Light-induced changes in the field-effect conductance of hydrogenated amorphous silicon

W. Z. Manookian, J. I B Wilson

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The effects of illumination with white light and annealing to 180-200 degrees C on the field-effect conductance of a-Si:H FETS have been investigated. The effects produced by illumination are completely reversed by annealing. The authors find that illumination produces two types of change in the field-effect conductance; first a maximum decrease in the off-conductance of about 300%, with a positive shift of the threshold voltage' and secondly a horizontal displacement of the conductance characteristic in the pre-threshold region with no change in the off-conductance. In both cases there is a movement of the bulk Fermi level with respect to the conduction band mobility edge. These two effects may be produced in a single silicon film sample.

Original languageEnglish
Article number004
Pages (from-to)649-653
Number of pages5
JournalSemiconductor Science and Technology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1987


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