Analysis of traps in CVD diamond films through thermal depumping of nuclear detectors

A. Balducci, Marco Marinelli, E. Milani, M.E. Morgada, G. Pucella, G. Rodriguez, A. Tucciarone, G. Verona-Rinati, M. Angelone, M. Pillon

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Carrier free paths in Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) diamond films depend on the presence of traps, which therefore strongly affect the performance of those CVD diamond based devices which rely on the electronic properties of the material, like radiation detectors. For the same reason, these devices can in turn be used as tools to study carrier dynamics. It is well known that some traps may be saturated by pre-irradiation with ionizing radiation (e.g. β-particles), a process called "pumping" or "priming". Not all traps behave in the same way. Due to the large bandgap of diamond, both shallow (not affected by pumping) and deep traps for electrons and holes may exist. We measured, using 5.5 MeV241Am α-particles, the response of high quality CVD diamond based detectors after successive annealing steps performed at selected temperatures. The analisys of the decay of the detector efficency with annealing time at several temperatures allows a quantitative evaluation of the activation energy of these defects. Two main trapping centres connected to the pumping process were found, both related to holes, having activation energies of about 1.6 eV and 1.3 eV respectively. © 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2542 - 2547
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (A) Applied Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Balducci, A., Marinelli, M., Milani, E., Morgada, M. E., Pucella, G., Rodriguez, G., ... Pillon, M. (2004). Analysis of traps in CVD diamond films through thermal depumping of nuclear detectors. Physica Status Solidi (A) Applied Research, 201(11), 2542 - 2547.