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Effect of ion bombardment and annealing on the electrical properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon metal-semiconductor-metal structures

Orwa, JO, Shannon, JM, Gateru, RG and Silva, SRP (2005) Effect of ion bombardment and annealing on the electrical properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon metal-semiconductor-metal structures JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 97 (2). ? - ?. ISSN 0021-8979

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Abstract

The electrical properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) devices are investigated as a function of Si bombardment dose prior to and after annealing. We observe that conduction in unbombarded devices is surface-barrier controlled whereas it is bulk controlled in bombarded devices. The resistance decreases with bombardment dose in a manner consistent with increased hopping conductivity in highly damaged structures. A relative permittivity of between 8 and 12, depending on dose, was calculated from experimental Poole-Frenkel plots for bombarded devices. These values compare closely with the theoretical relative permittivity for amorphous silicon of 11.7 and confirm that conduction is by Poole-Frenkel mechanism. For bulk-controlled conduction, we observe an increase in the zero-field Coulombic trap barrier height with decreasing dose, ranging from 0.53 for a Si dose of 5x10(13) cm(-2) to 0.89 for a dose of 2x10(12) cm(-2). We attribute this to a decrease in the concentration of charged defects with decreasing dose and find that the change in concentration of charged centers needs to be about 4x10(19) cm(-3) to account for the change of 0.35 eV from the lower to the upper dose. Activation energies obtained from Arrhenius plots of current density against temperature varied with dose and temperature in a similar way as Coulombic barrier height. We explain these results in terms of the variation in the number of charged defect centers with dose and annealing temperature and a shift in the Fermi level.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Physics, Applied, Physics, DEFECT-POOL MODEL, DAMAGE, FILMS
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Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Advanced Technology Institute > Nano-Electronics Centre
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:08
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/394

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