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Title: Scanning transmission electron microscope analysis of amorphous-Si insertion layers prepared by catalytic chemical vapor deposition, causing low surface recombination velocities on crystalline silicon wafers
Authors: Higashimine, Koichi
Koyama, Koichi
Ohdaira, Keisuke
Matsumura, Hideki
Otsuka, N.
Keywords: scanning transmission electron microscopy
surface recombination velocity
crystalline silicon
Issue Date: 2012-04-26
Publisher: American Vacuum Society
Magazine name: Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B
Volume: 30
Number: 3
Start page: 31208-1
End page: 31208-6
DOI: 10.1116/1.4706894
Abstract: Microstructures of stacked silicon-nitride/amorphous-silicon/crystalline-silicon (SiN_x/a-Si/c-Si) layers prepared by catalytic chemical vapor deposition were investigated with scanning transmission electron microscopy to clarify the origin of the sensitive dependence of surface recombination velocities (SRVs) of the stacked structure on the thickness of the a-Si layer. Stacked structures with a-Si layers with thicknesses greater than 10 nm exhibit long effective carrier lifetimes, while those with thin a-Si layers have very short effective carrier lifetimes. A remarkably close correlation was found between the dependence of interface structures on the thicknesses of a-Si layers and the SRVs. In samples with a-Si layers less than 10 nm thick, significant damage occurred in c-Si wafers close to the interfaces, while those near a-Si layers larger than 10 nm remained nearly defect-free during observations over long periods. The observation of stacked structures without an SiN_x layer, along with energy dispersive spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectroscopy analyses of nitrogen atom distributions, suggest that the preferentialdamage in c-Si wafers with thin a-Si layers is caused by nitrogen atoms in the interface regions of c-Si wafers that diffuse during the growth of SiN_x layers.
Rights: Copyright 2012 American Vacuum Society. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Vacuum Society. The following article appeared in Koichi Higashimine, Koichi Koyama, Keisuke Ohdaira, Hideki Matsumura, and N. Otsuka, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, 30(3), 31208-1-31208-6 (2012) and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1116/1.4706894
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10119/10879
Material Type: publisher
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