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A Study of a-Si:H Absorption Edge Using Dunstan’s Model


  • Lana F. Sahal Physics Department, College of Science for Women, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Abdullah Al-Numan Physics Department, College of Science for Women, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.



Dunstan model, Localized states, Mobility gap, Tauc model, Urbach model


The optical absorption data of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon was analyzed using a Dunstan model of optical absorption in amorphous semiconductors. This model introduces disorder into the band-band absorption through a linear exponential distribution of local energy gaps, and it accounts for both the Urbach and Tauc regions of the optical absorption edge.Compared to other models of similar bases, such as the O’Leary and Guerra models, it is simpler to understand mathematically and has a physical meaning. The optical absorption data of Jackson et al and Maurer et al were successfully interpreted using Dunstan’s model. Useful physical parameters are extracted especially the band to the band energy gap , which is the energy gap in the absence of disorder, that can be interpreted as the mobility gap of the material.


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