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Evolution of the structure and hydrogen bonding configuration in annealed hydrogenated a-Si/a-Ge multilayers and layers

Frigeri, C. and Serényi, Miklós and Csik, Attila and Szekrényes, Zsolt and Kamarás, Katalin and Nasi, L. and Khánh, Nguyen Quoc (2013) Evolution of the structure and hydrogen bonding configuration in annealed hydrogenated a-Si/a-Ge multilayers and layers. APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, 269. pp. 12-16. ISSN 0169-4332

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Abstract

The evolution of the structure and of the hydrogen bonding configuration in hydrogenated a-Si/a-Ge multilayers prepared by RF sputtering is analyzed as a function of annealing. Single layers are also investigated to better evaluate the H behavior. IR absorption measurements show that H is released from its bonds to Si and Ge upon annealing. The mono-hydrides already disappear to a large extent for low annealing times (1 and 4 h), being replaced by di-hydrides, especially in the case of Si. For 10 h annealing both mono- and di-hydrides are almost completely destroyed. At the same time surface blisters form which, for the same annealing conditions, increase in size with increasing incorporated H in the as-deposited sample. It is concluded that the blisters in the multilayers are due to the trapping of the released H in cavities that increase in size upon annealing. The enlarged inner surface of the cavities is the candidate site for the formation of the di-hydrides at low annealing times, i.e., when the thermal energy supplied by the annealing is still insufficient to break all of them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Amorphous Si/Ge multilayer Hydrogen Annealing IR absorption Blister
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QC Physics / fizika > QC06 Physics of condensed matter / szilárdtestfizika
Depositing User: Andrea Bolgár
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2013 07:56
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2013 11:43
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/4642

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