Mg addition in undoped and Al-doped ZnO films: Fabricating near UV transparent conductor by bandgap engineering

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dc.contributor.author Dhawan, Rishi
dc.contributor.author Panda, Emila
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-12T05:31:48Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-12T05:31:48Z
dc.date.issued 2019-03
dc.identifier.citation Dhawan, Rishi and Panda, Emila,"Mg addition in undoped and Al-doped ZnO films: Fabricating near UV transparent conductor by bandgap engineering", Journal of Alloys and Compounds, DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2019.02.289, Mar. 2019. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2019.02.289
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.iitgn.ac.in/handle/123456789/4274
dc.description.abstract Developing transparent conductors that can utilize a portion of the UV range of the sunlight requires bandgap engineering by varying the process parameters as well as type and concentration of dopants in the host materials. To this end, ZnO is a desired material because of its wide direct band gap (Eg) of around 3.2 eV, low cost and less toxicity. In this work, Mg2+ and/or Al3+-doped ZnO films are prepared by varying a range of process parameters in RF magnetron sputtering. A detailed microstructural and optoelectronic characterization of all these films are then carried out by using a combination of experimental techniques, like, GIXRD, FESEM, EDS, UV–Vis–NIR, PL spectroscopy and Hall Effect measurement system. All these films are found to have high optical transparency and showed blue shift as a result of Mg2+ and/or Al3+ doping with Eg ranging from 3.24 to 3.90 eV. Moreover, (Mg2+, Al3+)-doped ZnO films are found to demonstrates better optoelectronic properties than those of the ZnO films doped only using either Mg2+ or Al3+. Whereas Mg2+ is found to increase the optical bandgap of these films, Al3+ addition is found to increase both the carrier concentration and carrier mobility, with the best values of the electrical properties being obtained when only Al3+ is added to ZnO. This study shows a possible method to harness the near UV portion of the sunlight by doing bandgap engineering of ZnO through the addition of Mg2+ and/or Al3+ without compromising much on their overall electrical properties.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Rishi Dhawan and Emila Panda
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.subject Optoelectronic properties en_US
dc.subject Bandgap engineering en_US
dc.subject Transparent conductor en_US
dc.subject ZnOMg-doped ZnO en_US
dc.subject (Mg,Al)-doped ZnO en_US
dc.title Mg addition in undoped and Al-doped ZnO films: Fabricating near UV transparent conductor by bandgap engineering en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Alloys and Compounds


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