Schottky barrier amorphous-crystalline interface formation

Malcolm J. Thompson, Robert J. Nemanich, Chuang Tsai Chuang Chuang Tsai

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The electrical properties of metal-a-Si:H contacts will be discussed. The relationship between the Schottky barrier contacts and the structural properties of the interface is reviewed. Polycrystalline silicides form at the interface of Pd and Pt on a-Si:H; the formation of the silicides is accompanied by only small changes in the Schottky barrier height. Au and Al cause crystallization of a-Si:H when annealed to 250°C. The crystallization with Au contacts creates very little change in the electrical properties of the interface; however, the Al Schottky barriers become near ohmic when crystalline Si is formed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-263
Number of pages14
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Sep 2 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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