Surface texturing, either in combination with an anti-reflection coating or by itself, can also be used to minimize reflection. Any "roughening" of the surface reduces reflection by increasing the chances of reflected light bouncing back onto the surface, rather than out to the surrounding air.1
Surface texturing can be accomplished in a number of ways. A single crystalline substrate can betextured by etching along the faces of the crystal planes. The crystalline structure of silicon results in a surface made up of pyramids if the surface is appropriately aligned with respect to the internal atoms. One such pyramid is illustrated in the drawing below. An electron microscope photograph of a textured silicon surface is shown in the photograph below. This type of texturing is called "random pyramid" texture2, and is commonly used in industry for single crystalline wafers.
Another type of surface texturing used is known as "inverted pyramid" texturing3,4恒大彩票网址是多少. Using this texturing scheme, the pyramids are etched down into the silicon surface rather than etched pointing upwards from the surface. A photograph of such a textured surface is shown below.
For multicrystalline wafers, only a small fraction of the surface will have the required orientation of <100> and consequently these techniques are less effective on multicrystalline wafers. However, multicrystalline wafers can be textured using a photolithographic technique5 as well as mechanically sculpting the front surface using dicing saws6 or lasers7 to cut the surface into an appropriate shape. A micrograph of a photolithographic texturing scheme is shown below.
The modeling of textured substrates is covered by simulation programs at and associated references8
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