In previous studies it was shown that heavily boron-doped nanocrystalline silicon submitted to thermal treatments at temperatures ≥800 C is characterized by an anomalously high thermoelectric power factor. Its enhanced performances were ascribed to the formation of SiBx precipitates at grain boundary, leading to the formation of potential barriers that filter out low-energy carriers, then causing a simultaneous enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient and of the electrical conductivity. To further investigate the effect of thermal treatment on boron-doped nanocrystalline silicon, samples were submitted to a host of annealing processes or of sequences of them at temperatures between 900 and 1000 C and for various amounts of time. Electrical conductivity and Hall effect measurements were carried out after each thermal treatment over the temperature range 20–300 K. They provided evidence of the formation of an impurity band, and of hopping conduction at very low temperatures. Hall resistivity data versus temperature provided therefore important insights in the electronic structure of the system, which will enable a more complete understanding of the factors ruling energy filtering in this class of materials.

Zulian, L., Segrado, F., & Narducci, D. (2017). Annealing of heavily boron-doped silicon: Effect on electrical and thermoelectric properties. JOURNAL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, 17(3), 1657-1662 [10.1166/jnn.2017.13725].

Annealing of heavily boron-doped silicon: Effect on electrical and thermoelectric properties

ZULIAN, LAURA
;
NARDUCCI, DARIO
2017

Abstract

In previous studies it was shown that heavily boron-doped nanocrystalline silicon submitted to thermal treatments at temperatures ≥800 C is characterized by an anomalously high thermoelectric power factor. Its enhanced performances were ascribed to the formation of SiBx precipitates at grain boundary, leading to the formation of potential barriers that filter out low-energy carriers, then causing a simultaneous enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient and of the electrical conductivity. To further investigate the effect of thermal treatment on boron-doped nanocrystalline silicon, samples were submitted to a host of annealing processes or of sequences of them at temperatures between 900 and 1000 C and for various amounts of time. Electrical conductivity and Hall effect measurements were carried out after each thermal treatment over the temperature range 20–300 K. They provided evidence of the formation of an impurity band, and of hopping conduction at very low temperatures. Hall resistivity data versus temperature provided therefore important insights in the electronic structure of the system, which will enable a more complete understanding of the factors ruling energy filtering in this class of materials.
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Boron, Silicon, Thermoelectric Properties, Nanocrystalline Film, Hall Effect, Electronic Conduction, Hopping
English
Zulian, L., Segrado, F., & Narducci, D. (2017). Annealing of heavily boron-doped silicon: Effect on electrical and thermoelectric properties. JOURNAL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, 17(3), 1657-1662 [10.1166/jnn.2017.13725].
Zulian, L; Segrado, F; Narducci, D
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