Technology and Applications of Amorphous Silicon

  • Robert A. Street

Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Robert Street
    Pages 1-6
  3. Toshihisa Tsukada
    Pages 7-93
  4. Robert Street
    Pages 147-221
  5. S. Wagner, H. Gleskova, J. C. Sturm, Z. Suo
    Pages 222-251
  6. Subhendu Guha
    Pages 252-305
  7. Fabrizio Palma
    Pages 306-341
  8. Rodrigo Martins, Elvira Fortunato
    Pages 342-403
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 404-418

About this book


Amorphous silicon has become the material of choice for large area electronics, with major applications in displays, image sensing and solar power conversion. The technology development has occurred because amorphous silicon is a thin film semiconductor that can be deposited on large, low cost substrates. Furthermore, it retains the material properties of silicon, and can therefore be patterned into complex electronic devices using the same photolithographic techniques that have proved so powerful for crystalline silicon electronics. The book describes the devices, arrays and applications enabled by amorphous silicon, and how the unique properties of the material determines the design and performance of the various applications. Active-matrix liquid crystal displays for high performance laptop computers are a major business, and have established the array manufacturing technology. Digital X-ray image sensors are poised to revolutionize medical diagnosis by replacing film with flat-plate amorphous silicon arrays. Solar cells are the most mature application of amorphous silicon, and many innovations to enhance the cell efficiency have been introduced. Future opportunities for improved materials, novel processing techniques and new sensor applications are also described.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert A. Street
    • 1
  1. 1.Xerox PARCPalo AltoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08499-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04141-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0933-033X
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-2812
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