• Amorphous silicon as hydrogen glass

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      Amorphous silicon; metastabilities; Staebler Wronski effect; thermal quenching; potential fluctuations; hydrogen glass model

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      The hydrogen in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si: H) makes it behave like a hydrogen glass. Above a temperatureTE, which is analogous to the glass transition temperature, the hydrogen is able to move more freely than belowTE. This motion of hydrogen is believed to be responsible for the observed thermal and light induced metastabilities in a Si: H. However, the changes in the microstructure of the bonded hydrogen upon thermal quenching are found to influence the electronic properties of a-Si: H, in a manner, which is different from light soaking. Our studies suggest that the light soaking changes the potential fluctuations in lithium doped a-Si: H, whereas the thermal quenching does not.

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      S C Agarwal1

      1. Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur - 208 016, India
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