rm a- rm Si_{1-X

  6. CURRENT PATH IN AMORPHOUS-SILICON FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS

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    M. MATSUMURA; Kuno, S.; Uchida, Y.

    1981-01-01

    On-resistance of amorphous-silicon field effect transistors with staggered electrodes was investigated. It was found that dependences of the on-resistance on geometrical parameters were classified into two groups. The origin was attributed to the residual resistance between the n+ electrode and the channel which was formed at the silicon-silicon dioxide interface. The resistance was analyzed by taking space charge effect into account, and we found that it changes in accordance with sample pre...

  7. Research and developments in thin-film silicon photovoltaics

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    Despeisse, M.; Ballif, C.; Feltrin, A.; Meillaud, F.; Fay, S.; Haug, F.-J.; Dominé, D.; Python, M.; Soderstrom, T.; Buehlmann, P.; Bugnon, G.

    2009-08-01

    The increasing demand for photovoltaic devices and the associated crystalline silicon feedstock demand scenario have led in the past years to the fast growth of the thin film silicon industry. The high potential for cost reduction and the suitability for building integration have initiated both industrial and research laboratories dynamisms for amorphous silicon and micro-crystalline silicon based photovoltaic technologies. The recent progress towards higher efficiencies thin film silicon solar cells obtained at the IMT-EPFL in Neuchatel in small-area laboratory and semi-large-area industrial Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PE-CVD) systems are reviewed. Advanced light trapping schemes are fundamental to reach high conversion efficiency and the potential of advanced Transparent Conductive Oxides (TCO) is presented, together with issues associated to the impact of the substrate morphology onto the growth of the silicon films. The recent improvements realized in amorphous-microcrystalline tandem solar cells on glass substrate are then presented, and the latest results on 1 cm2 cells are reported with up to 13.3 % initial efficiency for small-area reactors and up to 12.3 % initial for large-area industrial reactors. Finally, the different strategies to reach an improved light confinement in a thin film solar cell deposited on a flexible substrate are discussed, with the incorporation of asymmetric intermediate reflectors. Results of micromorph solar cells in the n-i-p configuration with up to 9.8 % stabilized efficiency are reported.

  8. Deployable aerospace PV array based on amorphous silicon alloys

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    Hanak, Joseph J.; Walter, Lee; Dobias, David; Flaisher, Harvey

    1989-01-01

    The development of the first commercial, ultralight, flexible, deployable, PV array for aerospace applications is discussed. It is based on thin-film, amorphous silicon alloy, multijunction, solar cells deposited on a thin metal or polymer by a proprietary, roll-to-roll process. The array generates over 200 W at AM0 and is made of 20 giant cells, each 54 cm x 29 cm (1566 sq cm in area). Each cell is protected with bypass diodes. Fully encapsulated array blanket and the deployment mechanism weigh about 800 and 500 g, respectively. These data yield power per area ratio of over 60 W/sq m specific power of over 250 W/kg (4 kg/kW) for the blanket and 154 W/kg (6.5 kg/kW) for the power system. When stowed, the array is rolled up to a diameter of 7 cm and a length of 1.11 m. It is deployed quickly to its full area of 2.92 m x 1.11 m, for instant power. Potential applications include power for lightweight space vehicles, high altitude balloons, remotely piloted and tethered vehicles. These developments signal the dawning of a new age of lightweight, deployable, low-cost space arrays in the range from tens to tens of thousands of watts for near-term applications and the feasibility of multi-100 kW to MW arrays for future needs.

  9. Power change in amorphous silicon technology by low temperature annealing

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Amorphous silicon (a-Si is one of the best established thin-film solar-cell technologies. Despite its long history of research, it still has many critical issues because of its defect rich material and its susceptibility to degrade under light also called as Staebler-Wronski effect (SWE. This leads to an increase in the defect density of a-Si, but as a metastable effect it can be completely healed at temperatures above 170 °C. Our study is focused on investigating the behavior of annealing of different a-Si modules under low temperature conditions below 80 °C indicated by successive change of module power. These conditions reflect the environmental temperature impact of the modules in the field, or integrated in buildings as well. The power changes were followed by STC power rating and investigation of module-power evolution under low irradiance conditions at 50 W/m2. Our samples were recovered close to their initial state of power, reaching as high as 99% from its degraded value. This shows the influence of low temperature annealing and light on metastable module behavior in a-Si thin-film modules.

  10. Long-term stability performance testing of amorphous silicon modules under natural sunlight

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    A major task of the PV Module Testing and Performance Group at SERI is to develop and coordinate the implementation of standard test procedures and instrumentation for monitoring and analyzing PV submodules and modules for determining the outdoor performance, stability, reliability, and energy output of thin-film PV devices. Through outdoor testing, researchers can identify performance issues that will require further laboratory investigation in support of flat-plate, thin-film collector research and development. To accomplish this, the SERI outdoor PV test facility was established in 1982 in Golden, Colorado. The group has designed testing systems and analysis procedures for numerous thin-film modules and submodules, and has tested them both indoors (under simulator) and outdoors. Long-term outdoor stability tests have been conducted specifically on amorphous silicon thin-film submodules and modules. Cooperative test programs have been established with private US amorphous silicon PV module manufacturers and SERI amorphous silicon subcontractors for short- and long-term outdoor stability and performance testing of submodules, prototype modules, and commercially available modules at SERI's outdoor test facility. Selected test results based on long-term stability performance testing over the past two years are presented

  11. Optimization design of hydrogenated amorphous silicon germanium thin film solar cell with graded band gap profile%渐变带隙氢化非晶硅锗薄膜太阳能电池的优化设计

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    柯少颖; 王茺; 潘涛; 何鹏; 杨杰; 杨宇

    2014-01-01

    The simulation program AMPS-1D (analysis of microelectronic and photonic structures) employed to simulate and compare the performances of hydrogenated amorphous silicon germanium (a-SiGe : H) thin film solar cell with and without band gap grading at a radiation of AM1.5G (100 mW/cm2) and room temperature by introducing energy band engineering. The simulation results show that the efficiency of the solar cell with band gap grading is 0.477%higher than that without band gap grading due to the higher open circuit voltage (Voc) and better fill factor (F F ). Subsequently, a-SiGe : H thin film solar cells with three different window layers such as hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si : H), hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) and hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) are simulated, respectively. The numeric calculation results indicate that the fermi level EF of the a-SiGe:H thin film solar cell crosses the valence band when nc-Si:H window layer is employed in the simulation. This will improve the conductivity and the open circuit voltage of the solar cell. In addition, the electric field at front contact interface is reduced due to the lower contact barrier height. This may be more beneficial to the carrier collection by front contact. On the other hand, thanks to the wider band-gap difference between the window layer and the intrinsic layer, a potential barrier is built at the valence-band p/i interface due to the band offset. This will hinder the hole migration and collection. Thus, an nc-Si:H buffer layer, which can relax the valence-band offset and be more beneficial to the carrier migration and collection, is introduced at p/i interface. Finally, the optimum conversion efficiency of the a-SiGe:H thin film solar cell with graded band gap is achieved to be 9.104%.%利用一维微电子-光电子结构分析软件(AMPS-1D)在AM1.5G (100 mW/cm2)、室温条件下模拟和比较了有、无渐变带隙氢化非晶硅锗(a-SiGe:H)薄膜太阳能

  12. Carbon nanotube-amorphous silicon hybrid solar cell with improved conversion efficiency

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    Funde, Adinath M.; Nasibulin, Albert G.; Gufran Syed, Hashmi; Anisimov, Anton S.; Tsapenko, Alexey; Lund, Peter; Santos, J. D.; Torres, I.; Gandía, J. J.; Cárabe, J.; Rozenberg, A. D.; Levitsky, Igor A.

    2016-05-01

    We report a hybrid solar cell based on single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) interfaced with amorphous silicon (a-Si). The high quality carbon nanotube network was dry transferred onto intrinsic a-Si forming Schottky junction for metallic SWNT bundles and heterojunctions for semiconducting SWNT bundles. The nanotube chemical doping and a-Si surface treatment minimized the hysteresis effect in current-voltage characteristics allowing an increase in the conversion efficiency to 1.5% under an air mass 1.5 solar spectrum simulator. We demonstrated that the thin SWNT film is able to replace a simultaneously p-doped a-Si layer and transparent conductive electrode in conventional amorphous silicon thin film photovoltaics.

  13. Carbon nanotube-amorphous silicon hybrid solar cell with improved conversion efficiency.

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    Funde, Adinath M; Nasibulin, Albert G; Syed, Hashmi Gufran; Anisimov, Anton S; Tsapenko, Alexey; Lund, Peter; Santos, J D; Torres, I; Gandía, J J; Cárabe, J; Rozenberg, A D; Levitsky, Igor A

    2016-05-01

    We report a hybrid solar cell based on single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) interfaced with amorphous silicon (a-Si). The high quality carbon nanotube network was dry transferred onto intrinsic a-Si forming Schottky junction for metallic SWNT bundles and heterojunctions for semiconducting SWNT bundles. The nanotube chemical doping and a-Si surface treatment minimized the hysteresis effect in current-voltage characteristics allowing an increase in the conversion efficiency to 1.5% under an air mass 1.5 solar spectrum simulator. We demonstrated that the thin SWNT film is able to replace a simultaneously p-doped a-Si layer and transparent conductive electrode in conventional amorphous silicon thin film photovoltaics. PMID:27005494

  14. Adopting a customer-focused team approach to amorphous silicon multijunction module R ampersand D

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    Informed observers of energy markets now generally believe that photovoltaics (PV) will not significantly penetrate the utility bulk-power sector before price and performance approach $50/m2 for 15% efficient modules in flat-plate systems. Recent progress toward such ''utility grade'' modules using amorphous thin films has been slow. The important amorphous thin-film research issues have been well known for some years. These have not been promptly and conclusively addressed, at least in part, because of inadequate PV industry involvement in academic research. In view of this situation, the authors recently modified their research programs seeking to improve the efficiency of amorphous silicon PV research, conclusively address the key issues, and accelerate commercial introduction of utility-grade products. They began this by seeking ''customer'' (PV industry) specification of research priorities and forming mission-oriented teams to pursue the high-priority issues (customer requirements). This paper describes the process and results to date

  15. GHz-rate optical parametric amplifier in hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    We demonstrate optical parametric amplification operating at GHz-rates at telecommunications wavelengths using a hydrogenated amorphous silicon waveguide through the nonlinear optical process of four-wave mixing. We investigate how the parametric amplification scales with repetition rate. The ability to achieve amplification at GHz-repetition rates shows hydrogenated amorphous silicon’s potential for telecommunication applications and a GHz-rate optical parametric oscillator. (paper)

  16. Grain boundary resistance to amorphization of nanocrystalline silicon carbide

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    Dong Chen; Fei Gao; Bo Liu

    2015-01-01

    Under the C displacement condition, we have used molecular dynamics simulation to examine the effects of grain boundaries (GBs) on the amorphization of nanocrystalline silicon carbide (nc-SiC) by point defect accumulation. The results show that the interstitials are preferentially absorbed and accumulated at GBs that provide the sinks for defect annihilation at low doses, but also driving force to initiate amorphization in the nc-SiC at higher doses. The majority of surviving defects are C in...

  17. Thin-film silicon for flexible metal-air batteries.

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    Garamoun, Ahmed; Schubert, Markus B; Werner, Jürgen H

    2014-12-01

    Due to its high energy density, theoretical studies propose silicon as a promising candidate material for metal-air batteries. Herein, for the first time, experimental results detail the use of n-type doped amorphous silicon and silicon carbide as fuel in Si-air batteries. Thin-film silicon is particularly interesting for flexible and rolled batteries with high specific energies. Our Si-air batteries exhibit a specific capacity of 269 Ah kg(-1) and an average cell voltage of 0.85 V at a discharge current density of 7.9 μA cm(-2) , corresponding to a specific energy of 229 Wh kg(-1) . Favorably in terms of safety, low concentrated alkaline solution serves as electrolyte. Discharging of the Si-air cells continues as long as there is silicon available for oxidation. PMID:25251223

  18. Temperature dependence of hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cell performances

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    Riesen, Y.; Stuckelberger, M.; Haug, F.-J.; Ballif, C.; Wyrsch, N.

    2016-01-01

    Thin-film hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar (a-Si:H) cells are known to have better temperature coefficients than crystalline silicon cells. To investigate whether a-Si:H cells that are optimized for standard conditions (STC) also have the highest energy yield, we measured the temperature and irradiance dependence of the maximum power output (Pmpp), the fill factor (FF), the short-circuit current density (Jsc), and the open-circuit voltage (Voc) for four series of cells fabricated with different deposition conditions. The parameters varied during plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PE-CVD) were the power and frequency of the PE-CVD generator, the hydrogen-to-silane dilution during deposition of the intrinsic absorber layer (i-layer), and the thicknesses of the a-Si:H i-layer and p-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide layer. The results show that the temperature coefficient of the Voc generally varies linearly with the Voc value. The Jsc increases linearly with temperature mainly due to temperature-induced bandgap reduction and reduced recombination. The FF temperature dependence is not linear and reaches a maximum at temperatures between 15 °C and 80 °C. Numerical simulations show that this behavior is due to a more positive space-charge induced by the photogenerated holes in the p-layer and to a recombination decrease with temperature. Due to the FF(T) behavior, the Pmpp (T) curves also have a maximum, but at a lower temperature. Moreover, for most series, the cells with the highest power output at STC also have the best energy yield. However, the Pmpp (T) curves of two cells with different i-layer thicknesses cross each other in the operating cell temperature range, indicating that the cell with the highest power output could, for instance, have a lower energy yield than the other cell. A simple energy-yield simulation for the light-soaked and annealed states shows that for Neuchâtel (Switzerland) the best cell at STC also has the best energy

  19. Fabrication, characterization and modeling of microcrystalline silicon-carbon alloys thin films

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    Gaiaschi, Sofia,

    2014-01-01

    Despite continuous effort, thin-film silicon multi-junction solar cells are still limited by the light-induced degradation of amorphous materials that they employ − hydrogenated amorphous silicon layers (a-Si:H) or amorphous silicon-germanium (a-SiGe:H) layers. To survive, this technology must fully benefit from the ease with which it allows multi-band gap photovoltaic (PV) devices to be assembled. To this end, materials that are stable under light soaking and have an electronic band gap betw...

  20. Polycystalline silicon thin films for electronic applications

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    Jaeger, Christian Claus

    2012-01-15

    For the thin polycrystalline Si films fabricated with the aluminium-induced-layer-exchange (ALILE) process a good structural quality up to a layer-thickness value of 10 nm was determined. For 5 nm thick layers however after the layer exchange no closes poly-silicon film was present. In this case the substrate was covered with spherically arranged semiconductor material. Furthermore amorphous contributions in the layer could be determined. The electrical characterization of the samples at room temperature proved a high hole concentration in the range 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} up to 9.10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}, which is influenced by the process temperature and the layer thickness. Hereby higher hole concentrations at higher process temperatures and thinner films were observed. Furthermore above 150-200 K a thermically activated behaviour of the electrical conductivity was observed. At lower temperatures a deviation of the measured characteristic from the exponential Arrhenius behaviour was determined. For low temperatures (below 20 K) the conductivity follows the behaviour {sigma}{proportional_to}[-(T{sub 0}/T){sup 1/4}]. The hole mobility in the layers was lowered by a passivation step, which can be explained by defect states at the grain boundaries. The for these very thin layers present situation was simulated in the framework of the model of Seto, whereby both the defect states at the grain boundaries (with an area density Q{sub t}) and the defect states at the interfaces (with an area density Q{sub it}) were regarded. By this the values Q{sub t}{approx}(3-4).10{sup 12} cm{sup -2} and Q{sub it}{approx}(2-5).10{sup 12} cm{sup -2} could be determined for these thin ALILE layers on quartz substrates. Additionally th R-ALILE process was studied, which uses the reverse precursor-layer sequence substrate/amorphous silicon/oxide/aluminium. Hereby two steps in the crystallization process of the R-ALILE process were found. First a substrate/Al-Si mixture/poly-Si layer structure

  1. Relationship between defect density and charge carrier transport in amorphous and microcrystalline silicon

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    Astakhov, O.; Carius, R.; F. Finger; Petrusenko, Y.; Borysenko, V.; Barankov, D.

    2009-01-01

    The influence of dangling-bond defects and the position of the Fermi level on the charge carrier transport properties in undoped and phosphorous doped thin-film silicon with structure compositions all the way from highly crystalline to amorphous is investigated. The dangling-bond density is varied reproducibly over several orders of magnitude by electron bombardment and subsequent annealing. The defects are investigated by electron-spin-resonance and photoconductivity spectroscopies. Comparin...

  2. Modelling structure and properties of amorphous silicon boron nitride ceramics

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    Johann Christian Schön; Alexander Hannemann; Guneet Sethi; Ilya Vladimirovich Pentin; Martin Jansen

    2011-01-01

    Silicon boron nitride is the parent compound of a new class of high-temperature stable amorphous ceramics constituted of silicon, boron, nitrogen, and carbon, featuring a set of properties that is without precedent, and represents a prototypical random network based on chemical bonds of predominantly covalent character. In contrast to many other amorphous materials of technological interest, a-Si3B3N7 is not produced via glass formation, i.e. by quenching from a melt, the reason being that th...

  3. Mechanism of Germanium-Induced Perimeter Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon

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    Hakim, M. M. A.; Ashburn, P.

    2007-01-01

    We report a study aimed at highlighting the mechanism of a new amorphous silicon crystallization phenomenon that originates from the perimeter of a germanium layer during low-temperature annealing (500°C). Results are reported on doped and undoped amorphous silicon films, with thicknesses in the range 40–200 nm, annealed at a temperature of 500 or 550°C. A comparison is made of crystallization arising from Ge and SiGe layers and the role of damage from a high-dose fluorine implant is investig...

  4. Potential of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Meier, Johannes; Spitznagel, J.; Kroll, U.; Bucher, C.; Faÿ Sylvie; Moriarty, T.; Shah, Arvind

    2008-01-01

    Low pressure chemical vapour deposition (LP-CVD) ZnO as front transparent conductive oxide (TCO), developed at IMT, has excellent light-trapping properties for a-Si:H p-i-n single-junction and ‘micromorph’ (amorphous/microcrystalline silicon) tandem solar cells. A stabilized record efficiency of 9.47% has independently been confirmed by NREL for an amorphous silicon single-junction p-i-n cell (~1 cm2) deposited on LP-CVD ZnO coated glass. Micromorph tandem cells with an initial efficiency of ...

  5. Surface orientation effects in crystalline-amorphous silicon interfaces

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    Nolan, Michael; Legesse, Merid; Fagas, Giorgos

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we present the results of empirical potential and density functional theory (DFT) studies of models of interfaces between amorphous silicon (a-Si) or hydrogenated amorphous Si (a-Si:H) and crystalline Si (c-Si) on three unreconstructed silicon surfaces, namely (100), (110) and (111). In preparing models of a-Si on c-Si, melting simulations are run with classical molecular dynamics (MD) at 3000 K for 10 ps to melt part of the crystalline surface and the structure is quenched to 3...

  6. Amorphous Silicon Carbide for Photovoltaic Applications

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    JANZ, Stefan

    2006-01-01

    Within this work amorphous SiC is investigated for its applicability in photovoltaic devices. The temperature stability and dopability of SiC makes this material very attractive for applications in this area. Physical basics of amorphous SiC networks and plasma processes are discussed and first measurements with FTIR of the different layer types show the complexity of the network. The special features of the plasma reactor such as high temperature deposition and two-source excitation are also...

  7. Preparation and Characterisation of Amorphous-silicon Photovoltaic Devices Having Microcrystalline Emitters

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    The present work summarises the essential aspects of the research carried out so far at CIEMAT on amorphous-silicon solar cells. The experience accumulated on the preparation and characterisation of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon has allowed to start from intrinsic (absorbent) and p- and n-type (emitters) materials not only having excellent optoelectronic properties, but enjoying certain technological advantages with respect to those developed by other groups. Among these are absorbent-layer growth rates between 5 and 10 times as fast as conventional ones and microcrystalline emitters prepared without using hydrogen. The preparation of amorphous-silicon cells has required the solution of a number of problems, such as those related to pinholes, edge leak currents and diffusion of metals into the semiconductor. Once such constraints have been overcome, it has been demonstrated not only that the amorphous-silicon technology developed at CIEMAT is valid for making solar cells, but also that the quality of the semiconductor material is good for the application according to the partial results obtained. The development of thin-film laser-scribing technology is considered essential. Additionally it has been concluded that cross contamination, originated by the fact of using a single-chamber reactor, is the basic factor limiting the quality of the cells developed at CIEMAT. The present research activity is highly focused on the solution of this problem. (Author)23 refs

  8. Formation of thin-film crystalline silicon on glass observed by in-situ XRD

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    Westra, J.M.; Vavrunkova, V.; Sutta, P.; Van Swaaij, R.A.C.M.M.; Zeman, M.

    2010-01-01

    Thin-film poly-crystalline silicon (poly c-Si) on glass obtained by crystallization of an amorphous silicon (a-Si) film is a promising material for low cost, high efficiency solar cells. Our approach to obtain this material is to crystallize a-Si films on glass by solid phase crystallization (SPC).

  9. Laser annealing of thin film polycrystalline silicon solar cell

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    Chowdhury A.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Performances of thin film polycrystalline silicon solar cell grown on glass substrate, using solid phase crystallization of amorphous silicon can be limited by low dopant activation and high density of defects. Here, we investigate line shaped laser induced thermal annealing to passivate some of these defects in the sub-melt regime. Effect of laser power and scan speed on the open circuit voltage of the polysilicon solar cells is reported. The processing temperature was measured by thermal imaging camera. Enhancement of the open circuit voltage as high as 210% is achieved using this method. The results are discussed.

  10. Defects study of hydrogenated amorphous silicon samples and their relation with the substrate and deposition conditions

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    The goal of this work is to study the properties of the defects aiming to explore the types of defects and the effect of various deposition parameters such as substrate temperature, the kind of the substrate, gas pressure and deposition rate. Two kinds of samples have been used; The first one was a series of Schottky diodes, and the second one a series of solar cells (p-i-n junction) deposited on crystalline silicon or on corning glass substrates with different deposition parameters. The deposition parameters were chosen to obtain materials whose their structures varying from amorphous to microcrystalline silicon including polymorphous silicon. Our results show that the polymorphous silicon samples deposited at high deposition rates present the best photovoltaic properties in comparison with those deposited at low rates. Also we found that the defects concentration in high deposition rate samples is less at least by two orders than that obtained in low deposition rate polymorphous, microcrystalline and amorphous samples. This study shows also that there is no effect of the substrate, or the thin films of highly doped amorphous silicon deposited on the substrate, on the creation and properties of these defects. Finally, different experimental methods have been used; a comparison between their results has been presented. (author)

  11. Synthesis and Characterization of Amorphous Carbide-based Thin Films

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    Folkenant, Matilda

    2015-01-01

    In this thesis, research on synthesis, structure and characterization of amorphous carbide-based thin films is presented. Crystalline and nanocomposite carbide films can exhibit properties such as high electrical conductivity, high hardness and low friction and wear. These properties are in many cases structure-related, and thus, within this thesis a special focus is put on how the amorphous structure influences the material properties. Thin films within the Zr-Si-C and Cr-C-based systems hav...

  12. New technological method of forming an ohmic contact to undoped amorphous silicon hydride semiconductors

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    Full text: The forming of surface ohmic contacts in thin film field transistors memory and solar cells on Schottky-type barrier and others on base amorphous hydrogenase silicon (a-Si:H) is rather laborious and not prime problem, as known. For example, typical ohmic contact layer materials sometimes exhibit diffusion through the amorphous silicon hydride layer resulting in ill-defined or dimensionally irregular contact and semiconductor regions and, in the extreme case, catastrophic degradation of the semiconductor properties of the material. Further, an oxide barrier may form at the interface, which limits electrical conductivity. Finally, in the prior art, in order to achieve ohmic contacts, it was required that a highly doped (n+- layer) film be deposited on the substrate before or after the amorphous silicon hydride deposition in order to reduce barrier formation at the metal-semiconductor interface. The dopant from gas phase contained gas phosphine for making n+- layer, but phosphine are toxic and explosive gas. This specified problem possible to solve entering in technological process of the creation thin-film device on a-Si:H (and other amorphous hydrogenase semiconductors) additional technological operation annealing the films of the amorphous semiconductor at a temperature of about 400 deg C (hydrogen effusion temperature), during 20-30 min, after the films of the semiconductor on substrate, if and when there is no need to forming the n-type layer. After cooling, an amorphous silicon hydride semiconductor layer covered with the masking dielectric layer, then the optical lithography for opening the windows in masking dielectric layer and evaporation metallic electrode are performed. The concerned method is based on the following known fact. The diffusion process (the evaporation) of the hydrogen occurs from surfaces of a-Si:H film at the temperature 350-450 deg. C. As a result this, concentration of the hydrogen a-Si:H surface layer are sharply decreased

  13. Nanoindentation-induced amorphization in silicon carbide

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    Szlufarska, Izabela; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya

    2004-07-01

    The nanoindentation-induced amorphization in SiC is studied using molecular dynamics simulations. The load-displacement response shows an elastic shoulder followed by a plastic regime consisting of a series of load drops. Analyses of bond angles, local pressure, and shear stress, and shortest-path rings show that these drops are related to dislocation activities under the indenter. We show that amorphization is driven by coalescence of dislocation loops and that there is a strong correlation between load-displacement response and ring distribution.

  14. First-principles study of hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Jarolimek, K.; Groot, R.A. de; Wijs, G.A. de; Zeman, M.

    2009-01-01

    We use a molecular-dynamics simulation within density-functional theory to prepare realistic structures of hydrogenated amorphous silicon. The procedure consists of heating a crystalline structure of Si64H8 to 2370 K, creating a liquid and subsequently cooling it down to room temperature. The effect

  15. Photocurrent images of amorphous-silicon solar-cell modules

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    Kim, Q.; Shumka, A.; Trask, J.

    1985-01-01

    Results obtained in applying the unique characteristics of the solar cell laser scanner to investigate the defects and quality of amorphous silicon cells are presented. It is concluded that solar cell laser scanners can be effectively used to nondestructively test not only active defects but also the cell quality and integrity of electrical contacts.

  16. Long-term stability of amorphous-silicon modules

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    Ross, R. G., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) program of developing qualification tests necessary for amorphous silicon modules, including appropriate accelerated environmental tests reveal degradation due to illumination. Data were given which showed the results of temperature-controlled field tests and accelerated tests in an environmental chamber.

  17. Atomistic models of hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride from first principles

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    Jarolimek, K.; De Groot, R.A.; De Wijs, G.A.; Zeman, M.

    2010-01-01

    We present a theoretical study of hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiNx:H), with equal concentrations of Si and N atoms (x=1), for two considerably different densities (2.0 and 3.0 g/cm3). Densities and hydrogen concentration were chosen according to experimental data. Using first-principle

  18. Atomistic models of hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride from first principles

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    Jarolimek, K.; Groot, R.A. de; Wijs, G.A. de; Zeman, M.

    2010-01-01

    We present a theoretical study of hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiNx:H), with equal concentrations of Si and N atoms (x=1), for two considerably different densities (2.0 and 3.0 g/cm3). Densities and hydrogen concentration were chosen according to experimental data. Using first-principle

  19. Amorphous silicon carbide coatings for extreme ultraviolet optics

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    Kortright, J. B.; Windt, David L.

    1988-01-01

    Amorphous silicon carbide films formed by sputtering techniques are shown to have high reflectance in the extreme ultraviolet spectral region. X-ray scattering verifies that the atomic arrangements in these films are amorphous, while Auger electron spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy show that the films have composition close to stoichiometric SiC, although slightly C-rich, with low impurity levels. Reflectance vs incidence angle measurements from 24 to 1216 A were used to derive optical constants of this material, which are presented here. Additionally, the measured extreme ultraviolet efficiency of a diffraction grating overcoated with sputtered amorphous silicon carbide is presented, demonstrating the feasibility of using these films as coatings for EUV optics.

  20. Ion-assisted recrystallization of amorphous silicon

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    Priolo, F.; Spinella, C.; La Ferla, A.; Rimini, E.; Ferla, G.

    1989-12-01

    Our recent work on ion-beam-assisted epitaxial growth of amorphous Si layers on single crystal substrates is reviewed. The planar motion of the crystal-amorphous interface was monitored in situ, during irradiations, by transient reflectivity measurements. This technique allows the measurement of the ion-induced growth rate with a very high precision. We have observed that this growth rate scales linearly with the number of displacements produced at the crystal-amorphous interface by the impinging ions. Moreover the regrowth onto oriented substrates is a factor of ≈ 4 faster with respect to that on substrates. Impurities dissolved in the amorphous layer influence the kinetics of recrystallization. For instance, dopants such as As, B and P enhance the ion-induced growth rate while oxygen has the opposite effect. The dependence of the rate on impurity concentration is however less strong with respect to pure thermal annealing. For instance, an oxygen concentration of 1 × 1021 / cm3 decreases the ion-induced growth rate by a factor of ≈ 3; this same concentration would have decreased the rate of pure thermal annealing by more than 4 orders of magnitude. The reduced effects of oxygen during ion-beam crystallization allow the regrowth of deposited Si layers despite the presence of a high interfacial oxygen content. The process is investigated in detail and its possible application to the microelectronic technology is discussed.

  1. Solid-phase Crystallization of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon on Glass Substrates

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    2006-01-01

    Amorphous silicon films prepared by PECVD on glass substrate have been crystallized by conventional furnace annealing and rapid thermal annealing(RTA), respectively. From the Raman spectra, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope, it is found that the grain size is crystallized at 850℃ in both techniques. The thin film made by RTA is smooth and of perfect structure, the thin film annealed by FA has a highly structural disorder. An average grain size of about 30nm is obtained by both techniques.

  2. Hydrogen-free amorphous silicon with no tunneling states.

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    Liu, Xiao; Queen, Daniel R; Metcalf, Thomas H; Karel, Julie E; Hellman, Frances

    2014-07-11

    The ubiquitous low-energy excitations, known as two-level tunneling systems (TLSs), are one of the universal phenomena of amorphous solids. Low temperature elastic measurements show that e-beam amorphous silicon (a-Si) contains a variable density of TLSs which diminishes as the growth temperature reaches 400 °C. Structural analyses show that these a-Si films become denser and more structurally ordered. We conclude that the enhanced surface energetics at a high growth temperature improved the amorphous structural network of e-beam a-Si and removed TLSs. This work obviates the role hydrogen was previously thought to play in removing TLSs in the hydrogenated form of a-Si and suggests it is possible to prepare "perfect" amorphous solids with "crystal-like" properties for applications. PMID:25062205

  3. Solution growth of microcrystalline silicon on amorphous substrates

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    Heimburger, Robert

    2010-07-05

    This work deals with low-temperature solution growth of micro-crystalline silicon on glass. The task is motivated by the application in low-cost solar cells. As glass is an amorphous material, conventional epitaxy is not applicable. Therefore, growth is conducted in a two-step process. The first step aims at the spatial arrangement of silicon seed crystals on conductive coated glass substrates, which is realized by means of vapor-liquid-solid processing using indium as the solvent. Seed crystals are afterwards enlarged by applying a specially developed steady-state solution growth apparatus. This laboratory prototype mainly consists of a vertical stack of a silicon feeding source and the solvent (indium). The growth substrate can be dipped into the solution from the top. The system can be heated to a temperature below the softening point of the utilized glass substrate. A temperature gradient between feeding source and growth substrate promotes both, supersaturation and material transport by solvent convection. This setup offers advantages over conventional liquid phase epitaxy at low temperatures in terms of achievable layer thickness and required growth times. The need for convective solute transport to gain the desired thickness of at least 50 {mu}m is emphasized by equilibrium calculations in the binary system indium-silicon. Material transport and supersaturation conditions inside the utilized solution growth crucible are analyzed. It results that the solute can be transported from the lower feeding source to the growth substrate by applying an appropriate heating regime. These findings are interpreted by means of a hydrodynamic analysis of fluid flow and supporting FEM simulation. To ensure thermodynamic stability of all materials involved during steady-state solution growth, the ternary phase equilibrium between molybdenum, indium and silicon at 600 C was considered. Based on the obtained results, the use of molybdenum disilicide as conductive coating

  4. Study about continuous Ar+Kr +laser crystallization of amorphous silicon thin film%连续氩氪离子激光晶化非晶硅薄膜的研究

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    周德让; 段国平; 陈俊岭; 韩俊鹤; 黄明举

    2013-01-01

      为了研究连续激光晶化非晶硅薄膜中激光功率密度对晶化效果的影响,利用磁控溅射法制备非晶硅薄膜,采用连续氩氪混合离子激光器对薄膜进行退火晶化,用显微喇曼光谱测试技术和场发射扫描电子显微镜研究了薄膜在5 ms固定时间下不同激光功率密度对晶化效果的影响,并对比了普通玻璃片和石英玻璃两种衬底上薄膜晶化过程的差异。结果表明,在一定激光功率密度范围内(0kW/cm2~27.1kW/cm2),当激光功率密度大于15.1kW/cm2时,普通玻璃衬底沉积的非晶硅薄膜开始实现晶化;随着激光功率密度的增大,晶化效果先逐渐变好,之后变差;激光功率密度增大到24.9kW/cm2时,薄膜表面呈现大面积散落的苹果状多晶硅颗粒,晶粒截面尺寸高达478nm;激光功率密度存在一个中间值,使得晶化效果达到最佳;石英衬底上沉积的非晶硅薄膜则呈现与前者不同的结晶生长过程,当激光功率密度为19.7kW/cm2时,薄膜表面呈现大晶粒尺寸的球形多晶硅颗粒,并且晶粒尺寸随着激光功率密度的增大而增大,在27.1kW/cm2处晶粒尺寸达到最大5.38μm。研究结果对用连续激光晶化法制备多晶硅薄膜的研究具有积极意义。%In order to study the influence of laser power density on crystallization effect in continuous laser crystallization of amorphous silicon thin film , amorphous silicon thin films were prepared by means of magnetron sputtering and then crystallized by continuous Ar +Kr+laser.Crystallization effect was studied by means of micro-Raman spectroscopic measurement and field emission scanning electron microscope under the fixed time 5ms and different laser power density . The difference of crystal growth process on two different substrates-common glass substrate and quartz substrate was compared.It was shown that within the limit of 27.1kW/cm2 the amorphous Si films were

  5. Amorphous silicon rich silicon nitride optical waveguides for high density integrated optics

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    Philipp, Hugh T.; Andersen, Karin Nordström; Svendsen, Winnie Edith;

    2004-01-01

    Amorphous silicon rich silicon nitride optical waveguides clad in silica are presented as a high-index contrast platform for high density integrated optics. Performance of different cross-sectional geometries have been measured and are presented with regards to bending loss and insertion loss. A...

  6. High quality crystalline silicon surface passivation by combined intrinsic and n-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Schuttauf, J.A.; van der Werf, C.H.M.; Kielen, I.M.; van Sark, W.G.J.H.M.; Rath, J.K.

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the influence of thermal annealing on the passivation quality of crystalline silicon (c-Si) surfaces by intrinsic and n-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films. For temperatures up to 255 C, we find an increase in surface passivation quality, corresponding to a decreased da

  7. Role of amorphous silicon domains on Er3+ emission in the Er-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon suboxide film

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    陈长勇; 陈维德; 李国华; 宋淑芳; 丁琨; 许振嘉

    2003-01-01

    An investigation on the correlation between amorphous Si (a-Si) domains and Er3+ emission in the Er-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon suboxide (a-Si:O:H) film is presented. On one hand, a-Si domains provide sufficient carriers for Er3+ carrier-mediated excitation which has been proved to be the highest excitation path for Er3+ ion; on the other hand, hydrogen diffusion from a-Si domains to amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiOx) matrix during annealing has been found and this possibly decreases the number of nonradiative centres around Er3+ ions. This study provides a better understanding of the role of a-Si domains on Er3+ emission in a-Si:O:Hfilms.

  8. Role of amorphous silicon domains of Er3+ emission in the Er—doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon suboxide film

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    ChenChang-Yong; ChenWei-De; LeGuo-Hua; SongShu-Fang; DingKun; XuZhen-Jia

    2003-01-01

    An investigation on the correlation between amorphous Si(a-Si) domains and Er3+ emission in the Er-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon suboxide (a-Si:O:H) film is presented. On one hand, a-Si domains provide sufficient carrlers for Er3+ carrier-mediated excitation which has been proved to be the highest excitation path for Er3+ ion; on the other hand, hydrogen diffusion from a-Si domains to amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiOx) matrix during annealing has been found and this possibly decreases the number of nonradiative centres around Er3+ ions. This study provides a better understanding of the role of a-Si domains on Er3+ emission in a-Si:O:H films.

  9. Multi-band silicon quantum dots embedded in an amorphous matrix of silicon carbide.

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    Chang, Geng-rong; Ma, Fei; Ma, Da-yan; Xu, Ke-wei

    2010-11-19

    Silicon quantum dots embedded in an amorphous matrix of silicon carbide were realized by a magnetron co-sputtering process and post-annealing. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, glancing x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the chemical composition and the microstructural properties. The results show that the sizes and size distribution of silicon quantum dots can be tuned by changing the annealing atmosphere and the atom ratio of silicon and carbon in the matrix. A physicochemical mechanism is proposed to demonstrate this formation process. Photoluminescence measurements indicate a multi-band configuration due to the quantum confinement effect of silicon quantum dots with different sizes. The PL spectra are further widened as a result of the existence of amorphous silicon quantum dots. This multi-band configuration would be extremely advantageous in improving the photoelectric conversion efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells. PMID:20975214

  10. Multi-band silicon quantum dots embedded in an amorphous matrix of silicon carbide

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    Silicon quantum dots embedded in an amorphous matrix of silicon carbide were realized by a magnetron co-sputtering process and post-annealing. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, glancing x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the chemical composition and the microstructural properties. The results show that the sizes and size distribution of silicon quantum dots can be tuned by changing the annealing atmosphere and the atom ratio of silicon and carbon in the matrix. A physicochemical mechanism is proposed to demonstrate this formation process. Photoluminescence measurements indicate a multi-band configuration due to the quantum confinement effect of silicon quantum dots with different sizes. The PL spectra are further widened as a result of the existence of amorphous silicon quantum dots. This multi-band configuration would be extremely advantageous in improving the photoelectric conversion efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells.

  11. Amorphous and microcrystalline silicon films grown at low temperatures by radio-frequency and hot-wire chemical vapor deposition

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    Alpuim, P.; Chu, Virginia; Conde, João Pedro

    1999-01-01

    The effect of hydrogen dilution on the optical, transport, and structural properties of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon thin films deposited by hot-wire (HW) chemical vapor deposition and radio-frequency (rf) plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition using substrate temperatures (T-sub) of 100 and 25 degrees C is reported. Microcrystalline silicon (mu c-Si:H) is obtained using HW with a large crystalline fraction and a crystallite size of similar to 30 nm for hydrogen dilutions above 8...

  12. Amorphous and 'micromorph' silicon tandem cells with high open-circuit voltage

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    Loeffler, J.; Gordijn, A.; Stolk, R.L.; Li, H.; Rath, J.K.; Schropp, R.E.I. [Utrecht University (Netherlands). Debye Inst.

    2005-05-01

    For amorphous and 'micromorph' silicon multi-junction solar cells, we have developed tunnel recombination junctions consisting of two microcrystalline doped layers with a defect-rich interface. While the solar cells performed reasonably well under AM 1.5 light, we found in spectral response measurements that the first deposited cell of tandem structures in nip and pin configuration was apparently leaking under low light conditions. Insertion of a thin protection layer of n-type amorphous silicon solved this issue, and led to an increase in open-circuit voltage. Voltages as high as 1.76 V have been obtained for a-Si/a-Si pinpin tandem cells. (author)

  13. A fast method to diagnose phase transition from amorphous to microcrystalline silicon

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    HOU; GuoFu

    2007-01-01

    A series of hydrogenated silicon thin films were prepared by the radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition method (RF-PECVD) with various silane concentrations. The influence of silane concentration on structural and electrical characteristics of these films was investigated to study the phase transition region from amorphous to microcrystalline phase. At the same time, optical emission spectra (OES) from the plasma during the deposition process were monitored to get information about the plasma properties, Raman spectra were measured to study the structural characteristics of the deposited films. The combinatorial analysis of OES and Raman spectra results demonstrated that the OES can be used as a fast method to diagnose phase transition from amorphous to microcrystalline silicon. At last the physical mechanism, why both OES and Raman can be used to diagnose the phase transition, was analyzed theoretically.……

  14. A fast method to diagnose phase transition from amorphous to microcrystalline silicon

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    2007-01-01

    @@ A series of hydrogenated silicon thin films were prepared by the radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition method (RF-PECVD) with various silane concentrations. The influence of silane concentration on structural and electrical characteristics of these films was investigated to study the phase transition region from amorphous to microcrystalline phase. At the same time, optical emission spectra (OES) from the plasma during the deposition process were monitored to get information about the plasma properties, Raman spectra were measured to study the structural characteristics of the deposited films. The combinatorial analysis of OES and Raman spectra results demonstrated that the OES can be used as a fast method to diagnose phase transition from amorphous to microcrystalline silicon. At last the physical mechanism, why both OES and Raman can be used to diagnose the phase transition, was analyzed theoretically.

  15. Development of laser-fired contacts for amorphous silicon layers obtained by Hot-Wire CVD

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    Munoz, D. [XaRMAE-Universitat de Barcelona, Departament de Fisica Aplicada i Optica, Diagonal 647, Barcelona 08028 (Spain)], E-mail: delfina@eel.upc.edu; Voz, C.; Blanque, S. [Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Grup de Recerca en Micro i Nanotecnologies, Jordi Girona 1-3, Barcelona 08034 (Spain); Ibarz, D.; Bertomeu, J. [XaRMAE-Universitat de Barcelona, Departament de Fisica Aplicada i Optica, Diagonal 647, Barcelona 08028 (Spain); Alcubilla, R. [Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Grup de Recerca en Micro i Nanotecnologies, Jordi Girona 1-3, Barcelona 08034 (Spain)

    2009-03-15

    In this work we study aluminium laser-fired contacts for intrinsic amorphous silicon layers deposited by Hot-Wire CVD. This structure could be used as an alternative low temperature back contact for rear passivated heterojunction solar cells. An infrared Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm) has been used to locally fire the aluminium through the thin amorphous silicon layers. Under optimized laser firing parameters, very low specific contact resistances ({rho}{sub c} {approx} 10 m{omega} cm{sup 2}) have been obtained on 2.8 {omega} cm p-type c-Si wafers. This investigation focuses on maintaining the passivation quality of the interface without an excessive increase in the series resistance of the device.

  16. Thin-film crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Brendel, Rolf

    2011-01-01

    This introduction to the physics of silicon solar cells focuses on thin cells, while reviewing and discussing the current status of the important technology. An analysis of the spectral quantum efficiency of thin solar cells is given as well as a full set of analytical models. This is the first comprehensive treatment of light trapping techniques for the enhancement of the optical absorption in thin silicon films.

  17. Kirchhoff?s generalised law applied to amorphous silicon / crystalline silicon heterostructures

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    Brüggemann, Rudolf

    2009-01-01

    Abstract The electro- and photoluminescence spectra of amorphous silicon / crystalline silicon heterostructures and solar cells are determined by emission from the crystalline-silicon layer and are computed with Kirchhoff?s generalised law. The interface defect density strongly influences the luminescence yield which may be used to monitor the interface quality. Based on a comparison between numerical and analytically determined spectra, the temperature dependence of experimental e...

  18. Room temperature visible photoluminescence of silicon nanocrystallites embedded in amorphous silicon carbide matrix

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    The nanocrystalline silicon embedded in amorphous silicon carbide matrix was prepared by varying rf power in high vacuum plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition system using silane methane gas mixture highly diluted in hydrogen. In this paper, we have studied the evolution of the structural, optical, and electrical properties of this material as a function of rf power. We have observed visible photoluminescence at room temperature and also have discussed the role played by the Si nanocrystallites and the amorphous silicon carbide matrix. The decrease of the nanocrystalline size, responsible for quantum confinement effect, facilitated by the amorphous silicon carbide matrix, is shown to be the primary cause for the increase in the PL intensity, blueshift of the PL peak position, decrease of the PL width (full width at half maximum) as well as the increase of the optical band gap and the decrease of the dark conductivity

  19. Amorphous silicon materials and solar cells - Progress and directions

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    Sabisky, E.; Mahan, H.; McMahon, T.

    In 1978, the U.S. Department of Energy initiated government sponsored research in amorphous materials and thin film solar cells. The program was subsequently transferred to the Solar Energy Research Institute for program management. The program grew into a major program for the development of high efficiency (greater than 10 percent), cost effective (15-40 cents per peak watt) thin film amorphous solar cells. The present international interest, the substantial progress made in the device area (2 percent PIN cell in 1976 to 10 percent PIN cell in 1982), and the marketing of the first consumer products using thin film solar cells are to a large ducts using thin film solar cells are to a large extent a consequence of this goal-oriented program.

  20. Plasma Deposition of Doped Amorphous Silicon

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    Calcote, H. F.

    1985-01-01

    Pair of reports present further experimental details of investigation of plasma deposition of films of phosphorous-doped amosphous silicon. Probe measurements of electrical resistance of deposited films indicated films not uniform. In general, it appeared that resistance decreased with film thickness.

  1. Amorphous Hydrogenated Carbon-Nitrogen Alloy Thin Films for Solar Cell Application

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    ZHOU Zhi-Bin; DING Zheng-Ming; PANG Qian-Jun; CUI Rong-Qiang

    2001-01-01

    Amorphous hydrogenated carbon-nitrogen alloy (a-CNx :H) thin films have been deposited on silicon substratesby improved dc magnetron sputtering from a graphite target in nitrogen and hydrogen gas discharging. Thefilms are investigated by using Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, spectral ellipsometer and electron spin resonance techniques. The optimized process condition for solar cell application is discussed. Thephotovoltaic property of a-CNx:H/silicon heterojunctions can be improved by the adjustment of the pressureratio of hydrogen to nitrogen and unbalanced magnetic field intensity. Open-circuit voltage and short-circuitcurrent reach 300mV and 5.52 Ma/cm2, respectively.

  2. Light-induced metastable structural changes in hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Fritzsche, H. [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States)

    1996-09-01

    Light-induced defects (LID) in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and its alloys limit the ultimate efficiency of solar panels made with these materials. This paper reviews a variety of attempts to find the origin of and to eliminate the processes that give rise to LIDs. These attempts include novel deposition processes and the reduction of impurities. Material improvements achieved over the past decade are associated more with the material`s microstructure than with eliminating LIDs. We conclude that metastable LIDs are a natural by-product of structural changes which are generally associated with non-radiative electron-hole recombination in amorphous semiconductors.

  3. Molecular simulation of freestanding amorphous nickel thin films

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    Dong, T.Q. [Université Paris-Est, Laboratoire Modélisation et Simulation Multi Echelle, UMR 8208 CNRS, 5 Boulevard Descartes, 77454 Marne-la-Vallée, Cedex 2 (France); Hoang, V.V., E-mail: vvhoang2002@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Institute of Technology, National University of Ho Chi Minh City, 268 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam); Lauriat, G. [Université Paris-Est, Laboratoire Modélisation et Simulation Multi Echelle, UMR 8208 CNRS, 5 Boulevard Descartes, 77454 Marne-la-Vallée, Cedex 2 (France)

    2013-10-31

    Size effects on glass formation in freestanding Ni thin films have been studied via molecular dynamics simulation with the n-body Gupta interatomic potential. Atomic mechanism of glass formation in the films is determined via analysis of the spatio-temporal arrangements of solid-like atoms occurred upon cooling from the melt. Solid-like atoms are detected via the Lindemann ratio. We find that solid-like atoms initiate and grow mainly in the interior of the film and grow outward. Their number increases with decreasing temperature and at a glass transition temperature they dominate in the system to form a relatively rigid glassy state of a thin film shape. We find the existence of a mobile surface layer in both liquid and glassy states which can play an important role in various surface properties of amorphous Ni thin films. We find that glass formation is size independent for models containing 4000 to 108,000 atoms. Moreover, structure of amorphous Ni thin films has been studied in details via coordination number, Honeycutt–Andersen analysis, and density profile which reveal that amorphous thin films exhibit two different parts: interior and surface layer. The former exhibits almost the same structure like that found for the bulk while the latter behaves a more porous structure containing a large amount of undercoordinated sites which are the origin of various surface behaviors of the amorphous Ni or Ni-based thin films found in practice. - Highlights: • Glass formation is analyzed via spatio-temporal arrangements of solid-like atoms. • Amorphous Ni thin film exhibits two different parts: surface and interior. • Mobile surface layer enhances various surface properties of the amorphous Ni thin films. • Undercoordinated sites play an important role in various surface activities.

  4. On the Effect of the Amorphous Silicon Microstructure on the Grain Size of Solid Phase Crystallized Polycrystalline Silicon

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    Sharma, K.; Branca, A.; Illiberi, A.; Tichelaar, F. D.; Creatore, M.; M. C. M. van de Sanden,

    2011-01-01

    In this paper the effect of the microstructure of remote plasma-deposited amorphous silicon films on the grain size development in polycrystalline silicon upon solid-phase crystallization is reported. The hydrogenated amorphous silicon films are deposited at different microstructure parameter values

  5. Integration of an amorphous silicon passive pixel sensor array with a lateral amorphous selenium detector for large area indirect conversion x-ray imaging applications

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    Wang, Kai; Yazdandoost, Mohammad Y.; Keshavarzi, Rasoul; Shin, Kyung-Wook; Hristovski, Christos; Abbaszadeh, Shiva; Chen, Feng; Majid, Shaikh Hasibul; Karim, Karim S.

    2011-03-01

    Previously, we reported on a single-pixel detector based on a lateral a-Se metal-semiconductor-metal structure, intended for indirect conversion X-ray imaging. This work is the continuous effort leading to the first prototype of an indirect conversion X-ray imaging sensor array utilizing lateral amorphous selenium. To replace a structurally-sophisticated vertical multilayer amorphous silicon photodiode, a lateral a-Se MSM photodetector is employed which can be easily integrated with an amorphous silicon thin film transistor passive pixel sensor array. In this work, both 2×2 macro-pixel and 32×32 micro-pixel arrays were fabricated and tested along with discussion of the results.

  6. NMR study in amorphous CoZr thin film alloys

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    59Co NMR study has been carried out in a series of magnetic thin film amorphous Co1-xZrx alloys in the concentration range 0.1< x<0.4. The analysis shows that every Zr nearest neighbour lowers the NMR frequency on Co in the amorphous CoZr alloys by about 30 MHz and that the alloy structure in Co-rich compositions resembles the polytetrahedrally closed packed crystalline phases. (orig.)

  7. Dynamics of hydrogenated amorphous silicon flexural resonators for enhanced performance

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    Mouro, J.; Chu, V.; Conde, J. P.

    2016-04-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film flexural resonators with sub-micron actuation gaps are fabricated by surface micromachining on glass substrates. Experimentally, the resonators are electrostatically actuated and their motion is optically detected. Three different configurations for the electrostatic excitation force are used to study the dynamics of the resonators. In the first case, a dc voltage (Vdc) is added to an ac voltage with variable excitation frequency (Vac(ω)) and harmonic, superharmonic, and subharmonic resonances of different orders are observed. The second case consists on mixing the dc voltage (Vdc) with an ac voltage applied at a fixed frequency of twice the natural frequency of the resonator (V(2ω0)). High-amplitude parametric resonance is excited at the natural frequency of the system, ω0. This configuration allows a separation between the frequencies of the excitation and the mechanical motion. Finally, in the third case, the dc voltage (Vdc) is combined with both ac voltages, Vac(ω) and V(2ω0), and parametric resonance is excited and emerges from the fundamental harmonic resonance peak. The single-degree-of-freedom equation of motion is modeled and discussed for each case. The nonlinearity inherent to the electrostatic force is responsible for modulating the spring constant of the system at different frequencies, giving rise to parametric resonance. These equations of motion are simulated in the time and frequency domains, providing a consistent explanation of the experimentally observed phenomena. A wide variety of possible resonance modes with different characteristics can be used advantageously in MEMS device design.

  8. Hydrogen, microstructure and defect density in hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Roca I Cabarrocas, Pere; Djebbour, Z.; Kleider, J.; Longeaud, C.; Mencaraglia, D.; Sib, J.; Bouizem, Y.; Thèye, M.; Sardin, G.; Stoquert, J.

    1992-01-01

    It is well established that by bonding with the dangling bonds of silicon, hydrogen reduces the density of states of amorphous silicon and renders this material suitable to electronic applications. For so-called “standard” a-Si : H films deposited by the RF glow discharge decomposition of silane at low deposition rates (≈1 Å/s) and over a large range of deposition temperatures, we observed the usual correlation between the hydrogen bonding and the defect density in the as-deposited material o...

  9. Photo stability Assessment in Amorphous-Silicon Solar Cells

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    The present status of amorphous-silicon-solar-cell research and development at CIEMAT requires the possibility to characterise the devices prepared from the point of view of their stability against sunlight exposure. Therefore a set of tools providing such a capacity has been developed. Together with an introduction to photovoltaic applications of amorphous silicon and to the photodegradation problem, the present work describes the process of setting up these tools. An indoor controlled photodegradation facility has been designed and built, and a procedure has been developed for the measurement of J-V characterisation in well established conditions. This method is suitable for all kinds of solar cells, even for those for which no model is still available. The photodegradation and characterisation of some cells has allowed to validate both the new testing facility and method. (Author) 14 refs

  10. Amorphous silicon based large format uncooled FPA microbolometer technology

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    Schimert, T.; Brady, J.; Fagan, T.; Taylor, M.; McCardel, W.; Gooch, R.; Ajmera, S.; Hanson, C.; Syllaios, A. J.

    2008-04-01

    This paper presents recent developments in next generation microbolometer Focal Plane Array (FPA) technology at L-3 Communications Infrared Products (L-3 CIP). Infrared detector technology at L-3 CIP is based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and amorphous silicon germanium(a-SiGe:H). Large format high performance, fast, and compact IR FPAs are enabled by a low thermal mass pixel design; favorable material properties; an advanced ROIC design; and wafer level packaging. Currently at L-3 CIP, 17 micron pixel FPA array technology including 320x240, 640 x 480 and 1024 x768 arrays is under development. Applications of these FPAs range from low power microsensors to high resolution near-megapixel imager systems.

  11. The reliability and stability of multijunction amorphous silicon PV modules

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    Carlson, D.E. [Solarex, Newtown, PA (United States)

    1995-11-01

    Solarex is developing a manufacturing process for the commercial production of 8 ft{sup 2} multijunction amorphous silicon (a-Si) PV modules starting in 1996. The device structure used in these multijunction modules is: glass/textured tin oxide/p-i-n/p-i-n/ZnO/Al/EVA/Tedlar where the back junction of the tandem structure contains an amorphous silicon germanium alloy. As an interim step, 4 ft{sup 2} multijunction modules have been fabricated in a pilot production mode over the last several months. The distribution of initial conversion efficiencies for an engineering run of 67 modules (4 ft{sup 2}) is shown. Measurements recently performed at NREL indicate that the actual efficiencies are about 5% higher than those shown, and thus exhibit an average initial conversion efficiency of about 9.5%. The data indicates that the process is relatively robust since there were no modules with initial efficiencies less than 7.5%.

  12. Spherical silicon photonic microcavities: From amorphous to polycrystalline

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    Fenollosa, R.; Garín, M.; Meseguer, F.

    2016-06-01

    Shaping silicon as a spherical object is not an obvious task, especially when the object size is in the micrometer range. This has the important consequence of transforming bare silicon material in a microcavity, so it is able to confine light efficiently. Here, we have explored the inside volume of such microcavities, both in their amorphous and in their polycrystalline versions. The synthesis method, which is based on chemical vapor deposition, causes amorphous microspheres to have a high content of hydrogen that produces an onionlike distributed porous core when the microspheres are crystallized by a fast annealing regime. This substantially influences the resonant modes. However, a slow crystallization regime does not yield pores, and produces higher-quality-factor resonances that could be fitted to the Mie theory. This allows the establishment of a procedure for obtaining size calibration standards with relative errors of the order of 0.1%.

  13. Electrochemical degradation of amorphous-silicon photovoltaic modules

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    Mon, G. R.; Ross, R. G., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    Techniques of module electrochemical corrosion research, developed during reliability studies of crystalline-silicon modules (C-Si), have been applied to this new investigation into amorphous-silicon (a-Si) module reliability. Amorphous-Si cells, encapsulated in the polymers polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), were exposed for more than 1200 hours in a controlled 85 C/85 percent RH environment, with a constant 500 volts applied between the cells and an aluminum frame. Plotting power output reduction versus charge transferred reveals that about 50 percent a-Si cell failures can be expected with the passage of 0.1 to 1.0 Coulomb/cm of cell-frame edge length; this threshold is somewhat less than that determined for C-Si modules.

  14. Interface Study on Amorphous Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide Thin Film Transistors Using High-k Gate Dielectric Materials

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    Yu-Hsien Lin; Jay-Chi Chou

    2015-01-01

    We investigated amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) thin film transistors (TFTs) using different high-k gate dielectric materials such as silicon nitride (Si3N4) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3) at low temperature process (

  15. Amorphous Silicon 16—bit Array Photodetector①

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    ZHANGShaoqiang; XUZhongyang; 等

    1997-01-01

    An amorphous silicon 16-bit array photodetector with the a-SiC/a-Si heterojunction diode is presented.The fabrication processes of the device were studied systematically.By the optimum of the diode structure and the preparation procedures,the diode with Id<10-12A/mm2 and photocurrentIp≥0.35A/W has been obtained at the wavelength of 632nm.

  16. Corrosion In Amorphous-Silicon Solar Cells And Modules

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    Mon, Gordon R.; Wen, Liang-Chi; Ross, Ronald G., Jr.

    1988-01-01

    Paper reports on corrosion in amorphous-silicon solar cells and modules. Based on field and laboratory tests, discusses causes of corrosion, ways of mitigating effects, and consequences for modules already in field. Suggests sealing of edges as way of reducing entry of moisture. Cell-free perimeters or sacrificial electrodes suggested to mitigate effects of sorbed moisture. Development of truly watertight module proves to be more cost-effective than attempting to mitigate effects of moisture.

  17. Thermally stimulated H emission and diffusion in hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Abtew, T. A.; Inam, F.; Drabold, D. A.

    2006-01-01

    We report first principles ab initio density functional calculations of hydrogen dynam- ics in hydrogenated amorphous silicon. Thermal motion of the host Si atoms drives H diffusion, as we demonstrate by direct simulation and explain with simple models. Si-Si bond centers and Si ring centers are local energy minima as expected. We also describe a new mechanism for break- ing Si-H bonds to release free atomic H into the network: a fluctuation bond center detachment (FBCD) assisted diffusion. H...

  18. Crystallization of amorphous silicon induced by mechanical shear deformations

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    Kerrache, Ali; Mousseau, Normand; Lewis, Laurent J.

    2011-01-01

    We have investigated the response of amorphous silicon (a-Si), in particular crystallization, to external mechanical shear deformations using classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and the empirical Environment Dependent Inter-atomic Potential (EDIP) [Phys. Rev. B 56, 8542 (1997)]. In agreement with previous results we find that, at low shear velocity and low temperature, shear deformations increase disorder and defect density. At high temperatures, however, the deformations are found ...

  19. Deposition-induced defect profiles in amorphous hydrogenated silicon

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    Hata, N.; Wagner, S.; Roca i Cabarrocas, P.; Favre, M.

    2008-01-01

    The thickness dependence of the subgap optical absorption in plasma-deposited hydrogenated amorphous silicon is carefully studied by photothermal deflection spectroscopy. The deep-level defect concentration decays from the top surface into the bulk where it approaches the thermal equilibrium defect density. This defect profile is interpreted in terms of the annealing, during growth, of growth-induced surface defects. It is also shown that this defect profile is compatible with the known growt...

  20. First-principles study of hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Jarolimek, K.; de Groot, R. A.; de Wijs, G. A.; Zeman, M.

    2009-01-01

    We use a molecular-dynamics simulation within density-functional theory to prepare realistic structures of hydrogenated amorphous silicon. The procedure consists of heating a crystalline structure of Si64H8 to 2370 K, creating a liquid and subsequently cooling it down to room temperature. The effect of the cooling rate is examined. We prepared a total of five structures which compare well to experimental data obtained by neutron-scattering experiments. Two structures do not contain any struct...

  1. Development of a high voltage top cell for silicon thin-film solar cells

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    Walder , Cordula

    2015-01-01

    he development of multijunction solar cells is a promising approach to increase the efficiency of silicon thin-film photovoltaics. The objective of this work is to investigate how to optimise a high bandgap top cell and if the use of hydrogenated amorphous silicon alloys (a-SiO:H, a-SiC:H) as absorber materials is reasonable. According to the simulation results of this work, hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) is the preferable top cell absorber material for a triple cell. However, for a ...

  2. Stability of thin films of microcrystalline silicon under light soaking

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    HAN Xiao-yan; Wang Yan; XUE Jun-ming; ZHAO Shu-wen; REN Hui-zhi; ZHAO Ying; LI Yang-xian; GENG Xin-hua

    2006-01-01

    Silicon thin films with different crystalline ratio(Xc) have been deposited by varying silane content(SC) of reactive gases in the RF-PECVD process.The effects of silane content on performance of the materials and the relationship between microstructure and opto-electronic properties were studied by means of Raman measurements,photoconductivity(σph),and dark conductivity(σd),followed by the measurements of light absorption coefficient(α),the product of quantum efficiency,mobility and lifetime (ημτ),before,during and after light soaking,respectively.The results indicate that the microcrystalline silicon near the transition region is suitable to prepare microcrystalline silicon of device grade,and that the amorphous region of the material is responsible to the light induced degradation.

  3. Optical characterization and density of states determination of silicon nanocrystals embedded in amorphous silicon based matrix

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    We present a non-destructive measurement and simple analysis method for obtaining the absorption coefficient of silicon nanocrystals (NCs) embedded in an amorphous matrix. This method enables us to pinpoint the contribution of silicon NCs to the absorption spectrum of NC containing films. The density of states (DOS) of the amorphous matrix is modelled using the standard model for amorphous silicon while the NCs are modelled using one Gaussian distribution for the occupied states and one for the unoccupied states. For laser annealed a-Si0.66O0.34:H films, our analysis shows a reduction of the NC band gap from approximately 2.34–2.08 eV indicating larger mean NC size for increasing annealing laser fluences, accompanied by a reduction in NC DOS distribution width from 0.28–0.26 eV, indicating a narrower size distribution. (paper)

  4. Properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) deposited using a microwave Ecr plasma

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    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films have been widely applied to semiconductor devices, such as thin film transistors, solar cells and photosensitive devices. In this work, the first Si-H-Cl alloys (obtained at the National Institute for Nuclear Research of Mexico) were formed by a microwave electron cyclotron resonance (Ecr) plasma CVD method. Gaseous mixtures of silicon tetrachloride (Si Cl4), hydrogen and argon were used. The Ecr plasma was generated by microwaves at 2.45 GHz and a magnetic field of 670 G was applied to maintain the discharge after resonance condition (occurring at 875 G). Si and Cl contents were analyzed by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS). It was found that, increasing proportion of Si Cl4 in the mixture or decreasing pressure, the silicon and chlorine percentages decrease. Optical gaps were obtained by spectrophotometry. Decreasing temperature, optical gap values increase from 1.4 to 1.5 eV. (Author)

  5. Light-induced Voc increase and decrease in high-efficiency amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Stuckelberger, M.; Riesen, Y.; Despeisse, M.; Schüttauf, J.-W.; Haug, F.-J.; Ballif, C.

    2014-09-01

    High-efficiency amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells were deposited with different thicknesses of the p-type amorphous silicon carbide layer on substrates of varying roughness. We observed a light-induced open-circuit voltage (Voc) increase upon light soaking for thin p-layers, but a decrease for thick p-layers. Further, the Voc increase is enhanced with increasing substrate roughness. After correction of the p-layer thickness for the increased surface area of rough substrates, we can exclude varying the effective p-layer thickness as the cause of the substrate roughness dependence. Instead, we explain the observations by an increase of the dangling-bond density in both the p-layer—causing a Voc increase—and in the intrinsic absorber layer, causing a Voc decrease. We present a mechanism for the light-induced increase and decrease, justified by the investigation of light-induced changes of the p-layer and supported by Advanced Semiconductor Analysis simulation. We conclude that a shift of the electron quasi-Fermi level towards the conduction band is the reason for the observed Voc enhancements, and poor amorphous silicon quality on rough substrates enhances this effect.

  6. Surface bioactivity of plasma implanted silicon and amorphous carbon

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    Paul K CHU

    2004-01-01

    Plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition (PⅢ&D) has been shown to be an effective technique to enhance the surface bioactivity of materials. In this paper, recent progress made in our laboratory on plasma surface modification single-crystal silicon and amorphous carbon is reviewed. Silicon is the most important material in the integrated circuit industry but its surface biocompatibility has not been investigated in details. We have recently performed hydrogen PⅢ into silicon and observed the biomimetic growth of apatite on its surface in simulated body fluid. Diamond-like carbon (DLC) is widely used in the industry due to its excellent mechanical properties and chemical inertness. The use of this material in biomedical engineering has also attracted much attention. It has been observed in our laboratory that doping DLC with nitrogen by means of PⅢ can improve the surface blood compatibility. The properties as well as in vitro biological test results will be discussed in this article.

  7. Amorphous Dielectric Thin Films with Extremely Low Mechanical Loss

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The ubiquitous low-energy excitations are one of the universal phenomena of amorphous solids. These excitations dominate the acoustic, dielectric, and thermal properties of structurally disordered solids. One exception has been a type of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H with 1 at.% H. Using low temperature elastic and thermal measurements of electron-beam evap-orated amorphous silicon (a-Si, we show that TLS can be eliminated in this system as the films become denser and more structurally ordered under certain deposition conditions. Our results demonstrate that TLS are not intrinsic to the glassy state but instead reside in low density regions of the amorphous network. This work obviates the role hydrogen was previously thought to play in removing TLS in a-Si:H and favors an ideal four-fold covalently bonded amorphous structure as the cause for the disappearance of TLS. Our result supports the notion that a-Si can be made a “perfect glass” with “crystal-like” properties, thus offering an encouraging opportunity to use it as a simple crystal dielectric alternative in applications, such as in modern quantum devices where TLS are the source of dissipation, decoherence and 1/f noise.

  8. Al-induced Lateral Crystallization of Amorphous Si Thin Films by Microwave Annealing

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    RAO Rui; XU Zhong-yang; ZENG Xiang-bing

    2002-01-01

    Al-induced lateral crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films by microwave annealing is investigated. The crystallized Si films are examined by optical microscopy , Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and transmission electron diffraction micrography. After microwave annealing at 480 ℃ for 50 min,the amorphous Si is completely crystallized with large grains of main ( 111 ) orientation. The rate of lateral crystallization is 0.04μm/min. This process, labeled MILC-MA, not only lowers the temperature but also reduces the time of crystallization. The crystallization mechanism during microwave annealing and the electrical properties of polycrystalline Si thin films are analyzed. This MILC-MA process has potential applications in large area electronics.

  9. Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Sensor Deposited on Integrated Circuit for Radiation Detection

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    Despeisse, M; Anelli, G.; Jarron, P.; Kaplon, J; Moraes, D.; A. Nardulli(Institute for Particle Physics, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland); Powolny, F; Wyrsch, N

    2008-01-01

    Radiation detectors based on the deposition of a 10 to 30 μm thick hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) sensor directly on top of integrated circuits have been developed. The performance of this detector technology has been assessed for the first time in the context of particle detectors. Three different circuits were designed in a quarter micron CMOS technology for these studies. The so-called TFA (Thin-Film on ASIC) detectors obtained after deposition of a-Si:H sensors on the developed c...

  10. Surface roughening during plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon on crystal silicon substrates

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    The morphology of a series of thin films of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) grown by plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition (PECVD) is studied using scanning tunneling microscopy. The substrates were atomically flat, oxide-free, single-crystal silicon. Films were grown in a PECVD chamber directly connected to a surface analysis chamber with no air exposure between growth and measurement. The homogeneous roughness of the films increases with film thickness. The quantification of this roughening is achieved by calculation of both rms roughness and lateral correlation lengths of the a-Si:H film surface from the height difference correlation functions of the measured topographs. Homogeneous roughening occurs over the film surface due to the collective behavior of the flux of depositing radical species and their interactions with the growth surface. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  11. Electroless chemical grafting of nitrophenyl groups on n-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon surfaces.

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    Kim, Chulki; Oh, Kiwon; Han, Seunghee; Kim, Kyungkon; Kim, Il Won; Kim, Heesuk

    2014-08-01

    The direct spontaneous grafting of 4-nitrophenyl molecules onto n-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) surfaces without external ultraviolet, thermal, or electrochemical energy was invegtigated. Clean n-doped a-Si:H thin films were dipped in a solution of 4-nitrobenzenediazonium salts (PNBD) in acetonitrile. After the modified surfaces were rinsed, they were analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). XPS and AFM results show that the reaction of an n-doped a-Si:H thin film with PNBD self-terminates without polymerization, after 5 h, and the surface number density of 4-nitrophenyl molecules is 4.2 x 10(15)/cm2. These results demonstrate that the spontaneous grafting of nitrophenyl layers onto n-doped a-Si:H thin films is an attractive pathway toward forming interfaces between a-Si:H and organic layers under ambient conditions. PMID:25936109

  12. Solar cell preparation in thin silicon membranes

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    Libezny, M.; Poortmans, J.; Caymax, M.; Beaucarne, G.; Laureys, W.; Nijs, J. [IMEC, Leuven (Belgium)

    1997-12-31

    Solar cells prepared in a thin ({approx} 30 {micro}m) crystalline silicon membrane with a supporting frame allow an evaluation of the potential of c-Si thin film cells on cheap substrates. In the same time, light-weight and more radiation-hard solar cells may have direct applications in space. This paper studies the fabrication process of solar cells in {approx} 30 {micro}m thick p-Si epitaxial layers, incorporating a p{sup +2}-Si etch-stop/back-surface field layer, using KOH etching. Wax, rubber and silicon nitride were tested as masking material during the etching. It was found that both wax and silicon nitride could be used as materials for masking of supporting frames for the solar cell thinning up to 30 {micro}m. However, silicon nitride does not reliably protect the frontside structure.

  13. The "Micromorph" cell: a New Way to High-Efficiency-Low-Temperature Crystalline Silicon Thin-Film Cell Manufacturing ?

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    Keppner, H.; Kroll, U.; Torres, P.; J. Meier; Platz, R.; Fischer, D.; Beck, N; Dubail, S.; Anna Selvan, J. A.; Pellaton Vaucher, N.; Goerlitzer, M.; Ziegler, Y.; Tscharner, R.; Hof, Ch.; Goetz, M

    1997-01-01

    Hydrogenated microcrystalline Silicon (µc-Si:H) produced by the VHF-GD (Very High Frequency Glow Discharge) process can be considered to be a new base material for thin-film crystalline silicon solar cells. The most striking feature of such cells, in contrast to conventional amorphous silicon technology, is their stability under light-soaking. With respect to crystalline silicon technology, their most striking advantage is their low process temperature (220 °C). The so called “micromorph” cel...

  14. Grain boundary resistance to amorphization of nanocrystalline silicon carbide

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    Chen, Dong; Gao, Fei; Liu, Bo

    2015-11-01

    Under the C displacement condition, we have used molecular dynamics simulation to examine the effects of grain boundaries (GBs) on the amorphization of nanocrystalline silicon carbide (nc-SiC) by point defect accumulation. The results show that the interstitials are preferentially absorbed and accumulated at GBs that provide the sinks for defect annihilation at low doses, but also driving force to initiate amorphization in the nc-SiC at higher doses. The majority of surviving defects are C interstitials, as either C-Si or C-C dumbbells. The concentration of defect clusters increases with increasing dose, and their distributions are mainly observed along the GBs. Especially these small clusters can subsequently coalesce and form amorphous domains at the GBs during the accumulation of carbon defects. A comparison between displacement amorphized nc-SiC and melt-quenched single crystal SiC shows the similar topological features. At a dose of 0.55 displacements per atom (dpa), the pair correlation function lacks long range order, demonstrating that the nc-SiC is fully amorphilized.

  15. Effect of light trapping in an amorphous silicon solar cell

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    Light trapping in amorphous silicon based solar cell has been investigated theoretically. The substrate for these cells can be textured, including pyramidally textured c-Si wafer, to improve capture of incident light. A thin silver layer, deposited on the substrate of an n–i–p cell, ultimately goes at the back of the cell structure and can act a back reflector to improve light trapping. The two physical solar cells we investigated had open circuit voltages (Voc) of 0.87, 0.90 V, short circuit current densities (Jsc) of 14.2, 15.36 mA/cm2 respectively. The first cell was investigated for the effect on its performance while having and not having light trapping scheme (LT), when thickness of the active layer (di) was changed in the range of 100 nm to 800 nm. In both the approaches, for having or not having LT, the short circuit current density increases with di while the Voc and fill factor, decreases steadily. However, maximum cell efficiency can be obtained when di = 400 nm, and hence it was considered optimized thickness of the active layer, that was used for further investigation. With the introduction of light trapping to the second cell, it shows a further enhancement in Jsc and red response of the external quantum efficiency to 16.6 mA/cm2 and by 11.1% respectively. Considering multiple passages of light inside the cell, we obtained an improvement in cell efficiency from 9.7% to 10.6%. - Highlights: • A theoretical analysis of light trapping in p–i–n and n–i–p type solar cells • Jsc increases and Voc decreases with the increase in i-layer thickness. • Observed optimized thickness of i-layer as 400 nm • Jsc improved from 15.4 mA/cm2 to 16.6 mA/cm2 due to the light trapping. • Efficiency (η) improved from 9.7% to 10.6% due to better red response of the EQE

  16. Effect of light trapping in an amorphous silicon solar cell

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    Iftiquar, S.M., E-mail: iftiquar@skku.edu [College of Information and Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Juyeon; Park, Hyeongsik [College of Information and Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Jaehyun; Shin, Chonghoon [Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jinjoo [College of Information and Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Junhee [Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Bong, Sungjae [College of Information and Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sunbo [Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Yi, Junsin, E-mail: yi@yurim.skku.ac.kr [College of Information and Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-31

    Light trapping in amorphous silicon based solar cell has been investigated theoretically. The substrate for these cells can be textured, including pyramidally textured c-Si wafer, to improve capture of incident light. A thin silver layer, deposited on the substrate of an n–i–p cell, ultimately goes at the back of the cell structure and can act a back reflector to improve light trapping. The two physical solar cells we investigated had open circuit voltages (V{sub oc}) of 0.87, 0.90 V, short circuit current densities (J{sub sc}) of 14.2, 15.36 mA/cm{sup 2} respectively. The first cell was investigated for the effect on its performance while having and not having light trapping scheme (LT), when thickness of the active layer (d{sub i}) was changed in the range of 100 nm to 800 nm. In both the approaches, for having or not having LT, the short circuit current density increases with d{sub i} while the V{sub oc} and fill factor, decreases steadily. However, maximum cell efficiency can be obtained when d{sub i} = 400 nm, and hence it was considered optimized thickness of the active layer, that was used for further investigation. With the introduction of light trapping to the second cell, it shows a further enhancement in J{sub sc} and red response of the external quantum efficiency to 16.6 mA/cm{sup 2} and by 11.1% respectively. Considering multiple passages of light inside the cell, we obtained an improvement in cell efficiency from 9.7% to 10.6%. - Highlights: • A theoretical analysis of light trapping in p–i–n and n–i–p type solar cells • J{sub sc} increases and V{sub oc} decreases with the increase in i-layer thickness. • Observed optimized thickness of i-layer as 400 nm • J{sub sc} improved from 15.4 mA/cm{sup 2} to 16.6 mA/cm{sup 2} due to the light trapping. • Efficiency (η) improved from 9.7% to 10.6% due to better red response of the EQE.

  17. Damage at hydrogenated amorphous/crystalline silicon interfaces by indium tin oxide overlayer sputtering

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    Demaurex, Bénédicte; De Wolf, Stefaan; Descoeudres, Antoine; Charles Holman, Zachary; Ballif, Christophe

    2012-01-01

    Damage of the hydrogenated amorphous/crystalline silicon interface passivation during transparent conductive oxide sputtering is reported. This occurs in the fabrication process of silicon heterojunction solar cells. We observe that this damage is at least partially caused by luminescence of the sputter plasma. Following low-temperature annealing, the electronic interface properties are recovered. However, the silicon-hydrogen configuration of the amorphous silicon film is permanently changed...

  18. Experiment and Simulation Study on the Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaic Walls

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    Wenjie Zhang; Bin Hao; Nianping Li

    2014-01-01

    Based on comparative study on two amorphous silicon photovoltaic walls (a-Si PV walls), the temperature distribution and the instant power were tested; and with EnergyPlus software, similar models of the walls were built to simulate annual power generation and air conditioning load. On typical sunshine day, the corresponding position temperature of nonventilated PV wall was generally 0.5~1.5°C higher than that of ventilated one, while the power generation was 0.2%~0.4% lower, which was consis...

  19. Ultralight amorphous silicon alloy photovoltaic modules for space applications

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    Hanak, J. J.; Chen, Englade; Fulton, C.; Myatt, A.; Woodyard, J. R.

    1987-01-01

    Ultralight and ultrathin, flexible, rollup monolithic PV modules have been developed consisting of multijunction, amorphous silicon alloys for either terrestrial or aerospace applications. The rate of progress in increasing conversion efficiency of stable multijunction and multigap PV cells indicates that arrays of these modules can be available for NASA's high power systems in the 1990's. Because of the extremely light module weight and the highly automated process of manufacture, the monolithic a-Si alloy arrays are expected to be strongly competitive with other systems for use in NASA's space station or in other large aerospace applications.

  20. Radiation damage and annealing of amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Byvik, C. E.; Slemp, W. S.; Smith, B. T.; Buoncristiani, A. M.

    1984-01-01

    Amorphous silicon solar cells were irradiated with 1 MeV electrons at the Space Environmental Effects Laboratory of the NASA Langley Research Center. The cells accumulated a total fluence of 10 to the 14th, 10 to the 15th, and 10 to the 16th electrons per square centimeter and exhibited increasing degradation with each irradiation. This degradation was tracked by evaluating the I-V curves for AM0 illumination and the relative spectral response. The observed radiation damage was reversed following an anneal of the cells under vacuum at 200 C for 2 hours.

  1. Study on stability of hydrogenated amorphous silicon films

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    Zhu Xiu-Hong; Chen Guang-Hua; Zhang Wen-Li; Ding Yi; Ma Zhan-Jie; Hu Yue-Hui; He Bin; Rong Yan-Dong

    2005-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films with high and same order of magnitude photosensitivity (~105) but different stability were prepared by using microwave electron cyclotron resonance chemical vapour deposition system under the different deposition conditions. It was proposed that there was no direct correlation between the photosensitivity and the hydrogen content (CH) as well as H-Si bonding configurations, but for the stability, they were the critical factors. The experimental results indicated that higher substrate temperature, hydrogen dilution ratio and lower deposition rate played an important role in improving the microstructure of a-Si:H films. We used hydrogen elimination model to explain our experimental results.

  2. Atomistic models of hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride from first principles

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    Jarolimek, K.; de Groot, R. A.; de Wijs, G. A.; Zeman, M.

    2010-01-01

    We present a theoretical study of hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiNx:H), with equal concentrations of Si and N atoms (x=1), for two considerably different densities (2.0 and 3.0 g/cm3). Densities and hydrogen concentration were chosen according to experimental data. Using first-principles molecular-dynamics within density-functional theory the models were generated by cooling from the liquid. Where both models have a short-range order resembling that of crystalline Si3N4 because o...

  3. Two-Level Systems in Evaporated Amorphous Silicon

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    Queen, D. R.; Liu, X.; Karel, J.; Jacks, H. C.; Metcalf, T. H.; Hellman, F.

    2015-01-01

    In $e$-beam evaporated amorphous silicon ($a$-Si), the densities of two-level systems (TLS), $n_{0}$ and $\\overline{P}$, determined from specific heat $C$ and internal friction $Q^{-1}$ measurements, respectively, have been shown to vary by over three orders of magnitude. Here we show that $n_{0}$ and $\\overline{P}$ are proportional to each other with a constant of proportionality that is consistent with the measurement time dependence proposed by Black and Halperin and does not require the i...

  4. Eigenmode Splitting in all Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Nitride Coupled Microcavity

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    ZHANG Xian-Gao; HUANG Xin-Fan; CHEN Kun-Ji; QIAN Bo; CHEN San; DING Hong-Lin; LIU Sui; WANG Xiang; XU Jun; LI Wei

    2008-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride based coupled optical microcavity is investigated theoretically and experimentally. The theoretical calculation of the transmittance spectra of optical microcavity with one cavity and coupled microcavity with two-cavity is performed.The optical eigenmode splitting for coupled microcavity is found due to the interaction between the neighbouring localized cavities.Experimentally,the coupled cavity samples are prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition and characterized by photoluminescence measurements.It is found that the photoluminescence peak wavelength agrees well with the cavity mode in the calculated transmittance spectra.This eigenmode splitting is analogous to the electron state energy splitting in diatom molecules.

  5. INFRARED VIBRATIONAL SPECTRA OF CHLORINATED AND HYDROGENATED AMORPHOUS SILICON

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    Kalem, S; Chevallier, J.; Al Dallal, S.; Bourneix, J.

    1981-01-01

    The infrared spectra of chlorinated and hydrogenated amorphous silicon have been measured. In addition to the hydrogen induced bands at 2110, 1990, 885, 840 and 640 cm-1, we observe two new modes at 545 cm-1 (Si-Cl stretching) and 500 cm-1 ( Si TO modes induced by chlorine). Observation of the 545 cm-1 band proves that chlorine acts as a dangling bond terminator. Upon annealing, some of the Si-Cl groups transform into SiCl4 molecules (SiCl4 stretching at 615 cm-1). A good agreement is found b...

  6. Role of localized states in amorphous silicon tunnel barriers

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    Results of an experimental study of the role of localized states in amorphous silicon tunneling barriers are reported. Composite barriers formed of multilayers of SiOx and a-Si, the latter containing a known density of localized states, have been developed in which the dominant tunneling mechanism can be made to be either direct or resonant tunneling. The effect of these localized states on the behavior of the conductance with barrier thickness, and on the superconducting tunneling current-voltage characteristics, is described

  7. A structural study of CN treated amorphous silicon

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    Yamazaki, Yuji; Shirai, Koun; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2003-06-01

    Recently, a remarkable technique to overcome the problem of light-induced degradation in amorphous silicon (a-Si) solar cells using a cyanide (CN) treatment has been developed. Structural and bonding characteristics of CN in a-Si has been studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. It was found that CN incorporation results in more than just the termination of dangling bonds. The connectivity of the covalent random network increases because the CN changes from triply bonded, which is a common form in molecular CN, to the singly bonded form. This may be the mechanism by which CN incorporation produces significant reductions in light-induced degradation.

  8. Hydrogenation assisted nickel-induced lateral nano-crystallization of amorphous silicon on flexible plastic substrates at low temperatures

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    We report ultra low temperature lateral crystallization of amorphous silicon films on flexible plastic substrates suitable for the realization of thin-film transistors. A sequential hydrogenation and annealing is necessary to crystallize silicon films aided with an external mechanical stress at a temperature of 170 deg. C. Ni is used as the seed for the crystallization using a metal induced crystallization method. For the formation of polycrystalline-silicon thin-film transistors, a lateral crystallization is tried where the seed is placed on the source and drain regions and crystallization progresses from the seed regions towards the central parts of the channel of the thin-film transistor. Scanning electron and transmission electron microscopies were used to investigate the morphology and crystallinity of the layers. The fabricated lateral transistors show an on/off ratio of 2000 and an effective mobility of about 25 cm2/V s

  9. Elastic properties of amorphous thin films studied by Rayleigh waves

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    Physical vapor deposition in ultra-high vacuum was used to co-deposit nickel and zirconium onto quartz single crystals and grow amorphous Ni1-xZrx (0.1 < x < 0.87) thin film. A high-resolution surface acoustic wave technique was developed for in situ measurement of film shear moduli. The modulus has narrow maxima at x = 0. 17, 0.22, 0.43, 0.5, 0.63, and 0.72, reflecting short-range ordering and formation of aggregates in amorphous phase. It is proposed that the aggregates correspond to polytetrahedral atom arrangements limited in size by geometrical frustration

  10. Amorphous Silicon Carbide Passivating Layers to Enable Higher Processing Temperature in Crystalline Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Boccard, Mathieu [Arizona State Univ., Mesa, AZ (United States); Holman, Zachary [Arizona State Univ., Mesa, AZ (United States)

    2015-04-06

    "Very efficient crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells have been demonstrated when thin layers of intrinsic and doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) are used for passivation and carrier selectivity in a heterojunction device. One limitation of this device structure is the (parasitic) absorption in the front passivation/collection a-Si:H layers; another is the degradation of the a-Si:H-based passivation upon temperature, limiting the post-processes to approximately 200°C thus restricting the contacting possibilities and potential tandem device fabrication. To alleviate these two limitations, we explore the potential of amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H), a widely studied material in use in standard a-Si:H thin-film solar cells, which is known for its wider bandgap, increased hydrogen content and stronger hydrogen bonding compared to a-Si:H. We study the surface passivation of solar-grade textured n-type c-Si wafers for symmetrical stacks of 10-nm-thick intrinsic a-SiC:H with various carbon content followed by either p-doped or n-doped a-Si:H (referred to as i/p or i/n stacks). For both doping types, passivation (assessed through carrier lifetime measurements) is degraded by increasing the carbon content in the intrinsic a-SiC:H layer. Yet, this hierarchy is reversed after annealing at 350°C or more due to drastic passivation improvements upon annealing when an a-SiC:H layer is used. After annealing at 350°C, lifetimes of 0.4 ms and 2.0 ms are reported for i/p and i/n stacks, respectively, when using an intrinsic a-SiC:H layer with approximately 10% of carbon (initial lifetimes of 0.3 ms and 0.1 ms, respectively, corresponding to a 30% and 20-fold increase, respectively). For stacks of pure a-Si:H material the lifetimes degrade from 1.2 ms and 2.0 ms for i/p and i/n stacks, respectively, to less than 0.1 ms and 1.1 ms (12-fold and 2-fold decrease, respectively). For complete solar cells using pure a-Si:H i/p and i/n stacks, the open-circuit voltage (Voc

  11. Study of electron-irradiated silicon thin films using transient photocurrent spectroscopy

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    Reynolds, S; Astakhov, O.; Smirnov, V.(Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia)

    2014-01-01

    Electron irradiation of silicon thin films creates localised states, which degrade theiropto-electronic properties. We present a series of transient photocurrent spectroscopy (TPC)measurements on electron-irradiated amorphous and microcrystalline silicon films, annealed atprogressively increasing temperatures. This has enabled localised states associated with bothdangling bonds and conduction band tails to be examined over a wide energy range.Trends inthe evolution of the DOS following electr...

  12. Elimination of residual stress in hydrogenated amorphous silicon films

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    Jones, P.L.; Korhonen, A.S.; Dimmey, L.J.; Cocks, F.H.; Pollock, J.T.A.

    1982-02-01

    Residual stresses were measured in hydrogenated amorphous silicon films produced by glow discharge decomposition of silane and deposited onto aluminium, Invar (36Ni-64Fe), copper and nickel substrates. The substrate temperatures were in the range 54-295/sup 0/C during deposition. For low deposition temperatures, all films irrespective of substrate exhibited compressive room temperature residual stresses ranging from -60 to -120 mPa. A major fraction of this residual stress is found to come from the intrinsic deposition stress, which has complex origins relating to deposition and substrate conditions. With aluminium substrates, increasing the deposition temperature increased the compressive residual stress, primarily because of the difference between the thermal expansion coefficients of silicon and aluminium. However, with Invar substrates, films deposited at 225/sup 0/C exhibited a zero residual stress at room temperature because of a balancing of the compressive intrinsic deposition stress with the tensile stress produced during cooling by the low thermal expansion of the Invar.

  13. Lithium concentration dependent structure and mechanics of amorphous silicon

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    Sitinamaluwa, H. S.; Wang, M. C.; Will, G.; Senadeera, W.; Zhang, S.; Yan, C.

    2016-06-01

    A better understanding of lithium-silicon alloying mechanisms and associated mechanical behavior is essential for the design of Si-based electrodes for Li-ion batteries. Unfortunately, the relationship between the dynamic mechanical response and microstructure evolution during lithiation and delithiation has not been well understood. We use molecular dynamic simulations to investigate lithiated amorphous silicon with a focus to the evolution of its microstructure, phase composition, and stress generation. The results show that the formation of LixSi alloy phase is via different mechanisms, depending on Li concentration. In these alloy phases, the increase in Li concentration results in reduction of modulus of elasticity and fracture strength but increase in ductility in tension. For a LixSi system with uniform Li distribution, volume change induced stress is well below the fracture strength in tension.

  14. The Synthesis and Structural Properties of Crystalline Silicon Quantum Dots upon Thermal Annealing of Hydrogenated Amorphous Si-Rich Silicon Carbide Films

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    Wen, Guozhi; Zeng, Xiangbin; Li, Xianghu

    2016-08-01

    Silicon quantum dots (QDs) embedded in non-stoichiometric hydrogenated silicon carbide (SiC:H) thin films have been successfully synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition and post-annealing. The chemical composition analyses have been carried out by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The bonding configurations have been deduced from Fourier transform infrared absorption measurements (FTIR). The evolution of microstructure with temperature has been characterized by glancing incident x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman diffraction spectroscopy. XPS and FTIR show that it is in Si-rich feature and there are a few hydrogenated silicon clusters in the as-grown sample. XRD and Raman diffraction spectroscopy show that it is in amorphous for the as-grown sample, while crystalline silicon QDs have been synthesized in the 900°C annealed sample. Silicon atoms precipitation from the SiC matrix or silicon phase transition from amorphous SiC is enhanced with annealing temperature increase. The average sizes of silicon QDs are about 5.1 nm and 5.6 nm, the number densities are as high as 1.7 × 1012 cm-2 and 3.2 × 1012 cm-2, and the crystalline volume fractions are about 58.3% and 61.3% for the 900°C and 1050°C annealed samples, respectively. These structural properties analyses provide an understanding about the synthesis of silicon QDs upon thermal annealing for applications in next generation optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices.

  15. Effect of surface irradiation during the photo-CVD deposition of a-Si:H thin films. Hikari CVD ho ni yoru amorphous silicon sakuseiji no kiban hikari reiki koka

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    Tasaka, K.; Doering, H.; Hashimoto, K.; Fujishima, A. (The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan))

    1990-12-06

    This paper shows the impact of the irradiation from an additional light source during the deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon by photo-CVD deposition. Using a mercury sensitized photo-CVD process from Disilan (Si {sub 2} H {sub 6}) and hydrogen, silicon was deposited. A 40W low pressure mercury lamp was applied as the light source. A portion of the substrate was in addition irradiated using an Xg-He lamp through a thermal filter. Irradiation of the substrate using only Xg-He lamp produced no deposition, since this light has a wavelength which is too long to produce the SiH {sub 3}-radicals needed for Si deposition. The additional Xg-He light source was discovered to cause an increased thickness of deposited a-Si:H film and a transmission of the band structure. The reasons of these are considered that the influence of irradiation is not limited to film thickness, but that irradiation also impacts the composition of the a-Si:H film so as to cause a reduction in the hydrogen content. 10 figs., 1 tab.

  16. High-stability transparent amorphous oxide TFT with a silicon-doped back-channel layer

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    Lee, Hyoung-Rae; Park, Jea-Gun [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    We significantly reduced various electrical instabilities of amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs) by using the co-deposition of silicon on an a-IGZO back channel. This process showed improved stability of the threshold voltage (V{sub th}) under high temperature and humidity and negative gate-bias illumination stress (NBIS) without any reduction of IDS. The enhanced stability was achieved with silicon, which has higher metal-oxide bonding strengths than gallium does. Additionally, SiO{sub x} distributed on the a-IGZO surface reduced the adsorption and the desorption of H{sub 2}O and O{sub 2}. This process is applicable to the TFT manufacturing process with a variable sputtering target.

  17. Si(Li) x-ray detectors with amorphous silicon passivation

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    Lithium-drifted silicon [Si(Li)] detectors with thin lithium n+ contacts and amorphous silicon (α-Si) junction passivation are described. These detectors (7 mm thick, 9 cm2 area) are intended for use in a six element detector array which is designed to measure trace amounts of plutonium in soil samples. Results are given showing a spectral resolution of approx. 400 eV (FWHM) for the 17.8 keV N/sub p/ L x-rays entering through either these detectors. Measurements on the effects of the fractional H2 concentration on the electrical behavior of the α-Si/Si interface are reported. The increase with time in the lithium window thickness when the detectors are stored at room temperature is discussed

  18. Characterization of defects in hydrogenated amorphous silicon deposited on different substrates by capacitance techniques

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    Darwich, R., E-mail: rdarwich@aec.org.sy [Physics Department, Atomic Energy Commission of Syria, P. O. Box 6091, Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic); Roca i Cabarrocas, P. [Laboratoire de physique des interfaces et des couches minces, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau France (France)

    2011-06-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films deposited on crystalline silicon and Corning glass substrate were analyzed using different capacitance techniques. The distribution of localized states and some electronic properties were studied using the temperature, frequency and bias dependence of the Schottky barrier capacitance and deep level transient spectroscopy. Our results show that the distribution of the gap states depends on the type of substrate. We have found that the films deposited on c-Si substrate represent only one positively charged or prerelaxed neutral deep state and one interface state, while the films deposited on glass substrate have one interface state and three types of deep defect states, positively or prerelaxed neutral, neutral and negatively charged.

  19. Characterization of defects in hydrogenated amorphous silicon deposited on different substrates by capacitance techniques

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    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films deposited on crystalline silicon and Corning glass substrate were analyzed using different capacitance techniques. The distribution of localized states and some electronic properties were studied using the temperature, frequency and bias dependence of the Schottky barrier capacitance and deep level transient spectroscopy. Our results show that the distribution of the gap states depends on the type of substrate. We have found that the films deposited on c-Si substrate represent only one positively charged or pre relaxed neutral deep state and one interface state, while the films deposited on glass substrate have one interface state and three types of deep defect states, positively or pre relaxed neutral, neutral and negatively charged. (author)

  20. Characterization of defects in hydrogenated amorphous silicon deposited on different substrates by capacitance techniques

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    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films deposited on crystalline silicon and Corning glass substrate were analyzed using different capacitance techniques. The distribution of localized states and some electronic properties were studied using the temperature, frequency and bias dependence of the Schottky barrier capacitance and deep level transient spectroscopy. Our results show that the distribution of the gap states depends on the type of substrate. We have found that the films deposited on c-Si substrate represent only one positively charged or prerelaxed neutral deep state and one interface state, while the films deposited on glass substrate have one interface state and three types of deep defect states, positively or prerelaxed neutral, neutral and negatively charged.

  1. Nanostructural properties of amorphous silicon carbide by GISAXS and optical spectroscopy

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    The nano-structural properties of non-stehiometric hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide thin films, deposited by magnetron sputtering in wide range of carbon concentration (5-50 at.%) and high hydrogen content (17-45 at.%), were analysed by GISAXS (Grazing Incidence Small Angle X-ray Scattering). The film composition and density were estimated by combining vibrational spectroscopy, RBS (Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry) and ERDA (Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis). It was found that by increasing carbon and hydrogen concentration, the film density decreases, indicating the increase of voids contribution. The GISAXS was performed on ELETTRA synchrotron radiation source, Trieste (Italy). The obtained results show the presence of 'particles' with variation in mean dimensions between 1.7 and 2.5 nm and broad size distribution. The size of 'particles', most probably large voids or voids agglomerates, increases with carbon to silicon ratio and decreases with hydrogen concentration

  2. Depth profile study on Raman spectra of high-energy-electron-irradiated hydrogenated amorphous silicon films

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    2009-01-01

    According to the different penetration depths for the incident lights of 472 nm and 532 nm in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films, the depth profile study on Raman spectra of a-Si:H films was carried out. The network ordering evolution in the near surface and interior region of the unirradiated and irradiated a-Si:H films was investigated. The results show that there is a structural improvement in the shortand intermediate-range order towards the surface of the unirradiated a-Si:H films. The amorphous silicon network in the near and interior region becomes more disordered on the shortand intermediate-range scales after being irradiated with high energy electrons. However, the surface of the irradiated films becomes more disordered in comparison with their interior region, indicating that the created defects caused by electron irradiation are concentrated in the near surface of the irradiated films. Annealing eliminates the irradiation effects on a-Si:H thin films and the structural order of the irradiated films is similar to that of the unirradiated ones after being annealed. There exists a structural improvement in the shortand intermediate-range order towards the surface of the irradiated a-Si:H films after being annealed.

  3. Aluminium-induced crystallization of amorphous silicon films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering on glasses

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    Kezzoula, F., E-mail: kezzoula@usa.com [UDTS 2Bd Frantz Fanon 7 merveilles Algiers (Algeria); Laboratory of Materials, Mineral and Composite (LMMC), Boumerdes University (Algeria); Hammouda, A. [UPR CNRS 3079 CEMHTI - 1D Avenue de la Recherche Scientifique, 45071 Orleans Cedex 2 (France); Equipe Couches Minces, Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux, Faculte de Physique, USTHB, Algiers (Algeria); Universite d' Orleans, 45067 Orleans Cedex 2 (France); Kechouane, M. [Equipe Couches Minces, Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux, Faculte de Physique, USTHB, Algiers (Algeria); Simon, P. [UPR CNRS 3079 CEMHTI - 1D Avenue de la Recherche Scientifique, 45071 Orleans Cedex 2 (France); Universite d' Orleans, 45067 Orleans Cedex 2 (France); Abaidia, S.E.H. [Laboratory of Materials, Mineral and Composite (LMMC), Boumerdes University (Algeria); Keffous, A. [UDTS 2Bd Frantz Fanon 7 merveilles Algiers (Algeria); Cherfi, R. [Equipe Couches Minces, Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux, Faculte de Physique, USTHB, Algiers (Algeria); Menari, H.; Manseri, A. [UDTS 2Bd Frantz Fanon 7 merveilles Algiers (Algeria)

    2011-09-15

    Amorphous silicon (a-Si) and hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films were deposited by DC magnetron sputtering technique with argon and hydrogen plasma mixture on Al deposited by thermal evaporation on glass substrates. The a-Si/Al and a-Si:H/Al thin films were annealed at different temperatures ranging from 250 to 550 deg. C during 4 h in vacuum-sealed bulb. The effects of annealing temperature on optical, structural and morphological properties of as-grown as well as the vacuum-annealed a-Si/Al and a-Si:H/Al thin films are presented in this contribution. The averaged transmittance of a-Si:H/Al film increases upon increasing the annealing temperature. XRD measurements clearly evidence that crystallization is initiated at 450 deg. C. The number and intensity of diffraction peaks appearing in the diffraction patterns are more important in a-Si:H/Al than that in a-Si/Al layers. Results show that a-Si:H films deposited on Al/glass crystallize above 450 deg. C and present better crystallization than the a-Si layers. The presence of hydrogen induces an improvement of structural properties of poly-Si prepared by aluminium-induced crystallization (AIC).

  4. Aluminium-induced crystallization of amorphous silicon films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering on glasses

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    Amorphous silicon (a-Si) and hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films were deposited by DC magnetron sputtering technique with argon and hydrogen plasma mixture on Al deposited by thermal evaporation on glass substrates. The a-Si/Al and a-Si:H/Al thin films were annealed at different temperatures ranging from 250 to 550 deg. C during 4 h in vacuum-sealed bulb. The effects of annealing temperature on optical, structural and morphological properties of as-grown as well as the vacuum-annealed a-Si/Al and a-Si:H/Al thin films are presented in this contribution. The averaged transmittance of a-Si:H/Al film increases upon increasing the annealing temperature. XRD measurements clearly evidence that crystallization is initiated at 450 deg. C. The number and intensity of diffraction peaks appearing in the diffraction patterns are more important in a-Si:H/Al than that in a-Si/Al layers. Results show that a-Si:H films deposited on Al/glass crystallize above 450 deg. C and present better crystallization than the a-Si layers. The presence of hydrogen induces an improvement of structural properties of poly-Si prepared by aluminium-induced crystallization (AIC).

  5. Electrical characteristics of amorphous molybdenum-nickel contacts to silicon

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    Kung, K. T.-Y.; Nicolet, M.-A.; Suni, I.

    1984-01-01

    The electrical characteristics of sputtered, amorphous Mo-Ni contacts have been measured on both p- and n-type Si, as functions of composition (30, 54, and 58 at. percent Mo). The contact resistivity on both p(+) and n(+) Si is in the 0.00000 ohm sq cm range. The barrier height for as-deposited samples varies between phi-bp = 0.47-0.42 V on p-type Si and between phi-bn = 0.63-0.68 V on n-type Si, as the composition of the amorphous layer goes from Ni-rich to Mo-rich. The sum phi-bp + phi-bn always equals 1.12 V, within experimental error. After thermal treatment at 500 C for 1/2 h, the contact resistivity changes by a factor of two or less, while the barrier height changes by at most approximately 0.05 V. In light of these results, the amorphous Mo-Ni film makes good ohmic contacts to silicon.

  6. Theory of structural transformation in lithiated amorphous silicon.

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    Cubuk, Ekin D; Kaxiras, Efthimios

    2014-07-01

    Determining structural transformations in amorphous solids is challenging due to the paucity of structural signatures. The effect of the transitions on the properties of the solid can be significant and important for applications. Moreover, such transitions may not be discernible in the behavior of the total energy or the volume of the solid as a function of the variables that identify its phases. These issues arise in the context of lithiation of amorphous silicon (a-Si), a promising anode material for high-energy density batteries based on lithium ions. Recent experiments suggest the surprising result that the lithiation of a-Si is a two-phase process. Here, we present first-principles calculations of the structure of a-Si at different lithiation levels. Through a detailed analysis of the short and medium-range properties of the amorphous network, using Voronoi-Delaunay methods and ring statistics, we show that a-LixSi has a fundamentally different structure below and above a lithiation level corresponding to x ∼ 2. PMID:24911996

  7. Experimental and Computer Modelling Studies of Metastability of Amorphous Silicon Based Solar Cells

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    Munyeme, Geoffrey

    2003-01-01

    We present a combination of experimental and computer modelling studies of the light induced degradation in the performance of amorphous silicon based single junction solar cells. Of particular interest in this study is the degradation kinetics of different types of amorphous silicon single junction

  8. Laser annealing of amorphous/poly: Silicon solar cell material flight experiment

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    Cole, Eric E.

    1990-01-01

    The preliminary design proposed for the microelectronics materials processing equipment is presented. An overall mission profile, description of all processing steps, analysis methods and measurement techniques, data acquisition and storage, and a preview of the experimental hardware are included. The goal of the project is to investigate the viability of material processing of semiconductor microelectronics materials in a micro-gravity environment. The two key processes are examined: (1) Rapid Thermal Annealing (RTA) of semiconductor thin films and damaged solar cells, and (2) thin film deposition using a filament evaporator. The RTA process will be used to obtain higher quality crystalline properties from amorphous/poly-silicon films. RTA methods can also be used to repair radiation-damaged solar cells. On earth this technique is commonly used to anneal semiconductor films after ion-implantation. The damage to the crystal lattice is similar to the defects found in solar cells which have been exposed to high-energy particle bombardment.

  9. Amorphous Hafnium-Indium-Zinc Oxide Semiconductor Thin Film Transistors

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    Sheng-Po Chang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We reported on the performance and electrical properties of co-sputtering-processed amorphous hafnium-indium-zinc oxide (α-HfIZO thin film transistors (TFTs. Co-sputtering-processed α-HfIZO thin films have shown an amorphous phase in nature. We could modulate the In, Hf, and Zn components by changing the co-sputtering power. Additionally, the chemical composition of α-HfIZO had a significant effect on reliability, hysteresis, field-effect mobility (μFE, carrier concentration, and subthreshold swing (S of the device. Our results indicated that we could successfully and easily fabricate α-HfIZO TFTs with excellent performance by the co-sputtering process. Co-sputtering-processed α-HfIZO TFTs were fabricated with an on/off current ratio of ~106, higher mobility, and a subthreshold slope as steep as 0.55 V/dec.

  10. Material Properties of Laser-Welded Thin Silicon Foils

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    Brabec, C.J.; Auer, R.; A. Bochmann; Christiansen, S.; Schmidt, M.; K. Cvecek; Voigt, M.; Hessmann, M. T.; Kunz, T.

    2013-01-01

    An extended monocrystalline silicon base foil offers a great opportunity to combine low-cost production with high efficiency silicon solar cells on a large scale. By overcoming the area restriction of ingot-based monocrystalline silicon wafer production, costs could be decreased to thin film solar cell range. The extended monocrystalline silicon base foil consists of several individual thin silicon wafers which are welded together. A comparison of three different approaches to weld 50 μm thin...

  11. Highly featured amorphous silicon nanorod arrays for high-performance lithium-ion batteries

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    Soleimani-Amiri, Samaneh; Safiabadi Tali, Seied Ali; Azimi, Soheil; Sanaee, Zeinab; Mohajerzadeh, Shamsoddin, E-mail: mohajer@ut.ac.ir [Thin Film and Nanoelectronics Lab, Nanoelectronics Center of Excellence, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran 143957131 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-11-10

    High aspect-ratio vertical structures of amorphous silicon have been realized using hydrogen-assisted low-density plasma reactive ion etching. Amorphous silicon layers with the thicknesses ranging from 0.5 to 10 μm were deposited using radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique. Standard photolithography and nanosphere colloidal lithography were employed to realize ultra-small features of the amorphous silicon. The performance of the patterned amorphous silicon structures as a lithium-ion battery electrode was investigated using galvanostatic charge-discharge tests. The patterned structures showed a superior Li-ion battery performance compared to planar amorphous silicon. Such structures are suitable for high current Li-ion battery applications such as electric vehicles.

  12. Highly featured amorphous silicon nanorod arrays for high-performance lithium-ion batteries

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    High aspect-ratio vertical structures of amorphous silicon have been realized using hydrogen-assisted low-density plasma reactive ion etching. Amorphous silicon layers with the thicknesses ranging from 0.5 to 10 μm were deposited using radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique. Standard photolithography and nanosphere colloidal lithography were employed to realize ultra-small features of the amorphous silicon. The performance of the patterned amorphous silicon structures as a lithium-ion battery electrode was investigated using galvanostatic charge-discharge tests. The patterned structures showed a superior Li-ion battery performance compared to planar amorphous silicon. Such structures are suitable for high current Li-ion battery applications such as electric vehicles

  13. Understanding the thickness-dependent effective lifetime of crystalline silicon passivated with a thin layer of intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon using a nanometer-accurate wet-etching method

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    Deligiannis, Dimitrios; Marioleas, Vasileios; Vasudevan, Ravi; Visser, Cassan C. G.; van Swaaij, René A. C. M. M.; Zeman, Miro

    2016-06-01

    This work studies the dependency of the effective lifetime on the a-Si:H layer thickness of c-Si substrates passivated with intrinsic a-Si:H. This is experimentally investigated by using a soft wet-etching method that enables accurate control of the a-Si:H layer thickness. In this way, variations in the effective lifetime down to thicknesses of a few nanometers are studied, while excluding effects originating from the deposition conditions of a-Si:H when samples of different thicknesses are fabricated. For thin passivation layers, results show a strong thickness dependency of the effective lifetime, which is mainly influenced by the recombination at the external a-Si:H surfaces. For thicker passivation layers, the effective lifetime is predominantly determined by the bulk a-Si:H and/or c-Si defect density. During the etching of the a-Si:H passivation layers, a gradient in the Cody gap for our samples is observed. This gradient is accompanied by a stronger decrease in the effective lifetime and is attributed to a decrease in the a-Si:H band gap and valence band offset. The observed changes in lifetime with a-Si:H layer thickness are supported with AFORS-HET simulations. When a gradient in the a-Si:H passivation layer band gap is used, simulations can reproduce the experimental results.

  14. Amorphous structures of silicon carbonitride formed by high-dose nitrogen ion implantation into silicon carbide

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    Short-range order in amorphous silicon carbonitride (a-SiCxNy) has been examined using transmission electron microscopy. Single crystals of 6H-SiC with [0 0 0 1] orientation were implanted with 180 keV nitrogen ions at ambient temperature to a fluence of 5 x 1017 N+/cm2, followed by thermally annealing at 1500 deg. C for 30 min. A fully amorphous layer was formed at the topmost layer in the as-implanted sample. A part of the amorphous phase transformed into crystalline SiC after annealing. Radial distribution functions extracted via nano-beam electron diffraction patterns clearly showed that atomistic structures of the ion-beam-induced amorphous phase are different from those of the remaining amorphous phase in the annealed sample: a-SiCxNy possesses an intermediate bond length between Si-C and Si-N, while Si-N and Si-C bonds become more pronounced in the amorphous layer of the annealed specimen

  15. Amorphous thin film growth: theory compared with experiment

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    Raible, M.; Mayr, S. G.; Linz, S. J.; Moske, M.; Hänggi, P.; Samwer, K.

    1999-01-01

    Experimental results on amorphous ZrAlCu thin film growth and the dynamics of the surface morphology as predicted from a minimal nonlinear stochastic deposition equation are analysed and compared. Key points of this study are (i) an estimation procedure for coefficients entering into the growth equation and (ii) a detailed analysis and interpretation of the time evolution of the correlation length and the surface roughness. The results corroborate the usefulness of the deposition equation as ...

  16. The Urbach focus and optical properties of amorphous hydrogenated SiC thin films

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    Guerra, J. A.; Angulo, J. R.; Gomez, S.; Llamoza, J.; Montañez, L. M.; Tejada, A.; Töfflinger, J. A.; Winnacker, A.; Weingärtner, R.

    2016-05-01

    We report on the optical bandgap engineering of sputtered hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) thin films under different hydrogen dilution conditions during the deposition process and after post-deposition annealing treatments. The Tauc-gap and Urbach energy are calculated from ultraviolet-visible optical transmittance measurements. Additionally, the effect of the thermal annealing temperature on the hydrogen out-diffusion is assessed through infra-red absorption spectroscopy. A new model for the optical absorption of amorphous semiconductors is presented and employed to determine the bandgap as well as the Urbach energy from a single fit of the absorption coefficient. This model allowed the discrimination of the Urbach tail from the Tauc region without any external bias. Finally, the effect of the hydrogen dilution on the band-edge and the Urbach focus is discussed.

  17. Excellent Silicon Surface Passivation Achieved by Industrial Inductively Coupled Plasma Deposited Hydrogenated Intrinsic Amorphous Silicon Suboxide

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    Jia Ge

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We present an alternative method of depositing a high-quality passivation film for heterojunction silicon wafer solar cells, in this paper. The deposition of hydrogenated intrinsic amorphous silicon suboxide is accomplished by decomposing hydrogen, silane, and carbon dioxide in an industrial remote inductively coupled plasma platform. Through the investigation on CO2 partial pressure and process temperature, excellent surface passivation quality and optical properties are achieved. It is found that the hydrogen content in the film is much higher than what is commonly reported in intrinsic amorphous silicon due to oxygen incorporation. The observed slow depletion of hydrogen with increasing temperature greatly enhances its process window as well. The effective lifetime of symmetrically passivated samples under the optimal condition exceeds 4.7 ms on planar n-type Czochralski silicon wafers with a resistivity of 1 Ωcm, which is equivalent to an effective surface recombination velocity of less than 1.7 cms−1 and an implied open-circuit voltage (Voc of 741 mV. A comparison with several high quality passivation schemes for solar cells reveals that the developed inductively coupled plasma deposited films show excellent passivation quality. The excellent optical property and resistance to degradation make it an excellent substitute for industrial heterojunction silicon solar cell production.

  18. Effect of amorphous silicon carbide layer thickness on the passivation quality of crystalline silicon surface

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    Ferré Tomas, Rafel; Martín García, Isidro; Vetter, Michael; Garin Escriva, Moises; Alcubilla González, Ramón

    2005-01-01

    Surface passivation of p-type crystalline silicon wafers by means of phosphorus-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide films [a-SiCx(n):H] has been investigated. Particularly, we focused on the effects of layer thickness on the c-Si surface passivation quality resulting in the determination of the fixed charge density, Qf, within the a-SiCx(n):H film and the fundamental recombination of holes, Sp0. The main result is that surface recombination velocity decreases with film...

  19. Photoluminescence properties and crystallization of silicon quantum dots in hydrogenated amorphous Si-rich silicon carbide films

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    Silicon quantum dots (QDs) embedded in hydrogenated amorphous Si-rich silicon carbide (α-SiC:H) thin films were realized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition process and post-annealing. Fluorescence spectroscopy was used to characterize the room-temperature photoluminescence properties. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to analyze the element compositions and bonding configurations. Ultraviolet visible spectroscopy, Raman scattering, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy were used to display the microstructural properties. Photoluminescence measurements reveal that there are six emission sub-bands, which behave in different ways. The peak wavelengths of sub-bands P1, P2, P3, and P6 are pinned at about 425.0, 437.3, 465.0, and 591.0 nm, respectively. Other two sub-bands, P4 is red-shifted from 494.6 to 512.4 nm and P5 from 570.2 to 587.8 nm with temperature increasing from 600 to 900 °C. But then are both blue-shifted, P4 to 500.2 nm and P5 to 573.8 nm from 900 to 1200 °C. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis shows that the samples are in Si-rich nature, Si-O and Si-N bonds consumed some silicon atoms. The structure characterization displays that a separation between silicon phase and SiC phase happened; amorphous and crystalline silicon QDs synthesized with increasing the annealing temperature. P1, P2, P3, and P6 sub-bands are explained in terms of defect-related emission, while P4 and P5 sub-bands are explained in terms of quantum confinement effect. A correlation between the peak wavelength shift, as well as the integral intensity of the spectrum and crystallization of silicon QDs is supposed. These results help clarify the probable luminescence mechanisms and provide the possibility to optimize the optical properties of silicon QDs in Si-rich α-SiC: H materials

  20. Photoluminescence properties and crystallization of silicon quantum dots in hydrogenated amorphous Si-rich silicon carbide films

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    Wen, Guozhi; Zeng, Xiangbin; Wen, Xixin; Liao, Wugang

    2014-04-01

    Silicon quantum dots (QDs) embedded in hydrogenated amorphous Si-rich silicon carbide (α-SiC:H) thin films were realized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition process and post-annealing. Fluorescence spectroscopy was used to characterize the room-temperature photoluminescence properties. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to analyze the element compositions and bonding configurations. Ultraviolet visible spectroscopy, Raman scattering, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy were used to display the microstructural properties. Photoluminescence measurements reveal that there are six emission sub-bands, which behave in different ways. The peak wavelengths of sub-bands P1, P2, P3, and P6 are pinned at about 425.0, 437.3, 465.0, and 591.0 nm, respectively. Other two sub-bands, P4 is red-shifted from 494.6 to 512.4 nm and P5 from 570.2 to 587.8 nm with temperature increasing from 600 to 900 °C. But then are both blue-shifted, P4 to 500.2 nm and P5 to 573.8 nm from 900 to 1200 °C. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis shows that the samples are in Si-rich nature, Si-O and Si-N bonds consumed some silicon atoms. The structure characterization displays that a separation between silicon phase and SiC phase happened; amorphous and crystalline silicon QDs synthesized with increasing the annealing temperature. P1, P2, P3, and P6 sub-bands are explained in terms of defect-related emission, while P4 and P5 sub-bands are explained in terms of quantum confinement effect. A correlation between the peak wavelength shift, as well as the integral intensity of the spectrum and crystallization of silicon QDs is supposed. These results help clarify the probable luminescence mechanisms and provide the possibility to optimize the optical properties of silicon QDs in Si-rich α-SiC: H materials.

  1. Modelling structure and properties of amorphous silicon boron nitride ceramics

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    Johann Christian Schön

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Silicon boron nitride is the parent compound of a new class of high-temperature stable amorphous ceramics constituted of silicon, boron, nitrogen, and carbon, featuring a set of properties that is without precedent, and represents a prototypical random network based on chemical bonds of predominantly covalent character. In contrast to many other amorphous materials of technological interest, a-Si3B3N7 is not produced via glass formation, i.e. by quenching from a melt, the reason being that the binary components, BN and Si3N4, melt incongruently under standard conditions. Neither has it been possible to employ sintering of μm-size powders consisting of binary nitrides BN and Si3N4. Instead, one employs the so-called sol-gel route starting from single component precursors such as TADB ((SiCl3NH(BCl2. In order to determine the atomic structure of this material, it has proven necessary to simulate the actual synthesis route.Many of the exciting properties of these ceramics are closely connected to the details of their amorphous structure. To clarify this structure, it is necessary to employ not only experimental probes on many length scales (X-ray, neutron- and electron scattering; complex NMR experiments; IR- and Raman scattering, but also theoretical approaches. These address the actual synthesis route to a-Si3B3N7, the structural properties, the elastic and vibrational properties, aging and coarsening behaviour, thermal conductivity and the metastable phase diagram both for a-Si3B3N7 and possible silicon boron nitride phases with compositions different from Si3N4: BN = 1 : 3. Here, we present a short comprehensive overview over the insights gained using molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations to explore the energy landscape of a-Si3B3N7, model the actual synthesis route and compute static and transport properties of a-Si3BN7.

  2. Calorimetry of dehydrogenation and dangling-bond recombination in several hydrogenated amorphous silicon materials

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    Roura Grabulosa, Pere; Farjas Silva, Jordi; Rath, Chandana; Serra-Miralles, J.; Bertrán Serra, Enric; Roca I Cabarrocas, Pere

    2006-01-01

    Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to study the dehydrogenation processes that take place in three hydrogenated amorphous silicon materials: nanoparticles, polymorphous silicon, and conventional device-quality amorphous silicon. Comparison of DSC thermograms with evolved gas analysis (EGA) has led to the identification of four dehydrogenation processes arising from polymeric chains (A), SiH groups at the surfaces of internal voids (A'), SiH groups at interfaces (B), and in the b...

  3. Effect of Hydrogen Dilution on Growth of Silicon Nanocrystals Embedded in Silicon Nitride Thin Film bv Plasma-Enhanced CVD

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    DING Wenge; ZHEN Lanfang; ZHANG Jiangyong; LI Yachao; YU Wei; FU Guangsheng

    2007-01-01

    An investigation was conducted into the effect of hydrogen dilution on the mi-crostructure and optical properties of silicon nanograins embedded in silicon nitride (Si/SiNx) thin film deposited by the helicon wave plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition technique. With Ar-diluted SiH4 and N2 as the reactant gas sources in the fabrication of thin film, the film was formed at a high deposition rate. There was a high density of defect at the amorphous silicon (a-Si)/SiNx interface and a relative low optical gap in the film. An addition of hydrogen into the reactant gas reduced the film deposition rate sharply. The silicon nanograins in the SiNx matrix were in a crystalline state, and the density of defects at the silicon nanocrystals (nc-Si)/SiNx interface decreased significantly and the optical gap of the films widened. These results suggested that hydrogen activated by the plasma could not only eliminate in the defects between the interface of silicon nanograins and SiNx matrix, but also helped the nanograins transform from the amorphous into crystalline state. By changing the hydrogen dilution ratio in the reactant gas sources, a tunable band gap from 1.87 eV to 3.32 eV was obtained in the Si/SiNx film.

  4. The influence of post-deposition annealing upon amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Mikolášek, Miroslav, E-mail: miroslav.mikolasek@stuba.sk [Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Ilkovičova 3, 812 19 Bratislava (Slovakia); Nemec, Michal; Kováč, Jaroslav [Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Ilkovičova 3, 812 19 Bratislava (Slovakia); Foti, Marina; Gerardi, Cosimo [IMS-R and D, STMicroelectronics, Stradale Primosole, 50, 95121 Catania (Italy); Mannino, Giovanni; Valenti, Luca; Lombardo, Salvatore [CNR-IMM, Zona Industriale, Ottava Strada, 5, 95121 Catania (Italy)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • We studied the impact of the thermal annealing on the silicon heterojunction solar cells. • Compared were samples deposited by ICP-CVD and PE-CVD methods. • Annealing up to 250 °C improves output performance of both solar cells. • Annealing above 250 °C increases defect states density at the interface and in the amorphous emitter. • Samples deposited by ICP-CVD shows better resistance against annealing. - Abstract: This paper presents a comparative study of the influence of post-deposition annealing on amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells deposited by ICP-CVD and PE-CVD techniques. Two major effects on the solar cell efficiency occur caused by thermal annealing. The first effect is a slight improvement of the performance on annealing up to 250 °C. The second effect, for annealing temperatures above 250 °C, reveals deterioration of the solar cell performance. It is suggested that both effects are related to thermally activated diffusion of hydrogen. For low annealing temperatures, diffusion of weakly bonded hydrogen allows to passivate the defects in the amorphous emitter and at the heterointerface. In the high temperature annealing region, outdiffusion of hydrogen is assumed to be responsible for an increase of defect states in the structures. The results indicate a better stability after high temperature treatment for the sample prepared by ICP-CVD technology.

  5. Magnetostriction measurements of amorphous ribbons and thin films

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    Ouyang, Chien

    The theme of the present work is to measure the saturation magnetostriction constants of amorphous ribbons and thin films. The saturation magnetostriction constants of amorphous ribbons, and thin films of Cosb{39}Nisb{31}Fesb8Sisb8Bsb{14}, CoZrY, and CoZrTb have been measured either by the Small Angle Magnetization Rotation (SAMR) method or by the initial susceptibility method. The SAMR method is used for the soft materials. It is found that the amorphous Cosb{39}Nisb{31}Fesb8Sisb8Bsb{14} prepared by ion beam deposition from an alloy target shows very soft magnetic properties and has a very small negative saturation magnetostriction, lambdasb{s}, of about {-}1×10sp{-7}. Sputtered films of CoZrTb show a strong perpendicular anisotropy when the Tb content is high. We have found that the SAMR method can be applied to CoZrTb films when the Tb content is low. The saturation magnetostriction constant of a sputtered film of Cosb{78.4}Zrsb{20.8}Tbsb{0.8} is 2×10sp{-6}. When the material is not magnetically soft or has a strong perpendicular anisotropy, the initial susceptibility method is used. The saturation magnetostriction constants of amorphous Cosb{77.2}Zrsb{20.4}Tbsb{2.4} and Cosb{72.2}Zrsb{14.6}Ysb{13.2} thin films are 6×10sp{-6}, and (2{˜}6)×10sp{-7}, respectively. The two methods, the SAMR and the initial susceptibility, utilize the same measurement setup making it a very convenient technique which is applicable for a range of materials.

  6. Oxygen measurements in thin ribbon silicon

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    Hyland, S. L.; Ast, D. G.; Baghdadi, A.

    1987-03-01

    The oxygen content of thin silicon ribbons grown by the dendritic web technique was measured using a modification of the ASTM method based on Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Web silicon was found to have a high oxygen content, ranging from 13 to 19 ppma, calculated from the absorption peak associated with interstitial oxygen and using the new ASTM conversion coefficient. The oxygen concentration changed by about 10 percent along the growth direction of the ribbon. In some samples, a shoulder was detected on the absorption peak. A similar shoulder in Czochralski grown material has been variously interpreted in the literature as due to a complex of silicon, oxygen, and vacancies, or to a phase of SiO2 developed along dislocations in the material. In the case of web silicon, it is not clear which is the correct interpretation.

  7. Properties of interfaces in amorphous/crystalline silicon heterojunctions

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    Olibet, Sara; Vallat-Sauvain, Evelyne; Fesquet, Luc; Damon-Lacoste, Jerome; De Wolf, Stefaan; Ballif, Christophe [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), IMT, Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory, Breguet 2, 2000 Neuchatel (Switzerland); Monachon, Christian; Hessler-Wyser, Aicha [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Interdisciplinary Centre for Electron Microscopy (CIME), 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2010-03-15

    To study recombination at the amorphous/crystalline Si (a-Si:H/c-Si) heterointerface, the amphoteric nature of silicon (Si) dangling bonds is taken into account. Modeling interface recombination measured on various test structures provides insight into the microscopic passivation mechanisms, yielding an excellent interface defect density reduction by intrinsic a-Si:H and tunable field-effect passivation by doped layers. The potential of this model's applicability to recombination at other Si heterointerfaces is demonstrated. Solar cell properties of a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunctions are in good accordance with the microscopic interface properties revealed by modeling, that are, e.g., slight asymmetries in the neutral capture cross-sections and band offsets. The importance of atomically abrupt interfaces and the difficulties to obtain them on pyramidally textured c-Si is studied in combination with transmission electron microscopy. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  8. Radiation Resistance Studies of Amorphous Silicon Alloy Photovoltaic Materials

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    Woodyard, James R.

    1994-01-01

    The radiation resistance of commercial solar cells fabricated from hydrogenated amorphous silicon alloys was investigated. A number of different device structures were irradiated with 1.0 MeV protons. The cells were insensitive to proton fluences below 1E12 sq cm. The parameters of the irradiated cells were restored with annealing at 200 C. The annealing time was dependent on proton fluence. Annealing devices for one hour restores cell parameters for fluences below lE14 sq cm require longer annealing times. A parametric fitting model was used to characterize current mechanisms observed in dark I-V measurements. The current mechanisms were explored with irradiation fluence, and voltage and light soaking times. The thermal generation current density and quality factor increased with proton fluence. Device simulation shows the degradation in cell characteristics may be explained by the reduction of the electric field in the intrinsic layer.

  9. Atomistic simulations of material damping in amorphous silicon nanoresonators

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    Mukherjee, Sankha; Song, Jun; Vengallatore, Srikar

    2016-06-01

    Atomistic simulations using molecular dynamics (MD) are emerging as a valuable tool for exploring dissipation and material damping in nanomechanical resonators. In this study, we used isothermal MD to simulate the dynamics of the longitudinal-mode oscillations of an amorphous silicon nanoresonator as a function of frequency (2 GHz–50 GHz) and temperature (15 K–300 K). Damping was characterized by computing the loss tangent with an estimated uncertainty of 7%. The dissipation spectrum displays a sharp peak at 50 K and a broad peak at around 160 K. Damping is a weak function of frequency at room temperature, and the loss tangent has a remarkably high value of ~0.01. In contrast, at low temperatures (15 K), the loss tangent increases monotonically from 4× {{10}-4} to 4× {{10}-3} as the frequency increases from 2 GHz to 50 GHz. The mechanisms of dissipation are discussed.

  10. Rapid Thermal annealing of silicon layers amorphized by ion implantation

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    The recrystallization behavior and the supression mechanisms of the residual defects of silicon layers amorphized by ion implantation, were investigated. The samples were annealed with the aid of a rapid thermal annealing (RTA) system at temperature range from 850 to 12000C, and annealing time up to 120 s. Random and aligned Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy were used to analyse the samples. Similarities in the recrystallization behavior for layers implanted with ions of the same chemical groups such as As or Sb; Ge, Sn or Pb, In or Ga, are observed. The results show that the effective supression of resisual defects of the recrystallired layers is vinculated to the redistribution of impurities via thermal diffusion. (author)

  11. Preliminary modulation transfer function study on amorphous silicon

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    Modulation Transfer Function, (MTF) is the scientific means of evaluating the fundamental spatial resolution performance of an imaging system. In the study, the modulation transfer function of an amorphous silicon (aSi) sensor array is measured by using Edge Spread Function (ESF) Technique which is extracting a profile from the linearised image of the sharp edge. The Platinum foil is used to determine the ESF. The detector under study was a 2,304 (h) x 3,200 (v) total pixel matrix, 127 μm2 pixel pitch, 57% fill factor and using Gd2O2S:Tb Kodak Lanex Regular as the conversion screen. The ESF measurement is done by using 75 - 100 kV range of x-ray with constant mA. (Author)

  12. Light-induced metastability in pure and hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Queen, D. R.; Liu, X.; Karel, J.; Wang, Q.; Crandall, R. S.; Metcalf, T. H.; Hellman, F.

    2015-10-01

    Light soaking is found to increase the specific heat C and internal friction Q-1 of pure (a-Si) and hydrogenated (a-Si:H) amorphous silicon. At the lowest temperatures, the increases in C and Q-1 are consistent with an increased density of two-level systems (TLS). The light-induced increase in C persists to room temperature. Neither the sound velocity nor shear modulus change with light soaking indicating that the Debye specific heat is unchanged which suggests that light soaking creates localized vibrational modes in addition to TLS. The increase can be reversibly added and removed by light soaking and annealing, respectively, suggesting that it is related to the Staebler-Wronski effect (SWE), even in a-Si without H, and involves a reversible nanoscale structural rearrangement that is facilitated by, but does not require, H to occur.

  13. Ion-beam-induced amorphous structures in silicon carbide

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    Atomistic structure of ion-beam-induced amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC) has been investigated by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. The electron intensities of halo patterns recorded on imaging plates were digitized quantitatively to extract reduced interference functions. We demonstrated the relationship between maximum scattering vector (Qmax) measured in scattering experiments and the resolution of the corresponding pair-distribution function by changing Qmax values from 160 to 230 nm-1. The results revealed that the C-C peak becomes broadened and eventually a shoulder as the Qmax value becomes shorter, indicating that Qmax values of -1 measured in previous studies are not enough to detect C-C homonuclear bonds in a-SiC. We are the first to reveal the existence of C-C and Si-Si homonuclear bonds in a-SiC using a diffraction technique

  14. Mixed-phase p-type silicon oxide containing silicon nanocrystals and its role in thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Cuony, P.; Marending, M.; Alexander, D. T. L.; Boccard, M.; Bugnon, G.; Despeisse, M.; Ballif, C.

    2010-11-01

    Lower absorption, lower refractive index, and tunable resistance are three advantages of amorphous silicon oxide containing nanocrystalline silicon grains (nc-SiOx) compared to microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si), when used as a p-type layer in μc-Si thin-film solar cells. We show that p-nc-SiOx with its particular nanostructure increases μc-Si cell efficiency by reducing reflection and parasitic absorption losses depending on the roughness of the front electrode. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the p-nc-SiOx reduces the detrimental effects of the roughness on the electrical characteristics, and significantly increases μc-Si and Micromorph cell efficiency on substrates until now considered too rough for thin-film silicon solar cells.

  15. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF POLY-CRYSTALLINE SILICON THIN FILM

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    Y.F. Hu; H. Shen; Z.Y. Liu; L.S. Wen

    2003-01-01

    Poly-crystalline silicon thin film has big potential of reducing the cost of solar cells.In this paper the preparation of thin film is introduced, and then the morphology of poly-crystalline thin film is discussed. On the film we developed poly-crystalline silicon thin film solar cells with efficiency up to 6. 05% without anti-reflection coating.

  16. Microstructure of molybdenum disilicide-silicon carbide nanocomposite thin films

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    Composite thin films of molybdenum disilicide-silicon carbide (MoSi2-SiC) have been deposited via rf magnetron sputtering onto molybdenum substrates. An intermediate layer was deposited in the presence of nitrogen gas and evaluated as a potential diffusion barrier layer. The composite films have been characterized using X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy. The as-deposited films were amorphous but crystallized into nanometer-sized grains after annealing under vacuum at 1,000 C for 30 min. There was a significant amount of interdiffusion between the film and substrate, which resulted in the formation of subsilicides such as Mo5Si3 and MoSi3, as well as Mo2C. The films that were deposited via reactive sputtering in a nitrogen ambient were amorphous in both the as-deposited and annealed conditions. Significantly fewer second phases were detected with the presence of the intermediate layer, which suggests the potential use of the nitrided (MoSixNyCz) layer as a high-temperature diffusion barrier layer for the silicon and carbon

  17. Environmental aspects and risks of amorphous silicon solar cells

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    The aim of the study on the title subject is to identify potential bottlenecks for a number of (future) solar cell technologies and to formulate ensuing recommendations with regard to the photovoltaic (PV) research and development policy in the Netherlands. The potential environmental effects of amorphous silicon PV modules are investigated for their entire life cycle. For the life cycle assessment (LCA) the product life cycle is divided into a number of processes, each of which is described by the typical product input and output flow, secondary materials input, energy input, process yield, emissions to water and air, solid waste production and the output of reusable (secondary) materials. Regarding the development towards future (energy) technologies three possible technology cases are defined: a worst, a base and a best case.In order to facilitate the material flow accounting for LCA, a special LCA computer model has been developed in connection with a data base system, containing process descriptions. Also attention is paid to possible risks concerning occupational health and safety. The overall conclusion is that, from am environmental and from a risk point of view, no serious bottlenecks can be identified in the life cycle of amorphous silicon PV modules. Within these constraints this technology can be called sustainable, when the present developments persevere and the available safety practices will be incorporated in the production processes to a large degree. Recommendations are given for further research on the title subject to fill gaps in the knowledge of parameters of certain processes for PV modules. 5 figs., 20 tabs., 2 appendices, 74 refs

  18. Solid phase epitaxy of amorphous silicon carbide: Ion fluence dependence

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    We have investigated the effect of radiation damage and impurity concentration on solid phase epitaxial growth of amorphous silicon carbide (SiC) as well as microstructures of recrystallized layer using transmission electron microscopy. Single crystals of 6H-SiC with (0001) orientation were irradiated with 150 keV Xe ions to fluences of 1015 and 1016/cm2, followed by annealing at 890 deg. C. Full epitaxial recrystallization took place in a specimen implanted with 1015 Xe ions, while retardation of recrystallization was observed in a specimen implanted with 1016/cm2 Xe ions. Atomic pair-distribution function analyses and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy results suggested that the retardation of recrystallization of the 1016 Xe/cm2 implanted sample is attributed to the difference in amorphous structures between the 1015 and 1016 Xe/cm2 implanted samples, i.e., more chemically disordered atomistic structure and higher Xe impurity concentration in the 1016 Xe/cm2 implanted sample

  19. Model of the recrystallization mechanism of amorphous silicon layers created by ion implantation

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    The recrystallization behavior during annealing of thin films of amorphous (α) silicon, in contact with a single crystal silicon substrate (referred to as C), has been studied in the transmission electron microscope (TEM). The amorphous film is created during high dose phosphorus ion implantation at 100 keV. It was found that the crystal substrate orientation and the implantation temperature have dramatic effects on the recrystallizaton rate, and the defect microstructure produced during annealing. Specifically, (100) wafers implanted at 770K contain only a low density of dislocation loops, but when the same wafer is implanted at room temperature the dislocation density is increased drastically. (111) wafers, when implanted at 770K show a high density of microtwins, but as the implantation temperature is increased a gradual increase in the density of dislocation loops is observed along with a reduction of the microtwins. At an implantation temperature of about 1000C both orientations give an identical defect microstructure when annealed, which is a dense tangle of dislocations

  20. Wavelength prediction of laser incident on amorphous silicon detector by neural network

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    In this paper we present a method based on artificial neural networks (ANN) and the use of only one amorphous semiconductor detector to predict the wavelength of incident laser. Amorphous semiconductors and especially amorphous hydrogenated silicon, a-Si:H, are now widely used in many electronic devices, such as solar cells, many types of position sensitive detectors and X-ray imagers for medical applications. In order to study the electrical properties and detection characteristics of thin films of a-Si:H, n-i-p structures have been simulated by SILVACO software. The basic electronic properties of most of the materials used are known, but device modeling depends on a large number of parameters that are not all well known. In addition, the relationship between the shape of the induced anode current and the wavelength of the incident laser leads to complicated calculations. Soft data-based computational methods can model multidimensional non-linear processes and represent the complex input-output relation between the form of the output signal and the wavelength of incident laser.

  1. Wavelength prediction of laser incident on amorphous silicon detector by neural network

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    Esmaeili Sani, V.; Moussavi-Zarandi, A.; Kafaee, M.

    2011-10-01

    In this paper we present a method based on artificial neural networks (ANN) and the use of only one amorphous semiconductor detector to predict the wavelength of incident laser. Amorphous semiconductors and especially amorphous hydrogenated silicon, a-Si:H, are now widely used in many electronic devices, such as solar cells, many types of position sensitive detectors and X-ray imagers for medical applications. In order to study the electrical properties and detection characteristics of thin films of a-Si:H, n-i-p structures have been simulated by SILVACO software. The basic electronic properties of most of the materials used are known, but device modeling depends on a large number of parameters that are not all well known. In addition, the relationship between the shape of the induced anode current and the wavelength of the incident laser leads to complicated calculations. Soft data-based computational methods can model multidimensional non-linear processes and represent the complex input-output relation between the form of the output signal and the wavelength of incident laser.

  2. Wavelength prediction of laser incident on amorphous silicon detector by neural network

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    Esmaeili Sani, V., E-mail: vaheed_esmaeely80@yahoo.com [Amirkabir University of Technology, Faculty of Physics, P.O. Box 4155-4494, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moussavi-Zarandi, A.; Kafaee, M. [Amirkabir University of Technology, Faculty of Physics, P.O. Box 4155-4494, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-10-21

    In this paper we present a method based on artificial neural networks (ANN) and the use of only one amorphous semiconductor detector to predict the wavelength of incident laser. Amorphous semiconductors and especially amorphous hydrogenated silicon, a-Si:H, are now widely used in many electronic devices, such as solar cells, many types of position sensitive detectors and X-ray imagers for medical applications. In order to study the electrical properties and detection characteristics of thin films of a-Si:H, n-i-p structures have been simulated by SILVACO software. The basic electronic properties of most of the materials used are known, but device modeling depends on a large number of parameters that are not all well known. In addition, the relationship between the shape of the induced anode current and the wavelength of the incident laser leads to complicated calculations. Soft data-based computational methods can model multidimensional non-linear processes and represent the complex input-output relation between the form of the output signal and the wavelength of incident laser.

  3. Crystallization kinetics of amorphous aluminum-tungsten thin films

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    Car, T.; Radic, N. [Rugjer Boskovic Inst., Zagreb (Croatia). Div. of Mater. Sci.; Ivkov, J. [Institute of Physics, Bijenicka 46, P.O.B. 304, HR-10000 Zagreb (Croatia); Babic, E.; Tonejc, A. [Faculty of Sciences, Physics Department, Bijenicka 32, P.O.B. 162, HR-10000 Zagreb (Croatia)

    1999-01-01

    Crystallization kinetics of the amorphous Al-W thin films under non-isothermal conditions was examined by continuous in situ electrical resistance measurements in vacuum. The estimated crystallization temperature of amorphous films in the composition series of the Al{sub 82}W{sub 18} to Al{sub 62}W{sub 38} compounds ranged from 800 K to 920 K. The activation energy for the crystallization and the Avrami exponent were determined. The results indicated that the crystallization mechanism in films with higher tungsten content was a diffusion-controlled process, whereas in films with the composition similar to the stoichiometric compound (Al{sub 4}W), the interface-controlled crystallization probably occurred. (orig.) With 4 figs., 1 tab., 26 refs.

  4. Excellent crystalline silicon surface passivation by amorphous silicon irrespective of the technique used for chemical vapor deposition

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    Schuttauf, J.A.; van der Werf, C.H.M.; Kielen, I.M.; Sark, W.G.J.H.M. van; Rath, J.K.; R. E. I. Schropp

    2011-01-01

    Crystalline silicon surface passivation by amorphous silicon deposited by three different chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques at low (T ∼ 130 °C) temperatures is compared. For all three techniques, surface recombination velocities (SRVs) are reduced by two orders of magnitude after prolonged thermal annealing at 200 °C. This reduction correlates with a decreased dangling bond density at the amorphous-crystalline interface, indicating that dangling bond saturation is the predominant mec...

  5. Electronic properties of intrinsic and doped amorphous silicon carbide films

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    Vetter, M. [Departament d' Enginyeria Electronica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Gran Capita s/n, Modul C4, E-08034 Barcelona (Spain)]. E-mail: mvetter@eel.upc.edu; Voz, C. [Departament d' Enginyeria Electronica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Gran Capita s/n, Modul C4, E-08034 Barcelona (Spain); Ferre, R. [Departament d' Enginyeria Electronica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Gran Capita s/n, Modul C4, E-08034 Barcelona (Spain); Martin, I. [Departament d' Enginyeria Electronica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Gran Capita s/n, Modul C4, E-08034 Barcelona (Spain); Orpella, A. [Departament d' Enginyeria Electronica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Gran Capita s/n, Modul C4, E-08034 Barcelona (Spain); Puigdollers, J. [Departament d' Enginyeria Electronica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Gran Capita s/n, Modul C4, E-08034 Barcelona (Spain); Andreu, J. [Departament de Fisica Aplicada i Optica, Universitat de Barcelona, Av. Diagonal 647, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Alcubilla, R. [Departament d' Enginyeria Electronica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Gran Capita s/n, Modul C4, E-08034 Barcelona (Spain)

    2006-07-26

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC{sub x} : H) films have shown excellent surface passivation of crystalline silicon. With the aim of large area deposition of these films the influence of the rf plasma power was investigated. It is found that homogenous deposition with effective surface recombination velocity lower than 100 cms{sup -1} is possible up to 6'' diameter in a simple parallel plate reactor by optimizing deposition parameters. For application in solar cell processes the conductivity of these a-SiC{sub x} : H films might become of importance since good surface passivation results from field-effect passivation which needs an insulating dielectric layer. Therefore, the temperature dependence of the dark dc conductivity of these films was investigated in the temperature range from - 20 to 260 deg. C. Two transition temperatures, T {sub s}{approx}80 deg. C and T {sub s}{approx}170 deg. C, were found where conductivity increases, resp. decreases over-exponential. From Arrhenius plots activation energy (E {sub a}) and conductivity pre-factor ({sigma} {sub 0}) were calculated for a large number of samples with different composition. A correlation between E {sub a} and {sigma} {sub 0} was found giving a Meyer-Neldel relation with a slope of 59 mV, corresponding to a material characteristic temperature T {sub m} = 400 deg. C, and an intercept at {sigma} {sub 00} = 0.1 {omega}{sup -1}cm{sup -1}.

  6. Electronic properties of intrinsic and doped amorphous silicon carbide films

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    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiCx : H) films have shown excellent surface passivation of crystalline silicon. With the aim of large area deposition of these films the influence of the rf plasma power was investigated. It is found that homogenous deposition with effective surface recombination velocity lower than 100 cms-1 is possible up to 6'' diameter in a simple parallel plate reactor by optimizing deposition parameters. For application in solar cell processes the conductivity of these a-SiCx : H films might become of importance since good surface passivation results from field-effect passivation which needs an insulating dielectric layer. Therefore, the temperature dependence of the dark dc conductivity of these films was investigated in the temperature range from - 20 to 260 deg. C. Two transition temperatures, T s∼80 deg. C and T s∼170 deg. C, were found where conductivity increases, resp. decreases over-exponential. From Arrhenius plots activation energy (E a) and conductivity pre-factor (σ 0) were calculated for a large number of samples with different composition. A correlation between E a and σ 0 was found giving a Meyer-Neldel relation with a slope of 59 mV, corresponding to a material characteristic temperature T m = 400 deg. C, and an intercept at σ 00 = 0.1 Ω-1cm-1

  7. Pulsed Excimer (KrF) Laser Melting of Amorphous and Crystalline Silicon Layers

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    Walthuis, A.; Stritzker, B.; White, C. W.; J. Narayan; Aziz, Michael

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    We have investigated depth of melting as a function of pulse energy density in amorphous and crystalline silicon layers. The melting threshold for KrF laser pulses (lambda=0.249 µm, tau=24×10−9 s) in amorphous (7660-Å-thick) and crystalline silicon layers were determined to be 0.16±0.02 and 0.75±0.05 J cm−2, respectively. The formation of fine- and large-polycrystalline regions was clearly identified in the amorphous silicon layers for energy densities below that needed for complete annealing...

  8. Effect of Oxygen and Diborane Gas Ratio on P-type Amorphous Silicon Oxide films and Its Application to Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells

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    Jinjoo Park

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available We reported diborane (B2H6 doped wide bandgap hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (p-type a-SiOx:H filmsprepared by using silane (SiH4 hydrogen (H2 and nitrous oxide (N2O in a radio frequency (RF plasma enhancedchemical vapor deposition (PECVD system. We improved the Eopt and conductivity of p-type a-SiOx:H films withvarious N2O and B2H6 ratios and applied those films in regards to the a-Si thin film solar cells. For the single layerp-type a-SiOx:H films, we achieved an optical band gap energy (Eopt of 1.91 and 1.99 eV, electrical conductivity ofapproximately 10-7 S/cm and activation energy (Ea of 0.57 to 0.52 eV with various N2O and B2H6 ratios. We appliedthose films for the a-Si thin film solar cell and the current-voltage characteristics are as given as: Voc = 853 and842 mV, Jsc = 13.87 and 15.13 mA/cm2. FF = 0.645 and 0.656 and η = 7.54 and 8.36% with B2H6 ratios of 0.5 and 1%respectively.

  9. Nano structures of amorphous silicon: localization and energy gap

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    Z Nourbakhsh

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Renewable energy research has created a push for new materials; one of the most attractive material in this field is quantum confined hybrid silicon nano-structures (nc-Si:H embedded in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H. The essential step for this investigation is studying a-Si and its ability to produce quantum confinement (QC in nc-Si: H. Increasing the gap of a-Si system causes solar cell efficiency to increase. By computational calculations based on Density Functional Theory (DFT, we calculated a special localization factor, [G Allan et al., Phys. Rev. B 57 (1997 6933.], for the states close to HOMO and LUMO in a-Si, and found most weak-bond Si atoms. By removing these silicon atoms and passivating the system with hydrogen, we were able to increase the gap in the a-Si system. As more than 8% hydrogenate was not experimentally available, we removed about 2% of the most localized Si atoms in the almost tetrahedral a-Si system. After removing localized Si atoms in the system with 1000 Si atoms, and adding 8% H, the gap increased about 0.24 eV. Variation of the gap as a function of hydrogen percentage was in good agreement with the Tight –Binding results, but about 2 times more than its experimental value. This might come from the fact that in the experimental conditions, it does not have the chance to remove the most localized states. However, by improving the experimental conditions and technology, this value can be improved.

  10. 柔性衬底非晶硅薄膜太阳电池界面处理的研究%Interface treatment of amorphous silicon thin film solar cells on flexible substrate

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    蔡宏琨; 陶科; 王林申; 赵敬芳; 隋妍萍; 张德贤

    2009-01-01

    The experiment and AMPS modeling have been used to analyze the characteristics of a-Si solar cells on flexible substrate with different buffer layers at the i/p interface. Combining with technology parameters, this paper uses different band gap and the defect density of states of the interface layer to simulate the characteristics of solar ceils. The modeling results show that the solar cells are deteriorated by the interface layer with a big band gap and large defect density of states. By optimizing treatment of i/p interface, the amorphous silicon solar cell on polyimide substrate has been achieved with an efficiency of 7.09%.%通过实验和模拟计算对比分析了i/p界面过渡层对太阳电池性能的影响.结合具体实验工艺参数,模拟计算了不同带隙和缺陷态密度的过渡层对太阳电池的影响,同时结合实验情况重现了宽带隙高缺陷态密度过渡层对太阳电池的损伤,为实验结果提供了理论依据.通过优化调整i/p界面过渡层的制备方法得到了转换效率为7.09%的聚酰亚胺衬底非晶硅薄膜太阳电池.

  11. Optimization of thin film silicon solar cells on highly textured substrates

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    Despeisse, Matthieu; Battaglia, Corsin; Boccard, Mathieu; Bugnon, Gregory; Charriere, Mathieu; Cuony, Peter; Haenni, Simon; Loefgren, Linus; Meillaud, Fanny; Parascandolo, Gaetano; Soederstroem, Thomas; Ballif, Christophe [Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory, Institute of Micro-engineering (IMT), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Rue Breguet 2, 2000 Neuchatel (Switzerland)

    2011-08-15

    Doped layers made of nanostructured silicon phases embedded in a silicon oxide matrix were implemented in thin film silicon solar cells. Their combination with optimized deposition processes for the silicon intrinsic layers is shown to allow for an increased resilience of the cell design to the substrate texture, with high electrical properties conserved on rough substrates. The presented optimizations thus permit turning the efficient light trapping provided by highly textured front electrodes into increased cell efficiencies, as reported for single junction cells and for amorphous silicon (a-Si)/microcrystalline silicon tandem cells. Initial and stabilized efficiencies of 12.7 and 11.3%, respectively, are reported for such tandem configuration implementing a 1.1 {mu}m thick microcrystalline silicon bottom cell. SEM image after FIB cut of an amorphous silicon/microcrystalline silicon tandem cell reported with a stabilized efficiency of 11.3% for a bottom cell thickness of about 1.1 {mu}m. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. Electroless plating of thin gold films directly onto silicon nitride thin films and into micropores.

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    Whelan, Julie C; Karawdeniya, Buddini Iroshika; Bandara, Y M Nuwan D Y; Velleco, Brian D; Masterson, Caitlin M; Dwyer, Jason R

    2014-07-23

    A method to directly electrolessly plate silicon-rich silicon nitride with thin gold films was developed and characterized. Films with thicknesses coating planar, curved, and line-of-sight-obscured silicon nitride surfaces. PMID:24999923

  13. Aluminium-Induced Crystallization of Silicon Thin Film by Excimer Laser Annealing

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    Polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) film was fabricated by indirect process of re-crystallization of amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin film. This enhancement process is important to determine the performance of silicon thin film (STF). In this attempt, a fundamental study was carried out to enhance the crystallization of aluminium doped silicon thin film. An a-Si thin film was prepared by low pressure physical vapour deposition (PVD) and doped with 10 % aluminium. The aluminium-induced crystallization (AIC) process was carried out in two sequence steps. Firstly, the amorphous film was annealed by using conventional heat treatment at operating temperature of 350 degree Celsius. Secondly, the poly-Si underwent excimer laser annealing (ELA). The microstructure of thin film was analyzed using atomic force microscope (AFM). The results showed that, the grain size of the a-Si film is increased with the energy density of the excimer laser. The optimum grain size obtained is 129 nm corresponding to energy density of 356 mJ cm-2. (author)

  14. Thin-film silicon detectors for particle detection

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    Wyrsch, N.; Dunand, S.; Miazza, C.; Shah, A. [Institut de Microtechnique, Universite de Neuchatel, Breguet 2, 2000 Neuchatel (Switzerland); Anelli, G.; Despeisse, M.; Garrigos, A.; Jarron, P.; Kaplon, J.; Moraes, D. [CERN, EP Division, 1211 Geneve 23 (Switzerland); Commichau, S.C.; Dissertori, G.; Viertel, G.M. [ETH Zurich, Labor fuer Hochenergiephysik, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland)

    2004-03-01

    Integrated particle sensors have been developed using thin-film on ASIC technology. For this purpose, hydrogenated amorphous silicon diodes, in various configurations, have been optimized for particle detection. These devices were first deposited on glass substrates to optimize the material properties and the dark current of very thick diodes (with thickness up to 50 {mu}m). Corresponding diodes were later directly deposited on CMOS readout chips. These integrated particle sensors have been characterized using light pulse illumination and beta particle irradiation from {sup 63}Ni and {sup 90}Sr sources. Direct detection of single low- and high-energy beta particles have been demonstrated. The application of this new integrated particle sensor concept for medical imaging is also discussed. (copyright 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Thin-film silicon detectors for particle detection

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    Integrated particle sensors have been developed using thin-film on ASIC technology. For this purpose, hydrogenated amorphous silicon diodes, in various configurations, have been optimized for particle detection. These devices were first deposited on glass substrates to optimize the material properties and the dark current of very thick diodes (with thickness up to 50 μm). Corresponding diodes were later directly deposited on CMOS readout chips. These integrated particle sensors have been characterized using light pulse illumination and beta particle irradiation from 63Ni and 90Sr sources. Direct detection of single low- and high-energy beta particles have been demonstrated. The application of this new integrated particle sensor concept for medical imaging is also discussed. (copyright 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. Atomically resolved surface structures of vapor deposited amorphous silicon-carbon alloys: An atomic force microscopy and spectroscopic study

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    Silicon carbide alloys are widely used in high-tech applications due to their interesting combination of chemical, mechanical and electronic properties. Growing thin films of this material in a simple and controlled way is a hot topic in modern material's science. In particular, the possibility to tailor the film properties just by tuning the deposition temperature would be an important progress. In the present work amorphous silicon-carbon alloys thin films have been deposited by electron beam sublimation of a poly-crystalline silicon carbide target in vacuum environment. The deposition temperature was varied from Room Temperature to about 1300 K. The resulting films were analyzed by means of Ultra High Vacuum-Atomic Force Microscopy (UHV-AFM) down to even atomic resolution. The observed features agree with literature data, e.g. interatomic bond lengths, as achieved by others methods, and the structural arrangements of silicon and carbon atoms as concluded from IR and Raman spectroscopy measurements carried out on the same samples. The results not only allow a correlation between film properties and deposition temperature but also support the notion of the UHV-AFM images of the amorphous surfaces being atomically resolved.

  17. Understanding the hydrogen and oxygen gas pressure dependence of the tribological properties of silicon oxide-doped hydrogenated amorphous carbon coatings

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    Koshigan, KD; Mangolini, F; McClimon, JB; Vacher, B.; Bec, S; Carpick, RW; Fontaine, J

    2015-01-01

    Silicon oxide-doped hydrogenated amorphous carbons (a–C:H:Si:O) are amorphous thin films used as solid lubricants in a range of commercial applications, thanks to its increased stability in extreme environments, relative to amorphous hydrogenated carbons (a–C:H). This work aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the environmental impact on the tribology of a–C:H:Si:O. Upon sliding an a–C:H:Si:O film against a steel counterbody, two friction regimes develop: high friction in high vacuum...

  18. Laser crystallization of amorphous silicon films investigated by Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy

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    The intrinsic and phosphorous (P)-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films were crystallized by laser annealing. The structural properties during crystallization process can be investigated. Observed redshifts of the Si Raman transverse optical phonon peak indicate tensile stress present in the films and become intense with the effect of doping, which can be relieved in P-doped films by introducing buffer layer structures. Based on experimental results, the established correlation between the stress and crystalline fraction (XC) suggests that the relatively high stress can limit the increase in XC and the highest crystalline fraction is obtained by a considerable stress release. At high laser energy density of 1250 mJ/cm2, the poorer crystalline quality and disordered structure of the film originating from the irradiation damage and defects lead to the low electron mobility.

  19. High-Sensitivity X-ray Polarimetry with Amorphous Silicon Active-Matrix Pixel Proportional Counters

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    Black, J. K.; Deines-Jones, P.; Jahoda, K.; Ready, S. E.; Street, R. A.

    2003-01-01

    Photoelectric X-ray polarimeters based on pixel micropattern gas detectors (MPGDs) offer order-of-magnitude improvement in sensitivity over more traditional techniques based on X-ray scattering. This new technique places some of the most interesting astronomical observations within reach of even a small, dedicated mission. The most sensitive instrument would be a photoelectric polarimeter at the focus of 2 a very large mirror, such as the planned XEUS. Our efforts are focused on a smaller pathfinder mission, which would achieve its greatest sensitivity with large-area, low-background, collimated polarimeters. We have recently demonstrated a MPGD polarimeter using amorphous silicon thin-film transistor (TFT) readout suitable for the focal plane of an X-ray telescope. All the technologies used in the demonstration polarimeter are scalable to the areas required for a high-sensitivity collimated polarimeter. Leywords: X-ray polarimetry, particle tracking, proportional counter, GEM, pixel readout

  20. Focused ion beam writing of optical patterns in amorphous silicon carbide

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    In the present work we investigate the use of ion beam techniques for properties modification and optimisation of wide-bandgap materials with view of their uses in sub-micron lithography and high-density data storage for archival purposes. We propose scanning near-field optical microscopy as a novel technique for characterizing the ion-implanted patterns fabricated in amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H). Different patterns have been fabricated in a-SiC:H films with a focused Ga+-ion beam system and examined with scanning near-field optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Although a considerable thickness change (thinning tendency) has been observed in the ion-irradiated areas, the near-field measurements confirm increases of optical absorption in these areas. The observed values of the optical contrast modulation are sufficient to justify the efficiency of the method for optical data recording using focused ion beams. (author)

  1. Growth of crystalline silicon nanowires on nickel-coated silicon wafer beneath sputtered amorphous carbon

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    Growth of crystalline silicon nanowire of controllable diameter directly from Si wafer opens up another avenue for its application in solar cells and optical sensing. Crystalline Si nanowire can be directly grown from Si wafer upon rapid thermal annealing in the presence of the catalyst such as nickel (Ni). However, the accompanying oxidation immediately changes the crystalline Si nanowire to amorphous SiOx. In this study, amorphous carbon layer was sputtered to on top of the catalyst Ni layer to retard the oxidation. Scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were employed to characterize the wires and oxidation process. A model was developed to explain the growth and oxidation process of the crystalline Si nanowire. - Highlights: ► Carbon was sputtered on nickel to retard the oxidation of silicon nanowires. ► Silicon core was controlled by carbon layer thickness and annealing duration. ► An oxidation-accompanying solid–liquid–solid growth mechanism was developed

  2. Light harvesting by planar photonic crystals in solar cells: the case of amorphous silicon

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    In this paper we discuss on light management in silicon thin film solar cells, using photonic crystal (PhC) structures. We particularly focus on photovoltaic devices including amorphous silicon absorbers patterned as 2D PhCs. Physical principles and design rules leading to the optimized configuration of the patterned cell are discussed by means of optical simulations performed on realistic thin film solar cell stacks. Theoretically, a maximum increase of 40%rel in integrated absorption in the a-Si:H layer of the patterned cell is expected compared to the unpatterned case. Moreover, both simulation and optical characterization of the fabricated cells demonstrate the robustness of their optical properties with regard to the angle of incidence of the light and to the fabrication induced defects in the PhCs. Finally, the impact of surface recombination due to the generation of new free surfaces with higher defect densities is addressed. We demonstrate that patterning still induces a substantial increase in the conversion efficiency, with a reasonable surface recombination velocity

  3. EBSD analysis of polysilicon films formed by aluminium induced crystallization of amorphous silicon

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    Tuezuen, O. [InESS, UMR 7163 CNRS-ULP, 23 rue du Loess, F-67037 Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France)], E-mail: Ozge.Tuzun@iness.c-strasbourg.fr; Auger, J.M. [InESS, UMR 7163 CNRS-ULP, 23 rue du Loess, F-67037 Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France); SMS Centre, UMR CNRS 5146, Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne, 158 Cours Fauriel, 42023 Saint Etienne Cedex 2 (France); Gordon, I. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Focsa, A.; Montgomery, P.C. [InESS, UMR 7163 CNRS-ULP, 23 rue du Loess, F-67037 Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France); Maurice, C. [SMS Centre, UMR CNRS 5146, Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne, 158 Cours Fauriel, 42023 Saint Etienne Cedex 2 (France); Slaoui, A. [InESS, UMR 7163 CNRS-ULP, 23 rue du Loess, F-67037 Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France); Beaucarne, G.; Poortmans, J. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2008-08-30

    Among the methods for enlarging the grain size of polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin films, aluminium induced crystallization (AIC) of amorphous silicon is considered to be a very promising approach. In the AIC process, a thin a-Si layer on top of an aluminium layer crystallizes at temperatures well below the eutectic temperature of the Al/Si system (T{sub eu} = 577 deg. C). By means of electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD), we have mainly studied the effect of the aluminium layer quality varying the deposition system on the grain size, the defects and the preferential crystallographic orientation. We have found a strong correlation between the mean grain size and the size distribution with the Al deposition system and the surface quality. Furthermore, we show for the first time that more than 50% of the surface of the AIC films grown on alumina substrates are (103) preferentially oriented, instead of the commonly observed (100) preferential orientation. This may have important consequences for epitaxial thickening of the AIC layer into polysilicon absorber layers for solar cells.

  4. Fabrication of solution-processed hydrogenated amorphous silicon single junction solar cells

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    Masuda, Takashi; Sotani, Naoya; Hamada, Hiroki; Matsuki, Yasuo; Shimoda, Tatsuya

    2012-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells were fabricated using solution-based processes. All silicon layers of the p-i-n junction were stacked by a spin-cast method using doped and non-doped polydihydrosilane solutions. Further, a hydrogen-radical treatment under vacuum conditions was employed to reduce spin density in the silicon films. Following this treatment, the electric properties of the silicon films were improved, and the power conversion efficiency of the solar cells was also incre...

  5. Excellent crystalline silicon surface passivation by amorphous silicon irrespective of the technique used for chemical vapor deposition

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    Schuttauf, J.A.; van der Werf, C.H.M.; Kielen, I.M.; van Sark, W.G.J.H.M.; Rath, J.K.; Schropp, R.E.I.

    2011-01-01

    Crystalline silicon surface passivation by amorphous silicon deposited by three different chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques at low (T ∼ 130 °C) temperatures is compared. For all three techniques, surface recombination velocities (SRVs) are reduced by two orders of magnitude after prolonged

  6. Temperature-dependent minority carrier lifetime of crystalline silicon wafers passivated by high quality amorphous silicon oxide

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    Inaba, Masahiro; Todoroki, Soichiro; Nakada, Kazuyoshi; Miyajima, Shinsuke

    2016-04-01

    We investigated the effects of annealing on the temperature-dependent minority carrier lifetime of a crystalline silicon wafer passivated by hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide. The annealing significantly affects the lifetime and its temperature dependence. Our device simulations clearly indicate that valence band offset significantly affects the temperature dependence. We also found a slight increase in the interface defect density after annealing.

  7. Local structure reconstruction in hydrogenated amorphous silicon from angular correlation and synchrotron diffraction studies

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    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) is a widely used thin film semiconductor material which is still incompletely understood. It is generally assumed to form a continuous random network, with a high concentration of coordination defects (dangling bonds), which are hydrogen terminated. Neither the exact nature of these sites nor the degree of medium range order has been fully determined. In this paper, we present the first results for the local structure, from a combined study using angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (ACAR) and synchrotron radiation diffraction. Reciprocal space information is obtained directly, for the mesoscale structure and the local defect structure, from the orientation dependent diffraction and 2D-ACAR patterns, respectively. Furthermore, inversion of both patterns yields a comparison of real space information through maps of the silicon-silicon pair correlation function and the electron-positron autocorrelation function B 2γ(r). From this information, it is possible to identify the dominant structural defect as a vacancy-size dangling bond cluster, around which the network strain is fully relaxed

  8. Characterization of LPCVD amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC) as material for electron transparent windows

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    We investigate on the physical and chemical properties of non-stoichiometric amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiCx) thin layers deposited by low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD). Characterizations are specifically tailored to understand the suitability of a-SiCx as electron transparent window material. The structure, composition, continuity, intrinsic stress, etch-rates and roughness of the layers are determined. The a-SiCx layers are highly uniform and continuous, showing tensile intrinsic stress and high chemical inertness. The layer with the lowest roughness (0.22 nm) and intrinsic stress (0.7 GPa) is employed to fabricate electron transparent windows of 16 nm for use in a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). The resulting windows are highly transparent, enabling the acquisition of TEM images down to the resolution limit of the microscope (0.12 nm). Moreover, the a-SiCx windows show a resistance to electron beam damage which is up to 9 times higher than that of the commonly employed low-stress LPCVD silicon nitride (SiNx). Therefore, the proposed a-SiCx is particularly suited for TEM experiments where high chemical inertness and/or long exposures to the TEM electron beam are required. In addition, the a-SiCx layer could advantageously be employed in the design of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), especially those operating in harsh environments. - Highlights: ► Very thin non-stoichiometric amorphous SiC (a-SiCx) layers are deposited by LPCVD. ► Layers of 20 nm are continuous, show tensile stress and high chemical inertness. ► Electron transparent windows made of a-SiCx are fabricated. ► a-SiCx windows are highly transparent allowing TEM images with 0.12 nm resolution. ► a-SiCx windows show high resistance to TEM electron beam

  9. Nonlinear Optical Functions in Crystalline and Amorphous Silicon-on-Insulator Nanowires

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    Baets, R.; Kuyken, B.; Liu, X.;

    2012-01-01

    Silicon-on-Insulator nanowires provide an excellent platform for nonlinear optical functions in spite of the two-photon absorption at telecom wavelengths. Work on both crystalline and amorphous silicon nanowires is reviewed, in the wavelength range of 1.5 to 2.5 µm.......Silicon-on-Insulator nanowires provide an excellent platform for nonlinear optical functions in spite of the two-photon absorption at telecom wavelengths. Work on both crystalline and amorphous silicon nanowires is reviewed, in the wavelength range of 1.5 to 2.5 µm....

  10. RF sputtering for controlling dihydride and monohydride bond densities in amorphous silicon hydride

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    Jeffery, F.R.; Shanks, H.R.

    1980-08-26

    A process is described for controlling the dihydride and monohydride bond densities in hydrogenated amorphous silicone produced by reactive rf sputtering of an amorphous silicon target. There is provided a chamber with an amorphous silicon target and a substrate therein with the substrate and the target positioned such that when rf power is applied to the target the substrate is in contact with the sputtering plasma produced thereby. Hydrogen and argon are fed to the chamber and the pressure is reduced in the chamber to a value sufficient to maintain a sputtering plasma therein, and then rf power is applied to the silicon target to provide a power density in the range of from about 7 watts per square inch to about 22 watts per square inch to sputter an amorphous solicone hydride onto the substrate, the dihydride bond density decreasing with an increase in the rf power density. Substantially pure monohydride films may be produced.

  11. Anomalous interaction of longitudinal electric field with hydrogenated amorphous silicon films

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    Zhang, J.; Gecevičius, M.; Beresna, M; Kazanskii, A.G.; Kazansky, P. G.

    2013-01-01

    Cylindrically polarized beams produced by femtosecond laser written S-waveplate are used to modify amorphous silicon films. Paradoxically, no crystallization is observed in the maximum of longitudinal electric field despite the strongest light intensity

  12. Accuracy and long-term stability of amorphous-silicon measurements

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    Mueller, R.

    1986-01-01

    The measurement system requirements to obtain accurate electrical performance measurements of amorphous silicon cells and modules were described. The progress achieved in modifying the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) system toward that objective were reviewed.

  13. Structural and electrical properties of metastable defects in hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Melskens, J.; Schnegg, A.; Baldansuren, A.; Lips, K.; Plokker, M.P.; Eijt, S.W.H.; Schut, H.; Fischer, M.; Zeman, M.; Smets, A.H.M.

    2015-01-01

    The structural and electrical properties of metastable defects in various types of hydrogenated amorphous silicon have been studied using a powerful combination of continuous wave electron-paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, electron spin echo (ESE) decay measurements, and Doppler broadening positr

  14. Amorphous IZO-based transparent thin film transistors

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    Active electronics implemented on cheap flexible polymer substrates offer the promise of novel display technologies, wearable electronics, large area memory, and a multitude of other, as-yet-unthought-of applications that require low cost and high volume manufacturing. Thin film transistors (TFT's) fabricated on temperature-sensitive plastic substrates at low temperatures are the key to this technology. TFT's that use metal (In, Zn, Sn, Ga) oxide channels offer both high mobility (relative to amorphous Si) and the advantage of optical transparency in the visible regime. We report on the fabrication and performance of amorphous oxide transparent thin film transistors that use dc-magnetron sputter techniques to deposit IZO (In2O3 - 10 wt.% ZnO) at low oxygen potential (0 vol.% O2) for the source, drain, and gate-contact metallization and, at higher oxygen partial pressures (10 vol.% O2), for the semi-conducting channel. The devices in this study were processed at room temperature except for a single 280 oC PECVD deposition step to deposit a 230 nm-thick SiOx gate dielectric. The devices are optically transparent and operate in depletion mode with a threshold voltage of - 5 V, mobility of 15 cm2/V s, an on-off ratio of > 106 and, a sub-threshold slope of 1.2 V/decade. In addition, we report persistent photo-conductivity in the channel region of these devices when exposed to UV illumination

  15. Neutron scattering studies of hydrogenated, deuterated and fluorinated amorphous silicon

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    A comprehensive neutron scattering study has been performed of hydrogenated (Si0.78H0.22), deuterated (Si0.77D0.23) and partially fluorinated deuterated (Si0.725D0.120F0.155) amorphous silicon, prepared by the glow-discharge technique. The measurements performed include diffraction, small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and inelastic neutron scattering, and the data obtained are discussed in terms of various structural models in the literature. The real-space correlation function for Si0.77D0.23 exhibits sharp peaks at 1.49 and 2.36 A, due to Si-D and Si-Si covalent bonds, respectively, while peaks centred at 3.2 and 3.8 A are due to Si-D and Si-Si second-neighbour distances. High-energy resolution inelastic scattering measurements for Si0.78H0.22 show that there are approximately equal numbers of ≡SiH and = SiH2 groupings, there being no indication of excitations corresponding to -SiH3 groupings. The presence of molecular hydrogen is demonstrated unambiguously by the observation of the ortho-to-para conversion, via molecular rotation modes at 14.5 and 29.4 meV. The shift in the Si-H stretch modes introduced by deuteration is slightly less than the value of √2 expected for free hydrogen, indicating a small but observable influence of the amorphous silicon matrix. The size of the cages containing the H2 molecules has been investigated via SANS, which yields a mean Guinier radius of ∼5-6 A. In addition, the use of the H-D SANS contrast technique indicates that each cage contains on average about 60 H2 (D2) molecules. The data for the Si0.725D0.120F0.155 sample are consistent with a previously suggested model of network cages predominantly containing molecular SiF4

  16. Label-Free Direct Electronic Detection of Biomolecules with Amorphous Silicon Nanostructures

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    Lund, John; Mehta, Ranjana; Parviz, Babak A.

    2006-01-01

    We present the fabrication and characterization of a nano-scale sensor made of amorphous silicon for the label-free, electronic detection of three classes of biologically important molecules: ions, oligonucleotides, and proteins. The sensor structure has an active element which is a 50 nm wide amorphous silicon semicircle and has a total footprint of less than 4 μm2. We demonstrate the functionalization of the sensor with receptor molecules and the electronic detection of three targets: H+ io...

  17. Optical determination of the mass density of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon layers with different hydrogen contents

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    Remeš, Z.; Vaněček, Milan; Torres, Pedro; Kroll, U.; Mahan, A. H.; Crandall, R. S.

    2008-01-01

    We have measured the density of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon films using an optical method. The mass density decreases with increasing hydrogen content, consistent with a hydrogenated di-vacancy model that fits the data for amorphous silicon. Material produced by hot wire assisted chemical vapour deposition, with low hydrogen content, has a higher density and is structurally different from glow discharge material with hydrogen content around 10 at.%. The lower density microcrystalli...

  18. Electronic Structure of Dangling Bonds in Amorphous Silicon Studied via a Density-Matrix Functional Method

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    Hennig, R. G.; Fedders, P. A.; Carlsson, A. E.

    2002-01-01

    A structural model of hydrogenated amorphous silicon containing an isolated dangling bond is used to investigate the effects of electron interactions on the electronic level splittings, localization of charge and spin, and fluctuations in charge and spin. These properties are calculated with a recently developed density-matrix correlation-energy functional applied to a generalized Anderson Hamiltonian, consisting of tight-binding one-electron terms parametrizing hydrogenated amorphous silicon...

  19. Experimental and Computer Modelling Studies of Metastability of Amorphous Silicon Based Solar Cells

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    Munyeme, Geoffrey

    2003-01-01

    We present a combination of experimental and computer modelling studies of the light induced degradation in the performance of amorphous silicon based single junction solar cells. Of particular interest in this study is the degradation kinetics of different types of amorphous silicon single junction solar cells and the role of dangling bond states in mediating or driving the degradation mechanism. The approach taken in this study has enabled has to examine how light induced degradation is aff...

  20. 488nm连续激光晶化本征非晶硅薄膜的喇曼光谱研究%Raman Spectroscopic Study of the Crystallization of Intrinsic Amorphous Silicon Thin Films with a 488 nm Continuous-wave Laser

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    段国平; 陈俊领; 韩俊鹤; 黄明举

    2011-01-01

    Intrinsic amorphous silicon thin films were prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition method,and the crystallization of the films by 488 nm and 514 nm continuous-wave laser under different power densities and irradiation time were studied by micro-Raman spectroscopic measurements. It is shown that intrinsic amorphous silicon films are able to be crystallized within 60 s at laser power densities is above 1. 575×105 W/cm2. When the power density reaches to 2. 756×105 W/cm2, there is transformation from amorphous silicon to single-crystalline silicon. With the increase of the laser power density, it is still single-crystalline silicon. At the laser power density of 2. 362 X 10° W/cm, 60 s irradiation time crystallized the effect is better; and at the power density of 2. 756×105 W/cm2, the effect of crystallization with 488 nm wavelength is better than that of with 514 nm in 60 s, and they are all single-crystalline silicon.%利用等离子增强化学气相沉积系统制备了本征非晶硅薄膜,并选用488 nm波长的连续激光进行晶化.采用喇曼测试技术对本征非晶硅薄膜在不同激光功率密度和扫描时间下的晶化状态进行了表征,并用514 nm波长与488 nm波长对样品的晶化效果进行了比较.测试结果显示:激光照射时间60 s,激光功率密度在1.57×105 W/cm2时,能实现非晶硅向多晶硅的转变,在功率密度达到2.7 56×105 W/cm2时,有非晶开始向单晶转变,随着激光功率密度的继续增加,晶化结果仍为单晶;在功率密度为2.362×105 W/cm2下,60 s照射时间晶化效果较好;在功率密度为2.756×105 W/cm2和照射时间为60 s的条件下,用488 nm波长比514 nm波长的激光晶化本征非晶硅薄膜效果较好,并均为单晶态.

  1. In situ ultraviolet treatment in an Ar ambient upon p-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon-carbide windows of hydrogenated amorphous silicon based solar cells

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    We proposed an in situ postdeposition ultraviolet treatment in an Ar ambient (UTA) to improve the p/i interface of amorphous silicon based solar cell. We have increased the conversion efficiency by ∼16% by improving the built-in potential and reducing recombination at the p/i interface. Through spectroscopic ellipsometry and Fourier-transform infrared measurements, it is concluded that the UTA process induces structural modification of the p-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon-carbide (p-a-SiC:H) window layer. An ultrathin p-a-SiC:H contamination layer formed during the UTA process acts as a buffer layer at the interface

  2. Evaluation of Bonding Orbitals in Amorphous Silicon by Means of the Chemical Pseudopotential Method

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    Grado Caffaro, M. A.; Grado Caffaro, M.

    1994-01-01

    The chemical pseudopotential method has been used by a number of workers in order to study the valence bands of amorphous tetrahedrally bonded semiconductors. However, various problems related to this method are unsolved. In this paper, a theoretical formulation tending to clarify some of these. problems is presented. This formulation concerns bonding orbitals and is valid, in principle, for amorphous silicon.

  3. Inprovement of Field Emission Properties of PBS Thin Films by Amorphous Carbon Coating

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Lead sulfide (PbS nanocrystalline thin films were synthesized at room temperature via chemical bath deposition on both silicon and glass substrates and coated with amorphous carbon of different thickness by varying deposition time in plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique. The as prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM and atomic force microscope (AFM. XRD study reveals that coating of amorphous carbon does not change the crystal structure of PbS. From FESEM images it is seen that the average size of PbS nanoparticle does not exceed 100 nm, though sometomes small cubic particles agglomerated to form bigger particles. The coating of amorphous carbon can be clearly visible by the FESEM as well as from AFM micrographs. Field emission study show a significant betterment for the carbon coated sample as compared to the pure PbS. The effect of inter-electrode distance on the field emission characteristics of best field emitting sample has been studied for three different inter-electrode distances.

  4. Size modulation of nanocrystalline silicon embedded in amorphous silicon oxide by Cat-CVD

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    Different issues related to controlling size of nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si) embedded in hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiOx:H) deposited by catalytic chemical vapor deposition (Cat-CVD) have been reported. Films were deposited using tantalum (Ta) and tungsten (W) filaments and it is observed that films deposited using tantalum filament resulted in good control on the properties. The parameters which can affect the size of nc-Si domains have been studied which include hydrogen flow rate, catalyst and substrate temperatures. The deposited samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, HRTEM and micro-Raman spectroscopy, for determining the size of the deposited nc-Si. The crystallite formation starts for Ta-catalyst around the temperature of 1700 oC.

  5. Quantitative assessment of molecular dynamics-grown amorphous silicon and germanium films on silicon (111)

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    Käshammer, Peter; Borgardt, Nikolai I.; Seibt, Michael; Sinno, Talid

    2016-09-01

    Molecular dynamics based on the empirical Tersoff potential was used to simulate the deposition of amorphous silicon and germanium on silicon(111) at various deposition rates and temperatures. The resulting films were analyzed quantitatively by comparing one-dimensional atomic density profiles to experimental measurements. It is found that the simulations are able to capture well the structural features of the deposited films, which exhibit a gradual loss of crystalline order over several monolayers. A simple mechanistic model is used to demonstrate that the simulation temperature may be used to effectively accelerate the surface relaxation processes during deposition, leading to films that are consistent with experimental samples grown at deposition rates many orders-of-magnitude slower than possible in a molecular dynamics simulation.

  6. Electonic properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon-germanium alloys

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    Bullot, J.; Galin, M.; Gauthier, M. (Universite de Paris-Sud, Orsay (France)); Bourdon, B. (CIT-Alcatel Transmission, Marcoussis (France))

    1983-06-01

    The electronic properties of some binary hydrogenated amorphous silicon-germanium alloys a-Sisub(x)Gesub(1-x):H in the silicon rich region (x > 0.6) are investigated. Experimental evidence is presented of photo-induced effects similar to those described in Si:H (Staebler-Wronski effect). The electronic properties are then studied from the dual point of view of the germanium content dependence and of the photo and thermal histories of the films. The dark conductivity changes between the annealed state and the light-soaked state are interpreted in terms of the variation of the temperature coefficient of the Fermi level. The photoconductivity efficiency is shown to remain close to that of a-Si:H for 1 > x >= 0.9 and to strongly decrease when the germanium content is further increased: the photoresponse of the Sisub(0.62)Gesub(0.38) alloy is 10/sup 4/ times smaller than that of a-Si:H. This deterioration of the photoconductive properties is explained in terms of the increase of the density of gap states following Ge substitution. This conclusion is based on the study of the width of the exponential absorption edge and on the results of photoconductivity time response studies. The latter data are interpreted by means of the model of Rose of trapping and recombination kinetics and it is found that for x approximately 0.6 the density of states at 0.4-0.5 eV below the mobility edge is 7 x 10/sup 17/ eV/sup -1/ cm/sup -3/ as compared to 2.4 x 10/sup 16/ eV/sup -1/ cm/sup -3/ for x = 0.97.

  7. Efficient visible luminescence of nanocrystalline silicon prepared from amorphous silicon films by thermal annealing and stain etching

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    Nikulin Valery

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Films of nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si were prepared from hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H by using rapid thermal annealing. The formed nc-Si films were subjected to stain etching in hydrofluoric acid solutions in order to passivate surfaces of nc-Si. The optical reflectance spectroscopy revealed the nc-Si formation as well as the high optical quality of the formed films. The Raman scattering spectroscopy was used to estimate the mean size and volume fraction of nc-Si in the annealed films, which were about 4 to 8 nm and 44 to 90%, respectively, depending on the annealing regime. In contrast to as-deposited a-Si:H films, the nc-Si films after stain etching exhibited efficient photoluminescence in the spectral range of 600 to 950 nm at room temperature. The photoluminescence intensity and lifetimes of the stain etched nc-Si films were similar to those for conventional porous Si formed by electrochemical etching. The obtained results indicate new possibilities to prepare luminescent thin films for Si-based optoelectronics.

  8. Influence of strain on thermal conductivity of silicon nitride thin films

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    We present a micro-electro-mechanical system-based experimental technique to measure thermal conductivity of freestanding ultra-thin films of amorphous silicon nitride (Si3N4) as a function of mechanical strain. Using a combination of infrared thermal micrography and multi-physics simulation, we measured thermal conductivity of 50 nm thick silicon nitride films to observe it decrease from 2.7 W (m K)−1 at zero strain to 0.34 W (m K)−1 at about 2.4% tensile strain. We propose that such strong strain–thermal conductivity coupling is due to strain effects on fraction–phonon interaction that decreases the dominant hopping mode conduction in the amorphous silicon nitride specimens. (paper)

  9. Feasibility of using thin crystalline silicon films epitaxially grown at 165 °C in solar cells: A computer simulation study

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    Roca i Cabarrocas P.; Labrune M.; Cariou R.; Chakraborty S.; Chatterjee P

    2013-01-01

    We have previously reported on the successful deposition of heterojunction solar cells whose thin intrinsic crystalline absorber layer is grown using the standard radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition process at 165 °C on highly doped P-type (100) crystalline silicon substrates. The structure had an N-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon emitter deposited on top of the intrinsic epitaxial silicon layer. However to form the basis of a solar cell, the epitaxial silicon film...

  10. Fabrication of hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon thin films using RF magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Hsuan-Wen; Su, Wei-Ning; Han, Chia-Wei; Chen, Sheng-Hui; Lee, Cheng-Chung

    2007-09-01

    Hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H ) thin films have attracted many attentions due to the high mobility compared with the amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin films. To fabricate μc-Si:H thin films, plasma-enhance chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) is the most popular method. The disadvantages of PECVD are the high facility cost and using the toxic processing gases such as silane (SiH 4). Whereas there is no these disadvantages using radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering to deposit silicon thin films. Unfortunately, the silicon thin films deposited by the regular RF magnetron sputtering are a-Si. In this study, μc-Si:H thin films were fabricated using RF magnetron sputtering with argon and hydrogen as working gas at low substrate temperature (T s=250°C and 350°C).The grain sizes, crystal volume fractions and photosensitivity (ratios of dark conductivities and photo conductivities) of the μc-Si:H thin films which deposited with different hydrogen partial pressures and sputtering powers were analyzed. The results showed that the grain sizes and the crystal volume fractions were increased and the photosensitivity was decreased as the hydrogen partial pressure increased at the sputtering power 200W. The grain size was between 15 to 20 nm and the crystal volume fractions was between 75 to 80% when the hydrogen partial pressure was over 90%.

  11. Mass productions of thin film silicon PV modules

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    Mass production technologies of a-Si single junction and a-Si/poly-Si hybrid modules with stable 8% and 10% efficiency were developed in the Shiga factory of Kaneka Corporation. Kaneka instituted Kaneka Solartech Corporation (KST) as a subsidiary company of 100% shareholder and invested 20 MW production plant in Toyooka City in 1999. There are fully automatic thin film fabrication equipments. KST started the manufacturing amorphous silicon PV modules in 1999 and those of hybrid type PV modules in 2001. The largest size glass substrates used for these modules are 95x98 cm and variable size of modules are being produced by cutting these large area base modules. Recent production yields are higher than 98%. Production technologies of a-Si, thin c-Si and solar cells, performances of modules, applications to the rooftop PV systems will be presented. We estimate the production cost of a-Si solar modules and a-Si/thin c-Si hybrid solar modules. The future business plan of our new type solar modules and our production lines will be discussed. (author)

  12. Asymmetric intermediate reflector for tandem micromorph thin film silicon solar cells

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    Söderström, T; Haug, F.-J.; Niquille, X.; Terrazzoni, V; Ballif, C.

    2009-01-01

    The micromorph solar cell (stack of amorphous and microcrystalline cells) concept is the key for achieving high efficiency stabilized thin film silicon solar cells. We introduce a device structure that allows a better control of the light in-coupling into the two subcell components. It is based on an asymmetric intermediate reflector, which increases the effective thickness of the a-Si:H by a factor of more than three. Hence, the a- Si:H thickness reduction dimi...

  13. Producer-Focused Life Cycle Assessment of Thin-Film Silicon Photovoltaic Systems

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    Zhang, Teresa Weirui

    2011-01-01

    Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a powerful environmental management and decision- mak- ing tool that has served the needs of many individual and institutional consumers. Using the example of a thin-film amorphous silicon photovoltaic system, this dissertation work adapts life cycle assessment to best meet the design-for-environment needs of producers.The producer-focused LCA helps to minimize to the environmental impacts of products by (1) identifying opportunities to reduce environmental impa...

  14. Atomic-Resolution Observations of Semi-Crystalline Integranular Thin Films in Silicon Nitride

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    Ziegler, Alexander; Idrobo, Juan C.; Cinibulk, Michael K.; Kisielowski, Christian; Nigel D. Browning; Ritchie, Robert O.

    2005-01-01

    The thin intergranular phase in a silicon nitride (Si3N4) ceramic, which has been regarded for decades as having an entirely amorphous morphology, is shown to have a semi-crystalline structure. Using two different but complementary high-resolution electron microscopy methods, the intergranular atomic structure was directly imaged at the atomic level. These high-resolution images show that the atomic arrangement of the dopand element cerium takes very periodic positions not only along the...

  15. Compositional analysis of silicon oxide/silicon nitride thin films

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    Full Text Available Hydrogen, amorphous silicon nitride (SiNx:H abbreviated SiNx films were grown on multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si substrate by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD in parallel configuration using NH3/SiH4 gas mixtures. The mc-Si wafers were taken from the same column of Si cast ingot. After the deposition process, the layers were oxidized (thermal oxidation in dry oxygen ambient environment at 950 °C to get oxide/nitride (ON structure. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS, Auger electron spectroscopy (AES and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX were employed for analyzing quantitatively the chemical composition and stoichiometry in the oxide-nitride stacked films. The effect of annealing temperature on the chemical composition of ON structure has been investigated. Some species, O, N, Si were redistributed in this structure during the thermal oxidation of SiNx. Indeed, oxygen diffused to the nitride layer into Si2O2N during dry oxidation.

  16. Passivation of c-Si surfaces by sub-nm amorphous silicon capped with silicon nitride

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    Wan, Yimao; Yan, Di; Bullock, James; Zhang, Xinyu; Cuevas, Andres

    2015-12-01

    A sub-nm hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) film capped with silicon nitride (SiNx) is shown to provide a high level passivation to crystalline silicon (c-Si) surfaces. When passivated by a 0.8 nm a-Si:H/75 nm SiNx stack, recombination current density J0 values of 9, 11, 47, and 87 fA/cm2 are obtained on 10 Ω.cm n-type, 0.8 Ω.cm p-type, 160 Ω/sq phosphorus-diffused, and 120 Ω/sq boron-diffused silicon surfaces, respectively. The J0 on n-type 10 Ω.cm wafers is further reduced to 2.5 ± 0.5 fA/cm2 when the a-Si:H film thickness exceeds 2.5 nm. The passivation by the sub-nm a-Si:H/SiNx stack is thermally stable at 400 °C in N2 for 60 min on all four c-Si surfaces. Capacitance-voltage measurements reveal a reduction in interface defect density and film charge density with an increase in a-Si:H thickness. The nearly transparent sub-nm a-Si:H/SiNx stack is thus demonstrated to be a promising surface passivation and antireflection coating suitable for all types of surfaces encountered in high efficiency c-Si solar cells.

  17. Amorphous silicon-based PINIP structure for color sensor

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    A series of hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) films was prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technology. The microstructure and photoelectronic properties of the film are investigated by absorption spectra (in the ultraviolet to near-infrared range) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra. The results show that good band gap controllability (1.83-3.64 eV) was achieved by adjusting the plasma parameters. In the energy range around 2.1 eV, the a-Si1-xC x:H films exhibit good photosensitivity, opening the possibility to use this wide band gap material for device application, especially when blue color detectors are concerned. A multilayer device with a stack of glass/TCO(ZnO:Ga)/P(a-SiC:H)/I(a-SiC:H)/N(a-Si:H)/I(a-Si:H)/P(a-Si:H)/Al has been prepared. The devices can detect blue and red colors under different bias voltages. The optimization of the device, especially the film thickness and the band gap offset used to achieve better detectivity, is also done in this work

  18. Diffusion of Gold and Platinum in Amorphous Silicon

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    2002-01-01

    By means of radiotracer experiments the diffusion of Au and Pt in radio-frequency-sputtered amorphous silicon (a-Si) was investigated. Specimens of a-Si with homogeneous doping concentrations of Au or Pt in the range 0$\\, - \\,$1,7~at.\\% were produced by co-sputtering of Si and Au or Pt, respectively. An additional tiny concentration of radioactive $^{195}$Au or $^{188}$Pt, about 10~at.ppm, was implanted at ISOLDE. The resulting Gaussian distribution of the implanted atoms served as a probe for measuring diffusion coefficients at various doping concentrations. It was found that for a given doping concentration the diffusion coefficients show Arrhenius-type temperature dependences, where the diffusion enthalpy and the pre-exponential factor depend on the doping concentration. From these results it was concluded that in a-Si Au and Pt undergo direct, interstitial-like diffusion that is retarded by temporary trapping of the radiotracer atoms at vacancy-type defects with different binding enthalpies. In the case o...

  19. Raman spectroscopy of PIN hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Keya, Kimitaka; Torigoe, Yoshihiro; Toko, Susumu; Yamashita, Daisuke; Seo, Hyunwoong; Itagaki, Naho; Koga, Kazunori; Shiratani, Masaharu

    2015-09-01

    Light-induced degradation of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) is a key issue for enhancing competitiveness in solar cell market. A-Si:H films with a lower density of Si-H2 bonds shows higher stability. Here we identified Si-H2 bonds in PIN a-Si:H solar cells fabricated by plasma CVD using Raman spectroscopy. A-Si:H solar cell has a structure of B-doped μc-SiC:H (12.5 nm)/ non-doped a-Si:H (250nm)/ P-doped μc-Si:H (40 nm) on glass substrates (Asahi-VU). By irradiating HeNe laser light from N-layer, peaks correspond to Si-H2 bonds (2100 cm-1) and Si-H bonds (2000 cm-1) have been identified in Raman scattering spectra. The intensity ratio of Si-H2 and Si-H ISiH2/ISiH is found to correlate well to light induced degradation of the cells Therefore, Raman spectroscopy is a promising method for studying origin of light-induced degradation of PIN solar cells.

  20. Carrier transport in amorphous silicon utilizing picosecond photoconductivity

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    Johnson, A. M.

    1981-08-01

    The development of a high-speed electronic measurement capability permitted the direct observation of the transient photoresponse of amorphous silicon (a-Si) with a time resolution of approximately 10ps. This technique was used to measure the initial mobility of photogenerated (2.1eV) free carriers in three types of a-Si having widely different densities of structural defects (i.e., as prepared by: (1) RF glow discharge (a-Si:H); (2) chemical vapor deposition; and (3) evaporation in ultra-high vacuum). In all three types of a-Si, the same initial mobility of approximately 1 cu cm/Vs at room temperature was found. This result tends to confirm the often-made suggestion that the free carrier mobility is determined by the influence of shallow states associated with the disorder in the random atomic network, and is an intrinsic property of a-Si which is unaffected by the method of preparation. The rate of decay of the photocurrent correlates with the density of structural defects and varies from 4ps to 200ps for the three types of a-Si investigated. The initial mobility of a-Si:H was found to be thermally activated. The possible application of extended state transport controlled by multiple trapping and small polaron formation is discussed.

  1. Hot wire deposited hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Mahan, A.H.; Iwaniczko, E.; Nelson, B.P.; Reedy, R.C. Jr.; Crandall, R.S. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)

    1996-05-01

    This paper details the results of a study in which low H content, high deposition rate hot wire (HW) deposited amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) has been incorporated into a substrate solar cell. The authors find that the treatment of the top surface of the HW i layer while it is being cooled from its high deposition temperature is crucial to device performance. They present data concerning these surface treatments, and correlate these treatments with Schottky device performance. The authors also present first generation HW n-i-p solar cell efficiency data, where a glow discharge (GD) {mu}c-Si(p) layer was added to complete the partial devices. No light trapping layer was used to increase the device Jsc. Their preliminary investigations have yielded efficiencies of up to 6.8% for a cell with a 4000 {Angstrom} thick HW i-layer, which degrade less than 10% after a 900 hour light soak. The authors suggest avenues for further improvement of their devices.

  2. Nanohole Structuring for Improved Performance of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaics.

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    Johlin, Eric; Al-Obeidi, Ahmed; Nogay, Gizem; Stuckelberger, Michael; Buonassisi, Tonio; Grossman, Jeffrey C

    2016-06-22

    While low hole mobilities limit the current collection and efficiency of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) photovoltaic devices, attempts to improve mobility of the material directly have stagnated. Herein, we explore a method of utilizing nanostructuring of a-Si:H devices to allow for improved hole collection in thick absorber layers. This is achieved by etching an array of 150 nm diameter holes into intrinsic a-Si:H and then coating the structured material with p-type a-Si:H and a conformal zinc oxide transparent conducting layer. The inclusion of these nanoholes yields relative power conversion efficiency (PCE) increases of ∼45%, from 7.2 to 10.4% PCE for small area devices. Comparisons of optical properties, time-of-flight mobility measurements, and internal quantum efficiency spectra indicate this efficiency is indeed likely occurring from an improved collection pathway provided by the nanostructuring of the devices. Finally, we estimate that through modest optimizations of the design and fabrication, PCEs of beyond 13% should be obtainable for similar devices. PMID:27227369

  3. Experiment and Simulation Study on the Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaic Walls

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Based on comparative study on two amorphous silicon photovoltaic walls (a-Si PV walls, the temperature distribution and the instant power were tested; and with EnergyPlus software, similar models of the walls were built to simulate annual power generation and air conditioning load. On typical sunshine day, the corresponding position temperature of nonventilated PV wall was generally 0.5~1.5°C higher than that of ventilated one, while the power generation was 0.2%~0.4% lower, which was consistent with the simulation results with a difference of 0.41% in annual energy output. As simulation results, in summer, comparing the PV walls with normal wall, the heat per unit area of these two photovoltaic walls was 5.25 kWh/m2 (nonventilated and 0.67 kWh/m2 (ventilated higher, respectively. But in winter the heat loss of nonventilated one was smaller, while ventilated PV wall was similar to normal wall. To annual energy consumption of heating and cooling, the building with ventilated PV wall and normal wall was also similar but slightly better than nonventilated one. Therefore, it is inferred that, at low latitudes, such as Zhuhai, China, air gap ventilation is suitable, while the length to thickness ratio of the air gap needs to be taken into account.

  4. Electrical characterization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide films

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    Itoh, Takashi; Katayama, Ryuichi; Yamakawa, Koki; Matsui, Kento; Saito, Masaru; Sugiyama, Shuhichiroh; Sichanugrist, Porponth; Nonomura, Shuichi; Konagai, Makoto

    2015-08-01

    The electrical characterization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiOx:H) films was performed by electron spin resonance (ESR) and electrical conductivity measurements. In the ESR spectra of the a-SiOx:H films, two ESR peaks with g-values of 2.005 and 2.013 were observed. The ESR peak with the g-value of 2.013 was not observed in the ESR spectra of a-Si:H films. The photoconductivity of the a-SiOx:H films decreased with increasing spin density estimated from the ESR peak with the g-value of 2.005. On the other hand, photoconductivity was independent of spin density estimated from the ESR peak with the g-value of 2.013. The optical absorption coefficient spectra of the a-SiOx:H films were also measured. The spin density estimated from the ESR peak with the g-value of 2.005 increased proportionally with increasing optical absorption owing to the gap-state defect.

  5. Amorphization and reduction of thermal conductivity in porous silicon by irradiation with swift heavy ions

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    In this article, we demonstrate that the thermal conductivity of nanostructured porous silicon is reduced by amorphization and also that this amorphous phase in porous silicon can be created by swift (high-energy) heavy ion irradiation. Porous silicon samples with 41%-75% porosity are irradiated with 110 MeV uranium ions at six different fluences. Structural characterisation by micro-Raman spectroscopy and SEM imaging show that swift heavy ion irradiation causes the creation of an amorphous phase in porous Si but without suppressing its porous structure. We demonstrate that the amorphization of porous silicon is caused by electronic-regime interactions, which is the first time such an effect is obtained in crystalline silicon with single-ion species. Furthermore, the impact on the thermal conductivity of porous silicon is studied by micro-Raman spectroscopy and scanning thermal microscopy. The creation of an amorphous phase in porous silicon leads to a reduction of its thermal conductivity, up to a factor of 3 compared to the non-irradiated sample. Therefore, this technique could be used to enhance the thermal insulation properties of porous Si. Finally, we show that this treatment can be combined with pre-oxidation at 300 °C, which is known to lower the thermal conductivity of porous Si, in order to obtain an even greater reduction

  6. Light management in thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Isabella, O.

    2013-01-01

    Solar energy can fulfil mankind’s energy needs and secure a more balanced distribution of primary sources of energy. Wafer-based and thin-film silicon solar cells dominate todays’ photovoltaic market because silicon is a non-toxic and abundant material and high conversion efficiencies are achieved with silicon-based solar cells. To stay competitive with bulk crystalline silicon and other thin-film solar cell technologies, thin-film silicon solar cells have to achieve a conversion efficiency l...

  7. Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Sensor Deposited on Integrated Circuit for Radiation Detection

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    Despeisse, M; Jarron, P; Kaplon, J; Moraes, D; Nardulli, A; Powolny, F; Wyrsch, N

    2008-01-01

    Radiation detectors based on the deposition of a 10 to 30 mum thick hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) sensor directly on top of integrated circuits have been developed. The performance of this detector technology has been assessed for the first time in the context of particle detectors. Three different circuits were designed in a quarter micron CMOS technology for these studies. The so-called TFA (Thin-Film on ASIC) detectors obtained after deposition of a-Si:H sensors on the developed circuits are presented. High internal electric fields (104 to 105 V/cm) can be built in the a-Si:H sensor and overcome the low mobility of electrons and holes in this amorphous material. However, the deposited sensor's leakage current at such fields turns out to be an important parameter which limits the performance of a TFA detector. Its detailed study is presented as well as the detector's pixel segmentation. Signal induction by generated free carrier motion in the a-Si:H sensor has been characterized using a 660 nm pul...

  8. Effect of Si additions on thermal stability and the phase transition sequence of sputtered amorphous alumina thin films

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    Bolvardi, H.; Baben, M. to; Nahif, F.; Music, D., E-mail: music@mch.rwth-aachen.de; Schnabel, V.; Shaha, K. P.; Mráz, S.; Schneider, J. M. [Materials Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Kopernikusstr. 10, D-52074 Aachen (Germany); Bednarcik, J.; Michalikova, J. [Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY, FS-PE group, Notkestrasse 85, D-22607 Hamburg (Germany)

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    Si-alloyed amorphous alumina coatings having a silicon concentration of 0 to 2.7 at. % were deposited by combinatorial reactive pulsed DC magnetron sputtering of Al and Al-Si (90-10 at. %) split segments in Ar/O{sub 2} atmosphere. The effect of Si alloying on thermal stability of the as-deposited amorphous alumina thin films and the phase formation sequence was evaluated by using differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. The thermal stability window of the amorphous phase containing 2.7 at. % of Si was increased by more than 100 °C compared to that of the unalloyed phase. A similar retarding effect of Si alloying was also observed for the α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} formation temperature, which increased by more than 120 °C. While for the latter retardation, the evidence for the presence of SiO{sub 2} at the grain boundaries was presented previously, this obviously cannot explain the stability enhancement reported here for the amorphous phase. Based on density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations and synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments for amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with and without Si incorporation, we suggest that the experimentally identified enhanced thermal stability of amorphous alumina with addition of Si is due to the formation of shorter and stronger Si–O bonds as compared to Al–O bonds.

  9. Effect of Si additions on thermal stability and the phase transition sequence of sputtered amorphous alumina thin films

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    Si-alloyed amorphous alumina coatings having a silicon concentration of 0 to 2.7 at. % were deposited by combinatorial reactive pulsed DC magnetron sputtering of Al and Al-Si (90-10 at. %) split segments in Ar/O2 atmosphere. The effect of Si alloying on thermal stability of the as-deposited amorphous alumina thin films and the phase formation sequence was evaluated by using differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. The thermal stability window of the amorphous phase containing 2.7 at. % of Si was increased by more than 100 °C compared to that of the unalloyed phase. A similar retarding effect of Si alloying was also observed for the α-Al2O3 formation temperature, which increased by more than 120 °C. While for the latter retardation, the evidence for the presence of SiO2 at the grain boundaries was presented previously, this obviously cannot explain the stability enhancement reported here for the amorphous phase. Based on density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations and synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments for amorphous Al2O3 with and without Si incorporation, we suggest that the experimentally identified enhanced thermal stability of amorphous alumina with addition of Si is due to the formation of shorter and stronger Si–O bonds as compared to Al–O bonds

  10. Silicon-Light: a European FP7 Project Aiming at High Efficiency Thin Film Silicon Solar Cells on Foil

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    Soppe, W.; Haug, F.-J.; Couty, P.;

    2011-01-01

    Silicon-Light is a European FP7 project, which started January 1st, 2010 and aims at development of low cost, high-efficiency thin film silicon solar cells on foil. Three main routes are explored to achieve these goals: a) advanced light trapping by implementing nanotexturization through UV Nano ...... with nanotexture is shown. Microcrystalline and amorphous silicon single junction cells with stable efficiencies with more than 8 % have been made, paving the way towards a-Si/ c-Si tandem cells with more than 11% efficiency.......Silicon-Light is a European FP7 project, which started January 1st, 2010 and aims at development of low cost, high-efficiency thin film silicon solar cells on foil. Three main routes are explored to achieve these goals: a) advanced light trapping by implementing nanotexturization through UV Nano...... Imprinting Lithography (UV-NIL); b) growth of crack-free silicon absorber layers on highly textured substrates; c) development of new TCOs which should combine the best properties of presently available materials like ITO and AZO. The paper presents the midterm status of the project results, showing model...

  11. Computational and experimental study of a multi-layer absorptivity enhanced thin film silicon solar cell

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    We report on the computational design, fabrication and validation of a multi-layer silicon based thin film solar cell. The cell structure consists of a thin absorber layer of amorphous silicon deposited on a back-reflector aluminum layer and coated on top with ITO transparent conductive oxide. The structure is mounted on a glass substrate. We first use constrained optimization techniques along with numerical solvers of the electromagnetic equations (i.e. FDTD) to tune the geometry of the design. The resulting structure suggests that photon absorptivity in the thin film silicon can be enhanced by as much as 100% over the uncoated layer. The proposed design is then fabricated using thin film deposition techniques, along with a control sample of bare silicon absorber for comparison. AFM imaging and spectrophotometry experiments are applied to image and record the surface roughness and measure the reflectivity spectrum of the sample. Using the measured reflectivity spectrum, we then use inverse optimization to estimate the realized thin film dimensions, deposition error and unwanted oxidation volume. At the end, we use a statistical Monte Carlo analysis as a second method of verification to demonstrate that the measured spectra are in accordance with the expected curves from simulation, and to estimate the effects of fabrication error. - Highlights: • Design, fabrication and validation of multi-layer silicon solar cell are studied. • The cell consists of aluminum, amorphous silicon and ITO layers. • The proposed designs are fabricated by deposition techniques. • Inverse optimization is used to estimate the realized dimensions and errors

  12. C-AFM and X-TEM: studies of mixed-phase silicon thin films : correlative microscopy

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    Mates, T.; Fejfar, A.; Rezek, B.; Kocka, J.; Bronsveld, P.C.P.; Rath, J.K.; Schropp, R.E.I.

    2008-01-01

    Thin intrinsic silicon films containing microcrystalline grains embedded in amorphous tissue were studied by two complementary microscopy techniques. The conductive atomic force microscopy was performed in standard ambient conditions with very sensitive (pA) current detection. The cross-sectional tr

  13. Nuclear reaction analysis of hydrogen in amorphous silicon and silicon carbide films

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    The 1H(11B, α)αα nuclear reaction is used to determine the H content and the density of amorphous semiconductor Si1-sub(x)Csub(x)H2 and SiHsub(z) thin films. Rutherford backscattering is used to determine the x values and infrared transmission to study the hydrogen bonds. We have observed a transfer or/and a release of hydrogen under bombardment by various ions and we show that this last effect must be taken into account for a correct determination of the hydrogen content. An attempt is made to correlate the hydrogen release with electronic and nuclear energy losses. (orig.)

  14. Multiple Coulomb scattering in thin silicon

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    We present a measurement of multiple Coulomb scattering of 1 to 6 GeV/c electrons in thin (50–140 μm) silicon targets. The data were obtained with the EUDET telescope Aconite at DESY and are compared to parametrisations as used in the Geant4 software package. We find good agreement between data and simulation in the scattering distribution width but large deviations in the shape of the distribution. In order to achieve a better description of the shape, a new scattering model based on a Student's t distribution is developed and compared to the data

  15. Structural anisotropy in amorphous Fe-Tb thin films

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    We have used conventional and anomalous dispersion x-ray scattering to study the near-neighbor atomic environments in sputter-deposited amorphous Fe-Tb thin films with a large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The as-deposited films show a clear structural anisotropy, with more Fe-Tb near neighbor pairs in the out-of-plane direction. Upon annealing, the magnetic anisotropy drops significantly, and we see a corresponding reduction in the structural anisotropy. The number of Fe-Tb near-neighbors increases in the in-plane direction, but does not change in the out-of-plane direction. Therefore, the distribution of Fe-Tb near neighbors becomes more uniform upon annealing. We conclude that the observed reduction in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy energy is a result of this change in structure. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  16. Amorphous semiconductor thin films characterization by nuclear microanalysis

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    A review is presented summarizing the specific nuclear microanalysis methods applied in our laboratory to the study of amorphous semiconductor thin films. For backscattering, approximately 3 MeV Li ions are applicable when depth resolution and sensitivity are required while up to 8 MeV α-particles allow larger depths to be probed and elemental interferences to be solved. These features are predominant for into diffusion studies between metal electrodes and chalcogenide films. On the other hand hydrogen profiling using the 1H(15N,αγ) resonant nuclear reaction is described and analytical problems associated with its use are discussed. Application to the elaboration conditions of hydrogenated Si is developed

  17. Plasmonic effects in ultrathin amorphous silicon solar cells: performance improvements with Ag nanoparticles on the front, the back, and both.

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    Winans, Joshua D; Hungerford, Chanse; Shome, Krishanu; Rothberg, Lewis J; Fauchet, Philippe M

    2015-02-01

    Thin-film hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells that are free-standing over a 2x2 mm area have been fabricated with thicknesses of 150 nm, 100 nm, and 60 nm. Silver nanoparticles (NPs) created on the front and/or back surfaces of the solar cells led to improvement in performance measures such as current density, overall efficiency, and external quantum efficiency. The effect of changing silver nanoparticle size and incident light angle was tested. Finite-Difference Time-Domain simulations are presented as a way to understand the experimental results as well as guide future research efforts. PMID:25836257

  18. EFFECTS OF ARGON ON THE PROPERTIES OF RF SPUTTERED AMORPHOUS SILICON

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    Shao-Qi, Peng; Qai, Yu; Xian, Zhang; Jing, Ye

    1981-01-01

    The Effects of argon on the properties of rf sputtered amorphous silicon film have been investigated. As the sputtering argon pressure is increased from 2 to 20 mTorr, the content of argon in the amorphous silicon film increases apparently (Argon/Silicon : from 10-2 to 5 x 10-2). The other properties measured as a function of argon pressure PAr show that as the PAr is increased, the photoconductivity, resistivity (300K), conductivity activation energy and optical gap increase also, while the ...

  19. Holmium redistribution during solid phase epitaxial crystallization in amorphized silicon layers

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    The concentration profiles of holmium were studied after annealing of silicon layers at 620 deg C. Silicon was implanted with Ho+ ions at 1 MeV energy and (1-3) · 1014 cm-2 doses. Recrystallization of amorphized silicon layer occurs by the mechanism of the solid phase epitaxy. The regularities of segregation redistribution of Ho impurity are similar to the Er redistribution regularities studied earlier. A decrease of Ho concentration at the initial stage of solid phase epitaxial recrystallization is due to a low velocity of mass transport through the crystal-amorphous interface

  20. Five roads towards increased optical absorption and high stable efficiency for thin film silicon solar cells

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    Vaněček, Milan; Poruba, Aleš; Remeš, Zdeněk; Holovský, Jakub; Purkrt, Adam; Babchenko, Oleg; Hruška, Karel; Meier, J.; Kroll, U.

    Munich: WIP- Renewable Energies, 2009 - (Sinke, W.; Ossenbrink, H.; Helm, P.), 2286-2289 ISBN 3-936338-25-6. [European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference /24./. Hamburg (DE), 21.09.2009-25.09.2009] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 7E09057 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 214134 - N2P; European Commission(XE) 19670 - ATHLET Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : thin film silicon solar cells * amorphous silicon * nanostructure * high stable efficiency Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism