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Properties of Intrinsic a-Si Films Deposited From Higher Order Silanes by Chemical Vapor Deposition

  • Richard E. Rocheleau (a1), Steven S. Hegedus (a1) and Bill N. Baron (a1)

Amorphous silicon films have been deposited by chemical vapor deposition using disilane at temperatures between 360 and 525°C at growth rates up to 50 A/s. Intrinsic films have the following properties: σp less than 5 × 10−6 (Ω-cm)−l; σd less than 5 × 10−11 (Ω-cm)−1 with Ea = 0.7 to 0.8 eV; diffusion length around 0.1 μm; Urbach energy 48 to 55 meV; and mid-gap density of states greater than 5 × 1016 cm−3 eV−1. Boron compensation improved collection efficiency by lowering the mid-gap density of states, not by improving the μτ product. Pin cells with effíciencies of 4% and Jsc = 10.9 mA/cm2 (87.5 mW ELH) were fabricated.

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