Measurement of the specific heat and determination of the thermodynamic functions of relaxed amorphous silicon

P. Roura, F. Taïr, J. Farjas, P. Roca i Cabarrocas
  • Journal of Applied Physics, January 2013, American Institute of Physics
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.4803888

Cp of amorphous Si: experimental values from 0 to 900 K

What is it about?

Knowledge of Cp is useful for predicting the material's temperature when it receives a sudden input of energy as in the crystallization of thin films with a laser pulse or when heat is dissipated during operation of an electronic device. This information lacked for a-Si. It is shown that, contrarily to crystalline materials, Cp of a-Si depends critically on its hydrogen contents.

Why is it important?

The first experimental determination of Cp of relaxed a-Si.

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