Optical and Electrical Properties of Sn-Doped Zinc Oxide Single Crystals


Sn dopant in ZnO may significantly improve the n-type conductivity of ZnO through a characteristic double effect. However, studies on bulk Sn-doped ZnO are rare, and the effect of Sn doping on the optoelectronic properties of bulk ZnO is not well understood. In this work, the effect of Sn doping on the optical and electrical properties of ZnO bulk single crystals was investigated through optical absorption spectroscopy, Hall-effect measurements, and thermoluminescence (TL) spectroscopy. Undoped and Sn-doped ZnO single crystals were grown by chemical vapor transport method and characterized by x-ray diffraction analysis. The Sn doping level in the crystals was evaluated by inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy measurements. Hall-effect measurements revealed an increase in conductivity and carrier concentration with increasing Sn doping, while TL measurements identified a few donor species in the crystals with donor ionization energy ranging from 35 meV to 118 meV. Increasing Sn doping was also associated with a color change of single crystals from colorless to dark blue.

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We would like to thank Cordula Mora for providing funding for this work through CURS award 2016, Bowling Green State University. Part of the work was funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant DMR1359523). Research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for two authors (L.A.B. and G.E.J.) was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.

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Haseman, M.S., Saadatkia, P., Warfield, J.T. et al. Optical and Electrical Properties of Sn-Doped Zinc Oxide Single Crystals. Journal of Elec Materi 47, 1497–1504 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11664-017-5942-6

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