Hydrogen is an electronically active impurity in Si with some unique properties-it can passivate other impurities and defects, both at the interface and in the bulk. Controlled introduction of H can lower interface state density, and thereby improve Schottky and MOS devices, and can reduce bulk recombination to increase minority-carrier-controlled device performance. However, excess H can also introduce defects that can be detrimental to the device properties. Although H is typically introduced by exposing the device to a flux of atomic species, a suitable device configuration can be passivated by thermal treatment in forming gas. This paper addresses some basic issues of device processing in H ambient to improve device performance.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Materials Chemistry
- Solar cells