By Topic

Dielectric function of hydrogenated amorphous silicon near the optical absorption edge

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $31
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

4 Author(s)
Malainho, E. ; Centro de Física, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal ; Vasilevskiy, M.I. ; Alpuim, P. ; Filonovich, S.A.

Your organization might have access to this article on the publisher's site. To check, click on this link:http://dx.doi.org/+10.1063/1.3240203 

We report the results of the optical spectra modeling for hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films produced for photovoltaic cell applications, which allowed us to accurately determine the material’s optical gap (Eg). While for thick films of a-Si:H, as well as for other amorphous semiconductors, Eg is normally estimated from a so called Tauc plot, this is hardly possible for thin films because of the interference effects. We developed a physically founded semianalytical model for the complex dielectric function of a-Si:H, valid below and above the optical gap and containing a small number of adjustable meaningful parameters, including Eg and the characteristic energy scales of the optical transition matrix element distribution and the joint density of states in the absorption tail region. With this model and using the transfer matrix formalism for multilayer optics, we have achieved a good agreement between the calculated and experimental transmittance spectra, which allowed us to self-consistently determine the values of the above parameters. We found that both Eg and the characteristic scale of the subgap absorption tail increase with the hydrogen addition. We have also determined the absorption rate spectra of the films, relevant to any optical spectroscopy of subgap states, such as the photothermal deflection spectroscopy and constant photocurrent measurements.

Published in:

Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:106 ,  Issue: 7 )