Nanostructure of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films studied by nuclear magnetic resonance

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The aim of this work is to investigate the nanostructures of nanoporous materials by studying the anisotropy of the nuclear spin–spin and spin–lattice relaxations of the guest molecules trapped in the pores. The nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data are analyzed in the framework of the theory of the nuclear relaxation dominated by the dipole–dipole interactions in gas or liquid species contained in nanopores. A distinctive feature of this theory is the establishment of a relationship between the degree of orientation ordering of nanopores in the host matrix and their characteristic volume and the anisotropy of the NMR relaxation times. In this work the complex experimental and theoretical approach was applied to study the nanostructure of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films. A feature of this study is the simultaneous investigation of the three (T1, T, and T2) NMR relaxation times, for the same sample. This allows us to determine not only the degree of orientation ordering of nanopores but also to estimate their size (∼1 nm) and correlation times of the nanopore fluctuations. The obtained results demonstrate that the developed approach is effective in studying details of nanostructure of different nanoporous materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107434
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
StatePublished - 1 May 2023


  • Dipole–dipole interactions
  • Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films
  • Nanopore
  • Nanostructure
  • NMR
  • Ordering degree
  • Relaxation anisotropy
  • Spin-lattice relaxation in the laboratory and rotating frames
  • Spin-spin relaxation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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