A New Amorphous Silicon-Based Alloy for Electronic Applications

  • Stanford R. Ovshinsky
  • Arun Madan
Part of the Institute for Amorphous Studies Series book series (IASS)


There is a need for alternative energy sources. Photovoltaics are an attractive possibility, but their application has been limited by economic considerations in single-crystal materials, and for physical reasons such as grain boundaries in poly-crystalline materials. Amorphous semiconductors are especially attractive in this regard because they are basically much less expensive than their crystalline counterparts and because they possess a direct band gap with a high value for the optical absorption coefficient. We report here the development of a new alloy that eliminates the physical problems associated with the silicon-hydrogen alloys.


Glow Discharge Alternative Energy Source Amorphous Semiconductor Conductivity Activation Energy Scissors Mode 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stanford R. Ovshinsky
    • 1
  • Arun Madan
    • 1
  1. 1.Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.TroyUSA

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