New process of silicon carbide purification intended for silicon passivation

Mauro Mosca, Roberto Macaluso, Vincenzo Aglieri, R. Benabderrahmane Zaghouani, Barbouche, R. Benabderrahmane Zaghouani, Benammar, Khirouni, Ezzaouia

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In this work, we report on a new, efficient and low cost process of silicon carbide (SiC) powder purification intended to be used in photovoltaic applications. This process consists on the preparation of porous silicon carbide layers followed by a photo-thermal annealing under oxygen atmosphere and chemical treatment. The effect of etching time on impurities removal efficiency was studied. Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) results showed that the best result was achieved for an etching time of 10 min followed by gettering at 900 °C during 1 h. SiC purity is improved from 3N (99.9771%) to 4N (99.9946%). Silicon carbide thin films were deposited onto silicon substrates by pulsed laser deposition technique (PLD) using purified SiC powder as target. Significant improvement of the minority carrier lifetime was obtained encouraging the use of SiC as a passivation layer for silicon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-521
Number of pages10
JournalSuperlattices and Microstructures
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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