Conductance fluctuations in undoped hydrogenated amorphous silicon-germanium alloy thin films
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We report coplanar conductance fluctuations of device quality, undoped hydrogenated amorphous silicon-germanium alloy thin films (a-SiGe:H) measured from 430 to 490 K. The a-SiGe:H alloys produce noise power spectra similar to coplanar undoped a-Si:H films in the same temperature range. The noise power spectrum S(n) does not fit a single 1/fα power law but rather has two distinct regions, each accurately fitted by a power law, but with different slopes. The low frequency slope α1 is similar to that observed in undoped a-Si:H films varying from 1.30 to 1.46 for different Ge concentrations and shows a slight temperature dependence. At higher frequencies, the slope α2 is less than unity and temperature independent but depends on the Ge content of the film. α2 decreases from 0.60 for no Ge (pure a-Si:H) to 0.15 for 40 at.% Ge. The noise power at lower frequencies increases and at higher frequencies decreases substantially as the temperature increases from 430 to 490 K. We infer that similar noise mechanisms are operating in undoped a-SiGe:H and a-Si:H films but that the Ge content is influencing the noise, particularly the slope at higher frequencies. In addition, the noise has the expected quadratic dependence on bias current and obeys Gaussian statistics.