Tunneling states in tetrahedrally bonded amorphous semiconductors

S. Dyrting, H. P. Fang, K. Y. Szeto, Ping Sheng

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Using molecular dynamics, we construct a structural model of amorphous silicon which produces well-relaxed and long-lasting structures with radial distribution functions that agree well with experimental results. The model produces a sufficient number of double-well potentials with low asymmetries, enabling a structurally-explicit microscopic portrayal of tunneling states in covalently bonded amorphous systems. A new structural characterization method is used to identify the possible origin of the tunneling states in amorphous silicon. Based on the study of the short-range order, we suggest that the tunneling states in amorphous silicon are predominantly associated with dangling bonds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-409
Number of pages7
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 1999
Externally publishedYes


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