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Impact of wet-chemical cleaning on the passivation quality of Al 2O 3 layers

 
: Breitenstein, L.; Richter, A.; Hermle, M.; Warta, W.

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IEEE Electron Devices Society:
37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011 : 19-24 June 2011, Seattle, WA, USA
Piscataway: IEEE, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4244-9966-3
ISBN: 978-1-4244-9965-6 (print)
pp.001400-001404
Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) <37, 2011, Seattle/Wash.>
English
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer ISE ()
Solarzellen - Entwicklung und Charakterisierung; Silicium-Photovoltaik; Produktionsanlagen und Prozessentwicklung

Abstract
In order to enhance the passivation quality of thin Al 2O 3 layers an appropriate pre-deposition cleaning is expected to play an important role. In this study we present findings on the influence of the pre-deposition cleaning, post-deposition treatment and surface roughness on the passivation quality of thin ALD Al 2O 3 layers in an Al 2O 3/SiN x stack. Especially for 0.5 nm layers of Al 2O 3 we found that there is a distinct influence of the cleaning on the passivation quality. With RCA cleaning surface recombination values below 10 cm/s on p-type 1 cm Si could be reached for Al 2O 3 layers of 5 nm as well as of 0.5 nm thickness. Also the influence of surface roughness was examined. With smoothed wafers we found an influence of the surface morphology on all process parameters especially the post-deposition treatment. Additionally a slight trend towards decreasing surface recombination velocity with decreasing nano-roughness could be seen.

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