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On the structural and electrical characteristics of zinc oxide thin films

Domenii publicaţii > Fizica + Tipuri publicaţii > Articol în revistã ştiinţificã

Autori: Petronela Prepelita, R. Medianu, F. Garoi, N. Stefan, Felicia Iacomi

Editorial: Thin Solid Films, 518(16), p.4615-4618, 2010.


ZnO thin films with thickness d = 100 nm were deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering onto glass substrate from different targets. The structural analyses of the films indicate they are polycrystalline and have a wurtzite (hexagonal) structure. Crystallites are preferentially oriented with (002) plane parallel to the substrate surface and the samples have low values for surface roughness, between 1.7 nm and 2.7 nm. The mechanism of electrical conduction in the studied films is strongly influenced by this polycrystalline structure and we used Van der Pauw method to analyze these properties. Electrical studies indicate that the ZnO thin films are n-type. For the cooling process, thermal activation energy of electrical conduction of the samples can vary from 1.22 eV to 1.07 eV (for the ZnO layer obtained from for metallic Zn target) and from 0.90 eV to 0.63 eV (for the ZnO layer obtained from ZnO target), respectively. The influence of deposition arrangement and oxidation conditions on the structural and electrical properties of the ZnO films was investigated in detail.

Cuvinte cheie: Oxid de zinc, Straturi subtiri, Proprietati electrice // Zinc oxide, Thin films, Rf magnetron sputtering, Electrical properties