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N-Type Silicon Films Produced by Hot Wire Technique

  • Isabel M. M. Ferreira (a1), Ana M. F. Cabrita (a1), Elvira M. C. Fortunato (a1) and Rodrigo F. P. Martins (a1)


The role of the deposition pressure (p) and the type of filaments (tungsten, W or tantalum, Ta) used to produce large area (10cm×10cm) n-type Si:H films by hot wire chemical vapour (HW-CVD) deposition technique was investigated. The data show that the electro-optical properties of the films produced are dependent on the gas pressure used. In the pressure range of 1×10-3 Torr to 1.0 Torr, the room dark conductivity (σd) varies from 1×10-8 to 2 S/cm for films produced at the same hydrogen dilution and filament temperature (Tfil.). On the other hand, the hydrogen concentration (CH) decreases from 10% to 2%, while the growth rate (R) shows an exponential increase, from 1 to 9 Å/s. The SIMS analysis, within the detection limits, does not reveal the existence of any significant W or Ta contamination in the films produced.



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