Lateral Heterogeneities in ZnO Electrodeposits and Their Impact on Electrical and Optical Properties

Poduska, Kristin M. and Thomas, Tiju and Chatman, Shawn and Wells, Jake and Emberley, Lisa and Rasheed, Muhammad Asim (2012) Lateral Heterogeneities in ZnO Electrodeposits and Their Impact on Electrical and Optical Properties. ECS Solid State letters, 1 (2). P35-P37. ISSN 2162-8750

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Abstract

We demonstrate that ZnO/metal junctions, produced by a commonly used electrochemical oxidation procedure, are prone to lateral (two-dimensional) heterogeneities. These heterogeneities are not apparent in bulk structural measurements (such as X-ray diffraction data), but are evident in the electrodeposit’s electrical (current–voltage) and optical (luminescence) properties. The spatial variations in the ZnO films are related to incomplete oxidation during the final stage of their multi-step electrochemical formation process. Support for this explanation comes from a surprisingly simple equivalent circuit that accurately models the current-voltage response as a combination of resistive (Ohmic) and rectifying (Schottky) junction contacts at the ZnO/substrate interface.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/6215
Item ID: 6215
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Physics and Physical Oceanography
Date: 20 July 2012
Date Type: Publication
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