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

Orwa, J.O., Shannon, J.M., Gateru, R.G. and Silva, S.R.P. 2005, Effect of ion bombardment and annealing on the electrical properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon metal-semiconductor-metal structures, Journal of applied physics, vol. 97, no. 2, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1063/1.1834710.

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Title Effect of ion bombardment and annealing on the electrical properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon metal-semiconductor-metal structures
Author(s) Orwa, J.O.ORCID iD for Orwa, J.O. orcid.org/0000-0001-6041-6751
Shannon, J.M.
Gateru, R.G.
Silva, S.R.P.
Journal name Journal of applied physics
Volume number 97
Issue number 2
Article ID 023519
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Publisher American Institute of Physics
Place of publication Melville, N.Y.
Publication date 2005-01-15
ISSN 0021-8979
Summary 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 5× 1013 cm-2 to 0.89 for a dose of 2× 1012 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 4× 1019 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1063/1.1834710
Field of Research 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2005, American Institute of Physics
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091881

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