Indium-Induced Crystallization of Thin Films of Amorphous Silicon Suboxide

A. O. Zamchiy, E. A. Baranov, I. E. Merkulova, N. A. Lunev, V. A. Volodin, E. A. Maksimovskii

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A new method of obtaining polycrystalline silicon is proposed which is based on indium-induced crystallization of thin films of amorphous silicon suboxide with stoichiometric coefficient 0.5 (a-SiO0.5). It is established that the use of indium in the course of a-SiO0.5 annealing allows the crystallization temperature to be reduced to 600°C, which is significantly below the temperature of solid-phase crystallization of this material (850°C). The process of indium-induced crystallization of a-SiO0.5 in high vacuum leads to the formation of free-standing micron sized particles of crystalline silicon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-586
Number of pages4
JournalTechnical Physics Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • indium-induced crystallization
  • polycrystalline silicon
  • silicon suboxide
  • thin films

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