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November 1998


Published in Applied Physics A 67 (1998), pp. 335-342. Copyright © Springer-Verlag 1998. Used by permission. The publisher’s version is online @


The structural and electronic properties of nickeland phosphorus-doped boron–carbon (B5C) alloy thin films grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition have been examined. The Ni-doped boron–carbon alloys were grown using closo-1,2-dicarbadodecaborane (C2B10H12) as the boron–carbon source compound and nickelocene (Ni(C5H5)2) as the nickel source. The phosphorus-doped alloys were grown using the single-source compound: dimeric chloro-phospha(III)-carborane ([C2B10H10PCl] 2). Nickel doping increased the conductivity, relative to undoped B5C, by six orders of magnitude from 10-9 to 10-3 (Ω cm) -1 and transformed the material from a p-type semiconductor to an n-type. Phosphorus doping decreased the conductivity, relative to undoped B5C, by two orders of magnitude and increased the band gap from 0.9eV for the undoped material to 2.6eV. Infrared absorption spectra of the nickel-and phosphorus- doped B5C alloys were relatively unchanged from those of undoped B5C. X-ray diffraction suggests that the phosphorus-doped material may be a different polytype from the Ni-doped and undoped B5C alloys.

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