The electron photo-excitation from the K- state and its subsequent trapping by K+ state is probably at the origin of the silicon dangling bonds (K0) formation during broad-band UV illumination of the N-rich amorphous silicon nitride films. Because the photo-excited electron will move towards the metal electrode the positive charge is expected to accumulate near the nitride-silicon interface with illumination time. Our data also suggest that the N-H group may be at the origin of the nitrogen dangling bonds creation in N-rich films.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry