Accumulation and annealing of implantation damage in a-Si:H

H. Stitzl, G. Krötz, G. Müller

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Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films have been irradiated with H+, B+, P+, and Ar+ ion beams. The accumulation and the annealing of irradiation-induced defects has been investigated through a series of electronic transport and PDS measurements. We find that for all projectiles damage accumulation is dominated by atomic displacement collisions with the damage saturating for energy transfers in excess of about 10 eV/target atom. Annealing at elevated temperatures causes the conductivity of doped and irradiated a-Si:H films to increase according to stretched exponential decay curves. All annealing parameters derivable from such fits scale with the energy originally dissipated into atomic displacement collisions. For energy transfers up to 10 eV/target atom the activation energy for annealing increases up to a saturation value and, at the same time, an increasing fraction of the irradiation-induced defects becomes stable against annealing at moderate temperatures (Ta<250° C). We discuss these results with respect to damage accumulation data in crystalline silicon (c-Si) and with regard to the annealing of metastable defects in a-Si:H.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-240
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Physics A Solids and Surfaces
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1991
Externally publishedYes


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