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Grain growth behavior, surface morphology evolution, structures, and optical properties of ZnO thin films prepared by RF reactive magnetron sputtering
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2014 (English)In: Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials, ISSN 1454-4164, Vol. 16, no 1-2, 170-175 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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ZnO thin films were prepared by radio frequency (RF) reactive magnetron sputtering at varying deposition conditions. The effects of RF power (from 40 to 90 W) and substrate temperature (from 100 to 200 degrees C) on the grain growth behavior, surface morphology evolution, and the structural and optical properties of the films were investigated. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements confirmed that the grain size and surface roughness depend mainly on the RF power and increase with increasing it at the initial deposition stage of 5 s, and are strongly affected by the substrate temperature and increase with increasing it at the final deposition stage of 45 min. The influence of both the deposition parameters on the surface structure of the ZnO films at different deposition stages and the mechanism concerning this influence were discussed. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical absorption spectra analysis indicated that all the films deposited for 45 min are in the state of the compressive stress and exhibit polycrystalline nature with the (002) preferential orientation, and they have high optical transparency in the visible range and sharp absorption edges around the wavelength 360 nm corresponding to the ZnO exciton. With the increase of the RF power and substrate temperature, the grain size increases, the residual compressive stress relaxes, and the optical band gaps broaden. In comparison with the RF power, the substrate temperature has more evident influence on the microstructure of the ZnO thin films.

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NATL INST OPTOELECTRONICS , 2014. Vol. 16, no 1-2, 170-175 p.
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ZnO Thin films, RE magnetron sputtering, Deposition, Microstructure, Optical properties
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Materials Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-102495ISI: 000332347500028OAI: diva2:710448


Available from: 2014-04-07 Created: 2014-04-07 Last updated: 2014-04-07Bibliographically approved

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