Effect of growth techniques on the structural, optical and electrical properties of indium doped TiO2thin films

Al mashary, Faisal S. and de Castro, Suelen and da Silva, Arlon Fernando and Felix, Jorlandio Francisco and Piton, Marcelo Rizzo and Avanço Galeti, Helder Vinícius and De Giovanni Rodrigues, Ariano and Galvão Gobato, Yara and Al Saqri, Noor and Henini, Mohamed and Al huwayz, Maryam M. and Albadri, Abdulrahman M. and Alyamani, Ahmed Y. and Albrathen, Hamad A. and Alhusaini, Sami A. and Aljaber, Khalid M. and Alanazi, Ali Z. and Alghamdi, Fahad S. (2018) Effect of growth techniques on the structural, optical and electrical properties of indium doped TiO2thin films. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 766 . pp. 194-203. ISSN 1873-4669

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Abstract

We have investigated the effect of the growth techniques on the structural, the electrically and optically active defects in Indium doped TiO2 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and sputtering techniques. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy patterns revealed both rutile and anatase phases for the sputtering samples. On the other hand, only the anatase phase was observed for the PLD samples. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra have unveiled several peaks which were explained by defect related optical transitions. Particularly, the PL bands are fully consistent with anatase/rutile TiO2 phases and the formation of In2O3 during the preparation of our samples. It was also observed that at −4 V reverse bias, the PLD samples have lower leakage currents (∼1.4 × 10−7 A) as compared to the sputtering samples (∼5.9 × 10−7 A). In addition, the PLD samples exhibited lower ideality factors and higher barrier heights as compared to those grown by sputtering. Finally, the Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) measurements have shown only one defect in the PLD samples whereas five defects have been detected in the sputtering samples. Therefore, our results provide strong evidence that the PLD technique is better suited for the growth of In-doped TiO2 thin films.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: In-doped TiO2, Pulsed laser deposition, Sputtering,XRD, Photoluminescence, Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.06.360
Depositing User: Henini, Mohamed
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2018 08:12
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2019 04:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/53123

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