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Title: Surface passivation of high-purity germanium gamma-ray detector
Authors: Alexiev, D
Butcher, KSA
Edmondson, M
Lawson, EM
Keywords: Passivation
Self-powered gamma detectors
Semiconductor devices
Issue Date: Jan-1993
Publisher: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Citation: Alexiev, D, Buthcer, K. S. A., Edmondson, M., & Lawson, E. M. (1993). Surface passivation of high-purity germanium gamma-ray detector (ANSTO-E-707). Lucas Heights, N.S.W.: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
Abstract: The experimental work consists of two parts. The first involves fabrication of hyper-pure germanium gamma ray detectors using standard surface treatment chemical etchings and containment in a suitable cryostat. Then after cooling the detectors to 77 K gamma-ray emissions from radioisotopes are resolved resolution depletion depth VR versus IR characteristics and /NA -ND / of the germanium are measured. The second part of the work involves investigation of surface states in an effort to achieve long-term stability of operating characteristics. Several methods are used: plasma hydrogenation a-Si and a-Ge pinch-off effect and simple oxidation. A-Ge and a-Si thicknesses were measured using Rutherford backscattering techniques; surface states were measured with deep level transient spectroscopy and diode reverse current versus reverse voltage plots. Some scanning electron microscope measurements were used in determining major film contaminants during backscattering of a-Si and a-Ge films. Surface passivation studies revealed unexpected hole trapping defects generated when a-Ge:H film is applied. The a-Si:H films were found to be mechanically strong, no defect traps were found and preliminary results suggest that such films will be good passivants.
Gov't Doc #: 128
ISSN: 10307745
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