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Applied Physics Letters
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Kinetics and mechanism of amorphous hydrogenated silicon growth by homogeneous chemical vapor deposition

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Abstract

A new method of amorphous hydrogenated silicon (a-Si:H) chemical vapor deposition is presented in which SiH4 is homogeneously decomposed at high temperature and pressure to produce films on low-temperature substrates having up to 30-at. % H and properties very similar to plasma-deposited material. Kinetic studies provide a film growth activation energy of 54 kcal/mole, confirming that SiH2 is the primary gas phase intermediate. A mechanism based on SiH2 chemistry is presented to account for the rapid surface reactions leading to a-Si:H growth and its possible relevance to the plasma deposition process is emphasized.

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01 Dec 1981

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Applied Physics Letters

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