Investigation of hydrogenated amorphous silicon as passivation layer by high density plasma

Yen Ho Chu, Chien Chieh Lee, Teng Hsiang Chang, Shan Yuan Chang, Jenq Yang Chang, Tomi Li, I. Chen Chen

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In this study, we use an electron cyclotron resonance chemical vapor deposition to deposit hydrogenated amorphous Silicon (a-Si:H) by different process parameters. We investigated the structure and passivation quality of a-Si:H by tuning the hydrogen dilution ratio and thermal annealing. The properties of films were measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry, optical emission spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, and quasi-steady-state photoconductance methods. The best passivation quality results from films are consistent with a low microstructure parameter, abundant hydrogen content, and high photosensitivity. The maximum value of τeff at about 1182 μs at an injection level of 10- 15 cm- 3 was obtained on single-side polished p-type Cz (100) substrates after thermal annealing around 270 °C. The high passivation quality can be obtained at the onset of the amorphous-crystalline transition, while the thin film remains in the amorphous phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-594
Number of pages4
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue numberPB
StatePublished - 3 Nov 2014


  • Effective lifetime
  • Hydrogenated amorphous silicon
  • Low temperature
  • Surface passivation
  • Transition zone


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