The electron photocarrier drift mobility in undoped, hydrogenated amorphous silicon was measured in the picosecond domain using optically detected time-of-flight techniques based on the electroabsorption effect. The electron drift mobility at room temperature was approximately 3 cm2 /V s between 50 and 500 ps at electric fields of (1-3)×105 V/cm, essentially the same as the mobility measured in the nanosecond domain. The picosecond measurement constrains transport models postulating larger electron mobilities shortly after photogeneration; the mobility lifetime product for a short-time process must be less than 3×10-11 cm2 /V. A slightly superlinear dependence of drift velocity upon an electric field was also found which could not be explained by dispersion effects.
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