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Better control over the onset of microcrystallinity in fast-growing silicon network

  • Sumita Mukhopadhyay (a1), Debajyoti Das (a1) and Swati Ray (a1)


In view of obtaining a Si:H network at the onset of microcrystallinity at a high deposition rate, we have adopted an intelligent approach to find out a tricky plasma condition in radio frequency (rf) plasma-enhanced chemical vapordeposition that provides a better control on growth introducing retarded microcrystallization. The deposition parameter includes a combination of high electrical power applied to the (SiH4+H2)-plasma and high gas pressure in thereaction chamber. High rf power increases the number density of film-forming precursors as well as atomic H density in the plasma, which helps to increase thefilm deposition rate and to promote microcrystallinity, respectively. In addition,high pressure helps not only to increase the film-growth rate by producing a dense plasma but also retards the microcrystallization process by increasing significantlythe gas phase collision frequency and consequently reducing the effective reactivityof atomic H on the surface of a fast-growing Si:H network. A combination of high-power and high-pressure plasma conditions provides a reasonably wide rangeof H2 dilution to work with and better control in producing a Si:H network at theonset of microcrystallinity, while increasing the film-growth rate.


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Better control over the onset of microcrystallinity in fast-growing silicon network

  • Sumita Mukhopadhyay (a1), Debajyoti Das (a1) and Swati Ray (a1)


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