Device quality hydrogenated amorphous silicon films (a-Si:H) are deposited at a high deposition rate (4-5 Å/s) using a mixture of argon and hydrogen-diluted silane. The films exhibit good opto-electronic properties and show less degradation upon light soaking. Light-induced changes in conductivity could be annealed at much lower temperature. The presence of Ar* and atomic hydrogen in plasma replaces the weak Si-Si bonds, which are responsible for light-induced degradation by strong Si-Si bonds. This results in the improved stability of the films.
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