Decay from steady-state photocurrent in amorphous semiconductors

C Main, S Reynolds, R. Bruggemann

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    NOTE: THE MATHEMATICAL SYMBOLS IN THIS ABSTRACT CANNOT BE DISPLAYED CORRECTLY ON THIS PAGE. PLEASE REFER TO THE ABSTRACT ON THE PUBLISHER’S WEBSITE FOR AN ACCURATE DISPLAY. This paper presents analysis, computer modeling and experimental measurements of the photoconductive decay which occurs on cessation of illumination, in amorphous semiconductors. We explore the processes of relaxation of the excess carrier distributions using a capture-rate analysis, and examine the relative roles of re-trapping and recombination in exemplar cases of exponential trapping state profiles, with monomolecular and bimolecular recombination. We classify decay under strong or weak retrapping conditions which can be selected for by the prior steady generation rate, and this results in a rich variety of possible decay behavior. We examine several plausible intuitive explanations of the decay process, and show in detail that these explanations fail to predict accurately the speed and generation rate dependence of the decay. Results of experimental measurements of the decay from steady state and the impulse response in films of a-Si1-xCx:H are presented. (© 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1194-1207
    Number of pages14
    JournalPhysica Status Solidi C: Current Topics in Solid State Physics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004


    • Amorphous semiconductors
    • Photoconductive decay
    • Cessation of illumination
    • Trapping


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