The deposition processes and the properties of a-SiC:H and a-SiGe:H films in 55 kHz glow discharge were investigated. The analysis of deposition rate and RBS measurements showed that the chemical reactions between SiHn spices and CH4 control the incorporation of C in a-SiC:H films. High deposition rates of a-SiC:H and a-SiGe:H films fabricated by 55 kHz PECVD is caused by the increase of radical fluxes to the growth surface. The specific features of a-SiC:H and a-SiGe:H microstructure were revealed by IR and AFM analysis. In a-SiC:H films the islands of low size were distinguished on the surfaces of large islands. The large variation of the total hydrogen content in a-SiGe:H did not affect the optical bandgap, while the hydrogen related microstructure controlled the electronic properties such as dark conductivity, 11p.r product, defect density and Urbach slope.
The results of optoelectronic properties and SW effect measurements of 55 kHz a-SiC:H and a-SiGe:H films demonstrated the increased stability in comparison with a-Si:H.