Atomic-scale analysis of the reactivity of radicals from silane/hydrogen plasmas with silicon surfaces

Shyam Ramalingam, Dimitrios Maroudas, Eray S. Aydil

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A systematic atomic-scale analysis is presented of the interactions of chemically reactive radicals originating in silane/hydrogen discharges with surfaces of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films. The hydrogen concentration on the surface is identified as the major factor that controls both the reactivity of the radical on the surface reaction mechanism; other important factors include the location of impingement of the radical on the surface and the molecular orientation of the radical with respect to the surface. SiH is found to react with a-Si:H surfaces independent of location of impingement and radical orientation; the reaction mechanism, however, depends strongly on the hydrogen coverage of the surface and impingement location. Our results are in excellent agreement with experimental data for the reaction probability of SiH with a-Si:H film surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1997 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 30 1997Dec 4 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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