Structure, dissociation, and the vibrational signatures of hydrogen clusters in amorphous silicon

Blair Tuttle, James Adams

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We use quantum molecular dynamics to study the structure, dissociation, and vibrational signatures of hydrogen clusters in amorphous silicon. Four structural models of hydrogenated amorphous silicon and two bulk (Formula presented)-Si:H structures are used for our study. We compare the properties of hydrogen clusters found in the structural models with other theoretical models and experimental measurements. By examining the energetics of H in these models, we gain insight into the trapping levels for H in (Formula presented)-Si:H films. In addition, we examine the geometric and vibrational properties of the hydrogen clusters as they dissociate. Our simulations are used to interpret the results of recent experiments including a low-temperature infrared study of hydrogenated amorphous silicon during light soaking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4565-4572
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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