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Effect of Dopants and Surface Morphology on the Absorption Edge of ZnO Films DOPED with in, Al, and Ga

We have studied the surface morphology and intrinsic absorption spectra for zinc oxide thin fi lms with different levels of doping by indium, aluminum, or gallium, deposited by high-frequency magnetron sputtering on glass substrates. We show that as the dopant concentration increases (indium >5 wt.%, aluminum >0.3 wt.%, and gallium >2.2 wt.%) in ZnO films, a decrease may occur in the average sizes of the crystallites and accordingly there may be an increase in the concentration of structural defects in the form of intercrystallite boundaries. We have established that in ZnO films, with an increase in the indium dopant concentration from 1.7 to 6.6 wt.%, the optical bandgap width decreases from 3.30 to 3.27 eV due to the increase in the number of structural defects. We estimate the concentration of free charge carriers and show that the shift in the fundamental absorption edge in thin fi lms of ZnO:Al and ZnO:Ga as the dopant level increases is due to the Burstein–Moss effect.

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Translated from Zhurnal Prikladnoi Spektroskopii, Vol. 82, No. 1, pp. 156–159, January–February, 2015.

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Kapustianyk, V.B., Turko, B.I., Rudyk, V.P. et al. Effect of Dopants and Surface Morphology on the Absorption Edge of ZnO Films DOPED with in, Al, and Ga. J Appl Spectrosc 82, 153–156 (2015).

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  • zinc oxide
  • doping
  • thin film
  • absorption edge
  • optical bandgap width
  • surface morphology