Effects of thickness and annealing on optoelectronic properties of electrodeposited ZnS thin films for photonic device applications

ECHENDU, O. K. and DHARMADASA, I (2014). Effects of thickness and annealing on optoelectronic properties of electrodeposited ZnS thin films for photonic device applications. Journal of Electronic Materials, 43 (3), 791-801.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11664-013-2943-y
Link to published version:: 10.1007/s11664-013-2943-y

Abstract

Thin layers of ZnS with thicknesses of 400 nm, 500 nm, and 700 nm have been electrodeposited on glass/fluorine-doped tin oxide substrates using a simple two-electrode setup under similar conditions. Structural characterization of the layers using x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements showed that they were amorphous. The results of optical characterization carried out in the wavelength range of 315 nm to 800 nm using spectrophotometry revealed that the optical properties of the layers are strongly influenced by the film thickness as well as annealing conditions. The values of the refractive index, extinction coefficient, absorption coefficient, and dielectric constant obtained from normal-incidence transmittance spectra were generally lower after annealing, showing also the influence of postdeposition annealing on the deposited ZnS layers. Electrical characterization of the layers, using direct-current current–voltage measurement under dark conditions at room temperature, shows that the resistivity of the as-deposited and annealed layers is in the range of 1.4 × 104 Ω cm to 2.5 × 104 Ω cm and 2.5 × 104 Ω cm to 3.1 × 104 Ω cm, respectively. The results suggest that the optoelectronic properties can be tuned for particular applications by adjusting the thickness of the layers appropriately.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Thin Films Research Centre > Electronic Materials and Sensors Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1007/s11664-013-2943-y
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 12:56
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2014 12:56
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9077

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