A remote argon/hydrogen plasma is used to deposit amorphous hydrogenated silicon. The plasma is generated in a DC thermal arc (typical operating conditions 0.5 bar, 5 kW) and expands into a low pressure chamber (20 Pa) thus creating a plasma jet with a typical flow velocity of 103 m/s. Pure silane is injected into the jet immediately after the nozzle, in a typical flow mixture of Ar:H2:SiH4=55:10:6 scc/s. The electron temperature in the jet is low (typ. 0.3 eV) : silane radicals are thought to be produced mainly by hydrogen abstraction, but also by a sequence of dissociative charge exchange and consecutive dissociative recombination. In-situ ellipsometry yields refractive indices of 3.6–4.2 at 632.8 nm and growth rates of 10–20 nm/s. FTIR analysis yields a hydrogen content of 9–25 at.% and refractive indices of 2.7–3.3 in the infrared. The SiH density decreases with increasing hydrogen content, whereas the SiH2 density increases. Above 11 at.%, the majority of hydrogen is bonded in the SiH2 configuration. The optical bandgap remains constant at approximately 1.72 eV. The photoconductivity is of the order 101–6 (Ωcm) 1–6 and the photoresponse 106.