Dangling bond (DB) defects in unhydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si) prepared by rf sputtering have been studied. Raman spectra and x-ray diffraction indicate that the μc-Si fraction has been formed at the Ar sputtering pressure higher than 26.6 Pa while only amorphous silicon (a-Si) has been produced at the lower pressure. The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum in the μc-Si film is broad and unsymmetrical with the average g value of g=2.006 compared with that of a-Si (g=2.0055). The X-and Q-band EPR measurements suggest that the line shape is mainly governed by the inhomogeneous broadening due to the g anisotropy, indicating relatively large distribution of the structure of the DB defects.
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