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Xerographic dark discharge of a-Si:H(p)/a-Si:H(i)/a-Si1-x Cx:H photoreceptors
Author(s): M. Baxendale; S. Biswas; C. Juhasz
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Paper Abstract

There has been much interest recently in hydrogenated amorphous silicon-based photoreceptors. The conventional configuration has become a diode-like semiconductor structure with an insulator overcoat layer operated in reverse bias. We have investigated the electric field and temperature dependence of the xerographic dark discharge of a corona or capacitively charged a-Si :H photoreceptor of configuration Al/a-Si:H(p)/a-Si:H(i)/a-5i1 _xCx:H . The band gap mismatch at the semicondutor/insulator interface appears as an energy barrier in the conduction band only. The role of this energy barrier in the dark discharge mechanism has been investigated by us. With a high initial field charging regime thermal generation within the intrinsic region was identified as the rate-limiting process. The zero-field energy barrier for thermal emission is measured to be 0.94 eV. These observations are in agreement with other workers, but previously reported anomalous temperature-dependent high-field behaviour was not observed. An apparent bulk controlled negative differential resistance (NDR) was found by us to control the discharge in the low-initial field regime. A NDR has been observed previously in the d.c characteristic of these devices where an increasing bias was applied step-wise. The observation of a similar NDR in the xerographic discharge mode is somewhat surprising.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1253, Hard Copy and Printing Materials, Media, and Processes, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19816
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M. Baxendale, Thames Polytechnic (United Kingdom)
S. Biswas, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
C. Juhasz, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1253:
Hard Copy and Printing Materials, Media, and Processes
Joseph Gaynor, Editor(s)

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