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Thickness evolution of the microstructural and optical properties of Si:H films in the amorphous-to-microcrystalline phase transition region

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8 Author(s)
Ferlauto, A.S. ; Mater. Res. Lab., Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA, USA ; Ferreira, G.M. ; Koval, R.J. ; Pearce, J.M.
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The ability to characterize the phase of the intrinsic (i) layers incorporated into amorphous silicon [a-Si:H] and microcrystalline silicon [μc-Si:H] thin film solar cells is critically important for cell optimization. In this research, a new method has been developed to extract the thickness evolution of the μc-Si:H volume fraction in mixed phase amorphous + microcrystalline silicon [(a+μc)-Si:H] i-layers. This method is based on real time spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements performed during plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition of the films. In the analysis, the thickness at which crystallites first nucleate from the a-Si:H phase can be estimated, as well as the nucleation density and microcrystallite cone angle. The results show very good correlations with structural and electronic device measurements.

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Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 2002. Conference Record of the Twenty-Ninth IEEE

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19-24 May 2002