Substrate-plasma interaction during amorphous silicon thin films growth by sputtering technique

F. Khelfaoui; M. S. Aida
June 2009
European Physical Journal - Applied Physics;Jun2009, Vol. 47 Issue 9, p0
Academic Journal
The present paper deals with the investigation of Argon ions – substrate interactions during film growth and their influence on sputtered hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films structural properties. These interactions are characterized by mean of the calculation of the energy distribution of Ar ions striking the substrate and their striking force measurement in the case of Rf diode sputtering. The influence of the Ar ions bombardment on structural and physical properties of amorphous silicon thin properties is discussed. The ion bombardment affects the film growth processes and consequently, it causes films densification and evolution of film microstructure from amorphous state at low power towards a microcrystalline material with increasing the Rf power.


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