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Applied Physics Letters
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Light-induced defects in hydrogenated amorphous silicon alloys

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Abstract

The effect of light illumination on gap state absorption of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) alloys has been investigated using photothermal deflection spectroscopy. The alloys studied were the large gap materials a-SiC:H and a-SiO:H and the narrow gap a-SiGe:H and a-Ge:H. The results indicate a direct relationship between the gap energy and defect formation. As the gap opens, the number of metastable defects increases; whereas for the narrow gap materials, significantly fewer defects are observed. This behavior is consistent with the interpretation of defect formation by electron-hole recombination.

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01 Jan 1988

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Applied Physics Letters

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