Crystallization of amorphous silicon by self-propagation of nanoengineered thermites
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Crystallization of amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin film occurred by the self-propagation of copper oxide/aluminum thermite nanocomposites. Amorphous Si films were prepared on glass at a temperature of 250 °C by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The platinum heater was patterned on the edge of the substrate and the CuO/Al nanoengineered thermite was spin coated on the substrate that connects the heater and the a-Si film. A voltage source was used to ignite the thermites followed by a piranha solution (4:1 of H2SO4:H2O2) etch for the removal of residual products of thermite reaction. Raman spectroscopy was used to confirm the crystallization of a-Si.
J. Appl. Phys. 101, 054509 (2007)