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Crystallinity and material quality of hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si: H) films change during their growth, leading to a complex material structure. In order to identify the composition of those inhomogeneous films, deposited on iron–nickel (Fe–Ni) alloy substrates, in-situ ellipsometric data were taken during the thin film growth at regular time intervals. The analysis of the in-situ data taken at the photon energy range between 2.8 and 4.5 eV allowed us to identify the composition of the thin film surface as it grows. The time evolution of the crystalline and amorphous silicon fractions and the surface roughness shows clearly three important phases of the thin film growth: the initial growth of nanocone shaped crystals, the collision phase of neighboring crystals, and the semi-homogeneous material growth until the end of the deposition. The analysis of in-situ data taken during …
Publication date: 
28 Nov 2014

Zuzana Mrázková, A Torres-Rios, Rosa Ruggeri, Martin Foldyna, Kamil Postava, Jaromír Pištora, P Roca i Cabarrocas

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Volume: 571 Pages: 749-755
Thin Solid Films