Fehr, M.; Schnegg, A.; Teutloff, C.; Bittl, R.; Astakhov, O.; Finger, F.; Rech, B.; Lips, K.: Hydrogen distribution in the vicinity of dangling bonds in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H). Physica Status Solidi A 207 (2010), p. 552-555

We have investigated the distribution of H atoms around native dangling bonds in a-Si:H by electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR). In contrast to previous electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) studies [Isoya et al., Phys. Rev. B 47(12), 7013–7024 (1993)] we find that the distance between H atoms and dangling-bond defects can be well below r = 3 A. Our experimental data suggest that the H distribution is continuous and homogeneous and there is no indication for a short-range order between H atoms and dangling bonds. This work is a first step toward the investigation of the H distribution around light-induced defects to test models predicting the immediate proximity of H and defects.