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Title: Ultra-thin SiNx in superlattice via nitridation of a-Si in-situ hot wire chemical vapor deposition
Authors: RAI, DK
Keywords: Photovoltaics
Quantum Dots
Amorphous Semiconductors
Silicon Nitride
Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: THIN SOLID FILMS, 565101-104
Abstract: The fabrication of ultra-thin SiNx (<2 nm) is a necessary step in third generation photovoltaics, memory, or light-emitting diode applications. Using the low temperature, cheap, scaleable synthesis technique of hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) for this purpose poses many challenges. Here, an approach of fabricating ultra thin SiNx of thickness similar to 1.9 nm in a superlattice (SL) structure via nitridation of a-Si layers in-situ HWCVD at 250 degrees C is reported. Quantum well SL and quantum dot (QD) SL films are realized, wherein SiNx layers are formed by nitriding a-Si. Both these films investigated by Raman spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, reveal the formation of ultra-thin SiNx in a SL structure with a-Si, accompanied by sharp interfaces. In addition, annealing of the SL structures, results in QDs of crystalline Si in the a-Si layers, maintaining the SiNx layer as well as the sharp interface between the SiNx and a-Si layers of the as-deposited SL structure. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0040-6090
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