Preparation and characterization of transparent conducting ZnS:Al films

Pathi Prathap, Naidu Revathi, Yerva Subbaiah, Kotte Ramakrishna Reddy, Robert Miles

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    Al-doped ZnS films were deposited using close-spaced evaporation of the powders synthesized by chemical precipitation method. The films were prepared for different Al concentrations in the range 0–10at.% on glass substrates kept at 300°C. The effect of Al-doping on ZnS composition, microstructure and optoelectronic properties of as-grown ZnS layers was determined using appropriate techniques. The films were polycrystalline and showed (111) preferred orientation for all the doping concentrations in spite of an additional phase of Al2S3 observed at higher dopant levels. The surface morphological studies indicated that the Al incorporation had a considerable effect on the surface roughness of the films. The optical measurements indicated that the optical energy band gap decreased slightly with the increase of dopant concentration without affecting the optical transmittance characteristics significantly. The electrical analysis indicated that the resistivity of the layers changed significantly with the doping concentration in the layers. The change of photoluminescence behaviour of the as-grown ZnS:Al films with dopant concentration was also studied.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)224-232
    JournalSolid State Sciences
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


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