Special features of relaxation of metastable states induced thermally and by photoexcitation in (a-Si:H):P films
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Kinetics of relaxation of metastable states that are induced thermally or by photoexcitation and cause an increase in dark electrical conductivity of (a-Si:H):P films is discussed. It is established that the relaxation is described by expanded exponential functions with the parameters τ and β depending differently on temperature in the cases of thermal excitation and photoexcitation. Thus, the relaxation of photo-induced states is characterized by a decrease in β with temperature, whereas the parameter β is almost temperature-independent for thermally induced states. It is shown that these dissimilar temperature dependences of β correlate with temperature variations of the half-width of annealing-energy distribution for these states. The observed features of relaxation of thermally induced and photo-induced metastable states are caused by different mechanisms of their formation. The origin of these states can be the same and related to activation of hydrogen-passivated phosphorus atoms.
KeywordsPhosphorus Electrical Conductivity Temperature Variation Magnetic Material Exponential Function
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