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  1. Investigation of the origin of deep levels in CdTe doped with Bi

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    Saucedo, E.; Franc, J.; Elhadidy, H.; Horodysky, P.; Ruiz, C. M.; Bermudez, V.; Sochinskii, N. V.

    2008-05-01

    Combining optical (low temperature photoluminescence), electrical (thermoelectric effect spectroscopy), and structural (synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction) methods, the defect structure of CdTe doped with Bi was studied in crystals with dopant concentration in the range of 10{sup 17}-10{sup 19} at./cm{sup 3}. The semi-insulating state observed in crystals with low Bi concentration is assigned to the formation of a shallow donor level and a deep donor recombination center. Studying the evolution of lattice parameter with temperature, we postulate that the deep center is formed by a Te-Te dimer and their formation is explained by a tetrahedral to octahedral distortion, due to the introduction of Bi in the CdTe lattice. We also shows that this model agrees with the electrical, optical, and transport charge properties of the samples.

  2. Self-compensation in arsenic doping of CdTe

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    Ablekim, Tursun; Swain, Santosh K.; Yin, Wan -Jian; ...

    2017-07-04

    Efficient p-type doping in CdTe has remained a critical challenge for decades, limiting the performance of CdTe-based semiconductor devices. Arsenic is a promising p-type dopant; however, reproducible doping with high concentration is difficult and carrier lifetime is low. We systematically studied defect structures in As-doped CdTe using high-purity single crystal wafers to investigate the mechanisms that limit p-type doping. Two As-doped CdTe with varying acceptor density and two undoped CdTe were grown in Cd-rich and Te-rich environments. The defect structures were investigated by thermoelectric-effect spectroscopy (TEES), and first-principles calculations were used for identifying and assigning the experimentally observed defects. Measurementsmore » revealed activation of As is very low in both As-doped samples with very short lifetimes indicating strong compensation and the presence of significant carrier trapping defects. Defect studies suggest two acceptors and one donor level were introduced by As doping with activation energies at ~88 meV, ~293 meV and ~377 meV. In particular, the peak shown at ~162 K in the TEES spectra is very prominent in both As-doped samples, indicating a signature of AX-center donors. In conclusion, the AX-centers are believed to be responsible for most of the compensation because of their low formation energy and very prominent peak intensity in TEES spectra.« less

  3. Challenges in p-type Doping of CdTe

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    McCoy, Jedidiah; Swain, Santosh; Lynn, Kelvin

    We have made progress in defect identification of arsenic and phosphorous doped CdTe to understand the self-compensation mechanism which will help improve minority bulk carrier lifetime and net acceptor density. Combining previous measurements of un-doped CdTe, we performed a systematic comparison of defects between different types of crystals and confirmed the defects impacting the doping efficiency. CdTe bulk crystals have been grown via vertical Bridgman based melt growth technique with varying arsenic and phosphorous dopant schemes to attain p-type material. Furnace temperature profiles were varied to influence dopant solubility. Large carrier densities have been reproducibly obtained from these boules indicating successful incorporation of dopants into the lattice. However, these values are orders of magnitude lower than theoretical solubility values. Infrared Microscopy has revealed a plethora of geometrically abnormal second phase defects and X-ray Fluorescence has been used to identify the elemental composition of these defects. We believe that dopants become incorporated into these second phase defects as Cd compounds which act to inhibit dopant solubility in the lattice.

  4. Phosphorus Doping of Polycrystalline CdTe by Diffusion

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    Colegrove, Eric; Albin, David S.; Guthrey, Harvey; Harvey, Steve; Burst, James; Moutinho, Helio; Farrell, Stuart; Al-Jassim, Mowafak; Metzger, Wyatt K.

    2015-06-14

    Phosphorus diffusion in single crystal and polycrystalline CdTe material is explored using various methods. Dynamic secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) is used to determine 1D P diffusion profiles. A 2D diffusion model is used to determine the expected cross-sectional distribution of P in CdTe after diffusion anneals. Time of flight SIMS and cross-sectional cathodoluminescence corroborates expected P distributions. Devices fabricated with diffused P exhibit hole concentrations up to low 1015 cm-3, however a subsequent activation anneal enabled hole concentrations greater than 1016 cm-3. CdCl2 treatments and Cu based contacts were also explored in conjunction with the P doping process.

  5. Iodine Doping of CdTe and CdMgTe for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Ogedengbe, O. S.; Swartz, C. H.; Jayathilaka, P. A. R. D.; Petersen, J. E.; Sohal, S.; LeBlanc, E. G.; Edirisooriya, M.; Zaunbrecher, K. N.; Wang, A.; Barnes, T. M.; Myers, T. H.

    2017-09-01

    Iodine-doped CdTe and Cd1- x Mg x Te layers were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Secondary ion mass spectrometry characterization was used to measure dopant concentration, while Hall measurement was used for determining carrier concentration. Photoluminescence intensity and time-resolved photoluminescence techniques were used for optical characterization. Maximum n-typ e carrier concentrations of 7.4 × 1018 cm-3 for CdTe and 3 × 1017 cm-3 for Cd0.65Mg0.35Te were achieved. Studies suggest that electrically active doping with iodine is limited with dopant concentration much above these values. Dopant activation of about 80% was observed in most of the CdTe samples. The estimated activation energy is about 6 meV for CdTe and the value for Cd0.65Mg0.35Te is about 58 meV. Iodine-doped samples exhibit long lifetimes with no evidence of photoluminescence degradation with doping as high as 2 × 1018 cm-3, while indium shows substantial non-radiative recombination at carrier concentrations above 5 × 1016 cm-3. Iodine was shown to be thermally stable in CdTe at temperatures up to 600°C. Results suggest iodine may be a preferred n-type dopant compared to indium in achieving heavily doped n-type CdTe.

  6. Iodine Doping of CdTe and CdMgTe for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Ogedengbe, O. S.; Swartz, C. H.; Jayathilaka, P. A. R. D.; Petersen, J. E.; Sohal, S.; LeBlanc, E. G.; Edirisooriya, M.; Zaunbrecher, K. N.; Wang, A.; Barnes, T. M.; Myers, T. H.

    2017-06-01

    Iodine-doped CdTe and Cd1-x Mg x Te layers were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Secondary ion mass spectrometry characterization was used to measure dopant concentration, while Hall measurement was used for determining carrier concentration. Photoluminescence intensity and time-resolved photoluminescence techniques were used for optical characterization. Maximum n-type carrier concentrations of 7.4 × 1018 cm-3 for CdTe and 3 × 1017 cm-3 for Cd0.65Mg0.35Te were achieved. Studies suggest that electrically active doping with iodine is limited with dopant concentration much above these values. Dopant activation of about 80% was observed in most of the CdTe samples. The estimated activation energy is about 6 meV for CdTe and the value for Cd0.65Mg0.35Te is about 58 meV. Iodine-doped samples exhibit long lifetimes with no evidence of photoluminescence degradation with doping as high as 2 × 1018 cm-3, while indium shows substantial non-radiative recombination at carrier concentrations above 5 × 1016 cm-3. Iodine was shown to be thermally stable in CdTe at temperatures up to 600°C. Results suggest iodine may be a preferred n-type dopant compared to indium in achieving heavily doped n-type CdTe.

  7. Synthesis and enhanced fluorescence of Ag doped CdTe semiconductor quantum dots.

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    Ding, Si-Jing; Liang, Shan; Nan, Fan; Liu, Xiao-Li; Wang, Jia-Hong; Zhou, Li; Yu, Xue-Feng; Hao, Zhong-Hua; Wang, Qu-Quan

    2015-02-07

    Doping with intentional impurities is an intriguing way to tune the properties of semiconductor nanocrystals. However, the synthesis of some specific doped semiconductor nanocrystals remains a challenge and the doping mechanism in this strongly confined system is still not clearly understood. In this work, we report, for the first time, the synthesis of stable and water-soluble Ag-doped CdTe semiconductor quantum dots (SQDs) via a facile aqueous approach. Experimental characterization demonstrated the efficient doping of the Ag impurities into the CdTe SQDs with an appropriate reaction time. By doping 0.3% Ag impurities, the Stokes shift is decreased by 120 meV, the fluorescence intensity is enhanced more than 3 times, the radiative rate is enhanced 4.2 times, and the non-radiative rate is efficiently suppressed. These observations reveal that the fluorescence enhancement in Ag-doped CdTe SQDs is mainly attributed to the minimization of surface defects, filling of the trap states, and the enhancement of the radiative rate by the silver dopants. Our results suggest that the silver doping is an efficient method for tuning the optical properties of the CdTe SQDs.

  8. Doping of polycrystalline CdTe for high-efficiency solar cells on flexible metal foil

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    Kranz, Lukas; Gretener, Christina; Perrenoud, Julian; Schmitt, Rafael; Pianezzi, Fabian; La Mattina, Fabio; Blösch, Patrick; Cheah, Erik; Chirilă, Adrian; Fella, Carolin M.; Hagendorfer, Harald; Jäger, Timo; Nishiwaki, Shiro; Uhl, Alexander R.; Buecheler, Stephan; Tiwari, Ayodhya N.

    2013-08-01

    Roll-to-roll manufacturing of CdTe solar cells on flexible metal foil substrates is one of the most attractive options for low-cost photovoltaic module production. However, various efforts to grow CdTe solar cells on metal foil have resulted in low efficiencies. This is caused by the fact that the conventional device structure must be inverted, which imposes severe restrictions on device processing and consequently limits the electronic quality of the CdTe layer. Here we introduce an innovative concept for the controlled doping of the CdTe layer in the inverted device structure by means of evaporation of sub-monolayer amounts of Cu and subsequent annealing, which enables breakthrough efficiencies up to 13.6%. For the first time, CdTe solar cells on metal foil exceed the 10% efficiency threshold for industrialization. The controlled doping of CdTe with Cu leads to increased hole density, enhanced carrier lifetime and improved carrier collection in the solar cell. Our results offer new research directions for solving persistent challenges of CdTe photovoltaics.

  9. Doping of polycrystalline CdTe for high-efficiency solar cells on flexible metal foil.

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    Kranz, Lukas; Gretener, Christina; Perrenoud, Julian; Schmitt, Rafael; Pianezzi, Fabian; La Mattina, Fabio; Blösch, Patrick; Cheah, Erik; Chirilă, Adrian; Fella, Carolin M; Hagendorfer, Harald; Jäger, Timo; Nishiwaki, Shiro; Uhl, Alexander R; Buecheler, Stephan; Tiwari, Ayodhya N

    2013-01-01

    Roll-to-roll manufacturing of CdTe solar cells on flexible metal foil substrates is one of the most attractive options for low-cost photovoltaic module production. However, various efforts to grow CdTe solar cells on metal foil have resulted in low efficiencies. This is caused by the fact that the conventional device structure must be inverted, which imposes severe restrictions on device processing and consequently limits the electronic quality of the CdTe layer. Here we introduce an innovative concept for the controlled doping of the CdTe layer in the inverted device structure by means of evaporation of sub-monolayer amounts of Cu and subsequent annealing, which enables breakthrough efficiencies up to 13.6%. For the first time, CdTe solar cells on metal foil exceed the 10% efficiency threshold for industrialization. The controlled doping of CdTe with Cu leads to increased hole density, enhanced carrier lifetime and improved carrier collection in the solar cell. Our results offer new research directions for solving persistent challenges of CdTe photovoltaics.

  10. Iodine Doping of CdTe and CdMgTe for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Ogedengbe, O. S.; Swartz, C. H.; Jayathilaka, P. A. R. D.; ...

    2017-06-06

    Here, iodine-doped CdTe and Cd1-xMgxTe layers were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Secondary ion mass spectrometry characterization was used to measure dopant concentration, while Hall measurement was used for determining carrier concentration. Photoluminescence intensity and time-resolved photoluminescence techniques were used for optical characterization. Maximum n-type carrier concentrations of 7.4 x 1018 cm-3 for CdTe and 3 x 1017 cm-3 for Cd0.65Mg0.35Te were achieved. Studies suggest that electrically active doping with iodine is limited with dopant concentration much above these values. Dopant activation of about 80% was observed in most of the CdTe samples. The estimated activation energy is about 6more » meV for CdTe and the value for Cd0.65Mg0.35Te is about 58 meV. Iodine-doped samples exhibit long lifetimes with no evidence of photoluminescence degradation with doping as high as 2 x 1018 cm-3, while indium shows substantial non-radiative recombination at carrier concentrations above 5 x 1016 cm-3. Iodine was shown to be thermally stable in CdTe at temperatures up to 600 °C. Results suggest iodine may be a preferred n-type dopant compared to indium in achieving heavily doped n-type CdTe.« less

  11. The role of stress in CdTe quantum dot doped glasses

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    de Thomaz, A. A.; Almeida, D. B.; Pelegati, V. B.; Carvalho, H. F.; Moreira, S. G. C.; Barbosa, L. C.; Cesar, C. L.

    2016-11-01

    In this work, we unequivocally demonstrate the influence of matrix-related stresses on quantum dots by measuring, side by side, a CdTe quantum dot doped glass and a colloidal sample with similar sizes. We measured the fluorescence spectra and fluorescence lifetime for both samples as a function of the temperature. We show that the expansion coefficient mismatch between CdTe quantum dots and the glass host causes stresses and drastically changes its behavior compared to its colloidal counterpart, even leading to phase transitions. This finding indicates that most experimental data on glass-doped quantum dots used to validate confinement models should be revised, taking stress into account.

  12. Preparation of Heterogeneously Doped Bi-2212 Glassceramics

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    Kazin, P. E.

    The doping of BSCCO glass system with additional chemical elements, which results in formation of composite {Bi-2212 superconductor/fine alien phase precipitates}, is considered. Application of certain dopants for BSCCO give rise to additional phases, which are chemically compatible with Bi-2212 and do not suppress the superconductivity. Those doping compounds may be used for modification of glassceramic processing, improvement of the final material microstructure and magnetic flux pinning. The introduction of Zr, Hf and Mg ions in the BSCCO is discussed in more details. Chemically compatible with Bi-2212 phases; SrZrO3, SrHfO3, Mgl-x,CuxO, can be finely dispergated in the superconducting matrix, and composite superconductors with enhanced flux pinning can be obtained.

  13. Basic physics of phototransport as manifested in thin films of In-doped CdTe

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    Balberg, I.; Dover, Y.; Savir, E.; von Huth, P.

    2010-11-01

    Recognizing the interesting effects associated with deep centers in II-VI semiconductors, we reveal the recombination centers map in In-doped CdTe thin films by introducing a systematic and comprehensive phototransport spectroscopy method. The method is more reliable than previous phototransport methods as it is based on a stringent self-consistency of the temperature dependencies of four phototransport properties with a given model. This limits the number of scenarios and narrows the parameter space that can account for the experimental data. We suggest that the deep centers that can account for the data in the studied CdTe system lie both above and below the Fermi level, and that their special distribution can account for some of the “exotic” or “puzzling” phenomena observed in n -type CdTe. However, the main purpose of this work is to use the analysis of the In-doped CdTe system as a vehicle for a quantitative comprehensive test of the qualitative physical-analytic ideas of Rose that have guided numerous studies of phototransport in semiconductors. Introducing here the concept of the “center of gravity” of the density of states distribution further extends these basic ideas.

  14. Nano scale doping in CdTe for radiation detector (Conference Presentation)

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    Aoki, Toru; Zelenska, Kateryna; Gnatyuk, Volodymyr; Koike, Akifumi

    2017-06-01

    Irradiation of high resistivity p-like CdTe crystals pre-coated with an In dopant film from the CdTe side by nanosecond laser pulses with wavelength that is not absorbed by the semiconductor made it possible to directly affect the CdTe-In interface because radiation was strongly absorbed by a thin layer of the In film adjoining to the CdTe crystal. The doping mechanism was associated with the action of laser-induced stress wave which was generated under extreme conditions in the confined area at the CdTe-In interface under laser irradiation. The developed technique allowed avoiding evaporation of In dopant and resulted in the formation of the In-doped CdTe region and thus, creation of a built-in p-n junction. The temperature distribution inside the three layer CdTe-In-Water structure was calculated and correlations between the characteristics of the fabricated In/CdTe/Au diodes and laser processing conditions were obtained.

  15. Thermoelectric Properties of Bi Doped Tetrahedrite

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    Prem Kumar, D. S.; Chetty, R.; Femi, O. E.; Chattopadhyay, K.; Malar, P.; Mallik, R. C.

    2016-08-01

    Bi doped tetrahedrites with nominal compositions of Cu12Sb4-x Bi x S13 (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8) were synthesized by the solid state reaction method. Powder x-ray diffraction patterns confirmed that Cu12Sb4S13 (tetrahedrite structure) was the main phase, along with Cu3SbS4 and Cu3SbS3 as the secondary phases. Electron probe microanalysis provided the elemental composition of all the samples. It was confirmed that the main phase is the tetrahedrite phase with slight deviations in the stoichiometry. All the transport properties were measured between 423 K and 673 K. The electrical resistivity increased with an increase in Bi content for all the samples, possibly induced by the variation in the carrier concentration, which may be due to the influence of impurity phases. The increase in electrical resistivity with an increase in temperature indicates the degenerate semiconducting nature of the samples. The absolute Seebeck coefficient is positive throughout the temperature range indicating the p-type nature of the samples. The Seebeck coefficient for all the samples increased with an increase in Bi content as electrical resistivity. The variation of electrical resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient with doping can be attributed to the changes in the carrier concentration of the samples. The total thermal conductivity increases with an increase in temperature and decreases with an increase in the Bi content that could be due to the reduction in carrier thermal conductivity. The highest thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) ~0.84 at 673 K was obtained for the sample with x = 0.2 due to lower thermal conductivity (1.17 W/m K).

  16. First-principles DFT +G W study of oxygen-doped CdTe

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    Flores, Mauricio A.; Orellana, Walter; Menéndez-Proupin, Eduardo

    2016-05-01

    The role of oxygen doping in CdTe is addressed by first-principles calculations. Formation energies, charge transition levels, and quasiparticle defect states are calculated within the DFT+G W formalism. The formation of a new defect is identified, the (OTe-TeCd) complex.Thiscomplex is energetically favored over both isovalent (OTe) and interstitial oxygen (Oi), in the Te-rich limit. We find that the incorporation of oxygen passivates the harmful deep energy levels associated with (TeCd), suggesting an improvement in the efficiency of CdTe based solar cells. Substitutional (OCd) is only stable in the neutral charge state and undergoes a Jahn-Teller distortion. We also investigate the diffusion profiles of interstitial oxygen and find a low-energy diffusion barrier of only 0.14 eV between two structurally distinct interstitial sites.

  17. Local polarization phenomena in In-doped CdTe x-ray detector arrays

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    Sato, Toshiyuki; Sato, Kenji; Ishida, Shinichiro; Kiri, Motosada; Hirooka, Megumi; Yamada, Masayoshi; Kanamori, Hitoshi

    1995-10-01

    Local polarization phenomena have been studied in detector arrays with the detector element size of 500 {micro}m x 500 {micro}m, which are fabricated from high-resistivity In-doped CdTe crystals grown by the vertical Bridgman technique. It has been found for the first time that a polarization effect, which is characterized by a progressive decrease of the pulse counting rate with increasing photon fluence, strongly depends on the detector elements, that is, the portion of crystals used. The influence of several parameters, such as the applied electric field strength, time, and temperature, on this local polarization effect is also investigated. From the photoluminescence measurements of the inhomogeneity of In dopant, it is concluded that the local polarization effect observed here originates from a deep level associated with In dopant in CdTe crystals.

  18. Growth and characterization of Arsenic doped CdTe single crystals grown by Cd-solvent traveling-heater method

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    Nagaoka, Akira; Han, Kyu-Bum; Misra, Sudhajit; Wilenski, Thomas; Sparks, Taylor D.; Scarpulla, Michael A.

    2017-06-01

    We report the growth of p-type As-doped, Cd-rich CdTe single crystals using metallic Cd as the solvent in the traveling-heater method. We investigate the growth process from Cd solution in terms of the solid-liquid interface shape and the effects of As incorporation on p-type doping. The resulting CdTe crystals have Cd-rich composition which enhances p-type doping. The As doping efficacy was measured for As concentrations by the combination of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, capacitance-voltage measurements. The p-type doping concentration varied from 6 × 1015 to 8 × 1016 cm-3 with increasing As concentration, with an apparent doping limit just below 1017 cm-3.

  19. Structural, optical and photovoltaic properties of co-doped CdTe QDs for quantum dots sensitized solar cells

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    Ayyaswamy, Arivarasan; Ganapathy, Sasikala; Alsalme, Ali; Alghamdi, Abdulaziz; Ramasamy, Jayavel

    2015-12-01

    Zinc and sulfur alloyed CdTe quantum dots (QDs) sensitized TiO2 photoelectrodes have been fabricated for quantum dots sensitized solar cells. Alloyed CdTe QDs were prepared in aqueous phase using mercaptosuccinic acid (MSA) as a capping agent. The influence of co-doping on the structural property of CdTe QDs was studied by XRD analysis. The enhanced optical absorption of alloyed CdTe QDs was studied using UV-vis absorption and fluorescence emission spectra. The capping of MSA molecules over CdTe QDs was confirmed by the FTIR and XPS analyses. Thermogravimetric analysis confirms that the prepared QDs were thermally stable up to 600 °C. The photovoltaic performance of alloyed CdTe QDs sensitized TiO2 photoelectrodes were studied using J-V characteristics under the illumination of light with 1 Sun intensity. These results show the highest photo conversion efficiency of η = 1.21%-5% Zn & S alloyed CdTe QDs.

  20. Raman Studies of Doped Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 Nanosheets

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    Keiser, Courtney; Ye, Zhipeng; Delaney, Conor; Lee, Chee Huei; Sucharitakul, Sukrit; Gao, Xuan; He, Rui

    2014-03-01

    Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 are two representative topological insulator (TI) materials. Doping is an important way to control the bulk carrier density and surface properties of these materials. We study surface modified and doped Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 nanostructures by Raman spectroscopy. In Sb doped Bi2Se3 nanosheets, we found that a phase transformation in the host Bi2Se3 lattice occurs when the doping level x approaches 0.18. This is revealed by the emergence of Sb-Sb and Sb-Se bond vibrations in the Raman spectra. The phase transformation is consistent with a metal-insulator transition at x 0.20 revealed in the temperature dependent electrical transport measurement. Raman characterization of Bi2Te3 nanoplates with sulfur surface passivation will also be discussed. Supported by NSF and American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.

  1. First-principles DFT+GW study of oxygen doped CdTe

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    Orellana, Walter; Flores, Mauricio A.; Menéndez-Proupin, Eduardo

    The role of oxygen doping in CdTe is addressed by first-principles calculations. Formation energies, charge transition levels and quasiparticle defect states are calculated within the DFT+GW formalism. The formation of a new defect is identified, the (OTe -TeCd) complex. This complex is energetically favored over both isovalent (OTe) and interstitial oxygen (Oi). We find that incorporation of oxygen passivates the harmful deep energy levels derived from Te antisites, suggesting an improvement in the efficiency of CdTe based solar cells. Our calculations indicate that both (OTe) and (Oi) have low formation energies. Moreover, (OCd) is only stable in the neutral charge state and undergoes a Jahn-Teller distortion. The (VCd - OTe) complex is found to be a shallow acceptor with a high formation energy. We also report an oxygen-related interstitial defect, which plays a key role in the diffusion mechanism of oxygen in CdTe. Support by FONDECYT Grant No. 1130437 is acknowledged. Powered@NLHPC: This research was partially supported by the supercomputing infrastructure of the NLHPC (ECM-02).

  2. Sn-doped CdTe as promising intermediate-band photovoltaic material

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    Flores, Mauricio A.; Menéndez-Proupin, Eduardo; Orellana, Walter; Peña, Juan L.

    2017-01-01

    The formation energies, charge transition levels and quasiparticle defect states of several tin-related impurities are investigated within the DFT  +  GW formalism. The optical spectrum obtained from the solution of the Bethe-Salpeter equation shows that the absorption strongly increases in the sub-bandgap region after doping, suggesting a two-step photoexcitation process that facilitates transitions from photons with insufficient energy to cause direct transitions from the valence to the conduction band via an intermediate-band. We propose Sn-doped CdTe as a promising candidate for the development of high-efficiency solar cells, which could potentially overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit.

  3. Cu-doped CdS and its application in CdTe thin film solar cell

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    Deng, Yi; Yang, Jun; Yang, Ruilong; Shen, Kai; Wang, Dezhao; Wang, Deliang

    2016-01-15

    Cu is widely used in the back contact formation of CdTe thin film solar cells. However, Cu is easily to diffuse from the back contact into the CdTe absorber layer and even to the cell junction interface CdS/CdTe. This phenomenon is generally believed to be the main factor affecting the CdTe solar cell stability. In this study Cu was intentionally doped in CdS thin film to study its effect on the microstructural, optical and electrical properties of the CdS material. Upon Cu doping, the V{sub Cd{sup −}} and the surface-state-related photoluminescence emissions were dramatically decreased/quenched. The presence of Cu atom hindered the recrystallization/coalescence of the nano-sized grains in the as-deposited CdS film during the air and the CdCl{sub 2} annealing. CdTe thin film solar cell fabricated with Cu-doped CdS window layers demonstrated much decreased fill factor, which was induced by the increased space-charge recombination near the p-n junction and the worsened junction crystalline quality. Temperature dependent current-voltage curve measurement indicated that the doped Cu in the CdS window layer was not stable at both room and higher temperatures.

  4. Cu-doped CdS and its application in CdTe thin film solar cell

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    Deng, Yi; Yang, Jun; Yang, Ruilong; Shen, Kai; Wang, Dezhao; Wang, Deliang

    2016-01-01

    Cu is widely used in the back contact formation of CdTe thin film solar cells. However, Cu is easily to diffuse from the back contact into the CdTe absorber layer and even to the cell junction interface CdS/CdTe. This phenomenon is generally believed to be the main factor affecting the CdTe solar cell stability. In this study Cu was intentionally doped in CdS thin film to study its effect on the microstructural, optical and electrical properties of the CdS material. Upon Cu doping, the VCd- and the surface-state-related photoluminescence emissions were dramatically decreased/quenched. The presence of Cu atom hindered the recrystallization/coalescence of the nano-sized grains in the as-deposited CdS film during the air and the CdCl2 annealing. CdTe thin film solar cell fabricated with Cu-doped CdS window layers demonstrated much decreased fill factor, which was induced by the increased space-charge recombination near the p-n junction and the worsened junction crystalline quality. Temperature dependent current-voltage curve measurement indicated that the doped Cu in the CdS window layer was not stable at both room and higher temperatures.

  5. Visualization of hormone binding proteins in vivo based on Mn-doped CdTe QDs

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    Liu, Fang fei; Yu, Ying; Lin, Bi xia; Hu, Xiao gang; Cao, Yu juan; Wu, Jian zhong

    2014-10-01

    Daminozide (B9) is a growth inhibitor with important regulatory roles in plant growth and development. Locating and quantifying B9-binding proteins in plant tissues will assist in investigating the mechanism behind the signal transduction of B9. In this study, red fluorescent Mn-doped CdTe quantum dots (CdTeMn QDs) were synthesized by a high-temperature hydrothermal process. Since CdTeMn QDs possess a maximum fluorescence emission peak at 610 nm, their fluorescence properties are more stable than those of CdTe QDs. A B9-CdTeMn probe was synthesized by coupling B9 with CdTeMn QDs. The fluorescence intensity of the probe is double that of CdTeMn QDs; its fluorescence stability is also superior under different ambient conditions. The probe retains the biological activity of B9 and is unaffected by interference from the green fluorescent protein present in plants. Therefore, we used this probe to label B9-binding proteins selectively in root tissue sections of mung bean seedlings. These proteins were observed predominantly on the surfaces of the cell membranes of the cortex and epidermal parenchyma.

  6. Creation and Analysis of Atomic Structures for CdTe Bi-crystal Interfaces by the Grain Boundary Genie

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    Buurma, Christopher; Sen, Fatih G.; Paulauskas, Tadas; Sun, Ce; Kim, Moon; Sivananthan, Sivalingam; Klie, Robert F; Chan, Maria K. Y.

    2015-01-01

    Grain boundaries (GB) in poly-CdTe solar cells play an important role in species diffusion, segregation, defect formation, and carrier recombination. While the creation of specific high-symmetry interfaces can be straight forward, the creation of general GB structures in many material systems is difficult if periodic boundary conditions are to be enforced. Here we describe a novel algorithm and implementation to generate initial general GB structures for CdTe in an automated way, and we investigate some of these structures using density functional theory (DFT). Example structures include those with bi-crystals already fabricated for comparison, and those planning to be investigated in the future.

  7. Magnetic properties of vanadium doped CdTe: Ab initio calculations

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    Goumrhar, F.; Bahmad, L.; Mounkachi, O.; Benyoussef, A.

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, we are applying the ab initio calculations to study the magnetic properties of vanadium doped CdTe. This study is based on the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method (KKR) combined with the coherent potential approximation (CPA), within the local density approximation (LDA). This method is called KKR-CPA-LDA. We have calculated and plotted the density of states (DOS) in the energy diagram for different concentrations of dopants. We have also investigated the magnetic and half-metallic properties of this compound and shown the mechanism of exchange interaction. Moreover, we have estimated the Curie temperature Tc for different concentrations. Finally, we have shown how the crystal field and the exchange splittings vary as a function of the concentrations.

  8. Highly-sensitive organophosphorus pesticide biosensors based on CdTe quantum dots and bi-enzyme immobilized eggshell membranes.

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    Xue, Gao; Yue, Zhao; Bing, Zhang; Yiwei, Tang; Xiuying, Liu; Jianrong, Li

    2016-02-07

    An optical biosensing method using CdTe quantum dots (QDs) and bi-enzyme-immobilized eggshell membranes for the determination of organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) has been developed. Increasing amounts of OPs led to a decrease of the enzymatic activity and thus a decrease in the production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which can quench the fluorescence of the CdTe QDs. Under the optimum conditions, there was a good linear relationship between the enzyme inhibition percentage and the logarithm of paraoxon or parathion concentration in the range of 1.0 × 10(-11)-1.0 × 10(-6) mol L(-1). The detection limit (S/N = 3) of the proposed biosensors were as low as 4.30 × 10(-12) mol L(-1) for paraoxon and 2.47 × 10(-12) mol L(-1) for parathion. The bi-enzyme-immobilized eggshell membrane demonstrated a long shelf-life of at least 2 months and the results showed good repeatability. The proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of the OPs in real fruit samples with satisfactory results.

  9. Bi-Se doped with Cu, p-type semiconductor

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    Bhattacharya, Raghu Nath; Phok, Sovannary; Parilla, Philip Anthony

    2013-08-20

    A Bi--Se doped with Cu, p-type semiconductor, preferably used as an absorber material in a photovoltaic device. Preferably the semiconductor has at least 20 molar percent Cu. In a preferred embodiment, the semiconductor comprises at least 28 molar percent of Cu. In one embodiment, the semiconductor comprises a molar percentage of Cu and Bi whereby the molar percentage of Cu divided by the molar percentage of Bi is greater than 1.2. In a preferred embodiment, the semiconductor is manufactured as a thin film having a thickness less than 600 nm.

  10. Superconductivity Induced by Oxygen Doping in Y2 O2 Bi.

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    Cheng, Xiyue; Gordon, Elijah E; Whangbo, Myung-Hwan; Deng, Shuiquan

    2017-04-03

    When doped with oxygen, the layered Y2 O2 Bi phase becomes a superconductor. This finding raises questions about the sites for doped oxygen, the mechanism of superconductivity, and practical guidelines for discovering new superconductors. We probed these questions in terms of first-principles calculations for undoped and O-doped Y2 O2 Bi. The preferred sites for doped O atoms are the centers of Bi4 squares in the Bi square net. Several Bi 6p x/y bands of Y2 O2 Bi are raised in energy by oxygen doping because the 2p x/y orbitals of the doped oxygen make antibonding possible with the 6p x/y orbitals of surrounding Bi atoms. Consequently, the condition necessary for the "flat/steep" band model for superconductivity is satisfied in O-doped Y2 O2 Bi.

  11. Thermoelectric properties of Sn doped BiCuSeO

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    Das, Sayan; Chetty, Raju; Wojciechowski, Krzysztof; Suwas, Satyam; Mallik, Ramesh Chandra

    2017-10-01

    BiCuSeO and Bi1-xSnxCuSeO (x = 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08) were prepared by a two-step solid state synthesis. The phase purity and the crystal structure were investigated by the X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and confirmed by Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). The volatilization of Bi and Bi2O3 lead to off-stoichiometry of the main phase and the formation of CuSe2 secondary phase in the undoped sample. SnO2 secondary phases were found in the doped samples. Both the Seebeck coefficient and the electrical resistivity, measured from the room temperature to 773 K linearly increases with the temperature, which indicates that the sample have metallic like behavior. The origin of such a behavior is due to high hole concentration originating from the Bi and the O vacancies. The Sn +4 valence state was confirmed from the X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and from the reduction of lattice parameter 'a' with doping. The substitution of Sn+4 in the place of Bi+3 leads to the higher Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity in the doped samples. Highest power-factor (∼1 mW/m-K2 at 773 K), was obtained for the undoped sample and the 4% Sn doped sample (Bi0.96Sn0.04CuSeO). The lowest thermal conductivity was obtained for the undoped sample, from the room temperature to 773 K. The presence of thermally-conducting SnO2 secondary phases in the doped samples increases the thermal conductivity in comparison with the undoped sample. The zTs of the doped samples were lower compared to the undoped sample, owing to their higher thermal conductivity. The oxygen vacancies as well as the all-length scale phonon scattering, lowers the thermal conductivity of the undoped sample and, as a result, a maximum zT of 1.09 was achieved at 773 K.

  12. Ab-initio study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of CdTe doped transition metal Co

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    Zitouni, A.; Bentata, Samir; Benstaali, W.; Abbar, B.

    2014-07-01

    The full potential linear augmented plane wave (FPLAPW) based on density-functional theory (DFT) is employed to study the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of transition metal Co doped CdTe. We have analyzed the structural parameters, charge and spin densities, total and partial densities of states within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The results show a Half-Metallic Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors (HM-DMS) character with an important magnetic moment. The results obtained, make the CoxCd1-xTe a potential promising candidate for application in spintronics.

  13. Resonant Levels, Vacancies, and Doping in Bi2Te3, Bi2Te2Se, and Bi2Se3 Tetradymites

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    Wiendlocha, Bartlomiej

    2016-07-01

    The electronic structure of the tetradymites, Bi_2Te_3, Bi_2Te_2Se, and Bi_2Se_3, containing various dopants and vacancies, has been studied using first-principles calculations. We focus on the possibility of formation of resonant levels (RL), confirming the formation of RL by Sn in Bi_2Te_3 and predicting similar behavior of Sn in Bi_2Te_2Se and Bi_2Se_3. Vacancies, which are likely present on chalcogen atom sites in real samples of Bi_2Te_2Se and Bi_2Se_3, are also studied and their charged donor and resonant behavior discussed. Doping of vacancy-containing materials with regular acceptors, such as Ca or Mg, is shown to compensate the donor effect of vacancies, and n-p crossover, while increasing the dopant concentration, is observed. We verify that the RL on Sn is not disturbed by chalcogen vacancies in Bi_2Te_2Se or Bi_2Se_3, and for the Sn-doped materials with Se or Te vacancies, double doping, instead of heavy doping with Sn, is suggested as an effective way of obtaining the resonant level. This should help to avoid smearing of the RL, a possible reason for earlier unsuccessful experimental observation of the influence of the RL on the thermoelectric properties of Sn-doped Bi_2Te_2Se. Finally, we show that Al and Ga are possible new resonant impurities in tetradymites, hoping that this will stimulate further experimental studies.

  14. Influence of photoinduced Bi-related self-doping on the photocatalytic activity of BiOBr nanosheets

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    Wu, Dan; Yue, Songtao; Wang, Wei; An, Tiacheng; Li, Guiying; Ye, Liqun; Yip, Ho Yin; Wong, Po Keung

    2017-01-01

    Under UV irradiation, self-doped Bi5+ is evidenced to be generated on the surface of BiOBr nanosheets, but with well-preserved crystal structure and morphology compared with pure counterpart. Bi5+ self-doping BiOBr (BiOBr-4) exhibits distinct photocatalytic mode for dyes degradation, as compared with pure BiOBr nanosheets. These photodegradation distinctions are mainly due to the simultaneous occurrence of two photoinduced hole (h+) mediated oxidation processes on the BiOBr surfaces: (1) a portion of photoexcited h+ participates in the photocatalytic oxidation of dyes, and (2) partial h+ involves the oxidation of Bi3+ to Bi5+. Notably, BiOBr-4 nanosheets comparatively show superior photocatalytic activity for the phenol decomposition as well as the bacterial inactivation. Besides Bi5+ induced narrowed bandgap and enhanced light adsorption capacity, significantly, the oxidative Bi5+ acts as electron traps to promote the photoexcited electron-hole separation and accelerate h+ migration, resulting in the considerable photocatalytic enhancement of BiOBr-4 nanosheets. These novel findings will not only give new insights into the photocatalytic mechanism but also explore new route to enhance photocatalytic performance of Bi-based materials.

  15. Using Diffusion-Reaction Simulation to Study the Formation and Self-Compensation Mechanism of Cu Doping in CdTe

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    Guo, D.; Akis, R.; Brinkman, D.; Moore, A.; Yang, Ji-Hui; Krasikov, D.; Sankin, I.; Ringhofer, C.; Vasileska, D.

    2016-11-21

    An improved model of copper p-type doping in CdTe absorbers is proposed that accounts for the mechanisms related to tightly bound Cu(i)-Cu(Cd) and Cd(i)-Cu(Cd) complexes that both limit diffusion and cause self-compensation of Cu species. The new model explains apparent discrepancy between DFT-calculated and fitted diffusion parameters of Cu reported in our previous work, and allows for better understanding of performance and metastabilities in CdTe PV devices.

  16. CdTe devices and method of manufacturing same

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    Gessert, Timothy A.; Noufi, Rommel; Dhere, Ramesh G.; Albin, David S.; Barnes, Teresa; Burst, James; Duenow, Joel N.; Reese, Matthew

    2015-09-29

    A method of producing polycrystalline CdTe materials and devices that incorporate the polycrystalline CdTe materials are provided. In particular, a method of producing polycrystalline p-doped CdTe thin films for use in CdTe solar cells in which the CdTe thin films possess enhanced acceptor densities and minority carrier lifetimes, resulting in enhanced efficiency of the solar cells containing the CdTe material are provided.

  17. Critical currents of Bi:2212 doped by Fe and Ni

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    Ilonca, G.; Yang, T. R.; Pop, A. V.; Stiufiuc, G.; Stiufiuc, R.; Lung, C.

    2003-05-01

    Measurements of the irreversible magnetization, ac susceptibility and electrical resistivity of Bi2Sr2Ca1-xErx(Cu1-yMy)2O8+d bulk are reported. Low concentrations of the doping elements increase the pinning force density and shift the magnetic irreversibility line towards higher fields. The intergranular critical current density was determined from ac susceptibility data by varying the field amplitude Hac in the range from 0.4 to 1000 A/m and from the irreversible part of magnetization using Bean’s model. The results were discussed in terms of SIS- and SNS-type models for granular superconductors.

  18. One-pot aqueous synthesis of gadolinium doped CdTe quantum dots with dual imaging modalities.

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    Jiang, Chunli; Shen, Zhitao; Luo, Chunhua; Lin, Hechun; Huang, Rong; Wang, Yiting; Peng, Hui

    2016-08-01

    A facile one-pot strategy has been developed for the aqueous synthesis of Gd doped CdTe (Gd:CdTe) QDs as fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging dual-modal agent. The prepared Gd:CdTe QDs showed narrow size distribution and the average size was less than 5nm. The amount of Gd(3+) dopant in Gd:CdTe QDs significantly affected the optical properties of obtained QDs. The highest PL QY for the prepared Gd:CdTe QDs was up to 42.5%. The QDs showed the weak toxicity and significant enhancement in MRI signal. The specific relaxivity value (r1) was determined to be 4.22mM(-1)s(-1). These properties make the prepared Gd:CdTe QDs be an effective dual-modal imaging agent and have great potential applications in biomedical field.

  19. Weak ferromagnetic ordering in Ca doped polycrystalline BiFeO{sub 3}

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    Ramachandran, B.; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.; Dixit, A.; Naik, R.; Lawes, G.

    2012-01-15

    Structural and magnetic properties of polycrystalline BiFeO{sub 3}, Bi{sub 0.9}Ca{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 2.95}, Bi{sub 0.9}Ba{sub 0.05}Ca{sub 0.05}FeO{sub 2.95}, and Bi{sub 0.9}Ba{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 2.95} ceramic samples were studied to establish the effects of doping in BiFeO{sub 3} on the magnetic property. X-ray diffraction data of the undoped and doped BiFeO{sub 3} samples were refined to a rhombohedral structure with space group R3c. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study showed the formation of a single-phase in both the undoped and doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics with Fe in the 3+ valence state. Ca doped and Ba-Ca co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramic samples show weak ferromagnetic ordering at room temperature. This observation makes Ca doped and Ba-Ca co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} samples an interesting material system for magnetoelectric coupling studies.

  20. Microwave synthesis and photocatalytic activity of Tb(3+) doped BiVO4 microcrystals.

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    Wang, Ying; Liu, Fuyang; Hua, Yingjie; Wang, Chongtai; Zhao, Xudong; Liu, Xiaoyang; Li, Hongdong

    2016-12-01

    Tb(3+) doped BiVO4 has been successfully synthesized by a simple microwave-assisted hydrothermal method at 140°C for 30min. The structure, morphology and optical property of the Tb(3+) doped BiVO4 products have been systematically investigated. This study indicates that the incorporation of Tb(3+) could induce the conversion of structure from monoclinic to tetragonal for BiVO4. Furthermore, the as-obtained Tb(3+) doped BiVO4 samples showed an obvious morphological change: the hollow square rod-like BiVO4 crystal gradually changed to spindle-like crystal. The Tb(3+) doped BiVO4 products exhibited extraordinary photocatalytic activity for Methylene Blue (MB) degradation under visible light irradiation. The doped BiVO4 at a molar ratio of 2at% (Tb and Bi) with a mixture of monoclinic and tetragonal phases showed and prominent photocatalytic degradation rate, which reached 99.9% in 120min. The results suggest that the differences in the photocatalytic activity of these BiVO4 crystals with different Tb(3+) doping concentrations can be attributed to the change of crystalline phases, and the coexistence of the monoclinic/tetragonal phases in BiVO4 products, which improve the efficient charge separation and transportation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Investigation of Cu-doping effects in CdTe solar cells by junction photoluminescence with various excitation wavelengths

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    Okamoto, Tamotsu; Shiina, Yasuyoshi; Okamoto, Shota

    2017-08-01

    Cu-doping effects and a CdS x Te1- x mixed crystal layer in CdS/CdTe solar cells were investigated on the basis of the photoluminescence (PL) of the CdS/CdTe junction using excitation lights incident on the glass substrate side (junction PL) with various excitation wavelengths. In the Cu-doped CdS/CdTe solar cells, broad emissions at 910-950 nm, which were probably caused by donor-acceptor pair (DAP) emission between CuCd acceptors and ClTe donors, were observed. The intensity of the junction PL markedly increased owing to the Cu doping. This result suggests that the intensity of junction PL is relevant to the conversion efficiency of CdTe solar cells. Furthermore, the PL peak energy increased with increasing excitation wavelength. This result indicates that the CdS x Te1- x mixed crystal layer is formed in the CdS/CdTe interface, and that the S composition decreased from the CdS/CdTe interface to the rear.

  2. Enhanced low temperature thermoelectric performance of Ag-doped BiCuSeO

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    Tan, S. G.; Lei, Hechang; Shao, D. F.; Lv, H. Y.; Lu, W. J.; Huang, Y. N.; Liu, Y.; Yuan, B.; Zu, L.; Kan, X. C.; Song, W. H.; Sun, Y. P.

    2014-08-01

    We investigated the physical properties of the silver doped layered oxyselenides BiCu1-xAgxSeO (x = 0-0.4), which crystallize in an unusual intergrowth structure with [Cu2Se2]2- and [Bi2O2]2+ layers. The total thermal conductivity is decreased because the heavier Ag doping in BiCuSeO lattice decreased the lattice thermal conductivity. The undoped BiCuSeO exhibits a semiconducting behavior, and the Ag-doped BiCuSeO performs much improved electrical conductivity. Although Ag-doping causes a decreasing Seebeck coefficient, the significant increase of the electrical conductivity compensates the moderate decrease of the Seebeck coefficient, which leads to the strongly improved power factor values. Finally, the figure of merit is improved and reaches a maximum ˜0.07 at 300 K for the sample BiCu0.7Ag0.3SeO.

  3. Bismuth doping effect on crystal structure and photodegradation activity of Bi-TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Wu, Ming-Chung; Chang, Yin-Hsuan; Lin, Ting-Han

    2017-04-01

    The bismuth precursor is adopted as dopant to synthesize bismuth doped titanium dioxide nanoparticles (Bi-TiO2 NPs) with sol-gel method following by the thermal annealing treatment. We systematically developed a series of Bi-TiO2 NPs at several calcination temperatures and discovered the corresponding crystal structure by varying the bismuth doping concentration. At a certain 650 °C calcination temperature, the crystal structure of bismuth titanate (Bi2Ti2O7) is formed when the bismuth doping concentration is as high as 10.0 mol %. The photocatalytic activity of Bi-TiO2 NPs is increased by varying the doping concentration at the particular calcination temperature. By the definition X-ray diffraction (XRD) structural identification, a phase diagram of Bi-TiO2 NPs in doping concentration versus calcination temperature is provided. It can be useful for further study in the crystal structure engineering and the development of photocatalyst.

  4. Tunable luminescence and enhanced photocatalytic activity for Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles

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    Gu, Haidong; Yu, Lei; Wang, Juan; Ni, Min; Liu, Tingting; Chen, Feng

    2017-04-01

    A series of Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles were synthesized by a hydrothermal process. The obtained Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles were characterized by XRD, SEM, luminescence spectrophotometer and DRS. The XRD and TEM results indicate that the Eu(III) doping concentration has no influence on the phase and morphology. However, the Eu(III) doping can tune the luminescence and enhance the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6. With the increases of Eu3 + doping concentrations, the emission intensity of WO66 - group decreases nut the photocatalytic activity increases. The tunable luminescence of Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles results from the energy transfer from WO66 - group to Eu(III) ion. The enhanced performance can be ascribed to efficient separation of electron and hole pairs after doping Eu(III) into the Bi2WO6 lattice.

  5. Tunable luminescence and enhanced photocatalytic activity for Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles.

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    Gu, Haidong; Yu, Lei; Wang, Juan; Ni, Min; Liu, Tingting; Chen, Feng

    2017-04-15

    A series of Eu(III) doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles were synthesized by a hydrothermal process. The obtained Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles were characterized by XRD, SEM, luminescence spectrophotometer and DRS. The XRD and TEM results indicate that the Eu(III) doping concentration has no influence on the phase and morphology. However, the Eu(III) doping can tune the luminescence and enhance the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6. With the increases of Eu(3+) doping concentrations, the emission intensity of WO6(6-) group decreases nut the photocatalytic activity increases. The tunable luminescence of Bi2WO6:Eu(III) nanoparticles results from the energy transfer from WO6(6-) group to Eu(III) ion. The enhanced performance can be ascribed to efficient separation of electron and hole pairs after doping Eu(III) into the Bi2WO6 lattice.

  6. Photoelectrochemical Performance Observed in Mn-Doped BiFeO3 Heterostructured Thin Films

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    Xu, Hao-Min; Wang, Huanchun; Shi, Ji; Lin, Yuanhua; Nan, Cewen

    2016-01-01

    Pure BiFeO3 and heterostructured BiFeO3/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 (5% Mn-doped BiFeO3) thin films have been prepared by a chemical deposition method. The band structures and photosensitive properties of these films have been investigated elaborately. Pure BiFeO3 films showed stable and strong response to photo illumination (open circuit potential kept −0.18 V, short circuit photocurrent density was −0.023 mA·cm−2). By Mn doping, the energy band positions shifted, resulting in a smaller band gap of BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 layer and an internal field being built in the BiFeO3/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 interface. BiFeO3/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 and BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 thin films demonstrated poor photo activity compared with pure BiFeO3 films, which can be explained by the fact that Mn doping brought in a large amount of defects in the BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 layers, causing higher carrier combination and correspondingly suppressing the photo response, and this negative influence was more considerable than the positive effects provided by the band modulation. PMID:28335343

  7. Photoelectrochemical Performance Observed in Mn-Doped BiFeO₃ Heterostructured Thin Films.

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    Xu, Hao-Min; Wang, Huanchun; Shi, Ji; Lin, Yuanhua; Nan, Cewen

    2016-11-16

    Pure BiFeO₃ and heterostructured BiFeO₃/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O₃ (5% Mn-doped BiFeO₃) thin films have been prepared by a chemical deposition method. The band structures and photosensitive properties of these films have been investigated elaborately. Pure BiFeO₃ films showed stable and strong response to photo illumination (open circuit potential kept -0.18 V, short circuit photocurrent density was -0.023 mA·cm(-2)). By Mn doping, the energy band positions shifted, resulting in a smaller band gap of BiFe0.95Mn0.05O₃ layer and an internal field being built in the BiFeO₃/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O₃ interface. BiFeO₃/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O₃ and BiFe0.95Mn0.05O₃ thin films demonstrated poor photo activity compared with pure BiFeO₃ films, which can be explained by the fact that Mn doping brought in a large amount of defects in the BiFe0.95Mn0.05O₃ layers, causing higher carrier combination and correspondingly suppressing the photo response, and this negative influence was more considerable than the positive effects provided by the band modulation.

  8. Fabrication of Bi-doped In2O3-ITO nanocomposites and their photoluminescence properties

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    Gil Na, Han; Jung, Taek-Kyun; Lee, Ji-Woon; Hyun, Soong-Keun; Kwon, Yong Jung; Mirzaei, Ali; Kim, Tae-Bum; Shin, Young-Chul; Choi, Ho-Joon; Kim, Hyoun Woo; Jin, Changhyun

    2016-09-01

    For the first time, Bi-doped In2O3-indium tin oxide (ITO) nanocomposites were prepared on Si substrates with the assistance of a Au catalyst through the simple gas-phase transport of a mixture of Bi, In, and Sn powders. The square-shaped Bi-doped In2O3-ITO nanostructures were straight, a few hundreds of nanometres in width, and below a few tens of micrometres in length. Electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analyses indicated that the Bi-doped In2O3-ITO nanorods were single crystals with a basis of cubic In2O3 structures. The photoluminescence spectra revealed that the Bi-doped In2O3-ITO nanorods had a strong orange emission band centred at approximately 626 nm without any shoulder bands. The enhancement of orange emission might be due to the oxygen deficiencies of structural defects in the nanorods.

  9. Enhanced electrochemiluminescence quenching of CdS:Mn nanocrystals by CdTe QDs-doped silica nanoparticles for ultrasensitive detection of thrombin

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    Shan, Yun; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2011-07-01

    This work reports an aptasensor for ultrasensitive detection of thrombin based on remarkably efficient energy-transfer induced electrochemiluminescence (ECL) quenching from CdS:Mn nanocrystals (NCs) film to CdTe QDs-doped silica nanoparticles (CdTe/SiO2 NPs). CdTe/SiO2 NPs were synthesized via the Stöber method and showed black bodies' strong absorption in a wide spectral range without excitonic emission, which made them excellent ECL quenchers. Within the effective distance of energy scavenging, the ECL quenching efficiency was dependent on the number of CdTe QDs doped into the silica NPs. Using ca. 200 CdTe QDs doped silica NPs on average of 40 nm in diameter as ECL quenching labels, attomolar detection of thrombin was successfully realized. The protein detection involves a competition binding event, based on thrombin replacing CdTe/SiO2 NPs labeled probing DNA which is hybridized with capturing aptamer immobilized on a CdS:Mn NCs film modified glassy carbon electrode surface by specific aptamer-protein affinity interactions. It results in the displacement of ECL quenching labels from CdS:Mn NCs film and concomitant ECL signal recovery. Owing to the high-content CdTe QDs in silica NP, the increment of ECL intensity (ΔIECL) and the concentration of thrombin showed a double logarithmic linear correlation in the range of 5.0 aM~5.0 fM with a detection limit of 1aM. And, the aptasensor hardly responded to antibody, bovine serum albumin (BSA), haemoglobin (Hb) and lysozyme, showing good detection selectivity for thrombin. This long-distance energy scavenging could have a promising application perspective in the detection of biological recognition events on a molecular level.This work reports an aptasensor for ultrasensitive detection of thrombin based on remarkably efficient energy-transfer induced electrochemiluminescence (ECL) quenching from CdS:Mn nanocrystals (NCs) film to CdTe QDs-doped silica nanoparticles (CdTe/SiO2 NPs). CdTe/SiO2 NPs were synthesized via

  10. Influence of Zn2+ doping on the crystal structure and optical-electrical properties of CdTe thin films

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    Kavitha, R.; Sakthivel, K.

    2015-10-01

    The present study reports the synthesis of Cd1-xZnxTe (x = 0, 0.025, 0.050, 0.075 and 0.100) nanocrystalline thin film through a simple two step method. In the first step fine nanoparticles of Cd1-xZnxTe was prepared by solvothermal microwave irradiation (SMI) technique and then deposited as thin film using dip-coating technique. X-ray diffraction study showed that films are polycrystalline with cubic phase, which are preferentially oriented along the (1 1 1) direction. No impurity phase was observed in the XRD pattern even after higher concentration of doping (x = 0.100) of Zn. FESEM study revealed that the films are homogeneous without cracks and pinholes. TEM micrographs revealed the particles are slightly agglomerated and lesser than 25 nm. The optical absorption study revealed that pure and doped CdTe films possess a direct band gap material with bandgap values between 2.39 and 2.63 eV (±0.02 eV). The values of optical bandgap increase with an increase in dopant (Zn) concentration from x = 0.025 to 0.10. The pure cadmium telluride (CdTe) nanocrystalline film shows a strong green emission peak centered at about 525 nm. The emission peaks of Cd1-xZnxTe nanocrystalline films are red shifted from 525 nm to 611 nm according to the dopant (Zn2+) concentration. The grains in the prepared films are uniformly distributed, which was confirmed by narrow full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the emission peaks (40-65 nm). The DC conductivity has increased by 1.25 and 4 orders as the concentration of dopant increases from x = 0.025 to 0.10 at room temperature (30 °C) and 150 °C respectively. The higher conductivity value is underpinned by the smaller activation energy value and is explained by thermionic emission mechanism.

  11. New Low Temperature Phase in Ni-doped Bi2212

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    Movshovich, Roman

    1998-03-01

    Recently we reported the discovery of a low-temperature anomaly in thermal conductivity of Bi_2Sr_2Ca(Cu_1-xNi_x)_208 high temperature superconductor(R. Movshovich, preprint). This anomaly manifests itself as a sharp reduction of the thermal conductivity of the samples at a temperature T_c^* ≈ 200 mK. The temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity changes dramatically from T^α with α between 1.6 and 1.75 above T_c^* to T-linear behavior below it. Application of a small magnetic field suppresses the low-temperature anomaly. We propose that such behavior is consistent with a phase transition into a second bulk low-temperature superconducting state at T_c^*. The specific heat data for a Ni-doped sample show an extra broad spin-glass-like peak, centered at T =3D 1 K in comparison to that for undoped Bi2212. The total entropy associated with this feature is on the order of 25% of the total entropy of free Ni spins in the sample. Freezing of the spins of magnetic impurities is an important ingredient in a d +i d scenario for the T_c^* phase transition, where it helps to stabilize the d_xy component of the order parameter (A. V. Balatsky, preprint. Also cond-mat/9709287, to be published as part of the proceedings of SNS'97 conference). The presence of a second superconducting state would constitute direct evidence for unconventional superconductivity in Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_20_8. Within the suggested scenario time-reversal symmetry is likely to be violated in the low-temperature phase.

  12. Engineering Topological Surface State of Cr-doped Bi2Se3 under external electric field

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    Zhang, Jian-Min; Lian, Ruqian; Yang, Yanmin; Xu, Guigui; Zhong, Kehua; Huang, Zhigao

    2017-03-01

    External electric field control of topological surface states (SSs) is significant for the next generation of condensed matter research and topological quantum devices. Here, we present a first-principles study of the SSs in the magnetic topological insulator (MTI) Cr-doped Bi2Se3 under external electric field. The charge transfer, electric potential, band structure and magnetism of the pure and Cr doped Bi2Se3 film have been investigated. It is found that the competition between charge transfer and spin-orbit coupling (SOC) will lead to an electrically tunable band gap in Bi2Se3 film under external electric field. As Cr atom doped, the charge transfer of Bi2Se3 film under external electric field obviously decreases. Remarkably, the band gap of Cr doped Bi2Se3 film can be greatly engineered by the external electric field due to its special band structure. Furthermore, magnetic coupling of Cr-doped Bi2Se3 could be even mediated via the control of electric field. It is demonstrated that external electric field plays an important role on the electronic and magnetic properties of Cr-doped Bi2Se3 film. Our results may promote the development of electronic and spintronic applications of magnetic topological insulator.

  13. Multiferroic, magnetoelectric and optical properties of Mn doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Chauhan, Sunil; Kumar, Manoj; Chhoker, Sandeep; Katyal, S. C.; Singh, Hemant; Jewariya, Mukesh; Yadav, K. L.

    2012-03-01

    Mn doped BiFeO3 (5, 10 and 15 mol%) nanoparticles were synthesized using sol-gel technique. The influence of Mn doping on structural, dielectric, magnetic, magnetoelectric and optical properties of BiFeO3 was studied. Rietveld refinement of XRD patterns showed rhombohedral to orthorhombic phase transition for 15 mol% Mn doped BiFeO3 sample. Magnetic measurements revealed the enhancement of ferromagnetic property with increasing Mn doping in BiFeO3. The characteristic dielectric anomaly, expected in the vicinity of antiferromagnetic transition temperature TN (Neel temperature) was found in all Mn doped BiFeO3 samples. The magnetoelectric coupling was evidenced by the change in capacitance with the change in the applied magnetic field. On increasing Mn concentration from 5 to 15 mol% in BiFeO3, a change in magnetocapacitance from 1.46% to 2.6% showed the improvement of multiferroic properties. In order to explore the optical properties of Mn doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles, their photoluminescent properties were also investigated.

  14. Enhanced multiferroic properties of (Nd, Cr) co-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Shu, Huazhong; Wang, Zhongcao; Mao, Weiwei; Ma, Yuhui; Chu, Liang; Wang, Xingfu; Chen, Wei; Zhang, Jian; Yang, Jianping; Song, Rongfang; Li, Xing'ao

    2017-05-01

    Pure BiFeO3 (BFO) and doped Bi1- x Nd x Fe0.975Cr0.025O3 ( x = 0.025, 0.05, and 0.075) nanoparticles were prepared by a sol-gel method. The doping effects were systematically investigated on the structural, morphological, magnetic, and ferroelectric properties. The dopant results in forming nanoparticles, and the (Nd, Cr) co-doped BFO nanoparticles show excellent ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties. The proposed mechanism for the co-doped BFO provides an alternative strategy to form nanoparticles with enhanced multiferroic properties.

  15. Preparation and Characterization of Mo Doped in BiVO4 with Enhanced Photocatalytic Properties

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    Liu, Bitao; Yan, Xuelian; Yan, Hengqing; Yao, Yucen; Cai, Yanhua; Wei, Jumeng; Chen, Shanyong; Xu, Xuhui; Li, Lu

    2017-01-01

    Molybdenum (Mo) doped BiVO4 was fabricated via a simple electrospun method. Morphology, structure, chemical states and optical properties of the obtained catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), N2 adsorption–desorption isotherms (BET) and photoluminescence spectrum (PL), respectively. The photocatalytic properties indicate that doping Mo into BiVO4 can enhance the photocatalytic activity and dark adsorption ability. The photocatalytic test suggests that the 1% Mo-BiVO4 shows the best photocatalytic activity, which is about three times higher than pure BiVO4. Meanwhile, 3% Mo-BiVO4 shows stronger dark adsorption than pure BiVO4 and 1% Mo-BiVO4. The enhancement in photocatalytic property should be ascribed to that BiVO4 with small amount of Mo doping could efficiently separate the photogenerated carries and improve the electronic conductivity. The high concentration doping would lead the crystal structure transformation from monoclinic to tetragonal phase, as well as the formation of MoO3 nanoparticles on the BiVO4 surface, which could also act as recombination centers to decrease the photocatalytic activity. PMID:28825676

  16. CdTe Nanocrystal Hetero-Junction Solar Cells with High Open Circuit Voltage Based on Sb-doped TiO2 Electron Acceptor Materials

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    Li, Miaozi; Liu, Xinyan; Wen, Shiya; Liu, Songwei; Heng, Jingxuan; Qin, Donghuan; Hou, Lintao; Wu, Hongbin; Xu, Wei; Huang, Wenbo

    2017-01-01

    We propose Sb-doped TiO2 as electron acceptor material for depleted CdTe nanocrystal (NC) hetero-junction solar cells. Novel devices with the architecture of FTO/ZnO/Sb:TiO2/CdTe/Au based on CdTe NC and TiO2 precursor are fabricated by rational ambient solution process. By introducing TiO2 with dopant concentration, we are able to tailor the optoelectronic properties of NC solar cells. Our novel devices demonstrate a very high open circuit voltage of 0.74 V, which is the highest Voc reported for any CdTe NC based solar cells. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of solar cells increases with the increase of Sb-doped content from 1% to 3%, then decreases almost linearly with further increase of Sb content due to the recombination effect. The champion device shows Jsc, Voc, FF, and PCE of 14.65 mA/cm2, 0.70 V, 34.44, and 3.53% respectively, which is prospective for solution processed NC solar cells with high Voc. PMID:28467347

  17. CdTe Nanocrystal Hetero-Junction Solar Cells with High Open Circuit Voltage Based on Sb-doped TiO₂ Electron Acceptor Materials.

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    Li, Miaozi; Liu, Xinyan; Wen, Shiya; Liu, Songwei; Heng, Jingxuan; Qin, Donghuan; Hou, Lintao; Wu, Hongbin; Xu, Wei; Huang, Wenbo

    2017-05-03

    We propose Sb-doped TiO₂ as electron acceptor material for depleted CdTe nanocrystal (NC) hetero-junction solar cells. Novel devices with the architecture of FTO/ZnO/Sb:TiO₂/CdTe/Au based on CdTe NC and TiO₂ precursor are fabricated by rational ambient solution process. By introducing TiO₂ with dopant concentration, we are able to tailor the optoelectronic properties of NC solar cells. Our novel devices demonstrate a very high open circuit voltage of 0.74 V, which is the highest Voc reported for any CdTe NC based solar cells. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of solar cells increases with the increase of Sb-doped content from 1% to 3%, then decreases almost linearly with further increase of Sb content due to the recombination effect. The champion device shows Jsc, Voc, FF, and PCE of 14.65 mA/cm², 0.70 V, 34.44, and 3.53% respectively, which is prospective for solution processed NC solar cells with high Voc.

  18. Photoelectrochemical cells with tungsten trioxide/Mo-doped BiVO4 bilayers.

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    Zhang, Kan; Shi, Xin-Jian; Kim, Jung Kyu; Park, Jong Hyeok

    2012-08-21

    Mo-doped BiVO(4) nanocrystals with low bandgap energy were embedded into the surface of WO(3) film, resulting in WO(3)/BiV(0.95)Mo(0.05)O(4) photoanodes, which were tested in photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting. Bilayer photoelectrochemical cells showed enhanced photocurrent density: three times that shown by a cell with a pure WO(3) photoanode and 1.5 times that of a cell with a WO(3)/BiVO(4) bilayer photoanode. BiVO(4) showed poor charge carrier mobility; the performance of photoelectrochemical cells can be improved only when BiVO(4) is combined with a WO(3) bottom layer, even after Mo doping and tailoring its transition energies by atomic doping.

  19. Eu doping in multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics studied by Mossbauer and EXAFS spectroscopy.

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    Kothari, Deepti; Raghavendra Reddy, V; Gupta, Ajay; Meneghini, Carlo; Aquilanti, Giuliana

    2010-09-08

    Bismuth ferrite ceramics (BiFeO(3)) are multifunctional materials classified as multiferroics for their special magnetic and electric properties that can be modified by substitutional doping at the Bi and/or Fe sites. Understanding the relation between magnetoelectric response and structural/electronic modification upon doping is a relevant issue. In this work, the structure of Eu-doped multiferroic systems (Bi(1-x)Eu(x)FeO(3), x = 0, 0.5, 0.1, 0.15) as well as the valence state of Fe and Eu ions have been investigated combining Mossbauer and x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy techniques. The Eu(3+) doping at the Bi site results in better magnetic properties. High temperature (57)Fe Mossbauer data and Fe K-edge XAFS results show that FeO(6) octahedron distortions reduce with Eu(3+) doping. It is conclusively shown that the observed magnetic properties in BiFeO(3) with chemical substitution (Eu) are mainly due to the structural distortions and not due to Fe multiple valence. (151)Eu Mossbauer measurements show that the Eu(3+)(Bi(3+)) site is magnetically inactive in BiFeO(3).

  20. Multi-role of Sodium Doping in BiCuSeO on High Thermoelectric Performance

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    Zhang, Mingyang; Yang, Junyou; Jiang, Qinghui; Fu, Liangwei; Xiao, Ye; Luo, Yubo; Zhang, Dan; Cheng, Yudong; Zhou, Zhiwei

    2015-08-01

    In this work, Na-doped BiCuSeO thermoelectric materials have been prepared and the effect of Na doping on their microstructure and thermoelectric properties has been studied. When the doping content is less than 6%, all Na+ can dissolve into the matrix and substitute for Bi3+ sites and play a role of acceptor; when the content is above 6%, the substitution saturates and excessive doping results in the formation of Na2CO3 and Na2SeO3 secondary phases. On the one hand, the doping of Na+ for Bi3+ can significantly improve the electrical properties due to the significant increase of carrier concentration. Furthermore, the phonon and total thermal conductivity also decrease with Na doping because of the dual phonon scattering by the point defects and secondary phases both resulting from Na+ doping. As a result, the thermoelectric performance is enhanced, and a maximum ZT value of 0.97, which is approximately triple that of the undoped BiCuSeO, is achieved at 873 K for the Bi0.92Na0.08CuSeO sample.

  1. Photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water oxidation over metal-doped monoclinic BiVO(4) photoanodes.

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    Parmar, Kanak Pal Singh; Kang, Hyun Joon; Bist, Amita; Dua, Piyush; Jang, Jum Suk; Lee, Jae Sung

    2012-10-01

    The visible-light-induced water oxidation ability of metal-ion-doped BiVO(4) was investigated and of 12 metal ion dopants tested, only W and Mo dramatically enhanced the water photo-oxidation activity of bare BiVO(4); Mo had the highest improvement by a factor of about six. Thus, BiVO(4) and W- or Mo-doped (2 atom %) BiVO(4) photoanodes about 1 μm thick were fabricated onto transparent conducting substrate by a metal-organic decomposition/spin-coating method. Under simulated one sun (air mass 1.5G, 100 mW cm(-2)) and at 1.23 V versus a reversible hydrogen electrode, the highest photocurrent density (J(PH)) of about 2.38 mA cm(-2) was achieved for Mo doping followed by W doping (J(PH) ≈ 1.98 mA cm(-2)), whereas undoped BiVO(4) gave a J(PH) value of about 0.42 mA cm(-2). The photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity of W- and Mo-doped BiVO(4) photoanodes corresponded to the incident photon to current conversion efficiency of about 35 and 40 % respectively. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and Mott-Schottky analysis indicated a positive flat band shift of about 30 mV, a carrier concentration 1.6-2 times higher, and a charge-transfer resistance reduced by 3-4-fold for W- or Mo-doped BiVO(4) relative to undoped BiVO(4). Electronic structure calculations revealed that both W and Mo were shallow donors and Mo doping generated superior conductivity to W doping. The photo-oxidation activity of water on BiVO(4) photoanodes (undopeddopeddoped) was in accordance with the results from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Mott-Schottky analysis, and theoretical electronic structural calculations. Thus, Mo or W doping enhanced the photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity of monoclinic BiVO(4) by drastically reducing its charge-transfer resistance and thereby minimizing photoexcited electron-hole pair recombination. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Origin of broad NIR photoluminescence in bismuthate glass and Bi-doped glasses at room temperature.

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    Peng, Mingying; Zollfrank, Cordt; Wondraczek, Lothar

    2009-07-15

    Bi-doped glasses with broadband photoluminescence in the near-infrared (NIR) spectral range are presently receiving significant consideration for potential applications in telecommunications, widely tunable fiber lasers and spectral converters. However, the origin of NIR emission remains disputed. Here, we report on NIR absorption and emission properties of bismuthate glass and their dependence on the melting temperature. Results clarify that NIR emission occurs from the same centers as it does in Bi-doped glasses. The dependence of absorption and NIR emission of bismuthate glasses on the melting temperature is interpreted as thermal dissociation of Bi(2)O(3) into elementary Bi. Darkening of bismuthate glass melted at 1300 °C is due to the agglomeration of Bi atoms. The presence of Bi nanoparticles is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and element distribution mapping. By adding antimony oxide as an oxidation agent to the glass, NIR emission centers can be eliminated and Bi(3+) is formed. By comparing with atomic spectral data, absorption bands at ∼320 , ∼500 , 700 , 800 and 1000 nm observed in Bi-doped glasses are assigned to Bi(0) transitions [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text], respectively, and broadband NIR emission is assigned to the transition [Formula: see text].

  3. Formation energy and photoelectrochemical properties of BiVO4 after doping at Bi3+ or V5+ sites with higher valence metal ions.

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    Luo, Wenjun; Wang, Jiajia; Zhao, Xin; Zhao, Zongyan; Li, Zhaosheng; Zou, Zhigang

    2013-01-21

    Photoelectrochemical water splitting is an attractive method to produce H(2) fuel from solar energy and water. Ion doping with higher valence states was used widely to enhance the photocurrent of an n-type oxide semiconductor. In this study, the different doping sites and the photoelectrochemical properties of Mo(6+), W(6+) and Sn(4+)-doped BiVO(4) were studied systematically. The results suggested that Mo(6+) or W(6+)-doped BiVO(4) had a much higher photocurrent while the photocurrent of Sn(4+)-doped BiVO(4) did not change obviously. Raman and XPS were used to identify the doping sites in the BiVO(4) crystal lattice. It was found that Mo or W substituted V sites but Sn did not substitute Bi sites. Results of theoretical calculation indicated that a higher formation energy and lower solubility of impurity ions led to serious SnO(2) segregation on the surface of the Sn(4+)-doped BiVO(4) thin film, which was the main reason for the poor performance of Sn-doped BiVO(4). The higher formation energy of Sn(4+) came from the large mismatch of ion radius and different outer shell electron distribution. These results can offer guidance in choosing suitable doping ions for other semiconductor photoelectrodes.

  4. Fluorine doping effects on the magnetic and electric properties of BiFeO3

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    Hu, Y. C.; Jiang, Z. Z.; Gao, K. G.; Cheng, G. F.; Ge, J. J.; Lv, X. M.; Wu, X. S.

    2012-05-01

    Electron-doping introduced fluorine (F) replacement of the oxygen in BiFeO3 (BFO) can be compensated by the valence change of iron from Fe3+ to Fe2+. We successfully incorporate F in BFO by sol-gel method. F-doping is found to significantly enhance the ferromagnetism up to nearly two order for x = 0.25 compared with x = 0. This study provides direct evidence that the multiferroic characteristics of BiFeO3 are sensitive to the anion doping, such as F, providing a convenient alternative to manipulate the magnetization and electric polarization in multiferroic oxides.

  5. Electrical and Thermal Transport Behavior in Zn-Doped BiCuSeO Oxyselenides

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    Ren, Guangkun; Butt, Sajid; Zeng, Chengcheng; Liu, Yaochun; Zhan, Bin; Lan, Jinle; Lin, Yuanhua; Nan, Cewen

    2015-06-01

    Oxide-based thermoelectric materials such as BiCuSeO have been researched for several years to optimize their thermoelectric performance. In this article, we present a series of Zn-doped BiCuSeO ceramics produced by fine processing. The results indicate that Zn doping can effectively increase the power factor through Cu vacancies along with a suppressed thermal conductivity through increased phonon scattering at ZnSe impurity phase. Consequently, a higher ZT value of 0.65 at 873 K is obtained for 10% Zn doping, being about three times larger than that of the pure sample.

  6. Effect of Y doping on thermal properties of multiferroic BiCrO{sub 3}

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    Parey, Vanshree Shukla, Aarti; Parveen, Atahar; Gaur, N. K.

    2016-05-06

    The effect of Yttrium doping (0.01 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) on elastic and thermal properties of multiferroic BiCrO{sub 3} has been investigated using the Modified Rigid Ion Model (MRIM). We have computed the specific heat and volume thermal expansion coefficient for pure and doped BiCrO{sub 3} as a function of temperature (1K ≤ T ≤ 300K). The specific heat results are in good agreement with the available experimental data. A check on thermal stability of the pure and doped compounds is made by computing other properties like Debye temperature, cohesive energy and bulk modulus.

  7. Orbital bi-stripes in highly doped bilayer manganites

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    Beale, T.A.W.; Spencer, P.D.; Hatton, P.D.; Wilkins, S.B.; Zimmermann, M. von; Brown, S.D.; Prabhakaran, D.; Boothroyd, A.T.

    2005-08-01

    We present high-resolution high-energy and resonant x-ray-diffraction results from La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} for x=0.55, 0.575, and 0.60. These compounds show superlattice reflections at wave vectors of (h{+-}{delta},k{+-}{delta},l) and (h{+-}2{delta},k{+-}2{delta},l), arising from orbital ordering with associated Jahn-Teller distortions and charge ordering, respectively. We observe a phase transition boundary between the x=0.55 and x=0.575 doping levels. Samples with x=0.55 display structural characteristics similar to those previously reported for x=0.5. Compared to this the long-range order in samples with x=0.55 and x=0.6 have a distinct change in wave-vector and correlation length. We attribute this to a new orbital bi-stripe phase, accompanied by weak, frustrated, charge ordering. The observed azimuthal dependence of the orbital order reflection supports the model proposed for this new phase.

  8. Preparation of tungsten-doped BiVO4 and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Shan, Lianwei; Liu, Hongguang; Wang, Guilin

    2015-04-01

    W-doped BiVO4 samples have been successfully synthesized by a simple sol-gel technique, which involved the formation process of precursor and the subsequent calcination treatment. The incorporation of W ions into BiVO4 was detected by X-ray diffraction. Through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and defect reactions, the tungstic ions should be responsible for the enhancement of decolorization due to reducing the consumption of photogenerated electrons. Also, the XPS signal of O 1 s was investigated, indicating that doped W species greatly improve the hydroxyl and H2O adsorption on the surface of W-doped BiVO4. In addition, the photoluminescence experiments indicate the enhanced separation of electron-hole pairs in comparison with pure BiVO4.

  9. Thermoelectric Properties of Cl-Doped BiCuSeO Oxyselenides

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    Zhou, Zhifang; Tan, Xing; Ren, Guangkun; Lin, Yuanhua; Nan, Cewen

    2016-11-01

    BiCuSeO oxyselenide has been reported as a promising thermoelectric material because of its special layered structure. Here, we attempt to synthesize n-type BiCuSeO using chlorine to substitute the Se site with the modification of (Cu2Se2)2- layers. Our results indicate that Cl doping can influence the electrical and thermal transport properties of BiCuSeO bulk materials. The significant reduction in electrical conductivity (from 40 S cm-1 to 10 S cm-1) demonstrates that Cl doping can indeed affect (Cu2Se2)2- conducting layers. It may be desirable to obtain n-type BiCuSeO by heavy doping of Cl or other elements.

  10. Effects of magnetic doping on weak antilocalization in narrow Bi2Se3 nanoribbons.

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    Cha, Judy J; Claassen, Martin; Kong, Desheng; Hong, Seung Sae; Koski, Kristie J; Qi, Xiao-Liang; Cui, Yi

    2012-08-08

    We report low-temperature, magnetotransport measurements of ferrocene-doped Bi(2)Se(3) nanoribbons grown by vapor-liquid-solid method. The Kondo effect, a saturating resistance upturn at low temperatures, is observed in these ribbons to indicate presence of localized impurity spins. Magnetoconductances of the ferrocene-doped ribbons display both weak localization and weak antilocalization, which is in contrast with those of undoped ribbons that show only weak antilocalization. We show that the observed magnetoconductances are governed by a one-dimensional localization theory that includes spin orbit coupling and magnetic impurity scattering, yielding various scattering and dephasing lengths for Bi(2)Se(3). The power law decay of the dephasing length on temperature also reflects one-dimensional localization regime in these narrow Bi(2)Se(3) nanoribbons. The emergence of weak localization in ferrocene-doped Bi(2)Se(3) nanoribbons presents ferrocene as an effective magnetic dopant source.

  11. Effect of Bi doping on morphotropic phase boundary and dielectric properties of PZT

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    Joshi, Shraddha; Acharya, Smita

    2016-05-23

    In our present attempt, Pb{sub (1-x)}Bi{sub x}Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3} [PBZT] {where x = 0, 0.05, 0.1} is synthesized by sol-gel route. Effect of Bi addition on structure, sinterability and dielectric properties are observed. The presence of morphotropic phase boundary (coexistence of tetragonal and rhombohedral symmetry) is confirmed by X-ray diffraction. Enhancement of sinterability after Bi doping is observed through a systematic sintering program. Frequency and temperature dependent dielectric constant are studied. Bi doping in PZT is found to enhance room temperature dielectric constant. However, at high temperature the dielectric constant of pure PZT is more than that of doped PZT.

  12. Thermoelectric Properties of Highly-Crystallized Ge-Te-Se Glasses Doped with Cu/Bi

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    Srinivasan, Bhuvanesh; Boussard-Pledel, Catherine; Dorcet, Vincent; Samanta, Manisha; Biswas, Kanishka; Lefèvre, Robin; Gascoin, Franck; Cheviré, François; Tricot, Sylvain; Reece, Michael; Bureau, Bruno

    2017-01-01

    Chalcogenide semiconducting systems are of growing interest for mid-temperature range (~500 K) thermoelectric applications. In this work, Ge20Te77Se3 glasses were intentionally crystallized by doping with Cu and Bi. These effectively-crystallized materials of composition (Ge20Te77Se3)100−xMx (M = Cu or Bi; x = 5, 10, 15), obtained by vacuum-melting and quenching techniques, were found to have multiple crystalline phases and exhibit increased electrical conductivity due to excess hole concentration. These materials also have ultra-low thermal conductivity, especially the heavily-doped (Ge20Te77Se3)100−xBix (x = 10, 15) samples, which possess lattice thermal conductivity of ~0.7 Wm−1 K−1 at 525 K due to the assumable formation of nano-precipitates rich in Bi, which are effective phonon scatterers. Owing to their high metallic behavior, Cu-doped samples did not manifest as low thermal conductivity as Bi-doped samples. The exceptionally low thermal conductivity of the Bi-doped materials did not, alone, significantly enhance the thermoelectric figure of merit, zT. The attempt to improve the thermoelectric properties by crystallizing the chalcogenide glass compositions by excess doping did not yield power factors comparable with the state of the art thermoelectric materials, as these highly electrically conductive crystallized materials could not retain the characteristic high Seebeck coefficient values of semiconducting telluride glasses. PMID:28772687

  13. Theoretical investigation on the magnetic phase stability of Fe-doped Bi tellurides

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    Kim, Miyoung; Song, Jung-Hwan

    2012-04-01

    The structural properties and magnetic phase stability of Fe-doped Bi2Te3 are studied in first principles by means of the highly precise full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method within the generalized gradient approximation. Two different types of Fe doping, which are substitutional and interstitial, are examined, assuming about 8% of the Fe doping level, where the atomic structures are fully optimized by atomic force calculations. Our results show that: (i) ferromagnetic phases are energetically more stable over paramagnetic phases for both substitutional and interstitial Fe dopings, (ii) the substitutional Fe doping indicates a high magnetic phase with a largely enhanced Fe magnetic moment of 3.40 μB while the interstitial Fe doping shows the magnetic moment similar to the Fe bulk value, and (iii) the structural optimization reduces the Fe magnetic moments for both doping types while the overall effects on the total moment exhibit different results for different doping types.

  14. Synthesis and photoactivity enhancement of Ba doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalyst

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    Li, Wen Ting; Huang, Wan Zhen; Zhou, Huan; Yin, Hao Yong; Zheng, Yi Fan; Song, Xu Chun

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • The Ba-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalyst have been synthesized by a hydrothermal route. • The photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was greatly enhanced by Ba-doping. • The effect of Ba on the catalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was studied and discussed. - Abstract: In this study, Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} doped with different barium contents were successfully prepared by a simple hydrothermal route at 180 °C for 12 h. The as-synthesized samples were characterized in detailed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffusere flectance spectroscopy (UV–vis DRS) and Brunauer–Emmet–Teller (BET) theory. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under simulated solar light. As a result, the photocatalytic properties were enhanced after Ba doping and the Ba-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} with R{sub Ba} = 0.15 showed the highest photocatalytic activities of 96.3% RhB was decomposed in 50 min. Close investigation revealed that the proper Ba doped into Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} could not only increases its BET surface area, decrease its crystalline size, but also act as electron traps and facilitate the separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. The mechanism of enhanced photocatalytic activities of Ba-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} were further investigated.

  15. Effect of doping on the morphology and multiferroic properties of BiFeO3 nanorods.

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    Dutta, Dimple P; Jayakumar, O D; Tyagi, A K; Girija, K G; Pillai, C G S; Sharma, G

    2010-07-01

    In this study we report the synthesis of BiFeO(3) nanorods using a sonochemical technique. The nanorods had a diameter of 20-50 nm, a length of 100-500 nm and exhibit aspect ratios in the range of 5-10. However, after doping, the TEM images of Bi(0.9)Ba(0.1)Fe(0.9)Mn(0.1)O(3) and Bi(0.9)Ca(0.1)Fe(0.9)Cr(0.1)O(3) samples show that the aspect ratios of both the double doped samples have reduced considerably, while retaining the crystallinity of the particles. BiFeO(3) nanorods show a weak ferromagnetic order at room temperature, which is quite different from the linear M-H relationship reported for bulk BiFeO(3). The saturation magnetization of these BiFeO(3) nanostructures has been found to increase on doping with various metal ions (Ba(2+), Ca(2+), Mn(2+), Cr(3+)), reaching a maximum value of 1.35 emu g(-1) for the Bi(0.9)Ba(0.1)Fe(0.9)Mn(0.1)O(3) nanostructures. However, saturation of electric polarization was observed only in case of the Bi(0.9)Ca(0.1)Fe(0.9)Cr(0.1)O(3) nanostructures.

  16. Fabrication of Cu-Doped Bi2Te3 Nanoplates and Their Thermoelectric Properties

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    Liu, Shuai; Peng, Nan; Bai, Yu; Ma, Dayan; Ma, Fei; Xu, Kewei

    2016-09-01

    Cu-doped Bi2Te3 hexagonal nanoplates were fabricated by a simple solvothermal method. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy characterization illustrated that the nanoplates are single-crystal ones with an average width of 300 nm and thickness in the range of 20-30 nm. It was demonstrated that Cu x Bi2Te3 nanoplates possess the lowest thermal conductivity (0.8-1.2 W/m K) at 300 K, which is mainly due to the enhanced phonon scattering by grain boundaries. Furthermore, the doped Cu could evidently enhance the power factor of Bi2Te3 through optimizing the carrier transport properties. As a result, Cu0.02Bi2Te3 nanoplates exhibit the best thermoelectric performance with a figure of merit of 0.33, which is more than two times higher than that of Bi2Te3 nanoplates.

  17. Modification of surface chemistry by lattice Sn doping in BiFeO3 nanofibers

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    Sobhan, M.; Xu, Q.; Zhao, J.; Franklin, A.; Hu, Y.; Tse, J. S.; Wu, P.

    2015-07-01

    Results on X-ray near edge structure (XANES) study on Sn-doped BiFeO3 (BFO) nanofibers with varying Sn concentrations of 1%, 3%, and 5% are reported. The results indicate that the oxidation state of Sn ions in the BFO structure is +4. In addition, we observe a bismuth peak (Bi M 1) at 4000 eV in the XANES spectrum, suggesting the diffusion of Bi ions onto the surface of BFO nanostructure. The diffusion is attributed to the charge compensation between donor electrons from the Sn atoms and Bi vacancies. These findings are of high relevance to surface chemistry reactions in sensing and catalytic applications.

  18. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of cadmium-doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles under simulated solar light

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    Song, Xu Chun; Li, Wen Ting; Huang, Wan Zhen; Zhou, Huan; Yin, Hao Yong; Zheng, Yi Fan

    2015-03-01

    Novel cadmium-doped Bi2WO6 nanoparticles with different Cd contents have been synthesized by a one-step route using ethylene glycol and water as solvents at 180 °C for 12 h. The as-synthesized samples were characterized in detailed by SEM, XRD, EDS, HRTEM, UV-Vis DRS, BET techniques, and so on. The results shown that with the increase of the Cd2+ addition, the crystal structure, lattice space, and absorption edge were not significantly changed and the calculated band gap value was 2.58 eV. However, the flower-like Bi2WO6 sphere was gradually destroyed. Simultaneously, the surface area and photocurrent responses of the catalysts were greatly increased. Photocatalytic activity of the Cd-doped Bi2WO6 samples was determined by monitoring the change of RhB concentration under simulated solar light. The results revealed that cadmium doping greatly improved the photocatalytic efficiency of Bi2WO6. The Bi2WO6 sample with R Cd = 0.05 displayed the highest photocatalytic activity, and the degradation rate is about two times greater than pure Bi2WO6. Moreover, the Cd-Bi2WO6 photocatalyst remained stable even after five consecutive cycles. A possible mechanism of photocatalytic activity enhancement on basis of the experimental results was proposed.

  19. Rotational Symmetry Breaking in a Trigonal Superconductor Nb-doped Bi2Se3

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    Asaba, Tomoya; Lawson, B. J.; Tinsman, Colin; ...

    2017-01-27

    The search for unconventional superconductivity has been focused on materials with strong spin-orbit coupling and unique crystal lattices. Doped bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) is a strong candidate, given the topological insulator nature of the parent compound and its triangular lattice. The coupling between the physical properties in the superconducting state and its underlying crystal symmetry is a crucial test for unconventional superconductivity. In this paper, we report direct evidence that the superconducting magnetic response couples strongly to the underlying trigonal crystal symmetry in the recently discovered superconductor with trigonal crystal structure, niobium (Nb)-doped Bi2Se3. As a result, the in-plane magnetic torquemore » signal vanishes every 60°. More importantly, the superconducting hysteresis loop amplitude is enhanced along one preferred direction, spontaneously breaking the rotational symmetry. This observation indicates the presence of nematic order in the superconducting ground state of Nb-doped Bi2Se3.« less

  20. Rotational Symmetry Breaking in a Trigonal Superconductor Nb-doped Bi2 Se3

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    Asaba, Tomoya; Lawson, B. J.; Tinsman, Colin; Chen, Lu; Corbae, Paul; Li, Gang; Qiu, Y.; Hor, Y. S.; Fu, Liang; Li, Lu

    2017-01-01

    The search for unconventional superconductivity has been focused on materials with strong spin-orbit coupling and unique crystal lattices. Doped bismuth selenide (Bi2 Se3 ) is a strong candidate, given the topological insulator nature of the parent compound and its triangular lattice. The coupling between the physical properties in the superconducting state and its underlying crystal symmetry is a crucial test for unconventional superconductivity. In this paper, we report direct evidence that the superconducting magnetic response couples strongly to the underlying trigonal crystal symmetry in the recently discovered superconductor with trigonal crystal structure, niobium (Nb)-doped Bi2 Se3 . As a result, the in-plane magnetic torque signal vanishes every 60°. More importantly, the superconducting hysteresis loop amplitude is enhanced along one preferred direction, spontaneously breaking the rotational symmetry. This observation indicates the presence of nematic order in the superconducting ground state of Nb-doped Bi2 Se3 .

  1. Cobalt-doped Bi26Mo10O69: Crystal structure and conductivity

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    Mikhailovskaya, Z. A.; Buyanova, E. S.; Petrova, S. A.; Morozova, M. V.; Zhukovskiy, V. M.; Zakharov, R. G.; Tarakina, N. V.; Berger, I. F.

    2013-08-01

    A series of cobalt-doped bismuth molybdates were synthesized and investigated using X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and impedance spectroscopy. The ranges of solid solution were determined. Two new compounds, Bi1-xCox[Bi12O14]Mo5O34.5±δ (x=0.2) and Bi[Bi12O14]Mo5-yCoyO34.5±δ (y=0.2), which crystallise in monoclinic unit cells have been examined in detail by diffraction methods. Impedance spectroscopy measurements show that the studied materials are good ionic conductors with conductivity values about 5×10-3 S×cm-1 at 973 K and 1.7×10-4 S×cm-1 at 623 K, which are similar to conductivity values of yttrium substituted zirconia and (YSZ) gadolinium doped ceria (CGO).

  2. First-principles study of magnetic properties in Co-doped BiFeO3

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    Rong, Qing-Yan; Wang, Ling-Ling; Xiao, Wen-Zhi; Xu, Liang

    2015-01-01

    The electronic, structural, and magnetic properties of the perovskite Co-doped BiFeO3 have been investigated using density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation plus Hubbard U correction (GGA+U). We discuss the changes that occur in the structural parameters, electronic structure, and magnetic properties of the Co-doped BiFeO3 under the consideration of the impact of the 3d electrons. The results show that a substitutional Co for Fe in BiFeO3 produces a magnetic moment of -1.0 μB and a half-metallic property emerges. The ferromagnetic (FM) coupling is more stable and still presents a half-metallic property when two Co atoms substitute for Fe atoms in BiFeO3.

  3. Effects of doping on transport properties in Cu-Bi-Se-based thermoelectric materials.

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    Hwang, Jae-Yeol; Mun, Hyeon A; Kim, Sang Il; Lee, Ki Moon; Kim, Jungeun; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Kim, Sung Wng

    2014-12-15

    The thermoelectric properties of Zn-, In-, and I-doped Cu1.7Bi4.7Se8 pavonite homologues were investigated in the temperature range from 300 to 560 K. On the basis of the comprehensive structural analysis using Rietveld refinement of synchrotron radiation diffraction for Cu(x+y)Bi(5-y)Se8 compounds with the inherently disordered crystallographic sites, we demonstrate a doping strategy that provides a simultaneous control for enhanced electronic transport properties by the optimization of carrier concentration and exceptionally low lattice thermal conductivity by the formation of point defects. Substituted Zn or In ions on Cu site was found to be an effective phonon scattering center as well as an electron donor, while doping on Bi site showed a moderate effect for phonon scattering. In addition, we achieved largely enhanced power factor in small amount of In doping on Cu site by increased electrical conductivity and moderately decreased Seebeck coefficient. Coupled with a low lattice thermal conductivity originated from intensified point defect phonon scattering by substituted In ions with host Cu ions, a thermoelectric figure of merit ZT of 0.24 at 560 K for Cu1.6915In0.0085Bi4.7Se8 was achieved, yielding 30% enhancement compared with that of a pristine Cu1.7Bi4.7Se8 at the same temperature.

  4. Magnetic doping and kondo effect in bi(2)se(3) nanoribbons.

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    Cha, Judy J; Williams, James R; Kong, Desheng; Meister, Stefan; Peng, Hailin; Bestwick, Andrew J; Gallagher, Patrick; Goldhaber-Gordon, David; Cui, Yi

    2010-03-10

    A simple surface band structure and a large bulk band gap have allowed Bi2Se3 to become a reference material for the newly discovered three-dimensional topological insulators, which exhibit topologically protected conducting surface states that reside inside the bulk band gap. Studying topological insulators such as Bi2Se3 in nanostructures is advantageous because of the high surface-to-volume ratio, which enhances effects from the surface states; recently reported Aharonov-Bohm oscillation in topological insulator nanoribbons by some of us is a good example. Theoretically, introducing magnetic impurities in topological insulators is predicted to open a small gap in the surface states by breaking time-reversal symmetry. Here, we present synthesis of magnetically doped Bi2Se3 nanoribbons by vapor-liquid-solid growth using magnetic metal thin films as catalysts. Although the doping concentration is less than approximately 2%, low-temperature transport measurements of the Fe-doped Bi2Se3 nanoribbon devices show a clear Kondo effect at temperatures below 30 K, confirming the presence of magnetic impurities in the Bi2Se3 nanoribbons. The capability to dope topological insulator nanostructures magnetically opens up exciting opportunities for spintronics.

  5. Magnetic properties of Eu doped BiGdO{sub 3}

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    Nithya, R. Yadagiri, K.; Shukla, Neeraj

    2016-05-23

    Bulk Bismuth Gadolinium Oxide, BiGdO{sub 3} and Eu doped BiGdO{sub 3} compounds were synthesized by the conventional solid state reaction in air. Phase formation of these compounds was tracked using powder X-ray characterization technique since single phase formation was found to be sensitive to thermal treatment parameters such as cooling and heating rates. Analysis of X-ray diffraction patterns revealed cubic structure with Pm-3m symmetry. An antiferromagnetic transition around 3.8 K was observed in the pristine compound whereas doped samples showed paramagnetic nature in the whole measured temperature range.

  6. Effect of Co doping on structural, optical, magnetic and dielectric properties of Bi2Fe4O9

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    Mohapatra, S. R.; Sahu, B.; Kaushik, S. D.; Singh, A. K.

    2015-06-01

    Polycrystalline Bi2Fe4O9 and 2% Co doped Bi2Fe4O9 were prepared by solid state reaction route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) result reveals that there is no change in the crystal structure due to Co doping and the compound has orthorhombic structure. UV-visible spectroscopy confirms the decrease in band gap due Co doping. Zero field cooled magnetization measurement at 100 Oe magnetic field shows substantial decrease in the magnetic transition temperature. Room temperature frequency dependent dielectric permittivity at 1V DC bias shows ˜10% increase in Co doped sample with respect to pure Bi2Fe4O9.

  7. Processing and properties of Yb-doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Yan, Z.; Wang, K. F.; Qu, J. F.; Wang, Y.; Song, Z. T.; Feng, S. L.

    2007-08-20

    The authors prepared Yb-doped bismuth iron oxide ceramics (Bi{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}FeO{sub 3}, with 0{<=}x{<=}0.20) by rapid liquid phase sintering method and investigated the material's structures and electrical properties. The x-ray diffraction measurements showed that the doping of Yb has induced noticeable lattice distortion in the ceramics, and a largest distortion was observed when the concentration of Yb was 15%. By doping electrical resistivity, ferroelectric and dielectric properties of the ceramics were improved. Among all samples, BiFeO{sub 3} doped with 15% Yb was found to have the smallest leakage current density (<10{sup -7} A/cm{sup 2}) and the largest remnant polarization (8.5 {mu}C/cm{sup 2})

  8. Correlation effects and phonon modes softening with doping in Ba₁-xKxBiO₃.

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    Korotin, Dm M; Novoselov, D; Anisimov, V I

    2014-05-14

    The monoclinic crystal structure of the undoped BaBiO₃ can be described as a cubic perovskite which is distorted by the frozen breathing and tilting phonon modes of the BiO₆ octahedra. The phonon mode softening is experimentally observed (Braden et al 1996 Europhys. Lett. 34 531) in Ba₁-xKxBiO₃ through potassium doping followed by a transition into an ideal cubic perovskite structure at x = 0.37, close to the emergence of superconductivity. In our previous paper (Korotin et al 2012 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 24 415603) we demonstrated that it is necessary to take into account correlation effects using the DFT+U method in Wannier functions as a basis to obtain a good agreement between the calculated and experimental values of crystal structure distortion and the energy gap in BaBiO₃. In the present work, using the same method, we calculated the breathing mode phonon frequencies as a function of the potassium doping level in Ba₁-xKxBiO₃. The obtained frequencies are in good agreement with experimental values and the breathing mode softening with doping is reproduced, contrary to calculations made without consideration of correlation effects. We show that the cubic crystal structure becomes stable at x = 0.30 in agreement with the experimental transition to cubic perovskite at x = 0.37. The possible connections between the correlation effects, phonon mode softening and superconductivity in Ba₁-xKxBiO₃ are discussed.

  9. Enhanced multiferroic properties in scandium doped Bi2Fe4O9

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    Dutta, Dimple P.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2013-02-01

    Undoped and Sc3+ doped Bi2Fe4O9 nanoparticles have been synthesized using sonochemical method. The phase purity of the samples was checked using powder X-rau diffraction technique. EDS analysis was done to confirm the extent of Sc3+ doping in the samples. The size and morphology of the nanoparticles have been analyzed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The Bi2Fe4O9 nanoparticles show a weak ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature, which is quite different from the linear M-H relationship reported for bulk Bi2Fe4O9. This is mainly attributed to the uncompensated moments at the disordered particle surface resulting from the reduced coordination of the surface spins, arising due to lattice strain or oxygen deficiency. Addition of Sc3+ dopant in varying concentrations in these Bi2Fe4O9 nanoparticles, improves their magnetic as well as ferroelectric properties. The leakage current is considerably reduced and electric polarization increases significantly in case of Bi2Fe4(1-x)ScxO9(x = 0.1) nanoparticles. Hence it can be inferred that Sc3+ doped Bi2Fe4O9 nanoparticles shows promise as good multiferroic materials.

  10. Microemulsion synthesis, characterization of highly visible light responsive rare earth-doped Bi2O3.

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    Wu, Shuxing; Fang, Jianzhang; Xu, Xiaoxin; Liu, Zhang; Zhu, Ximiao; Xu, Weicheng

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, Bi(2)O(3) and rare earth (La, Ce)-doped Bi(2)O(3) visible-light-driven photocatalysts were prepared in a Triton X-100/n-hexanol/cyclohexane/water reverse microemulsion. The resulting materials were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area, photoluminescence spectra (PLS) and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The XRD patterns of the as-prepared catalysts calcined at 500 °C exhibited only the characteristic peaks of monoclinic α-Bi(2)O(3). PLS analysis implied that the separation efficiency for electron-hole has been enhanced when Bi(2)O(3) was doped with rare earth. UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy measurements presented an extension of light absorption into the visible region. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by degradation of methyl orange (MO) and 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP). The results displayed that the photocatalytic activity of rare earth-doped Bi(2)O(3) was higher than that of dopant-free Bi(2)O(3). The optimal dopant amount of La or Ce was 1.0 mol%. And the mechanisms of influence on the photocatalytic activity of the catalysts were discussed.

  11. Origin of broad NIR photoluminescence in bismuthate glass and Bi-doped glasses at room temperature

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    Peng, Mingying; Zollfrank, Cordt; Wondraczek, Lothar

    2009-07-01

    Bi-doped glasses with broadband photoluminescence in the near-infrared (NIR) spectral range are presently receiving significant consideration for potential applications in telecommunications, widely tunable fiber lasers and spectral converters. However, the origin of NIR emission remains disputed. Here, we report on NIR absorption and emission properties of bismuthate glass and their dependence on the melting temperature. Results clarify that NIR emission occurs from the same centers as it does in Bi-doped glasses. The dependence of absorption and NIR emission of bismuthate glasses on the melting temperature is interpreted as thermal dissociation of Bi2O3 into elementary Bi. Darkening of bismuthate glass melted at 1300 °C is due to the agglomeration of Bi atoms. The presence of Bi nanoparticles is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and element distribution mapping. By adding antimony oxide as an oxidation agent to the glass, NIR emission centers can be eliminated and Bi3+ is formed. By comparing with atomic spectral data, absorption bands at ~320 , ~500 , 700 , 800 and 1000 nm observed in Bi-doped glasses are assigned to Bi0 transitions {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}} \\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {P_{3/2}} , {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {P_{1/2}} , {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{5/2}} , {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{3/2}}(2) and {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{3/2 }}(1) , respectively, and broadband NIR emission is assigned to the transition {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{3/2}(1)}\\to {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}} .

  12. Bi-doped fibre lasers operating in the range 1470-1550 nm

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    Dianov, Evgenii M; Firstov, S V; Medvedkov, O I; Bufetov, Igor' A; Khopin, V F; Gur'yanov, Aleksei N

    2009-04-30

    Lasing in bismuth-doped optical fibres in the range 1470-1550 nm has been demonstrated for the first time. The gain media were Bi-doped phosphogermanosilicate and, for the first time, germanosilicate glass fibres. The gain spectrum of the phosphogermanosilicate fibres extends from 1300 to 1550 nm, the range which can be used in next-generation optical fibre communication systems. (letters)

  13. Structural determination of Bi-doped magnetite multifunctional nanoparticles for contrast imaging.

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    Laguna-Marco, M A; Piquer, C; Roca, A G; Boada, R; Andrés-Vergés, M; Veintemillas-Verdaguer, S; Serna, C J; Iadecola, A; Chaboy, J

    2014-09-14

    To determine with precision how Bi atoms are distributed in Bi-doped iron oxide nanoparticles their structural characterization has been carried out by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) recorded at the K edge of Fe and at the L3 edge of Bi. The inorganic nanoparticles are nominally hybrid structures integrating an iron oxide core and a bismuth oxide shell. Fe K-edge XAS indicates the formation of a structurally ordered, non-stoichiometric magnetite (Fe3-δO4) phase for all the nanoparticles. The XAS spectra show that, in the samples synthesized by precipitation in aqueous media and laser pyrolysis, the Bi atoms neither enter into the iron oxide spinel lattice nor form any other mixed Bi-Fe oxides. No modification of the local structure around the Fe atoms induced by the Bi atoms is observed at the Fe K edge. In addition, contrary to expectations, our results indicate that the Bi atoms do not form a well-defined Bi oxide structure. The XAS study at the Bi L3 edge indicates that the environment around Bi atoms is highly disordered and only a first oxygen coordination shell is observed. Indefinite [BiO6-x(OH)x] units (isolated or aggregated forming tiny amorphous clusters) bonded through hydroxyl bridges to the nanoparticle, rather than a well defined Bi2O3 shell, surround the nanoparticle. On the other hand, the XAS study indicates that, in the samples synthesized by thermal decomposition, the Bi atoms are embedded in a longer range ordered structure showing the first and second neighbors.

  14. Enhanced photocatalytic property of BiFeO3/N-doped graphene composites and mechanism insight

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    Li, Pai; Li, Lei; Xu, Maji; Chen, Qiang; He, Yunbin

    2017-02-01

    A series of BiFeO3/(N-doped) graphene composites are prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. BiFeO3/N-doped graphene shows photocatalytic performance superior to that of BiFeO3/graphene and pristine BiFeO3. The enhanced photo-degradation performance of BiFeO3/N-doped graphene are mainly attributable to the improved light absorbance of the composite, abundant active adsorption sites and high electrical charge mobility of N-doped graphene, and the downward band bending of BiFeO3 at the composite interface. In particular, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses reveal that the electron energy band of BiFeO3 is downward bent by 1.0 eV at the interface of BiFeO3/N-doped graphene, because of different work functions of both materials. This downward band bending facilitates the transfer of photogenerated electrons from BiFeO3 to N-doped graphene and prompts the separation of photo-generated electron-hole pairs, leading eventually to the enhanced photocatalytic performance.

  15. Microstructural characterization of sulfur-doped Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} crystals

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    Liang, Chaolun; Liu, Lin; Li, Hui; Qian, Dong; Liu, Canhua; Jia, Jinfeng; Chen, Jian

    2016-04-15

    In this study, the detailed microstructure of sulfur-doped Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and the distribution of sulfur dopants were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). XRD result indicates that the interplanar distances of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} are shortened after introducing sulfur dopants. HRTEM reveals that the unit cell lengths along [001, 100] are decreased as a result of the substitution of Te by smaller S atoms on the anion lattice. XRD and HRTEM analysis suggest that the distortion of the crystal lattice in Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} is induced by doping sulfur. High annular angler dark field scanning electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) image shows obvious contrast variations in the Te atomic columns, indicating that Te sites were unevenly substituted by S dopants. Te columns with least contrast intensity correspond to the preferential occupation sites of S atoms. The replacement of Te atoms by S can be attributed to the evaporated sulfur powder in the gas reaction procedure. The present work is not only contributed to obtain a better understanding of the distribution of sulfur dopants introduced by gas reaction, but also can help explore the structural-property relationship of sulfur-doped Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}. - Highlights: • Sulfur-doped Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} was synthesized through modified Bridgeman method. • The introduction of S dopants results in shortening the lattice spacing of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}. • HRTEM analysis indicates that S was doped through substituting Te atoms instead of incorporating interstitially. • HAADF-STEM analysis shows that Te columns with least intensity correspond to the preferential occupation sites of S.

  16. N-doped graphene-supported binary PdBi networks for formic acid oxidation

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    Xu, Hui; Yan, Bo; Zhang, Ke; Wang, Jin; Li, Shumin; Wang, Caiqin; Du, Yukou; Yang, Ping; Jiang, Shujuan; Song, Shaoqing

    2017-09-01

    As advanced electrodes for direct formic acid cells, nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) supported palladium-bismuth nanoparticles have been successfully fabricated through typical wet-chemical method. In studying the effects of NG support on PdBi nanoparticles for the electrooxidation of formic acid, we find that the as-prepared Pd1Bi1/NG network-like electrocatalysts exhibit much higher electrocatalytic activities than the Pd1Bi1/RGO, Pd1Bi1 and commercially available Pd/C catalysts in term of mass activity (1.69, 4.33 and 15.5times higher, respectively). The remarkably enhanced performances are associated with the electron transport between Bi and N, bi-functional effect between Pd, Bi and NG hybrids as well as the well-dispersed network-like structure on the surface of NG. The investigations of PdBi/NG in this work for promoting the electrocatalytic performances and the electron effect between Bi and N will accelerate the development for the field of direct formic acid fuel cells.

  17. How grain boundaries affect the efficiency of poly-CdTe solar-cells: A fundamental atomic-scale study of grain boundary dislocation cores using CdTe bi-crystal thin films.

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    Klie, Robert

    2016-10-25

    It is now widely accepted that grain boundaries in poly-crystalline CdTe thin film devices have a detrimental effect on the minority carrier lifetimes, the open circuit voltage and therefore the overall solar-cell performance. The goal of this project was to develop a fundamental understanding of the role of grain boundaries in CdTe on the carrier life-time, open-circuit voltage, Voc, and the diffusion of impurities. To achieve this goal, i) CdTe bi-crystals were fabricated with various misorientation angels, ii) the atomic- and electronic structures of the grain boundaries were characterized using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), and iii) first-principles density functional theory modeling was performed on the structures determined by STEM to predict the grain boundary potential. The transport properties and minority carrier lifetimes of the bi-crystal grain boundaries were measured using a variety of approaches, including TRPL, and provided feedback to the characterization and modeling effort about the effectiveness of the proposed models.

  18. Some Experiments on Flux Pinning in Pb Doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O System

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    Nagashima, Toshio; Watanabe, Kenji; Watahiki, Masaya; Fukai, Yuh

    1989-02-01

    In order to investigate the mechanism of energy dissipation by irreversible motion of fluxoids, we performed two different types of experiments; the oscillating-pendulum in magnetic field and the magnetic hysteresis including both major and minor loops. Results obtained for Pb-doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system at 77 K are presented and some preliminary discussions are made.

  19. Transport properties of hole-doped CuBiS$_{2}$

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    Parker, David S; Singh, David J

    2011-01-01

    We present the results of density-functional theory and Boltzmann transport calculations suggesting that hole-doped CuBiS$_{2}$ - a material commonly available as a mineral and comprised of relatively inexpensive elements - may show good thermoelectric performance at ambient temperature.

  20. Semiconducting ferroelectric perovskites with intermediate bands via B-site Bi5+ doping

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    Jiang, Lai; Grinberg, Ilya; Wang, Fenggong; Young, Steve M.; Davies, Peter K.; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2014-08-01

    We propose B-site Bi5+-doped ferroelectric perovskite materials as suitable candidates for the bulk photovoltaic effect and related solar applications. The low-lying 6s empty states of the electronegative Bi atom produce empty bands in the energy gap of the parent materials, effectively lowering the band gap by 1-2 eV, depending on the composition of the ferroelectric end member and the concentration of Bi5+ in the solid solution. The polarization decreases but survives upon doping, which enables the "shift-current" mechanism for photocurrent generation, while the decreased band gap allows absorption of much of the visible spectrum. The magnitude of shift-current response is calculated for 0.75Pb2InNbO6-0.25Ba2InBiO6 (PIN-BIB) and 0.75Pb2ScNbO6-0.25Ba2ScNbO6 (PSN-BSB) and is predicted to exceed the visible-light bulk photovoltaic response of all previously reported materials, including BiFeO3. Furthermore, the existence of their intermediate bands and multiple band gaps, combined with Fermi-level tuning by A-site co-doping, also allows for their potential application in traditional p -n junction-based solar cells as broad-spectrum photoabsorbers.

  1. Effect of Si doping on photoelectrocatalytic decomposition of phenol of BiVO4 film under visible light.

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    Zhang, Xiufang; Quan, Xie; Chen, Shuo; Zhang, Yaobin

    2010-05-15

    The silicon-doped BiVO(4) film was fabricated by modified metalorganic decomposition (MOD) method. XRD analysis indicated that the crystal size of the BiVO(4) film was decreased from 32.4nm to 23.9nm by doping Si. The measurements of FT-IR spectra and the water contact angle showed that doping Si could elevate the surface hydrophilicity of the BiVO(4) film. The phenol elimination rate on the Si-doped BiVO(4) film electrode in the photoelectrocatalytic process was 1.84 times as great as that on the BiVO(4) film electrode. The enhanced photoelectrocatalytic performance was attributed to the decrease of the crystalline size and the enhancement of the hydrophilic performance. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Ambipolar field effect in Sb-doped Bi2Se3 nanoplates by solvothermal synthesis.

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    Kong, Desheng; Koski, Kristie J; Cha, Judy J; Hong, Seung Sae; Cui, Yi

    2013-02-13

    A topological insulator is a new phase of quantum matter with a bulk band gap and spin-polarized surface states, which might find use in applications ranging from electronics to energy conversion. Despite much exciting progress in the field, high-yield solution synthesis has not been widely used for the study of topological insulator behavior. Here, we demonstrate that solvothermally synthesized Bi(2)Se(3) nanoplates are attractive for topological insulator studies. The carrier concentration of these Bi(2)Se(3) nanoplates is controlled by compensational Sb doping during the synthesis. In low-carrier-density, Sb-doped Bi(2)Se(3) nanoplates, we observe pronounced ambipolar field effect that demonstrates the flexible manipulation of carrier type and concentration for these nanostructures. Solvothermal synthesis offers an affordable, facile approach to produce high-quality nanomaterials to explore the properties of topological insulators.

  3. The enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of yttrium-doped BiOBr synthesized via a reactable ionic liquid

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    He, Minqiang; Li, Weibing; Xia, Jiexiang; Xu, Li; Di, Jun; Xu, Hui; Yin, Sheng; Li, Huaming; Li, Mengna

    2015-03-01

    Yttrium (Y)-doped BiOBr with different Y doping concentrations has been synthesized via solvothermal method in the presence of reactable ionic liquid 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([C16mim]Br). Their structures, morphologies and optical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The photocatalytic activities of the yttrium doped BiOBr samples were evaluated by the degradation of ciprofloxacin (CIP) and rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation. The yttrium doped BiOBr exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of the two types of pollutants, and the 5wt%Y-doped BiOBr showed the highest photocatalytic activity. The enhanced photocatalytic performance could be attributed to the reduced band gap and improved separation of electron-hole pairs.

  4. High performance B doped BiVO4 photocatalyst with visible light response by citric acid complex method.

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    Wang, Min; Zheng, Haoyan; Liu, Qiong; Niu, Chao; Che, Yinsheng; Dang, Mingyan

    2013-10-01

    A B-doped BiVO4 photocatalyst was synthesized by citric acid complex method and using H3BO3 as the dopant source, and the photocatalyst was characterized with XPS, XRD, SEM, BET and UV-Vis DRS. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of a methyl orange (MO) solution under visible light. This assay revealed that both the pure BiVO4 and all of the B doped samples were the monoclinic phase. Doping the BiVO4 with B increased the number of V(4+) and oxygen vacancies, which led to the red shift of the absorbing boundary of the B-doped BiVO4 but had little influence on the morphology and crystal size. The B doping improved the photocatalytic activity, and the highest photocatalytic degradation rate of 98% occurred with a B dopant concentration of 0.04. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. High performance B doped BiVO4 photocatalyst with visible light response by citric acid complex method

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    Wang, Min; Zheng, Haoyan; Liu, Qiong; Niu, Chao; Che, Yinsheng; Dang, Mingyan

    2013-10-01

    A B-doped BiVO4 photocatalyst was synthesized by citric acid complex method and using H3BO3 as the dopant source, and the photocatalyst was characterized with XPS, XRD, SEM, BET and UV-Vis DRS. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of a methyl orange (MO) solution under visible light. This assay revealed that both the pure BiVO4 and all of the B doped samples were the monoclinic phase. Doping the BiVO4 with B increased the number of V4+ and oxygen vacancies, which led to the red shift of the absorbing boundary of the B-doped BiVO4 but had little influence on the morphology and crystal size. The B doping improved the photocatalytic activity, and the highest photocatalytic degradation rate of 98% occurred with a B dopant concentration of 0.04.

  6. High Pressure XANES studies on Mn dopeHigh Pressure XANES studies on Mn doped Bi2 Te3

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    Light, Brian; Kumar, Ravhi; Baker, Jason; Dharmalingam, Prabhakaran; Park, Changyong; Unlv Team; Hpcat; Carnegie Institute Of Washington Collaboration

    Bi2Te3, Bi2Se3, and Sb2Te3 are narrow band-gap semiconductors have been extensively studied along with their alloys due to their promising technological applications as thermoelectric materials. More recently pressure induced superconductivity and structural transition have been observed in these materials around 7 GPa [1, 2]. Here we have performed high pressure x-ray near edge spectroscopy (XANES) measurements at Bi L-III edge on Mn (0.1) doped Bi2Te3 samples to understand the variation of the Bi valence across the pressure induced superconductivity regime. We have inferred notable changes in the Bi valence at high pressure conditions. The results will be discussed in detail. Work at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (ALC) is funded by U.S. Department of Energy Award DE-SC0001928. Portions of this work were performed at HPCAT (Sector 16), Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. HPCAT is supported by DOE-BES, DOE-NNSA, NSF, and the W.M. Keck Foundation. APS is supported by DOE-BES, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH1135.

  7. Top-seeded solution growth of Bi 12TiO 20 single crystals doped with P

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    Miyazawa, Shintaro

    1996-10-01

    P-doped, [001]-oriented sillenite Bi 12TiO 20 single crystals are grown by top-seeded solution growth from BiPO 4-Bi 2O 3-Bi 12TiO 20 solutions with a newly developed double-crucible configuration. P-doping resulted in clear crystal habit/facet modifications in the growth modes of Bi 12TiO 20 in which [lcub]100[rcub] facets became predominant. Chemical analysis of the crystals showed that P substitutes Ti sites, allowing Bi 12(Ti 1 - xP x)O 20 solid-solution, but the solubility of P seemed to limit up to 75% of Ti. P-doping resulted in a bleaching of the optical absorption shoulder and blue-shift of the absorption edge, and also in an increase of an optical rotatory power reached about 14°/mm from 6°/mm of undoped one.

  8. Lanthanide doped Bi2O3 upconversion luminescence nanospheres for temperature sensing and optical imaging.

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    Lei, Pengpeng; Liu, Xiuling; Dong, Lile; Wang, Zhuo; Song, Shuyan; Xu, Xia; Su, Yue; Feng, Jing; Zhang, Hongjie

    2016-02-14

    Water-soluble lanthanide (Ln(3+)) doped Bi2O3 nanospheres have been successfully prepared through a solid-state-chemistry thermal decomposition process. The nanospheres exhibit intense upconversion luminescence (UCL) by doping the Ln(3+) (Ln = Yb, Er/Ho/Tm) ions into the Bi2O3 host matrix under 980 nm excitation. The ratio of red/green emission of Bi2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) nanospheres exhibits a significant change as the calcination temperature increases and the value could reach 105.6. Moreover, the UCL of Bi2O3:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) nanospheres are temperature-sensitive, where the intensity ratios of 799 and 808 nm emissions increase monotonously with temperature. The MTT assay reveals that Bi2O3:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) nanospheres exhibit good biocompatibility by grafting citric acid molecules on the surface. The application possibility of Bi2O3:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) nanospheres as bioprobes for optical imaging in vivo is also confirmed by the high-contrast photoluminescence images between the background and the UCL imaging area.

  9. Visible-Light Activities of Erbium Doped BiVO4 Photocatalysts

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    Zhang, Ai-ping; Zhang, Jin-zhi

    2010-02-01

    Er-doped BiVO4 composite photocatalyst was hydrothermal synthesized and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra techniques. The activity of the catalyst was determined by oxidative decomposition of methyl orange in aqueous solution under visible-light irradiation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy analysis revealed that the doped Er existed in the form of Er2O3. It also showed that the Er doping can enhance the visible-light absorption abilities of catalysts and their visible-light-driven photocatalytic activities in comparison with those of pure BiVO4.

  10. Molecular Doping the Topological Dirac Semimetal Na3Bi across the Charge Neutrality Point with F4-TCNQ.

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    Edmonds, Mark T; Hellerstedt, Jack; O'Donnell, Kane M; Tadich, Anton; Fuhrer, Michael S

    2016-06-29

    We perform low-temperature transport and high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy on 20 nm thin film topological Dirac semimetal Na3Bi grown by molecular beam epitaxy. We demonstrate efficient electron depletion ∼10(13) cm(-2) of Na3Bi via vacuum deposition of molecular F4-TCNQ without degrading the sample mobility. For samples with low as-grown n-type doping (1 × 10(12) cm(-2)), F4-TCNQ doping can achieve charge neutrality and even a net p-type doping. Photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory are utilized to investigate the behavior of F4-TCNQ on the Na3Bi surface.

  11. Hybrid density functional theory insight into the stability and microscopic properties of Bi-doped LiNbO3: Lone electron pair effect

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    Li, Lili; Li, Yanlu; Zhao, Xian

    2017-09-01

    It has recently been reported that Bi-doped LiNbO3 exhibits more excellent photorefractive properties than the traditional Fe doping. Bi-induced structural and physical properties remain unverified by either experiment or theory, however. Thus, here the basic characteristics of Bi-doped LiNbO3, such as the preferable Bi doping site, local lattice distortion, and the effect of Bi doping on the electronic structure and optical properties, are investigated by density functional theory with a hybrid functional. In particular, we focus on the effect of a Bi lone electron pair on the structural distortion and polaronic behavior of LiNbO3. The calculated results show that Bi substitutional Li in its +4 charge state (BiLi 4 +) and Bi substitutional Nb in its neutral state (BiNb 0) are energetically preferable in the majority of LiNbO3 samples. The incorporation of Bi could form a small bound electron polaron in LiNbO3. The strongly polarized localization of the Bi 6 s2 lone electron pair around the Bi center dominantly contributes to the large local lattice relaxation and the huge energy gain of BiLi 2 + that result in the negative U effect. A new BiLi 4 +/2 + photorefractive center that is 2.2 eV deeper than the intrinsic NbLi 4 +/2 + photorefractive center is introduced by Bi doping.

  12. Mo doping-enhanced dye absorption of Bi2Se3 nanoflowers

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    2013-01-01

    A simple solvothermal approach is explored to prepare Bi2−xMoxSe3 nanostructures by employing N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) as the solvent. Mo plays an important role in the assembly of the Bi2−xMoxSe3 nanostructures from nanoplates to nanoflowers. Structural and morphological studies indicate that the resulting products are large specific surface area single-crystalline Bi2−xMoxSe3 nanoflowers self-assembled from thin nanoplates during the reaction process. The absorption properties of the as-prepared samples are investigated with Rhodamine B (RhB) as dye, and it is found that the Bi1.85Mo0.15Se3 nanoflowers show an optimal adsorption capacity, implying that Mo doping not only changes the morphologies of the nanostructures but also enhances their absorption behaviors. PMID:24172176

  13. Enhanced Quantum Cutting via Li(+) Doping from a Bi(3+)/Yb(3+)-Codoped Gadolinium Tungstate Phosphor.

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    Yadav, Ran Vijay; Yadav, Ram Sagar; Bahadur, Amresh; Singh, Akhilesh Kumar; Rai, Shyam Bahadur

    2016-11-07

    The Bi(3+)/Yb(3+)-codoped gadolinium tungstate phosphor has been synthesized through a solid-state reaction method. The structural characterization reveals the crystalline nature of the phosphor. The Bi(3+)-doped phosphor emits visible radiation from the blue to red regions upon excitation with 330 and 355 nm. The addition of Yb(3+) to the Bi(3+)-doped phosphor reduces the emission intensity in the visible region and emits an intense near-infrared (NIR) photon centered at 976 nm through a quantum-cutting (QC) phenomenon. This is due to cooperative energy transfer (CET) from the (3)P1 level of Bi(3+) to the (2)F5/2 level of Yb(3+). The presence of Li(+) ions in the Bi(3+)/Yb(3+)-codoped phosphor enhances the emission intensity in the NIR region up to by 3 times, whereas the emission intensity in the visible region is significantly reduced. The energy transfer (ET) from the Bi(3+) ions to the Yb(3+) ions is confirmed by lifetime measurements, and the lifetime for the (3)P1 level of Bi(3+) decreases continuously with increasing Yb(3+) concentration. The ET efficiency (ηETE) and corresponding QC efficiency (ηQE) are calculated and found to be 29% and 129%, respectively. The presence of Li(+) enhances the QC efficiency of the phosphor up to 43%. Thus, the Bi(3+)/Yb(3+)/Li(+)-codoped phosphor is a promising candidate to enhance the efficiency of a crystalline-silicon-based solar cell through spectral conversion.

  14. Narrow band gap and visible light-driven photocatalysis of V-doped Bi6Mo2O15 nanoparticles

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    Xu, Jian; Qin, Chuanxiang; Huang, Yanlin; Wang, Yaorong; Qin, Lin; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2017-02-01

    Pure and V5+-doped Bi6Mo2O15 (3Bi2O3·2MoO3) photocatalysts were synthesized through electrospinning, followed by low-temperature heat treatment. The samples developed into nanoparticles with an average size of approximately 50 nm. The crystalline phases were verified via X-ray powder diffraction measurements (XRD). The surface properties of the photocatalysts were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses. The UV-vis spectra showed that V doping in Bi6Mo2O15 shifted the optical absorption from the UV region to the visible-light wavelength region. The energy of the band gap of Bi6Mo2O15 was reduced by V doping in the lattices. The photocatalytic activities of the pure and V-doped Bi6Mo2O15 were tested through photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB) dye solutions under visible light irradiation. Results showed that 20 mol% V-doped Bi6Mo2O15 achieved efficient photocatalytic ability. RhB could be degraded by V-doped Bi6Mo2O15 in 2 h. The photocatalytic activities and mechanisms were discussed according to the characteristics of the crystal structure and the results of EIS and XPS measurements.

  15. Effect of Sr doping in layered Eu3Bi2S4F4 superconductor

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    Zhang, Pan; Zhai, Hui-Fei; Wang, Zhen; Chen, Jian; Feng, Chun-Mu; Cao, Guang-Han; Xu, Zhu-An

    2017-01-01

    We report the effect of Sr-doping in the BiS2-based superconductor {{Eu}}3-xSr x Bi2S4F4. Eu3Bi2S4F4 is a self-doped compound with a mixed Eu valence state. By the partial substitution of Sr for Eu, T c gradually decreases and superconductivity disappears above 0.3 K when x\\gt 1.0. Magnetic-susceptibility and specific-heat measurements reveal that Sr substitution leads to a decrease in both Eu2+ and Eu3+ populations. The decreased Eu3+ population, and the corresponding lower charge carrier density, may be the main origin for the suppression of superconductivity. In addition, we find a significant increase in the Sommerfeld coefficient {γ }0 upon Sr doping, which may be due to the Kondo effect between the magnetic moments (associated to Eu2+ ions) and the conducting electrons. This work implies that the Kondo effect could compete with superconductivity in Eu3Bi2S4F4.

  16. Reinforced magnetic properties of Ni-doped BiFeO3 ceramic

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    Hwang, J. S.; Yoo, Y. J.; Lee, Y. P.; Kang, J.-H.; Lee, K. H.; Lee, B. W.; Park, S. Y.

    2016-08-01

    Multiferroic materials attract considerable interest because of the wide range of potential applications such as spintronic devices, data storage devices and sensors. As a strong candidate for the applications among the limited list of single-phase multiferroic materials, BiFeO3 (BFO) is a quite attractive material due to its multiferroic properties at room temperature (RT). However, BFO is widely known to have large leakage current and small spontaneous polarization due to the existence of crystalline defects such as oxygen vacancies. Furthermore, the magnetic moment of pure BFO is very weak owing to its antiferromagnetic nature. In this paper, the effects of Ni2+ substitution on the magnetic properties of bulk BFO were investigated. BFO, and BiFe0.99Ni0.01O3, BiFe0.98Ni0.02O3 and BiFe0.97Ni0.03O3 (BFNO: Ni-doped BFO) ceramics were prepared by solid-state reaction and rapid sintering, and analyzed by structural and magnetic-property measurements. The leakage current density was measured at RT by using a standard ferroelectric tester. All the Ni-doped BFO samples exhibited the similar rhombohedral perovskite structure ( R3c) to that of BFO. The magnetic properties of Ni-doped BFO were much enhanced with respect to BFO prepared at the same conditions, because the enhanced ferromagnetic interaction is caused by the Fe/Ni coupling.

  17. Energetic stability, oxidation states, and electronic structure of Bi-doped NaTaO3: a first-principles hybrid functional study.

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    Joo, Paul H; Behtash, Maziar; Yang, Kesong

    2016-01-14

    We studied the defect formation energies, oxidation states of the dopants, and electronic structures of Bi-doped NaTaO3 using first-principles hybrid density functional theory calculations. Three possible structural models, including Bi-doped NaTaO3 with Bi at the Na site (Bi@Na), with Bi at the Ta site (Bi@Ta), and with Bi at both Na and Ta sites [Bi@(Na,Ta)], are constructed. Our results show that the preferred doping sites of Bi are strongly related to the preparation conditions of NaTaO3. It is energetically more favorable to form a Bi@Na structure under Na-poor conditions, to form a Bi@Ta structure under Na-rich conditions, and to form a Bi@(Na,Ta) structure under mildly Na-rich conditions. The Bi@Na doped model shows an n-type conducting character along with an expected blueshift of the optical absorption edge, in which the Bi atoms exist as Bi(3+) (6s(2)6p(0)). The Bi@Ta doped model has empty gap states consisting of Bi 6s states in its band gap, which can lead to visible-light absorption via the electron transition among the valence band, the conduction band, and the gap states. The Bi dopant is present as a Bi(5+) ion in this model, consistent with the experimental results. In contrast, the Bi@(Na,Ta) doped model has occupied gap states consisting of Bi 6s states in its band gap, and thus visible-light absorption is also expected in this system due to electron excitation from these occupied states to the conduction band, in which the Bi dopants exist as Bi(3+) ions. Our first-principles electronic structure calculations revealed the relationship between the Bi doping sites and the material preparation conditions, and clarified the oxidation states of Bi dopants in NaTaO3 as well as the origin of different visible-light photocatalytic hydrogen evolution behaviors in Bi@Ta and Bi@(Na,Ta) doped NaTaO3. This work can provide a useful reference for preparing a Bi-doped NaTaO3 photocatalyst with desired doping sites.

  18. Microstructure, electrical and magnetic properties of Ce-doped BiFeO3 thin films

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    Quan, Zuci; Liu, Wei; Hu, Hao; Xu, Sheng; Sebo, Bobby; Fang, Guojia; Li, Meiya; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2008-10-01

    Bi1-xCexFeO3 (x =0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, and 0.20) (BCFO) thin films were deposited on Pt/TiN/Si3N4/Si and fluorine-doped SnO2 glass substrates by sol-gel technique, respectively. The effect of Ce doping on the microstructure, electrical and magnetic properties of BCFO films was studied. Compared to counterparts of BiFeO3 (BFO) film, the fitted Bi 4f7/2, Bi 4f5/2, Fe 2p3/2, Fe 2p1/2, and O 1s peaks for Bi0.8Ce0.2FeO3 film shift toward higher binding energy regions by amounts of 0.33, 0.29, 0.43, 0.58, and 0.49 eV, respectively. Raman redshifts of 2-4 cm-1 and shorter phonon lifetimes for the Bi0.8Ce0.2FeO3 film might be related to anharmonic interactions among Bi-O, Ce-O, (Bi, Ce)-O, and Fe-O bonds in the distorted oxygen octahedron. Compared to the pure counterparts, the dielectric and ferroelectric properties of the Bi0.8Ce0.2FeO3 film are improved due to the decreased oxygen vacancies by the stabilized oxygen octahedron. Current density values for the BFO and Bi0.8Ce0.2FeO3 film capacitors are 9.89×10-4 and 5.86×10-5 A/cm2 at 10 V, respectively. The current density-applied voltage characteristics indicate that the main conduction mechanism for the BCFO capacitors is the interface-controlled Schottky emission. Both the in-plane and out-of-plane magnetization-magnetic field hysteresis loops reveal that the saturation magnetization values of the BCFO films increase with increasing the Ce concentration. The enhanced magnetic properties for the BCFO films might be attributed to the presence of Fe2+ caused by oxygen vacancies, the suppressed spiral spin structure, and/or the increased canting angle induced by Ce doping.

  19. [Influence of Bi3+ doping on properties of CaMoO4 : Eu3+ phosphors].

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    Zhang, Qing-Xia; Long, Dan-Dan; Zhang, Fan; Qi, Xiao-Hua; Zhang, Heng; Yan, Jing-Hui; Zou, Ming-Qiang

    2013-07-01

    Europium doped CaMoO4 and bismuth co-doped CaMoO4 : Eu3+ phosphors were prepared via microemulsion-hydrothermal method. The structure, morphology and luminescence properties of samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and fluorescence spectroscopy, respectively. The XRD patterns of as-prepared samples were in agreement with the PDF # 29-0351 of CaMoO4, which indicated that the phosphor possessed tetragonal crystal structure. SEM images showed that the samples were basically flake in shape and their average size was 1.5-2.5 microm. The critical molar concentration of activator (Eu3+) in CaMoO4 : Eu3+ was 5%, and the predominant peak of CaMoO4 : Eu3+ located at 616 nm, corresponding to the 5D0 -->7 F2 electronic dipole transition of Eu3+. The photoluminescence color can be tuned from orange-yellow (0.514, 0.537) to white (0.339, 0.333) by adjusting the doping concentrations of Eu3+ ions. To enhance the red emission intensity of Eu3+, Bi3+ was used to co-dope CaMoO4 : Eu3+ as sensitizers. When the concentration of Bi3+ is 3%, luminescence intensity was maximum. The chromaticity coordinates (CIE) varied from orange (0.497, 0.347) to red (0.585, 0.349) with increasing the content of Bi3+.

  20. Optical processes in (Y,Bi)VO4 doped with Eu3+ or Pr3+.

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    Boutinaud, Philippe

    2014-10-08

    Zircon and fergusonite-type vanadates either undoped or doped with Eu(3+) or Pr(3+) are synthesized in the system (Y,Bi)2O3-V2O5 by solid state and coprecipitation procedures. Their optical properties are investigated at 300 and 77 K and the luminescence mechanisms are discussed on the basis of energy level schemes that combine the host and the dopant states. Fergusonite BiVO4 is shown to glow in the deep red region at 77 K upon excitation at 450 nm and shorter wavelengths. Host sensitization is demonstrated in Eu(3+)-doped fergusonite BiVO4 and zircon BiVO4 at 77 K, but lost as temperature is raised to 300 K. The origin of this effect is addressed by considering the nature of the host-band edge states and self-quenching processes. The near-UV excited luminescence in the system (Y, Bi)VO4:Pr(3+) (zircon) consists of the yellow bandlike emission of the zircon host and of the characteristic red (1)D2 → (3)H4 emission lines of Pr(3+) in vanadates. The relative contribution of these features can be fine-tuned at room temperature by adjusting the composition of the materials or the excitation wavelength.

  1. Degradation and capacitance: voltage hysteresis in CdTe devices

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    Albin, D. S.; Dhere, R. G.; Glynn, S. C.; del Cueto, J. A.; Metzger, W. K.

    2009-08-01

    CdS/CdTe photovoltaic solar cells were made on two different transparent conducting oxide (TCO) structures in order to identify differences in fabrication, performance, and reliability. In one set of cells, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) was used to deposit a bi-layer TCO on Corning 7059 borosilicate glass consisting of a F-doped, conductive tin-oxide (cSnO2) layer capped by an insulating (undoped), buffer (iSnO2) layer. In the other set, a more advanced bi-layer structure consisting of sputtered cadmium stannate (Cd2SnO4; CTO) as the conducting layer and zinc stannate (Zn2SnO4; ZTO) as the buffer layer was used. CTO/ZTO substrates yielded higher performance devices however performance uniformity was worse due to possible strain effects associated with TCO layer fabrication. Cells using the SnO2-based structure were only slightly lower in performance, but exhibited considerably greater performance uniformity. When subjected to accelerated lifetime testing (ALT) at 85 - 100 °C under 1-sun illumination and open-circuit bias, more degradation was observed in CdTe cells deposited on the CTO/ZTO substrates. Considerable C-V hysteresis, defined as the depletion width difference between reverse and forward direction scans, was observed in all Cu-doped CdTe cells. These same effects can also be observed in thin-film modules. Hysteresis was observed to increase with increasing stress and degradation. The mechanism for hysteresis is discussed in terms of both an ionic-drift model and one involving majority carrier emission in the space-charge region (SCR). The increased generation of hysteresis observed in CdTe cells deposited on CTO/ZTO substrates suggests potential decomposition of these latter oxides when subjected to stress testing.

  2. Effects of europium doping on the photocatalytic behavior of BiVO4.

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    Zhang, Aiping; Zhang, Jinzhi

    2010-01-15

    Eu/BiVO(4) composite photocatalysts have been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by XRD, XPS, SEM, EDS and DRS techniques. The photocatalytic activities of these catalysts were evaluated by the decolorization of methyl orange in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation (lambda>420 nm). It proved that the enhanced activities of Eu/BiVO(4) composites are mainly ascribed to the dopants for the effective electron-hole separation effect, and the optimum content of the doped metal can be controlled by adjusting the ratio of the rare materials in precursor.

  3. Fe-Doping Effect on Thermoelectric Properties of p-Type Bi0.48Sb1.52Te₃.

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    Mun, Hyeona; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Kim, Suk Jun; Kim, Jong-Young; Lee, Jeong Hoon; Lim, Jae-Hong; Park, Hee Jung; Roh, Jong Wook; Kim, Sung Wng

    2015-03-05

    The substitutional doping approach has been shown to be an effective strategy to improve ZT of Bi₂Te₃-based thermoelectric raw materials. We herein report the Fe-doping effects on electronic and thermal transport properties of polycrystalline bulks of p-type Bi0.48Sb1.52Te₃. After a small amount of Fe-doping on Bi/Sb-sites, the power factor could be enhanced due to the optimization of carrier concentration. Additionally, lattice thermal conductivity was reduced by the intensified point-defect phonon scattering originating from the mass difference between the host atoms (Bi/Sb) and dopants (Fe). An enhanced ZT of 1.09 at 300 K was obtained in 1.0 at% Fe-doped Bi0.48Sb1.52Te₃ by these synergetic effects.

  4. Neutron diffraction study of Bi doped cubic spinel Co{sub 2}MnO{sub 4}

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    Rajeevan, N. E.; Kaushik, S. D.; Kumar, Ravi

    2015-06-24

    Polycrystalline Bi doped spinel Bi{sub x}Co{sub 2-x}MnO{sub 4} compounds were prepared by solid state reaction route. Room temperature neutron diffraction study reveals that all the compounds are formed in cubic phase and there is no change in the crystal structure due to Bi doping and the compound has cubic structure with Fd-3m space group. Cell parameter found to increase with respect to Bi doping and ferrimagnetic nature is established through magnetization. Low temperature neutron diffraction is carried out and emphasis the ferrimagnetic ordering in the samples of Bi{sub x}Co{sub 2-x}MnO{sub 4} series.

  5. Cr doped topological insulator Bi2Se3 under external electric field: A first-principle study

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    Lian, Ruqian; Zhang, Jian-Min; Yang, Yanmin; Xu, Guigui; Zhong, Kehua; Huang, Zhigao

    2017-06-01

    In this paper, we investigated the magnetic topological insulator (MTI) Cr-doped Bi2Se3 film using first principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT). The band structure of Cr doped 3QL-Bi2Se3 film was calculated comparing with pure Bi2Se3 film. Our results demonstrate that the doping of Cr atom changes the degenerate surface state of pure Bi2Se3, inducing the ferromagnetism. Under the external electric field, the band gap of pure Bi2Se3 films is determined by the charge transfer and the effect of spin-orbital coupling (SOC). For the MTI, the electric field will redistribute the electrons and enhance the magnetism. Our results will further promote the development of the electronic and spintronic applications of topological insulator.

  6. Photoelectrochemical performance of W-doped BiVO4 thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis

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    Holland, S. Keith; Dutter, Melissa R.; Lawrence, David J.; Reisner, Barbara A.; DeVore, Thomas C.

    2014-01-01

    The effects of tungsten doping and hydrogen annealing on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) photoanodes for solar water splitting were studied. Thin films of BiVO were deposited on indium tin oxide-coated glass slides by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis of an aqueous solution containing bismuth nitrate and vanadium oxysulfate. Tungsten doping was achieved by adding either silicotungstic acid (STA) or ammonium metatungstate (AMT) to the precursor. The 1.7- to 2.2-μm-thick films exhibited a highly porous microstructure. Undoped films that were reduced at 375°C in 3% H exhibited the largest photocurrent densities under 0.1 W cm-2 AM1.5 illumination, where photocurrent densities of up to 1.3 mA cm-2 at 0.5 V with respect to Ag/AgCl were achieved. Films doped with 1% or 5% (atomic percent) tungsten from either STA or AMT exhibited reduced PEC performance and greater sample-to-sample performance variations. Powder x-ray diffraction data indicated that the films continue to crystallize in the monoclinic polymorph at low doping levels but crystallize in the tetragonal scheelite structure at higher doping. It is surmised that the phase and morphology differences promoted by the addition of W during the deposition process reduced the PEC performance as measured by photovoltammetry.

  7. Bi-phasic titanium dioxide nanoparticles doped with nitrogen and neodymium for enhanced photocatalysis

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    Gomez, Virginia; Bear, Joseph C.; McNaughter, Paul D.; McGettrick, James D.; Watson, Trystan; Charbonneau, Cecile; O'Brien, Paul; Barron, Andrew R.; Dunnill, Charles W.

    2015-10-01

    Bi-phasic or multi-phasic composite nanoparticles for use in photocatalysis have been produced by a new synthetic approach. Sol-gel methods are used to deposit multiple layers of active material onto soluble substrates. In this work, a layer of rutile (TiO2) was deposited onto sodium chloride pellets followed by an annealing step and a layer of anatase. After dissolving the substrate, bi-phasic nanoparticles containing half anatase and half rutile TiO2; with ``Janus-like'' characteristics are obtained. Nitrogen and neodymium doping of the materials were observed to enhance the photocatalytic properties both under UV and white light irradiation. The unique advantage of this synthetic method is the ability to systematically dope separate sides of the nanoparticles. Nitrogen doping was found to be most effective on the anatase side of the nanoparticle while neodymium was found to be most effective on the rutile side. Rhodamine B dye was effectively photodegraded by co-doped particles under white light.Bi-phasic or multi-phasic composite nanoparticles for use in photocatalysis have been produced by a new synthetic approach. Sol-gel methods are used to deposit multiple layers of active material onto soluble substrates. In this work, a layer of rutile (TiO2) was deposited onto sodium chloride pellets followed by an annealing step and a layer of anatase. After dissolving the substrate, bi-phasic nanoparticles containing half anatase and half rutile TiO2; with ``Janus-like'' characteristics are obtained. Nitrogen and neodymium doping of the materials were observed to enhance the photocatalytic properties both under UV and white light irradiation. The unique advantage of this synthetic method is the ability to systematically dope separate sides of the nanoparticles. Nitrogen doping was found to be most effective on the anatase side of the nanoparticle while neodymium was found to be most effective on the rutile side. Rhodamine B dye was effectively photodegraded by co-doped

  8. Structural and magnetic properties of Cr doped BiFeO3 multiferroic nanoparticles

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    Sinha, A. K.; Bhushan, B.; Rout, D.; Sharma, R. K.; Gupta, J.; Sen, S.; Mukadam, M. D.; Meena, S. S.; Yusuf, S. M.

    2017-05-01

    BiFeO3 (BFO) and 5% Cr doped BFO nanoparticles were synthesized by a facile sol-gel route. Both the samples were characterized by XRD, VSM (M-T) and Mössbauer spectroscopy. XRD revealed the phase pure formation of samples and the crystallite sizes were well below the periodic order of spiral spin structure of BFO. 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy confirmed the presence of only Fe3+ in the samples. BFO and Cr-doped BFO were found to be weakly ferromagnetic in nature.

  9. Effects of ion doping at different sites on electrical properties of multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Yu, Benfang; Li, Meiya; Liu, Jun; Guo, Dongyun; Pei, Ling; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2008-03-01

    Pure, La3+ doped at A site, V5+ doped at B site, and La3+ and V5+ co-doped multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics: BiFeO3 (BFO), Bi0.85La0.15FeO3 (BLF), BiFe0.97V0.03O3 (BFV), Bi0.85La0.15Fe0.97V0.03O3 (BLFV), etc were successfully prepared by a rapid liquid sintering technique. X-ray diffraction indicated that these ceramics were of polycrystalline perovskite structures, accompanied with a tiny residual Bi2O3 phase. It was found that, among these ceramics, BLFV ceramic exhibited the best electrical properties. The leakage current density of BLFV ceramic was only 2.1 × 10-6 A cm-2 at 10 kV cm-1, two and one orders of magnitude lower than those of the BLF and BFV ceramics, respectively. In the measuring frequency of 4 KHz-1 MHz, the dielectric constants and losses of this sample exhibited slight variation and the lowest loss tangent was 0.08. The sample had a relatively saturated ferroelectric hysteresis loop. These suggested that the co-doped BiFeO3 ceramic by La3+ and V5+ at A and B sites showed advantages in application over the pure BFO, doped BLF and BFV ceramics, respectively.

  10. Upconversion luminescence, ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics of Er Doped SrBi4Ti4O15

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    Peng, Dengfeng; Zou, Hua; Xu, Chaonan; Wang, Xusheng; Yao, Xi; Lin, Jian; Sun, Tiantuo

    2012-12-01

    Er3+ doped SrBi4Ti4O15 (SBT) bismuth layered-structure ferroelectric ceramics were synthesized by the traditional solid-state method, and their upconversion photoluminescent (UC) properties were investigated as a function of Er3+ concentration and incident pump power. Green (555 nm) and red (670 nm) emission bands were obtained under 980 nm excitation at room temperature, which corresponded to the radiative transitions from 4S3/2, and 4F9/2 to 4I15/2, respectively. The emission color of the samples could be changed with moderating the doping concentrations. The dependence of UC intensity on pumping power indicated a two-photon emission process. Studies on dielectric properties indicated that the introduction of Er increased the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition temperature (Tc) of SBT, thus making this ceramic suitable for piezoelectric sensor applications at higher temperatures. Piezoelectric measurement showed that the doped SBT had a relative higher piezoelectric constant d33 compared with the non-doped ceramics. The thermal annealing behaviors of the doped sample revealed a stable piezoelectric property. The doped SBT showed bright UC emission while simultaneously having increased Tc and d33. As a multifunctional material, Er doped SBT ferroelectric oxide showed great potential in application of sensor, future optical-electro integration and coupling devices.

  11. Tunable magnetism of 3d transition metal doped BiFeO3

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    Lu, S.; Li, C.; Zhao, Y. F.; Gong, Y. Y.; Niu, L. Y.; Liu, X. J.; Wang, T.

    2017-10-01

    Electronic polarization or bond relaxation can effectively alter the electronic and magnetic behavior of materials by doping impurity atom. For this aim, the thermodynamic, electronic and magnetic performances of cubic BiFeO3 have been modulated by the 3d transition metal (TM) dopants (Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu and Zn) based on the density functional theory. Results show that the doped specimen with low impurity concentration is more stable than that with high impurity concentration. The Mulliken charge values and spin magnetic moments of TM element are making major changes, while those of all host atoms are making any major changes. Especially, it is the linear relation between the spin magnetic moments of TM dopants and the total magnetic moment of doped specimens; thus, the variations of total magnetic moment of doped specimens are decided by the spin magnetic moments of TM dopants, thought the total magnetic moments of doped specimens mainly come from Fe atom and TM dopants. Besides, as double TM atoms substitution the Fe atoms, the Sc-, Ti-, Mn-, Co- and Zn-doped specimens show AFM state, while the V-, Cr-, Ni- and Cu-doped specimens show FM state.

  12. Synthesis and photocatalytic properties of Co- and Cu-doped Bi2Sn2O7

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    Zhuang, Jing; Hu, Chaohao; Zhu, Binqing; Zhong, Yan; Zhou, Huaiying

    2017-01-01

    Bi2Sn2O7 photocatalysts doped by Co and Cu ions were successfully synthesized by using the hydrothermal process and impregnation method. The products were characterized using X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDS), infrared spectroscopy (IR), the photoluminescence (PL) spectra and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The photocatalytic properties were further evaluated by degrading rhodamine B (RhB) as a model pollution under visible-light irradiation. The results indicated that Co- and Cu-doped Bi2Sn2O7 photocatalysts have a cubic pyrochlore phase with the hybrid metals. The metal-loaded photocatalysts show the enhanced photocatalytic efficiency for degradation of RhB under visible-light (λ> 420 nm). The mechanism of improved photocatalytic activity is also discussed in detail.

  13. Doping dependence of low-energy quasiparticle excitations in superconducting Bi2212

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    2013-01-01

    The doping-dependent evolution of the d-wave superconducting state is studied from the perspective of the angle-resolved photoemission spectra of a high-Tc cuprate, Bi2Sr2CaCu2 O8+δ (Bi2212). The anisotropic evolution of the energy gap for Bogoliubov quasiparticles is parametrized by critical temperature and superfluid density. The renormalization of nodal quasiparticles is evaluated in terms of mass enhancement spectra. These quantities shed light on the strong coupling nature of electron pairing and the impact of forward elastic or inelastic scatterings. We suggest that the quasiparticle excitations in the superconducting cuprates are profoundly affected by doping-dependent screening. PMID:24314035

  14. Electronic and optical properties of N-doped Bi2O3 polymorphs for visible light-induced photocatalysis.

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    Wang, Fang; Cao, Kun; Wu, Yi; Patzke, Greta R; Zhou, Ying

    2015-03-01

    The effect of N doping on the crystal structure, electronic, and optical properties of α-Bi2O3 and β-Bi2O3 has been studied in detail based with first principle calculations. The crystallographic features of Bi2O3 polymorphs are not substantially changed through N doping, whereas charge transfer from Bi to N results in large variations of charge density distribution. N-doped β-Bi2O3 exhibits improved thermal stability due to stronger Bi-N covalent bonds and lower defect formation energy, and the convenient preparative access agrees well with experimental observations. Calculated band structures and optical properties indicate that N doping does not induce major band gap narrowing, but leads to the presence of isolated bands above the VBM induced by N 2p for both α-Bi2O3 and β-Bi2O3 which induce large red-shifts of their visible light absoprtion properties. These isolated bands act as acceptor levels and facilitate electron transition under visible light illumination through introduction of steps between VB and CB, thereby rendering the materials quite promising for photocatalytic applications.

  15. Effect of doping in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor

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    Akbar, S. A.; Wong, M. S.; Botelho, M. J.; Sung, Y. M.; Alauddin, M.; Drummer, C. E.; Fair, M. J.

    1991-01-01

    The results of the effect of doping on the superconducting transition in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system are reported. Samples were prepared under identical conditions with varying types (Pb, Sb, Sn, Nb) and amounts of dopants. All samples consisted of multiple phases, and showed stable and reproducible superconducting transitions. Stabilization of the well known 110 K phase depends on both the type and amount of dopant. No trace of superconducting phase of 150 K and above was observed.

  16. Magnetic and Structural Transition Properties of Niobium-Doped BiFeO3 Thin Films

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    Chen, H. Z.; Kao, M. C.; Young, S. L.

    2013-06-01

    Niobium-substituted BiFeO3(BiFe1-xNbxO3BFNO) thin films were successfully deposited on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrates by spin coating with a sol-gel technology and rapid thermal annealing. The effects of Nb content (x = 0 0.08) on the microstructure, magnetic and multiferroic properties of thin films were investigated. The result of X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the BFNO thin films have rhombohedral (R3c) to tetragonal (P4mm) phase transition at x = 0.06. The Nb doping in the B-site of BiFeO3 could induce the appearance of the spontaneous magnetization and polarization by the phase transition of rhombohedral-to-tetragonal. The BFNO thin films with x = 0.06 exhibits the maximum remanent magnetization (2Mr) of 5.2 emu/g.

  17. Doping-Dependent Nodal Fermi Velocity in Bi-2212 Revealed by High-Resolution ARPES

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    Vishik, I. M.

    2011-08-19

    The improved resolution of laser-based angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) allows reliable access to fine structures in the spectrum. We present a systematic, doping-dependent study of a recently discovered low-energy kink in the nodal dispersion of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} (Bi-2212), which demonstrates the ubiquity and robustness of this kink in underdoped Bi-2212. The renormalization of the nodal velocity due to this kink becomes stronger with underdoping, revealing that the nodal Fermi velocity is non-universal, in contrast to assumed phenomenology. This is used together with laser-ARPES measurements of the gap velocity, v{sub 2}, to resolve discrepancies with thermal conductivity measurements.

  18. Experimental and density functional study of Mn doped Bi2Te3 topological insulator

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    Ghasemi, A.; Kepaptsoglou, D.; Figueroa, A. I.; Naydenov, G. A.; Hasnip, P. J.; Probert, M. I. J.; Ramasse, Q.; van der Laan, G.; Hesjedal, T.; Lazarov, V. K.

    2016-12-01

    We present a nanoscale structural and density functional study of the Mn doped 3D topological insulator Bi2Te3. X-ray absorption near edge structure shows that Mn has valency of nominally 2+. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy in combination with electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) shows that Mn is a substitutional dopant of Bi and Te and also resides in the van der Waals gap between the quintuple layers of Bi2Te3. Combination of aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and EELS shows that Mn substitution of Te occurs in film regions with increased Mn concentration. First-principles calculations show that the Mn dopants favor octahedral sites and are ferromagnetically coupled.

  19. Structural and dielectric properties of Nd/Ca co-doped bi-ferrite multiferroics

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    Kumar, Ashwini E-mail: ashu.dhanda@gmail.com; Sharma, Poorva E-mail: ashu.dhanda@gmail.com; Varshney, Dinesh E-mail: ashu.dhanda@gmail.com

    2014-04-24

    Single-phase polycrystalline samples of Bi{sub 0.8}Nd{sub 0.2−x}Ca{sub x}FeO{sub 3} (x = 0.0, 0.1) were synthesized by chemical coprecipitation method. X-ray diffraction patterns accompanied by Rietveld-refined crystal structure parameters reveal the phase transition of Bi{sub 0.8}Nd{sub 0.1}Ca{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} with rhombohedral R3c symmetry to triclinic structure of Bi{sub 0.8}Nd{sub 0.2}FeO{sub 3} sample. Frequency dependence of dielectric constant (ε') and dielectric loss (tanδ), infers enhancement of both ε' (tanδ) in narrow band gap of Nd/Ca co-doped BFO as compare to wide band pristine BFO.

  20. Photoluminescence of Bi(2+)-doped BaSO4 as a red phosphor for white LEDs.

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    Cao, Renping; Peng, Mingying; Qiu, Jianrong

    2012-11-05

    Bi(2+)-doped BaSO(4) phosphor was synthesized in air via solid state reaction method. Three excitation bands and one emission band were observed at 260 nm ((2)P(1/2) → (2)S(1/2)), 452 nm ((2)P(1/2) → (2)P(3/2)(2)), 592 nm ((2)P(1/2) → (2)P(3/2)(1)), and 627 nm ((2)P(3/2)(1) → (2)P(1/2)), respectively. W-LEDs were demonstrated by using a blend composition of BaSO(4):Bi(2+) and YAG:Ce(3+) hosphors pumped with a 455 nm blue LEDs chip. The results indicate that BaSO(4):Bi(2+) phosphor is suitable as potential red phosphor for application in W-LEDs excited with blue LEDs chip.

  1. Photoluminescence of Bi(2+)-doped BaSO4 as a red phosphor for white LEDs.

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    Cao, Renping; Peng, Mingying; Qiu, Jianrong

    2012-11-05

    Bi(2+)-doped BaSO(4) phosphor was synthesized in air via solid state reaction method. Three excitation bands and one emission band were observed at 260 nm ((2)P(1/2) → (2)S(1/2)), 452 nm ((2)P(1/2) → (2)P(3/2)(2)), 592 nm ((2)P(1/2) → (2)P(3/2)(1)), and 627 nm ((2)P(3/2)(1) → (2)P(1/2)), respectively. W-LEDs were demonstrated by using a blend composition of BaSO(4):Bi(2+) and YAG:Ce(3+) phosphors pumped with a 455 nm blue LEDs chip. The results indicate that BaSO(4):Bi(2+) phosphor is suitable as potential red phosphor for application in W-LEDs excited with blue LEDs chip.

  2. Transport Property Measurements in Doped Bi2Te3 Single Crystals Obtained via Zone Melting Method

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    Jariwala, Bhakti; Shah, Dimple; Ravindra, N. M.

    2015-06-01

    Single crystals of Se- and Fe-doped Bi2Te3 have been synthesized via the zone melting method. Energy-dispersive x-ray and x-ray powder diffraction analyses have been carried out to identify the constituent elements and determine the lattice parameters of the grown crystals. Surface topological features of the as-grown single crystals have been studied. The transport properties of doped stoichiometric Bi2Te3 single crystals have been studied by measuring the thermoelectric power and electrical conductivity in the temperature range from 303 K to 473 K. The thermoelectric power, S, effective mass, scattering parameter, and Fermi energy have been calculated from thermoelectric power measurements. The temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity, σ, shows that the dopants in the crystals are thermally activated. All the crystals exhibit semiconducting behavior as confirmed by the temperature dependence of σ and S. The effective mass of electrons and the effective density of states have been determined and are reported for Bi2Te3- x Se x (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) and Bi2- y Fe y Te3 (0 ≤ y ≤ 0.3).

  3. Bactericidal activity and mechanism of Ti-doped BiOI microspheres under visible light irradiation.

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    Liang, Jialiang; Deng, Jun; Li, Mian; Xu, Tongyan; Tong, Meiping

    2016-11-01

    Ti doped BiOI microspheres were successfully synthesized through a solvothermal method. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) spectroscopy, respectively. The as-synthesized microspheres had 3D hierarchical structures, and the morphologies and visible-light-driven (VLD) disinfection performances were found to be determined by the amount of loaded Ti. The incorporation of Ti in the lattice of BiOI broadened the band gap of BiOI and enhanced the VLD disinfection activity. Ti doped BiOI microspheres with the optimal Ti content exhibited excellent antibacterial performances against both representative Gram-negative and Gram-positive strains, which completely inactivated 3.0×10(7)CFUmL(-1)E. coli in 24min and 3.0×10(6)CFU mL(-1)S. aureus in 45min, respectively. Active species including h(+), e(-), O2(-) and H2O2 were found to play important roles in disinfection system. Moreover, the damage of cell membrane and emission of cytoplasm directly led to the inactivation.

  4. Atomic-Scale Magnetism of Cr-Doped Bi2Se3 Thin Film Topological Insulators.

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    Liu, Wenqing; West, Damien; He, Liang; Xu, Yongbing; Liu, Jun; Wang, Kejie; Wang, Yong; van der Laan, Gerrit; Zhang, Rong; Zhang, Shengbai; Wang, Kang L

    2015-10-27

    Magnetic doping is the most common method for breaking time-reversal-symmetry surface states of topological insulators (TIs) to realize novel physical phenomena and to create beneficial technological applications. Here we present a study of the magnetic coupling of a prototype magnetic TI, that is, Cr-doped Bi2Se3, in its ultrathin limit which is expected to give rise to quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect. The high quality Bi2-xCrxSe3 epitaxial thin film was prepared using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), characterized with scanning transimission electron microscopy (STEM), electrical magnetotransport, and X-ray magnetic circularly dichroism (XMCD) techniques, and the results were simulated using density functional theory (DFT) with spin-orbit coupling (SOC). We observed a sizable spin moment mspin = (2.05 ± 0.20) μB/Cr and a small and negative orbital moment morb = (-0.05 ± 0.02) μB/Cr of the Bi1.94Cr0.06Se3 thin film at 2.5 K. A remarkable fraction of the (CrBi-CrI)(3+) antiferromagnetic dimer in the Bi2-xCrxSe3 for 0.02 < x < 0.40 was obtained using first-principles simulations, which was neglected in previous studies. The spontaneous coexistence of ferro- and antiferromagnetic Cr defects in Bi2-xCrxSe3 explains our experimental observations and those based on conventional magnetometry which universally report magnetic moments significantly lower than 3 μB/Cr predicted by Hund's rule.

  5. Dual function of rare earth doped nano Bi2O3: white light emission and photocatalytic properties.

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    Dutta, Dimple P; Roy, Mainak; Tyagi, A K

    2012-09-14

    Undoped Bi(2)O(3) and single and double doped Bi(2)O(3) : M (where M = Tb(3+) and Eu(3+)) nanophosphors were synthesized through a simple sonochemical process and characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), EDS, diffuse reflectance (DRS) and photoluminescence (PL) spectrophotometry. The TEM micrographs show that resultant nanoparticles have a rod-like shape. Energy transfer was observed from host to the dopant ions. Characteristic green emissions from Tb(3+) ions and red emissions from Eu(3+) ions were observed. Interestingly, the Commission International de l'Eclairage (CIE) coordinates of the double doped Bi(2)O(3) : Eu(3+)(0.8%) : Tb(3+)(1.2%) nanorods lie in the white light region of the chromaticity diagram and it has a quantum efficiency of 51%. The undoped Bi(2)O(3) showed a band gap of 3.98 eV which is red shifted to 3.81eV in the case of double doped Bi(2)O(3) : Eu(3+)(0.8%) : Tb(3+)(1.2%) nanorods. The photocatalytic activities of undoped nano Bi(2)O(3) and double doped nano Bi(2)O(3) : Eu(3+)(0.8%) : Tb(3+)(1.2%) were evaluated for the degradation of Rhodamine B under UV irradiation of 310 nm. The results showed that Bi(2)O(3) : Eu(3+)(0.8%) : Tb(3+)(1.2%) had better photocatalytic activity compared to undoped nano Bi(2)O(3). The evolution of CO(2) was realized and these results indicated the continuous mineralization of rhodamine B during the photocatalytic process. Thus double doped Bi(2)O(3) : Eu(3+)(0.8%) : Tb(3+)(1.2%) nanorods can be termed as a bifunctional material exhibiting both photocatalytic properties and white light emission.

  6. Tailoring surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors in BiFeO3 via doping engineering

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    Yan, Feng; Xing, Guozhong; Wang, Rongming; Li, Lin

    2015-03-01

    The charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials (e.g., BiFeO3) have attracted enormous attention due to their high potential for next generation information electronics. However, the weak and deficient manipulation of charge-spin coupling notoriously limits their commercial applications. To tailor the spontaneous charge and the spin orientation synergistically in BiFeO3 (BFO), in this report, the 3d element of Mn doping engineering is employed and unveils the variation of surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors by introducing chemical strain. The spontaneous ferroelectric response and the corresponding domain structures, magnetic behaviors and spin dynamics in Mn-doped BFO ceramics have been investigated systematically. Both the surface phase transition and magnetization were enhanced in BFO via Mn doping. The interaction between the spontaneous polarization charge and magnetic spin reorientation in Mn-doped BFO are discussed in detail. Moreover, our extensive electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) results demonstrate that the 3d dopant plays a paramount role in the surface phase transition, which provides an alternative route to tune the charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials.

  7. Tailoring surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors in BiFeO3 via doping engineering

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    Yan, Feng; Xing, Guozhong; Wang, Rongming; Li, Lin

    2015-01-01

    The charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials (e.g., BiFeO3) have attracted enormous attention due to their high potential for next generation information electronics. However, the weak and deficient manipulation of charge-spin coupling notoriously limits their commercial applications. To tailor the spontaneous charge and the spin orientation synergistically in BiFeO3 (BFO), in this report, the 3d element of Mn doping engineering is employed and unveils the variation of surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors by introducing chemical strain. The spontaneous ferroelectric response and the corresponding domain structures, magnetic behaviors and spin dynamics in Mn-doped BFO ceramics have been investigated systematically. Both the surface phase transition and magnetization were enhanced in BFO via Mn doping. The interaction between the spontaneous polarization charge and magnetic spin reorientation in Mn-doped BFO are discussed in detail. Moreover, our extensive electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) results demonstrate that the 3d dopant plays a paramount role in the surface phase transition, which provides an alternative route to tune the charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials. PMID:25774619

  8. Doping induced grain size reduction and photocatalytic performance enhancement of SrMoO4:Bi3+

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    Wang, Yunjian; Xu, Hui; Shao, Congying; Cao, Jing

    2017-01-01

    Ion doping is one of the most effective ways to develop photocatalysts by creating impurity levels in the energy band structure. In this paper, novel Bi3+ doped SrMoO4 (SrMoO4:Bi3+) nanocrystals were prepared by a simple hydrothermal method. By systematic characterizations using x-ray diffraction, infrared spectra, UV-vis spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy, it is demonstrated that all the samples crystallized in a single phase of scheelite structure, and particle sizes of SrMoO4:Bi3+ gradually decreased. The Bi3+ doped nanoparticles showed lattice contraction, and band-gap narrowing. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was measured by monitoring the degradation of methylene blue dye in an aqueous solution under UV-radiation exposure. It is found that SrMoO4:Bi3+ showed excellent activity toward photodegradation of methylene blue solution under UV light irradiation compared to the pure SrMoO4. These observations are interpreted in terms of the Bi3+ doping effects and the increased the surface active sites, which results in the improved the ratio of surface charge carrier transfer rate and reduced the electron-hole recombination rate. These results illustrate the potential of particle size and surface defect regulation for the construction of novel semiconductor oxide photocatalysts by ion doping.

  9. High purity green photoluminescence emission from Tb3+, Bi3+ co-doped LaGaO3 nanophosphors

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    Samuel, T.; Satya Kamal, Ch.; Ravipati, Srikanth; Ajayi, Babajide Patrick; Veeraiah, V.; Sudarsan, V.; Ramachandra Rao, K.

    2017-07-01

    A series of Tb3+ and Bi3+ co-doped LaGaO3 nanophosphors were synthesized by using polyol route and also characterised for their uncovering energy transfer mechanism of photoluminescence. An excellent characteristic emission of Bi3+ and Tb3+ ions was observed with an appreciable increase in photoluminescence at certain doping concentration. Energy transfer (ET) mechanism from the host lattice to Bi3+ and Tb3+ ions in the co-doped nanophosphor has been explained. The ET efficiency has been calculated and found to be 69.53%. The CIE chromaticity of the synthesized LaGaO3: Bi3+, Tb3+ nanophosphors indicates that they could be a suitable material for field emission display and LED applications.

  10. W/Mo co-doped BiVO4 for photocatalytic treatment of polymer-containing wastewater in oilfield

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    Zhou, Ying; Li, Wei; Wan, Wenchao; Zhang, Ruiyang; Lin, Yuanhua

    2015-06-01

    Polymer flooding is an effective way to enhance oil recovery (EOR). However, the treatment of the oily wastewater becomes an urgent issue. Photocatalysis is a promising approach for this purpose. In this report, W/Mo co-doped BiVO4 particles are synthesized by hydrothermal method. W/Mo co-doping could promote an effective separation of photogenerated carriers reflecting from the 6 times higher photocurrent density compared to pure BiVO4. The photodegradation of partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (HPAM) over 0.5 at.% W and 1.5 at.% Mo co-doped BiVO4 is 43% under UV-vis light irradiation for 3 h, which is much higher than that of pure BiVO4 (18%).

  11. Structural transformation of Sm3+ doped BiVO4 with high photocatalytic activity under simulated sun-light

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    Luo, Yangyang; Tan, Guoqiang; Dong, Guohua; Zhang, Lili; Huang, Jing; Yang, Wei; Zhao, Chengcheng; Ren, Huijun

    2015-01-01

    A series of Sm3+ doped BiVO4 photocatalysts with high photocatalytic efficiency were successfully synthesized by a microwave hydrothermal method. The effects of Sm3+ doping on the crystal structure, morphology, optical absorption and photocatalytic activity were investigated systematically. From the structural characterization of photocatalysts, the incorporation of Sm3+ into BiVO4 could induce the stabilization of tetragonal phase. Meanwhile, the morphology and grain size show an obvious change with doping Sm3+ ions. The Sm3+ doped BiVO4 with the optical absorption in UV-light range would accelerate more photogenerated electron-hole pairs, which is in favor of the improvement of photocatalytic activity. The best photocatalytic performance is obtained for the 6at% Sm3+ doped BiVO4, of which the degradation rate of Rhodamine B (RhB) can reach to 96% after 120 min simulated sun-light irradiation. Moreover, the photocurrent results indicate that the obviously enhanced photocatalytic activity of Sm3+ doped BiVO4 can be attributed to the efficient separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs.

  12. Self-doping and surface plasmon modification induced visible light photocatalysis of BiOCl

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    Jiang, Jing; Zhang, Lizhi; Li, Hao; He, Weiwei; Yin, Jun Jie

    2013-10-01

    In this study we demonstrate that self-doping and surface plasmon resonance could endow a wide-band-gap ternary semiconductor BiOCl with remarkable visible light driven photocatalytic activity on the degradation of organic pollutants and photocurrent generation properties. The self-doped BiOCl with plasmonic silver modification was synthesized by a facile one-pot nonaqueous approach and systematically characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra, electron spin resonance, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The photocurrent enhancement was found to be intimately dependent on the irradiation wavelength and matched well with the intensity of the absorption of the Ag nanoparticles. Reactive species trapping experiments and electron spin resonance spectroscopy with 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide spin-trapping adducts confirmed that more oxidative species could be generated from the photogenerated electrons due to the plasmon-excitation of the metallic Ag in the self-doped BiOCl with plasmonic silver modification, which is responsible for the great enhancement of photocatalytic activity and photocurrent. Surface photovoltage spectroscopy and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy results revealed the transfer of plasmon-band-induced electrons from Ag nanoparticles into BiOCl and the acceleration effect of surface plasmon resonance-induced intense oscillating electric fields on this electron transfer. This study would not only provide direct evidence of plasmonic photocatalysis, but also shed light on the design of highly efficient metal-semiconductor composite photocatalysts.In this study we demonstrate that self-doping and surface plasmon resonance could endow a wide-band-gap ternary semiconductor BiOCl with remarkable visible light driven photocatalytic activity on the degradation of organic pollutants and photocurrent generation properties. The self-doped Bi

  13. Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GGG laser with a Bi-doped GaAs semiconductor saturable absorber

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    Cong, Wen; Li, Dechun; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Li, Xiangyang; Qiao, Hui; Liu, Ji

    2014-12-01

    Passive Q-switching of a diode-pumped Nd:GGG laser is demonstrated using Bi-doped GaAs as saturable absorber. The Bi-doped GaAs wafer is fabricated by ion implantation and subsequent annealing. Compared with the Q-switched laser by undoped GaAs semiconductor saturable absorber, the laser with Bi-doped GaAs as saturable absorber can produce higher output power, shorter pulses, higher single pulse energies and higher peak powers. These results suggest that Bi-doped GaAs can be a promising new candidate of semiconductor saturable absorber in Q-switched laser.

  14. Passively Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:GGG laser with a Bi-doped GaAs saturable absorber.

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    Cong, Wen; Li, Dechun; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Li, Xiangyang; Qiao, Hui; Liu, Ji

    2014-06-16

    A simultaneously passively Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) Nd:GGG laser using a Bi-doped GaAs wafer as saturable absorber is accomplished for the first time. The Bi-doped GaAs wafer is fabricated by ion implantation and subsequent annealing. In comparison to the passively QML laser with GaAs, the QML laser with Bi-doped GaAs can generate more stable pulses with 99% modulation depth. The experiment results indicate that the Bi-doped GaAs could be an excellent saturable absorber for diode-pumped QML lasers.

  15. Growth and superconducting properties of Cd-doped La(O,F)BiS2 single crystals

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    Nagao, Masanori; Tanaka, Masashi; Watauchi, Satoshi; Takano, Yoshihiko; Tanaka, Isao

    2017-08-01

    Cd-doped La(O,F)BiS2 single crystals were grown using a CsCl/KCl flux. The grown crystals have a plate-like shape with 1-2 mm square size in a well-developed ab-plane. The Cd doping in the crystals was successfully characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and electron probe microanalysis techniques. The superconductivity of La(O,F)BiS2 was gradually suppressed with Cd doping. The superconducting transition temperature with zero resistivity of La(O0.54F0.46)(Bi0.92Cd0.08)S2 was 2.3 K. The Cd doping does not change the superconducting anisotropy so much, albeit the considerable suppression of Tc.

  16. Structural, optical and dielectric property of Co doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}

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    Swain, Smita Mohapatra, S. R. Sahoo, B. Singh, A. K.

    2014-04-24

    Multiferroic Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} and Co doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} are prepared by solid state route reaction method using bismuth oxide(Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}), iron oxide(Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and cobalt oxide (Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}). Their structural optical and dielectric properties are studied and compared. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirm that there is no change in crystal structure due to Co doping. From dielectric constant measurement we conclude that dielectric constant increases due to Co doping. UV-Visible plot shows due to Co doping bang gap energy increases.

  17. Enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of Gd-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles and mechanism insight

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    Zhang, Ning; Chen, Da; Niu, Feng; Wang, Sen; Qin, Laishun; Huang, Yuexiang

    2016-05-01

    To investigate the effect of Gd doping on photocatalytic activity of BiFeO3 (BFO), Gd-doped BFO nanoparticles containing different Gd doping contents (Bi(1‑x)GdxFeO3, x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) were synthesized using a facile sol-gel route. The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectra, and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by photocatalytic decomposition of Rhodamine B in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. It was found that the Gd doping content could significantly affect the photocatalytic activity of as-prepared Gd-doped BFO, and the photocatalytic activity increased with increasing the Gd doping content up to the optimal value and then decreased with further enhancing Gd doping content. To elucidate the enhanced photocatalytic mechanism of Gd-doped BFO, the trapping experiments, photoluminescence, photocurrent and electrochemical impedance measurements were performed. On the basis of these experimental results, the enhanced photocatalytic activities of Gd-doped BFO could be ascribed to the increased optical absorption, the efficient separation and migration of photogenerated charge carriers as well as the decreased recombination probability of electron-hole pairs derived from the Gd doping effect. Meanwhile, the possible photocatalytic mechanism of Gd-doped BFO was critically discussed.

  18. Enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of Gd-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles and mechanism insight

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    Zhang, Ning; Chen, Da; Niu, Feng; Wang, Sen; Qin, Laishun; Huang, Yuexiang

    2016-01-01

    To investigate the effect of Gd doping on photocatalytic activity of BiFeO3 (BFO), Gd-doped BFO nanoparticles containing different Gd doping contents (Bi(1−x)GdxFeO3, x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) were synthesized using a facile sol-gel route. The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectra, and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by photocatalytic decomposition of Rhodamine B in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. It was found that the Gd doping content could significantly affect the photocatalytic activity of as-prepared Gd-doped BFO, and the photocatalytic activity increased with increasing the Gd doping content up to the optimal value and then decreased with further enhancing Gd doping content. To elucidate the enhanced photocatalytic mechanism of Gd-doped BFO, the trapping experiments, photoluminescence, photocurrent and electrochemical impedance measurements were performed. On the basis of these experimental results, the enhanced photocatalytic activities of Gd-doped BFO could be ascribed to the increased optical absorption, the efficient separation and migration of photogenerated charge carriers as well as the decreased recombination probability of electron-hole pairs derived from the Gd doping effect. Meanwhile, the possible photocatalytic mechanism of Gd-doped BFO was critically discussed. PMID:27198166

  19. Interlayer-I-doped BiOIO3 nanoplates with an optimized electronic structure for efficient visible light photocatalysis.

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    Sun, Yanjuan; Xiong, Ting; Dong, Fan; Huang, Hongwei; Cen, Wanglai

    2016-07-07

    The success in the synthesis of Bi-based layered photocatalysts with high photocatalytic activities has triggered intensive studies. Herein, we prepared interlayer-I-doped BiOIO3 nanoplates by a facile method. Interestingly, it was found that I atoms were doped into the BiOIO3 interlayers instead of substituting for the lattice atoms based on theoretical and experimental results. The interbedded I atoms endowed BiOIO3 with an extended light response from the UV to the visible region by narrowing the bandgap and generating a middle level. The enhanced oxidation capability via positive-shifting the valence band position and improved carrier separation efficiency via forming charge delivery channels at the adjacent two layers can be achieved simultaneously. As expected, I-intercalated BiOIO3 with an optimized electronic structure demonstrated outstanding NO removal ability under visible light irradiation, much superior to pure BiOIO3. The present success in fabricating interlayer-I-doped BiOIO3 would open a promising route to prepare other Bi-based layered semiconductors with efficient visible-light photocatalysis.

  20. Preparation of La3+/Zn2+-doped BiVO4 nanoparticles and its enhanced visible photocatalytic activity

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    Hou, Yanhui; Yuan, Huili; Chen, Hang; Feng, Jiantao; Ding, Yan; Li, Liangchao

    2017-10-01

    BiVO4 samples doped with different amounts of La3+ or Zn2+ ions have been synthesized successfully by a hydrothermal method, and their composition, microstructure and photocatalytic activity were characterized by means of modern analytical techniques. The results illustrated that these doped BiVO4 samples presented a better photocatalytic performance than the undoped BiVO4 sample, among which Bi0.92La0.08VO4 and Bi0.92Zn0.08VO4 exhibited the highest degradation efficiency. Under visible light illumination, their photocatalytic degradation on RhB was up to 95.4 and 98.56% in 60 min, respectively. In particular, the Bi0.92La0.08VO4 and Bi0.92Zn0.08VO4 had a good stability and still retained the photocatalytic activity of 93.7 and 94% after five cycling test. These results confirmed that the La3+/Zn2+ -doped BiVO4 samples were a kind of efficient and stable visible-light-driven photocatalysts and had a promising application for the degradation of organic contaminant.

  1. Electrospun nanofibers of Bi-doped TiO2 with high photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation.

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    Xu, Jie; Wang, Wenzhong; Shang, Meng; Gao, Erping; Zhang, Zhijie; Ren, Jia

    2011-11-30

    Bi-doped TiO(2) nanofibers with different Bi content were firstly prepared by an electrospinning method. The as-prepared nanofibers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The results indicated that Bi(3+) ions were successfully incorporated into TiO(2) and extended the absorption of TiO(2) into visible light region. The photocatalytic experiments showed that Bi-doped TiO(2) nanofibers exhibited higher activities than sole TiO(2) in the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and phenol under visible light irradiation (λ>420 nm), and 3% Bi:TiO(2) samples showed the highest photocatalytic activities.

  2. Microstructure and dielectric behavior of Bi2O3-doped KSr2Nb5O15 ceramics.

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    Hu, Guoxin; Gao, Feng; Liu, Liangliang; Deng, Zhenqi; Liu, Zhengtang

    2013-07-01

    Bi2O3-doped KSr2Nb5O15(KSNB) ceramics with relative density higher than 96% were successfully prepared by sintering at 1300 °C. The addition of Bi2O3 will decrease the tetragonal degree of the materials, improve the densification, and promote the grain growth of KSNB ceramics. Relaxation behavior can be observed in KSNB ceramics, which is attributed to the complex response of the polar nanoregions and matrices resulting from substitution of Bi3+ for Sr2+ and K+. Bi2O3-doped KSr2Nb5O15 ceramics show good temperature-dependence performance and high dielectric tunability. KSNB ceramics with 4.0 wt% added Bi2O3 show the maximum tunability, and capacitance changes with temperature meet the requirement of the X7R standard, which makes these ceramics promising candidate materials for multilayer capacitors and tunable phase shifters.

  3. Shape evolution of Eu-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and their photocatalytic properties

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    Xu, Xuetang Ge, Yuanxing Li, Bin Fan, Fangling Wang, Fan

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Hydrothermal synthesis of Eu-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} micro/nanostructure without any additives. • Dopant and doping level affect the shape evolution and photocatalytic activities. • Eu-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} exhibit superior photocatalytic activity in degradation of RhB. - Abstract: Europium-doped bismuth tungstate (Eu-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) was synthesized via hydrothermal method. The composition, structure, and microstructure of the products were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Depending on the doping level, nanoflakes and 3D hierarchical microspheres were formed. The photocatalytic activities of all products obtained were evaluated by the degradation of Rhodamine-B under visible light irradiation. A substantially improved photocatalytic performance of Eu-doped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} is achieved. This study demonstrates a simple method that could produce stable photocatalysts with greatly enhanced performance.

  4. Spectroscopic properties and near-infrared broadband luminescence of Bi-doped SrB4O7 glasses and crystalline materials.

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    Su, Liangbi; Zhou, Peng; Yu, Jun; Li, Hongjun; Zheng, Lihe; Wu, Feng; Yang, Yan; Yang, Qiuhong; Xu, Jun

    2009-08-03

    Spectroscopic properties of Bi-doped SrB(4)O(7) glasses, sintered compounds, polycrystalline materials, and single crystals were investigated. Broadband near-infrared luminescence was realized in Bi-doped SrB(4)O(7) glasses with basicity and polycrystalline materials with non-bridging oxygens. In Bi:SrB(4)O(7) single crystals, only visible luminescence of Bi(3+) and Bi(2+) was observed, but no near-infrared. The rigid three-dimensional network of SrB(4)O(7) crystal is proved to be unfavorable for accommodation of Bi(+) ions.

  5. Ferromagnetism in vanadium doped thin films of a topological insulator Bi2Te3

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    Zhao, Lukas; Chen, Zhiyi; Korzhovska, Inna; Deng, Haiming; Raoux, Simone; Jordan-Sweet, Jean; Sarachik, Myriam; Krusin-Elbaum, Lia

    2012-02-01

    Recent first-principle calculations predict a new class of ferromagnetic systems that are distinctly different from the conventional dilute magnetic semiconductors. A novel ferromagnetic topological insulator (ferro-TI) state can be obtained when topological insulator are doped with certain transition metal elements. In the the quasi-2D limit these ferro-TIs are expected to support a quantized anomalous Hall effect. Here we report on electrical and magnetic characterization of vanadium doped thin (˜50 nm) films of a topological insulator Bi2Te3. Films were grown by rf sputtering on S3N4/Si substrates with lithographically pre-patterned contact pads. Low-temperature in-plane and Hall resistivity measurements were performed in magnetic fields up to 5 T fields. We find that below 100 K, V-doped films display negative linear magnetoresistance, which at lower temperatures becomes hysteretic. Hall resistivity is also hysteretic, suggesting an unusual ferromagnetic ordering below 10 K. Moreover, V-doping turns the p-type conduction in as-grown films into n-type. The doping and thickness dependence of these effects will be discussed.

  6. The influence of critical current density of Bi-2212 superconductors by defects after Yb-doping

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    Lu, Tianni; Zhang, Cuiping; Guo, Shengwu; Wu, Yifang; Li, Chengshan; Zhou, Lian

    2015-12-01

    Bi2Sr2Ca1-xYbxCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) single crystals with x = 0.000, 0.005, 0.010 and 0.020 have been prepared by self-flux method. The influences of Yb doping on the formation of the dislocations in the lattice structures, as well as the related current carrying capability are investigated. Due to the SQUID measurement and the Bean model calculation, the maximum critical current density (Jc) is obtained when the Yb doping content is x = 0.010, though the Tc and the carrier concentration are not in the optimal region. Based on the HRTEM analyses of the Ca-O and Cu-O2 layers, the optimal dislocation density in the Cu-O2 layers is deduced according to the number of the dislocations per unit area. Besides, the sizes of the dislocations also prove the effectiveness of Yb substitution on the enhancement of the current carrying capability in Bi-2212 single crystals.

  7. Degradation of topological surface state by nonmagnetic S doping in SrxBi2Se3

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    Huang, Hui; Gu, Juanjuan; Tan, Min; Wang, Qinglong; Ji, Ping; Hu, Xueyou

    2017-01-01

    Research on possible topological superconductivity has grown rapidly over the past several years, from fundamental studies to the development of next generation technologies. Recently, it has been reported that the SrxBi2Se3 exhibits superconductivity with topological surface state, making this compound a promising candidate for investigating possible topological superconductivity. However, whether or not the topological surface state is robust against impurities is not clear in this system. Here we report a detailed investigation on the lattice structure, electronic and magnetic properties, as well as the topological superconducting properties of SrxBi2Se3−ySy samples. It is found that the superconducting transition temperature keeps nearly unchanged in all samples, despite of a gradual decrease of the superconducting shielding volume fraction with increasing S doping content. Meanwhile, the Shubnikov-de Hass oscillation results of the SrxBi2Se3−ySy samples reveal that the topological surface states are destroyed in S doped samples, suggesting the topological character is degraded by nonmagnetic dopants. PMID:28358021

  8. Fabrication and property of Nd-doped BiFeO3 nanofibers by electrospinning

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    Yuan, Xiuhua; Li, Xia; Liu, Yujie; Li, Chenzhong

    2017-07-01

    In this work, the Bi1-xNdxFeO3 (x = 0, 0.05, 0.10, and 0.15) nanofibers have been successfully synthesized by electrospinning. These nanofibers were about 200-300 nm in diameter and up to several hundred microns in length. The X-ray diffraction data showed that the structure of the Bi1-xNdxFeO3 nanofibers was transformed from the rhombohedral to pseudotetragonal phase by the increasing Nd doping content. Optical absorption study showed that the Nd-doping resulted in a significant red shift, and the bandgap energy of the Bi1-xNdxFeO3 nanofibers was 2.25, 2.15, 2.07, and 2.03eV, respectively. The magnetic hysteresis loops of the nanofibers possessed wasp-waisted shape, and the saturation magnetization was enhanced significantly with the increasing Nd content, which may be a potential candidate for nanoscale components in transformers and inductors.

  9. Transition metal-doped BiFeO3 nanofibers: forecasting the conductivity limit.

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    Xu, Qiang; Sobhan, Mushtaq; Anariba, Franklin; Ho, Jeffrey Weng Chye; Chen, Zhong; Wu, Ping

    2014-11-14

    We investigate the limiting electrical conductivity of BiFeO3 (BFO) nanofibers via first-principles modelling and experiments. Based on a semi-empirical approach, all transition metals are first screened for their suitability to form an acceptor in BFO. The resultant candidates (e.g., Ni, Cu and Ag) are further studied by more sophisticated electronic structure theory and experiments. Accordingly, a systematic approach in forecasting the electrical conduction in BFO nanofibers is established. The calculated results show that Ag(+) cations prefer substitutions of Bi(3+) while Ni(2+) and Cu(2+) prefer substitution of Fe(3+) sites to form acceptors. All three metals contribute to an increased overall hole concentration which may lead to a conductivity limit in BFO. These predictions were confirmed consistently through the synthesis and electrical testing of Ni-, Cu- and Ag-doped BFO nanofibers. Finally, our results indicate that the conductivity limit is approached by Ni doping in BFO. The methodology presented here may be extended to search for the doping conductivity limits of other semiconductors of interest.

  10. Sr and Mn co-doped sol-gel derived BiFeO3 ceramics with enhanced magnetism and reduced leakage current

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    Sharma, Nandni; Kumar, Sanjeev; Mall, Ashish Kumar; Gupta, Rajeev; Garg, Ashish

    2017-01-01

    In this manuscript, we report the effect of Sr and Mn doping on the electrical and magnetic characteristics of BiFeO3 nanoparticles, synthesized by sol-gel technique. While powder diffraction analysis of the samples suggested absence of any structural distortion in both Sr-doped and Sr and Mn co-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles, Rietveld refinement of the data suggested that the unit cell volume decreases with doping. Room temperature Raman studies of the samples confirmed the incorporation of Sr and Mn in BiFeO3. It was seen that Sr doping of BiFeO3 showed substantial reduction in the leakage current whilst co-doping with Sr and Mn led to lower reduction in the leakage current through offering better performance over undoped BiFeO3, due to changes brought in the defect chemistry upon doping. Additionally, Sr and Mn co-doped BiFeO3 samples exhibit enhanced magnetization in comparison to undoped and Sr doped BiFeO3, possibly due to interruptions in the spin cycloid of BiFeO3.

  11. Effect of Gd doping on structural, electrical and magnetic properties of BiFeO 3 electroceramic

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    Pradhan, S. K.; Roul, B. K.

    2011-10-01

    Room temperature multiferroic electroceramics of Gd doped BiFeO 3 monophasic materials have been synthesized adopting a slow step sintering schedule. Incorporation of Gd nucleates the development of orthorhombic grain growth habit without the appearance of any significant impurity phases with respect to original rhombohedral ( R 3 c ) phase of un-doped BiFeO 3 . It is observed that, the materials showed room temperature enhanced electric polarization as well as ferromagnetism when rare earth ions like Gd doping is critically optimized ( x =0.15) in the composition formula of Bi 1+2 x Gd 2 x /2 Fe 1-2 x O 3 . We believe that magnetic moment of Gd +3 ions in Gd doped BiFeO 3 tends to align in the same direction with respect to ferromagnetic component associated with the iron sub lattice. The dielectric constant as well as loss factor shows strong dispersion at lower frequencies and the value of leakage current is greatly suppressed with the increase in concentration of x in the above composition. Addition of excess bismuth and Gd ( x =0.1 and 0.15) caused structural transformation as well as compensated bismuth loss during high temperature sintering. Doping of Gd in BiFeO 3 also suppresses spiral spin modulation structure, which can change Fe-O-Fe bond angle or spin order resulting in enhanced ferromagnetic property.

  12. Influence of Bi(3+)-doping on the magnetic and Mössbauer properties of spinel cobalt ferrite.

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    Gore, Shyam K; Mane, Rajaram S; Naushad, Mu; Jadhav, Santosh S; Zate, Manohar K; Alothman, Z A; Hui, Biz K N

    2015-04-14

    The influence of Bi(3+)-doping on the magnetic and Mössbauer properties of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4), wherein the Fe(3+) ions are replaced by the Bi(3+) ions to form CoBixFe2-xO4 ferrites, where x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15 or 0.2, has been investigated. The structural and morphological properties of undoped and doped ferrites, synthesized chemically through a self-igniting sol-gel method, are initially screened using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements. The changes in magnetic moment of ions, their coupling with neighboring ions and cation exchange interactions are confirmed from the Mössbauer spectroscopy analysis. The effect of Bi(3+)-doping on the magnetic properties of CoFe2O4 ferrite is examined from the vibrating sample magnetometry spectra. Saturation magnetization and coercivity values are increased initially and then decreased, as result of Bi(3+)-doping. The obtained results with improved saturation magnetization (from 26.36 to 44.96 emu g(-1)), coercivity (from 1457 to 1863 Oe) and remanence magnetization (from 14.48 to 24.63 emu g(-1)) on 0.1-0.15 mol Bi(3+)-doping of CoBixFe2-xO4 demonstrate the usefulness for magnetic recording and memory devices.

  13. The effect of Mo doping on the charge separation dynamics and photocurrent performance of BiVO4 photoanodes.

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    Pattengale, Brian; Huang, Jier

    2016-12-07

    Doping with electron-rich elements in BiVO4 photoanodes has been demonstrated as a desirable approach for improving their carrier mobility and charge separation efficiency. However, the effect of doping and dopant concentration on the carrier dynamics and photoelectrochemical performance remains unclear. In this work, we examined the effects of Mo doping on the charge separation dynamics and photocurrent performance in BiVO4 photoanodes. We show that the photocurrent of BiVO4 photoanodes increases with increasing concentration of the Mo dopant, which can be attributed to both the improved carrier mobility resulting from increased electron density and charge separation efficiency due to the diminishing of trap states upon Mo doping. The effect of doping on the electronic structure, carrier dynamics and photocurrent performance of BiVO4 photoanodes resulting from W and Mo dopants was also compared and discussed in this study. The knowledge gained from this work will provide important insights into the optimization of the carrier mobility and charge separation efficiency of BiVO4 photoanodes by controlling the dopants and their concentrations.

  14. FABRICATION AND PHOTOCATALYTIC PROPERTIES OF TiO2 NANOFILMS CO-DOPED WITH Fe3+ AND Bi3+ IONS

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    Gao, Qiongzhi; Liu, Xin; Liu, Wei; Liu, Fang; Fang, Yueping; Zhang, Shiying; Zhou, Wuyi

    2016-12-01

    In this work, the titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanofilms co-doped with Fe3+ and Bi3+ ions were successfully fabricated by the sol-gel method with dip-coating process. Methylene blue was used as the target degradation chemical to study the photocatalytic properties affected by different doping contents of Fe3+ and Bi3+ ions. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The results indicated that both pure TiO2 nanofilms and single-doped samples possessed the photocatalytic activity in degradation of methylene blue. However, when the nanofilms co-doped with Fe3+ and Bi3+ ions were fabricated at the molar ratio of 3:1 (Fe3+:Bi3+), they exhibited the best photocatalytic activity after the heat treatment at 500∘C for 2h. The wettability property test indicated that the TiO2 nanofilms co-doped with Fe3+ and Bi3+ ions in the molar ratio 3:1 owned an excellent hydrophilic property.

  15. Passively Q-switched Erbium-doped and Ytterbium-doped fibre lasers with topological insulator bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) as saturable absorber

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    Haris, H.; Harun, S. W.; Muhammad, A. R.; Anyi, C. L.; Tan, S. J.; Ahmad, F.; Nor, R. M.; Zulkepely, N. R.; Arof, H.

    2017-02-01

    This paper portrays a simple Q-switched Erbium-doped fibre (EDF) and Ytterbium doped fibre (YDF) lasers by using topological insulator (TI) Bismuth Selenide (Bi2Se3) as saturable absorber. The modulation depth of the fabricated Bi2Se3 is about 39.8% while its saturating intensity is about 90.2 MW/cm2. By depositing the TI Bi2Se3 SA onto fibre ferrules and incorporate it inside the proposed cavity, a stable Q-switching operation was achieved at 1 μm and 1.5 μm. The fabricated Bismuth Selenide (Bi2Se3) as saturable absorber (SA) is a broadband SA where it offers a compact and low cost fabrication which is beneficial in various photonic applications.

  16. A comprehensive investigation of tetragonal Gd-doped BiVO4 with enhanced photocatalytic performance under sun-light

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    Luo, Yangyang; Tan, Guoqiang; Dong, Guohua; Ren, Huijun; Xia, Ao

    2016-02-01

    Tetragonal Gd-doped BiVO4 having enhanced photocatalytic activity have been synthesized by a facile microwave hydrothermal method. The structural analysis indicates that Gd doping can induce the phase transition from monoclinic to tetragonal BiVO4. The reaction results in precursor solutions imply that tetragonal GdVO4 seeds as crystal nucleus are the original and determined incentives to force the formation of tetragonal Gd-BiVO4. The influences of the surface defect, band structure, and BET surface area on the improved photocatalytic activities of tetragonal Gd-doped BiVO4 are investigated systematically. The results demonstrate that the more surface oxygen deficiencies as active sites and the excellent mobility and separation of photogenerated electrons and holes are beneficial to the enhancement of the photocatalytic performance of tetragonal Gd-BiVO4. The RhB photodegradation experiments indicate that the contribution of high photocatalytic activities under simulated sun-light is mainly from UV-light region due to the tetragonal structure feature. The best photocatalytic performance is obtained for tetragonal 10 at% Gd-BiVO4, of which the RhB degradation rate can reach to 96% after 120 min simulated sun-light irradiation. The stable tetragonal Gd-BiVO4 with efficient mineralization will be a promising photocatalytic material applied in water purification.

  17. Ultrahigh sensitivity of anomalous Hall effect sensor based on Cr-doped Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films

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    Ni, Y.; Zhang, Z.; Nlebedim, I. C.; ...

    2016-07-01

    Anomalous Hall effect (AHE) was recently discovered in magnetic element-doped topological insulators (TIs), which promises low power consumption and high efficiency spintronics and electronics. This discovery broadens the family of Hall sensors. In this paper, AHE sensors based on Cr-doped Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films are studied with two thicknesses (15 and 65 nm). It is found, in both cases, that ultrahigh Hall sensitivity can be obtained in Cr-doped Bi2Te3. Hall sensitivity reaches 1666 Ω/T in the sensor with the 15 nm TI thin film, which is higher than that of the conventional semiconductor HE sensor. The AHE of 65more » nm sensors is even stronger, which causes the sensitivity increasing to 2620 Ω/T. Furthermore, after comparing Cr-doped Bi2Te3 with the previously studied Mn-doped Bi2Te3 TI Hall sensor, the sensitivity of the present AHE sensor shows about 60 times higher in 65 nm sensors. Furthermore, the implementation of AHE sensors based on a magnetic-doped TI thin film indicates that the TIs are good candidates for ultrasensitive AHE sensors.« less

  18. Low-temperature growth of near-infrared luminescent Bi-doped SiO(x)N(y) thin films.

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    Fujii, Minoru; Morimoto, Satoshi; Kitano, Shohei; Imakita, Kenji; Qiu, Jianrong; Sun, Hong-Tao

    2013-10-15

    Bi-doped siliconoxynitride (SiON:Bi) thin films were prepared by a sputtering method and the photoluminescence (PL) properties were studied. Without any thermal treatments, broad Bi-related luminescence was observed in the near-infrared (NIR) range. The luminescence efficiency depended strongly on the film composition. It was found that N atoms play a crucial role for the formation of Bi NIR luminescence centers. The effect of annealing on the luminescence efficiency was also studied. The optimum annealing temperature to have the largest number of Bi NIR luminescence centers depended strongly on the film composition and it was lower for films with lower N concentration. The PL excitation spectra revealed that two different Bi NIR luminescence centers exist in the films.

  19. Frustrated antiferromagnetism in bulk Ti-doped BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Garcia, Miguel Angel; Bernardo, Mara; Jardiel, Teresa; Peiteado, Marco; Mompean, Federico; Garcia-Hernandez, Mar; Villegas, Marina; Caballero, Amador

    2013-03-01

    We present here a magnetic characterization of Ti-doped BiFeO3 prepared by a ceramic route. A detailed analysis of the microstructure revealed that Ti+4 is not homogeneously distributed but partially segregated towards Ti enriched grain boundary regions that define Ti-deficient domains with a size distribution of the order of tens of nanometers. Since the size of these domains is smaller than the spin cycloid wavelength (64 nm) they hold a net magnetic moment. Consequently the material exhibits frustrated antiferromagnetism with hysteresis, coercivity and remanance. This ferromagnetic-like behavior vanishes at the Neel temperature of the BiFeO3. The small magnetic moment per domain (MS ~0.2 emu/g) yields very large coercive fields of 27 KOe at 5 K and 17 KOe at room temperature.

  20. Induced Superconductivity In Bi2 Se3 Nanostructures By Anneal Doping Of Palladium

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    Mlack, Jerome T.; Rahman, Atikur; Drichko, Natalia; Markovic, Nina

    Utilizing thermal annealing at temperatures in excess of 100 Celsius we induce superconductivity in Bi2Se3 by palladium doping. Changes in the material structure are analyzed using a combination of AFM, optical microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The absorption of Pd results in superconductivity in the material with a transition temperature below 1K. The differential conductance as a function of temperature and magnetic field reveals multiple transitions in the material at several applied currents. This work was supported under the National Science Foundation Grant Nos. DGE-1232825 (J.T.M.) and DMR-1106167.

  1. Ferromagnetism in vanadium-doped Bi2Se3 topological insulator films

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    Zhang, Liguo; Zhao, Dapeng; Zang, Yunyi; Yuan, Yonghao; Jiang, Gaoyuan; Liao, Menghan; Zhang, Ding; He, Ke; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qikun

    2017-07-01

    With molecular beam epitaxy, we grew uniformly vanadium-doped Bi2Se3 films which exhibit ferromagnetism with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. A systematic study on the magneto-transport properties of the films revealed the crucial role of topological surface states in ferromagnetic coupling. The enhanced ferromagnetism with reduced carrier density can support quantum anomalous Hall phase in the films, though the anomalous Hall resistance is far from quantization due to high carrier density. The topological surface states of films exhibit a gap of ˜180 meV which is unlikely to be magnetically induced but may significantly influence the quantum anomalous Hall effect in the system.

  2. Superconductivity-induced ferromagnetism and Weyl superconductivity in Nb-doped Bi2Se3

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    Yuan, Noah F. Q.; He, Wen-Yu; Law, K. T.

    2017-05-01

    A recent experiment on Nb-doped Bi2Se3 showed that zero field magnetization appears below the superconducting transition temperature. This gives evidence that the superconducting state breaks time-reversal symmetry spontaneously and is possibly in the chiral topological phase. This is in sharp contrast to the Cu-doped case which is possibly in the nematic phase and breaks rotational symmetry spontaneously. By deriving the free energy of the system from a microscopic model, we show that the magnetic moments of the Nb atoms can be polarized by the chiral Cooper pairs and enlarge the phase space of the chiral topological phase compared to the nematic phase. We further show that the chiral topological phase is a Weyl superconducting phase with bulk nodal points which are connected by surface Majorana arcs.

  3. Spin cycloid destruction in Pr doped BiFeO3 films studied by conversion-electron Mossbauer spectroscopy

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    Xiao, Renzheng; Pelenovich, Vasiliy O.; Fu, Dejun

    2013-07-01

    Crystalline Bi1-xPrxFeO3 films were fabricated on Si (100) substrates by sol-gel technique. X-ray diffraction revealed a decrease of lattice constants of the doped samples evidencing substitution of Bi by Pr ions. Ferromagnetism with low saturation magnetization Ms = 1-3 emu/cm3 of the films were observed by Vibrating sample magnetometry. Systematic change of Mossbauer parameters of the films with Pr doped concentration increase were obtained by Conversion-electron Mossbauer spectroscopy (CEMS). The results of both one- and two-sextet fittings of the CEMS spectra provide evidence for destruction of the spin cycloid in Pr-doped BiFeO3.

  4. The effect of K-na co-doping on the formation and particle size of Bi-2212 phase

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    Kır, M. Ebru; Özkurt, Berdan; Aytekin, M. Ersin

    2016-06-01

    Superconducting K-Na co-doped Bi2Sr2KxCa1Cu1.75Na0.25Oy (x=0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.25) ceramics are prepared by a solid-state reaction method. It is clearly determined from XRD data that the characteristic peaks of Bi-2212 phase are observed in all samples. The resistivity measurements show that Tc (onset) values is gradually increasing as K content is increased. It is also found that K-Na co-doping influence the grain sizes for Bi-2212 phase significantly. The critical current densities as a function of magnetic field have been calculated from M-H hysteresis loops of samples according to Bean's critical model, indicating that K-Na co-doping cause higher Jc values than the pure ones.

  5. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Modulated charged defects and conduction behaviour in doped BiFeO3 thin films

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    Wang, Y.; Wang, J.

    2009-08-01

    The charged defective structure in Bi1-xLaxFeO3 (BLF) and La-10% and Mg-2% co-doped BiFeO3 (BLFM) thin films as well as their relations to leakage and dielectric relaxation behaviour are investigated. Through temperature-dependent conductivity and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses, it is demonstrated that La doping suppresses but Mg doping increases the concentration of both oxygen vacancies (OVs) and Fe2+ ions. Correspondingly, the leakage mechanism evolves from grain boundary and space charge limited conduction of BLF (x = 0.2 and 0.1) to Poole-Frenkel emission of BLFM and BiFeO3. Although the dielectric relaxation originates from the migration of OVs, the formation of defect complexes between the acceptors and OVs is responsible for the increased activation energy of the BLFM film.

  6. Influence of Te doping on the dielectric and optical properties of InBi crystals grown by directional freezing

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    Ajayakumar, C. J.; Kunjomana, A. G.

    2014-05-01

    Stoichiometric pure and tellurium (Te) doped indium bismuthide (InBi) were grown using the directional freezing technique in a fabricated furnace. The X-ray diffraction profiles identified the crystallinity and phase composition. The surface topographical features were observed by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The energy dispersive analysis by X-rays was performed to identify the atomic proportion of elements. Studies on the temperature dependence of dielectric constant ( ɛ), loss tangent (tan δ), and AC conductivity ( σ ac) reveal the existence of a ferroelectric phase transition in the doped material at 403 K. When InBi is doped with tellurium (4.04 at%), a band gap of 0.20 eV can be achieved, and this is confirmed using Fourier transform infrared studies. The results thus show the conversion of semimetallic InBi to a semiconductor with the optical properties suitable for use in infrared detectors.

  7. Study of optical properties and effective three-photon absorption in Bi-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Karthikeyan, B.; Sandeep, C. S. Suchand; Philip, Reji; Baesso, M. L.

    2009-12-01

    In this paper we report the linear and nonlinear optical properties of Bi-doped ZnO nanoparticles. Bi-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared through the wet chemical method at room temperature. Optical absorption measurements show that the exciton peaks are situated at 272 and 368 nm, which are attributed to the n=2 and n=1 exciton states, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy measurements reveal the size and shape of the particles and energy dispersive X-ray measurements confirm the doping of Bi in ZnO. Steady state photoluminescence measurements show that the emission is composed of five peaks. Open aperture z-scan measurements done at 532 nm using 5 ns, 300 μJ laser pulses reveal nonlinear absorption which arises from an effective three-photon absorption process.

  8. Nanoclusters of CaSe in calcium-doped Bi2Se3 grown by molecular-beam epitaxy.

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    Shang, Panju; Guo, Xin; Zhao, Bao; Dai, Xianqi; Bin, Li; Jia, Jinfeng; Li, Quan; Xie, Maohai

    2016-02-26

    In calcium (Ca) doped Bi2Se3 films grown by molecular beam epitaxy, nanoclusters of CaSe are revealed by high-angle annular dark field imaging and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analysis using a scanning transmission electron microscope. As the interface between the ordinary insulator CaSe and topological insulator, Bi2Se3, can host topological nontrivial interface state, this represents an interesting material system for further studies. We show by first principles total energy calculations that aggregation of Ca atoms in Bi2Se3 is driven by energy minimization and a preferential intercalation of Ca in the van der Waals gap between quintuple layers of Bi2Se3 induces reordering of atomic stacking and causes an increasing amount of stacking faults in film. The above findings also provide an explanation of less-than-expected electrical carrier (hole) concentrations in Ca-doped samples.

  9. Growth of Nucleation Sites on Pd-doped Bi_2Sr_2Ca1 Cu_2O_8+δ

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    Kouzoudis, D.; Finnemore, D. K.; Xu, Ming; Balachandran

    1996-03-01

    Enviromental Scanning Electron Microscope has shown evidence that during the growth of Bi_2Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_10+δ from mixed powders of Pb-doped Bi_2Sr_2Ca_1Cu_2O_8+δ and other oxides, a dense array of hillocks or mesas grow at the interface between an Ag overlay and Pb doped Bi_2Sr_2Ca_1Cu_2O_8+δ grains. These hillocks develop a texture that looks like ''chicken pox'' during the ramp up to the reaction temperature starting at about 700^circ C and they are about 500 to 1000 nm across and are spaced at about 500 to 1000 nm. If there is no Ag, this texture does not develop. Preliminary measurments indicate that the hillocks are re-crystallization of (Bi,Pb)_2Sr_2Ca_1Cu_2O_8+δ and are definetely not a Pb rich phase

  10. Effect of Ti doping on high pressure behavior of BiMn{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Pandey, K. K. Poswal, H. K. Sharma, Surinder M.; Kumar, Ravi

    2014-04-24

    Our high pressure x-ray diffraction studies on BiMn{sub 1.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 5} show iso-structural phase transition above 12 GPa similar to the one observed in undoped BiMn{sub 2}O{sub 5}; however anisotropic compressional behavior is found to be more enhanced in the doped case. Unlike undoped system, an anomalous lattice expansion along c axis has been observed in BiMn{sub 1.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 5} above 12 GPa; whereas the b lattice parameter has been found to be more compressible as compared to BiMn{sub 2}O{sub 5}. As doping with Ti reduces the magnetic interactions among Mn ions, the observed changes are suggestive of having adverse magnetic implications in the observed iso-structural phase transition.

  11. Optical and structural properties of down-conversion Bi doped Y2O3 films for potential application in solar cell

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    Meng, Lijian; Xu, Wei; Zhang, Qingyu

    2017-07-01

    The highly efficient antireflective down-conversion Bi-doped Y2O3 films have been deposited on the (100) oriented Si and quartz substrates by rf reactive magnetron sputtering using a metallic target. The effects of the Bi doping concentration on the optical and structural properties of the films were studied. The Bi/Y ratio in the films varied from 0.002 to 0.02. The undoped Y2O3 films show a cubic phase crystal structure with a preferred orientation along the (222) direction. Bi doping results in the appearance of the (111) oriented monoclinic phase crystal structure. The refractive index is increased and the optical band gap is decreased as the Bi concentration in the films is increased. The bright green photoluminescence of Bi ions was observed under ultraviolet light excitation for all the Bi-doped Y2O3 films and the luminescence intensity increases as the Bi/Y ratio is increased from 0.002 to 0.02. In addition, Bi-doped Y2O3 films show a much lower optical reflectance than the undoped Y2O3 films. These results make the Bi-doped Y2O3 films a potential application not only as a spectrum converting layer but also as an antireflective layer in crystalline Si solar cells.

  12. Electrical Transport Properties of Mn doped Bi2Se3 Thin Films

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    Babakiray, Sercan; Johnson, Trent; Borisov, Pavel; Lederman, David

    2015-03-01

    Magnetic impurity doping in topological insulators manifest itself with a gap opening in the Dirac cone as a result of breaking the time reversal symmetry. Moreover, the magnetic impurities affect the structural and quantum transport properties of topological insulators by increasing the disorder and by changing the bulk charge carrier type, charge carrier density and Hall mobility. Here, we investigated the effect of Mn doping on the structural and electrical transport properties of Bi2-xMnxSe3 thin films which are 12 quintuple layers thick and grown on Al2O3 (0001) single crystal substrates via molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Hikami-Larkin-Nagaoka (HLN) formalism was used to study the weak antilocalization (WAL). Increasing Mn doping concentration was found to increase the bulk charge carrier density and to decrease the Hall mobility. A decrease was also observed in the phase coherence length related to WAL as a function of Mn content x. Values of another WAL parameter, the pre-factor alpha, showed that the top and bottom surfaces were coupled through the bulk conducting channels. The temperature dependence of phase coherence length indicated the electrical transport was dominated by 2D electron-electron scattering for the undoped, and by bulk weak localization effects for the Mn doped samples, respectively.

  13. Fabrication of Ni-doped BiVO4 semiconductors with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic performances for wastewater treatment

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    Regmi, Chhabilal; Kshetri, Yuwaraj K.; Kim, Tae-Ho; Pandey, Ramesh Prasad; Ray, Schindra Kumar; Lee, Soo Wohn

    2017-08-01

    A visible-light-driven Ni-doped BiVO4 photocatalyst was synthesized using a microwave hydrothermal method. The nominal Ni doping amount of 1 wt% provided excellent photoactivity for a variety of water pollutants, such as ibuprofen (pharmaceutical), Escherichia coli (bacteria), and green tides (phytoplankton). Each Ni-doped BiVO4 sample exhibits better performance than pure BiVO4. The degradation of ibuprofen reaches 80% within 90 min, the deactivation of Escherichia coli reaches around 92% within 5 h, and the inactivation of green tide (Chlamydomonas pulsatilla) reaches 70% upon 60 min of the visible light irradiation. The first principle calculation and thermodynamic modeling revealed that Ni doping in the vanadium site gives the most stable configuration of the synthesized samples with the formation of an in-gap energy state and oxygen vacancies. The in-gap energy state and the oxygen vacancies serve as an electron-trapping center that decreases the migration time of the photogenerated carrier and increases the separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs, which are responsible for the observed efficient photocatalytic, anti-bacterial and anti-algal activity of the samples. These properties thus suggest potential applications of Ni-doped BiVO4 as a multifunctional material in the field of wastewater treatment.

  14. Flowerlike C-doped BiOCl nanostructures: Facile wet chemical fabrication and enhanced UV photocatalytic properties

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    Yu, Jiahui; Wei, Bo; Zhu, Lin; Gao, Hong; Sun, Wenjun; Xu, Lingling

    2013-11-01

    3D-flowerlike C-doped bismuth oxychloride (BiOCl) hierarchical structures have been synthesized through a facile, low temperature wet-chemical method using polyacrylamide (PAM) as both chelating and doping agents. The flowerlike products are composed of nanosheets, as verified by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The crystal structure and compositional characteristics were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photocatalytic activities of C-doped BiOCl samples with different amounts of PAM adding were investigated by the degradation of methyl orange (MO) dye and colorless phonel contaminant under ultra-violet light irradiation. The as-prepared C-doped BiOCl exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity than the pure one. Moreover, the best performance of the photo-degradation was observed on the sample synthesized by 0.4 g PAM adding. The results show that C-doped BiOCl can be used as a promising candidate for water-purification.

  15. Structural, magnetic, and electrical studies on polycrystalline transition-metal-doped BiFeO(3) thin films.

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    Kharel, P; Talebi, S; Ramachandran, B; Dixit, A; Naik, V M; Sahana, M B; Sudakar, C; Naik, R; Rao, M S R; Lawes, G

    2009-01-21

    We have synthesized a range of transition-metal-doped BiFeO(3) thin films on conducting silicon substrates using a spin-coating technique from metal-organic precursor solutions. Bismuth, iron and transition-metal-organic solutions were mixed in the appropriate ratios to produce 3% transition-metal-doped samples. X-ray diffraction studies show that the samples annealed in a nitrogen atmosphere crystallize in a rhombohedrally distorted BiFeO(3) structure with no evidence for any ferromagnetic secondary phase formation. We find evidence for the disappearance of the 404 cm(-1) Raman mode for certain dopants indicative of structural distortions. The saturation magnetization of these BiFeO(3) films has been found to increase on doping with transition metal ions, reaching a maximum value of 8.5 emu cm(-3) for the Cr-doped samples. However, leakage current measurements find that the resistivity of the films typically decreases with transition metal doping. We find no evidence for any systematic variation of the electric or magnetic properties of BiFeO(3) depending on the transition metal dopant, suggesting that these properties are determined mainly by extrinsic effects arising from defects or grain boundaries.

  16. Strain-modulated ferromagnetism and band gap of Mn doped Bi2Se3

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    Qi, Shifei; Yang, Hualing; Chen, Juan; Zhang, Xiaoyang; Yang, Yingping; Xu, Xiaohong

    2016-07-01

    The quantized anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) have been theoretically predicted and experimentally confirmed in magnetic topological insulators (TI), but dissipative channels resulted by small-size band gap and weak ferromagnetism make QAHE be measured only at extremely low temperature (<0.1 K). Through density functional theory calculations, we systemically study of the magnetic properties and electronic structures of Mn doped Bi2Se3 with in-plane and out-of-plane strains. It is found that out-of-plane tensile strain not only improve ferromagnetism, but also enlarge Dirac-mass gap (up to 65.6 meV under 6% strain, which is higher than the thermal motion energy at room temperature ~26 meV) in the Mn doped Bi2Se3. Furthermore, the underlying mechanisms of these tunable properties are also discussed. This work provides a new route to realize high-temperature QAHE and paves the way towards novel quantum electronic device applications.

  17. Strain-modulated ferromagnetism and band gap of Mn doped Bi2Se3

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    Qi, Shifei; Yang, Hualing; Chen, Juan; Zhang, Xiaoyang; Yang, Yingping; Xu, Xiaohong

    2016-01-01

    The quantized anomalous Hall effect (QAHE) have been theoretically predicted and experimentally confirmed in magnetic topological insulators (TI), but dissipative channels resulted by small-size band gap and weak ferromagnetism make QAHE be measured only at extremely low temperature (<0.1 K). Through density functional theory calculations, we systemically study of the magnetic properties and electronic structures of Mn doped Bi2Se3 with in-plane and out-of-plane strains. It is found that out-of-plane tensile strain not only improve ferromagnetism, but also enlarge Dirac-mass gap (up to 65.6 meV under 6% strain, which is higher than the thermal motion energy at room temperature ~26 meV) in the Mn doped Bi2Se3. Furthermore, the underlying mechanisms of these tunable properties are also discussed. This work provides a new route to realize high-temperature QAHE and paves the way towards novel quantum electronic device applications. PMID:27374782

  18. Atomic-level structural and chemical analysis of Cr-doped Bi2Se3 thin films

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    Ghasemi, A.; Kepaptsoglou, D.; Collins-McIntyre, L. J.; Ramasse, Q.; Hesjedal, T.; Lazarov, V. K.

    2016-05-01

    We present a study of the structure and chemical composition of the Cr-doped 3D topological insulator Bi2Se3. Single-crystalline thin films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Al2O3 (0001), and their structural and chemical properties determined on an atomic level by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy. A regular quintuple layer stacking of the Bi2Se3 film is found, with the exception of the first several atomic layers in the initial growth. The spectroscopy data gives direct evidence that Cr is preferentially substituting for Bi in the Bi2Se3 host. We also show that Cr has a tendency to segregate at internal grain boundaries of the Bi2Se3 film.

  19. Novel behaviors of multiferroic properties in Na-Doped BiFeO₃ nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Hong; Liu, Weifang; Wu, Ping; Hai, Xiao; Guo, Minchen; Xi, Xiaojuan; Gao, Ju; Wang, Xu; Guo, Feng; Xu, Xunling; Wang, Can; Liu, Guangyao; Chu, Weiguo; Wang, Shouyu

    2014-09-21

    Highly aliovalent Na(1+) ions were selected as the dopant to substitute Bi(3+) ions in BiFeO₃ (BFO) and Bi1-xNaxFeO₃ (x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) nanoparticles prepared via a facile sol-gel method. Weak ferromagnetism and an obvious exchange bias (EB) phenomenon without field cooling were observed in the samples. To establish the presence of EB in the nanoparticles, training effect (TE) data were analyzed using Binek's model. Moreover, with the increase in Na(1+) content, the band gap was decreased, while interestingly, the leakage current density was significantly reduced and the smallest leakage current density (∼10(-7) A cm(-2)) was observed for the 3% Na-doped BFO. The electrical conduction mechanism of samples was investigated by plotting log J versus log E. Oxygen vacancies decreased with the increase of Na content analyzed through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. To further explain the decrease of band gap and leakage current density with the increase of Na content, the interplay of oxygen vacancies and holes was analyzed and a phenomenological qualitative model based on the electronic energy band proposed.

  20. A new molecular precursor route for the synthesis of Bi-Y, Y-Nb and Bi-doped Y-Nb oxides at moderate temperatures

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    Bayot, D.A.; Dupont, A.M.; Devillers, Michel M.

    2007-03-15

    Yttrium-based multimetallic oxides containing bismuth and/or niobium were prepared by a method starting from pre-isolated stable water-soluble precursors which are complexes with the ethylenediaminetetraacetate ligand (edta). The cubic Bi{sub 1-} {sub x} Y {sub x} O{sub 1.5} (x=0.22, 0.25 and 0.3) and Y{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} oxides were obtained in a pure form in a range of moderate temperatures (600-650 deg. C). This preparation method also allowed to stabilize at room temperature, without quenching, the tetragonal YNbO{sub 4} oxide in a distorted form (T'-phase) by calcining the precursor at 800 deg. C. When heated up to 1000 deg. C, this metastable T'-phase transforms into the metastable 'high-temperature' T oxide, which converts on cooling down to room temperature into the thermodynamically stable monoclinic M oxide. Doping the YNbO{sub 4} oxide with Bi{sup 3+} cations (0.5% and 1% Bi with respect to total Bi+Y amount) led at 800 deg. C to a mixture of the T'-phase and the thermodynamically stable monoclinic one. At 900 deg. C, the almost pure monoclinic structure was obtained. - Graphical abstract: Bi-Y, Nb-Y and Bi-doped Nb-Y oxides were prepared by a molecular precursors method from pre-isolated water-soluble edta-based complexes. The cubic Bi{sub 1-} {sub x} Y {sub x} O{sub 1.5} and Y{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} oxides were obtained in a pure form at the moderate temperature of 650 deg. C. A distorted tetragonal YNbO{sub 4} phase was also stabilized at room temperature by calcining the precursor at 800 deg. C, and the pure corresponding monoclinic oxide has been obtained near 1100 deg. C.

  1. Optimization of excess Bi doping to enhance ferroic orders of spin casted BiFeO{sub 3} thin film

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    Gupta, Surbhi; Gupta, Vinay; Tomar, Monika; James, A. R.; Pal, Madhuparna; Guo, Ruyan; Bhalla, Amar

    2014-06-21

    Multiferroic Bismuth Ferrite (BiFeO{sub 3}) thin films with varying excess bismuth (Bi) concentration were grown by chemical solution deposition technique. Room temperature multiferroic properties (ferromagnetism, ferroelectricity, and piezoelectricity) of the deposited BiFeO{sub 3} thin films have been studied. High resolution X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy studies reveal that the dominant phases formed in the prepared samples change continuously from a mixture of BiFeO{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} to pure BiFeO{sub 3} phase and, subsequently, to a mixture of BiFeO{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} with increase in the concentration of excess Bi from 0% to 15%. BiFeO{sub 3} thin films having low content (0% and 2%) of excess Bi showed the traces of ferromagnetic phase (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}). Deterioration in ferroic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} thin films is also observed when prepared with higher content (15%) of excess Bi. Single-phased BiFeO{sub 3} thin film prepared with 5% excess Bi concentration exhibited the soft ferromagnetic hysteresis loops and ferroelectric characteristics with remnant polarization 4.2 μC/cm{sup 2} and saturation magnetization 11.66 emu/g. The switching of fine spontaneous domains with applied dc bias has been observed using piezoresponse force microscopy in BiFeO{sub 3} thin films having 5% excess Bi. The results are important to identify optimum excess Bi concentration needed for the formation of single phase BiFeO{sub 3} thin films exhibiting the improved multiferroic properties.

  2. Optical Temperature Sensor Through Upconversion Emission from the Er3+ Doped SrBi8Ti7O27 Ferroelectrics

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    Zou, Hua; Wang, Xusheng; Hu, Yifeng; Zhu, Xiaoqing; Sui, Yongxing; Song, Zhitang

    2016-06-01

    Er doped SrBi8Ti7O27 (SBT) ferroelectric ceramics were prepared by a solid-state reaction technique. By Er doping, the intensive green upconversion emissions were recorded under 980 nm diode laser excitation with 20 mW. The fluorescence spectrum was investigated in the temperature range of 150-580 K. By the fluorescence intensity ratio technique, the green emission band was studied as a function of temperature with a maximum sensing sensitivity of 0.0028 at 510 K. These results indicate that the Er doped SBT ferroelectric ceramics are promising multifunctional sensing materials.

  3. Microstructure and interfacial chemistry of pure and La-doped BiFeO₃ thin films.

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    Basu, Joysurya; Katoch, Rajesh; Garg, Ashish; Barry Carter, C

    2013-12-01

    We report on the microstructure and interfacial chemistry of thin films of pure and La-doped multiferroic bismuth ferrite (Bi1-x Lax FeO3 or BLFO), synthesized on Indium Tin Oxide-coated glass substrates by solution-deposition technique and studied using scanning transmission electron microscopy. Our results show that undoped and La-doped thin films are polycrystalline with distorted rhombohedral structure without any presence of any line or planar defect in the films. In addition, the films with La doping did not show any structural change and maintain the equilibrium structure. Cross section compositional analysis using X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry did not reveal either any interdiffusion of chemical species or formation of reaction product at the film-substrate interface. However, a closer examination of the microstructure of the films shows tiny pores along with the presence of approximately 2-3 nm thin amorphous layers, which may have significant influence on the functional properties of such films. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. The structural, magnetic, and electric properties of Sr and Ca-doped BiFeO3 films.

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    Yang, Chan-Ho; Huijben, M.; Chu, Y.-H.; Martin, L. W.; Holcomb, M.; Ramesh, R.; Chi, M.; Browning, N.

    2008-03-01

    Many perovskite oxides, as holes are doped, exhibit unusual physical phenomena such as superconductivity, colossal magnetoresisitance, metal-insulator transition, and charge ordering. We are expoloring the consequences of hole doping into a well known multiferroic, the antiferromagnetic ferroelectric, BiFeO3. In this presentation, the systematic investigation on structural, electric, and magnetic properties will be presented for nominally hole-doped BiFeO3 obtained by partially substituting the Bi ions by divalent ions (such as Ca and Sr). The parent BiFeO3 is unique single-compound multiferroic material with ferroelectricity and magnetic ordering at room temperature, has polarization along [111] direction and is a G-type antiferromagnet. The divalent ion doping weakens the ferroelectric properties but improves magnetization owing to cluster-glass-like magnetism. We will discuss the magnetic properties based on superexchange mechanism. The structural characterization by X-ray diffraction, scanning microscopy and TEM will be presented. The SQUID and the dielectric constant measurements as a function of magnetic field and temperature will be also reported.

  5. STM Studies of Near-Optimal Doped Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O_8 delta

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    Kapitulnik, Aharon

    2010-04-05

    In this paper we summarize our STM studies of the density of electronic states in nearly optimally doped Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8 + {delta}} in zero field. We report on the inhomogeneity of the gap structure, density of states modulations with four-lattice constant period, and coherence peak modulation.

  6. Bi-Sn alloy catalyst for simultaneous morphology and doping control of silicon nanowires in radial junction solar cells

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    Yu, Zhongwei; Lu, Jiawen; Qian, Shengyi; Xu, Jun; Xu, Ling; Wang, Junzhuan; Shi, Yi; Chen, Kunji; Yu, Linwei E-mail: linwei.yu@polytechnique.edu

    2015-10-19

    Low-melting point metals such as bismuth (Bi) and tin (Sn) are ideal choices for mediating a low temperature growth of silicon nanowires (SiNWs) for radial junction thin film solar cells. The incorporation of Bi catalyst atoms leads to sufficient n-type doping in the SiNWs core that exempts the use of hazardous dopant gases, while an easy morphology control with pure Bi catalyst has never been demonstrated so far. We here propose a Bi-Sn alloy catalyst strategy to achieve both a beneficial catalyst-doping and an ideal SiNW morphology control. In addition to a potential of further growth temperature reduction, we show that the alloy catalyst can remain quite stable during a vapor-liquid-solid growth, while providing still sufficient n-type catalyst-doping to the SiNWs. Radial junction solar cells constructed over the alloy-catalyzed SiNWs have demonstrated a strongly enhanced photocurrent generation, thanks to optimized nanowire morphology, and largely improved performance compared to the reference samples based on the pure Bi or Sn-catalyzed SiNWs.

  7. Change of the Surface Structure by F Doping in BiS2-Based Superconductor CeO1-xFxBiS2

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    Demura, S.; Fujisawa, Y.; Machida, T.; Nagao, M.; Takano, Y.; Sakata, H.

    The observation of the surface structure on single crystalline CeO1-xFxBiS2 (x = 0.5, and 0.7) was performed successfully using a scanning tunneling microscopy. In the sample with x = 0.5, the square lattice composed of Bi atoms was observed. In addition, defects of the surface atoms and streaks were detected on the surface as in the case of NdO0.7F0.3BiS2 single crystal. With further F doping, the surface structure of sample with x = 0.7 showed a novel structure, termed by the "bone" structure. This result suggests that the F concentration affects the surface structure.

  8. Exalted photocatalytic activity of tetragonal BiVO4 by Er3+ doping through a luminescence cooperative mechanism.

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    Obregón, Sergio; Lee, Soo W; Colón, Gerardo

    2014-01-07

    Er-doped BiVO4 are synthesized by means of a surfactant free microwave assisted hydrothermal method having good photoactivities under sun-like excitation for the degradation of methylene blue. From the structural and morphological characterization, it has been stated that the presence of Er(3+) induces a slight stabilization of the tetragonal phase, probably due to its incorporation in the BiVO4 lattice. The best photocatalytic performances were attained for the samples with Er(3+) content higher than 3 at%. The occurrence of the Er(3+) doped tetragonal BiVO4 clearly induces higher photocatalytic activities. The existence of a luminescence process has been related with the enhanced photoactivity observed.

  9. Synthetic conditions and their doping effect on {Beta}-K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8}Se{sub 13}.

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    Kyratsi, Th.; Kika, I.; Hatzikraniotis, E.; Paraskevopoulos, K. M.; Chrissafis, K.; Kanatzidis, M. G.

    2009-04-01

    In this work the synthetic conditions for K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8}Se{sub 13} and their effect on its thermoelectric properties were investigated. K{sub 2}Bi{sub 8}Se{sub 13} was prepared as a single phase using K{sub 2}Se and Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} as starting materials in a furnace or via a reaction using direct flame, followed by remelting or annealing. Seebeck coefficient measurements showed that the doping level in the material is sensitive to the synthetic conditions. Higher synthesis temperatures as well as the flame reaction technique followed by annealing gave more homogenous samples with higher Seebeck coefficient. IR optical spectroscopic measurements showed a wide range of doping level achieved among the different synthetic conditions. These findings suggest that synthetic conditions can act as a useful tool for the optimization of the thermoelectric properties of these materials.

  10. Leakage current characteristics and Sm/Ti doping effect in BiFeO3 thin films on silicon wafers

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    Sun, Wei; Zhou, Zhen; Luo, Jin; Wang, Ke; Li, Jing-Feng

    2017-02-01

    The leakage current of BiFeO3 thin films can be reduced by Sm or Ti doping, and their codoping effect is significant. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that the reduction in the leakage current can be ascribed to decreased Fe2+ ions and oxygen vacancies. The leakage mechanisms of pristine and doped BiFeO3 films were studied by analyzing their leakage current characteristics through curve fitting. It was found that Ti could stabilize the trapped carriers, while Sm might decrease the trap energy and contrarily benefit the excitation of the trapped carriers, which explains the greater effect of Ti in reducing the leakage current than that of Sm. The piezoelectric properties of Sm/Ti-codoped BiFe0.9Ti0.1O3 (BFO) films were comparable to those of pristine BFO owing to the enhanced electric breakdown despite their reduced remanent polarization.

  11. Heat Capacity of Zn and Ni Doped Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O8 Single Crystals

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    Jaime, M.; Movshovich, R.; Sarrao, J.; Yoshizaki, R.

    1998-03-01

    The consequences of low non-magnetic and magnetic impurity doping were studied in Bi-2212 single crystals by means of the experimental resistivity, magnetization, heat capacity and thermal conductivity. The effect of the impurities includes, but it is not restricted to, a suppression of the superconducting transition temperature T_C. The heat capacity of Zn (0.3 %) and Ni (0-2.4 %) doped Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O8 crystals prepared by the floating solvent traveling zone method has been measured between 0.050 and 2 K in zero and applied magnetic fields up to several tesla. Both pure and doped samples display identical low-temperature nuclear Schottky anomaly tail at T <= 200 mK. The difference between specific heat of the Ni-doped sample and that of the pure Bi-2212 is a broad peak centered at about 1K, with an entropy associated with this feature of about 0.08 J/mol-K or 20% of full Rln (2S+1) spin entropy of Ni impurities (assuming S=1). Freezing of magnetic impurities may be related to observation of a second low-temperature transition in several of the Ni-doped samples.(R. Movshovich et al., preprint. Also A.V. Balatsky et al., preprint.) R. Movshovich et al., preprint

  12. Thermoelectric Properties of Ag-Doped Bi2(Se,Te)3 Compounds: Dual Electronic Nature of Ag-Related Lattice Defects.

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    Lu, Meng-Pei; Liao, Chien-Neng; Huang, Jing-Yi; Hsu, Hung-Chang

    2015-08-03

    Effects of Ag doping and thermal annealing temperature on thermoelectric transport properties of Bi2(Se,Te)3 compounds are investigated. On the basis of the comprehensive analysis of carrier concentration, Hall mobility, and lattice parameter, we identified two Ag-related interstitial (Agi) and substitutional (AgBi) defects that modulate in different ways the thermoelectric properties of Ag-doped Bi2(Se,Te)3 compounds. When Ag content is less than 0.5 wt %, Agi plays an important role in stabilizing crystal structure and suppressing the formation of donor-like Te vacancy (VTe) defects, leading to the decrease in carrier concentration with increasing Ag content. For the heavily doped Bi2(Se,Te)3 compounds (>0.5 wt % Ag), the increasing concentration of AgBi is held responsible for the increase of electron concentration because formation of AgBi defects is accompanied by annihilation of hole carriers. The analysis of Seebeck coefficients and temperature-dependent electrical properties suggests that electrons in Ag-doped Bi2(Se,Te)3 compounds are subject to a mixed mode of impurity scattering and lattice scattering. A 10% enhancement of thermoelectric figure-of-merit at room temperature was achieved for 1 wt % Ag-doped Bi2(Se,Te)3 as compared to pristine Bi2(Se,Te)3.

  13. Electronic structure and photocatalytic water splitting of lanthanum-doped Bi{sub 2}AlNbO{sub 7}

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    Li Yingxuan; Chen Gang Zhang Hongjie; Li Zhonghua

    2009-04-02

    Bi{sub 2-x}La{sub x}AlNbO{sub 7} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.5) photocatalysts were synthesized by the solid-state reaction method and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectra and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometer. The band gaps of the photocatalysts were estimated from absorption edge of diffuse reflectance spectra, which were increased by the doping of lanthanum. It was found from the electronic band structure study that orbitals of La 5d, Bi 6p and Nb 4d formed a conduction band at a more positive level than Bi 6p and Nb 4d orbitals, which results in increasing the band gap. Photocatalytic activity for water splitting of Bi{sub 1.8}La{sub 0.2}AlNbO{sub 7} was about 2 times higher than that of nondoped Bi{sub 2}AlNbO{sub 7}. The increased photocatalytic activity of La-doped Bi{sub 2}AlNbO{sub 7} was discussed in relation to the band structure and the strong absorption of OH groups at the surface of the catalyst.

  14. Effects of Bi doping on structural and magnetic properties of double perovskite oxides Sr2FeMoO6

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    Lan, Yaohai; Feng, Xiaomei; Zhang, Xin; Shen, Yifu; Wang, Ding

    2016-08-01

    A new series of double perovskite compounds Sr2 - δBixFeMoO6 have been synthesized by solid-state reaction. δ refers to the nominal doping content of Bi (δ = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5), while the Bi content obtained by the Rietveld refinement is x = 0, 0.01, 0.05, 0.08, 0.10 and 0.12. Their crystal structure and magnetic properties are investigated. Rietveld analysis of the room temperature XRD data shows all the samples crystallize in the cubic crystal structure with the space group Fm 3 ‾ m and have no phase transition. SEM images show that substituted samples present a denser microstructure and bigger grains than Sr2FeMoO6, which is caused by a liquid sintering process due to the effumability of Bi. The unit cell volume increases with augment of Bi3+ concentration despite the smaller ionic radius Bi3+ compared with the Sr2+, which is attributed to the electronic effect. The degree of Fe/Mo order (η) increases first and then decreases to almost disappearance with augment of Bi doping, which is the result of contribution from electronic effect. Calculated saturation magnetization Ms(3) according to our phase separation likeness model matches well with the experimental ones. The observed variations of magnetoresistance (MR) are consistent with the Fe/Mo order (η) due to the internal connection with anti-site defect (ASD).

  15. Doping of BiSrCaCuO compounds with (V+Y), As, Sb, Pb, Cr and Ge

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    Yaroslavsky, Y.; Schieber, M.; Beilin, V.; Litvin, S.; Burtman, V.; Cinodman, V.; Shaltiel, D.

    1993-04-01

    The effect of various doping elements such as (V+Y), As, Sb, Pb, Ag and Ge in range of 3-5 atom% on the phase stability of the high temperature superconducting (HTS) Bi - Sr - Ca - Cu - O system was investigated by preparing (1) small single crystals from flux solvents, and (2) thick films by doctor blade casting. It was found that the Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O x (2212) is the predominant phase in all doped samples Examples of HTS critical temperature Tc results measured by microwave absorption are 94 K for (V+Y), 78 K for As, 74 K for Ge. For the Sb doped compound a two phase BSCCO material was obtained with two T c of 90 and 78°K in the proportion of 20 to 80% respectively.

  16. Electronic structure of a superconducting topological insulator Sr-doped Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}

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    Han, C. Q.; Chen, W. J.; Zhu, Fengfeng; Yao, Meng-Yu; Li, H.; Li, Z. J.; Wang, M.; Gao, Bo F.; Guan, D. D.; Liu, Canhua; Qian, Dong Jia, Jin-Feng; Gao, C. L.

    2015-10-26

    Using high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, the atomic and low energy electronic structure of the Sr-doped superconducting topological insulators (Sr{sub x}Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}) was studied. Scanning tunneling microscopy shows that most of the Sr atoms are not in the van der Waals gap. After Sr doping, the Fermi level was found to move further upwards when compared with the parent compound Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}, which is consistent with the low carrier density in this system. The topological surface state was clearly observed, and the position of the Dirac point was determined in all doped samples. The surface state is well separated from the bulk conduction bands in the momentum space. The persistence of separated topological surface state combined with small Fermi energy makes this superconducting material a very promising candidate for the time reversal invariant topological superconductor.

  17. Electromagnetic Characterization of YBa2Cu3O7-Delta Thin Films with Calcium Doping for Bi-Crystal Grain Boundary Conductivity Enhancement (Postprint)

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    2008-02-08

    boundary of a vicinal and donor- doped 5 SrTiO3 bi-crystal results in a depletion zone ∼200 nm wide, with the interface potential at the middle of the...AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2012-0146 ELECTROMAGNETIC CHARACTERIZATION OF YBa2Cu3O7−δ THIN FILMS WITH CALCIUM DOPING FOR BI-CRYSTAL GRAIN BOUNDARY...WITH CALCIUM DOPING FOR BI-CRYSTAL GRAIN BOUNDARY CONDUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c

  18. Robust odd-parity superconductivity in the doped topological insulator NbxBi2Se3

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    Smylie, M. P.; Willa, K.; Claus, H.; Snezhko, A.; Martin, I.; Kwok, W.-K.; Qiu, Y.; Hor, Y. S.; Bokari, E.; Niraula, P.; Kayani, A.; Mishra, V.; Welp, U.

    2017-09-01

    We present resistivity and magnetization measurements on proton-irradiated crystals demonstrating that the superconducting state in the doped topological insulator NbxBi2Se3 (x =0.25 ) is surprisingly robust against disorder-induced electron scattering. The superconducting transition temperature Tc decreases without indication of saturation with increasing defect concentration, and the corresponding scattering rates far surpass expectations based on conventional theory. The low-temperature variation of the London penetration depth Δ λ (T ) follows a power law [Δ λ (T ) ˜T2] indicating the presence of symmetry-protected point nodes. Our results are consistent with the proposed robust nematic Eu pairing state in this material.

  19. Tc enhancement of excess Sr-doped Bi-2223 oxides by control of oxygen content

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    Miura, N.; Sakata, F.; Shimizu, Y.; Deshimaru, Y.; Yamazoe, N.

    1994-12-01

    The superconducting properties of excess Sr-doped 2223 phase samples, Bi 1.84Pb 0.34Sr 1.91+xCa 2.03Cu 3.06O y ( x=0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5), were examined. All the oxides as-prepared showed almost the same Tc of 109∼110 K, After heat-treatment in He at 600 °C for 3h, however, Tc increased up to 114∼115 K for the oxides with x=0.3∼, and decreased down to 102∼106 K for x=0∼0.1. The oxygen contents of the oxides as determined by iodometry increased with increasing x and slightly decreased with the heat-treatment in He. The heat treatment also brough about small increases in lattice constant of c-axis.

  20. Improving of the electrical and magnetic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} by doping with yttrium

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    Ilić, Nikola I.; Bobić, Jelena D.; Stojadinović, Bojan S.; Džunuzović, Adis S.; Petrović, Mirjana M. Vijatović; Dohčević-Mitrović, Zorana D.; Stojanović, Biljana D.

    2016-05-15

    Bismuth ferrite is one of the most promising multiferroic materials, and the main barriers for exploiting all of its specific properties are difficulties in obtaining pure, high resistive material with nanosized grains. Doping of BiFeO{sub 3} with different transition metals and rare earth elements is often used way for overcoming these obstacles. Yttrium doped bismuth ferrite, Bi{sub 1−x}Y{sub x}FeO{sub 3} (x = 0; 0.01; 0.03; 0.05; 0.1), was prepared by auto-combustion method. X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman results showed that partial phase transition from rhombohedral to orthorhombic structure took place at around 10 mol% of Y. Effect of Y doping on microstructure was studied from SEM micrographies, showing the reduction of grain size in doped samples. Electrical measurements showed continuous improvement of resistivity with Y doping, whereas the values of saturation and remnant polarizations exhibit maximums at around 5 mol% of Y. Yttrium doping also enhanced magnetic properties, leading to weak ferromagnetism.

  1. Y3Fe5O12/Na,Bi,Sr-doped PZT particulate magnetoelectric composites

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    Lisnevskaya, I. V.; Bobrova, I. A.; Lupeiko, T. G.; Agamirzoeva, M. R.; Myagkaya, K. V.

    2016-05-01

    Magnetoelectric (ME) composites of Na, Bi, Sr substituted lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and yttrium iron garnet having representative formula (100-х) wt% Na,Bi,Sr-doped PZT (PZTNB-1)+х wt% Y3Fe5O12 (YIG) with х=10-90 were manufactured using powdered components obtained through sol-gel processes. It is shown that the decrease in sintering temperature provided by the use of finely dispersed PZTNB-1 and YIG powders allows to significantly reduce content of fluorite-like foreign phase based on zirconium oxide, which forms due to the interfacial interaction during heat treatment and becomes stabilized by yttrium oxide. Connectivity has considerable effect on the value of ME coefficient of composite ceramics. With the same x value, ΔЕ/ΔН characteristic decreases when changing from 0-3-type structured composites (PZT grains embedded in ferrite matrix) to 3-3-(interpenetrating network of two phases) and especially 3-0-type samples (YIG grains embedded in PZT matrix); in the last case this can be attributed to the substrate clamping effect when ferrite grains are clamped with piezoelectric matrix. ΔЕ/ΔН value of 0-3 composites with х=40-60 wt% was found to be ∼1.6 mV/(cm Oe).

  2. Mo-doped BiVO4 photoanodes synthesized by reactive sputtering.

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    Chen, Le; Toma, Francesca M; Cooper, Jason K; Lyon, Alan; Lin, Yongjing; Sharp, Ian D; Ager, Joel W

    2015-03-01

    We report a scalable and reproducible method for reactive co-sputtering of Mo-doped BiVO4 thin films with broad compositional control. Optimal photoanode performance is achieved at a Mo concentration of 3 at. %. Incorporation of Mo promotes growth of large grains and reduces majority carrier transport limitations, resulting in maximum AM1.5G photocurrent densities of 3.5 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V vs. RHE in pH 6.8 buffer solution containing 0.1 M Na2 SO3 as a hole scavenger. Operation as a front-illuminated water oxidation photoanode is achieved by balancing the operational stability, catalytic activity, and parasitic optical absorption of a FeOOH oxygen evolution catalyst. FeOOH/Mo:BiVO4 thin film photoanodes enable water oxidation under the front-side illumination conditions used in integrated tandem water splitting devices. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. XRD and XANES study of some Cu-doped MnBi materials

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    Mishra, Ashutosh; Patil, Harsha

    2016-10-01

    High purity MnBi low temperature phase has been prepared and analyzed using X- ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) measurements. The X-ray diffraction measurements were carried out using Bruker D8 Advance X-ray diffractometer. The X-rays were produced using a sealed tube and the wavelength of X-ray was 154 nm (Cu K-alpha). and X-rays were detected using a fast counting detector based on Silicon strip technology (Bruker LynxEye detector)[1]. and the X-ray absorption spectra has emerged as a powerful technique for local structure determination, which can be applied to any type of material. The X-ray absorption measurements of two Cu-doped MnBi alloys have been performed at the recently developed BL-8 Dispersive EXAFS beam line at 2.5 GeV Indus-2 synchrotron at RRCAT, Indore, India[2]. The X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) data obtained has been processed using data analysis program Athena. The energies of the K absorption edge, chemical shifts, edge-widths, shifts of the principal absorption maximum in the alloys have been determined.

  4. Fe/W Co-Doped BiVO4 Photoanodes with a Metal-Organic Framework Cocatalyst for Improved Photoelectrochemical Stability and Activity.

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    Jiao, Zhengbo; Zheng, Jingjing; Feng, Chenchen; Wang, Zeli; Wang, Xuesen; Lu, Gongxuan; Bi, Yingpu

    2016-10-06

    BiVO4 has been identified as one of the excellent visible light responsive photoanodes for use in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. However, pristine BiVO4 usually exhibits relative low photocatalytic properties owing to insufficient charge separation and transport characteristics. Although the marginal n-type doping of higher valence ions can obviously raise the photocurrent value, it by no means improves the PEC stability. In this work, we successfully enhanced the PEC stability of BiVO4 by doping Fe ions in substitution of Bi. Density functional theory calculations have illustrated that Fe-doping would result in an impurity band in the forbidden gap, and thus narrow its energy gap. More importantly, Fe-doping can synergize with other means to further improve the PEC activities of BiVO4 . Therefore, we fabricated a nanoporous Fe/W co-doped BiVO4 photoelectrode, and then loaded the metal-organic framework (MOF) MIL-100(Fe) as cocatalyst to further promote the separation of charge carriers. To the best of our knowledge, MOFs have not yet been utilized as a cocatalyst to facilitate the charge separation, which could increase the photocurrent density of Fe/W co-doped BiVO4 . © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. The effects of Gd3+ doping on the physical structure and photocatalytic performance of Bi2MoO6 nanoplate crystals

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    Yu, Changlin; Wu, Zhen; Liu, Renyue; He, Hongbo; Fan, Wenhong; Xue, Shuangshuang

    2016-06-01

    Gd3+ doped Bi2MoO6 nanoplate crystals were fabricated by solvothermal combined calcination method. The effects of Gd3+ doping with different concentrations on the texture, crystal and optical properties of Bi2MoO6 were investigated by N2 physical adsorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectrum (UV-vis DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Under simulated solar light irradiation, the influences of Gd3+doping on photocatalytic activity of Bi2MoO6 were evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B. The characterization results showed that with Gd3+ doping, a contraction of lattice and a decrease in crystallite size occurred. Meanwhile, an increase in surface area over Gd3+ doped Bi2MoO6 was observed. Moreover, Gd3+ doping could obviously enhance the visible light harvesting of Bi2MoO6 and promoted the separation of photogenerated electrons and holes. With optimum Gd3+(6 wt%) doping, Gd/Bi2MoO6 exhibited the best activity and stability in degradation of Rhodamine B.

  6. AC impedance spectroscopy and conductivity studies of Dy doped Bi4V2O11 ceramics

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    Bag, Sasmitarani; Das, Parthasarathi; Behera, Banarji

    2017-03-01

    The ac impedance and conductivity properties of Dy doped Bi4V2 - x Dy x O11 (x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) ceramics prepared by solid-state reaction technique, in a wide frequency range at different temperatures have been studied. All the samples exhibited β-type phase orthorhombic structure at room temperature. The Nyquist plot confirmed the presence of both grain and grain boundary effects for all Dy doped samples. Double relaxation behavior was also observed. The grain and grain boundary resistance decreases with rise in temperature for all the concentration and exhibits a typical negative temperature co-efficient of resistance (NTCR) behavior. An analysis of the electric modulus suggests the possible hopping mechanism for electrical transport processes of all the materials. The ac conductivity spectrum obeys Jonscher's universal power law. DC conductivity of the materials were also studied and values of the activation energy found to be 0.40, 0.49, 0.73 and 0.78 eV for the compositions x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20, respectively, at different temperatures (150-375 °C).

  7. AC impedance spectroscopy and conductivity studies of Dy doped Bi4V2O11 ceramics

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    Bag, Sasmitarani; Das, Parthasarathi; Behera, Banarji

    2017-03-01

    The ac impedance and conductivity properties of Dy doped Bi4V2 - x Dy x O11 ( x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) ceramics prepared by solid-state reaction technique, in a wide frequency range at different temperatures have been studied. All the samples exhibited β-type phase orthorhombic structure at room temperature. The Nyquist plot confirmed the presence of both grain and grain boundary effects for all Dy doped samples. Double relaxation behavior was also observed. The grain and grain boundary resistance decreases with rise in temperature for all the concentration and exhibits a typical negative temperature co-efficient of resistance (NTCR) behavior. An analysis of the electric modulus suggests the possible hopping mechanism for electrical transport processes of all the materials. The ac conductivity spectrum obeys Jonscher's universal power law. DC conductivity of the materials were also studied and values of the activation energy found to be 0.40, 0.49, 0.73 and 0.78 eV for the compositions x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20, respectively, at different temperatures (150-375 °C).

  8. Doping of BiScO3-PbTiO3 Ceramics for Enhanced Properties

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    Sehirlioglu, Alp; Sayir, Ali; Dynys, Fred

    2008-01-01

    High-temperature piezoelectrics are a key technology for aeronautics and aerospace applications such as fuel modulation to increase the engine efficiency and decrease emissions. The principal challenge for the insertion of piezoelectric materials is the limitation on upper use temperature which is due to low Curie-Temperature (T(sub c) and increasing electrical conductivity. BiScO3 -PbTiO3 (BS-PT) system is a promising candidate for improving the operating temperature for piezoelectric actuators due to its high TC (>400 C). Effects of Zr and Mn doping of the BS-PT ceramics have been studied and all electrical and electromechanical properties for Sc-deficient and Ti-deficient BS- PT ceramics are reported as a function of electrical field and temperature. Donor doping with Zr and Mn (in Sc deficient compositions) increased the DC-resistivity and decreased tan at all temperatures. Resulting ceramics exhibited saturated hysteresis loops with low losses and showed no dependence on the applied field (above twice the coercive field) and measurement frequency.

  9. Size dependent magnetic and electrical properties of Ba-doped nanocrystalline BiFeO{sub 3}

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    Hasan, Mehedi Hakim, M. A.; Zubair, M. A.; Hussain, A.; Islam, Md. Fakhrul; Basith, M. A.; Hossain, Md. Sarowar; Ahmmad, Bashir

    2016-03-15

    Improvement in magnetic and electrical properties of multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} in conjunction with their dependence on particle size is crucial due to its potential applications in multifunctional miniaturized devices. In this investigation, we report a study on particle size dependent structural, magnetic and electrical properties of sol-gel derived Bi{sub 0.9}Ba{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} nanoparticles of different sizes ranging from ∼ 12 to 49 nm. The substitution of Bi by Ba significantly suppresses oxygen vacancies, reduces leakage current density and Fe{sup 2+} state. An improvement in both magnetic and electrical properties is observed for 10 % Ba-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles compared to its undoped counterpart. The saturation magnetization of Bi{sub 0.9}Ba{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} nanoparticles increase with reducing particle size in contrast with a decreasing trend of ferroelectric polarization. Moreover, a first order metamagnetic transition is noticed for ∼ 49 nm Bi{sub 0.9}Ba{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} nanoparticles which disappeared with decreasing particle size. The observed strong size dependent multiferroic properties are attributed to the complex interaction between vacancy induced crystallographic defects, multiple valence states of Fe, uncompensated surface spins, crystallographic distortion and suppression of spiral spin cycloid of BiFeO{sub 3}.

  10. Conduction and magnetization improvement of BiFeO{sub 3} multiferroic nanoparticles by Ag{sup +} doping

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    Ahmed, M.A.; Mansour, S.F.; El-Dek, S.I.; Abu-Abdeen, M.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: HRTEM micrographs of the samples BiFeO{sub 3}. - Highlights: • Flash auto combustion method was successful in the preparation of Ag doped BiFeO{sub 3} in nanosize. • Ag doping results in hexagonal platelet shapes up to x = 0.10, at x ≥ 0.15 needle shape predominates. • Mixed conduction is obtained in Ag doped samples. • This nanometric multiferroic could be recommended as attractive cathode for solid oxide fuel cell. - Abstract: Nanometric multiferroic namely Ag doped (BiFeO{sub 3}) was synthesized using flash auto combustion technique and glycine as a fuel. Single phase rhombohedral–hexagonal perovskite structure was obtained by annealing at 550 °C, as determined from XRD. High resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) clarifies the hexagonal platelet shape with size 17.9 nm. Maximum room temperature AC conductivity was obtained at Ag content of x = 0.10. The results of this study promote the use of such multiferroic in solid oxide fuel cell applications.

  11. Microstructure investigations of Yb- and Bi-doped Mg2Si prepared from metal hydrides for thermoelectric applications

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    Janka, Oliver; Zaikina, Julia V.; Bux, Sabah K.; Tabatabaifar, Hosna; Yang, Hao; Browning, Nigel D.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.

    2017-01-01

    Within the field of thermoelectric materials for energy conversion magnesium silicide, Mg2Si, is an outstanding candidate due to its low density, abundant constituents and low toxicity. However electronic and thermal tuning of the material is a required necessity to improve its Figure of Merit, zT. Doping of Yb via reactive YbH2 into the structure is performed with the goal of reducing the thermal conductivity. Hydrogen is released as a by-product at high temperatures allowing for facile incorporation of Yb into the structure. We report on the properties of Yb- and Bi-doped Mg2Si prepared with MgH2 and YbH2 with the focus on the synthetic conditions, and samples' microstructure, investigated by various electron microscopy techniques. Yb is found in the form of both Yb3Si5 inclusions and Yb dopant segregated at the grain boundary substituting for Mg. The addition of 1 at% Yb concentration reduced the thermal conductivity, providing a value of 30 mW/cm K at 800 K. In order to adjust carrier concentration, the sample is additionally doped with Bi. The impact of the microstructure on the transport properties of the obtained material is studied. Idealy, the reduction of the thermal conductivity is achieved by doping with Yb and the electronic transport is adjusted by doping with Bi. Large grain microstructure facilitates the electronic transport. However, the synthetic conditions that provide the optimized microstructure for electrical transport do not facilitate the additional Yb dopant incorporation. Therefore, the Yb and Bi containing sample with the optimized microstructure provides a zT=0.46 at 800 K.

  12. Microstructure investigations of Yb- and Bi-doped Mg2Si prepared from metal hydrides for thermoelectric applications

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    Janka, Oliver; Zaikina, Julia V.; Bux, Sabah K.; Tabatabaifar, Hosna; Yang, Hao; Browning, Nigel D.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.

    2017-01-01

    Within the field of thermoelectric materials for energy conversion magnesium silicide, Mg2Si, is an outstanding candidate due to its low density, abundant constituents and low toxicity. However electronic and thermal tuning of the material is a required necessity to improve its Figure of Merit, zT. Doping of Yb via reactive YbH2 into the structure is performed with the goal of reducing the thermal conductivity. Hydrogen is released as a by-product at high temperatures allowing for facile incorporation of Yb into the structure. We report on the properties of Yb-and Bi-doped Mg2Si prepared with MgH2 and YbH2 with the focus on the synthetic conditions, and samples' microstructure, investigated by various electron microscopy techniques. Yb is found in the form of both Yb3Si5 inclusions and Yb dopant segregated at the grain boundary substituting for Mg. The addition of 1 at% Yb concentration reduced the thermal conductivity, providing a value of 30 mW/cm K at 800 K. In order to adjust carrier concentration, the sample is additionally doped with Bi. The impact of the microstructure on the transport properties of the obtained material is studied. Idealy, the reduction of the thermal conductivity is achieved by doping with Yb and the electronic transport is adjusted by doping with Bi. Large grain microstructure facilitates the electronic transport. However, the synthetic conditions that provide the optimized microstructure for electrical transport do not facilitate the additional Yb dopant incorporation. Therefore, the Yb and Bi containing sample with the optimized microstructure provides a zT=0.46 at 800 K.

  13. Photoluminescence properties of Bi3+-doped YInGe2O7 phosphors under an ultraviolet irradiation

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    Tsai, Yeou-Yih; Chen, Hao-Long; Chai, Yin-Lai; Chang, Yee-Shin

    2013-01-01

    Yttrium indium germanate (YInGe2O7) doped with different concentrations of Bi3+ ion was synthesized using a vibrating milled solid-sate reaction. The compound was characterized and its optical properties were investigated. The precursor powders were heated at 1300 °C for 10 h to obtain good crystallinity with better luminescence. The XRD results show that all peaks can be attributed to the monoclinic YInGe2O7 phase when the Bi3+ ion concentration is increased up to 5 mol%. Furthermore, the 0.5 mol% of Bi3+ ion doping lead to obvious improvements in the surface morphology of the YInGe2O7 powder, because the Bi2O3 also acts as a flux reagent. In the PL studies, excitation under an ultraviolet (302 nm) irradiation shows that the (Y1-xBix)InGe2O7 phosphors display luminescence belonging to the 3P1 → 1S0 transition from 457 to 496 nm, and the CIE color coordinates changed from a blue to blueish region as the Bi3+ ion concentration increased from 0.2 mol% to 5 mol%. The time-resolved of the 3P1 → 1S0 transition presents a non-single exponential decay behavior, and the decay time decreases from 8 ms to 1 ms.

  14. Modification on upconversion luminescence of Er3 +-Yb3 + co-doped BiOCl semiconductor nanosheets through interaction between nanohost and doping lanthanide

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    Xu, Zuyuan; Li, Yongjin; Song, Yapai; Zhang, Xiangzhou; Hu, Rui; Qiu, Jianbei; Yang, Zhengwen; Song, Zhiguo

    2017-04-01

    We reported the upconversion luminescence (UCL) properties of Er3 +-Yb3 + co-doped BiOCl semiconductor nanosheets synthesized by hydrothermal method. Under 980 nm excitation, the red and green UCL of Er3 + ions were observed to be populated by a four and three-photon process in the case of absent or low concentration Yb3 + dopant. However, an increase of Yb3 + dopants show a completely opposite effect on the emission intensity of red and green one, accompanying with the change of upconverting process. It indicates that the red-shifting absorption edge of semiconductor and the super saturation UC processes involved with Yb3 + and Er3 + doping in BiOCl semiconductor nanosheets, respectively, are mainly responsible for the above UC phenomena.

  15. Enhanced thermoelectric figure of merit in strained Tl-doped Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}

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    Saeed, Y.; Singh, N.; Schwingenschlögl, U.

    2014-07-21

    We explain recent experimental findings on Tl-doped Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} by determining the electronic and transport properties by first-principles calculations and semi-classical Boltzmann theory. Though Tl-doping introduces a momentum-dependent spin-orbit splitting, the effective mass of the carriers is essentially not modified, while the band gap is reduced. Tl is found to be exceptional in this respect as other dopants modify the dispersion, which compromises thermoelectricity. Moreover, we demonstrate that only after Tl-doping strain becomes an efficient tool for enhancing the thermoelectric performance. A high figure of merit of 0.86 is obtained for strong p-doping (7 × 10{sup 20} cm{sup −3}, maximal power factor) at 500 K under 2% tensile strain.

  16. CdTe Feedstock Development and Validation: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-08-00280

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    Albin, D.

    2011-05-01

    The goal of this work was to evaluate different CdTe feedstock formulations (feedstock provided by Redlen) to determine if they would significantly improve CdTe performance with ancillary benefits associated with whether changes in feedstock would affect CdTe cell processing and possibly reliability of cells. Feedstock also included attempts to intentionally dope the CdTe with pre-selected elements.

  17. Structural and optical properties of Ba,Cr Co-doped BiFeO3 multiferroic nanoparticles

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    Puhan, A.; Bhushan, B.; Rout, D.; Nayak, A. K.; Priyam, A.

    2017-05-01

    BiFeO3 (BFO) and Bi0.98Ba0.02Fe0.98Cr0.02O3 (BBFCO) nanoparticles were synthesized by a facile sol-gel method. Both the samples were characterized by XRD, SEM and Uv-Vis spectroscopy. XRD revealed the phase pure formation of samples and the crystallite sizes were well below the periodic order of spiral spin structure of BFO. Absorption spectra exhibited a shift of 100 nm towards shorter wavelength in Ba, Cr co-doped BFO nanoparticles.

  18. Enhancing visible light photocatalytic and photocharge separation of (BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3} plate via dramatic I{sup −} ions doping effect

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    Liang, Lei; Cao, Jing; Lin, Haili; Guo, Xiaomin; Zhang, Meiyu; Chen, Shifu

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Novel I-(BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3} was prepared by a facile chemical precipitation method. • I{sup −} ions impurity level located on the top of valence band of (BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3}. • I{sup −} ions doping largely improved photocatalytic activity of I-(BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3}. • I-(BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3} displayed excellent photocharge separation efficiency. - Abstract: Novel I{sup −} ions doped (BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3} (I-(BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3}) photocatalysts were successfully synthesized via a facile chemical precipitation method. Under visible light (λ > 400 nm), I-(BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3} displayed much higher activity for rhodamine B and dichlorophenol degradation than the undoped (BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3}. The pseudo-first-order rate constant k{sub app} of RhB degradation over 15.0% I-(BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3} was 0.54 h{sup −1}, which is 11.3 times higher than that of (BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3}. The doped I{sup −} ions formed an impurity level on the top of valence band of (BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3} and induced much more visible light to be absorbed. The enhanced photocurrent and surface photovoltage properties were detected, which strongly ensures the efficient separation of electrons and holes in I-(BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3} system under visible light. It provides a facile way to improve the photocatalytic activity of the wide-band-gap (BiO){sub 2}CO{sub 3} via intense doping effect of I{sup −} ions.

  19. Structural transitions and enhanced ferroelectricity in Ca and Mn co-doped BiFeO3 thin films

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    Huang, Ji-Zhou; Shen, Yang; Li, Ming; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2011-11-01

    Ca and Mn co-doped BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films were fabricated on (111) Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates via a simple solution approach. Enhanced ferroelectric properties were obtained in these Ca and Mn co-doped BFO films, e.g., large remnant polarization value (Pr ˜ 89 μC/cm2) and large remnant polarization to saturated polarization ratio (Pr/Ps ˜ 0.84) for Bi0.90Ca0.10Fe0.90Mn0.10O3 film. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra of these films showed that B-site Mn doping causes substantial structural transition toward orthorhombic phase and A-site Ca doping facilitates an evolution to tetragonal phase with higher crystal symmetry. The structural transitions are in favor of enhanced ferroelectric properties in the BFO films. The approach of A and B site co-doping is proved to be effective in enhancing ferroelectric performance in multiferroic BFO films.

  20. Combined optical/MCD/ODMR investigations of photochromism in doubly-doped Bi12GeO20

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    Briat, B.; Borowiec, M. T.; Rjeily, H. B.; Ramaz, F.; Hamri, A.; Szymczak, H.

    Electron paramagnetic resonance is detected optically via the change of magnetic circular dichroism under microwaves at 35 GHz. The technique is applied to Bi12GeO20 samples co-doped with vanadium and a second transition metal (Cr, Mn, Co, Cu). The optical and magnetic properties of several paramagnetic defects (V-Ge(4+) and Cr-Ge(4+)) are directly correlated. The basic photochromic processes occuring in samples doped with V, Mn, and Mn+V are explained. The V-Ge(4+/5+) level is positioned roughly 2.2 eV above the valence band.

  1. New resistance anomaly in superconducting Zn-doped Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8 single crystals

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    Wang, Wenhu; Zhou, Yuqin; Chen, Zhaojia; Zheng, Ping; Wang, Nanlin; Jin, Duo

    2000-11-01

    We have measured the magnetoresistance of Zn-doped superconducting Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8 single crystals and found that for a small driving current (⩽20mA) the resistance displays a very sharp rise just below Tc before the zero-resistance state is reached. The resistance anomaly disappeared when a magnetic field (≈100Gs) or a large current was applied. We proposed that the resistance peak is a quasireentrant behavior due to the superconducting phase inhomogeneous distribution resulting from the Zn doped.

  2. Doping indium in β-Bi2O3 to tune the electronic structure and improve the photocatalytic activities: first-principles calculations and experimental investigation.

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    Zhang, Junying; Dang, Wenqiang; Yan, Xingchen; Li, Min; Gao, Hong; Ao, Zhimin

    2014-11-14

    β-Bi2O3 is an efficient visible-light photocatalyst, however, it is unable to split water to produce hydrogen because of the positive conduction band minimum (CBM). In this paper, using hybrid density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we demonstrated that by doping indium in β-Bi2O3, the CBM shifts upward because of the orbital hybridization of Bi, In and O. In-doped β-Bi2O3 photocatalysts synthesized using a precipitation method can photocatalytically split water to produce hydrogen in experiments. In-doping also causes the morphological change of β-Bi2O3 from the hierarchical bulk assembled by nano-sheets to a spongy-like brick. Furthermore, In-doping induces the formation of electric dipoles along the tunnel in the crystal and decreases the effective mass of the electrons, favouring the separation of electron-hole pairs and electron mobility. Therefore, In-doped β-Bi2O3 has much better performance than that of the pristine β-Bi2O3 for photocatalytically decomposing methyl orange (MO) solution. This idea of simply incorporating an isovalent single element into photocatalysts to elevate the CBM and tune the local crystal structure is anticipated to be very useful for designing efficient photocatalysts.

  3. Effects of iron deficiency on anisotropy and ferromagnetic resonance linewidth in Bi-doped LiZn ferrite

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    Jiang, Xiaona; Wang, Wei; Yu, Zhong; Sun, Ke; Lan, Zhongwen; Zhang, Xinran; Harris, Vincent G.

    2017-05-01

    Bi-doped LiZn ferrites with different iron deficiencies were fabricated by a conventional ceramic method. Anisotropy constant (K1) was calculated and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) linewidth (ΔH) was investigated. Crystalline anisotropy broadening linewidth (ΔHa) and porosity broadening linewidth (ΔHp) were derived by an approximate calculation based on dipolar narrowing theory, which play a significant role in contributions to FMR linewidth and occupy more than 90 % of ΔH. Physical and static magnetic properties of LiZn ferrite with iron deficiency are presented, which supports a decline in linewidths with increasing iron deficiency. Iron deficiency makes K1, ΔHa and ΔHp reduce. The results also show that ΔHp is the majority of contributions to ΔH in Bi-doped LiZn ferrite and densification is an effective method to decrease ΔH.

  4. Effects of K-Doping on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi1-x K x CuOTe

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    An, Tae-Ho; Lim, Young Soo; Seo, Won-Seon; Park, Cheol-Hee; Yoo, Mi Duk; Park, Chan; Lee, Chang Hoon; Shim, Ji Hoon

    2016-09-01

    The effects of K-doping on the thermoelectric properties of Bi1-x K x CuOTe (x = 0 to 0.08) have been investigated. The compounds were synthesized by a one-step solid-state reaction method and consolidated by a spark plasma sintering process. As the amount of K-doping was increased, the electrical and thermal conductivities increased while the Seebeck coefficient decreased due to increasing hole concentration. A ZT value of 0.69 was obtained for the compound K0.01Bi0.99CuOTe at 700 K, to the best of our knowledge the highest value reported for this material system. The origin of this enhanced ZT is discussed in terms of the density of states effective mass estimated by a single parabolic band model and electronic structures calculated based on density functional theory.

  5. Effects of K-Doping on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi1- x K x CuOTe

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    An, Tae-Ho; Lim, Young Soo; Seo, Won-Seon; Park, Cheol-Hee; Yoo, Mi Duk; Park, Chan; Lee, Chang Hoon; Shim, Ji Hoon

    2017-05-01

    The effects of K-doping on the thermoelectric properties of Bi1- x K x CuOTe ( x = 0 to 0.08) have been investigated. The compounds were synthesized by a one-step solid-state reaction method and consolidated by a spark plasma sintering process. As the amount of K-doping was increased, the electrical and thermal conductivities increased while the Seebeck coefficient decreased due to increasing hole concentration. A ZT value of 0.69 was obtained for the compound K0.01Bi0.99CuOTe at 700 K, to the best of our knowledge the highest value reported for this material system. The origin of this enhanced ZT is discussed in terms of the density of states effective mass estimated by a single parabolic band model and electronic structures calculated based on density functional theory.

  6. Pb- and Sm-doping effects on the vortex dynamics in Bi4O4S3 superconductor

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    Xie, L.; Tie, X. Y.; Zhang, H. G.

    2017-01-01

    Polycrystalline samples of Bi4O4S3, Bi3.94Pb0.06O4S3, and Bi3.94Sm0.06O4S3 were synthesized using a conventional solid-state reaction method. The vortex dynamics of these samples are studied and compared through measuring the critical current density (Jc) and magnetic relaxation. The estimated Jc value of three samples at temperature 2 K decreases with doping Pb and Sm elements due to the depression of the superconductivity. The normalized pinning force response with reduced field follows the Kramer scaling law f (h )∝ hp(1-h ) q , and the maximum of the reduced field (hmax) is observed at 0.31, 0.24, and 0.18 for Bi4O4S3, Bi3.94Pb0.06O4S3, and Bi3.94Sm0.06O4S3, respectively, indicating the presence of both surface and point pinning centers in these samples. The barrier energy estimated by the magnetic relaxation data depends on the field as a negative power law U0∝Hn and the magnetic relaxation rate S exhibits a considerable monotonic increase with magnetic field, which corroborates a plastic nature of the creep vortex dynamics in these compounds.

  7. Donor-doping and reduced leakage current in Nb-doped Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3

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    Li, Ming; Li, Linhao; Zang, Jiadong; Sinclair, Derek C.

    2015-03-01

    Low levels of so-called "donor-doping" in titanate-based perovskite oxides such as La for Ba, Sr, and Nb for Ti in (Ba, Sr)TiO3 can significantly reduce the resistivity of these typical (d0) dielectric materials and expand application areas to positive temperature coefficient resistors, thermoelectrics, conductive wafers as thin film substrates, and solid oxide fuel cell anode materials. Here, we show low levels of Nb-doping (≤1 at. %) on the Ti-site in the well-known lead-free piezoelectric perovskite oxide Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT) produces completely different behaviours whereby much higher resistivity is obtained, therefore indicating a different donor-doping (substitution) mechanism. There is a switch in conduction mechanism from oxygen-ions in undoped NBT with an activation energy (Ea) of <0.9 eV to electronic (band gap) conduction in 0.5-1 at. % Nb-doped NBT with Ea ˜ 1.5-1.8 eV. This demonstrates the necessity of further systematic doping studies to elucidate the defect chemistry of NBT which is clearly different to that of (Ba,Sr)TiO3. This defect chemistry needs to be understood if NBT-based materials are going to be manufactured on a large scale for commercial applications. This study also illustrates different donor-doping mechanisms to exist within the family of d0 titanate-based perovskites.

  8. Hydrothermal fabrication of multi-functional Eu3+ and Tb3+ co-doped BiPO4: Photocatalytic activity and tunable luminescence properties

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    Wang, Yao; Huang, Hongwei; Quan, Chaoming; Tian, Na; Zhang, Yihe

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrated for first time the tunable photoluminescence (PL) properties and photocatalytic activity of the Tb3+ and Eu3+ co-doped BiPO4 assemblies. They are fabricated via a facile hydrothermal approach. Through co-doping of Eu3+ and Tb3+ ions and changing the doping ratio, the emission color of the co-doped BiPO4 phosphors can be tuned precisely from green to yellow and red. Meanwhile, a very efficient energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+ can be observed. Fascinatingly, a warmwhite color has been realized in the co-doped sample by tuning the ratio of Tb3+/Eu3+ to a certain value as displayed in the CIE chromaticity diagram. The doped BiPO4 samples also exhibit significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to the pristine BiPO4 pertaining to Rhodamine (RhB) degradation under UV light. This enhancement should be attributed to the trapping electron effect induced by ion doping that endows BiPO4 with high separation of photoinduced electron-hole pairs, thereby greatly promoting the photocatalytic reactivity. It was corroborated by the electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS). Moreover, the crystal structure, microstructure and optical properties of as-prepared samples were investigated in details.

  9. RVB states in doped band insulators from Coulomb forces: theory and a case study of superconductivity in BiS2 layers

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    Baskaran, G.

    2016-12-01

    Doped band insulators, HfNCl, WO3, diamond, Bi2Se3, BiS2 families, STO/LAO interface, gate doped SrTiO3, MoS2 and so on are unusual superconductors. With an aim to build a general theory for superconductivity in doped band insulators, we focus on the BiS2 family which was discovered by Mizuguchi et al in 2012. While maximum Tc is only ˜11 K in {{LaO}}1-{{x}}{{{F}}}{{x}}{{BiS}}2, a number of experimental results are puzzling and anomalous in the sense that they resemble high T c and unconventional superconductors. Using a two orbital model of Usui, Suzuki and Kuroki, we show that the uniform low density free Fermi sea in {{LaO}}{0,5}{{{F}}}0.5{{BiS}}2 is unstable towards formation of the next nearest neighbor Bi-S-Bi diagonal valence bond (charged -2e Cooper pair) and their Wigner crystallization. Instability to this novel state of matter is caused by unscreened nearest neighbor coulomb repulsions (V ˜ 1 eV) and a hopping pattern with sulfur mediated diagonal next nearest neighbor Bi-S-Bi hopping t’ ˜ 0.88 eV, as well as larger than nearest neighbor Bi-Bi hopping, t ˜ 0.16 eV. Wigner crystals of Cooper pairs quantum melt for doping around x = 0.5 and stabilize certain resonating valence bond states and superconductivity. We study a few variational RVB states and suggest that BiS2 family members are latent high Tc superconductors, but challenged by competing orders and the fragile nature of many body states sustained by unscreened Coulomb forces. One of our superconducting states has d XY symmetry and a gap. We also predict a 2d Bose metal or vortex liquid normal state, as charged -2e valence bonds survive in the normal state.

  10. Cobalt-doped Bi{sub 26}Mo{sub 10}O{sub 69}: Crystal structure and conductivity

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    Mikhailovskaya, Z.A.; Buyanova, E.S.; Petrova, S.A.; Morozova, M.V.; Zhukovskiy, V.M.; Zakharov, R.G.; Tarakina, N.V.; Berger, I.F.

    2013-08-15

    A series of cobalt-doped bismuth molybdates were synthesized and investigated using X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and impedance spectroscopy. The ranges of solid solution were determined. Two new compounds, Bi{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}[Bi{sub 12}O{sub 14}]Mo{sub 5}O{sub 34.5±δ} (x=0.2) and Bi[Bi{sub 12}O{sub 14}]Mo{sub 5−y}Co{sub y}O{sub 34.5±δ} (y=0.2), which crystallise in monoclinic unit cells have been examined in detail by diffraction methods. Impedance spectroscopy measurements show that the studied materials are good ionic conductors with conductivity values about 5×10{sup −3} S×cm{sup −1} at 973 K and 1.7×10{sup −4} S×cm{sup −1} at 623 K, which are similar to conductivity values of yttrium substituted zirconia and (YSZ) gadolinium doped ceria (CGO). - Graphical abstract: Measured and calculated diffraction spectra for Bi{sub 12.8}Co{sub 0.2}Mo{sub 5}O{sub 34±δ} and projection of the Bi{sub 12.8}Co{sub 0.2}Mo{sub 5}O{sub 34±δ} crystal structure onto the ac plane. Highlights: • The limit of the Bi{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}[Bi{sub 12}O{sub 14}]Mo{sub 5}O{sub 34.5±δ} homogeneity range is equal to x=0.2. • The limit of the Bi[Bi{sub 12}O{sub 14}]Mo{sub 5−y}Co{sub y}O{sub 34.5±δ} homogeneity range is equal to y=0.2. • Solid solutions have monoclinic symmetry. No phase transition is observed. • The conductivity at 700° for y=0.2 solid solutions is equal to −lg σ, S×cm{sup −1}=2.23. • The conductivity at 350° for y=0.2 solid solutions is equal to −lg σ, S×cm{sup −1}=3.74.

  11. Dielectric response of doped Bi12TiO20: Ru crystals in an alternating electric field

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    Avanesyan, V. T.; Paima, K. I.

    2016-08-01

    The results of examination of AC dependences of capacitance and dielectric loss tangent of sillenite Bi12TiO20 crystals doped with ruthenium on frequency are presented. Non-Debye dispersion of dielectric coefficients is found in the frequency interval of 5 × 102-105 Hz, and a resonance phenomenon is observed. Polarization processes in the studied samples are attributed to relaxators associated with metal-oxygen vacancies and structural elements incorporating 6 s 2 lone-pair electrons.

  12. Combined FTIR and SEM-EDS study of Bi2O3 doped ZnO-SnO2 ceramics.

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    Ivetić, T; Nikolić, M V; Paraskevopoulos, K M; Pavlidou, E; Zorba, T T; Nikolić, P M; Ristić, M M

    2008-12-01

    The effects of Bi(2)O(3) addition on the phase composition, microstructure and optical properties of ZnO-SnO(2) ceramics were investigated. Starting powders of ZnO and SnO(2) were mixed in the molar ratio 2:1. After adding Bi(2)O(3) (1.0 mol.%) this mixture was mechanically activated for 10 min in a planetary ball mill, uniaxially pressed and sintered at 1300 degrees C for 2 h. Far-infrared reflection spectra were measured (100-1000 cm(-1)). To investigate the occurred differences in FTIR spectra, the Bi(2)O(3)-doped sample was examined more carefully with a Perkin-Elmer FTIR spectrometer (Perkin Elmer, Waltham, MA, USA) connected with a Perkin-Elmer FTIR microscope and itemized points of interest were also studied with SEM-EDS.

  13. The preparation of a Eu3+-doped ZnO bi-functional layer and its application in organic photovoltaics

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    Wu, Na; Luo, Qun; Qiao, Xvsheng; Ma, Chang-Qi

    2015-12-01

    Recently, spectra conversion has been used to minimize energy loss in photovoltaic devices. In this work, we explore the development of a novel Eu3+-doped ZnO bi-functional layer for use in organic solar cells. The bi-functional layer acts as both a spectra conversion and an electron transporting layer. Compared to conventional spectra conversion layers, it has a simpler device structure, is easier to fabricate, and has a wider spectrum-sensitized region. A series of Eu3+-doped ZnO nanocrystals were synthesized using the simple solution route. X-ray powder diffraction patterns (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-visible absorbance spectra were used to characterize the obtained ZnO nanocrystals. The results reveal that the size and bandgap of ZnO nanocrystals can be controlled through regulation of the doping concentration of Eu3+ ions. The energy transfer of ZnO → Eu3+ is observed by photoluminescence (PL) spectra. At a bandgap excitation of around 300-400 nm, a typical emission band from the Eu3+ is obtained. By employing the Eu3+- doped ZnO nanocrystals as a buffer layer in a P3HT:PC61BM bulk heterojunction device, the obtained performance is similar to the undoped ZnO device, indicating that the electrical properties of ZnO are not affected by Eu3+ doping. Due to the down-conversion energy transfer between ZnO and Eu3+, the external quantum efficiency of the ZnO:Eu3+ device at 300-400 nm is higher than that of the pure ZnO device, which subsequently leads to an increase in short circuit current density (J SC). This work proves that it is possible to improve the solar spectrum response in the ultraviolet region of organic solar cells effectively by incorporating the bi-functional layer.

  14. Growth of nucleation sites on Pb-doped Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8 + delta

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    Finnemore, D. K.; Xu, Ming; Kouzoudis, D.; Bloomer, T.; Kramer, M. J.; McKernan, Stuart; Balachandran, U.; Haldar, Pradeep

    1996-01-01

    In the growth of Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10+δ from mixed powders of Pb-doped Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8+δ and other oxides, it has been discovered that a dense array of hillocks or mesas grow at the interface between a Ag overlay and Pb-doped Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8+δ grains during the ramp up to the reaction temperature. As viewed in an environmental scanning electron microscope, the Ag coated grains develop a texture that looks like ``chicken pox'' growing on the grains at about 700 °C. These hillocks are about 100 nm across and are spaced at about 500 to 1000 nm. If there is no Ag, this texture does not develop. Preliminary measurements indicate that the hillocks are a recrystallization of (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8+δ, and are definitely not a Pb rich phase.

  15. CdTe Photovoltaic Devices for Solar Cell Applications

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    2011-12-01

    falls between the end points of HgTe (Eg= -0.3 eV) and CdTe (Eg =1.5 eV). Because of its bandgap tunability with the Cd composition, Hg1-xCdxTe alloy...a bandgap energy that falls between the end points of HgTe (Eg= -0.3 eV) and CdTe (Eg =1.5 eV). Because of its bandgap tunability with the Cd ...theoretical efficiency of CdTe . These include removing recombination centers in the grain boundaries, improving crystal quality, and increasing doping

  16. Carrier-mediated ferromagnetism in the magnetic topological insulator Cr-doped (Sb,Bi)2Te3

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    Ye, Mao; Li, Wei; Zhu, Siyuan; Takeda, Yukiharu; Saitoh, Yuji; Wang, Jiajia; Pan, Hong; Nurmamat, Munisa; Sumida, Kazuki; Ji, Fuhao; Liu, Zhen; Yang, Haifeng; Liu, Zhengtai; Shen, Dawei; Kimura, Akio; Qiao, Shan; Xie, Xiaoming

    2015-01-01

    Magnetically doped topological insulators, possessing an energy gap created at the Dirac point through time-reversal-symmetry breaking, are predicted to exhibit exotic phenomena including the quantized anomalous Hall effect and a dissipationless transport, which facilitate the development of low-power-consumption devices using electron spins. Although several candidates of magnetically doped topological insulators were demonstrated to show long-range magnetic order, the realization of the quantized anomalous Hall effect is so far restricted to the Cr-doped (Sb,Bi)2Te3 system at extremely low temperature; however, the microscopic origin of its ferromagnetism is poorly understood. Here we present an element-resolved study for Cr-doped (Sb,Bi)2Te3 using X-ray magnetic circular dichroism to unambiguously show that the long-range magnetic order is mediated by the p-hole carriers of the host lattice, and the interaction between the Sb(Te) p and Cr d states is crucial. Our results are important for material engineering in realizing the quantized anomalous Hall effect at higher temperatures. PMID:26582485

  17. Carrier-mediated ferromagnetism in the magnetic topological insulator Cr-doped (Sb,Bi)2Te3

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    Ye, Mao; Li, Wei; Zhu, Siyuan; Takeda, Yukiharu; Saitoh, Yuji; Wang, Jiajia; Pan, Hong; Nurmamat, Munisa; Sumida, Kazuki; Ji, Fuhao; Liu, Zhen; Yang, Haifeng; Liu, Zhengtai; Shen, Dawei; Kimura, Akio; Qiao, Shan; Xie, Xiaoming

    2015-11-01

    Magnetically doped topological insulators, possessing an energy gap created at the Dirac point through time-reversal-symmetry breaking, are predicted to exhibit exotic phenomena including the quantized anomalous Hall effect and a dissipationless transport, which facilitate the development of low-power-consumption devices using electron spins. Although several candidates of magnetically doped topological insulators were demonstrated to show long-range magnetic order, the realization of the quantized anomalous Hall effect is so far restricted to the Cr-doped (Sb,Bi)2Te3 system at extremely low temperature; however, the microscopic origin of its ferromagnetism is poorly understood. Here we present an element-resolved study for Cr-doped (Sb,Bi)2Te3 using X-ray magnetic circular dichroism to unambiguously show that the long-range magnetic order is mediated by the p-hole carriers of the host lattice, and the interaction between the Sb(Te) p and Cr d states is crucial. Our results are important for material engineering in realizing the quantized anomalous Hall effect at higher temperatures.

  18. First-principles study of roles of Cu and Cl in polycrystalline CdTe

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    Yang, Ji -Hui; Yin, Wan -Jian; Park, Ji -Sang; ...

    2016-01-25

    In this study, Cu and Cl treatments are important processes to achieve high efficiency polycrystalline cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells, thus it will be beneficial to understand the roles they play in both bulk CdTe and CdTe grain boundaries (GBs). Using first-principles calculations, we systematically study Cu and Cl-related defects in bulk CdTe. We find that Cl has only a limited effect on improving p-type doping and too much Cl can induce deep traps in bulk CdTe, whereas Cu can enhance ptype doping of bulk CdTe. In the presence of GBs, we find that, in general, Cl and Cu willmore » prefer to stay at GBs, especially for those with Te-Te wrong bonds, in agreement with experimental observations.« less

  19. First-principles study of roles of Cu and Cl in polycrystalline CdTe

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    Yang, Ji -Hui; Yin, Wan -Jian; Park, Ji -Sang; Metzger, Wyatt; Wei, Su -Huai

    2016-01-25

    In this study, Cu and Cl treatments are important processes to achieve high efficiency polycrystalline cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells, thus it will be beneficial to understand the roles they play in both bulk CdTe and CdTe grain boundaries (GBs). Using first-principles calculations, we systematically study Cu and Cl-related defects in bulk CdTe. We find that Cl has only a limited effect on improving p-type doping and too much Cl can induce deep traps in bulk CdTe, whereas Cu can enhance ptype doping of bulk CdTe. In the presence of GBs, we find that, in general, Cl and Cu will prefer to stay at GBs, especially for those with Te-Te wrong bonds, in agreement with experimental observations.

  20. First-principles study of roles of Cu and Cl in polycrystalline CdTe

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    Yang, Ji-Hui; Park, Ji-Sang; Metzger, Wyatt; Yin, Wan-Jian; Wei, Su-Huai

    2016-01-28

    Cu and Cl treatments are important processes to achieve high efficiency polycrystalline cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells, thus it will be beneficial to understand the roles they play in both bulk CdTe and CdTe grain boundaries (GBs). Using first-principles calculations, we systematically study Cu and Cl-related defects in bulk CdTe. We find that Cl has only a limited effect on improving p-type doping and too much Cl can induce deep traps in bulk CdTe, whereas Cu can enhance p-type doping of bulk CdTe. In the presence of GBs, we find that, in general, Cl and Cu will prefer to stay at GBs, especially for those with Te-Te wrong bonds, in agreement with experimental observations.

  1. Effect of (Nd, Ni) co-doped on the multiferroic and photocatalytic properties of BiFeO{sub 3}

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    Vanga, Pradeep Reddy; Mangalaraja, R.V.; Ashok, M.

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • Sol–gel synthesis. • Saturation magnetization and ferroelectricity increases in Ni co-doped samples. • Conduction mechanism is different in Nd doped and (Nd, Ni) co-doped samples. • Samples show good photocatalytic activity in the presence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. - Abstract: Bi{sub 0.95}Nd{sub 0.05}Fe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.01, 0.03 and 0.05) samples are synthesized by solgel method. The phase and crystal structure of the samples are confirmed by X-ray diffraction studies, Rietveld refinement is performed to calculate the structural parameters. The reflectance spectra show bands in UV and visible region and the optical band gap is calculated using Kulbeka–Munk function. The magnetization and leakage current density are strongly influenced by doping. Different conduction mechanisms are observed in Nd doped and Ni co-doped samples. All the samples exhibit ferroelectric nature at various frequencies. Photocatalytic activities of the samples are determined by the degradation of methylene blue dye in the presence of visible light and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} which shows samples are good photo-Fenton like catalyst.

  2. Study of Ho-doped Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} topological insulator thin films

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    Harrison, S. E.; Collins-McIntyre, L. J.; Zhang, S. L.; Chen, Y. L.; Hesjedal, T.; Baker, A. A.; Figueroa, A. I.; Laan, G. van der; Kellock, A. J.; Pushp, A.; Parkin, S. S. P.; Harris, J. S.

    2015-11-02

    Breaking time-reversal symmetry through magnetic doping of topological insulators has been identified as a key strategy for unlocking exotic physical states. Here, we report the growth of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin films doped with the highest magnetic moment element Ho. Diffraction studies demonstrate high quality films for up to 21% Ho incorporation. Superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry reveals paramagnetism down to 2 K with an effective magnetic moment of ∼5 μ{sub B}/Ho. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy shows that the topological surface state remains intact with Ho doping, consistent with the material's paramagnetic state. The large saturation moment achieved makes these films useful for incorporation into heterostructures, whereby magnetic order can be introduced via interfacial coupling.

  3. Preparation of a Ag-doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O bulk sample by the floating-zone method

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    Kubo, Yukio; Michishita, Kazuo; Shimizu, Noriyuki; Higashida, Yutaka; Yokoyama, Hisanori

    1989-11-01

    Bulk samples with nominal composition of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O(y) doped with 0, 10 and 20 wt pct Ag were prepared by the floating-zone method at growth rates of 2 mm/h and 5 mm/h. Ag-doping seems to slightly enhance J(c) while annealing is very effective for J(c) enhancement. From preliminary ac susceptibility measurements, the J(c) enhancement by annealing is considered to be due to improvement of the weak link between superconducting grains. The 10 percent Ag-doped sample grown at 2 mm/h possessed J(c) of 5360 A/sq cm at 77 K under zero magnetic field after annealing.

  4. Direct observation of charge order in underdoped and optimally doped Bi2(Sr,La ) 2CuO6 +δ by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering

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    Peng, Y. Y.; Salluzzo, M.; Sun, X.; Ponti, A.; Betto, D.; Ferretti, A. M.; Fumagalli, F.; Kummer, K.; Le Tacon, M.; Zhou, X. J.; Brookes, N. B.; Braicovich, L.; Ghiringhelli, G.

    2016-11-01

    Charge order in underdoped and optimally doped high-Tc superconductors Bi2Sr2 -xLaxCuO6 +δ (Bi2201) is investigated by Cu L3 edge resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. We have directly observed charge density modulation in the optimally doped Bi2201 at momentum transfer Q∥≃0.23 reciprocal lattice units, with smaller intensity and correlation length with respect to the underdoped sample. This demonstrates the short-range charge order in Bi2201 persists up to optimal doping, as in other hole-doped cuprates. We explored the nodal (diagonal) direction and found no charge order peak, confirming that charge density modulates only along the Cu-O bond directions. We measured the out-of-plane dependence of charge order, finding a flat response and no maxima at half integer L values. This suggests there is no out-of-plane phase correlation in single layer Bi2201, at variance from YBa2Cu3O6 +x and La2 -x(Ba,Sr)xCuO4 . Combining our results with data from the literature we assess that charge order in Bi2201 exists in a large doping range across the phase diagram, i.e., 0.07 ≲p ≲0.16 , demonstrating thereby that it is intimately entangled with the antiferromagnetic background, the pseudogap, and superconductivity.

  5. Solid-state chemical synthesis of rod-like fluorine-doped β-Bi2O3 and their enhanced photocatalytic property under visible light

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    Liang, Zhiting; Cao, Yali; Li, Yizhao; Xie, Jing; Guo, Nana; Jia, Dianzeng

    2016-12-01

    The pure β-Bi2O3 and fluorine-doped β-Bi2O3 rod-like microstructures were successfully prepared by a facile solid-state chemical reaction process. The composition, structure and morphology of the samples were determined by XRD, EDS, SEM, TEM, HRTEM, XPS and PL. Photocatalytic activities of all samples were investigated via the degradation of methyl orange (MO) under the irradiation of visible light. The fluorine-doped β-Bi2O3 rods exhibited higher photocatalytic activities than the pure β-Bi2O3 rod-like structures and commercial sample. The 82% MO can be degraded by the fluorine-doped β-Bi2O3 rods after irradiation for 2 h under visible light, which is 2-3 times higher than that of counterparts. The enhanced properties of the fluorine-doped samples attribute to their higher separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs and strong oxidation potential of valance band holes. The results show that the as-prepared rod-like fluorine-doped β-Bi2O3 materials are potential candidates for photocatalysts irradiated by visible light.

  6. Effective visible light-active boron and europium co-doped BiVO4 synthesized by sol-gel method for photodegradion of methyl orange.

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    Wang, Min; Che, Yinsheng; Niu, Chao; Dang, Mingyan; Dong, Duo

    2013-11-15

    Eu-B co-doped BiVO4 visible-light-driven photocatalysts have been synthesized using the sol-gel method. The resulting materials were characterized by a series of joint techniques, including XPS, XRD, SEM, BET, and UV-vis DRS analyses. Compared with BiVO4 and B-BiVO4 photocatalysts, the Eu-B-BiVO4 photocatalysts exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity for methyl orange (MO) degradation under visible light irradiation. The optimal Eu doping content is 0.8 mol%. It was revealed that boron and europium were doped into the lattice of BiVO4 and this led to more surface oxygen vacancies, high specific surface areas, small crystallite size, a narrower band gap and intense light absorbance in the visible region. The doped Eu(III) cations can help in the separation of photogenerated electrons. The synergistic effects of boron and europium in doped BiVO4 were the main reason for improving visible light photocatalytic activity. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Micro-structure and Room-Temperature Thermoelectric Properties of Bi-Doped Antimony Zinc Thin Films Fabricated by Co-sputtering Method

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    Wei, Meng; Fan, Ping; Zheng, Zhuang-Hao; Luo, Jing-Ting; Liang, Guang-Xing; Zhong, Ai-Hua; Yin, Mei-Mei

    2016-11-01

    In this report, Bi-doped antimony zinc thin films were prepared on BK7 glass substrates by using direct magnetron co-sputtering technique. Bi was doped at the halfway point of deposition, and the doping contents were 2 at.%, 4 at.%, and 6 at.%, respectively. We present the micro-structural and room-temperature thermoelectric properties of Bi-doped Zn-Sb thin films in this paper. The maximum value of the Seebeck coefficient was found to be 300 μV/K with a Bi content of 6 at.%. This is one of the highest values of the Seebeck coefficient for Zn-Sb thin films deposited by direct magnetron co-sputtering. Carrier concentration is obtained from Hall effect measurements, which provided insights into the transport mechanisms that affected electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient. It is significant to doping Bi, which enhances the power factor to an optimal value of 0. 26 mW/mK2 and the optimal ZT value to 0.086 with the Bi content of 4 at.% at room-temperature.

  8. Micro-structure and Room-Temperature Thermoelectric Properties of Bi-Doped Antimony Zinc Thin Films Fabricated by Co-sputtering Method

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    Wei, Meng; Fan, Ping; Zheng, Zhuang-Hao; Luo, Jing-Ting; Liang, Guang-Xing; Zhong, Ai-Hua; Yin, Mei-Mei

    2017-05-01

    In this report, Bi-doped antimony zinc thin films were prepared on BK7 glass substrates by using direct magnetron co-sputtering technique. Bi was doped at the halfway point of deposition, and the doping contents were 2 at.%, 4 at.%, and 6 at.%, respectively. We present the micro-structural and room-temperature thermoelectric properties of Bi-doped Zn-Sb thin films in this paper. The maximum value of the Seebeck coefficient was found to be 300 μV/K with a Bi content of 6 at.%. This is one of the highest values of the Seebeck coefficient for Zn-Sb thin films deposited by direct magnetron co-sputtering. Carrier concentration is obtained from Hall effect measurements, which provided insights into the transport mechanisms that affected electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient. It is significant to doping Bi, which enhances the power factor to an optimal value of 0. 26 mW/mK2 and the optimal ZT value to 0.086 with the Bi content of 4 at.% at room-temperature.

  9. Enhanced photoluminescence from CaMoO4:Eu3+ by Bi3+ co-doping

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    Kim, Eun Ock; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Kim, Jung Hwan

    2016-02-01

    When optical active ions are doped into a host, two different methods for determining the composition ratio are usually employed. In one method, the condition for the number of cations was satisfied, in the other method, the condition for the amount of cation charge was satisfied. Until now the two different methods have been adapted, although the local sites of the dopant ions in the host are well known. By comparing the luminescence properties of samples synthesized with different compositions, we observed that the condition for the amount of cation charge (charge compensation) played a key role in the preparation of phosphor materials by enhancing both their crystallinity and covalency. These results demonstrate that the charge compensation is significantly effective in enhancing the emission intensity of the phosphor. Also, when Bi3+ ions are incorporated into the CaMoO4:Eu3+ phosphor, they break the symmetry of the crystal field around the Eu3+ ions and result in an enhancement of the PL intensity by a factors of 1.7 ˜ 2.7 (condition for the number of cations) and 6.2 (condition of charge compensation).

  10. Local electrical conduction in polycrystalline La-doped BiFeO₃ thin films.

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    Zhou, Ming-Xiu; Chen, Bo; Sun, Hai-Bin; Wan, Jian-Guo; Li, Zi-Wei; Liu, Jun-Ming; Song, Feng-Qi; Wang, Guang-Hou

    2013-06-07

    Local electrical conduction behaviors of polycrystalline La-doped BiFeO3 thin films have been investigated by combining conductive atomic force microscopy and piezoelectric force microscopy. Nanoscale current measurements were performed as a function of bias voltage for different crystal grains. Completely distinct conducting processes and resistive switching effects were observed in the grain boundary and grain interior. We have revealed that local electric conduction in a grain is dominated by both the grain boundary and ferroelectric domain, and is closely related to the applied electric field and the as-grown state of the grain. At lower voltages the electrical conduction is dominated by the grain boundary and is associated with the redistribution of oxygen vacancies in the grain boundary under external electric fields. At higher voltages both the grain boundary and ferroelectric domain are responsible for the electrical conduction of grains, and the electrical conduction gradually extends from the grain boundary into the grain interior due to the extension of the ferroelectric domain towards the grain interior. We have also demonstrated that the conduction dominated by the grain boundary exhibits a much small switching voltage, while the conduction of the ferroelectric domain causes a much high switching voltage in the grain interior.

  11. Calcination temperature influenced multiferroic properties of Ca-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Dhir, Gitanjali Uniyal, Poonam; Verma, N. K.

    2015-06-24

    The influence of Ca-doping and particle size on structural, morphological and magnetic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles has been studied. A sol-gel method was employed for the synthesis of nanoparticles and their particle size was tailored by varying the calcination temperature. Structural analysis revealed a rhombohedral distortion induced by Ca-substitution. The broadening of diffraction peaks with decreasing calcination temperature was indicative of reduction in crystallite size. The morphological analysis revealed the formation of agglomerated nanoparticles having average particle size ranging from 10-15 and 50-55 nm for C4 and C6, respectively. The agglomeration is attributed to high surface energy of nanoparticles. Ferromagnetism has been displayed by all the synthesized nanoparticles. Enhancement of saturation magnetization with Ca-substitution is attributed to suppression of spin cycloid structure by the reduction in size, lattice distortion and creation of oxygen vacancies by the substitution of divalent ion at trivalent site. Further, this value increases as a function of decreasing particle size. Strong particle size effects on magnetic properties of the synthesized nanoparticles are owed to increasing surface to volume ratio. All these observations are indicative of strong dependence of multiferroism on particle size.

  12. Atom Probe Tomography Analysis of Ag Doping in 2D Layered Material (PbSe)5(Bi2Se3)3.

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    Ren, Xiaochen; Singh, Arunima K; Fang, Lei; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G; Tavazza, Francesca; Davydov, Albert V; Lauhon, Lincoln J

    2016-10-12

    Impurity doping in two-dimensional (2D) materials can provide a route to tuning electronic properties, so it is important to be able to determine the distribution of dopant atoms within and between layers. Here we report the tomographic mapping of dopants in layered 2D materials with atomic sensitivity and subnanometer spatial resolution using atom probe tomography (APT). APT analysis shows that Ag dopes both Bi2Se3 and PbSe layers in (PbSe)5(Bi2Se3)3, and correlations in the position of Ag atoms suggest a pairing across neighboring Bi2Se3 and PbSe layers. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations confirm the favorability of substitutional doping for both Pb and Bi and provide insights into the observed spatial correlations in dopant locations.

  13. Atom Probe Tomography Analysis of Ag Doping in 2D Layered Material (PbSe)5(Bi2Se3)3

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    Ren, Xiaochen; Singh, Arunima K.; Fang, Lei; ...

    2016-09-07

    Impurity doping in two-dimensional (2D) materials can provide a route to tuning electronic properties, so it is important to be able to determine the distribution of dopant atoms within and between layers. Here we report the totnographic mapping of dopants in layered 2D materials with atomic sensitivity and subnanometer spatial resolution using atom, probe tomography (APT). Also, APT analysis shows that Ag dopes both Bi2Se3 and PbSe layers in (PbSe)5(Bi2Se3)3, and correlations :in the position of Ag atoms suggest a pairing across neighboring Bi2Se3 and PbSe layers. Finally, density functional theory (DFT) calculations confirm the favorability of substitutional-doping for bothmore » Pb and Bi and provide insights into the,observed spatial correlations in dopant locations.« less

  14. Dopant activation mechanism of Bi wire-δ-doping into Si crystal, investigated with wavelength dispersive fluorescence x-ray absorption fine structure and density functional theory.

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    Murata, Koichi; Kirkham, Christopher; Shimomura, Masaru; Nitta, Kiyofumi; Uruga, Tomoya; Terada, Yasuko; Nittoh, Koh-Ichi; Bowler, David R; Miki, Kazushi

    2017-04-20

    We successfully characterized the local structures of Bi atoms in a wire-δ-doped layer (1/8 ML) in a Si crystal, using wavelength dispersive fluorescence x-ray absorption fine structure at the beamline BL37XU, in SPring-8, with the help of density functional theory calculations. It was found that the burial of Bi nanolines on the Si(0 0 1) surface, via growth of Si capping layer at 400 °C by molecular beam epitaxy, reduced the Bi-Si bond length from [Formula: see text] to [Formula: see text] Å. We infer that following epitaxial growth the Bi-Bi dimers of the nanoline are broken, and the Bi atoms are located at substitutional sites within the Si crystal, leading to the shorter Bi-Si bond lengths.

  15. Ferromagnetism below 10K in Mn-doped BiTe

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    Bos, J. W. G.; Lee, M.; Morosan, E.; Zandbergen, H. W.; Lee, W. L.; Ong, N. P.; Cava, R. J.

    2006-11-01

    Ferromagnetism is observed below 10K in [Bi0.75Te0.125Mn0.125]Te . This material has the BiTe structure, which is made from the stacking of two Te-Bi-Te-Bi-Te blocks and one Bi-Bi block per unit cell. Crystal structure analysis shows that Mn is localized in the Bi2 blocks, and is accompanied by an equal amount of TeBi antisite occupancy in the Bi2Te3 blocks. These TeBi antisite defects greatly enhance the Mn solubility. This is demonstrated by comparison of the [Bi1-xMnx]Te and [Bi1-2xTexMnx]Te series; in the former, the solubility is limited to x=0.067 , while the latter has xmax=0.125 . The magnetism in [Bi1-xMnx]Te changes little with x , while that for [Bi1-2xTexMnx]Te shows a clear variation, leading to ferromagnetism for x>0.067 . Magnetic hysteresis and the anomalous Hall effect are observed for the ferromagnetic samples.

  16. Effect of Nd-doping on structure and microwave electromagnetic properties of BiFeO3

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    Liu, Sheng; Luo, Heng; Yan, Shuoqing; Yao, Lingling; He, Jun; Li, Yuhan; He, Longhui; Huang, Shengxiang; Deng, Lianwen

    2017-03-01

    The single-phase Bi1-xNdxFeO3 (x=0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20) were synthesized by the sol-gel method. Their crystal structure and microwave electromagnetic property in the frequency range of 2-18 GHz were investigated. The XRD patterns and Raman spectra showed that structural transition from rhombohedral (x=0, 0.05, 0.1) to triclinic (x=0.15) and tetragonal structure (x=0.20) appeared in the Bi1-xNdxFeO3. Electromagnetic measurement suggested that both microwave permeability μ‧ and magnetic loss tanδm increased remarkably over 2-18 GHz by doping Nd. Strong dielectric loss peak was observed on the samples of Bi1-xNdxFeO3 (x=0.15) and Bi1-xNdxFeO3 (x=0.2). Results show that Nd substitution is an effective way to push BiFeO3 to become microwave absorbing materials with high performance.

  17. Effect of Co doping on structural, optical, magnetic and dielectric properties of Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}

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    Mohapatra, S. R.; Sahu, B.; Singh, A. K.; Kaushik, S. D.

    2015-06-24

    Polycrystalline Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} and 2% Co doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} were prepared by solid state reaction route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) result reveals that there is no change in the crystal structure due to Co doping and the compound has orthorhombic structure. UV-visible spectroscopy confirms the decrease in band gap due Co doping. Zero field cooled magnetization measurement at 100 Oe magnetic field shows substantial decrease in the magnetic transition temperature. Room temperature frequency dependent dielectric permittivity at 1V DC bias shows ∼10% increase in Co doped sample with respect to pure Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}.

  18. Room temperature dielectric and magnetic properties of Gd and Ti co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Basith, M. A. E-mail: arima@yz.yamagata-u.ac.jp; Kurni, O.; Alam, M. S.; Sinha, B. L.; Ahmmad, Bashir E-mail: arima@yz.yamagata-u.ac.jp

    2014-01-14

    Room temperature dielectric and magnetic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} samples, co-doped with magnetic Gd and non-magnetic Ti in place of Bi and Fe, respectively, were reported. The nominal compositions of Bi{sub 0.9}Gd{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 1–x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.00-0.25) ceramics were synthesized by conventional solid state reaction technique. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the substitution of Fe by Ti induces a phase transition from rhombohedral to orthorhombic at x > 0.20. Morphological studies demonstrated that the average grain size was reduced from ∼1.5 μm to ∼200 nm with the increase in Ti content. Due to Ti substitution, the dielectric constant was stable over a wide range of high frequencies (30 kHz to 20 MHz) by suppressing the dispersion at low frequencies. The dielectric properties of the compounds are associated with their improved morphologies and reduced leakage current densities probably due to the lower concentration of oxygen vacancies in the compositions. Magnetic properties of Bi{sub 0.9}Gd{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 1–x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.00-0.25) ceramics measured at room temperature were enhanced with Ti substitution up to 20% compared to that of pure BiFeO{sub 3} and Ti undoped Bi{sub 0.9}Gd{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} samples. The enhanced magnetic properties might be attributed to the substitution induced suppression of spiral spin structure of BiFeO{sub 3}. An asymmetric shifts both in the field and magnetization axes of magnetization versus magnetic field curves was observed. This indicates the presence of exchange bias effect in these compounds notably at room temperature.

  19. Samarium and Nitrogen Co-Doped Bi2 WO6 Photocatalysts: Synergistic Effect of Sm(3+) /Sm(2+) Redox Centers and N-Doped Level for Enhancing Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity.

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    Wang, Fangzhi; Li, Wenjun; Gu, Shaonan; Li, Hongda; Wu, Xue; Liu, Xintong

    2016-08-26

    Samarium and nitrogen co-doped Bi2 WO6 nanosheets were successfully synthesized by using a hydrothermal method. The crystal structures, morphology, elemental compositions, and optical properties of the prepared samples were investigated. The incorporation of samarium and nitrogen ions into Bi2 WO6 was proved by X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. UV/Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicated that the samarium and nitrogen co-doped Bi2 WO6 possessed strong visible-light absorption. Remarkably, the samarium and nitrogen co-doped Bi2 WO6 exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than single-doped and pure Bi2 WO6 under visible-light irradiation. Radical trapping experiments indicated that holes (h(+) ) and superoxide radicals ((.) O2 (-) ) were the main active species. The results of photoluminescence spectroscopy and photocurrent measurements demonstrated that the recombination rate of the photogenerated electrons and holes pairs was greatly depressed. The enhanced activity was attributed to the synergistic effect of the in-built Sm(3+) /Sm(2+) redox pair centers and the N-doped level. The mechanism of the excellent photocatalytic activity of Sm-N-Bi2 WO6 is also discussed. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Hydrothermal formation of N-doped (BiO)2CO3 honeycomb-like microspheres photocatalysts with bismuth citrate and dicyandiamide as precursors.

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    Li, Qiuyan; Liu, Haitao; Dong, Fan; Fu, Min

    2013-10-15

    In order to develop efficient visible light driven photocatalysts for environmental application, novel N-doped (BiO)2CO3 honeycomb-like hierarchical microspheres were fabricated by an one-pot and template-free hydrothermal method, firstly using bismuth citrate and dicyandiamide as precursors. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, FT-IR, PL, XPS, and UV-vis DRS in detail. The results indicated that the crystal structure and morphology of the samples can be tuned by hydrothermal reaction temperature. The source of nitrogen doping was from dicyandiamide, which also played a key role in hydrolyzing bismuth citrate to produce bismuth ions and citrate ions. The ammonium ions from the decomposition of dicyandiamide reacted with bismuth ions and carbonate ions from decomposition of citrate ions, producing in situ N-doped (BiO)2CO3 microspheres. The doped nitrogen substituted for oxygen in (BiO)2CO3 and was responsible for the band gap reduction of N-doped (BiO)2CO3. The as-prepared N-doped (BiO)2CO3 microspheres were applied for removal of NO in air and exhibited excellent visible light activity, exceeding that of N-doped TiO2 and C-doped TiO2. Time-dependent evolutions of crystal structure, morphology, chemical composition, and optical property were investigated systematically to reveal the growth mechanism of the honeycomb-like (BiO)2CO3 microspheres. The growth process involved multiple steps, including reaction, nucleation, crystallization, aggregation, and recrystallization. The proposed growth mechanism could provide new insights into the design and fabrication of hierarchical materials with advanced properties.

  1. Photoluminescence properties of Pr3+ doped Bi2ZnOB2O6 microcrystals and PMMA-based composites

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    Jaroszewski, K.; Chrunik, M.; Głuchowski, P.; Coy, E.; Maciejewska, B.; Jastrzab, R.; Majchrowski, A.; Kasprowicz, D.

    2016-12-01

    Photoluminescence properties of red-emitting Pr3+-doped Bi2ZnOB2O6 microcrystalline powder and PMMA-based composite materials were reported. Bi2ZnOB2O6:Pr3+ powders were synthesized by means of the modified Pechini method. The morphology and crystallographic structure of Bi2ZnOB2O6:Pr3+ microcrystals were investigated by XRD and HRTEM. The PMMA-based composite materials were prepared by embedding of Bi2ZnOB2O6:Pr3+ powder in the PMMA matrix. The vibrational properties of the powder and composite systems were investigated by μ-Raman spectroscopy. Emission spectra of the samples were measured under blue (451.6 nm) and UV (320 nm) excitation. Both, the powder and composite samples show enhancement of red emission (1D2 → 3H4) and quenching of greenish-blue luminescence from 3P0 level of Pr3+ ions after excitation in UV and VIS caused by the 3P0 ∼ 1D2 non-radiative relaxation of Pr3+ ion by low-lying charge transfer state and non-radiative de-excitation through Pr3+-Bi3+ energy transfer. The response of the powder and composite samples to pulsed excitation at 451.6 nm was measured by monitoring emission from the 1D2 level (595 nm/3P0 → 3H6 transition). The determined lifetimes τ1 and τ2 of the red emission at 595 nm (1D2 → 3H4 transition) of the composite are significantly longer in comparison to powder samples. Moreover, because of the good nonlinear optical properties of the Bi2ZnOB2O6 crystals and effective luminescence of the Pr3+-doped Bi2ZnOB2O6 powders and composites, they can be very useful as bi-functional materials in the new generation of optoelectronic devices.

  2. Metal-insulator transition in variably doped (Bi(1-x)Sb(x))2Se3 nanosheets.

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    Lee, Chee Huei; He, Rui; Wang, ZhenHua; Qiu, Richard L J; Kumar, Ajay; Delaney, Conor; Beck, Ben; Kidd, T E; Chancey, C C; Sankaran, R Mohan; Gao, Xuan P A

    2013-05-21

    Topological insulators are novel quantum materials with metallic surface transport but insulating bulk behavior. Often, topological insulators are dominated by bulk contributions due to defect induced bulk carriers, making it difficult to isolate the more interesting surface transport characteristics. Here, we report the synthesis and characterization of nanosheets of a topological insulator Bi2Se3 with variable Sb-doping levels to control the electron carrier density and surface transport behavior. (Bi(1-x)Sb(x))2Se3 thin films of thickness less than 10 nm are prepared by epitaxial growth on mica substrates in a vapor transport setup. The introduction of Sb in Bi2Se3 effectively suppresses the room temperature electron density from ∼4 × 10(13) cm(-2) in pure Bi2Se3 (x = 0) to ∼2 × 10(12) cm(-2) in (Bi(1-x)Sb(x))2Se3 at x ∼ 0.15, while maintaining the metallic transport behavior. At x ≳ ∼0.20, a metal-insulator transition (MIT) is observed, indicating that the system has transformed into an insulator in which the metallic surface conduction is blocked. In agreement with the observed MIT, Raman spectroscopy reveals the emergence of vibrational modes arising from Sb-Sb and Sb-Se bonds at high Sb concentrations, confirming the appearance of the Sb2Se3 crystal structure in the sample. These results suggest that nanostructured chalcogenide films with controlled doping can be a tunable platform for fundamental studies and electronic applications of topological insulator systems.

  3. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism study of Dy-doped Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films

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    Figueroa, A. I.; Baker, A. A.; Harrison, S. E.; Kummer, K.; van der Laan, G.; Hesjedal, T.

    2017-01-01

    Magnetic doping of topological insulators (TIs) is crucial for unlocking novel quantum phenomena, paving the way for spintronics applications. Recently, we have shown that doping with rare earth ions introduces large magnetic moments and allows for high doping concentrations without the loss of crystal quality, however no long range magnetic order was observed. In Dy-doped Bi2Te3 we found a band gap opening above a critical doping concentration, despite the paramagnetic bulk behavior. Here, we present a surface-sensitive x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) study of an in situ cleaved film in the cleanest possible environment. The Dy M4,5 absorption spectra measured with circularly polarized x-rays are fitted using multiplet calculations to obtain the effective magnetic moment. Arrott-Noakes plots, measured by the Dy M5 XMCD as a function of field at low temperatures, give a negative transition temperature. The evaporation of a ferromagnetic Co thin film did not introduce ferromagnetic ordering of the Dy dopants either; instead a lowering of the transition temperature was observed, pointing towards an antiferromagnetic ordering scenario. This result shows that there is a competition between the magnetic exchange interaction and the Zeeman interaction. The latter favors the Co and Dy magnetic moments to be both aligned along the direction of the applied magnetic field, while the exchange interaction is minimized if the Dy and Co atoms are antiferromagnetically coupled, as in zero applied field.

  4. Aliovalent Ba2+ doping: A way to reduce oxygen vacancy in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Das, Rajasree; Sharma, Sucheta; Mandal, Kalyan

    2016-03-01

    This paper demonstrates the impact of Ba2+ substitution on the structural, dielectric relaxation and AC conductivity properties of Bi1-xBaxFeO3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25) ceramics. Ba doping incorporates rhombohedral to tetragonal structural transformation in perovskite BFO. XPS data shows change in oxygen vacancy concentration with Ba doping and it also suggests that schoimetry of the doped compounds is not maintained by creating mix valance state of Fe. Reduction in oxygen vacancy (OVs) in the doped samples is explained by Kroger-Vink notation. Arrhenius plot shows activation energy for dielectric relaxation of the doped samples lies between ~1.16 and 1.44 eV. AC conductivity of material decreases as Ba ion substitution increases in the parent compound. Electrical conductivity is attributed to the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) motion of the oxygen vacancies in the samples. Coulombic potential barrier (WM) height, calculated from Elliott model for CBH motion of charge carriers shows correlation with the activation energy of AC conductivity at low temperature. Activation energy value obtained from the impedance measurements of the samples implies short range migration of oxygen vacancies dominates the frequency dependent conductivity while the frequency independent part of conductivity is the result of long range migration of oxygen vacancies.

  5. Magnetic and DC electric properties of sol-gel-synthesized Ce-doped BiFeO3 nanoflakes

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    Ibrahim, E. M. M.; Farghal, G.; Khalaf, Mai M.; Abd El-Lateef, Hany M.

    2017-08-01

    In this work, Bi1- x Ce x FeO3 ( x = 0.0, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, 0.1) mesoporous nanoflakes with average thickness 36-122 nm have been synthesized using the sol-gel method. The effect of Ce doping on the structural, morphological, magnetic, and electrical properties was investigated. The samples were characterized by the X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The magnetic measurements show that the Bi1- x Ce x FeO3 nanoflakes have weak ferromagnetic ordering which can be attributed to the oxygen vacancies and Ce4+ substitution in the Bi sites. The DC electric transport properties were studied in the temperature range (300-700) K by the two-probe method. The materials show typical semiconductor features and the conduction mechanisms are governed by the hopping process. The Ce doping results in a significant enhancement in the electrical conductivity and the magnetic features of the BFO nanoflakes.

  6. Facile synthesis of p-n heterojunction of phosphorus doped TiO2 and BiOI with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    Zhang, Guoqiang; Ji, Shan; Zhang, Yanfeng; Wei, Yu

    2017-06-01

    TiO2/BiOI heterostructures were prepared with BiOI nanosheets and phosphorus-doped TiO2 nanoparticles by a facile method at a low temperature. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra and X-Ray Photoelectron spectroscopy were employed to characterize the phase structures, morphologies and optical absorption properties of TiO2/BiOI p-n heterojunction. The experimental results show that BiOI nanoplates and TiO2 nanoparticles bind through chemical bonds rather than a simple mixture of the two materials. The optical absorption edge of TiO2/BiOI heterostructures was extended to more than 650 nm in visible-light region. The samples exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than pure BiOI and TiO2 for the degradation of Rhodamine B under the irradiation of visible light. In addition, the photocatalytic mechanism of TiO2/BiOI heterostructures has also has been investigated in the presence of active species scavengers. The photocatalytic activity enhancement of TiO2/BiOI heterostructures could be attributed to the synergistic effect of the strong absorption in the visible region and low recombination rate of the electron-hole pairs because of the p-n heterojunction of BiOI naosheets and P-doped TiO2 nanoparticles.

  7. Enhancement of tetragonal anisotropy and stabilisation of the tetragonal phase by Bi/Mn-double-doping in BaTiO3 ferroelectric ceramics.

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    Yabuta, Hisato; Tanaka, Hidenori; Furuta, Tatsuo; Watanabe, Takayuki; Kubota, Makoto; Matsuda, Takanori; Ifuku, Toshihiro; Yoneda, Yasuhiro

    2017-04-03

    To stabilise ferroelectric-tetragonal phase of BaTiO3, the double-doping of Bi and Mn up to 0.5 mol% was studied. Upon increasing the Bi content in BaTiO3:Mn:Bi, the tetragonal crystal-lattice-constants a and c shrank and elongated, respectively, resulting in an enhancement of tetragonal anisotropy, and the temperature-range of the ferroelectric tetragonal phase expanded. X-ray absorption fine structure measurements confirmed that Bi and Mn were located at the A(Ba)-site and B(Ti)-site, respectively, and Bi was markedly displaced from the centrosymmetric position in the BiO12 cluster. This A-site substitution of Bi also caused fluctuations of B-site atoms. Magnetic susceptibility measurements revealed a change in the Mn valence from +4 to +3 upon addition of the same molar amount of Bi as Mn, probably resulting from a compensating behaviour of the Mn at Ti(4+) sites for donor doping of Bi(3+) into the Ba(2+) site. Because addition of La(3+) instead of Bi(3+) showed neither the enhancement of the tetragonal anisotropy nor the stabilisation of the tetragonal phase, these phenomena in BaTiO3:Mn:Bi were not caused by the Jahn-Teller effect of Mn(3+) in the MnO6 octahedron, but caused by the Bi-displacement, probably resulting from the effect of the 6 s lone-pair electrons in Bi(3+).

  8. Enhancement of tetragonal anisotropy and stabilisation of the tetragonal phase by Bi/Mn-double-doping in BaTiO3 ferroelectric ceramics

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    Yabuta, Hisato; Tanaka, Hidenori; Furuta, Tatsuo; Watanabe, Takayuki; Kubota, Makoto; Matsuda, Takanori; Ifuku, Toshihiro; Yoneda, Yasuhiro

    2017-01-01

    To stabilise ferroelectric-tetragonal phase of BaTiO3, the double-doping of Bi and Mn up to 0.5 mol% was studied. Upon increasing the Bi content in BaTiO3:Mn:Bi, the tetragonal crystal-lattice-constants a and c shrank and elongated, respectively, resulting in an enhancement of tetragonal anisotropy, and the temperature-range of the ferroelectric tetragonal phase expanded. X-ray absorption fine structure measurements confirmed that Bi and Mn were located at the A(Ba)-site and B(Ti)-site, respectively, and Bi was markedly displaced from the centrosymmetric position in the BiO12 cluster. This A-site substitution of Bi also caused fluctuations of B-site atoms. Magnetic susceptibility measurements revealed a change in the Mn valence from +4 to +3 upon addition of the same molar amount of Bi as Mn, probably resulting from a compensating behaviour of the Mn at Ti4+ sites for donor doping of Bi3+ into the Ba2+ site. Because addition of La3+ instead of Bi3+ showed neither the enhancement of the tetragonal anisotropy nor the stabilisation of the tetragonal phase, these phenomena in BaTiO3:Mn:Bi were not caused by the Jahn-Teller effect of Mn3+ in the MnO6 octahedron, but caused by the Bi-displacement, probably resulting from the effect of the 6 s lone-pair electrons in Bi3+. PMID:28367973

  9. Mn-doping induced ferromagnetism and enhanced superconductivity in Bi4 -xMnxO4S3 (0.075 ≤x ≤0.15 )

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    Feng, Zhenjie; Yin, Xunqing; Cao, Yiming; Peng, Xianglian; Gao, Tian; Yu, Chuan; Chen, Jingzhe; Kang, Baojuan; Lu, Bo; Guo, Juan; Li, Qing; Tseng, Wei-Shiuan; Ma, Zhongquan; Jing, Chao; Cao, Shixun; Zhang, Jincang; Yeh, N.-C.

    2016-08-01

    We demonstrate that Mn doping in the layered sulfides Bi4O4S3 leads to stable Bi4-xMnxO4S3 compounds that exhibit both long-range ferromagnetism and enhanced superconductivity for 0.075 ≤x ≤0.15 , with a possible record superconducting transition temperature (Tc) ˜15 K among all BiS2-based superconductors. We conjecture that the coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism may be attributed to Mn doping in the spacer Bi2O2 layers away from the superconducting BiS2 layers, whereas the enhancement of Tc may be due to excess electron transfer to BiS2 from the Mn4 +/Mn3 + substitutions in Bi2O2 . This notion is empirically corroborated by the increased electron-carrier densities upon Mn doping, and by further studies of the Bi4-xAxO4S3 compounds (A = Co, Ni; x =0.1 , 0.125), where the Tc values remain comparable to that of the undoped Bi4O4S3 system (˜4.5 K) due to lack of 4+ valences in either Co or Ni ions for excess electron transfer to the BiS2 layers. These findings therefore shed new light on feasible pathways to enhance the Tc values of BiS2-based superconductors, although complete elucidation of the interplay between superconductivity and ferromagnetism in these anisotropic layered compounds awaits the development of single crystalline materials for further investigation.

  10. Enhanced electrical properties in multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics co-doped by La3+ and V5+

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    Yu, Benfang; Li, Meiya; Wang, Jing; Pei, Ling; Guo, Dongyun; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2008-09-01

    La3+ and V5+ co-doped Bi0.85La0.15Fe1-xVxO3 (BLFVx, x = 0-0.1) ceramics were prepared by a rapid liquid sintering technique. The effects of the V5+-doping content on the structure and electrical properties of BLFVx ceramics were investigated. In the range of the V5+ content x from 0 to 0.03, BLFVx ceramics had a polycrystalline perovskite structure with tiny residual Bi2O3, while an impurity phase appeared for x > 0.03. As the x increased from 0 to 0.1, both the leakage current density and the dielectric loss (tan δ) for BLFVx ceramics decreased gradually, while the dielectric constant (ɛr) first increased and then decreased gradually in this process, reaching a maximum value of 273 for x = 0.03. Among the BLFVx ceramics, the BLFVx=0.01 ceramic showed a well-saturated hysteresis loop with large remanent polarization (Pr) of 39.4 µC cm-2 and a low coercive electric field (Ec) of ±43.1 kV cm-1 under an applied electric field of ±75 kV cm-1. In addition, these ceramics exhibited good anti-fatigue characteristics after 2 × 1010 read/write polarization cycles. These suggested that La3+ and V5+ co-doping was beneficial for enhancing the dielectric, ferroelectric and anti-fatigue properties of the BLFVx ceramics.

  11. Photoelectrochemical performance of W-doped BiVO4 thin-films deposited by spray pyrolysis

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    Holland, Stephen K.; Dutter, Melissa R.; Lawrence, David J.; Reisner, Barbara A.; DeVore, Thomas C.

    2013-09-01

    The effect of tungsten doping and hydrogen annealing treatments on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) photoanodes for solar water splitting was studied. Thin films of BiVO4 were deposited on ITO-coated glass slides by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis of an aqueous solution containing bismuth nitrate and vanadium oxysulfate. Tungsten doping was achieved by adding either silicotungstic acid (STA) or ammonium metatungstate (AMT) in the aqueous precursor. The 1.7 μm - 2.2 μm thick films exhibited a highly porous microstructure. Undoped films that were reduced at 375 ºC in 3% H2 exhibited the largest photocurrent densities under 0.1 W cm-2 AM1.5 illumination. This performance enhancement was believed to be due to the formation of oxygen vacancies, which are shallow electron donors, in the films. Films doped with 1% or 5% tungsten from either STA or AMT exhibited reduced photoelectrochemical performance and greater sample-to-sample performance variations. Powder X-ray diffraction data of the undoped films indicated that they were comprised primarily of the monoclinic scheelite phase while unidentified phases were also present. Scanning electron microscopy showed slightly different morphology characteristics for the Wdoped films. It is surmised that the addition of W in the deposition process promoted the morphology differences and the formation of different phases, thus reducing the PEC performance of the photoanode samples. Significant PEC performance variability was also observed among films deposited using the described process.

  12. Undoped and Ni-doped CoOx surface modification of porous BiVO4 photoelectrodes for water oxidation

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    Liu, Ya; Guo, Youhong; Schelhas, Laura T.; ...

    2016-09-29

    Surface modification of photoanodes with oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts is an effective approach to enhance water oxidation kinetics, to reduce external bias, and to improve the energy harvesting efficiency of photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation. Here, the surface of porous BiVO4 photoanodes was modified by the deposition of undoped and Ni-doped CoOx via nitrogen flow assisted electrostatic spray pyrolysis. This newly developed atmospheric pressure deposition technique allows for surface coverage throughout the porous structure with thickness and composition control. PEC testing of modified BiVO4 photoanodes shows that after deposition of an undoped CoOx surface layer, the onset potential shifts negativelymore » by ca. 420 mV and the photocurrent density reaches 2.01 mA cm–2 at 1.23 vs VRHE under AM 1.5G illumination. Modification with Ni-doped CoOx produces even more effective OER catalysis and yields a photocurrent density of 2.62 mA cm–2 at 1.23 VRHE under AM 1.5G illumination. Furthermore, the valence band X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy results show the Ni doping reduces the Fermi level of the CoOx layer; the increased surface band bending produced by this effect is partially responsible for the superior PEC performance.« less

  13. The effect of Mo doping on the charge separation dynamics and photocurrent performance of BiVO 4 photoanodes

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    Pattengale, Brian; Huang, Jier

    2016-01-01

    Doping with electron-rich elements in BiVO4 photoanodes has been demonstrated as a desirable approach for improving their carrier mobility and charge separation efficiency. However, the effect of doping and dopant concentration on the carrier dynamics and photoelectrochemical performance remains unclear. In this work, we examined the effects of Mo doping on the charge separation dynamics and photocurrent performance in BiVO4 photoanodes. We show that the photocurrent of BiVO4 photoanodes increases with increasing concentration of the Mo dopant, which can be attributed to both the improved carrier mobility resulting from increased electron density and charge separation efficiency due to the diminishing of trap states upon Mo doping. The effect of doping on the electronic structure, carrier dynamics and photocurrent performance of BiVO4 photoanodes resulting from W and Mo dopants was also compared and discussed in this study. The knowledge gained from this work will provide important insights into the optimization of the carrier mobility and charge separation efficiency of BiVO4 photoanodes by controlling the dopants and their concentrations.

  14. Template-Engaged In Situ Synthesis of Carbon-Doped Monoclinic Mesoporous BiVO4: Photocatalytic Treatment of Rhodamine B

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    Yao, Mingming; Gan, Lihua; Liu, Mingxian; Tripathi, Pranav K.; Liu, Yafei; Hu, Zhonghua

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, carbon-doped monoclinic scheelite mesoporous bismuth vanadate was synthesized through template-engaged in situ method. The bismuth nitrate pentahydrate and ammonia metavanadate were used as bismuth and vanadium precursors, respectively, glucose as carbon source, and mesoporous SiO2 aerogel as a hard template. Carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 were obtained by heat treatment of BiVO4/glucose/template to carbonize glucose and form monoclinic crystal, followed by etching with NaOH solution to remove the SiO2 template. The samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption and desorption, UV-visible spectroscopy, Energy dispersive spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, and Transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the sample with a carbon content of 0.5 wt.% possesses a specific surface area of 10.2 m2/g and has mesoporous structure with the most probable pore size of 13.9 nm. The band gap of carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 was estimated to be 2.33 eV, indicating the superior photocatalytic activity under visible light. The photocatalytic efficiency of carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 for the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible light (λ > 400 nm) in 120 min reaches 98.7%, Besides, the carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 photocatalyst still showed high stability: 85% for Rhodamine B degradation after ten recycles.

  15. Ti doping-induced magnetic and morphological transformations in Sr- and Ca-substituted BiFeO3

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    Khomchenko, V. A.; Paixão, J. A.

    2016-04-01

    The investigation focuses on the crystal structure, microstructure, local ferroelectric and magnetic properties of the Bi0.9Sr0.1Fe1-x Ti x O3-δ (x  =  0.05, 0.1, 0.15; δ  =  (0.1  -  x)/2) multiferroics prepared by a solid-state reaction method. All the samples have been found to be isostructural with the pure BiFeO3 (the material crystallizes in a polar rhombohedral structure belonging to the space group R3c). It has been shown that the pattern of changes in the lattice parameters of the Bi0.9Sr0.1Fe1-x Ti x O3-δ samples can be interpreted as consistent with the doping-driven elimination of anion vacancies at x  ⩽  0.1 and the formation of cation vacancies at x  >  0.1. The readjustment of the defect structure associated with the mechanism of charge compensation in the aliovalent-substituted BiFeO3 is accompanied by correlated changes in the morphology, ferroelectric/ferroelastic domain structure and magnetic properties of the materials. In particular, it has been found that the deviation from the ideal (δ  =  0) cation-anion stoichiometry in the Bi0.9Sr0.1Fe1-x Ti x O3-δ system leads to a significant decrease in the average size of crystal grain and ferroelectric domains and gives rise to an antiferromagnetic-weak ferromagnetic transformation. Results of this study have been compared with those obtained for equally substituted samples of the Bi0.9Ca0.1Fe1-x Ti x O3-δ series (Khomchenko and Paixão 2015 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 27 436002) to demonstrate how the variation in the chemical pressure introduced by the partial replacement of Bi3+ with bigger (Sr2+) and smaller (Ca2+) ions can affect the multiferroic behavior of Ti-doped bismuth ferrites.

  16. Marked enhancement in electron-hole separation achieved in the low bias region using electrochemically prepared Mo-doped BiVO4 photoanodes.

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    Park, Yiseul; Kang, Donghyeon; Choi, Kyoung-Shin

    2014-01-21

    Mo-doped BiVO4 electrodes were prepared by an electrochemical route for use as photoanodes in a photoelectrochemical cell. The purpose of Mo-doping was to improve the electron transport properties, which in turn can increase the electron-hole separation yield. The poor electron-hole separation yield was known to be one of the main limiting factors for BiVO4-based photoanodes. The electrochemical route provided an effective way of doping BiVO4, and the optimally doped sample, BiV(0.97)Mo(0.03)O4, increased the electron-hole separation yield from 0.23 to 0.57 at 0.6 V vs. RHE, which is a record high separation yield achieved for BiVO4-based photoanodes. As a result, BiV(0.97)Mo(0.03)O4 generated impressive photocurrents, for example, 2 mA cm(-2) at a potential as low as 0.4 V vs. RHE for sulfite oxidation, which has fast oxidation kinetics and, therefore, the loss of holes by surface recombination is negligible. For photooxidation of water, BiV(0.97)Mo(0.03)O4 was paired with FeOOH as an oxygen evolution catalyst (OEC) to improve the poor catalytic ability of BiV(0.97)Mo(0.03)O4 for water oxidation. The resulting BiV(0.97)Mo(0.03)O4/FeOOH photoanodes generated a significantly improved photocurrent for water oxidation compared to previous reported results, but the photocurrent of BiV(0.97)Mo(0.03)O4/FeOOH for water oxidation could not reach the photocurrent of BiV(0.97)Mo(0.03)O4 for sulfite oxidation. In order to examine the cause, the effects of Mo-doping on the interaction between BiVO4 and FeOOH and the effects of FeOOH on the electron-hole separation yield of BiV(0.97)Mo(0.03)O4 were investigated in detail, which provided new insights into semiconductor-OEC interactions.

  17. Photoanode with Enhanced Performance Achieved by Coating BiVO4 onto ZnO-Templated Sb-Doped SnO2 Nanotube Scaffold.

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    Zhou, Lite; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Jing; Rao, Pratap M

    2017-04-05

    The performance of BiVO4 photoanodes, especially under front-side illumination, is limited by the modest charge transport properties of BiVO4. Core/shell nanostructures consisting of BiVO4 coated onto a conductive scaffold are a promising route to improving the performance of BiVO4-based photoanodes. Here, we investigate photoanodes composed of thin and uniform layers of BiVO4 particles coated onto Sb-doped SnO2 (Sb:SnO2) nanotube arrays that were synthesized using a sacrificial ZnO template with controllable length and packing density. We demonstrate a new record for the product of light absorption and charge separation efficiencies (ηabs × ηsep) of ∼57.3 and 58.5% under front- and back-side illumination, respectively, at 0.6 VRHE. Moreover, both of these high ηabs × ηsep efficiencies are achieved without any extra treatment or intentional doping in BiVO4. These results indicate that integration of Sb:SnO2 nanotube cores with other successful strategies such as doping and hydrogen treatment can increase the performance of BiVO4 and related semiconductors closer to their theoretical potential.

  18. Optical property of the co-doped La and Mg BiFeO3 films fabricated by sol-gel method

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    Peng, Lin; Deng, Hongmei; Tian, Jianjun; Deng, Huan; Yang, Pingxiong; Chu, Junhao

    2011-11-01

    The Bi1-xLaxFe1-yMgyO3 thin films were fabricated on Si (100) by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that all the films are perovskite structure with space group R3C with x and y range from 0 to 0.1 altogether. Moreover, the co-doped La and Mg distorted BiFeO3 lattice structure which induced from Raman study. The refractive index n and extinction coefficient k of the co-doped BiFeO3 film obviously get larger with the La and Mg concentration, and the band-gap energy of BiFeO3 was found to be 2.45+/-0.02ev and that of Bi 0.95 La 0.05 Fe 0.95 Mg 0.05 O3 and Bi 0.9 La 0.1 Fe 0.9 Mg 0.1 O3 were 2.40+/-0.02ev and 2.35+/-0.02ev, respectively. Our results suggest that small amount of La and Mg doping can change optical property of BiFeO3 material.

  19. Optical property of the co-doped La and Mg BiFeO3 films fabricated by sol-gel method

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    Peng, Lin; Deng, Hongmei; Tian, Jianjun; Deng, Huan; Yang, Pingxiong; Chu, Junhao

    2012-02-01

    The Bi1-xLaxFe1-yMgyO3 thin films were fabricated on Si (100) by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that all the films are perovskite structure with space group R3C with x and y range from 0 to 0.1 altogether. Moreover, the co-doped La and Mg distorted BiFeO3 lattice structure which induced from Raman study. The refractive index n and extinction coefficient k of the co-doped BiFeO3 film obviously get larger with the La and Mg concentration, and the band-gap energy of BiFeO3 was found to be 2.45+/-0.02ev and that of Bi 0.95 La 0.05 Fe 0.95 Mg 0.05 O3 and Bi 0.9 La 0.1 Fe 0.9 Mg 0.1 O3 were 2.40+/-0.02ev and 2.35+/-0.02ev, respectively. Our results suggest that small amount of La and Mg doping can change optical property of BiFeO3 material.

  20. Preparation of Ag doped BiVO4 film and its enhanced photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) ability of phenol degradation under visible light.

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    Zhang, Xiufang; Zhang, Yaobin; Quan, Xie; Chen, Shuo

    2009-08-15

    Ag particles were doped on BiVO(4) film by photoreduction technique. XRD analysis indicated that the chemical state of the Ag particles was metallic Ag. TEM observation confirmed that the sizes of the Ag particles were 10-20nm. The investigation of the phenol degradation demonstrated that the photocatalytic (PC) degradation rate of the phenol on the Ag doped BiVO(4) film was enhanced by 1.61 times in PC process and by 42.7 times in photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) process compared with that of the BiVO(4) film. The transportation of the electrons from the BiVO(4) to Ag driven by the schottky barrier formed between Ag and BiVO(4) can increase the charge carrier separation, and consequently enhance the PC performance. The enhancement of the PC ability in PEC process could be attributed to the simultaneous movements of the photogenerated electrons to external circuit and the photogenerated holes to the Ag particles deposited on the BiVO(4) film. In 4h, the elimination efficiency and the TOC removal efficiency of phenol on the Ag doped BiVO(4) film in PEC process were 94.1% and 61.0%, respectively.

  1. Preparation and characterization of Bi-doped TiO{sub 2} and its solar photocatalytic activity for the degradation of isoproturon herbicide

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    Reddy, Police Anil Kumar; Srinivas, Basavaraju; Kala, Pruthu; Kumari, Valluri Durga; Subrahmanyam, Machiraju

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Visible active Bi-TiO{sub 2} photocatalyst preparation and thorough charaterization. {yields} Bi-TiO{sub 2} shows high activity for isoproturon degradation under solar light irradiation. {yields} The spectral response of TiO{sub 2} shifts from UV to visible light region by Bi doping. {yields} Bi{sup 3+{delta}+} species are playing a vital role in minimizing e{sup -}/h{sup +} recombination. -- Abstract: Bi-doped TiO{sub 2} catalyst was prepared by sol-gel method and was characterized by thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction spectra (XRD), X-ray photo electronic spectroscopy (XPS), UV-Vis diffused reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) and BET surface area. The photocatalytic activity of the catalysts were evaluated for the degradation of isoproturon herbicide under solar light irradiation. The UV-Visible DRS of Bi-doped TiO{sub 2} showed red shift in optical absorption. The presence of Bi{sup 3+{delta}+} species are playing a vital role in minimizing the electron hole recombination resulting higher activity compared to bare TiO{sub 2}.

  2. Ultrahigh sensitivity of anomalous Hall effect sensor based on Cr-doped Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films

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    Ni, Y.; Zhang, Z.; Nlebedim, I. C.; Jiles, D. C.

    2016-07-01

    Anomalous Hall effect (AHE) was recently discovered in magnetic element-doped topological insulators (TIs), which promises low power consumption and high efficiency spintronics and electronics. This discovery broadens the family of Hall sensors. In this paper, AHE sensors based on Cr-doped Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films are studied with two thicknesses (15 and 65 nm). It is found, in both cases, that ultrahigh Hall sensitivity can be obtained in Cr-doped Bi2Te3. Hall sensitivity reaches 1666 Ω/T in the sensor with the 15 nm TI thin film, which is higher than that of the conventional semiconductor HE sensor. The AHE of 65 nm sensors is even stronger, which causes the sensitivity increasing to 2620 Ω/T. Furthermore, after comparing Cr-doped Bi2Te3 with the previously studied Mn-doped Bi2Te3 TI Hall sensor, the sensitivity of the present AHE sensor shows about 60 times higher in 65 nm sensors. Furthermore, the implementation of AHE sensors based on a magnetic-doped TI thin film indicates that the TIs are good candidates for ultrasensitive AHE sensors.

  3. Study on superstructure in ion co-doped BiFeO3 by using transmission electron microscopy

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    Pu, Shi-Zhou; Guo, Chao; Li, Mei-Ya; Chen, Zhen-Lian; Zou, Hua-Min

    2015-04-01

    La3+ and V5+ co-doped BiFeO3 ceramics are synthesized by rapid liquid sintering technique. The modulated structure in Bi0.85La0.15Fe0.97V0.03O3 is investigated by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Two kinds of superstructures are observed in the samples. One is the component modulated superstructure and twin-domain, which is generated by La3+ ordered substitution for Bi3+ and frequently appears. The chemical composition of the superstructure is explored by x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The model of the ordered structure is proposed. Simulation based on the model is conducted. The second is the fluorite-type δ-Bi2O3 related superstructure. The relation between the ferroelectric property and the microstructure of the sample is also discussed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51372174, 11074193, and 51132001) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.

  4. Achieving ZT=2.2 with Bi-doped n-type SnSe single crystals

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    Duong, Anh Tuan; Nguyen, Van Quang; Duvjir, Ganbat; Duong, Van Thiet; Kwon, Suyong; Song, Jae Yong; Lee, Jae Ki; Lee, Ji Eun; Park, SuDong; Min, Taewon; Lee, Jaekwang; Kim, Jungdae; Cho, Sunglae

    2016-01-01

    Recently SnSe, a layered chalcogenide material, has attracted a great deal of attention for its excellent p-type thermoelectric property showing a remarkable ZT value of 2.6 at 923 K. For thermoelectric device applications, it is necessary to have n-type materials with comparable ZT value. Here, we report that n-type SnSe single crystals were successfully synthesized by substituting Bi at Sn sites. In addition, it was found that the carrier concentration increases with Bi content, which has a great influence on the thermoelectric properties of n-type SnSe single crystals. Indeed, we achieved the maximum ZT value of 2.2 along b axis at 733 K in the most highly doped n-type SnSe with a carrier density of −2.1 × 1019 cm−3 at 773 K. PMID:27941762

  5. Ferroelectric Sm-Doped BiMnO3 Thin Films with Ferromagnetic Transition Temperature Enhanced to 140 K

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    2014-01-01

    A combined chemical pressure and substrate biaxial pressure crystal engineering approach was demonstrated for producing highly epitaxial Sm-doped BiMnO3 (BSMO) films on SrTiO3 single crystal substrates, with enhanced magnetic transition temperatures, TC up to as high as 140 K, 40 K higher than that for standard BiMnO3 (BMO) films. Strong room temperature ferroelectricity with piezoresponse amplitude, d33 = 10 pm/V, and long-term retention of polarization were also observed. Furthermore, the BSMO films were much easier to grow than pure BMO films, with excellent phase purity over a wide growth window. The work represents a very effective way to independently control strain in-plane and out-of-plane, which is important not just for BMO but for controlling the properties of many other strongly correlated oxides. PMID:25141031

  6. Effect of Y-doping on the electrical transport properties of nanocrystalline BiFeO3

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    Mukherjee, A.; Basu, S.; Chakraborty, G.; Pal, M.

    2012-07-01

    Effect of yttrium doping on the electrical transport properties of sol-gel prepare nanocrystalline BiFeO3 was investigated. A comprehensive state-of-the art sophisticated instruments like x-ray diffraction, differential thermal analyzer, field emission scanning electron microscope, and HRTEM were utilized to characterize the BiFeO3 nanoparticles. It was observed that the values of dc activation energy calculated from Arrhenius relation increase with increase of yttrium content. The variation of ac conductivity with frequency and temperature exhibits a correlated barrier hopping conduction mechanism. The dielectric permittivity of the sample reveals an increasing tendency with the concentration of yttrium and depends on both the grain and the interfacial grain boundary resistance. The activation energies for the dielectric relaxation estimated from the modulus spectra were found to be reasonably good agreement with those obtained from dc conductivity study.

  7. Achieving ZT=2.2 with Bi-doped n-type SnSe single crystals

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    Duong, Anh Tuan; Nguyen, Van Quang; Duvjir, Ganbat; Duong, Van Thiet; Kwon, Suyong; Song, Jae Yong; Lee, Jae Ki; Lee, Ji Eun; Park, Sudong; Min, Taewon; Lee, Jaekwang; Kim, Jungdae; Cho, Sunglae

    2016-12-01

    Recently SnSe, a layered chalcogenide material, has attracted a great deal of attention for its excellent p-type thermoelectric property showing a remarkable ZT value of 2.6 at 923 K. For thermoelectric device applications, it is necessary to have n-type materials with comparable ZT value. Here, we report that n-type SnSe single crystals were successfully synthesized by substituting Bi at Sn sites. In addition, it was found that the carrier concentration increases with Bi content, which has a great influence on the thermoelectric properties of n-type SnSe single crystals. Indeed, we achieved the maximum ZT value of 2.2 along b axis at 733 K in the most highly doped n-type SnSe with a carrier density of -2.1 × 1019 cm-3 at 773 K.

  8. Luminescence and cathodoluminescent properties of monoclinic Y2WO6 co-doped with Dy-Bi

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    Hu, Peiju; Zhang, Wei; Hu, Zhengfa; Feng, Zuyong; Ma, Lun; Zhang, Xiuping; Sheng, Xia; Luo, Li; Wang, Yinhai

    2017-08-01

    Dy-Bi co-doped yttrium tungstate crystal materials were synthesized by high temperature solid-state method. To reveal the photoluminescence features and properties of the samples, some measurements have been taken. It turned out that different Bi3+ concentrations play obvious influence in emission performance, and show visible light emission under ultraviolet light excitation. Besides, the effect of temperature on phase structure of samples has also been studied here. Superhigh X-ray luminescence of the phosphors exhibited the promising application in the field of high energy detection. The X-ray irradiation crystal resistance stability of the phosphors has also been investigated through the subsequent testing of XRD and spectra.

  9. Fabrication of bidirectionally doped β-Bi2O3/TiO2-NTs with enhanced photocatalysis under visible light irradiation.

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    Li, Deyi; Zhang, Yonggang; Zhang, Yalei; Zhou, Xuefei; Guo, Sujin

    2013-08-15

    Stable β-Bi2O3/TiO2-NTs photocatalyst with excellent visible-light-activity is successfully prepared by bidirectional doping. Stake structure of the TiO2-NTs provides a larger specific surface area and makes the contact area between the TiO2-NTs and β-Bi2O3 much larger; The stake structure of TiO2-NTs not only leads to a firmer combination of TiO2-NTs and β-Bi2O3, but also makes them dope one another deeply. The modification of Bi species into TiO2-NTs can form Bi-O-Ti chemical absorption bonds, then a localized impurity level is generated within the band gap. Electrons can be excited and transferred from the Bi(3+) impurity level to the conduction band (CB) of TiO2, similar to narrowing the band-gap of TiO2-NTs, resulting in a red shift of the absorption edge and an enhancement in visible-light activity. During annealing, Bi atoms are partially replaced by Ti atoms. The lattice of β-Bi2O3 is compressed around the Ti impurity, making the lattice dislocate and distort. This dislocation and distortion leads to an increase in the β-Bi2O3 valance band (VB), from 2.02 to 2.28 eV. Accordingly, the weak oxidability of β-Bi2O3 is improved, and its photocatalytic ability is further enhanced. Moreover, this lattice dislocation and distortion changes the Bi-O distances, thus remarkably improving the stability of the β-Bi2O3/TiO2-NTs.

  10. Absorption, fluorescence and second harmonic generation in Cr³⁺-doped BiB₃O₆ glasses.

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    Kuznik, W; Fuks-Janczarek, I; Wojciechowski, A; Kityk, I V; Kiisk, V; Majchrowski, A; Jaroszewicz, L R; Brik, M G; Nagy, G U L

    2015-06-15

    Synthesis, spectral properties and photoinduced nonlinear optical effects of chromium-doped BiB3O6 glass are studied in the present paper. Absorption, excitation and time resolved luminescence spectra are presented and luminescence decay behavior is discussed. Detailed analysis of the obtained spectra (assignment of the most prominent spectral features in terms of the corresponding Cr(3+) energy levels, crystal field strength Dq, Racah parameters B and C) was performed. A weak photostimulated second harmonic generation signal was found to increase drastically due to poling by proton implantation in the investigated sample.

  11. Orthorhombic polar Nd-doped BiFeO3 thin film on MgO substrate.

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    Leontyev, I N; Yuzyuk, Yu I; Janolin, P-E; El-Marssi, M; Chernyshov, D; Dmitriev, V; Golovko, Yu I; Mukhortov, V M; Dkhil, B

    2011-08-24

    A Nd-doped BiFeO(3) thin film deposited on MgO substrate was studied by synchrotron diffraction. The ferroelectric nature of the film is proven by in-plane remanent polarization measurement. The highest possible symmetry of the film is determined to be orthorhombic, within the Fm2m space group. Such a structure is rotated by 45° with respect to the substrate and is consistent with tilts of oxygen octahedra doubling the unit cell. This polar structure presents a rather unusual strain-accommodation mechanism.

  12. Electron transfer in the structure of a photorefractive doped Bi12TiO20: Ru crystal

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    Avanesyan, V. T.; Paima, K. I.; Stozharov, V. M.

    2017-06-01

    The ac conductivity of Bi12TiO20: Ru crystals has been studied in the frequency range 102-106 Hz and at temperatures 293-773 K. The experimental data have been analyzed in the framework of the model of correlated barrier hops. In this material, the potential barriers are due to the existence of a block structure, crystal lattice defects, and also the presence of a ruthenium impurity. The microparameters characterizing the charge transfer in doped bismuth titanate single crystals have been determined.

  13. Impedance studies on Ca - doped BiFeO3 multiferroic: Role of grain and grain boundary

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    Jethva, Sadaf; Kundalia, Hetal; Vyas, Brinda; Savaliya, Chirag; Udeshi, Malay; Katba, Savan; Kuberkar, D. G.

    2017-05-01

    We report the modifications in the structural and dielectric properties of polycrystalline Bi1-xCaxFeO3 (BCFO) (x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.20) multiferroics understood in the context of grain and grain boundary contribution to the complex impedance and modulus behavior. It is seen that, in BCFO with increase in Ca-concentration, the insulating nature of both, grain and grain boundaries gets enhanced. Analysis of the Nyquist plots confirm the presence of non -Debye type relaxation in all the Ca-doped BCFO samples.

  14. Photoconductivity in Bi/sub 12/SiO/sub 20/ single crystals doped with manganese and chromium

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    Shilova M.V.; Kolosov, E.E.; Leonov, E.I.; Orlov, V.M.

    1986-06-01

    This paper examines the effects of Mn and Cr doping of Bi/sub 12/SiO/sub 20/ (BSO) single crystals on the photoconductivity. The photosensitivity spectra for BSO specimens in the impurity region are shown. The red limit to the IIP excitation was determined in recording the PC spectra for unexcited specimens (annealed at 470 K). The red limit to the radiation producing the IIP with BSO was 0.56 um (2.21 eV), which agrees with previous data. The red limit for IIP in Mn-doped BSO is 0.55 um (2.25 eV). It is shown that there is a photosensitivity increase in BSO crystals in the impurity region on illumination by a mercury lamp, with subsequent photosensitivity reduction on illumination by a red laser (lambda = 0.63 um).

  15. Optical absorption of Bi/sub 12/SiO/sub 20/ single crystals doped with chromium or nickel

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    Orlov, V.M.; Kolosov, E.E.; Shilova, M.V.

    1986-08-01

    In the present work on Bi/sub 12/SiO/sub 20/ single crystals (BSO) undoped and doped with Cr or Ni, the authors studied the room-temperature optical absorption in the range 0.4-1.2 micrometers during emission of the photochromic effect and determined the impurity level energies due to Cr or Ni. The crystals studied were grown by the Czochralski method. In study of the photochromic effect, the authors used ultraviolet radiation from a mercury lamp and radiation from a He-Ne laser. The optical absorption spectral dependences are shown. It is confirmed that observation of photochromic effect in chromium-doped BSO crystals is encumbered by relaxation of their optical transmission. The extent of optical excitation in these sample depends substantially on the time elapsed after irradiation.

  16. Enhancing magnetic ordering in Cr-doped Bi2Se3 using high-TC ferrimagnetic insulator.

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    Liu, Wenqing; He, Liang; Xu, Yongbing; Murata, Koichi; Onbasli, Mehmet C; Lang, Murong; Maltby, Nick J; Li, Shunpu; Wang, Xuefeng; Ross, Caroline A; Bencok, Peter; van der Laan, Gerrit; Zhang, Rong; Wang, Kang L

    2015-01-14

    We report a study of enhancing the magnetic ordering in a model magnetically doped topological insulator (TI), Bi(2-x)Cr(x)Se(3), via the proximity effect using a high-TC ferrimagnetic insulator Y(3)Fe(5)O(12). The FMI provides the TI with a source of exchange interaction yet without removing the nontrivial surface state. By performing the elemental specific X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements, we have unequivocally observed an enhanced TC of 50 K in this magnetically doped TI/FMI heterostructure. We have also found a larger (6.6 nm at 30 K) but faster decreasing (by 80% from 30 to 50 K) penetration depth compared to that of diluted ferromagnetic semiconductors (DMSs), which could indicate a novel mechanism for the interaction between FMIs and the nontrivial TIs surface.

  17. Contact resistance and V-I characteristics in a Ag-doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor

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    Shimizu, Noriyuki; Michishita, Kazuo; Higashida, Yutaka; Yokoyama, Hisanori; Hayami, Yumi

    1989-11-01

    Contact resistance and V-I characteristics were investigated in Ag-doped and undoped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O bulk samples prepared by the floating-zone method. In undoped samples, with increasing current pulse width, rapidity of voltage rise in V-I characteristics increases and J(c) decreases. The contact resistance is nonohmic and temperature dependence is semiconductorlike. In an Ag-doped sample, rapidity of voltage rise and J(c) are not influenced by pulse width, and deviation of J(c) among samples is small. The ohmic contact resistance has metallike temperature dependence, and its value is less than 1/500 of that in an undoped sample.

  18. Laser stimulated piezoelectricity in Er3+ doped GeO2-Bi2O3 glasses containing silicon nanocrystals

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    Kassab, Luciana Reyes Pires; Camilo, Mauricio Eiji; da Silva, Diego Silverio; de Assumpção, Thiago Alexandre Alves; Fedorchuk, A. O.; Plucinski, K. J.

    2014-12-01

    We report the first observation of the laser stimulated piezoelectricity in Er3+ doped GeO2-Bi2O3 glasses containing silicon nanocrystals, prepared using the simple well known melt quenching technique. Two split beams originated from the same nanosecond lasers were used for the performance of the bicolor laser treatment. The fundamental (λ = 1064 nm) and the doubled frequency (λ = 532 nm) signal of a pulsed nanosecond Nd:YAG laser, as the fundamental (λ = 1540 nm) and the doubled frequency (λ = 770 nm) signal of an Er:glass laser were used. The ratio of power densities between the fundamental and the doubled frequency beams has been varied from 4:1 to 8:1. This value was chosen to achieve the maximum output photoinduced piezoelectric response. The present photoinduced piezoelectricity effect opens a new road for obtaining optically operated piezoelectric devices in germanate composites doped with rare-earth ions.

  19. Origin of Room Temperature Ferromagnetism in Cr-Doped Lead-Free Ferroelectric Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 Materials

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    Thanh, L. T. H.; Doan, N. B.; Dung, N. Q.; Cuong, L. V.; Bac, L. H.; Duc, N. A.; Bao, P. Q.; Dung, D. D.

    2017-01-01

    The development of multiferroic materials based on lead-free ferroelectric material provides an opportunity to fabricate next-generation electronic devices. In this work, Cr-doped lead-free ferroelectric Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 materials were synthesized by using the sol-gel method. The optical band gap was reduced from 3.12 eV to 2.12 eV for undoped and 9 mol.% Cr-doped Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 with the substitution of Cr at the Ti-site. Cr-doped Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 materials exhibited weak ferromagnetism at room temperature. Saturation magnetization was approximately 0.08 μ B/Cr at 5 K. Our work will facilitate the further understanding of the role of transition metal ferromagnetism in lead-free ferroelectric materials at room temperature.

  20. Effect of isovalent non-magnetic Fe-site doping on the electronic structure and spontaneous polarization of BiFeO3

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    Singh, Poorva; Roy, Amritendu; Garg, Ashish; Prasad, R.

    2015-05-01

    We report the results of our first-principles calculations on the effect of isovalent, non-magnetic, Al3+ ion doping on the electronic structure and spontaneous polarization of multiferroic BiFeO3. Our calculations reveal that Al3+ doping in BiFeO3 results in the reduction of Fe-O-Fe bond angle, leading to the weakening of antiferromagnetic superexchange interaction, further substantiated by the reduction of exchange interaction constant with increasing doping level. Lowering of well-depth is suggestive of reduced switching potential and improved P-E loop with lowered coercivity. Chemical bonding analysis by electron localization function shows that cation-oxygen bonding is of mixed ionic-covalent character, with marginal increase in the covalent character with increasing doping concentration. Large spontaneous polarization of undoped BiFeO3 is retained with lower doping level (6.25%), while for higher doping content (31.25%), the spontaneous polarization is reduced, primarily due to larger c/a ratio at higher doping level.

  1. Effects of low-level Ag doping on Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+x}

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    Deis, T.A.; Eror, N.G.; Krishnaraj, P.; Prorok, B.C.; Lelovic, M.; Balachandran, U.

    1995-07-01

    Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} has been doped with silver, up to 10,000 ppm, in three ways: excess additions, substitution of Ag for Bi, and substitution of Ag for Sr. Effects of doping on the c-axis lattice parameter and critical temperature ({Tc}) were measured. Effects from doing were only observed in slow-cooled [10{degree}/hr] oxygen equilibrated samples. Doping by excess additions caused a small decrease in {Tc} and an increase in the c-axis length of the lattice. Doping by substitution, compared to excess Ag additions, caused a larger decrease in {Tc} and higher c-axis values for doping levels up to 1,000 ppm. Doping by substitution at higher levels (1,000--10,000 ppm) caused {Tc} to increase and the c-axis to decrease. Samples with similar substitutional doping levels exhibited comparable {Tc} values and samples with Ag substituted for Sr consistently exhibited higher c-axis values than samples that had equivalent amounts of Ag substituted for Bi.

  2. Effect of isovalent non-magnetic Fe-site doping on the electronic structure and spontaneous polarization of BiFeO{sub 3}

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    Singh, Poorva; Prasad, R.; Roy, Amritendu; Garg, Ashish

    2015-05-14

    We report the results of our first-principles calculations on the effect of isovalent, non-magnetic, Al{sup 3+} ion doping on the electronic structure and spontaneous polarization of multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3}. Our calculations reveal that Al{sup 3+} doping in BiFeO{sub 3} results in the reduction of Fe–O–Fe bond angle, leading to the weakening of antiferromagnetic superexchange interaction, further substantiated by the reduction of exchange interaction constant with increasing doping level. Lowering of well-depth is suggestive of reduced switching potential and improved P-E loop with lowered coercivity. Chemical bonding analysis by electron localization function shows that cation–oxygen bonding is of mixed ionic–covalent character, with marginal increase in the covalent character with increasing doping concentration. Large spontaneous polarization of undoped BiFeO{sub 3} is retained with lower doping level (6.25%), while for higher doping content (31.25%), the spontaneous polarization is reduced, primarily due to larger c/a ratio at higher doping level.

  3. Yb3+-doped LiBi(WO4)2 single crystals fibers grown by micro-pulling down technique and characterization

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    Rekik, B.; Derbal, M.; Lebbou, K.; Benammar, M. E. A.

    2016-10-01

    The Yb3+ doped LiBi(WO4)2 fibers single crystals have been pulled using the micro-pulling down technique (μ-PD) with controlled fiber diameter and under stationary stable growth conditions. The corresponding crystallization interface was flat, with meniscus length equal to the fiber radii. The pulling rate used was in the range of 2-6 mm h-1. We have determined the monophased field of LiBi1-xYbx(WO4)2 and observed that the lattice parameters decrease as a function of Yb3+ substitution in Bi3+ sites. The structural characterization has been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) method and Raman spectroscopy. We also performed micro-luminescence characterizations and drawn the decay time for both of the 1 at% (Yb3+) doped LiBi(WO4)2 fiber and powders.

  4. One-pot synthesis of Ag+ doped BiVO4 microspheres with enhanced photocatalytic activity via a facile hydrothermal method

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    Zhu, Shiwen; Li, Quanguo; Li, Feng; Cao, Wei; Li, Taohai

    2016-05-01

    The Ag+/BiVO4 photocatalyst was fabricated through a facile hydrothermal method by using K6V10O28·9H2O as the vanadium source. The impact of Ag+ on the product's structure and morphology was studied. It was shown that the amount of Ag+ has no effect on the product's crystal phases but plays an important role on the morphology of the nanoparticles that construct the shell of BiVO4 microspheres. In addition, the Ag+-doped photocatalysts have much higher photocatalytic activities in removing RhB and MB under the UV light illumination than the pure BiVO4. A possible photocatalytic mechanism was proposed in photoexcitation of the BiVO4 electrons which subsequently captured by the dopant. The present work may offer a novel route to reach higher photocatalytic activity by doping the Ag+ in the semiconductor catalysts.

  5. Leakage current phenomena in Mn-doped Bi(Na,K)TiO3-based ferroelectric thin films

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    Walenza-Slabe, J.; Gibbons, B. J.

    2016-08-01

    Mn-doped 80(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-20(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3 thin films were fabricated by chemical solution deposition on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrates. Steady state and time-dependent leakage current were investigated from room temperature to 180 °C. Undoped and low-doped films showed space-charge-limited current (SCLC) at high temperatures. The electric field marking the transition from Ohmic to trap-filling-limited current increased monotonically with Mn-doping. With 2 mol. % Mn, the current was Ohmic up to 430 kV/cm, even at 180 °C. Modeling of the SCLC showed that all films exhibited shallow trap levels and high trap concentrations. In the regime of steady state leakage, there were also observations of negative differential resistivity and positive temperature coefficient of resistivity near room temperature. Both of these phenomena were confined to relatively low temperatures (below ˜60 °C). Transient currents were observed in the time-dependent leakage data, which was measured out to several hundred seconds. In the undoped films, these were found to be a consequence of oxygen vacancy migration modulating the electronic conductivity. The mobility and thermal activation energy for oxygen vacancies was extracted as μion ≈ 1.7 × 10-12 cm2 V-1 s-1 and EA,ion ≈ 0.92 eV, respectively. The transient current displayed different characteristics in the 1 mol. % Mn-doped films which were not readily explained by oxygen vacancy migration.

  6. Leakage current phenomena in Mn-doped Bi(Na,K)TiO{sub 3}-based ferroelectric thin films

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    Walenza-Slabe, J.; Gibbons, B. J.

    2016-08-28

    Mn-doped 80(Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})TiO{sub 3}-20(Bi{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5})TiO{sub 3} thin films were fabricated by chemical solution deposition on Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates. Steady state and time-dependent leakage current were investigated from room temperature to 180 °C. Undoped and low-doped films showed space-charge-limited current (SCLC) at high temperatures. The electric field marking the transition from Ohmic to trap-filling-limited current increased monotonically with Mn-doping. With 2 mol. % Mn, the current was Ohmic up to 430 kV/cm, even at 180 °C. Modeling of the SCLC showed that all films exhibited shallow trap levels and high trap concentrations. In the regime of steady state leakage, there were also observations of negative differential resistivity and positive temperature coefficient of resistivity near room temperature. Both of these phenomena were confined to relatively low temperatures (below ∼60 °C). Transient currents were observed in the time-dependent leakage data, which was measured out to several hundred seconds. In the undoped films, these were found to be a consequence of oxygen vacancy migration modulating the electronic conductivity. The mobility and thermal activation energy for oxygen vacancies was extracted as μ{sub ion} ≈ 1.7 × 10{sup −12} cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} and E{sub A,ion} ≈ 0.92 eV, respectively. The transient current displayed different characteristics in the 1 mol. % Mn-doped films which were not readily explained by oxygen vacancy migration.

  7. CdTe Solar Cells: The Role of Copper

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    Guo, Da; Akis, Richard; Brinkman, Daniel; Sankin, Igor; Fang, Tian; Vasileska, Dragica; Ringhofer, Christain

    2014-06-06

    In this work, we report on developing 1D reaction-diffusion solver to understand the kinetics of p-type doping formation in CdTe absorbers and to shine some light on underlying causes of metastabilities observed in CdTe PV devices. Evolution of intrinsic and Cu-related defects in CdTe solar cell has been studied in time-space domain self-consistently with free carrier transport and Poisson equation. Resulting device performance was simulated as a function of Cu diffusion anneal time showing pronounced effect the evolution of associated acceptor and donor states can cause on device characteristics. Although 1D simulation has intrinsic limitations when applied to poly-crystalline films, the results suggest strong potential of the approach in better understanding of the performance and metastabilities of CdTe photovoltaic device.

  8. Spatial Distribution of Dopant Incorporation in CdTe

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    Guthrey, Harvey; Moseley, John; Colegrove, Eric; Burst, James; Albin, David; Metzger, Wyatt; Al-Jassim, Mowafak

    2016-11-21

    In this work we use state-of-the-art cathodoluminescence (CL) spectrum imaging that provides spectrum-per-pixel mapping of the CL emission to examine how dopant elements are incorporated into CdTe. Emission spectra and intensity are used to monitor the spatial distribution of additional charge carriers through characteristic variations in the CL emission based on theoretical modeling. Our results show that grain boundaries play a role in the incorporation of dopants in CdTe, whether intrinsic or extrinsic. This type of analysis is crucial for providing feedback to design different processing schedules that optimize dopant incorporation in CdTe photovoltaic material, which has struggled to reach high carrier concentration values. Here, we present results on CdTe films exposed to copper, phosphorus, and intrinsic doping treatments.

  9. Intrinsic ferromagnetism and quantum transport transition in individual Fe-doped Bi2Se3 topological insulator nanowires.

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    Niu, Wei; Du, Kai; Wang, Shuangbao; Zhang, Minhao; Gao, Ming; Chen, Yongda; Liu, Hao; Zhou, Wei; Song, Fengqi; Wang, Peng; Xu, Yongbing; Wang, Xuefeng; Shen, Jian; Zhang, Rong

    2017-08-31

    Time-reversal symmetry is broken by magnetic doping in topological insulators (TIs). An energy gap at the Dirac point opens and thus, generates numerous surface carriers. TI nanostructures are an ideal platform to investigate exotic surface transport behavior due to their large surface-to-volume ratio, which enhances the contribution of the TI surface states. However, magnetic doping into TI nanostructures has been challenging, and induced magnetic behavior has remained elusive. Herein, we have synthesized Fe-doped Bi2Se3 nanowires using a facile chemical vapor deposition with a doping concentration of ∼1 at%. The combined structural characterizations illustrate the homogeneous distribution of the Fe dopants. Cryogenic magnetic force microscopy gives direct evidence of the spontaneous magnetization with a Curie temperature of ∼40 K in a single nanowire. The transport measurements show a quantum transition from weak anti-localization to weak localization behavior. All the evidence indicates the existence of intrinsic ferromagnetism and gapped topological surface states in the TI nanowires, paving a way for future memory and magnetoelectric nanodevice applications.

  10. The Effect of Niobium Doping on the Electrical Properties of 0.4(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO₃-0.6BiFeO₃ Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics.

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    Fisher, John G; Jang, Seo-Hee; Park, Mi-So; Sun, Hengyang; Moon, Su-Hyun; Lee, Jong-Sook; Hussain, Ali

    2015-12-02

    Ceramics in the system (Bi0.5K0.5)TiO₃-BiFeO₃ have good electromechanical properties and temperature stability. However, the high conductivity inherent in BiFeO₃-based ceramics complicates measurement of the ferroelectric properties. In the present work, doping with niobium (Nb) is carried out to reduce the conductivity of (Bi0.5K0.5)TiO₃-BiFeO₃. Powders of composition 0.4(K0.5Bi0.5)Ti1-xNbxO₃-0.6BiFe1-xNbxO₃ (x = 0, 0.01 and 0.03) are prepared by the mixed oxide method and sintered at 1050 °C for 1 h. The effect of Nb doping on the structure is examined by X-ray diffraction. The microstructure is examined by scanning electron microscopy. The variation in relative permittivity with temperature is measured using an impedance analyzer. Ferroelectric properties are measured at room temperature using a Sawyer Tower circuit. Piezoelectric properties are measured using a d33 meter and a contact type displacement sensor. All the samples have high density, a rhombohedral unit cell and equiaxed, micron-sized grains. All the samples show relaxor-like behavior. Nb doping causes a reduction in conductivity by one to two orders of magnitude at 200 °C. The samples have narrow P-E loops reminiscent of a linear dielectric. The samples all possess bipolar butterfly S-E loops characteristic of a classic ferroelectric material. Nb doping causes a decrease in d33 and Smax/Emax.

  11. Photoluminescence and electrical properties of Eu-doped (Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 ferroelectric single crystals

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    Zhang, Haiwu; Zhao, Xiangyong; Deng, Hao; Chen, Chao; Lin, Di; Li, Xiaobing; Yan, Jun; Luo, Haosu

    2014-02-01

    Eu3+-doped Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (Eu:NBT) single crystals were grown by a top-seeded solution growth method. Photoluminescence emission and excitation spectra of Eu:NBT were investigated. The two transitions in 7F0 → 5D0 excitation spectra reveal that Eu3+ ions were incorporated into two adjacent crystallographic sites in NBT, i.e., Bi3+ and Na+ sites. The former has a symmetrical surrounding, while the later has a disordered environment, which was confirmed by decay curve measurements. The dielectric dispersion behavior was depressed and the piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties were improved after Eu doping.

  12. Large power factor and anomalous Hall effect and their correlation with observed linear magneto resistance in Co-doped Bi2Se3 3D topological insulator.

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    Singh, Rahul; Shukla, K K; Kumar, A; Okram, G S; Singh, D; Ganeshan, V; Lakhani, Archana; Ghosh, A K; Chatterjee, Sandip

    2016-09-21

    Magnetoresistance (MR), thermo power, magnetization and Hall effect measurements have been performed on Co-doped Bi2Se3 topological insulators. The undoped sample shows that the maximum MR as a destructive interference due to a π-Berry phase leads to a decrease of MR. As the Co is doped, the linearity in MR is increased. The observed MR of Bi2Se3 can be explained with the classical model. The low temperature MR behavior of Co doped samples cannot be explained with the same model, but can be explained with the quantum linear MR model. Magnetization behavior indicates the establishment of ferromagnetic ordering with Co doping. Hall effect data also supports the establishment of ferromagnetic ordering in Co-doped Bi2Se3 samples by showing the anomalous Hall effect. Furthermore, when spectral weight suppression is insignificant, Bi2Se3 behaves as a dilute magnetic semiconductor. Moreover, the maximum power factor is observed when time reversal symmetry (TRS) is maintained. As the TRS is broken the power factor value is decreased, which indicates that with the rise of Dirac cone above the Fermi level the anomalous Hall effect and linearity in MR increase and the power factor decreases.

  13. Effect of Doping on the Structure and Raman Spectra of Bi{sub 4}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12}

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    Titorenkova, R.; Petrova, R.; Konstantinov, L.; Mihailova, B.; Gospodinov, M.

    2010-01-21

    Single crystals of Bi{sub 4}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12}(BGO) doped with Mn (concentration of 0.8x10{sup 18} cm{sup -3}), V (6.8x10{sup 18} cm{sup -3}), Co (0.1x10{sup 17} cm{sup -3}), and V+Co(4.8x10{sup 18}+4.6x10{sup 17} cm{sup -3}) have been grown by the Czochralski method and studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and polarized Raman spectroscopy. Upon doping with V, Co and Mn the unit-cell parameter decreases by approximately 0.01 A, the BiO{sub 6} octahedra become more irregular, while the volume and the local distortion of GeO{sub 4} tetrahedra decrease. The degree of structural changes depends on the type of dopant. Taking into account the variations in the dopant concentration, one can conclude that Co is most effective, while V is least effective doping element. The Raman scattering experiments show that doping affects the intensity ratio between the longitudinal and transverse component of the polar phonon modes. The doping-induced changes in the intensity ratio indicate strengthening of the existing local electric fields. This is consistent with the enlarged deformation of BiO{sub 6} octahedra, revealing enhanced stereochemical activity of Bi{sup 3+} electron lone pairs.

  14. Growth mechanism and photocatalytic activity of self-organized N-doped (BiO)₂CO₃ hierarchical nanosheet microspheres from bismuth citrate and urea.

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    Dong, Fan; Xiong, Ting; Wang, Rui; Sun, Yanjuan; Jiang, Yanke

    2014-05-14

    Synthesis of nano-/microstructured functional materials with 3D hierarchical microspheres structure has provided new opportunities for optimizing their physical and chemical properties. This work revealed a new growth mechanism of self-organized N-doped (BiO)2CO3 hierarchical microspheres which were fabricated by hydrothermal treatment of bismuth citrate and urea without an additive. Based on time-dependent observation, several evolution processes were believed to account for the formation of the self-organized N-doped (BiO)2CO3 hierarchical microspheres. Initially, crystallized (BiO)4CO3(OH)2 particles were formed during the nucleation and crystallization processes. Subsequently, the intermediate (BiO)4CO3(OH)2 reacted with CO3(2-) to generate (BiO)2CO3 growth nuclei on the surface of the CO2 bubbles which can act as heterogeneous nucleation centers. Next, the (BiO)2CO3 growth nuclei aggregated together after the consumption of CO2 bubbles with the increased concentration of OH(-) and further grew to be nanosheets. The microspheres constructed by small nanosheets further grew with the consumption of small particles. Finally, all (BiO)4CO3(OH)2 transformed to the (BiO)2CO3 phase, accompanied by the doping of N element into the lattice of (BiO)2CO3, and thereby, the well-defined N-doped (BiO)2CO3 hierarchical microspheres were shaped. Depending on the distance between neighboring CO2 bubbles, the resulting microspheres can be linked or dispersed. Besides, the gradual release of CO2 bubbles and CO3(2-) played a crucial role in controlling the nucleation and growth process, resulting in different sizes of microspheres. The fabricated N-doped (BiO)2CO3 hierarchical microspheres displayed admirably efficient and durable photocatalytic activity under both UV and visible light towards removal of NO, which is mainly attributed to the introduction of N element and the special hierarchical structure. This work provides new insights into the controlled synthesis of

  15. Giant Rashba Splitting in Pb1-x Snx Te (111) Topological Crystalline Insulator Films Controlled by Bi Doping in the Bulk.

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    Volobuev, Valentine V; Mandal, Partha S; Galicka, Marta; Caha, Ondřej; Sánchez-Barriga, Jaime; Di Sante, Domenico; Varykhalov, Andrei; Khiar, Amir; Picozzi, Silvia; Bauer, Günther; Kacman, Perla; Buczko, Ryszard; Rader, Oliver; Springholz, Gunther

    2017-01-01

    The topological properties of lead-tin chalcogenide topological crystalline insulators can be widely tuned by temperature and composition. It is shown that bulk Bi doping of epitaxial Pb1-x Snx Te (111) films induces a giant Rashba splitting at the surface that can be tuned by the doping level. Tight binding calculations identify their origin as Fermi level pinning by trap states at the surface.

  16. Enhanced thermoelectric performance of n-type transformable AgBiSe2 polymorphs by indium doping

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    Liu, Xiaocun; Jin, Dou; Liang, Xin

    2016-09-01

    We demonstrate the improved thermoelectric properties of n-type lead-free transformable AgBiSe2 polymorphs by indium doping on silver sites. X-ray diffraction analysis suggests that complete solid solutions are well formed up to [In] = 0.02. Electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient behave in a routinely opposite manner due to the dominant role of the carrier concentration adjusted by the localized indium impurity levels, as also suggested by our density functional theory (DFT) calculations. As indium concentration increases, we observe a drastic variation of the thermoelectric transport properties with temperature, in the range of 450 to 580 K. By performing the isothermal electrical measurements, we attribute this interesting behavior to the ongoing α to β phase transformation process. The In 5s lone pair electrons, as indicated from our DFT calculations, increase the anharmonicity of the chemical bonds and enhance the phonon-phonon scattering. This, together with the introduced InAg .. point defects, further brings down the lattice thermal conductivity. The maximum thermoelectric figure of merit Z T is achieved at 773 K and increases from 0.3 for pristine AgBiSe2 to 0.7 for an optimal [In] = 0.015 doping, a more than two times enhancement.

  17. Co-doping induced coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism in Bi3.9Co0.1O4S3

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    Yu, Chuan; Feng, Zhenjie; Yin, Xunqing; Li, Qing; Kang, Baojuan; Lu, Bo; Jing, Chao; Cao, Shixun; Zhang, Jincang

    2016-09-01

    The effects of Co doping on the physical properties of the Bi4O4S3 system was studied. We discovered that stable Bi3.9Co0.1O4S3 compound exhibits both long-range ferromagnetism and enhanced superconductivity with thermodynamic evidences for Tc ∼ 5.5 K. We found that there is an anomalous feature which represents superconducting transition in the hysteretic M-vs.-H loops for Bi3.9Co0.1O4S3 at T = 3 K.

  18. White luminescence and energy transfer process in Bi3+,Sm3+ co-doped Ca3Al2O6 phosphors

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    Wang, LongJun; Guo, Hai; Wei, YunLe; Noh, Hyeon Mi; Jeong, Jung Hyun

    2015-04-01

    Ca3Al2O6:Bi3+,Sm3+ phosphors were synthesized by conventional solid state reaction method and their luminescent properties were systemically investigated by excitation, emission spectra and decay curves measurement. Through an efficient energy transfer process from Bi3+ to Sm3+, the obtained phosphors exhibit emission from Bi3+ and Sm3+ with considerable intensity under near-ultraviolet excitation (300 nm). Tuning the content of Sm3+ can generate the varied hues from blue green to white. Our research will extend the understanding of interactions between Bi3+ and rare earth ions and show the potential application of Bi3+,Sm3+ co-doped phosphors in W-LEDs field.

  19. Enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activities of porous olive-shaped sulfur-doped BiVO4-supported cobalt oxides

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    Zhao, Zhenxuan; Dai, Hongxing; Deng, Jiguang; Liu, Yuxi; Au, Chak Tong

    2013-04-01

    Porous S-doped bismuth vanadate with an olive-like morphology and its supported cobalt oxide (y wt% CoOx/BiVO4-δS0.08, y = 0.1, 0.8, and 1.6) photocatalysts were fabricated using the dodecylamine-assisted alcohol-hydrothermal and incipient wetness impregnation methods, respectively. It is shown that the y wt% CoOx/BiVO4-δS0.08 photocatalysts were single-phase with a monoclinic scheetlite structure, a porous olive-like morphology, a surface area of 8.8-9.2 m2/g, and a bandgap energy of 2.38-2.41 eV. There was the co-presence of surface Bi5+, Bi3+, V5+, V3+, Co3+, and Co2+ species in y wt% CoOx/BiVO4-δS0.08. The 0.8 wt% CoOx/BiVO4-δS0.08 sample performed the best for methylene blue degradation under visible-light illumination. The photocatalytic mechanism was also discussed. We believe that the sulfur and CoOx co-doping, higher oxygen adspecies concentration, and lower bandgap energy were responsible for the excellent visible-light-driven catalytic activity of 0.8 wt% CoOx/BiVO4-δS0.08.

  20. Impact of Bi2O3 on structural properties and lasing effects in Nd3 + doped bismuth phosphate glasses at 1.053 μm emission

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    Damodaraiah, S.; Reddy Prasad, V.; Ratnakaram, Y. C.

    2017-06-01

    Influence of addition of bismuth oxide (Bi2O3) on structural and optical properties of 0.5Nd3 + doped different phosphate glasses prepared by melt quenching technique were reported. The structural properties were analysed by FT-IR and 31P MAS NMR techniques. 31P NMR results showed that, with the variation of Bi2O3 concentration in the prepared phosphate glass matrices there was no significant change in the structure. The optical properties have been analysed using Judd-Ofelt (J-O) theory. From absorption spectra, three phenomenological J-O intensity parameters (Ω2, Ω4, Ω6) have been calculated and these parameters were used to estimate the radiative properties. The J-O intensity parameters increased with increase in the concentration of Bi2O3, which confirmed the higher covalency, asymmetry and rigidity. The branching ratios (β) and emission cross-sections (σ) were calculated from the emission spectra of Nd3 + doped bismuth phosphate (BiP) glasses. Among different glass matrices 15 mol% of Bi2O3 glass matrix has higher β and σ values which are useful for the laser applications. The improved emission cross-section value with the addition of Bi2O3 content results low threshold and high gain applications. The decay curves of all these BiP glasses showed single exponential behaviour.

  1. Remarkably enhanced photovoltaic effects and first-principles calculations in neodymium doped BiFeO3

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    Peng, Yi-Ting; Chiou, Shan-Haw; Hsiao, Ching-Hung; (Hao) Ouyang, Chuenhou; Tu, Chi-Shun

    2017-03-01

    Remarkably enhanced photovoltaic effects have been observed in the heterostructures of p-type A-site Nd3+-doped BiFeO3 (Bi0.9375Nd0.0625)FeO3 (or BFONd) polycrystalline ceramics and the n-type ITO thin film. The maximum power conversion is ~0.82%, which is larger than 0.015% in BiFeO3 (BFO) under blue-ultraviolet irradiation of wavelength λ = 405 nm. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristic curve suggests a p-n junction interface between the ITO thin film and BFO (or BFONd) ceramics. The band gaps calculated from first-principles for BFO and BFONd are respectively 2.25 eV and 2.23 eV, which are consistent with the experimental direct band gaps of 2.24 eV and 2.20 eV measured by optical transmission spectra. The reduction of the band gap in BFONd can be explained by the lower electronic Fermi level due to acceptor states revealed by first-principles calculations. The optical calculations show a larger absorption coefficient in BFONd than in BFO.

  2. Remarkably enhanced photovoltaic effects and first-principles calculations in neodymium doped BiFeO3

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    Peng, Yi-Ting; Chiou, Shan-Haw; Hsiao, Ching-Hung; (Hao) Ouyang, Chuenhou; Tu, Chi-Shun

    2017-01-01

    Remarkably enhanced photovoltaic effects have been observed in the heterostructures of p-type A-site Nd3+-doped BiFeO3 (Bi0.9375Nd0.0625)FeO3 (or BFONd) polycrystalline ceramics and the n-type ITO thin film. The maximum power conversion is ~0.82%, which is larger than 0.015% in BiFeO3 (BFO) under blue-ultraviolet irradiation of wavelength λ = 405 nm. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristic curve suggests a p-n junction interface between the ITO thin film and BFO (or BFONd) ceramics. The band gaps calculated from first-principles for BFO and BFONd are respectively 2.25 eV and 2.23 eV, which are consistent with the experimental direct band gaps of 2.24 eV and 2.20 eV measured by optical transmission spectra. The reduction of the band gap in BFONd can be explained by the lower electronic Fermi level due to acceptor states revealed by first-principles calculations. The optical calculations show a larger absorption coefficient in BFONd than in BFO. PMID:28337977

  3. Enhanced ferromagnetic properties in Ho and Ni co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Park, J. S.; Yoo, Y. J.; Hwang, J. S.; Lee, Y. P.; Kang, J.-H.; Lee, B. W.

    2014-01-07

    The magnetic properties of polycrystalline Bi{sub 1-x}Ho{sub x}Fe{sub 1-y}Ni{sub y}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.1; y = 0, 0.03), which were prepared by the solid-state method, have been investigated. The powder X-ray diffraction reveals that all the samples are polycrystalline and show rhombohedral perovskite structure. The micro-Raman scattering studies confirm that Bi{sub 0.9}Ho{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 0.97}Ni{sub 0.03}O{sub 3} has a compressive lattice distortion induced by the simultaneous substitution of Ho and Ni ions at A and B-sites, respectively. From the magnetization dependences at room temperature, Bi{sub 0.9}Ho{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 0.97}Ni{sub 0.03}O{sub 3} has enhanced magnetization (0.2280 emu/g) and low coercive field (280 Oe). It was revealed that the Ni dopant plays an important role for the improved ferromagnetic properties and the Ho dopant favors the magnetic exchange interactions in the co-doped ceramic.

  4. Calcium-doping effects on photovoltaic response and structure in multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Tu, C. S.; Hung, C.-M.; Xu, Z.-R.; Schmidt, V. H.; Ting, Y.; Chien, R. R.; Peng, Y.-T.; Anthoninappen, J.

    2013-09-01

    Photovoltaic (PV) effects, power-conversion efficiencies, and structures have been systematically measured in (Bi1-xCax)FeO3-δ ceramics for x = 0.05, 0.10, and 0.15. The heterostructures of indium tin oxide (ITO) film/(Bi1-xCax)FeO3-δ ceramics/Au film exhibit significant PV effects under illumination of λ = 405 nm. The maximum power-conversion efficiency in the ITO/(Bi0.90Ca0.10)FeO2.95 (BFO10C)/Au can reach 0.0072%, which is larger than 0.0025% observed in the graphene/polycrystalline BFO/Pt films [Zang et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 132904 (2011)]. A theoretical model based on optically excited current in the depletion region between ITO film and Ca-doped BFO ceramics is used to describe the I-V characteristic, open-circuit voltage, and short-circuit current density as a function of illumination intensity. This work suggests that the Ca-substitution can reduce the rhombohedral distortion and stabilize the single-phase structure.

  5. An ordered and porous N-doped carbon dot-sensitized Bi2O3 inverse opal with enhanced photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activity.

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    Sun, Yan; Zhang, Zuxing; Xie, Anjian; Xiao, Changhe; Li, Shikuo; Huang, Fangzhi; Shen, Yuhua

    2015-09-07

    A novel ordered porous Bi2O3 inverse opal structure (IOS) was prepared using a polystyrene (PS) photonic crystal as the template for the first time. Nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-CDs) were chosen to sensitize the as-prepared Bi2O3 IOS for improving photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activity. The photocurrent density of the fabricated N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS with favorable visible light absorption properties can achieve 0.75 mA cm(-2), which significantly enhanced performance two-, seven-, and thirty-fold compared with that of the CDs/Bi2O3 IOS, Bi2O3 IOS, and Bi2O3 nanoparticles (NPs), respectively. The N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS also has increased photocatalytic activity for the decolorization of Rhodamine B (RhB), 4 times higher than Bi2O3 NPs. The above performance enhancement of N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS is caused by the synergistic effect of N-CDs sensitization and the highly ordered IOS, which make it a promising material to be used in clean energy, solar cells, potential applications in water purification and so on.

  6. An ordered and porous N-doped carbon dot-sensitized Bi2O3 inverse opal with enhanced photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activity

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    Sun, Yan; Zhang, Zuxing; Xie, Anjian; Xiao, Changhe; Li, Shikuo; Huang, Fangzhi; Shen, Yuhua

    2015-08-01

    A novel ordered porous Bi2O3 inverse opal structure (IOS) was prepared using a polystyrene (PS) photonic crystal as the template for the first time. Nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-CDs) were chosen to sensitize the as-prepared Bi2O3 IOS for improving photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activity. The photocurrent density of the fabricated N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS with favorable visible light absorption properties can achieve 0.75 mA cm-2, which significantly enhanced performance two-, seven-, and thirty-fold compared with that of the CDs/Bi2O3 IOS, Bi2O3 IOS, and Bi2O3 nanoparticles (NPs), respectively. The N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS also has increased photocatalytic activity for the decolorization of Rhodamine B (RhB), 4 times higher than Bi2O3 NPs. The above performance enhancement of N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS is caused by the synergistic effect of N-CDs sensitization and the highly ordered IOS, which make it a promising material to be used in clean energy, solar cells, potential applications in water purification and so on.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of multiferroic Sm-doped BiFeO3 nanopowders and their bulk dielectric properties

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    Yotburut, Benjaporn; Thongbai, Prasit; Yamwong, Teerapon; Maensiri, Santi

    2017-09-01

    Multiferroic Bi1-xSmxFeO3 (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3) nanopowders with particle sizes of 69-22.6 nm were prepared by a simple co-precipitation method. The structure and morphology of the samples were examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD patterns confirmed the phase transition from rhombohedral to orthorhombic phases. The results of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) data indicate that the oxidation state of Fe in the sample was Fe3+. The results of magnetic properties revealed the enhancement of weak ferromagnetic property with increasing Sm doping in BFO nanopowders. SEM images revealed that the average grain size decreased with an increase in Sm concentration. Undoped BFO ceramics exhibited a high dielectric constant ε‧ ∼1.1 × 104 and a low loss tangent of tan δ ∼0.5 at room temperature for 1 kHz. The room temperature dielectric constant decreased with increasing concentration of Sm doping and the dielectric relaxation peaks were observed at x ≤ 0.1. The dielectric relaxation peaks which were observed at all frequency ranges were x ≤ 0.1 samples which were attributed to Maxwell-Wagner relaxation. As the temperature increased, great increases in dielectric permittivity were observed in all the Bi1-xSmxFeO3 samples. The effects of grain boundaries on the dielectric properties of Sm-doped BFO ceramics were investigated by measuring the dielectric responds in the frequencies of 100 Hz-1 MHz at room temperature under applied dc bias of 0-20 V. It was found that, with an increase in applied dc bias voltage from 0 to 20 V, the dielectric constant decreases at frequencies below 104 Hz. However, the dielectric properties in the high-frequency region remained unchanged.

  8. Synthesis, structure and photoluminescence properties of Sm{sup 3+}-doped BiOBr phosphor

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    Halappa, Pramod; Shivakumara, C. Saraf, Rohit; Nagabhushana, H.

    2016-05-23

    Well-crystallized tetragonal layered BiOBr and Bi{sub 0.95}Sm{sub 0.05}OBr phosphors were prepared by the solid state method. These compounds were characterized using powder X-Ray diffraction and photoluminescence technique. In PL spectra, the electric dipole transitions dominate than other transitions which indicate that the Sm{sup 3+} ions occupy a site with an inversion center of BiOBr. CIE chromaticity diagram confirmed that these phosphors can be useful in the fabrication of red component in white light emitting diodes (WLEDs) for display device applications.

  9. Enhancement of piezoelectric response in Ga doped BiFeO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Jaber, N.; Wolfman, J.; Daumont, C.; Négulescu, B.; Ruyter, A.; Feuillard, G.; Bavencoffe, M.; Fortineau, J.; Sauvage, T.; Courtois, B.; Bouyanfif, H.; Longuet, J. L.; Autret-Lambert, C.; Gervais, F.

    2015-06-01

    The piezoelectric properties of compositional spread (1 - x)BiFeO3-xGaFeO3 epitaxial thin films are investigated where Ga3+ substitution for Bi3+ is attempted in Bi1-xGaxFeO3 compounds. Ga content x was varied from 0 to 12% (atomic). Ferroelectric characterizations are reported at various length scales. Around 6.5% of Ga content, an enhancement of the effective piezoelectric coefficient d33 eff is observed together with a change of symmetry of the film. Measured d33 eff values in 135 nm thick films increased from 25 pm/V for undoped BiFeO3 to 55 pm/V for 6.5% Ga with no extrinsic contribution from ferroelastic domain rearrangement.

  10. Controllable growth of vertically aligned Bi-doped TiO2 nanorod arrays for all-oxide solid-state DSSCs

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    Asemi, Morteza; Ghanaatshoar, Majid

    2016-09-01

    In this study, vertically aligned Bi-doped TiO2 nanorod arrays as photoanodes were successfully grown on the fluorine-doped tin oxide by hydrothermal method. Structural analysis showed that bismuth was successfully incorporated into the TiO2 lattice at low concentration, but at higher concentration, phase segregation of Bi2O3 in the TiO2 matrix was occurred. TiO2 nanorods with 3 % bismuth concentration had minimum electrical resistivity. As the solid-state electrolyte, Mg-doped CuCrO2 nanoparticles with p-type conductivity were synthesized by sol-gel method. The fabricated all-oxide solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells with Bi-doped TiO2 nanorods displayed better photovoltaic performance due to the presence of Bi. The improved cell performance was correlated with the higher dye loading, slower charge recombination rate and the higher electrical conductivity of the photoanodes. After mechanical pressing, the all-oxide solid-state DSSC exhibited enhanced photovoltaic performance due to the formation of the large neck between adjacent nanoparticles by mechanical sintering. The open-circuit photovoltage decay measurement of the devices and electrical conductivity of the nanoparticles before and after pressing revealed that the mechanical pressing technique reduces charge recombination rate and facilitates electron transport through the interconnected nanoparticles.

  11. Features of the charge-transport mechanism in layered Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} single crystals doped with chlorine and terbium

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    Abdullaev, N. A. Abdullaev, N. M.; Aliguliyeva, H. V.; Kerimova, T. G.; Mehdiyev, G. S.; Nemov, S. A.

    2011-01-15

    The temperature dependences (T = 5-300 K) of the resistivity in the plane of layers and in the direction perpendicular to the layers, as well as the Hall effect and the magnetoresistance (H < 80 kOe, T = 0.5-4.2 K) in Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} single crystals doped with chlorine and terbium, are investigated. It is shown that the doping of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} with terbium atoms results in p-type conductivity and in increasing hole concentration. The doping of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} with chlorine atoms modifies also the character of its conductivity instead of changing only the type from p to n. In the temperature dependence of the resistivity in the direction perpendicular to layers, a portion arises with the activation conductivity caused by the hopping between localized states. The charge-transport mechanism in Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} single crystals doped with chlorine is proposed.

  12. Hydrothermal fabrication of N-doped (BiO)2CO3: Structural and morphological influence on the visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Dong, Fan; Wang, Rui; Li, Xinwei; Ho, Wing-Kei

    2014-11-01

    Various 3D N-doped (BiO)2CO3 (N-BOC) hierarchical superstructures self-assembled with 2D nanosheets were fabricated by one-step hydrothermal treatment of bismuth citrate and urea. The as-obtained samples were characterized by XRD, XPS, FT-IR, SEM, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms and UV-vis DRS. The hydrothermal temperature plays a crucial role in tuning the crystal and morphological structure of the samples. Adjusting the reaction temperature to 150, 180 and 210 °C, we obtained N-doped (BiO)2CO3 samples with corresponding attractive persimmon-like, flower-like and nanoflakes nano/microstructures. The photocatalytic activities of the samples were evaluated by removal of NO under visible and solar light irradiation. The results revealed that the N-doped (BiO)2CO3 hierarchical superstructures showed enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity compared to pure (BiO)2CO3 and TiO2-based visible light photocatalysts. The outstanding photocatalytic performance of N-BOC samples can be ascribed to the doped nitrogen and the special hierarchical structure. The present work could provide new perspectives in controlling the morphological structure and photocatalytic activity of photocatalyst for better environmental pollution control.

  13. Effects of donor W6+-ion doping on the microstructural and multiferroic properties of Aurivillius Bi7Fe3Ti3O21 thin film

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    Raghavan, Chinnambedu Murugesan; Kim, Jin Won; Choi, Ji Ya; Kim, Jong-Woo; Kim, Sang Su

    2015-08-01

    Aurivillius phase Bi7Fe3(Ti3 - xWx)O21 + δ (x = 0 and 0.06) thin films were deposited on Pt(1 1 1)/Ti/SiO2/Si(1 0 0) substrates by using a chemical solution deposition method. The W6+-ion doped Bi7Fe3Ti3O21 thin film exhibited tremendous improvements in the electrical and multiferroic properties, namely a low leakage current density, good stability against electrical breakdown, large ferroelectric polarization and large magnetization as compared to the un-doped thin film. The Bi7Fe3(Ti2.94W0.06)O21 + δ thin film was stable against electrical break down at applied electric fields up to 1275 kV/cm, at which the measured remnant polarization (2Pr) and the coercive field (2Ec) values were 33.5 μC/cm2 and 825 kV/cm, respectively whereas, the measured 2Pr value of the un-doped Bi7Fe3Ti3O21 thin film was 3.5 μC/cm2 at an applied electric field of 318 kV/cm. Furthermore, the Bi7Fe3(Ti2.94W0.06)O21 + δ thin film showed a well-saturated ferromagnetic hysteresis loop with large magnetization at room temperature.

  14. Charge defects and highly enhanced multiferroic properties in Mn and Cu co-doped BiFeO3 thin films

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    Dong, Guohua; Tan, Guoqiang; Luo, Yangyang; Liu, Wenlong; Xia, Ao; Ren, Huijun

    2014-06-01

    Pure BiFeO3 (BFO) and Mn, Cu co-doped BiFeO3 (BFMCO) thin films were deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by a chemical solution deposition method. Detailed investigations were made on the effects of Mn and Cu co-doping on the crystal structure, the defect chemistry, multiferroic properties of the BFO thin films. With the co-doping of Mn and Cu, a structural transition from the rhombohedral (R3c:H) to the biphasic structure (R3c:H + P1) is confirmed by XRD, Rietveld refinement and Raman analysis. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis shows that the coexistence of Fe2+/Fe3+ and Mn2+/Mn3+ ions in the co-doping films are demonstrated. Meanwhile, the way of the co-doping at B-sits is conducive to suppress Fe valence state of volatility and to decrease oxygen vacancies and leakage current. It's worth noting that the co-doping can induce the superior ferroelectric properties (a huge remanent polarization, 2Pr ∼ 220 μC/cm2 and a relatively low coercive field, 2Ec ∼ 614 kV/cm). The introduction of Mn2+ and Cu2+ ions optimizes the magnetic properties of BFO thin films by the biphasic structure and the destruction of spin cycloid.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of rare-earth doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} phase in lithium borate based nanocrystallized glasses

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    Harihara Venkataraman, B.; Fujiwara, Takumi; Komatsu, Takayuki

    2009-06-15

    Glass composites comprising of un-doped and samarium-doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} nanocrystallites are fabricated in the glass system 16.66SrO-16.66[(1-x)Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-xSm{sub 2}O{sub 3}]-16.66Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-50Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} (0<=x<=0.5, in mol%) via the melt quenching technique. The glassy nature of the as-quenched samples is established by differential thermal analyses. Transmission electron microscopic studies reveal the presence of about 15 nm sized spherical crystallites of the fluorite-like SrBi{sub 1.9}Sm{sub 0.1}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} phase in the samples heat treated at 530 deg. C. The formation of layered perovskite-type un-doped and samarium-doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} nanocrystallites with an orthorhombic structure through the intermediate fluorite phase is confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction and micro-Raman spectroscopic studies. The influence of samarium doping on the lattice parameters, lattice distortions, and the Raman peak positions of SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} perovskite phase is clarified. The dielectric constants of the perovskite SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} and SrBi{sub 1.9}Sm{sub 0.1}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} nanocrystals are relatively larger than those of the corresponding fluorite-like phase and the precursor glass. - Graphical Abstract: This figure shows the XRD patterns at room temperature for the as-quenched and heat treated samples in Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped (x=0.1) glass. Based on these results, it is concluded that the formation of samarium-doped perovskite SBN phase takes place via an intermediate fluorite-like phase in the crystallization of this glass.

  16. First-principles study on the magnetic properties in Mg doped BiFeO{sub 3} with and without oxygen vacancies

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    Yang, Ruipeng; Lin, Sixian; Fang, Xiaogong; Gao, Xingsen; Zeng, Min; Liu, Junming

    2013-12-21

    The magnetic properties of Mg-doped BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) with and without oxygen vacancies are studied through first-principles calculations. The Mg-doping prefers to occupy the ferromagnetic planes and produces an obvious improved magnetization, and the magnetization is linearly enhanced with increasing Mg-doped content, which is consistent with the trend reported in experiment. However, our calculated result is significantly larger than the experimental one, and the reason is revealed that the relative energy differences of various spin-ordering configurations are small. Furthermore, oxygen vacancy in Mg-doped BFO can further enhance the magnetization, while keeping the insulating band gap character. The calculated results imply that the oxygen vacancy in Mg-doped BFO would be an effective way to improve the multiferroicity of BFO.

  17. Anomalous reduction of the switching voltage of Bi-doped Ge{sub 0.5}Se{sub 0.5} ovonic threshold switching devices

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    Seo, Juhee; Ahn, Hyung-Woo; Shin, Sang-yeol; Cheong, Byung-ki; Lee, Suyoun

    2014-04-14

    Switching devices based on Ovonic Threshold Switching (OTS) have been considered as a solution to overcoming limitations of Si-based electronic devices, but the reduction of switching voltage is a major challenge. Here, we investigated the effect of Bi-doping in Ge{sub 0.5}Se{sub 0.5} thin films on their thermal, optical, electrical properties, as well as on the characteristics of OTS devices. As Bi increased, it was found that both of the optical energy gap (E{sub g}{sup opt}) and the depth of trap states decreased resulting in a drastic reduction of the threshold voltage (V{sub th}) by over 50%. In addition, E{sub g}{sup opt} was found to be about three times of the conduction activation energy for each composition. These results are explained in terms of the Mott delocalization effect by doping Bi.

  18. Infrared Study of Er3+/Yb3+ Co-Doped GeO2-PbO-Bi2O3 Glass

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    Bahari, Hamid-Reza; Sidek, Hj. A. A.; Adikan, Faisal Rafiq M.; Yunus, Wan M. M.; Halimah, Mohamed K.

    2012-01-01

    Heavy metal oxide glasses, containing bismuth and/or lead in their glass structure are new alternatives for rare eart (RE) doped hosts. Hence, the study of the structure of these vitreous systems is of great interest for science and technology. In this research work, GeO2-PbO-Bi2O3 glass host doped with Er3+/Yb3+ ions was synthesized by a conventional melt quenching method. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) results showed that PbO and Bi2O3 participate with PbO4 tetragonal pyramids and strongly distort BiO6 octahedral units in the glass network, which subsequently act as modifiers in glass structure. These results also confirmed the existence of both four and six coordination of germanium oxide in glass matrix. PMID:22942723

  19. Synthesis and characterization of hierarchical multilayered flower-like assemblies of Ag doped Bi2WO6 and their photocatalytic activities

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    Dumrongrojthanath, Phattharanit; Thongtem, Titipun; Phuruangrat, Anukorn; Thongtem, Somchai

    2013-12-01

    In this research, 0-3 mol% Ag doped Bi2WO6 hierarchical multilayered flower-like assemblies were successfully synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method at 180 °C for 24 h. The XRD, FE-SEM, FTIR and Raman analyses revealed the presence of flower-like Russellite Bi2WO6 structures which were constructed from a large number of orderly arranged 2D layers of interconnected nanoplates. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under Xe visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). The 3 mol% Ag doped Bi2WO6 showed the highest photocatalytic activities of 98.20% within 180 min.

  20. Solvothermal syntheses of Bi and Zn co-doped TiO2 with enhanced electron-hole separation and efficient photodegradation of gaseous toluene under visible-light.

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    Li, Juan-Juan; Cai, Song-Cai; Xu, Zhen; Chen, Xi; Chen, Jin; Jia, Hong-Peng; Chen, Jing

    2017-03-05

    This study investigated the effects of Bi doped and Bi-Zn co-doped TiO2 on photodegradation of gaseous toluene. The doped TiO2 with various concentration of metal was prepared using the solvothermal route and characterized by SEM, XRD, Raman, BET, DRS, XPS, PL and EPR. Their photocatalytic activities under visible-light irradiation were drastically influenced by the dopant content. The results showed that moderate metal doping levels were obviously beneficial for the toluene degradation, while high doping levels suppressed the photocatalytic activity. The photocatalytic degradation of toluene over TiBi1.9%O2 and TiBi1.9%Zn1%O2 can reach to 51% and 93%, respectively, which are much higher than 25% of TiO2. Bi doping into TiO2 lattice generates new intermediate energy level of Bi below the CB edge of TiO2. The electron excitation from the VB to Bi orbitals results in the decreased band gap, extended absorption of visible-light and thus enhances its photocatalytic efficiency. Zn doping not only further enhances the absorption in this visible-light region, but also Zn dopant exists as the form of ZnO crystallites located on the interfaces of TiO2 agglomerates and acts as a mediator of interfacial charge transfer to suppress the electron-hole recombination. These synergistic effects are responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic performance.

  1. Surface chemical and photocatalytic consequences of Ca-doping of BiFeO3 as probed by XPS and H2O2 decomposition studies

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    Zaki, Mohamed I.; Ramadan, Wegdan; Katrib, Ali; Rabee, Abdallah I. M.

    2014-10-01

    Pure and Ca-doped Bi1-xCaxFeO3 samples were prepared with x = 0.0-0.2, adopting a sol-gel method. Previously reported studies performed on similarly composed and prepared samples revealed that Ca-doping, above solubility limit (namely at ≥10%-Ca), results in phase separation and formation of BiFeO3/α(γ)-Fe2O3 nanocomposite particles. Hetero p/n nanojunctions thus established were considered to help separating photo-generated electron-hole pairs and, therefore, explain consequent promotion of photo-Fenton catalytic activity of BiFeO3 towards methylene blue degradation in presence of H2O2 additive. However, the encompassed decomposition of H2O2 was not addressed. To bridge this gap of knowledge, the present investigation was designed to assess Ca-doping-effected surface chemical modifications and gauge its impact on the heterogeneous photo-/thermo-catalytic activity of BiFeO3 towards H2O2 decomposition, by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and H2O2 decomposition gravimetry. XPS results revealed generation of high binding energy Bi 4f and Fe 2p states, as well as enhancement of the surface basicity, upon doping to 10%-Ca. These surface chemical consequences are rendered hardly detectable upon further increase of the dopant magnitude to 20%-Ca. In parallel, the H2O2 decomposition activity of the ferrite, under natural visible light, is enhanced to optimize upon Ca-doping at 10%, and, then, decreased on further doping to 20%. H2O2 decomposition experiments carried out in absence of light indicate that the doping promoting impact is reflected essentially in the photocatalytic activity. Accordingly, the observed surface chemical consequences of Ca-doping are considered to consolidate the p/n nanojunctions consequently established in the material bulk, by retarding recombination of visible light generated electron-hole pairs, thus enhancing the heterogeneous photocatalytic activity of BiFeO3.

  2. Raman Spectroscopy Characterization of Se- Doped Bi{sub 12}SiO{sub 20} Crystals

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    Milenov, T. I.; Rafailov, P. M.; Yankova, L.; Veleva, M. N.; Dobreva, S.; Thomsen, C.; Egorysheva, A. V.; Skorikov, V. M.; Titorenkova, R.

    2010-01-21

    Crystals of BSO doped with Se are successfully grown by the Czochralski method. The measured concentration of Se is 1.75x10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} and of Fe is 6.4x10{sup 18} cm{sup -3}, i.e. the concentration of Fe is significantly increased. It is assumed that the doping takes place through the replacement 3Si{sup 4+}->(Se{sup 6+}+2Fe{sup 3+}). The doping-induced shift of the Raman-active A, E and F-modes is not significant and it is concluded that the lattice distortions caused by doping are very small in BSO crystals doped with Se at low concentrations. The doping with Se at high concentration leads to occasional second phase inclusions. It is observed that all A, E and F- modes in the Raman spectrum are downshifted with 2-5 cm{sup -1}. It is concluded that the doping with Se at high concentrations follows the same mechanism as those with low concentrations but the introduced lattice distortions are more significant.

  3. Enhanced dielectric, impedance and magnetic characteristics of Co doped multiferroic Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}

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    Mohapatra, S. R. Sahu, B.; Singh, A. K.; Kaushik, S. D.

    2016-05-23

    Multiferroic Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4(1-x)}Co{sub 4x}O{sub 9} (x = 0, 0.05) were prepared by conventional solid state reaction route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) result indicated the decrease in lattice parameters due to 5% Co doping. Grain growth in the doped composition was confirmed from surface morphology characterization. Frequency dependent real part of dielectric constant (ε′) at room temperature showed an enhancement of ~70% in doped sample at 1 kHz. A decrease in peak height with doping was noticed from the modulus study. Lastly, room temperature M-H measurement upto 9 T showed induced ferromagnetism in Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} due to 5% Co doping. The values of remnant magnetization (M{sub r}) and coercive field (H{sub c}) in Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 3.8}Co{sub 0.2}O{sub 9} was found to be 0.007 µ{sub B}/f.u. and 0.295 kOe respectively.

  4. Structure Evolution and Multiferroic Properties in Cobalt Doped Bi4NdTi3Fe1-xCoxO15-Bi3NdTi2Fe1-xCoxO12-δ Intergrowth Aurivillius Compounds

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    Zhang, D. L.; Huang, W. C.; Chen, Z. W.; Zhao, W. B.; Feng, L.; Li, M.; Yin, Y. W.; Dong, S. N.; Li, X. G.

    2017-03-01

    Here, we report the structure evolution, magnetic and ferroelectric properties in Co-doped 4- and 3-layered intergrowth Aurivillius compounds Bi4NdTi3Fe1-xCoxO15-Bi3NdTi2Fe1-xCoxO12-δ. The compounds suffer a structure evolution from the parent 4-layered phase (Bi4NdTi3FeO15) to 3-layered phase (Bi3NdTi2CoO12-δ) with increasing cobalt doping level from 0 to 1. Meanwhile the remanent magnetization and polarization show opposite variation tendencies against the doping level, and the sample with x = 0.3 has the largest remanent magnetization and the smallest polarization. It is believed that the Co concentration dependent magnetic properties are related to the population of the Fe3+ -O-Co3+ bonds, while the suppressed ferroelectric polarization is due to the enhanced leakage current caused by the increasing Co concentration. Furthermore, the samples (x = 0.1-0.7) with ferromagnetism show magnetoelectric coupling effects at room temperature. The results indicate that it is an effective method to create new multiferroic materials through modifying natural superlattices.

  5. Structure Evolution and Multiferroic Properties in Cobalt Doped Bi4NdTi3Fe1-xCoxO15-Bi3NdTi2Fe1-xCoxO12-δ Intergrowth Aurivillius Compounds

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    Zhang, D. L.; Huang, W. C.; Chen, Z. W.; Zhao, W. B.; Feng, L.; Li, M.; Yin, Y. W.; Dong, S. N.; Li, X. G.

    2017-01-01

    Here, we report the structure evolution, magnetic and ferroelectric properties in Co-doped 4- and 3-layered intergrowth Aurivillius compounds Bi4NdTi3Fe1-xCoxO15-Bi3NdTi2Fe1-xCoxO12-δ. The compounds suffer a structure evolution from the parent 4-layered phase (Bi4NdTi3FeO15) to 3-layered phase (Bi3NdTi2CoO12-δ) with increasing cobalt doping level from 0 to 1. Meanwhile the remanent magnetization and polarization show opposite variation tendencies against the doping level, and the sample with x = 0.3 has the largest remanent magnetization and the smallest polarization. It is believed that the Co concentration dependent magnetic properties are related to the population of the Fe3+ -O-Co3+ bonds, while the suppressed ferroelectric polarization is due to the enhanced leakage current caused by the increasing Co concentration. Furthermore, the samples (x = 0.1–0.7) with ferromagnetism show magnetoelectric coupling effects at room temperature. The results indicate that it is an effective method to create new multiferroic materials through modifying natural superlattices. PMID:28272495

  6. Unusual continuous dual absorption peaks in Ca-doped BiFeO3 nanostructures for broadened microwave absorption

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    Li, Zhong-Jun; Hou, Zhi-Ling; Song, Wei-Li; Liu, Xing-Da; Cao, Wen-Qiang; Shao, Xiao-Hong; Cao, Mao-Sheng

    2016-05-01

    Electromagnetic absorption materials have received increasing attention owing to their wide applications in aerospace, communication and the electronics industry, and multiferroic materials with both polarization and magnetic properties are considered promising ceramics for microwave absorption application. However, the insufficient absorption intensity coupled with the narrow effective absorption bandwidth has limited the development of high-performance multiferroic materials for practical microwave absorption. To address such issues, in the present work, we utilize interfacial engineering in BiFeO3 nanoparticles via Ca doping, with the purpose of tailoring the phase boundary. Upon Ca-substitution, the co-existence of both R3c and P4mm phases has been confirmed to massively enhance both dielectric and magnetic properties via manipulating the phase boundary and the destruction of the spiral spin structure. Unlike the commonly reported magnetic/dielectric hybrid microwave absorption composites, Bi0.95Ca0.05FeO3 has been found to deliver unusual continuous dual absorption peaks at a small thickness (1.56 mm), which has remarkably broadened the effective absorption bandwidth (8.7-12.1 GHz). The fundamental mechanisms based on the phase boundary engineering have been discussed, suggesting a novel platform for designing advanced multiferroic materials with wide applications.Electromagnetic absorption materials have received increasing attention owing to their wide applications in aerospace, communication and the electronics industry, and multiferroic materials with both polarization and magnetic properties are considered promising ceramics for microwave absorption application. However, the insufficient absorption intensity coupled with the narrow effective absorption bandwidth has limited the development of high-performance multiferroic materials for practical microwave absorption. To address such issues, in the present work, we utilize interfacial engineering in BiFeO3

  7. Anomalous doping variation of the nodal low-energy feature of superconducting (Bi,Pb)2(Sr,La)2CuO(6+δ) crystals revealed by laser-based angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.

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    Kondo, Takeshi; Nakashima, Y; Malaeb, W; Ishida, Y; Hamaya, Y; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; Shin, S

    2013-05-24

    The nodal band dispersion in (Bi,Pb)(2)(Sr,La)(2)CuO(6+δ) (Bi2201) is investigated over a wide range of doping by using 7-eV laser-based angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. We find that the low-energy band renormalization ("kink"), recently discovered in Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+δ) (Bi2212), also occurs in Bi2201, but at a binding energy around half that in Bi2212. Surprisingly, the coupling energy dramatically increases with a decrease of carrier concentration, showing a sharp enhancement across the optimal doping. These properties (material and doping dependence of the coupling energy) demonstrate the significant correlation among the mode coupling, the energy gap close to the node, and the strong electron correlation. Our results suggest forward scattering arising from the interplay between the electrons and in-plane polarized acoustic phonon branch as the origin of the low-energy renormalization.

  8. One-pot solvothermal preparation and enhanced photocatalytic activity of metallic silver and graphene co-doped BiVO4 ternary systems

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    Xu, Lei; Wei, Yongge; Guo, Wan; Guo, Yihang; Guo, Yingna

    2015-03-01

    A series of metallic silver and graphene (GR) co-doped monoclinic BiVO4 ternary systems (Ag/GR/BiVO4) are demonstrated by a single-step solvothermal method. The phase and chemical structure, morphology, textural and optical absorption properties of the Ag/GR/BiVO4 ternary systems are well characterized, and then their simulated sunlight and visible-light photocatalytic activity were evaluated by the degradation of a typical dye pollutant, rhodamine B (RhB). For comparison, binary systems of Ag/BiVO4 and GR/BiVO4 as well as solitary BiVO4 are also tested under the same conditions. Meanwhile, the separation and transportation of the photogenerated carriers in the simulated sunlight-irradiating Ag/GR/BiVO4 ternary systems are studied by photoelectrochemistry experiments, and the active species generated during the process of photodegradation are investigated by free radical and hole scavenging experiments. On the basis of the above results, mechanism of photocatalytic degradation of RhB over the Ag/GR/BiVO4 ternary system is revealed. Finally, the reusability of the catalyst was evaluated by five consecutive catalytic runs.

  9. Light-induced relaxation dynamics in Rh-doped Bi12TiO20 crystals

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    Marinova, V.; Vlaikova, E.; Goovaerts, E.

    2014-12-01

    The lifetime of the excited charge carriers in Rh-doped BTO crystals is characterized by measuring the time-resolved photoinduced absorption (PIA) after nanosecond pulse excitation from a frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser (λ=532 nm). It was found that the Rh-addition in the BTO structure slows down the relaxation decay in comparison with non- doped BTO, which is attributed to additional trapping centers related to the rhodium dopant. The experimental curve is well fitted by a double-exponential decay which is ascribed to the presence of two different shallow traps contributing to the charge transport and recombination mechanisms in Rh-doped BTO crystal.

  10. Point Defects in Pb-, Bi-, and In-Doped CdZnTe Detectors: Deep-Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) Measurements

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    Gul, R.; Keeter, K.; Rodriguez, R.; Bolotnikov, A. E.; Hossain, A.; Camarda, G. S.; Kim, K. H.; Yang, G.; Cui, Y.; Carcelen, V.; Franc, J.; Li, Z.; James, R. B.

    2012-03-01

    We studied, by current deep-level transient spectroscopy (I-DLTS), point defects induced in CdZnTe detectors by three dopants: Pb, Bi, and In. Pb-doped CdZnTe detectors have a new acceptor trap at around 0.48 eV. The absence of a VCd trap suggests that all Cd vacancies are compensated by Pb interstitials after they form a deep-acceptor complex [[PbCd]+-V{Cd/2-}]-. Bi-doped CdZnTe detectors had two distinct traps: a shallow trap at around 36 meV and a deep donor trap at around 0.82 eV. In detectors doped with In, we noted three well-known traps: two acceptor levels at around 0.18 eV (A-centers) and 0.31 eV (VCd), and a deep trap at around 1.1 eV.

  11. Observation of the room temperature magnetoelectric effect in Dy doped BiFeO(3).

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    Uniyal, P; Yadav, K L

    2009-01-07

    Polycrystalline Bi(1-x)Dy(x)FeO(3) (x = 0.0, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.1) ceramics have been prepared via a mixed oxide route. The effect of Dy substitution on the dielectric, ferroelectric, and magnetic properties of the BiFeO(3) multiferroic perovskite is studied. Experimental results suggest that in the Bi(1-x)Dy(x)FeO(3) system, increase of the Dy concentration leads to effective suppression of the spiral spin structure of BiFeO(3), resulting in the appearance of net magnetization. An anomaly in the dielectric constant (ε) was observed in the vicinity of the antiferromagnetic transition temperature. All compositions show saturated polarization-field (P-E) curves. As a result, improved multiferroic properties of Bi(0.9)Dy(0.1)FeO(3) ceramics with remnant polarization and magnetization (2P(r) and 2M(r)) of 7.98 µC cm(-2) and 0.024 emu g(-1), respectively, were established. An enhancement in remnant polarization after poling the samples in the magnetic field was evidence of magnetoelectric coupling at room temperature.

  12. Infiltrated bunch of solitons in Bi-doped frequency-shifted feedback fibre laser operated at 1450 nm

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    Rissanen, Joona; Korobko, Dmitry A.; Zolotovsky, Igor O.; Melkumov, Mikhail; Khopin, Vladimir F.; Gumenyuk, Regina

    2017-01-01

    Mode-locked fibre laser as a dissipative system is characterized by rich forms of soliton interaction, which take place via internal energy exchange through noisy background in the presence of dispersion and nonlinearity. The result of soliton interaction was either stationary-localized or chaotically-oscillated soliton complexes, which have been shown before as stand-alone in the cavity. Here we report on a new form of solitons complex observed in Bi-doped mode-locked fibre laser operated at 1450 nm. The solitons are arranged in two different group types contemporizing in the cavity: one pulse group propagates as bound solitons with fixed phase relation and interpulse position eventuated in 30 dB spectrum modulation depth; while the other pulses form a bunch with continuously and chaotically moving solitons. The article describes both experimental and theoretical considerations of this effect. PMID:28281677

  13. Ionic liquid assisted microwave synthesis route towards color-tunable luminescence of lanthanide- doped BiPO4

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    Cybinska, Joanna; Lorbeer, Chantal; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-07-08

    Ln3+-doped (Ln=Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy) nanoparticles of BiPO4 with a particle size below 10 nm were synthesized in a straightforward manner from the appropriate mixture of the respective metal acetates and the task-specific ionic liquids choline or butylammonium dihydrogen-phosphate by conversion in a laboratory microwave (120 °C, 10 min). The ionic liquid acts not only as a solvent and microwave susceptor, but also as the reaction partner and nanoparticle stabilizer. The materials were thoroughly characterized not only with respect to their optical properties but also by PXRD, FT-IR, TEM techniques. Furthermore, depending on the lanthanide, the nanomaterial shows intense luminescence of different colors such as: orange (Sm3+), red (Eu3+), green (Tb3+) or even white (Dy3+).

  14. Ionic liquid assisted microwave synthesis route towards color-tunable luminescence of lanthanide- doped BiPO4

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    Cybinska, Joanna; Lorbeer, Chantal; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-07-08

    Ln3+-doped (Ln=Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy) nanoparticles of BiPO4 with a particle size below 10 nm were synthesized in a straightforward manner from the appropriate mixture of the respective metal acetates and the task-specific ionic liquids choline or butylammonium dihydrogen-phosphate by conversion in a laboratory microwave (120 °C, 10 min). The ionic liquid acts not only as a solvent and microwave susceptor, but also as the reaction partner and nanoparticle stabilizer. The materials were thoroughly characterized not only with respect to their optical properties but also by PXRD, FT-IR, TEM techniques. Furthermore, depending on the lanthanide, the nanomaterial shows intense luminescencemore » of different colors such as: orange (Sm3+), red (Eu3+), green (Tb3+) or even white (Dy3+).« less

  15. Infiltrated bunch of solitons in Bi-doped frequency-shifted feedback fibre laser operated at 1450 nm

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    Rissanen, Joona; Korobko, Dmitry A.; Zolotovsky, Igor O.; Melkumov, Mikhail; Khopin, Vladimir F.; Gumenyuk, Regina

    2017-03-01

    Mode-locked fibre laser as a dissipative system is characterized by rich forms of soliton interaction, which take place via internal energy exchange through noisy background in the presence of dispersion and nonlinearity. The result of soliton interaction was either stationary-localized or chaotically-oscillated soliton complexes, which have been shown before as stand-alone in the cavity. Here we report on a new form of solitons complex observed in Bi-doped mode-locked fibre laser operated at 1450 nm. The solitons are arranged in two different group types contemporizing in the cavity: one pulse group propagates as bound solitons with fixed phase relation and interpulse position eventuated in 30 dB spectrum modulation depth; while the other pulses form a bunch with continuously and chaotically moving solitons. The article describes both experimental and theoretical considerations of this effect.

  16. Influence of Zr4+ doping on structural and electrical properties of SrBi4Ti4O15 ceramic

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    Nayak, P.; Badapanda, T.; Panigrahi, S.

    2015-06-01

    This article reports a systematic study of doping effects on the structural and electrical properties of layer structured strontium bismuth titanate ceramic. In this study monophasic SrBi4Ti4-xZrxO15 with x=0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25 ceramics were synthesized from the solid-state reaction route. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the Zr-modified SBT ceramics have a pure four-layer Aurivillius phase structure. Dielectric properties revealed that the diffuseness of phase transition increases where as corresponding permittivity value decrease with increasing Zr content. Piezoelectric properties of SBTZ ceramics were improved by the modification of Zirconium ion. Moreover, the reason behind for improvement of piezoelectric properties of modified SBTZ ceramics was also discussed.

  17. Specific features of Tm3+ doped BiB3O6 glasses fluorescence spectra and their kinetics.

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    Majchrowski, A; Jaroszewicz, L; Kuznik, W; Brik, M G; Klosowicz, S; Kityk, I V

    2012-02-15

    Synthesis and spectral fluorescent features of the thulium-doped BiB(3)O(6) glasses are presented. All spectra were recorded using a pulsed (pulse energy ca. 1μJ, pulse duration 10ns) 355nm third harmonic of 10kHz Nd:YAG laser as an excitation source. A laser beam was focused in a backscattering geometry onto about 1mm(2) spot on the surface of a sample. The Andor SR-303i spectrograph equipped with an Andor DH-501 intensified charge coupled device with spectral resolution up to 1nm was used as a spectra recorder. The time-resolution of this system can be as low as 5ns. The decay kinetics was derived from integrated time-resolved spectra. Additionally the absorption and excitation spectra were measured. The main parameters of the Judd-Ofelt analysis were calculated and comparison of the obtained results with corresponding data for other materials was carried out.

  18. Pd-doped Bi2MoO6 plasmonic photocatalysts with enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance

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    Meng, Xiangchao; Zhang, Zisheng

    2017-01-01

    Pd-doped Bi2MoO6 was prepared and investigated for the first time. The prepared samples were characterized by their crystal structures, chemical states, atomic compositions, optical properties and morphologies. The photocatalytic activities of prepared samples under visible light irradiation were determined by degradation of phenol, which is widely found in wastewater from many industrial processes and is difficult to destroy. The sample exhibiting the highest removal efficiency with respect to the degradation of phenol contained 2% Pd. The enhancement effect can be interpreted as the integrated effects of a reduction in the rate of electron-hole recombination, surface plasmon resonance, and production of Cl0. This work sheds light on the potential applications of noble metal nanoparticles in visible light-driven photocatalysis.

  19. Carrier density control and enhanced thermoelectric performance of Bi and Cu co-doped GeTe

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    Shimano, S.; Tokura, Y.; Taguchi, Y.

    2017-05-01

    Thermoelectric energy conversion is one of the most important and desirable functions of materials, because the ability to recycle a part of the energy wasted as heat back to useful electric energy significantly contributes to a sustainable society in future. For practical applications of thermoelectric materials, sufficiently high conversion efficiency is required over a wide range of temperature. It is also desirable that the materials are composed of non-toxic elements from an environmental perspective. In this paper, we report the successful control of the hole-type charge carrier density in GeTe-based materials by co-doping Bi and Cu, and the resultant improvement in the thermoelectric figure of merit over a wide range of temperature from room temperature to around 800 K, especially below 500 K, compared to those of previously reported analogous materials, thereby demonstrating the potential of GeTe-based materials for practical applications.

  20. Specific features of Tm 3+ doped BiB 3O 6 glasses fluorescence spectra and their kinetics

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    Majchrowski, A.; Jaroszewicz, L.; Kuznik, W.; Brik, M. G.; Klosowicz, S.; Kityk, I. V.

    2012-02-01

    Synthesis and spectral fluorescent features of the thulium-doped BiB 3O 6 glasses are presented. All spectra were recorded using a pulsed (pulse energy ca. 1 μJ, pulse duration 10 ns) 355 nm third harmonic of 10 kHz Nd:YAG laser as an excitation source. A laser beam was focused in a backscattering geometry onto about 1 mm 2 spot on the surface of a sample. The Andor SR-303 i spectrograph equipped with an Andor DH-501 intensified charge coupled device with spectral resolution up to 1 nm was used as a spectra recorder. The time-resolution of this system can be as low as 5 ns. The decay kinetics was derived from integrated time-resolved spectra. Additionally the absorption and excitation spectra were measured. The main parameters of the Judd-Ofelt analysis were calculated and comparison of the obtained results with corresponding data for other materials was carried out.

  1. Structural investigation of Bi doped InSe chalcogenide thin films using Raman spectroscopy

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    Sharma, Shaveta; Sharma, Rita; Kumar, Praveen; Chander, Ravi; Thangaraj, R.; Mian, M.

    2015-05-01

    The infrared transparency of the chalcogenide glasses have been investigated presently for the CO/CO2 laser power in various medical diagnostic applications. The addition of Bi improves the chemical durability and broadens the IR transparency region of various chalcogenide glassy systems. In the present work, we have studied the effect of Bi addition on the structural properties of In-Se thin films by using the RAMAN spectroscopy. The melt quenched bulk ingot of BixIn25-xSe75 (1≤ x≤ 7) alloys were used for the vacuum thermal evaporation of films in a vacuum better than 10-5 mbar. RAMAN bands at 1575, 1354 and 525 cm-1 has been observed, while with the increase in the Bi concentration vibrational band disappear at 525 cm-1 in sample x=7.

  2. Formation of the 110-K superconducting phase in Pb-doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films

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    Kula, W.; Sobolewski, R.; Gorecka, J.; Lewandowski, S.J. )

    1991-09-15

    Investigation of the 110-K Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} phase formation in superconducting thin films of Bi-based cuprates is reported. The films were dc magnetron sputtered from single Bi(Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O targets of various stoichiometries, and subsequently annealed in air at high temperatures. The influence of the initial Pb content, annealing conditions, as well as the substrate material on the growth of the 110-K phase was investigated. We found that the films, fully superconducting above 100 K could be reproducibly fabricated on various dielectric substrates from Pb-rich targets by optimizing annealing conditions for each initial Pb/Bi ratio. Heavy Pb doping considerably accelerated formation of the 110-K phase, reducing the film annealing time to less than 1 h. Films containing, according to the x-ray measurement, more than 90% of the 110-K phase were obtained on MgO substrates, after sputtering from the Bi{sub 2}Pb{sub 2.5}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2.15}Cu{sub 3.3}O{sub {ital x}} target and annealing in air for 1 h at 870 {degree}C. The films were {ital c}-axis oriented, with 4.5-K-wide superconducting transition, and zero resistivity at 106 K. Their critical current density was 2 {times} 10{sup 2} A/cm{sup 2} at 90 K, and above 10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2} below 60 K. The growth of the 110-K phase on epitaxial substrates, such as CaNdAlO{sub 4} and SrTiO{sub 3}, was considerably deteriorated, and the presence of the 80- and 10-K phases was detected. Nevertheless, the best films deposited on these substrates were fully superconducting at 104 K and exhibited critical current densities above 2 {times} 10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} below 60 K{minus}one order of magnitude greater than the films deposited on MgO.

  3. Dopant activation mechanism of Bi wire-δ-doping into Si crystal, investigated with wavelength dispersive fluorescence x-ray absorption fine structure and density functional theory

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    Murata, Koichi; Kirkham, Christopher; Shimomura, Masaru; Nitta, Kiyofumi; Uruga, Tomoya; Terada, Yasuko; Nittoh, Koh-ichi; Bowler, David R.; Miki, Kazushi

    2017-04-01

    We successfully characterized the local structures of Bi atoms in a wire-δ-doped layer (1/8 ML) in a Si crystal, using wavelength dispersive fluorescence x-ray absorption fine structure at the beamline BL37XU, in SPring-8, with the help of density functional theory calculations. It was found that the burial of Bi nanolines on the Si(0 0 1) surface, via growth of Si capping layer at 400 °C by molecular beam epitaxy, reduced the Bi–Si bond length from 2.79+/- 0.01~{\\mathring{\\text{A}}} to 2.63+/- 0.02 Å. We infer that following epitaxial growth the Bi–Bi dimers of the nanoline are broken, and the Bi atoms are located at substitutional sites within the Si crystal, leading to the shorter Bi–Si bond lengths.

  4. Unusual continuous dual absorption peaks in Ca-doped BiFeO3 nanostructures for broadened microwave absorption.

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    Li, Zhong-Jun; Hou, Zhi-Ling; Song, Wei-Li; Liu, Xing-Da; Cao, Wen-Qiang; Shao, Xiao-Hong; Cao, Mao-Sheng

    2016-05-21

    Electromagnetic absorption materials have received increasing attention owing to their wide applications in aerospace, communication and the electronics industry, and multiferroic materials with both polarization and magnetic properties are considered promising ceramics for microwave absorption application. However, the insufficient absorption intensity coupled with the narrow effective absorption bandwidth has limited the development of high-performance multiferroic materials for practical microwave absorption. To address such issues, in the present work, we utilize interfacial engineering in BiFeO3 nanoparticles via Ca doping, with the purpose of tailoring the phase boundary. Upon Ca-substitution, the co-existence of both R3c and P4mm phases has been confirmed to massively enhance both dielectric and magnetic properties via manipulating the phase boundary and the destruction of the spiral spin structure. Unlike the commonly reported magnetic/dielectric hybrid microwave absorption composites, Bi0.95Ca0.05FeO3 has been found to deliver unusual continuous dual absorption peaks at a small thickness (1.56 mm), which has remarkably broadened the effective absorption bandwidth (8.7-12.1 GHz). The fundamental mechanisms based on the phase boundary engineering have been discussed, suggesting a novel platform for designing advanced multiferroic materials with wide applications.

  5. Transport studies on Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films with nearly quantized anomalous Hall effect

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    Liu, Minhao; Richardella, Anthony; Kandala, Abhinav; Wang, Wudi; Yazdani, Ali; Samarth, Nitin; Ong, N. Phuan

    2015-03-01

    We describe measurements of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in ferromagnetic Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films (6-8 QL thickness) grown on (111) SrTiO3 (STO) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The Fermi level is tuned close to the neutral point by tuning the growth flux ratios of Cr, Bi and Sb. Transport measurements were carried out in a dilution fridge at a base temperature of 20 mK. By tuning the chemical potential with a back gate on the STO substrate, we observed an anomalous Hall effect as high as 0.95h/e2, with a coercive field ~ 0.15 T and a narrow transition between positive/negative Hall plateaus. Transport measurements in a non-local configuration showed a Hall-effect-like non-local resistance with a systematic dependence on the back gate voltage and with pronounced peaks which resembled the non-local resistance of the quantum Hall effect. The non-local signal has a maximum that coincides with the maximum in Hall conductivity, indicating the edge channel as its origin. Our results show that the edge channel manifests itself in various transport properties even though the Hall resistance is not perfectly quantized. Supported by DARPA SPAWAR Grant No. N66001-11-1-4110 and MURI grant on Topological Insulators (ARO W911NF-12-1-0461).

  6. Linear and nonlinear refractive index of As-Se-Ge and Bi doped As-Se-Ge thin films

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    Sharma, Pankaj; Katyal, S. C.

    2010-06-01

    The present work reports the linear and nonlinear refractive index for (As2Se3)90Ge10 and [(As2Se3)90Ge10]95Bi5 thin films. The formulation proposed by Fournier and Snitzer has been used to predict the nonlinear behavior of refractive index. The linear refractive index and Wemple-DiDomenico parameters were used for the determination of nonlinear refractive index in the wavelength region 0.4 to 1.5 μm. Linear refractive index has been determined using the well known Swanepoel method. This is observed that nonlinear refractive index increases linearly with increasing linear refractive index. With Bi addition this has been found that nonlinear refractive index increases by 2.4 times, while on comparing with pure and doped silica glasses results are 2-3 orders higher. Density and molar volume has also been calculated. The obtained results may lead to yield more sensitive optical limiting devices and these glasses may be used as an optical material for high speed communication fibers.

  7. Synthesis and Luminescence Properties of Eu3+ Doped High Temperature Form of Bi2MoO6

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    Han, Bing; Zhang, Jie; Li, Pengju; Li, Jianliang; Bian, Yang; Shi, Hengzhen

    2015-03-01

    This work reports on the luminescence properties of the Eu3+-doped high-temperature form of Bi2MoO6 by a solid-state reaction technique at high temperature. Various characterization methods including x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopic, Fourier transform infrared, and fluorescence spectroscopy measurements were utilized in order to investigate the phase purity and surface morphology as well as photoluminescence properties for as-prepared phosphors. The spectroscopic characteristics including excitation and emission spectrum, concentration quenching phenomenon, decay curves, and chromaticity coordinates are discussed in detail. The nature of the luminescence behavior of Eu3+ was understood in term of the Judd-Ofelt theory, and the luminescent quantum efficiency of 5D0 → 7F2 transition of Eu3+ was estimated. The as-prepared phosphors can be effectively excited with a 465-nm blue light, and exhibit a reddish-orange emission belonging to the prevailing 5D0 → 7F2 transition of Eu3+ with a decay time of milliseconds. This indicates that the Bi2MoO6:Eu3+ phosphors could have potential application in white light-emitting diodes (w-LEDs) based on blue LED chips.

  8. Structure, characterization, and magnetic/electrochemical properties of Ni-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Khajonrit, Jessada; Prasoetsopha, Natkrita; Sinprachim, Tanayt; Kidkhunthod, Pinit; Pinitsoontorn, Supree; Maensiri, Santi

    2017-03-01

    The BiFe1-x Ni x O3 (x  =  0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3) nanoparticles were prepared by a simple solution method. Their nanostructures were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and gas absorption techniques. The magnetic properties of the nanoparticles were studied by using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The increasing of Ni content with decreasing of crystallize size can improve magnetization. Moreover, the samples were fabricated as electrodes to study the electrochemical properties by cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge-discharge (GCD) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The high specific capacitances of the electrodes are in the range of 193-514 F g-1. Although the increasing of the Ni content leads to decreasing of the specific capacitances, the 5% Ni-doped BiFeO3 can improve the capacity retention (82%) after 500 cycles at 10 A g-1. Oral talk at 8th International Workshop on Advanced Materials Science and Nanotechnology (IWAMSN2016), 8-12 November 2016, Ha Long City, Vietnam.

  9. The Gadolinium (Gd(3+)) and Tin (Sn(4+)) Co-doped BiFeO3 Nanoparticles as New Solar Light Active Photocatalyst.

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    Irfan, Syed; Rizwan, Syed; Shen, Yang; Li, Liangliang; Asfandiyar; Butt, Sajid; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2017-02-14

    The process of photocatalysis is appealing to huge interest motivated by the great promise of addressing current energy and environmental issues through converting solar light directly into chemical energy. However, an efficient solar energy harvesting for photocatalysis remains a critical challenge. Here, we reported a new full solar spectrum driven photocatalyst by co-doping of Gd(3+) and Sn(4+) into A and B-sites of BiFeO3 simultaneously. The co-doping of Gd(3+) and Sn(4+) played a key role in hampering the recombination of electron-hole pairs and shifted the band-gap of BiFeO3 from 2.10 eV to 2.03 eV. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurement confirmed that the co-doping of Gd(3+) and Sn(4+) into BiFeO3 increased the surface area and porosity, and thus the photocatalytic activity of the Bi0.90Gd0.10Fe0.95Sn0.05O3 system was significantly improved. Our work proposed a new photocatalyst that could degrade various organic dyes like Congo red, Methylene blue, and Methyl violet under irradiation with different light wavelengths and gave guidance for designing more efficient photocatalysts.

  10. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of Er-doped Bi{sub 24}O{sub 31}Br{sub 10}: Facile synthesis and photocatalytic mechanism

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    Liu, Zhang Sheng Liu, Zhi Lin; Liu, Jin Long; Zhang, Jing Wen; Zhou, Ting Fei; Ji, Xiang

    2016-04-15

    Highlights: • Er-doped Bi{sub 24}O{sub 31}Br{sub 10} have been prepared via a one-pot solvothermal method. • Er doping drastically improves the photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 24}O{sub 31}Br{sub 10}. • The enhanced activity is attributed to effective electron trapping and up-conversion process resulting from Er{sup 3+}. • Holes and super-oxide radicals are main active species. - Abstract: Erbium (Er) doped Bi{sub 24}O{sub 31}Br{sub 10} samples were successfully prepared by using a solvothermal method. The samples were characterized by XRD, XPS, SEM, TEM, BET, DRS, PL and EIS. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. The result shows that Er dopant induces a significant improvement in the photocatalytic activity. 1.0% Er–Bi{sub 24}O{sub 31}Br{sub 10} sample exhibits the best photocatalytic performance. The enhanced photocatalytic activity is attributed to the effective trapping of photogenerated electron by Er{sup 3+} ion and the up-conversion process resulting from Er dopant. In addition, it is found that holes and super-oxide radicals play main role in the photocatalytic degradation of RhB and MO.

  11. The Gadolinium (Gd3+) and Tin (Sn4+) Co-doped BiFeO3 Nanoparticles as New Solar Light Active Photocatalyst

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    Irfan, Syed; Rizwan, Syed; Shen, Yang; Li, Liangliang; Asfandiyar, A; Butt, Sajid; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2017-01-01

    The process of photocatalysis is appealing to huge interest motivated by the great promise of addressing current energy and environmental issues through converting solar light directly into chemical energy. However, an efficient solar energy harvesting for photocatalysis remains a critical challenge. Here, we reported a new full solar spectrum driven photocatalyst by co-doping of Gd3+ and Sn4+ into A and B-sites of BiFeO3 simultaneously. The co-doping of Gd3+ and Sn4+ played a key role in hampering the recombination of electron-hole pairs and shifted the band-gap of BiFeO3 from 2.10 eV to 2.03 eV. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurement confirmed that the co-doping of Gd3+ and Sn4+ into BiFeO3 increased the surface area and porosity, and thus the photocatalytic activity of the Bi0.90Gd0.10Fe0.95Sn0.05O3 system was significantly improved. Our work proposed a new photocatalyst that could degrade various organic dyes like Congo red, Methylene blue, and Methyl violet under irradiation with different light wavelengths and gave guidance for designing more efficient photocatalysts. PMID:28195198

  12. The Gadolinium (Gd3+) and Tin (Sn4+) Co-doped BiFeO3 Nanoparticles as New Solar Light Active Photocatalyst

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    Irfan, Syed; Rizwan, Syed; Shen, Yang; Li, Liangliang; Asfandiyar; Butt, Sajid; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2017-02-01

    The process of photocatalysis is appealing to huge interest motivated by the great promise of addressing current energy and environmental issues through converting solar light directly into chemical energy. However, an efficient solar energy harvesting for photocatalysis remains a critical challenge. Here, we reported a new full solar spectrum driven photocatalyst by co-doping of Gd3+ and Sn4+ into A and B-sites of BiFeO3 simultaneously. The co-doping of Gd3+ and Sn4+ played a key role in hampering the recombination of electron-hole pairs and shifted the band-gap of BiFeO3 from 2.10 eV to 2.03 eV. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurement confirmed that the co-doping of Gd3+ and Sn4+ into BiFeO3 increased the surface area and porosity, and thus the photocatalytic activity of the Bi0.90Gd0.10Fe0.95Sn0.05O3 system was significantly improved. Our work proposed a new photocatalyst that could degrade various organic dyes like Congo red, Methylene blue, and Methyl violet under irradiation with different light wavelengths and gave guidance for designing more efficient photocatalysts.

  13. Enhanced thermoelectric properties and development of nanotwins in Na-doped Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 alloy

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    Kim, Hyun; Lee, Jae Ki; Park, Su-Dong; Ryu, Byungki; Lee, Ji Eun; Kim, Bong-Seo; Min, Bok-Ki; Joo, Sung-Jae; Lee, Hee-Woong; Cho, Young-Rae

    2016-03-01

    We found that Na is a good source to develop twin structures in the Bi-Te system, such as Ag as noted in a previous study. The twin boundaries had a considerable influence on reductions of the lattice thermal conductivity due to phonon scattering by the nano-ordered layers and on reductions of the electrical resistivity owing to the defects generated by the substitution of Na into the cation sites. Here, we report the enhanced thermoelectric properties of a Na-doped p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 alloy. Measurements show that the electrical resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient decrease with Na doping due to an increase in the free carrier (hole) concentration and that the lattice thermal conductivity decreases with Na doping. The achieved maximum ZT value was 1.20 at 423 K, which is approximately 20% higher than that of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 under the same fabrication conditions. These results were achievable by controlling the morphology of the twin structure and the carrier concentration by means of Na doping. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  14. Microstructural and ferroelectric properties of rare earth (Ce, Pr, and Tb)-doped Na0.5Bi4.5Ti3O15 thin films

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    Raghavan, Chinnambedu Murugesan; Kim, Jin Won; Song, Tae Kwon; Kim, Sang Su

    2015-11-01

    Pure Na0.5Bi4.5Ti4O15 and rare earth-doped Na0.5Bi4RE0.5Ti4O15 (RE = Ce, Pr, and Tb) thin films were prepared on Pt(1 1 1)/Ti/SiO2/Si(1 0 0) substrates by using a chemical solution deposition method. X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering spectroscopy studies revealed that the thin films are crystallized in a single-phase Aurivillius structure with no additional phases. The rare earth-doped Na0.5Bi4RE0.5Ti4O15 thin films exhibited improved electrical and ferroelectric properties. Among the studied rare earth metal ions, the Tb3+ ion leads to a remarkable improvement in the ferroelectric properties. The use of the Tb3+ ion for doping resulted in a well-saturated ferroelectric hysteresis loop with a large remnant polarization (2Pr) of 40 μC/cm2 and a low coercive electric field (2Ec) of 176 kV/cm, measured at an applied electric field of 475 kV in the Na0.5Bi4Tb0.5Ti4O15 thin film. Furthermore, the leakage current density of the Na0.5Bi4Tb0.5Ti4O15 thin film was one order of magnitude lower than that of the Na0.5Bi4.5Ti4O15 thin film.

  15. Effect of Ag doping on the formation and properties of percolative Ag/BiFeO3 composite thin film by sol-gel method

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    Xu, Qiankun; Cheng, Shulei; Hao, Xuelin; Wang, Zongrong; Ma, Ning; Du, Piyi

    2017-04-01

    The Ag/BiFeO3 thin films were prepared on ITO/glass substrate by in situ sol-gel method. The morphology and formation of the perovskite phase and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were studied by XRD, SEM, and UV-Vis spectra. The doping of Ag+ ions and the formation of defects were analyzed by XPS measurement. The dielectric and magnetic properties were measured by impedance analyzer and magnetic property measurement system. Results showed that a few Ag+ ions (<7%) were doped into the bismuth ferrite lattice to substitute Bi. In addition, most of the Ag+ ions were reduced to Ag NPs in BiFeO3 thin films and the Ag NPs/BiFeO3 composite thin film was formed. The Ag+ ions doping was beneficial for not only the formation of crystalline phase of bismuth ferrite, but also the preferential orientation growth of (012) lattice plane. The Ag NPs dispersed in the thin film introduced the percolation behavior into composite the thin film, having the theoretical percolation threshold of f c = 0.131. When the volume fraction of Ag NPs is about 0.12 (Ag/Fe = 0.6). The dielectric constant of the Ag NPs/BiFeO3 thin film reached about 173, being three times as large as that of BiFeO3 thin film without Ag NPs. The minimum value of the dielectric loss was about 0.1-0.2. The typical ferromagnetic property was maintained although the magnetizations decreased a little with the increase in Ag content. The coercive force was 111Oe, showing no typical difference between the thin films with and without Ag NPs. They were beneficial to be used as a candidate in devices with both dielectric and ferromagnetic properties at the same time.

  16. On the origin of near-IR luminescence in Bi-doped materials (II). Subvalent monocation Bi⁺ and cluster Bi₅³⁺ luminescence in AlCl₃/ZnCl₂/BiCl₃ chloride glass.

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    Romanov, Alexey N; Fattakhova, Zukhra T; Veber, Alexander A; Usovich, Olga V; Haula, Elena V; Korchak, Vladimir N; Tsvetkov, Vladimir B; Trusov, Lev A; Kazin, Pavel E; Sulimov, Vladimir B

    2012-03-26

    Broadband NIR photoluminescence (from 1000 to 2500 nm) was observed from partially reduced AlCl₃/ZnCl₂/BiCl₃ glass, containing subvalent bismuth species. The luminescence consists of three bands, assigned to Bi⁺ , Bi₂⁴⁺, and Bi₅³⁺ ions. The physical and optical characteristics of these centers and possible contribution to NIR luminescence from bismuth-doped oxide glasses are discussed.

  17. Room temperature ferromagnetism with large magnetic moment at low field in rare-earth-doped BiFeO₃ thin films.

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    Kim, Tae-Young; Hong, Nguyen Hoa; Sugawara, T; Raghavender, A T; Kurisu, M

    2013-05-22

    Thin films of rare earth (RE)-doped BiFeO3 (where RE=Sm, Ho, Pr and Nd) were grown on LaAlO3 substrates by using the pulsed laser deposition technique. All the films show a single phase of rhombohedral structure with space group R3c. The saturated magnetization in the Ho- and Sm-doped films is much larger than the values reported in the literature, and is observed at quite a low field of 0.2 T. For Ho and Sm doping, the magnetization increases as the film becomes thinner, suggesting that the observed magnetism is mostly due to a surface effect. In the case of Nd doping, even though the thin film has a large magnetic moment, the mechanism seems to be different.

  18. Quantitative Raman Measurement of the Evolution of the Cooper-pair Density with Doping in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ Superconductors

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    Blanc, S.; Gu, G.; Gallais, Y.; Sacuto, A.; Cazayous, M.; Méasson, M.A.; Wen, J.S.; Xu, Z.J.

    2009-10-08

    We report Raman measurements on Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} single crystals that allow us to quantitatively evaluate the doping dependence of the density of Cooper pairs in the superconducting state. We show that the drastic loss of Cooper pairs in the antinodal region as the doping level is reduced is concomitant with a deep alteration of the quasiparticles dynamic above T{sub c} and consistent with a pseudogap that competes with superconductivity. Our data also reveal that the overall density of Cooper pairs evolves with doping, distinctly from the superfluid density above the doping level p{sub c} = 0.2.

  19. A new aspect of single-layered cuprate superconductors — 90 K superconductors for Ca-doped Bi2Sr2CuO6+δ single crystals

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    Yoshizaki, R.; Yamamoto, T.; Ikeda, H.; Kadowaki, K.

    2012-12-01

    We found that the highest Tc (Tc max) of the superconductors in Bi-2201 phase was 80-90 K for the partially Ca substituted Bi2Sr2CuO6+δ for Sr. The superconductivity was confirmed to be bulk effect from a specific heat jump around Tc. By the findings the correlation between the structure and Tc max has been made clear and simple with respect to the distance between Cu and the apical oxygen for the single-layered cuprate superconductors in the hole doped system.

  20. Passive Q-switching with GaAs or Bi-doped GaAs saturable absorber in Tm:LuAG laser operating at 2μm wavelength.

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    Wu, Lin; Li, Dechun; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Li, Xiangyang; Wang, Reng; Liu, Ji

    2015-06-15

    We report the first demonstration of a diode pumped passively Q-switched Tm:LuAG laser near 2μm wavelength with Bi-doped or undoped GaAs wafer as saturable absorber. For Bi-doped GaAs saturable absorber, stable Q-switched pulses with duration of 63.3ns under a repetition rate of 132.7 kHz and pulse energy of 5.51μJ are generated. In comparison to the passively Q-switched laser with undoped GaAs saturable absorber, the laser with Bi-doped GaAs can produce shorter pulses and higher peak power at almost the same incident pump power. The results suggest that Bi-doped GaAs can be an attractive candidate of saturable absorber for Q-switched laser near 2μm wavelength.

  1. Broadband optical amplification with water-free hexagonal double-clad Bi doped silica fiber

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    Kobayashi, S.; Takahashi, M.; Ohara, M.; Kondo, I.; Fujii, Yusuke

    2016-03-01

    1.3 - 1.55 micron optical amplifiers for the long distance up-stream and down-stream networks for a future increase of fiber access networks in telecommunications are attractive. A bismuth-doped silica glass has a potential of the broadband spectrum as lasers and amplifier applications at 1.3 -1.55 micron. The bismuth-doped fiber lasers and amplifiers were discussed by the MOCVD method. In this report optical amplification characteristics at 1.3 - 1.55 micron are presented with the water free hexagonal double-clad bismuth-doped silica fiber (HDC-BDF) made by the vertical axial vapor-phase deposition (VAD) method. The bismuth and aluminum ions were vapor-phase doped into the silicon and germanium oxide. Pumping into the HDC-BDF was performed by using the tilt-polished fiber from the hexagonal surface with the multimode fiber pigtail of the pumping LD. 2 dB amplified gain was obtained with less than -40 dBm CW input signal power at 1310nm.

  2. Effect of Bi2O3 on the structural and spectroscopic properties of Sm3+ ions doped sodiumfluoroborate glasses

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    Mariyappan, M.; Arunkumar, S.; Marimuthu, K.

    2016-02-01

    Trivalent samarium ions doped bismuth sodiumfluoroborate glasses have been prepared with the chemical composition 40B2O3+(40-x)Na2CO3+xBi2O3+19CaF2+1Sm2O3 (where x = 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40 in wt%) following the conventional melt quenching technique. The structural and spectroscopic characterizations have been carried out using XRD, FTIR and UV-Vis-NIR, luminescence and decay measurements. Judd-Ofelt (JO) theory has been used to study the effect of local field environment around the Sm3+ ion site to calculate the radiative properties. Bonding parameters and JO intensity parameters (Ω2, Ω4, Ω6) were determined from the absorption spectra to explore the nature of bonding and symmetry around the Sm3+ ion site. The spectroscopic quality factor (χ = Ω4/Ω6) and asymmetry ratio (R/O) have been determined to elucidate the potential strength of the stimulated emission and asymmetry around the Sm3+ ion site in the prepared glasses. Using JO theory, various radiative properties like transition probability (A), effective bandwidth (Δλeff), stimulated emission cross-section (σpE) and branching ratio (βR) for the 4G5/2 → 6H5/2, 6H7/2, 6H9/2 emission levels of the prepared glasses were determined and compared with the reported literature. The decay curves corresponding to the 4G5/2 level of the Sm3+ ions were measured and are found to be single exponential for lower Bi2O3 content and turn to become non-exponential for higher Bi2O3 content and is due to the donor to acceptor energy transfer through cross-relaxation process. Among the prepared glasses, 40BiNFBS glass exhibit higher A, βR, σpE and η values and is suggested for useful gain medium and reddish orange laser applications.

  3. Synthesis and optical properties of Pr and Ti doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Singh, Vikash; Sharma, Subhash; Dwivedi, R. K.

    2016-05-23

    Bi{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics with x = 0.00, 0.10 and 0.20 were synthesized by solid state reaction method. Rietveld fitting of diffraction data reveals structural transition from rhombohedral phase (R{sub 3C}) for x ≤ 0.10 to orthorhombic phase (P{sub nma}) for x = 0.20. FTIR spectra exhibit broad absorption bands, which may be due to the overlapping of Fe-O and Bi-O vibrations in these ceramics. UV-visible spectroscopy results show strong absorption of light in the spectral range of 400-600 nm, indicating optical band gap in the visible region for these samples.

  4. Synthesis and optical properties of Pr and Ti doped BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Singh, Vikash; Sharma, Subhash; Dwivedi, R. K.

    2016-05-01

    Bi1-xPrxFe1-xTixO3 ceramics with x = 0.00, 0.10 and 0.20 were synthesized by solid state reaction method. Rietveld fitting of diffraction data reveals structural transition from rhombohedral phase (R3C) for x ≤ 0.10 to orthorhombic phase (Pnma) for x = 0.20. FTIR spectra exhibit broad absorption bands, which may be due to the overlapping of Fe-O and Bi-O vibrations in these ceramics. UV-visible spectroscopy results show strong absorption of light in the spectral range of 400-600 nm, indicating optical band gap in the visible region for these samples.

  5. Structural, electrical and multiferroic properties of La-doped mullite Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} thin films

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    Raghavan, C.M.; Kim, J.W.; Kim, J.-W.; Kim, S.S.

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Chemical solution deposited La-doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} thin film. • Structural, electrical and multiferroic properties were investigated. • La-doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} exhibited enhanced electrical and multiferroic properties. - Abstract: Thin films of (Bi{sub 2−x}La{sub x})Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} (x = 0 and x = 0.05) were prepared on Pt(1 1 1)/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si(1 0 0) substrates by using a chemical solution deposition method to investigate structural, microstructural, electrical and multiferroic properties. Both the thin films were crystallized in mullite type phases with orthorhombic structures containing no secondary and impurity phases, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy studies. The (Bi{sub 1.95}La{sub 0.05})Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} thin film exhibited improved electrical and multiferroic properties at room-temperature. The leakage current density of the (Bi{sub 1.95}La{sub 0.05})Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} thin film was one order of magnitude lower than that of the Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} thin film. Furthermore, in the thin film form, (Bi{sub 2−x}La{sub x})Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} exhibited better stability against electrical breakdowns and enhanced multiferroic properties.

  6. Shockley-Read-Hall lifetimes in CdTe

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    Buurma, C.; Sivananthan, S.; Krishnamurthy, S.

    2014-07-07

    A combination of first principles electronic structure calculations, Green's function method, and empirical tight-binding Hamiltonian method is used to evaluate the minority carrier lifetimes of CdTe due to recombination via native point defects in CdTe. For defect energy levels near mid-gap, our calculated value of the Shockley-Read-Hall capture cross section for both electrons and holes is ~10⁻¹³ cm², which is considerably different from the most commonly employed values. We further find that minority carrier lifetimes in doped CdTe are affected more by defect levels closer to the Fermi level than those in the mid-gap.

  7. Doping-induced change in the interlayer transport mechanism of Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+delta} near the superconducting transition temperature.

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    Katterwe, S O; Rydh, A; Krasnov, V M

    2008-08-22

    We perform a detailed study of temperature, bias, and doping dependence of interlayer transport in the layered high temperature superconductor Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+delta}. We observe that the shape of interlayer characteristics in underdoped crystals exhibits a remarkable crossover at the superconducting transition temperature: from thermal activation-type above T_{c} to almost T-independent quantum tunneling-type below T_{c}. Our data provide insight into the nature of interlayer transport and indicate that its mechanism changes with doping: from the conventional single quasiparticle tunneling in overdoped to a progressively increasing Cooper pair contribution in underdoped crystals.

  8. Growth and optical properties of Bi{sub 12}SiO{sub 20} single crystals doped with first row transition metal and aluminum

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    Petrova, D.; Gospodinov, M.; Sveshtarov, P.

    1995-10-01

    Bi{sub 12}SiO{sub 20} single crystals co-doped with first row transition metals and aluminum were grown from the melt by the Czochralski technique. Optimal growth conditions for optically homogeneous crystals have been established. Dopant molar concentrations in the crystal were determined and segregation coefficients calculated. Transmission spectra were measured in the 0.38--0.85 {micro}m range. It was established that adding Al to the melt bleached the crystals and blue-shifted the entire transmission spectrum. Doping with Cu produced a strong photochromic effect after daylight exposure, changing the crystal color from yellow to red.

  9. Single-Crystal CdTe Homojunction Structures for Solar Cell Applications

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    Su, Peng-Yu; Dahal, Rajendra; Wang, Gwo-Ching; Zhang, Shengbai; Lu, Toh-Ming; Bhat, Ishwara B.

    2015-09-01

    We report two different CdTe homojunction solar cell structures. Single-crystal CdTe homojunction solar cells were grown on GaAs single-crystal substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. Arsenic and iodine were used as dopants for p-type and n-type CdTe, respectively. Another homojunction solar cell structure was fabricated by growing n-type CdTe directly on bulk p-type CdTe single-crystal substrates. The electrical properties of the different layers were characterized by Hall measurements. When arsine was used as arsenic source, the highest hole concentration was ~6 × 1016 cm-3 and the activation efficiency was ~3%. Very abrupt arsenic doping profiles were observed by secondary ion mass spectrometry. For n-type CdTe with a growth temperature of 250°C and a high Cd/Te ratio the electron concentration was ~4.5 × 1016 cm-3. Because of the 300 nm thick n-type CdTe layer, the short circuit current of the solar cell grown on the bulk CdTe substrate was less than 10 mA/cm2. The open circuit voltage of the device was 0.86 V. According to a prediction based on measurement of short circuit current density ( J sc) as a function of open circuit voltage ( V oc), an open circuit voltage of 0.92 V could be achieved by growing CdTe solar cells on bulk CdTe substrates.

  10. Origin of the low critical observing temperature of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 film.

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    Li, W; Claassen, M; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moritz, B; Jia, T; Zhang, C; Rebec, S; Lee, J J; Hashimoto, M; Lu, D-H; Moore, R G; Moodera, J S; Devereaux, T P; Shen, Z-X

    2016-09-07

    The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point. Our results demonstrate clear evidence that localization of BVB carriers plays an active role and can account for the temperature discrepancy.

  11. Origin of the low critical observing temperature of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 film

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    Li, W.; Claassen, M.; Chang, Cui -Zu; ...

    2016-09-07

    The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point. Finally, our resultsmore » demonstrate clear evidence that localization of BVB carriers plays an active role and can account for the temperature discrepancy.« less

  12. Origin of the low critical observing temperature of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 film

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    Li, W.; Claassen, M.; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moritz, B.; Jia, T.; Zhang, C.; Rebec, S.; Lee, J. J.; Hashimoto, M.; Lu, D.-H.; Moore, R. G.; Moodera, J. S.; Devereaux, T. P.; Shen, Z.-X.

    2016-01-01

    The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point. Our results demonstrate clear evidence that localization of BVB carriers plays an active role and can account for the temperature discrepancy. PMID:27599406

  13. Origin of the low critical observing temperature of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 film

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    Li, W.; Claassen, M.; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moritz, B.; Jia, T.; Zhang, C.; Rebec, S.; Lee, J. J.; Hashimoto, M.; Lu, D.-H.; Moore, R. G.; Moodera, J. S.; Devereaux, T. P.; Shen, Z.-X.

    2016-09-01

    The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point. Our results demonstrate clear evidence that localization of BVB carriers plays an active role and can account for the temperature discrepancy.

  14. Doping dependence of the coupling of electrons to bosonic modes in the single-layer high-temperature Bi2Sr2CuO6 superconductor

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    Meevasana, W.

    2010-06-02

    A recent highlight in the study of high-Tc superconductors is the observation of band renormalization or self-energy effects on the quasiparticles. This is seen in the form of kinks in the quasiparticle dispersions as measured by photoemission and interpreted as signatures of collective bosonic modes coupling to the electrons. Here we compare for the first time the self-energies in an optimally doped and strongly overdoped, nonsuperconducting single-layer Bi-cuprate (Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CuO{sub 6}). In addition to the appearance of a strong overall weakening, we also find that the weight of the self-energy in the overdoped system shifts to higher energies. We present evidence that this is related to a change in the coupling to c-axis phonons due to the rapid change of the c-axis screening in this doping range.

  15. Electronic structure of self-doped layered Eu3F4Bi2S4 material revealed by x-ray absorption spectroscopy and photoelectron spectromicroscopy

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    Paris, E.; Sugimoto, T.; Wakita, T.; Barinov, A.; Terashima, K.; Kandyba, V.; Proux, O.; Kajitani, J.; Higashinaka, R.; Matsuda, T. D.; Aoki, Y.; Yokoya, T.; Mizokawa, T.; Saini, N. L.

    2017-01-01

    We have studied the electronic structure of Eu3F4Bi2S4 using a combination of Eu L3-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and space-resolved angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). From the Eu L3-edge XAS, we have found that the Eu in this system is in mixed valence state with coexistence of Eu2 +/Eu3 + . The bulk charge doping was estimated to be ˜0.3 per Bi site in Eu3F4Bi2S4 , which corresponds to the nominal x in a typical REO1 -xFxBiS2 system (RE: rare-earth elements). From the space-resolved ARPES, we have ruled out the possibility of any microscale phase separation of Eu valence in the system. Using a microfocused beam we have observed the band structure as well as the Fermi surface that appeared similar to other compounds of this family with disconnected rectangular electronlike pockets around the X point. The Luttinger volume analysis gives the effective carrier to be 0.23 electrons per Bi site in Eu3F4Bi2S4 , indicating that the system is likely to be in the underdoped region of its superconducting phase diagram.

  16. Design of epitaxial CdTe solar cells on InSb substrates

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    Song, Tao; Kanevce, Ana; Sites, James R.

    2015-11-01

    Epitaxial CdTe has been shown by others to have a radiative recombination rate approaching unity, high carrier concentration, and low defect density. It has, therefore, become an attractive candidate for high-efficiency solar cells, perhaps becoming competitive with GaAs. The choice of substrate is a key design feature for epitaxial CdTe solar cells, and several possibilities (CdTe, Si, GaAs, and InSb) have been investigated by others. All have challenges, and these have generally been addressed through the addition of intermediate layers between the substrate and CdTe absorber. InSb is an attractive substrate choice for CdTe devices, because it has a closemore » lattice match with CdTe, it has low resistivity, and it is easy to contact. However, the valence-band alignment between InSb and p-type CdTe, which can both impede hole current and enhance forward electron current, is not favorable. Three strategies to address the band-offset problem are investigated by numerical simulation: heavy doping of the back part of the CdTe layer, incorporation of an intermediate CdMgTe or CdZnTe layer, and the formation of an InSb tunnel junction. Lastly, wach of these strategies is predicted to be helpful for higher cell performance, but a combination of the first two should be most effective.« less

  17. Design of epitaxial CdTe solar cells on InSb substrates

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    Song, Tao; Kanevce, Ana; Sites, James R.

    2015-11-01

    Epitaxial CdTe has been shown by others to have a radiative recombination rate approaching unity, high carrier concentration, and low defect density. It has, therefore, become an attractive candidate for high-efficiency solar cells, perhaps becoming competitive with GaAs. The choice of substrate is a key design feature for epitaxial CdTe solar cells, and several possibilities (CdTe, Si, GaAs, and InSb) have been investigated by others. All have challenges, and these have generally been addressed through the addition of intermediate layers between the substrate and CdTe absorber. InSb is an attractive substrate choice for CdTe devices, because it has a close lattice match with CdTe, it has low resistivity, and it is easy to contact. However, the valence-band alignment between InSb and p-type CdTe, which can both impede hole current and enhance forward electron current, is not favorable. Three strategies to address the band-offset problem are investigated by numerical simulation: heavy doping of the back part of the CdTe layer, incorporation of an intermediate CdMgTe or CdZnTe layer, and the formation of an InSb tunnel junction. Lastly, wach of these strategies is predicted to be helpful for higher cell performance, but a combination of the first two should be most effective.

  18. Anomalously large gap and induced out-of-plane spin polarization in magnetically doped 2D Rashba system: V-doped BiTeI

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    Shikin, A. M.; Rybkina, A. A.; Klimovskikh, I. I.; E Tereshchenko, O.; Bogomyakov, A. S.; Kokh, K. A.; Kimura, A.; Skirdkov, P. N.; Zvezdin, K. A.; Zvezdin, A. K.

    2017-06-01

    We have studied an energy gap opening at the Kramers point of quasi-2D Rashba semiconductor BiTeI with magnetic doping and influence of circularly polarized synchrotron radiation (SR) on the induced out-of-plane spin polarization of the gapped state. By means of angle- and spin-resolved photoemission spectroscopy we have shown that below a Curie temperature, at 15-20 K, a spontaneous anomalously large energy gap at the Kramers point appears up to 90 and 125 meV depending on the V concentration (0.5 and 2%, respectively). Nevertheless, spin-resolved measurements show only a weak out-of-plane spin polarization both for the V 3d-resonances and the Rashba states owing to the presence of magnetic domains with opposite magnetic moments spontaneously generated without external magnetic field. Above a Curie temperature the out-of-plane spin polarization for the V 3d-resonances and 2D Rashba electron gas can be also induced by circularly polarized SR reversed in dependence on the chirality of circular polarization. It is followed by opening the energy gap at the Kramers point that confirms the induced magnetization. We connect the SR-induced out-of-plane spin polarization with a SR-derived hole generation leading to corresponding uncompensated spin accumulation in 2D Rashba electron gas with transferring the induced torque to the diluted V 3d-ions. The theoretical estimations corroborate well the experimental results.

  19. Magnetocaloric effect in pristine and Bi-doped Pr0.6Sr0.4MnO3 manganite

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    Daivajna, Mamatha D.; Rao, Ashok

    2016-11-01

    Near room temperature, magnetocaloric effect in pristine and Bi-doped Pr0.6Sr0.4MnO3 manganites has been studied using in-field heat capacity measurements. The Debye temperature (θD) for the pristine sample was estimated to be 522 K and its value increases to 530 K for the Bi-doped sample with x=0.05. The entropy associated with paramagnetic (PM) to ferromagnetic (FM) transition is found to be 2.4 J/mol K and 2.3 J/mol K for x=0 and 0.05 compositions respectively. The estimated values of adiabatic temperature ∆Tad for the samples with x=0 and x=0.05 are respectively 2.2 K and 1.9 K for 0-6 Tesla. The maximum isothermal change in entropy, ∆SM for the sample Pr0.6Sr0.4MnO3 with transition temperature 306 K is found to be 2.7 J/kg-K with application of external magnetic field of 2 T and for Bi-doped sample (with x=0.05) the isothermal change in entropy reduces to 2.0 J/kg-K. The calculated maximum values of the isothermal entropy changes, ∆SM for the pristine sample, vary in the range 1.7-3.9 J/kg-K for a magnetic field change of 1-6 T. The present results suggest that these compounds can be possible candidates as magnetic refrigerants. This results in a large relative cooling power (RCP) around 93.5 J kg-1 K for the pristine sample under an application of magnetic field of 2 T. On contrary, with Bi-doping, RCP decreases to 56 J kg-1 K at external field of 2 T.

  20. Thermal properties of transition metals doped (A: Co, Ni and Cu) BiFe0.9A0.1O3

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    Parveen, Azra; Agrawal, Shraddha; Azam, Ameer

    2016-05-01

    The synthesis of pure and transition metals (Co, Ni and Cu) doped BiFeO3nanoparticles, a promising G-type antiferromagnetic material have been done by auto combustion method using citric acid as a fuel. Microstructural analyses were done by XRD and FTIR. The thermal stability of the sample was determined by thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and heat flow rate was plotted by differential scanning calorimetric (DSC).

  1. Mössbauer study and magnetic properties of M-type barium hexaferrite doped with Co + Ti and Bi + Ti ions.

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    Belous, A G; V'yunov, O I; Pashkova, E V; Ivanitskii, V P; Gavrilenko, O N

    2006-12-28

    Using X-ray powder diffractions, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and magnetic measurements, the effect of complex dopants (Co2+ + Ti4+) and (Bi3+ + Ti4+) on the fine structure and magnetic properties of M-type barium hexaferrite prepared by hydroxide and carbonate precipitations has been studied. The distribution of cations over five nonequivalent positions of barium hexaferrite with magnetoplumbite structure is discussed. It has been shown that doped barium hexaferrite can be used for high-coercitivity data storage media.

  2. Synthesis of Fe-doped Bi2O3 nanocatalyst and its sonophotocatalytic activity on synthetic dye and real textile wastewater.

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    Dinesh, G Kumaravel; Anandan, Sambandam; Sivasankar, Thirugnanasambandam

    2016-10-01

    The catalysts such as Fe, Bi2O3, and Fe-doped Bi2O3 were synthesized for the sonophotocatalytic treatment of synthetic dye and real textile wastewater. The resultant catalysts were characterized for its size and uniform shape using x-ray diffractogram (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) which signified the nanorod shape formed Bi2O3. The higher ultraviolet light absorbance capacity of the catalysts was also evident using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Initially, the effect of conventional parameters such as initial pH, gas bubbling (argon, oxygen, air and nitrogen) and oxidant addition (H2O2 and peroxymonosulfate) in the presence of sonolysis (22 and 37 kHz frequency) and photolysis (UV-C light) on 10 ppm Basic Brown 1 dye was studied. The results showed that highest decolorization of 62 % was attained for 3 g/L peroxymonosulfate under 37 kHz frequency sonolysis treatment. Secondly, with the catalyst study, highest of 46 % dye color removal was obtained with 4 g/L Fe under 37 kHz frequency sonolysis treatment. The sonophotocatalytic treatment of dye with Fe-doped Bi2O3 catalyst in combination with peroxymonosulfate showed highest color removal of 99 %. Finally, the sonophotocatalytic treatment of real textile wastewater in the presence of 3 g/L Fe-doped Bi2O3 and 6 g/L peroxymonosulfate reduced the total organic carbon (TOC) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) level to 77 and 91 %, respectively, in 180 min. The reported treatment process was found to treat the synthetic dye and real textile wastewater effectively.

  3. Composition and electric field effects on the transport properties of Bi doped chalcogenide glasses thin films

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    Hafiz, M. M.; Othman, A. A.; Elnahass, M. M.; Al-Motasem, A. T.

    2007-03-01

    The temperature dependence of the DC electrical conductivity σDC was measured in the temperature range from 300-500 K. It was found that there are double activation energies, E σ, for Ge 20Se 80-xBi x ( x=0, 2.5 and 5 at%) films, while there is single activation energy for Ge 20Se 72.5Bi 7.5. when incorporation of Bi=7.5 at%, the pre-exponential value σ0 decreases by about six order of magnitude, the activation energy in the extended states E σ decreases from 0.96 to 0.09 eV. Also the effect of applied electric field was studied and observed that, activation energy in high temperature region increases with increasing electric field; this behavior can be understood assuming that the contribution to the conductivity activation process is due to conduction in the extended states and also due to hopping in the localized states. With the increasing electric field, as former process, which is having high activation energy, becomes more predominant due to the dumping of the carriers in the extended states, the effective activation energy of the system increases, in spite of the fact that the activation energy of the extended states conduction may remain constant. Finally, the electrical data suggests that the addition of bismuth produces localized states near the conduction band edge so that the electrical transport is due to hopping of electrons after being excited into localized states at the conduction band edge.

  4. AC Susceptibilities in Zn Doped (Bi,Pb)(Sr,Ba):2223 Superconductor

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    Pop, V.

    AC susceptibility measurements as a function of temperature and amplitude of alternative magnetic field have been carried out on the samples (Bi,Pb)(Sr,Ba):2223 with Cu substituted by Zn at a concentration of x = 0.00, 0.02 and 0.05. The decrease of intergrain and intragrain critical temperatures with increasing x is in agreement with the increase of the residual resistivity. Using Muller critical state model and the linear dependence of Tp for the maximum of imaginary χ''(T) peak, as a function of AC field amplitude, the intergranular pining force density was obtained. The intergrain properties are more influenced than the intragrain ones.

  5. Luminescent rare earth vanadate nanoparticles doped with Eu3+ and Bi3 for sensing and imaging applications

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    Escudero, Alberto; Carrillo-Carrión, Carolina; Zyuzin, Mikhail; Hartmann, Raimo; Ashraf, Sumaira; Parak, Wolfgang J.

    2016-03-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) are attracting interest in nanomedicine due to their potential medical applications, ranging from optical biolabels and contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging to carriers for drug and gene delivery for disease therapy.[1] Rare earth (RE) based nanophosphors exhibit important advantages compared with other available luminescent materials, such as quantum dots and nanostructures functionalized with organic dyes, due to their lower toxicities, photostabilities, high thermal and chemical stabilities, high luminescence quantum yields, and sharp emission bands.[2] Yttrium orthovanadate NPs doped with Eu3+ and Bi3+, functionalized with poly acryl acid (PAA), and excitable by near-ultraviolet light have been synthesized by homogeneous precipitation at 120 °C from solutions of rare earth precursors (yttrium acetylacetonate and europium nitrate), bismuth nitrate, sodium orthovanadate, and PAA, in an ethylene glycol/water mixture. Quasispheres with sizes from 93 to 51 nm were obtained. The as synthesized NPs were already functionalized with PAA. The NPs showed the typical red luminescence of Eu3+, which can be excited with near-UV light through an energy transfer from the vanadate anion. The presence of Bi3+ shifts the maximum of the broad excitation band from 280 nm to 342 nm. This excitation path is much more efficient than the direct excitation of the Eu3+ electronic levels, and results in a much higher luminescence. The NPs can be uptaken by HeLa cells, and are eventually located in the lysosomes after being internalized. Finally, the functionalization with PAA provides -COOH anchors for adding functional ligands of biomedical interest that can be used for sensing applications.

  6. Photoacoustic spectra and current-voltage characteristics of ceramic ZnO doped with Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} impurities

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    Shimamoto, S.; Toyoda, T.

    1999-03-15

    Photoacoustic (PA) spectroscopy is applied to study the optical absorption of ceramic ZnO doped with 1 mol%Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} sintered at various temperature (700-1100 deg. C). PA signal intensities plotted semilogarithmically reveal two individual regions below 3.0 eV (A:3.0-2.7 eV; B:2.6-2.4 eV). The steepness factor obtained at region A decreases as the sintering temperature increases, indicating an increase of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} segregation at particle surfaces and grain boundaries which might contribute to the interface states. The steepness factor B increases rapidly as the sintering temperature increases, indicating an occurrence of structural ordering by the Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} liquid phase sintering effect. The varistor effect of these samples is correlated with the characterization obtained by PA method.

  7. Study of morphology effects on magnetic interactions and band gap variations for 3d late transition metal bi-doped ZnO nanostructures by hybrid DFT calculations

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    Datta, Soumendu Baral, Sayan; Mookerjee, Abhijit; Kaphle, Gopi Chandra

    2015-08-28

    Using density functional theory (DFT) based electronic structure calculations, the effects of morphology of semiconducting nanostructures on the magnetic interaction between two magnetic dopant atoms as well as a possibility of tuning band gaps have been studied in the case of the bi-doped (ZnO){sub 24} nanostructures with the impurity dopant atoms of the 3d late transition metals—Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu. To explore the morphology effect, three different structures of the host (ZnO){sub 24} nano-system, having different degrees of spatial confinement, have been considered: a two dimensional nanosheet, a one dimensional nanotube, and a finite cage-shaped nanocluster. The present study employs hybrid density functional theory to accurately describe the electronic structure of all the systems. It is shown here that the magnetic coupling between the two dopant atoms remains mostly anti-ferromagnetic in the course of changing the morphology from the sheet geometry to the cage-shaped geometry of the host systems, except for the case of energetically most stable bi-Mn doping, which shows a transition from ferromagnetic to anti-ferromagnetic coupling with decreasing aspect ratio of the host system. The effect of the shape change, however, has a significant effect on the overall band gap variations of both the pristine as well as all the bi-doped systems, irrespective of the nature of the dopant atoms and provides a means for easy tunability of their optoelectronic properties.

  8. Structural, electrical, and multiferroic properties of (Nd, Zn) co-doped BiFeO3 thin films prepared by a chemical solution deposition method

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    Raghavan, Chinnambedu Murugesan; Kim, Jin Won; Kim, Sang Su; Song, Tae Kwon

    2015-05-01

    The effects of Nd and Zn co-doping on the structural, electrical, and multiferroic properties of the BiFeO3 thin film were investigated. Pure BiFeO3 (BFO) and (Nd, Zn) co-doped Bi0.9Nd0.1Fe0.975Zn0.025O3-δ (BNFZO) thin films were prepared on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrates by using a chemical solution deposition method. X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering analyses revealed the formation of polycrystalline distorted rhombohedral perovskite structures for both of the thin films. As compared to the pure BFO, a low leakage current density of 6.68 × 10-5 A/cm2 (at 100 kV/cm), large remnant polarization (2 P r ) of 60 μC/cm2, and low coercive field (2 E c ) of 773 kV/cm (at 1,000 kV/cm) were observed for the co-doped BNFZO thin film. Furthermore, the BNFZO thin film showed enhanced magnetization when compared to the BFO thin film. These results indicate that the randomly oriented BNFZO thin film would be a useful nontoxic alternative for lead-containing multiferroic applications.

  9. The effect of Yttrium on the Ca and Sr planes of Y-doped Bi 2Sr 2Ca 1Cu 2O 8

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    Alméras, P.; Berger, H.; Margaritondo, G.

    1993-08-01

    Photoemission spectromicroscopy experiments on a series of Y-doped Bi 2Sr 2Ca 1Cu 2O 8 single crystals show that the doping changes the valence of copper as required for the observed modification of the critical temperature. The doping, however, affects with substitutional reactions not only the CaO planes, but also the SrO planes. Des expériences de photoémission sur une série de monocristaux de Bi 2Sr 2Ca 1Cu 2O 8 dopés avec de l'yttrium montrent que le dopage change la valence du cuivre, comme on dopage, pourtant, ne modifie pas seulement les plans CaO par des réactions de substitution, mais également les plans SrO. Esperimenti di fotoemissione condotti su una serie di monocristalli di Bi 2Sr 2Ca 2O 8 con impurezze di Y mostrano che tali impurezze modificano la valenza del rame, com'é indipendentemente reso necessario dal fatto che si osservano dei cambiamenti della temperature di transizione. Si nota peraltro che le impurezze non modificano solamente i piani CaO mediante reazioni di sostituzione, ma anche i piani SrO.

  10. Comparison of Sn-doped and nonstoichiometric vertical-Bridgman-grown crystals of the topological insulator Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 2}Se

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    Kushwaha, S. K. Gibson, Q. D.; Cava, R. J.; Xiong, J.; Ong, N. P.; Pletikosic, I.; Weber, A. P.; Fedorov, A. V.; Valla, T.

    2014-04-14

    A comparative study of the properties of topological insulator Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 2}Se (BTS) crystals grown by the vertical Bridgeman method is described. Two defect mechanisms that create acceptor impurities to compensate for the native n-type carriers are compared: Bi excess, and light Sn doping. Both methods yield low carrier concentrations and an n-p crossover over the length of the grown crystal boules, but lower carrier concentrations and higher resistivities are obtained for the Sn-doped crystals, which reach carrier concentrations as low as 8 × 10{sup 14} cm{sup −3}. Further, the temperature dependent resistivities for the Sn-doped crystals display strongly activated behavior at high temperatures, with a characteristic energy of half the bulk band gap. The (001) cleaved Sn-doped BTS crystals display high quality Shubnikov de Haas (SdH) quantum oscillations due to the topological surface state electrons. Angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) characterization shows that the Fermi energy (E{sub F}) for the Sn-doped crystals falls cleanly in the surface states with no interference from the bulk bands, which the Dirac point for the surface states lies approximately 60 meV below the top of the bulk valence band maximum, and allows for a determination of the bulk and surface state carrier concentrations as a function of Energy near E{sub F}. Electronic structure calculations that compare Bi excess and Sn dopants in BTS demonstrate that Sn acts as a special impurity, with a localized impurity band that acts as a charge buffer occurring inside the bulk band gap. We propose that the special resonant level character of Sn in BTS gives rise to the exceptionally low carrier concentrations and activated resistivities observed.

  11. Robust surface doping of Bi2Se3 by rubidium intercalation.

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    Bianchi, Marco; Hatch, Richard C; Li, Zheshen; Hofmann, Philip; Song, Fei; Mi, Jianli; Iversen, Bo B; El-Fattah, Zakaria M Abd; Löptien, Peter; Zhou, Lihui; Khajetoorians, Alexander A; Wiebe, Jens; Wiesendanger, Roland; Wells, Justin W

    2012-08-28

    Rubidium adsorption on the surface of the topological insulator Bi(2)Se(3) is found to induce a strong downward band bending, leading to the appearance of a quantum-confined two-dimensional electron gas state (2DEG) in the conduction band. The 2DEG shows a strong Rashba-type spin-orbit splitting, and it has previously been pointed out that this has relevance to nanoscale spintronics devices. The adsorption of Rb atoms, on the other hand, renders the surface very reactive, and exposure to oxygen leads to a rapid degrading of the 2DEG. We show that intercalating the Rb atoms, presumably into the van der Waals gaps in the quintuple layer structure of Bi(2)Se(3), drastically reduces the surface reactivity while not affecting the promising electronic structure. The intercalation process is observed above room temperature and accelerated with increasing initial Rb coverage, an effect that is ascribed to the Coulomb interaction between the charged Rb ions. Coulomb repulsion is also thought to be responsible for a uniform distribution of Rb on the surface.

  12. Magnetotransport measurements on Mn-doped Bi2Se3 Thin Films

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    Babakiray, Sercan; Johnson, Trent; Borisov, Pavel; Lederman, David

    2014-03-01

    The intrinsic n type conductivity of bulk topological insulator Bi2Se3 was compensated with Mn dopant to increase the resistivity. In addition, the magnetic character of Mn ions causes a gap opening of the corresponding Dirac cone surface states. We investigated the effect of the Mn on crystal structure as well as the transport and magnetic properties of Bi2-xMnxSe3 thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Al2O3 (0001) substrates. Characteristic features in the form of the Kondo effect and weak anti-localization were observed at different Mn concentrations up to temperatures of 50 K accompanied by enhanced resistance and reduced carrier mobility. The phase coherence length of the two-dimensional sheet conductance decreased with increasing Mn-concentration, however the protected surface states were still present up to x =0.063. This work was supported by a Research Challenge Grant from West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC.dsr.12.29). Some of the work was performed using the West Virginia University Shared Research Facilities.

  13. Synthesis of activated charcoal supported Bi-doped TiO2 nanocomposite under solar light irradiation for enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Chandraboss, V. L.; Kamalakkannan, J.; Senthilvelan, S.

    2016-11-01

    In this study, activated charcoal (AC) supported bismuth (Bi)-doped Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanocomposite was synthesized by precipitation method. The photocatalytic activity of AC-Bi/TiO2 was investigated for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution under solar light irradiation. The incorporation of Bi3+ into the TiO2 lattice shifts the absorbance of TiO2 to the visible region then the addition of high adsorption capacity activated charcoal to improve the efficiency of TiO2. AC-Bi/TiO2 is found to be more efficient than Bi/TiO2 and undoped TiO2 for the degradation of MB under solar light irradiation. Surface morphology and bulk composition of the composite was obtained using high resolution-scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The crystal structure evolution and elemental composition were analyzed by combining Fourier transform-Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectra show that the absorption edge for the composite with Bi3+ has red shift as compared with that of undoped TiO2. UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra demonstrated a decrease in the direct band gap of AC-Bi/TiO2. BET surface area, pore radius and pore volume of the materials were calculated by applying the BET equation to the sorption isotherms. The production of hydroxyl radicals (rad OH) on the surface of solar light irradiated materialswere detected by photoluminescence technique using coumarin as a probe molecule. The mechanism of photocatalytic effect of the AC-Bi/TiO2 was proposed for the degradation of MB under solar light irradiation.

  14. Enhancement emission intensity of CaMoO4 : Eu3+, Na+ phosphor via Bi co-doping and Si substitution for application to white LEDs

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    Xie, An; Yuan, Ximing; Hai, Shujie; Wang, Juanjuan; Wang, Fengxiang; Li, Liu

    2009-05-01

    Through the use of Bi as a co-activator and Si as a substituting element for the host lattice, red emitting Ca_{0.5}MoO_4\\,:\\,Eu^{3+}_{0.25-x} , Bi^{3+}_{x} , Na^{+}_{0.25} (x = 0, 0.005, 0.01, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) and Ca_{0.5}Mo_{1-y}Si_yO_4\\,:\\,Eu^{3+}_{0.25} , Na^{+}_{0.25} (y = 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04 and 0.05) phosphors were synthesized by the conventional solid state reaction method, respectively. The photo-luminescent results show all samples can be excited efficiently by UV (396 nm) and blue (467 nm) light and emit red light at 615 nm with line spectra, which are coupled well with the characteristic emission from UVLED and blue LED, respectively. In the Eu3+-Bi3+ co-doped system, both Eu3+ f-f transition and Bi3+ CT transition absorptions are observed in the excitation spectra, the intensities of the main emission line (5D0 → 7F2 transition of Eu3+ at 615 nm) are strengthened because of the energy transition from Bi3+ to Eu3+. The introduction of Si4+ ions did not change the position of the peaks but enhanced the emission intensity of Eu3+ under 396 nm excitations. The results showed that the optimal doping concentration of Bi3+ ions and Si4+ ions was 1 mol%, respectively.

  15. Interstitial BiO molecule as a broadband IR luminescence centre in bismuth-doped silica glass

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    Sokolov, V O; Plotnichenko, V G; Dianov, Evgenii M

    2011-12-31

    Experimental data on absorption and luminescence in optical fibres with a Bi : SiO{sub 2} glass core are compared to experimentally determined and calculated spectroscopic properties of the BiO molecule. The results suggest that the IR luminescence of Bi : SiO{sub 2} glass is due to interstitial BiO molecules. This assumption is supported by quantum-chemical simulation results for a BiO molecule in a ring interstice of the silica glass network.

  16. First principles study on the structural, magnetic, electronic and optical properties of un-doped and La-doped BiFe0.75Mn0.125Ti0.125O3

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    Zhang, Ren; Chen, Wei; Gao, Ning; Zhu, Yiyi; Mao, Weiwei; Chu, Liang; Zhang, Jian; Yang, Jianping; Li, Xing'ao; Huang, Wei

    2016-10-01

    Based on the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), the structural, magnetic, electronic and optical properties of BiFe0.75Ti0.125Mn0.125O3 (TM) and Bi1 - yLayFe0.75Ti0.125Mn0.125O3 (y = 0.125, 0.25) (LTM) were researched by the first principles. Compared with the pure BiFeO3 (zero magnetic moment), the magnetic moment of TM gets improved greatly and the value computed here is ∼ 3μB, while La doping almost has no effect on that of TM. Ti and Mn co-doping converts the indirect band gap of BiFeO3 (2.20 eV) to a direct band gap of TM (0.95 eV). The bandwidth of TM is similar to that of LTM1 (1 La atom, y = 0.125) within the tolerance, but smaller than that of LTM2 (2 La atoms, y = 0.25). This is consistent with their gradually increased absorption edges to infrared region, and suggests that doping La into the B sites of TM makes it more potential application on photovoltaic. According to the results of reflectivity, (Ti, Mn)-codoped BiFeO3 is transparent, while LTM is nontransparent in the visible light region which indicates more potential valuable for visible-light-responsive devices. To gain some insight into the optical properties of the samples, three relationships have been discussed: (1) the reflectivity and energy loss function, (2) the extinction coefficient and the imaginary part of the dielectric function, and (3) the refractive index and the real part of the dielectric function.

  17. Photoluminescence, enhanced ferroelectric, and dielectric properties of Pr{sup 3+}-doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} multifunctional ceramics

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    Zou, Hua; Yu, Yao; Li, Jun; Cao, Qiufeng; Wang, Xusheng; Hou, Junwei

    2015-09-15

    Pr{sup 3+}-doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBN) multifunctional ceramics were synthesized by the conventional solid state method. The photoluminescence (PL) excitation and emission spectra, enhanced ferroelectric and dielectric properties were investigated. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FESEM analyses indicated that the samples were simple phase and uniform flake-structure. Under the 250–350 nm ultraviolet (UV) excitations, the red emission was obtained and the optimal emission intensity was investigated when Pr doping level was 0.005 mol. With the increasing of the Pr{sup 3+} ion contents, the ferroelectric properties were enhanced obviously. As a new multifunctional material, the Pr{sup 3+}-doped SBN ceramics could be used for a wide range of application, such as integrated electro-optical devices.

  18. Superconducting gap structure in the electron doped BiS2-based superconductor

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    Bhattacharyya, A.; Adroja, D. T.; Hillier, A. D.; Jha, R.; Awana, V. P. S.; Strydom, A. M.

    2017-07-01

    The influence of electron doping on semimetallic SrFBiS2 has been investigated by means of resistivity, zero and transverse  -  field (ZF/TF) muon spin relaxation/rotation (μSR) experiments. SrFBiS2 is semimetallic in its normal state and small amounts of La doping results in bulk superconductivity at 2.8 K, at ambient pressure. The temperature dependence of the superfluid density as determined by TF-μSR can be best modelled by an isotropic s  -  wave type superconducting gap. We have estimated the magnetic penetration depth {λL}(0)=1087 nm, superconducting carrier density {{n}s}=3.7× {{10}26} carriers m-3 and effective-mass enhancement m *  =  1.558 m e. Additionally, there is no clear sign of the occurrence of spontaneous internal magnetic fields below {{T}\\mathbf{c}} , which implies that the superconducting state in this material can not be categorized by the broken time-reversal symmetry which is in agreement with the previous theoretical prediction.

  19. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of Te-doped Bi2MoO6 under visible light irradiation: Effective separation of photogenerated carriers resulted from inhomogeneous lattice distortion and improved electron capturing ability

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    Chen, Shuguang; Li, Yuhan; Wu, Zixu; Wu, Baoxin; Li, Haibin; Li, Fujin

    2017-05-01

    Te-doped Bi2MoO6 photocatalyst was hydrothermally synthesized, and nonmetal atoms Te were homogeneously incorporated into Bi2MoO6 lattice with the substitution of Te4+ to Mo6+. With increasing Te-doping concentration in Bi2MoO6, no detectable band-gap narrowing but more and more severe inhomogeneous lattice distortions were determined. The activity of Bi2MoO6 photocatalyst was evaluated through methylene blue degradation under visible light irradiation (λ>410 nm) and was greatly enhanced by Te-doping. When Te-doped Bi2MoO6 was synthesized at Te/Mo molar ratio of 7.5%, a maximum first-order rate constant of methylene blue degradation was obtained. The inhomogeneous lattice distortion generated an internal dipole moment, and the holes generated with the substitution of Te4+ to Mo6+ acted as the capturing centers of photogenerated electrons, thus the effective separation of photogenerated carriers was facilitated to result in a relatively high concentration of holes on the surface of Te-doped Bi2MoO6 to be favorable for the efficient methylene blue degradation.

  20. Nonvolatile bipolar resistive switching in Ba-doped BiFeO3 thin films

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    Deng, Haoliang; Zhang, Ming; Wei, Jizhou; Chu, Shangjie; Du, Minyong; Yan, Hui

    2015-07-01

    The Bi0.8Ba0.2FeO3 (BBFO) thin film was deposited on the conducting Nb:SrTiO3 (NSTO) (1 0 0) single crystal substrate by pulsed laser deposition. Nonvolatile bipolar resistive switching effect was observed in an Au/BBFO/NSTO capacitor structure. By changing the polarity of the external pulsed voltage, the device could be switched reversibly between two stable resistance states. The resistive ratio is about 10 at a read voltage of -0.5 V after applying ±1.5 V pulse voltages. The mechanism of the resistive switching behavior could be attributed to the electric field induced migration of oxygen vacancies, which changes the height and width of the barrier at the BBFO/NSTO interface.

  1. Solid oxide fuel cell bi-layer anode with gadolinia-doped ceria for utilization of solid carbon fuel

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    Kellogg, Isaiah D.; Koylu, Umit O.; Dogan, Fatih

    Pyrolytic carbon was used as fuel in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with a yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte and a bi-layer anode composed of nickel oxide gadolinia-doped ceria (NiO-GDC) and NiO-YSZ. The common problems of bulk shrinkage and emergent porosity in the YSZ layer adjacent to the GDC/YSZ interface were avoided by using an interlayer of porous NiO-YSZ as a buffer anode layer between the electrolyte and the NiO-GDC primary anode. Cells were fabricated from commercially available component powders so that unconventional production methods suggested in the literature were avoided, that is, the necessity of glycine-nitrate combustion synthesis, specialty multicomponent oxide powders, sputtering, or chemical vapor deposition. The easily-fabricated cell was successfully utilized with hydrogen and propane fuels as well as carbon deposited on the anode during the cyclic operation with the propane. A cell of similar construction could be used in the exhaust stream of a diesel engine to capture and utilize soot for secondary power generation and decreased particulate pollution without the need for filter regeneration.

  2. Effect of Sn doping on nonlinear optical properties of quaternary Se-Sn-(Bi,Te) chalcogenide thin films

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    Yadav, Preeti; Sharma, Ambika

    2015-08-01

    The aim of this work is to report the effect of Sn doping on the third order nonlinear optical properties of chalcogenide Se84-xTe15Bi1.0Snx thin films. Melt quenching technique has been used for the preparation of bulk chalcogenide glasses. Thin films of the studied composition are deposited on cleaned glass substrate by thermal evaporation technique. Optical band gap (Eg) is calculated by using Tauc extrapolation method and is found to increase from 1.27 eV to 1.64 eV with the incorporation of Sn content. Stryland approach is utilized for the calculation of two photon absorption coefficient (β2). The nonlinear refractive index (n2) and third order susceptibility (χ(3) are calculated using Tichy and Ticha approach. The result shows that nonlinear refractive index (n2) follows the same trend as that of linear refractive index (n). The values of n2 of studied composition as compared to pure silica are 1000-5000 times higher.

  3. Effect of Bi2O3 on spectroscopic and structural properties of Er3+ doped cadmium bismuth borate glasses.

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    Sanghi, S; Pal, I; Agarwal, A; Aggarwal, M P

    2011-12-01

    Glasses with composition 20CdO·xBi(2)O(3)·(79.5-x)B(2)O(3) (15≤x≤35, x in mol%) containing 0.5 mol% of Er(3+) ions were prepared by melt-quench technique (1150°C in air). The amorphous nature of the glasses was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The spectroscopic properties of the glasses were investigated using optical absorption spectra and fluorescence spectra. The phenomenological Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters Ω(λ) (λ=2, 4, 6) were determined from the spectral intensities of absorption bands in order to calculate the radiative transition probability (A(R)), radiative life time (τ(R)), branching ratios (β(R)) for various excited luminescent states. Using the near infrared emission spectra, full width at half maxima (FWHM), stimulated emission cross-section (σ(e)) and figure of merit (FOM) were evaluated and compared with other hosts. Especially, the numerical values of these parameters indicate that the emission transition (4)I(13/2)→(4)I(15/2) at 1.506 μm in Er(3+)-doped cadmium bismuth borate glasses may be useful in optical communication.

  4. Effect of Sn doping on nonlinear optical properties of quaternary Se-Sn-(Bi,Te) chalcogenide thin films

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    Yadav, Preeti Sharma, Ambika

    2015-08-28

    The aim of this work is to report the effect of Sn doping on the third order nonlinear optical properties of chalcogenide Se{sub 84-x}Te{sub 15}Bi{sub 1.0}Sn{sub x} thin films. Melt quenching technique has been used for the preparation of bulk chalcogenide glasses. Thin films of the studied composition are deposited on cleaned glass substrate by thermal evaporation technique. Optical band gap (E{sub g}) is calculated by using Tauc extrapolation method and is found to increase from 1.27 eV to 1.64 eV with the incorporation of Sn content. Stryland approach is utilized for the calculation of two photon absorption coefficient (β{sub 2}). The nonlinear refractive index (n{sub 2}) and third order susceptibility (χ{sup (3}) are calculated using Tichy and Ticha approach. The result shows that nonlinear refractive index (n{sub 2}) follows the same trend as that of linear refractive index (n). The values of n{sub 2} of studied composition as compared to pure silica are 1000-5000 times higher.

  5. Microstructure and conduction behavior of BiFeO3 thin film deposited on Ge-doped ZnO

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    Raghavan, Chinnambedu Murugesan; Choi, Ji Ya; Kim, Sang Su

    2017-02-01

    BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films were deposited on a Ge-doped ZnO (GZO)/Si(100) and a Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) using a pulsed laser deposition technique. An improved crystal growth property was observed for the BFO thin film deposited on the GZO/Si(100). The BFO thin film, which was deposited on the (00 l) textured GZO/Si(100), exhibited preferred ( l00) orientated grains, while randomly orientated grains were observed for the thin film deposited on the Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100). When compared with the Pt/BFO/Pt capacitor, the GZO/BFO/GZO capacitor exhibited improved conduction behaviors, such as a low leakage current density and high stability against electrical breakdown. From the J-E curves, conduction of the GZO/BFO/GZO and the Pt/BFO/Pt capacitors was found to be dominated by Ohmic and space charge limited conductions at low and high electric field, respectively.

  6. Atom Probe Tomography Analysis of Ag Doping in 2D Layered Material (PbSe)5(Bi2Se3)3

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    Ren, Xiaochen; Singh, Arunima K.; Fang, Lei; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Tavazza, Francesca; Davydov, Albert V.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.

    2016-09-07

    Impurity doping in two-dimensional (2D) materials can provide a route to tuning electronic properties, so it is important to be able to determine the distribution of dopant atoms within and between layers. Here we report the totnographic mapping of dopants in layered 2D materials with atomic sensitivity and subnanometer spatial resolution using atom, probe tomography (APT). Also, APT analysis shows that Ag dopes both Bi2Se3 and PbSe layers in (PbSe)5(Bi2Se3)3, and correlations :in the position of Ag atoms suggest a pairing across neighboring Bi2Se3 and PbSe layers. Finally, density functional theory (DFT) calculations confirm the favorability of substitutional-doping for both Pb and Bi and provide insights into the,observed spatial correlations in dopant locations.

  7. Ferromagnetism of magnetically doped topological insulators in Cr{sub x}Bi{sub 2−x}Te{sub 3} thin films

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    Ni, Y.; Zhang, Z. Hadimani, R. L.; Tuttle, G.; Jiles, D. C.; Nlebedim, I. C.

    2015-05-07

    We investigated the effect of magnetic doping on magnetic and transport properties of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin films. Cr{sub x}Bi{sub 2−x}Te{sub 3} thin films with x = 0.03, 0.14, and 0.29 were grown epitaxially on mica substrate with low surface roughness (∼0.4 nm). It is found that Cr is an electron acceptor in Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and increases the magnetization of Cr{sub x}Bi{sub 2−x}Te{sub 3}. When x = 0.14 and 0.29, ferromagnetism appears in Cr{sub x}Bi{sub 2−x}Te{sub 3} thin films, where anomalous Hall effect and weak localization of magnetoconductance were observed. The Curie temperature, coercivity, and remnant Hall resistance of thin films increase with increasing Cr concentration. The Arrott-Noakes plot demonstrates that the critical mechanism of the ferromagnetism can be described better with 3D-Heisenberg model than with mean field model. Our work may benefit for the practical applications of magnetic topological insulators in spintronics and magnetoelectric devices.

  8. Synthesis and luminescence of Eu(3+)-doped in triple phosphate Ca8MgBi(PO4)7 with whitlockite structure.

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    Zhang, Zhi-Wei; Ren, Yan-Jun; Liu, Lu; Zhang, Jian-Ping; Peng, You-Shun

    2015-12-01

    Triple whitlockite-type structure-based red phosphors Ca8 MgBi1-x(PO4)7:xEu(3+) (x = 0.10, 0.20, 0.30, 0.40, 0.50, 0.60, 0.70, 0.80 and 1.00) were synthesized by a conventional solid-state reaction route and characterized by their X-ray crystal structures. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, Fourier transform infrared spectra, morphologies, photoluminescence spectra, UV/Vis reflectance spectra, decay times and the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) chromaticity coordinates of Ca8MgBi1-x(PO4)7:xEu(3+) were analyzed. Eu-doped Ca8MgBi(PO4)7 phosphors exhibited strong red luminescence with peaks at 616 nm due to the (5)D0 → (7)F2 electric dipole transition of Eu(3+) ions after excitation at 396 nm. The UV/Vis spectra indicated that the band gap of Ca8MgBi0.30(PO4)7:0.70Eu(3+) is larger than that of Ca8MgBi(PO4)7. The phosphor developed in this study has great potential as a red-light-emitting phosphor for UV light-emitting diodes. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  9. Stabilisation of Fe2O3-rich Perovskite Nanophase in Epitaxial Rare-earth Doped BiFeO3 Films

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    Zhang, Huairuo; Reaney, Ian M.; Marincel, Daniel M.; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan; Ramasse, Quentin M.; MacLaren, Ian; Findlay, Scott D.; Fraleigh, Robert D.; Ross, Ian M.; Hu, Shunbo; Ren, Wei; Mark Rainforth, W.

    2015-01-01

    Researchers have demonstrated that BiFeO3 exhibits ferroelectric hysteresis but none have shown a strong ferromagnetic response in either bulk or thin film without significant structural or compositional modification. When remanent magnetisations are observed in BiFeO3 based thin films, iron oxide second phases are often detected. Using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, atomic resolution electron energy loss spectrum-mapping and quantitative energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis, we reveal the existence of a new Fe2O3-rich perovskite nanophase, with an approximate formula (Fe0.6Bi0.25Nd0.15)3+ Fe3+O3, formed within epitaxial Ti and Nd doped BiFeO3 perovskite films grown by pulsed laser deposition. The incorporation of Nd and Bi ions on the A-site and coherent growth with the matrix stabilise the Fe2O3-rich perovskite phase and preliminary density functional theory calculations suggest that it should have a ferrimagnetic response. Perovskite-structured Fe2O3 has been reported previously but never conclusively proven when fabricated at high-pressure high-temperature. This work suggests the incorporation of large A-site species may help stabilise perovskite-structured Fe2O3. This finding is therefore significant not only to the thin film but also to the high-pressure community. PMID:26272264

  10. Stabilisation of Fe2O3-rich Perovskite Nanophase in Epitaxial Rare-earth Doped BiFeO3 Films.

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    Zhang, Huairuo; Reaney, Ian M; Marincel, Daniel M; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan; Ramasse, Quentin M; MacLaren, Ian; Findlay, Scott D; Fraleigh, Robert D; Ross, Ian M; Hu, Shunbo; Ren, Wei; Rainforth, W Mark

    2015-08-14

    Researchers have demonstrated that BiFeO3 exhibits ferroelectric hysteresis but none have shown a strong ferromagnetic response in either bulk or thin film without significant structural or compositional modification. When remanent magnetisations are observed in BiFeO3 based thin films, iron oxide second phases are often detected. Using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, atomic resolution electron energy loss spectrum-mapping and quantitative energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis, we reveal the existence of a new Fe2O3-rich perovskite nanophase, with an approximate formula (Fe0.6Bi0.25Nd0.15)(3+) Fe(3+)O3, formed within epitaxial Ti and Nd doped BiFeO3 perovskite films grown by pulsed laser deposition. The incorporation of Nd and Bi ions on the A-site and coherent growth with the matrix stabilise the Fe2O3-rich perovskite phase and preliminary density functional theory calculations suggest that it should have a ferrimagnetic response. Perovskite-structured Fe2O3 has been reported previously but never conclusively proven when fabricated at high-pressure high-temperature. This work suggests the incorporation of large A-site species may help stabilise perovskite-structured Fe2O3. This finding is therefore significant not only to the thin film but also to the high-pressure community.

  11. Device Fabrication using Crystalline CdTe and CdTe Ternary Alloys Grown by MBE

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    Zaunbrecher, Katherine; Burst, James; Seyedmohammadi, Shahram; Malik, Roger; Li, Jian V.; Gessert, Timothy A.; Barnes, Teresa

    2015-06-14

    We fabricated epitaxial CdTe:In/CdTe:As homojunction and CdZnTe/CdTe and CdMgTe/CdTe heterojunction devices grown on bulk CdTe substrates in order to study the fundamental device physics of CdTe solar cells. Selection of emitter-layer alloys was based on passivation studies using double heterostructures as well as band alignment. Initial results show significant device integration challenges, including low dopant activation, high resistivity substrates and the development of low-resistance contacts. To date, the highest open-circuit voltage is 715 mV in a CdZnTe/CdTe heterojunction following anneal, while the highest fill factor of 52% was attained in an annealed CdTe homojunction. In general, all currentvoltage measurements show high series resistance, capacitancevoltages measurements show variable doping, and quantum efficiency measurements show low collection. Ongoing work includes overcoming the high resistance in these devices and addressing other possible device limitations such as non-optimum junction depth, interface recombination, and reduced bulk lifetime due to structural defects.

  12. Comparison of benzene and toluene photodegradation under visible light irradiation by Ba-doped BiFeO3 magnetic nanoparticles with fast sonochemical synthesis.

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    Soltani, T; Lee, B-K

    2017-01-18

    Bi1-xBaxFeO3 (x = 0.02, 0.04 and 0.07) multiferroic materials with a diameter in the range of 30-40 nm were controllably synthesized by a facile ultrasonic method, with a very short reaction time of 5 min at a low temperature of 30 °C, and the resulting BiFeO3 magnetic nanoparticles (BFO MNPs) exhibited enhanced magnetic and photocatalytic performance. The substitution of Ba(2+) ions for Bi(3+) ions at the A-site of BFO MNPs, even at only 2%, decreased their particle size and distorted the lattice in the rhombohedral structure of BFO MNPs. Increasing the Ba doping to 7% greatly increased the ferromagnetic properties of BFO MNPs from 3.55 to 6.09 emu g(-1). In comparison with pure BFO MNPs, 7% Ba substitution in the Ba-doped BFO MNP samples produced strong absorption in the visible light region, decreasing the band-gap energy from 2.11 to 1.86 eV. Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy identified the band-gap emission for BFO MNPs at 587 nm, while for both pure and Ba-doped samples, the other emissions were attributed to the defect states related to oxygen deficiencies inside the band gap. After 50 min of visible light irradiation, Bi1-xBaxFeO3 (x = 7%), with the lowest band gap energy, highest magnetization and smallest particle size, showed almost complete photocatalytic degradation of toluene and benzene (100 mg L(-1)), with 91 and 81% reduction, respectively, in total organic carbon (TOC). For all irradiation times, the mineralization efficiency of toluene was higher than that of benzene, which demonstrated that toluene is more sensitive to photocatalytic oxidation than is benzene.

  13. Host-Sensitized NIR Quantum Cutting Emission in Nd(3+) Doped GdNbO4 Phosphors and Effect of Bi(3+) Ion Codoping.

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    Shahi, Praveen Kumar; Singh, Priyam; Rai, Shyam Bahadur; Bahadur, Amresh

    2016-02-15

    Host-sensitized near-infrared quantum cutting (QC) emission has been demonstrated in Nd(3+) doped Gd(1-x)Nd(x)NbO4 phosphors for various x values. Further, the effect of Bi(3+) ion addition as a sensitizer on near-infrared QC is studied in detail. X-ray diffraction confirms a monoclinic structure for pure and Nd(3+) doped phosphors. Pulsed laser excitation at 266 nm of Gd(1-x)Nd(x)NbO4 and Gd(0.99-x)Nd(x)Bi(0.01)NbO4 causes efficient room-temperature energy transfer from the NbO4(3-) to the Nd(3+) ions and the NbO4(3-) and Bi(3+) ions to the Nd(3+) ions, respectively, which emits more than one near-infrared photon for single impinging ultraviolet photon. The emission band of Nd(3+) shows unusual character where the intensity of the (4)F(3/2)-(4)I(9/2) transition at 888 nm is higher than the intensity of the transition (4)F(3/2)-(4)I(11/2) at 1064 nm, due to energy transfer from GdNbO4 host to Nd(3+) ion. Using photoluminescence lifetime studies, the quantum cutting efficiencies are found to be the maximum 166% and 172% for Gd(0.95)Nd(0.05)NbO4 and Gd(0.94)Nd(0.05)Bi(0.01)NbO4, respectively. The present study could establish Nd(3+) ion as an alternative of Yb(3+) ion for near-infrared quantum cutting. This work facilitates the probing of Nd(3+) ions doped phosphor materials for next generation Si-solar cells.

  14. Growth and Characterization of High-Quality Single Crystals of Ni- and Zn-Doped Bi2Sr2Ca(Cu2-xMx)O8+δ (M = Ni or Zn) High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Liu, Shan-Yu; Zhang, Wen-Tao; Zhao, Lin; Liu, Hai-Yun; Wu, Yue; Liu, Guo-Dong; Dong, Xiao-Li; Zhou, Xing-Jiang

    2012-08-01

    High-quality large single crystals of Ni- and Zn-doped Bi2Sr2Ca(Cu2-xMx)O8+δ (M = Ni or Zn) have been successfully grown by the traveling solvent floating zone technique. The single crystals are characterized by compositional and structural analyses and their physical properties are investigated by magnetic susceptibility and resistivity measurements. A record high critical temperature with a Tc = 97.5 K has been achieved in the annealed pristine Bi2212 single crystal. Substitution of Cu by Ni or Zn reduces the superconducting transition temperature when compared with pristine Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi2212) grown under similar conditions. The successful growth of such pristine Ni- and Zn-doped Bi2212 single crystals will facilitate studies of the relationship between the magnetism and superconductivity in high-temperature cuprate superconductors.

  15. Synthesis of carbon-doped nanosheets m-BiVO4 with three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical structure by one-step hydrothermal method and evaluation of their high visible-light photocatalytic property

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    Zhao, Deqiang; Zong, Wenjuan; Fan, Zihong; Fang, Yue-Wen; Xiong, Shimin; Du, Mao; Wu, Tianhui; Ji, Fangying; Xu, Xuan

    2017-04-01

    To achieve an efficient visible-light absorption and degradation of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4), in this paper, a carbon-doped (C-doped) nanosheets monoclinic BiVO4 (m-BiVO4), with thicknesses within 19.86 ± 8.48 nm, was synthesized using polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 (PVP) as a template and l-carbonic as the carbon source by one-step hydrothermal synthesis method. This C-doped BiVO4 in three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical structure enjoys high visible-light photocatalytic property. The samples were characterized using x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, Raman spectra, energy dispersive spectrometer, transmission electron microscope, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-Vis diffused reflectance spectroscopy, specific surface area, electron spin resonance, and transient photocurrent response, photoluminescence spectra, and incident-photon-to-current conversion efficiency, respectively. What is more, we studied the C-doping effect on the band-gap energy of BiVO4 based on First-principles. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that all photocatalysts were in the same single monoclinic scheelite structure. According to the other characterization results, the element C was successfully doped in BiVO4, resulting in the 3D hierarchical structure of C-doped BiVO4 (P-L-BiVO4). We speculated that it could be the directional coalescence mechanism by which the l-cysteine promoted the two-dimensional growth and C-doping process of BiVO4, thus leading to the formation of nanosheets which were then promoted into 3D self-assembly by PVP and the shortening of the band gap. Among all samples, P-L-BiVO4 can make the highest removal ratio of rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation. The stability of P-L-BiVO4 was verified by recycle experiments. It showed that P-L-BiVO4 had strong visible-light absorption behavior and high electron-hole separation efficiency and stability, making a significant advantage in actual situation.

  16. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of the Cr-doped spiral antiferromagnet BiMnFe{sub 2}O{sub 6}

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    Batuk, Dmitry; De Dobbelaere, Christopher; Tsirlin, Alexander A.; Abakumov, Artem M.; Hardy, An; Van Bael, Marlies K.; Greenblatt, Martha; Hadermann, Joke

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The substitution of Cr for Mn in BiMnFe{sub 2}O{sub 6} is possible by the solution–gel method. • The BiCr{sub x}Mn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 6} solid solution is obtained for the x values up to 0.3. • Increasing Cr content lowers the temperature of the antiferromagnetic ordering. - Abstract: We report the Cr{sup 3+} for Mn{sup 3+} substitution in the BiMnFe{sub 2}O{sub 6} structure. The BiCr{sub x}Mn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 6} solid solution is obtained by the solution–gel synthesis technique for the x values up to 0.3. The crystal structure investigation using a combination of X-ray powder diffraction and transmission electron microscopy demonstrates that the compounds retain the parent BiMnFe{sub 2}O{sub 6} structure (for x = 0.3, a = 5.02010(6)Å, b = 7.06594(7)Å, c = 12.6174(1)Å, S.G. Pbcm, R{sub I} = 0.036, R{sub P} = 0.011) with only a slight decrease in the cell parameters associated with the Cr{sup 3+} for Mn{sup 3+} substitution. Magnetic susceptibility measurements suggest strong similarities in the magnetic behavior of BiCr{sub x}Mn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 6} (x = 0.2; 0.3) and parent BiMnFe{sub 2}O{sub 6}. Only T{sub N} slightly decreases upon Cr doping that indicates a very subtle influence of Cr{sup 3+} cations on the magnetic properties at the available substitution rates.

  17. Investigation of Optical Nonlinearities in Bi-Doped Se-Te Chalcogenide Thin Films

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    Yadav, Preeti; Sharma, Ambika

    2015-03-01

    The present paper reports the nonlinear optical properties of chalcogenide Se85- x Te15Bi x (0 ≤ x ≤ 5) thin films. The formulation proposed by Boling, Fournier, and Snitzer and Tichy and Ticha has been used to compute the nonlinear refractive index n 2. The two-photon absorption coefficient β 2, and first- and third-order susceptibilities [ χ (1) and χ (3)] are also reported. The nonlinear refractive index n 2 is well correlated with the linear refractive index n and Wemple-DiDomenico (WDD) parameters, in turn depending on the density ρ and molar volume V m of the system. The density of the system is calculated experimentally by using Archimedes' principle. The linear optical parameters, viz. n, WDD parameters, and optical bandgap E g, are measured experimentally using ellipsometric curves obtained by spectrophotometry. The composition-dependent behavior of n 2 is analyzed on the basis of various parameters, viz. density, bond distribution, cohesive energy (CE), and optical bandgap E g, of the system. The variation of n 2 and β 2 with changing bandgap E g is also reported. The values of n 2 and χ (3) of the investigated chalcogenides are compared with those of pure silica, oxide, and other Se-based glasses.

  18. What causes high resistivity in CdTe

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    Biswas, Koushik; Du, Mao-Hua

    2012-01-01

    Shallow donors are often introduced into semiconductor materials to enhance n-type conductivity. However, they can sometimes also be used to obtain compensation between donors and acceptors, resulting in high resistivity in semiconductors. For example, CdTe can be made semi-insulating by shallow donor doping. This is routinely done to obtain high resistivity in CdTe-based radiation detectors. However, it is widely believed that the shallow donor alone cannot be responsible for the high resistivity in CdTe. This is based on the argument that it is practically impossible to control the shallow donor doping level so precisely that the free carrier density can be brought below the desired value suitable for radiation detection applications. Therefore, a deep native donor is usually assumed to exist in CdTe and pin the Fermi level near midgap. In this paper, we present our calculations on carrier statistics and energetics of shallow donors and native defects in CdTe and illustrate different donor-specific mechanisms for achieving carrier compensation. Our results show that the shallow donor can be used to reliably obtain high resistivity in CdTe without requiring additional deep donors. Since radiation detection applications require both high resistivity and good carrier transport, one should generally use shallow donors and shallow acceptors for carrier compensation and avoid deep centers that are effective carrier traps. This study highlights how the interaction between impurities and native defects intricately affects the Fermi level pinning in the semiconductor band gap and the associated resistivity of the material.

  19. Effect of Ti4+ doping on magnetic properties of charge ordered Bi0.3Ca0.7MnO3

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    Yadav, Kamlesh; Singh, M. P.; Razavi, F. S.; Varma, G. D.

    2017-07-01

    The effect of Ti doping in Bi0.3Ca0.7Mn1-x Ti x O3 (where x  =  0.0, 0.015, 0.03, 0.05, 0.08, 0.12 and 0.16) on structural, magnetic and transport properties have been studied. The charge-ordering temperature (T CO) decreases gradually with increasing Ti doping content, and finally disappears completely for x  =  0.12. The Neel temperature (T N) also decreases with increasing Ti doping content. A transition to a cluster glass like state is observed at T  ⩽  T N. The zero field cooled/field cooled (ZFC/FC) magnetization decreases at high temperature (T  >  200 K) with increasing Ti content, whereas an opposite trend is observed at low temperature (T  <  200 K). Small exchange bias effect is also observed for x  =  0.08 at 10 K. The resistivity increases with increasing Ti doping content. The disorder induced by Ti doping on the Mn site plays a key role in explaining the observed magnetic and electrical properties.

  20. Defect properties of Sb- and Bi-doped CuInSe{sub 2}: The effect of the deep lone-pair s states

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    Park, Ji-Sang; Yang, Ji-Hui; Ramanathan, Kannan; Wei, Su-Huai

    2014-12-15

    Bi or Sb doping has been used to make better material properties of polycrystalline Cu{sub 2}(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} as solar cell absorbers, including the experimentally observed improved electrical properties. However, the mechanism is still not clear. Using first-principles method, we investigate the stability and electronic structure of Bi- and Sb-related defects in CuInSe{sub 2} and study their effects on the doping efficiency. Contrary to previous thinking that Bi or Sb substituted on the anion site, we find that under anion-rich conditions, the impurities can substitute on cation sites and are isovalent to In because of the formation of the impurity lone pair s states. When the impurities substitute for Cu, the defects act as shallow double donors and help remove the deep In{sub Cu} level, thus resulting in the improved carrier life time. On the other hand, under anion-poor conditions, impurities at the Se site create amphoteric deep levels that are detrimental to the device performance.

  1. Synthesis, thermal and electrical properties of Al-doped Bi4V1.8Cu0.2O10.7

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    Essalim, R.; Ammar, A.; Tanouti, B.; Mauvy, F.

    2016-08-01

    Partial substitution of copper with aluminum in Bi4V1.8Cu0.2O10.7 has led to the Bi4V1.8Cu0.2-xAlxO10.7+x/2 solid solution. X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis have shown that the compounds with x=0.05 and x=0.10 are tetragonal with γ‧ form of Bi4V2O11, while the compound with x=0.15 is of β polymorph. The effect of Al3+ doping on electrical conductivity has been studied using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy. The electrical conductivity of doped samples along with the amount of Al3+ has been studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in the temperature range 250-700 °C. The slope changes observed in the Arrhenius plots agree with the microstructural transitions occurring in these compounds. The highest ionic conductivity values are obtained for the sample with x=0.05.

  2. Electric and dielectric properties of Bi-doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Luo Fengchao; He Jinliang; Hu Jun; Lin Yuanhua

    2009-04-01

    Pure and Bi-doped Bi{sub x}CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12+1.5x} (BCCTO, x=0, 0.15, 0.25, and 0.3) ceramics were fabricated by the solid-state sintering method. The results indicate that the additional bismuth has a great influence on both the microstructures and the electric properties. A new phase (Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12}) can be observed in the doped samples from the x-ray diffraction patterns. Additionally, the CCTO gain size can be controlled by bismuth content. All of the BCCTO samples show high dielectric permittivity ({approx}10{sup 4} at 10{sup 3} Hz) and varistor effect, and the relaxation peak shifts to higher frequency. The resistance rises with the increase in bismuth, and the activation energy at the grain boundary is reduced from 0.65 to 0.47 eV.

  3. Effect of Substitutional Pb Doping on Bipolar and Lattice Thermal Conductivity in p-Type Bi0.48Sb1.52Te₃.

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    Kim, Hyun-Sik; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Yoo, Joonyeon; Youn, Jehun; Roh, Jong Wook; Kim, Sang-Il; Kim, Sung Wng

    2017-07-06

    Cation substitutional doping is an effective approach to modifying the electronic and thermal transports in Bi₂Te₃-based thermoelectric alloys. Here we present a comprehensive analysis of the electrical and thermal conductivities of polycrystalline Pb-doped p-type bulk Bi0.48Sb1.52Te₃. Pb doping significantly increased the electrical conductivity up to ~2700 S/cm at x = 0.02 in Bi0.48-xPbxSb1.52Te₃ due to the increase in hole carrier concentration. Even though the total thermal conductivity increased as Pb was added, due to the increased hole carrier concentration, the thermal conductivity was reduced by 14-22% if the contribution of the increased hole carrier concentration was excluded. To further understand the origin of reduction in the thermal conductivity, we first estimated the contribution of bipolar conduction to thermal conductivity from a two-parabolic band model, which is an extension of the single parabolic band model. Thereafter, the contribution of additional point defect scattering caused by Pb substitution (Pb in the cation site) was analyzed using the Debye-Callaway model. We found that Pb doping significantly suppressed both the bipolar thermal conduction and lattice thermal conductivity simultaneously, while the bipolar contribution to the total thermal conductivity reduction increased at high temperatures. At Pb doping of x = 0.02, the bipolar thermal conductivity decreased by ~30% from 0.47 W/mK to 0.33 W/mK at 480 K, which accounts for 70% of the total reduction.

  4. Influence of La doping on structural and dielectric properties of SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} ceramics

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    Verma, Maya; Sreenivas, K.; Gupta, Vinay

    2009-01-15

    Lanthanum doped SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} ceramics with the chemical formula SrBi{sub 2-x}La{sub x}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBLN) (x=0-0.5) have been prepared through conventional solid state route. X-ray diffraction reveals the shrinkage of unit cell of strontium bismuth niobate with incorporation of La{sup 3+} dopant, having no lone pair electrons. Shifting of Raman phonon modes indicates the reduced rattling space of NbO{sub 6} octahedra with increase in La doping concentration. Further, the softening of lowest frequency phonon mode with increasing x in SBLN shows the transition from ferroelectric to paraelectric at room temperature. The dielectric properties for all the compositions are studied as a function of temperature (25 to 500 deg. C) over the frequency range of 10 kHz-1 MHz. With increase in lanthanum doping concentration the phase transition becomes diffused and transition temperature gets shifted toward lower temperature. A phase transition from normal ferroelectric to paraelectric has been observed via relaxor-type ferroelectrics with increase in x. The frequency dependence of transition temperature was studied in terms of Vogel-Fulcher relation for SBLN (x=0.4)

  5. Doping and band engineering by vanadium to enhance the thermoelectric performance in n-type Cu0.008Bi2Te2.7Se0.3

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    Lee, Jeong Hoon; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Kim, Sung Wng; Kim, Sang Il; Choi, Soon-Mok; Kim, Jong-Young; Kim, Se Yun; Roh, Jong Wook; Park, Hee Jung

    2017-07-01

    Polycrystalline bulks of Sc-, Ti-, and V-doped n-type Cu0.008Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 were prepared by melt solidification and spark plasma sintering, and their thermoelectric transport properties were investigated. The lattice thermal conductivity of Cu0.008Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 was slightly reduced by intensified point defect phonon scattering by the substitution of Sc, Ti, and V atoms on the Bi-site. On the other hand, the power factor of Cu0.008Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 was significantly enhanced by doping of V. Through the experimental and theoretical considerations, it was found that the enhanced power factor by V doping is originated from the increased density of states (DOS) effective mass by modified DOS near at Fermi level. Resultantly, an enhanced zT of 0.85 at 300 K was obtained in 1 at% V-doped Cu0.008Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 (Cu0.008Bi1.98V0.02Te2.7Se0.3).

  6. Study of Gd-doped Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin films: Molecular beam epitaxy growth and magnetic properties

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    Harrison, S. E.; Huo, Y.; Harris, J. S.; Collins-McIntyre, L. J.; Hesjedal, T.; Li, S.; Baker, A. A.; Shelford, L. R.; Laan, G. van der; Pushp, A.; Parkin, S. S. P.; Arenholz, E.

    2014-01-14

    Incorporation of magnetic dopants into topological insulators to break time-reversal symmetry is a prerequisite for observing the quantum anomalous Hall (QAHE) effect and other novel magnetoelectric phenomena. GdBiTe{sub 3} with a Gd:Bi ratio of 1:1 is a proposed QAHE system, however, the reported solubility limit for Gd doping into Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} bulk crystals is between ∼0.01 and 0.05. We present a magnetic study of molecular beam epitaxy grown (Gd{sub x}Bi{sub 1–x}){sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin films with a high Gd concentration, up to x ≈ 0.3. Magnetometry reveals that the films are paramagnetic down to 1.5 K. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Gd M{sub 4,5} edge at 1.5 K reveals a saturation field of ∼6 T, and a slow decay of the magnetic moment with temperature up to 200 K. The Gd{sup 3+} ions, which are substitutional on Bi sites in the Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} lattice, exhibit a large atomic moment of ∼7 μ{sub B}, as determined by bulk-sensitive superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry. Surface oxidation and the formation of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} lead to a reduced moment of ∼4 μ{sub B} as determined by surface-sensitive x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. Their large atomic moment makes these films suitable for incorporation into heterostructures, where interface polarization effects can lead to the formation of magnetic order within the topological insulators.

  7. Facile synthesis of V(4+) self-doped, [010] oriented BiVO4 nanorods with highly efficient visible light-induced photocatalytic activity.

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    Zhang, Yangyang; Guo, Yiping; Duan, Huanan; Li, Hua; Sun, Chongyang; Liu, Hezhou

    2014-11-28

    Monodispersed monoclinic BiVO4 nanorods grown along the [010] direction were prepared using a one-step low temperature hydrothermal method in the presence of the low-cost, nontoxic sodium oleate serving as a chelating agent. The BiVO4 nanorods with diameters of 15-20 nm possess a huge specific surface area as large as 28.2 m(2) g(-1), which can endow them with high photocatalytic activity and strong adsorption of reactants. Meanwhile, the specific [010] growth direction is capable of facilitating efficient electron-hole separation by accumulating electrons on {010} facets. Thus, the highly efficient photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared BiVO4 nanorods under visible light, which far surpasses that of commercial P25, is demonstrated by the degradation of rhodamine B and phenol. Plentiful V(4+) species, which can create oxygen vacancies, is detected implying that the as-obtained nanorods are self-doped BiVO4. Significantly, 61% of rhodamine B is adsorbed by the BiVO4 nanorods before irradiation owing to the appearance of plentiful O(2-) and OH(-) species on the surface adsorbed by oxygen vacancies. More excitingly, the excellent visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity of the as-obtained BiVO4 nanorods can be further elevated to an unprecedented level, roughly doubled, after applying a low temperature heat treatment process at 230 °C for 2 h and this improvement could primarily be ascribed to their optimized charge-carrier transport characteristics resulting from elevated crystallinity and decreased V(4+) species.

  8. The layered double hydroxide route to Bi-Zn co-doped TiO₂ with high photocatalytic activity under visible light.

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    Benalioua, Bahia; Mansour, Meriem; Bentouami, Abdelhadi; Boury, Bruno; Elandaloussi, El Hadj

    2015-05-15

    In this work, a co-doped Bi-Zn-TiO₂ photocatalist is synthesized by an original synthesis route of layered double hydroxide followed by heat treatment at 670 °C. After characterization the photocatalyst efficiency is estimated by the photo-discoloration of an anionic dye (indigo carmine) under visible light and compare to TiO₂-P25 as reference material. In this new photocatalyst, anatase and ZnO wurtzite are the only identified crystalline phase, rutile and Bi₂O₃ being undetected. Moreover, the binding energy of Bi determined (XPS analysis) is different from the one of Bi in Bi₂O₃. Compared to TiO₂-P25, the absorption is red shifted (UV-vis DRS) and the Bi-Zn-TiO₂ photocatalyst showed sorption capacity toward indigo carmine higher than that TiO₂-P25. The kinetics of the photo-discoloration is faster with Bi-Zn-TiO₂ than with TiO₂-P25. Indeed, a complete discoloration is obtained after 70 min and 120 min in the presence of Bi-Zn-TiO₂ and TiO₂-P25 respectively. The identification of the responsible species on photo-discoloration was carried out in the presence of different scavengers. The study showed that the first responsible is h(+) specie with a moderate contribution of superoxide anion radical and a minor contribution of the hydroxyl radical. The material showed high stability after five uses with the same rate of photo-discoloration.

  9. The simultaneous enhancement of photorefraction and optical damage resistance in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 crystals

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Chen, Muling; Chen, Shaolin; Zhang, Ling; Rupp, Romano; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-01-01

    For a long time that optical damage was renamed as photorefraction, here we find that the optical damage resistance and photorefraction can be simultaneously enhanced in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 (LN:Bi,Mg). The photorefractive response time of LN:Bi,Mg was shortened to 170 ms while the photorefractive sensitivity reached up to 21 cm2/J. Meanwhile, LN:Bi,Mg crystals could withstand a light intensity higher than 106  W/cm2 without apparent optical damage. Our experimental results indicate that photorefraction doesn’t equal to optical damage. The underground mechanism was analyzed and attributed to that diffusion dominates the transport process of charge carriers, that is to say photorefraction causes only slight optical damage under diffusion mechanism, which is very important for the practical applications of photorefractive crystals, such as in holographic storage, integrated optics and 3D display. PMID:26837261

  10. The simultaneous enhancement of photorefraction and optical damage resistance in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 crystals

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Chen, Muling; Chen, Shaolin; Zhang, Ling; Rupp, Romano; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-02-01

    For a long time that optical damage was renamed as photorefraction, here we find that the optical damage resistance and photorefraction can be simultaneously enhanced in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 (LN:Bi,Mg). The photorefractive response time of LN:Bi,Mg was shortened to 170 ms while the photorefractive sensitivity reached up to 21 cm2/J. Meanwhile, LN:Bi,Mg crystals could withstand a light intensity higher than 106  W/cm2 without apparent optical damage. Our experimental results indicate that photorefraction doesn’t equal to optical damage. The underground mechanism was analyzed and attributed to that diffusion dominates the transport process of charge carriers, that is to say photorefraction causes only slight optical damage under diffusion mechanism, which is very important for the practical applications of photorefractive crystals, such as in holographic storage, integrated optics and 3D display.

  11. The simultaneous enhancement of photorefraction and optical damage resistance in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 crystals.

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Chen, Muling; Chen, Shaolin; Zhang, Ling; Rupp, Romano; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-02-03

    For a long time that optical damage was renamed as photorefraction, here we find that the optical damage resistance and photorefraction can be simultaneously enhanced in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 (LN:Bi,Mg). The photorefractive response time of LN:Bi,Mg was shortened to 170 ms while the photorefractive sensitivity reached up to 21 cm(2)/J. Meanwhile, LN:Bi,Mg crystals could withstand a light intensity higher than 10(6)  W/cm(2) without apparent optical damage. Our experimental results indicate that photorefraction doesn't equal to optical damage. The underground mechanism was analyzed and attributed to that diffusion dominates the transport process of charge carriers, that is to say photorefraction causes only slight optical damage under diffusion mechanism, which is very important for the practical applications of photorefractive crystals, such as in holographic storage, integrated optics and 3D display.

  12. Synthesis of Pt doped Bi2O3/RuO2 photocatalysts for hydrogen production from water splitting using visible light.

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    Hsieh, S H; Lee, G J; Chen, C Y; Chen, J H; Ma, S H; Horng, T L; Chen, K H; Wu, J J

    2012-07-01

    This study was focused on the preparation of modified bismuth oxide photocatalysts, including Ru and Pt doped Bi2O3, using sonochemically assisted method to enhance their photocatalytic activity. The crystalline phase composition and surface structure of Bi2O3 photocatalysts were examined using SEM, XRD, UV-visible spectroscopy, and XPS. Optical characterizations have indicated that the Bi2O3 presents the photoabsorption properties shifting from UV light region into visible light which is approaching towards the edge of 470 nm. According to the experimental results, visible-light-driven photocatalysis for water splitting with the addition of 0.3 M Na2SO3 and 0.03 M H2C2O4 as sacrificing agents demonstrates that Pt/Bi2O3-RuO2 catalyst could increase the amount of hydrogen evolution, which is around 11.6 and 14.5 micromol g(-1) h(-1), respectively. Plausible formation mechanisms of modified bismuth oxide and reaction mechanisms of photocatalytic water splitting have been proposed.

  13. Free energy landscape approach to aid pure phase synthesis of transition metal (X=Cr, Mn and Fe) doped bismuth titanate (Bi2Ti2O7)

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    Mayfield, Cedric L.; Huda, Muhammad N.

    2016-06-01

    A density functional theory study of Cr, Mn and Fe substitutions in Bi2Ti2O7 (BTO) photocatalysts is presented. We performed a stability analysis from our total energy calculations and have determined formations of dopant inspired phases are detrimental to the overall photocatalytic performance of X-doped BTO. From our calculated formation energies and electronic structures it is shown that X substitution of Ti is least stable and should be associated with formation of secondary phases more so than X substitution of Bi. This result contradicts the many experimental studies which suggest transition metal dopants always substitute Ti in BTO, but on the other hand, explains the poor photocatalytic response beyond what has become known as the critical dopant concentration.

  14. Q-switched mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser based on topological insulator Bi(2)Se(3) deposited fiber taper.

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    Gao, Lei; Huang, Wei; Zhang, Jing Dong; Zhu, Tao; Zhang, Han; Zhao, Chu Jun; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Hua

    2014-08-10

    We have demonstrated the passive Q-switching mode-locking operation in an erbium-doped fiber (EDF) laser by using topological insulator Bi(2)Se(3) deposited on fiber taper, whose damage threshold can be further increased by the large evanescent field interacting length. Due to the low saturation intensity, stable Q-switched mode-locked fiber lasers centered at 1562 nm can be generated at a pump power of 10 mW. The temporal and spectral characteristics for different pump strengths have also been investigated. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time a Q-switched mode-locked EDF laser based on the fiber taper deposited by Bi(2)Se(3) was generated.

  15. Lead-nano-dopings effects on the structural, microstructural, vibrational and thermal properties of Bi 2- xPb xSrV 2O 9 layered perovskite

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    Elsabawy, Khaled M.; Abou Sekkina, Morsy M.; Asker, Mohamed A.; El-Newehy, Mohamed H.

    2010-07-01

    The sample with in the general formula Bi 2-xPb xSrV 2O 9, where x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.6 mol were synthesized by the high temperature solid state reaction and firing method. The X-ray diffractograms confirmed the formation of single phased layered perovskite in all samples. TGA and DTA thermal analyses on the green samples included steps of thermal analysis of strontium carbonate, bismuth carbonate, ammonium vanadate, lead oxide and finally on the high temperature solid state formation. The effect of lead dopings on the sintering, structural and micro-structure, properties of 212BiSrV-ceramics were investigated. The infrared absorption spectra show a series of vibrational modes within the range of 400-1600 cm -1.

  16. Enhanced thermoelectric figure-of-merit ZT for hole-doped Bi2Sr2Co2Oy through Pb substitution

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    Hsu, H. C.; Lee, W. L.; Wu, K. K.; Kuo, Y. K.; Chen, B. H.; Chou, F. C.

    2012-05-01

    Single crystals of Bi2-xPbxSr2Co2Oy (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.55) have been grown using optical floating-zone method. The chemical compositions were determined using combined electron probe microanalysis and iodometric titration. Physical properties including electrical resistivity (ρ), Seebeck coefficient (S), and thermal conductivity (κ) were measured using single crystal specimens. Successful hole doping through Pb substitution is confirmed through combined iodometry titration, electrical transport, and Seebeck coefficient measurements. Significant reduction on both in-plane resistivity and thermal conductivity was found as a result of Pb substitution to the Bi site. The thermoelectric figure-of-merit ZT for x ˜ 0.55 is raised 20 folds from the undoped sample at room temperature.

  17. Surface photovoltage characterization of sol-gel derived Bi 4Ti 3O 12 ferroelectric thin film on F-doped SnO 2 conducting glass

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    Wang, W. C.; Zheng, H. W.; Liu, X. Y.; Liu, X. S.; Gu, Y. Z.; Zhang, H. R.; Zhang, W. F.

    2010-03-01

    The surface photovoltage response was investigated in partly c-axis oriented Bi 4Ti 3O 12 thin film deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide conductive glass substrate by a sol-gel technology. The maximum SPV of BiT film reaches 1.8 mV under the dc bias voltage (+1 V) and is three times larger than that under the zero bias. It is also found that the SPV response intensity increases with the increasing positive field, and the intensity of the SPV signal becomes weak with a reverse response when the negative field increases. It is suggested that the SPV is strongly related to the ferroelectric polarization.

  18. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} doped TiO{sub 2} from complex precursor via gel-hydrothermal treatment

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    Huang, Yan; Xie, Gang; Chen, Sanping; Gao, Shengli

    2011-03-15

    Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} doped TiO{sub 2} were prepared with the coordination compounds [M(S{sub 2}CNEt){sub 3}] (M=Sb, Bi; S{sub 2}CNEt=pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate) as precursors via gel-hydrothermal techniques. The doped TiO{sub 2} were characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS and UV-vis diffuse reflectance means. The photocatalyst based on doped TiO{sub 2} for photodecolorization of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) was examined. The optimal Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} content, pH and different doped techniques have been investigated. Photocatalytic tests reveal that M{sub 2}S{sub 3} doped TiO{sub 2} via the gel-hydrothermal route performs better photocatalytic activity for photodegradation reaction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP). -- Graphical abstract: Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} doped TiO{sub 2} were prepared using [M(S{sub 2}COEt){sub 3}] (M=Sb, Bi; S{sub 2}COEt=pyrrdidine-1-dithiocarbamaate) as precursors via gel-hydrothermal techniques. M{sub 2}S{sub 3} doped TiO{sub 2} performs better photocatalytic activity for photodegradation reaction of 4-nitrophenol. Display Omitted Highlights: {yields} The coordination compounds [M(S{sub 2}CNEt){sub 3}] (M=Sb, Bi; S{sub 2}CNEt=pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate) as precursors to prepare Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} doped TiO{sub 2}. {yields} The sol-hydrothermal, sol-gel and gel-hydrothermal processes for photocatalysis fabrication were employed and compared. {yields} Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} doped TiO{sub 2} obtained via the gel-hydrothermal process showed better performance for photodecolorization test of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP).

  19. Enhancement of photoinduced electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO/BiFeO3 layered thin films prepared by chemical solution deposition

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    Katayama, Takeshi; Sakamoto, Wataru; Yuitoo, Isamu; Takeuchi, Teruaki; Hayashi, Koichiro; Yogo, Toshinobu

    2015-10-01

    Polycrystalline BiFeO3 and Al-doped ZnO/BiFeO3 bilayered thin films were prepared on Pt/TiOx/SiO2/Si substrates by chemical solution deposition. Their photoinduced electrical properties under blue light irradiation were characterized. The rapid on/off response of the photocurrent to light in unpoled BiFeO3 (BFO) and Al-doped ZnO/BiFeO3 (AZO/BFO) thin films was demonstrated. The AZO/BFO layered film exhibited an approximately triple-digit larger photocurrent in comparison with a BFO single-layer film. This is attributable to the photoexcited carrier generation effect at the interface between AZO (n-type) and BFO (p-type) films. Furthermore, in the AZO/BFO layered structure, the direction of the internal bias electric field caused by the space charge distribution in the unpoled BFO film is the same as that of the built-in electric field by forming a p-n junction of AZO and BFO layers. Photovoltaic properties were also improved by fabricating such a layered film. On the other hand, when the placement of BFO to AZO was reversed, the photoelectric current decreased to approximately one-tenth of that of the BFO single-layer film. In the BFO/AZO film, the internal electric field at the p-n junction between BFO and AZO is considered to have an orientation opposite to the self-bias field formed in the BFO film.

  20. Enhanced surface area, high Zn interstitial defects and band gap reduction in N-doped ZnO nanosheets coupled with BiVO4 leads to improved photocatalytic performance

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    Singh, Sonal; Sharma, Rishabh; Mehta, Bodh Raj

    2017-07-01

    For the first time, a series of Nitrogen-doped-ZnO nanosheet coupled with BiVO4 (N-ZnO/BiVO4) heterojunctioned photocatalysts have been synthesized. The new N-ZnO/BiVO4 material has been prepared via a simple and effective method of precipitation followed by high temperature annealing process. The photocatalytic activities of the N-ZnO/BiVO4 composites were evaluated for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) a common organic pollutant under visible-light irradiation. The results revealed that photocatalytic activity of the coupled system was directly influenced by the percentage amount of BiVO4 in N-ZnO which affected the available exposed surface area for photoreactions. 30% N-ZnO/BiVO4 system exhibited remarkable performance than 10%N-ZnO/BiVO4, 50%N-ZnO/BiVO4, and also to their pristine counterparts. The composite demonstrated the degradation efficiency of 90% in 90 min which is 1.76 times the efficiency of pure ZnO for same time duration. This pronounced photocatalytic effect is ascribed to the reduced band gap and lowered recombination rate of ZnO due to nitrogen doping and enhanced low energy charge carrier transitions between zinc interstitial defect bands, formed by the addition of BiVO4 in N-ZnO, to the conduction band of N-ZnO at the interface. Based on the experimental results, a proposed Z-scheme mechanism for the Nitrogen-doped ZnO/BiVO4 photocatalyst was discussed.

  1. Evidence for quantum critical behavior in the optimally doped cuprate Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta)

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    Valla; Fedorov; Johnson; Wells; Hulbert; Li; Gu; Koshizuka

    1999-09-24

    The photoemission line shapes of the optimally doped cuprate Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta) were studied in the direction of a node in the superconducting order parameter by means of very high resolution photoemission spectroscopy. The peak width or inverse lifetime of the excitation displays a linear temperature dependence, independent of binding energy, for small energies, and a linear energy dependence, independent of temperature, for large binding energies. This behavior is unaffected by the superconducting transition, which is an indication that the nodal states play no role in the superconductivity. Temperature-dependent scaling suggests that the system displays quantum critical behavior.

  2. Doping and temperature dependence of the mass enhancement observed in the cuprate Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta).

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    Johnson, P D; Valla, T; Fedorov, A V; Yusof, Z; Wells, B O; Li, Q; Moodenbaugh, A R; Gu, G D; Koshizuka, N; Kendziora, C; Jian, S; Hinks, D G

    2001-10-22

    High-resolution photoemission is used to study the electronic structure of the cuprate superconductor, Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta), as a function of hole doping and temperature. A kink observed in the band dispersion in the nodal line in the superconducting state is associated with coupling to a resonant mode observed in neutron scattering. From the measured real part of the self-energy it is possible to extract a coupling constant which is largest in the underdoped regime, then decreasing continuously into the overdoped regime.

  3. Temperature dependent scattering rates at the fermi surface of optimally doped Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta)

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    Valla; Fedorov; Johnson; Li; Gu; Koshizuka

    2000-07-24

    For optimally doped Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta), scattering rates in the normal state are found to have a linear temperature dependence over most of the Fermi surface. In the immediate vicinity of the (pi, 0) point, the scattering rates are nearly constant in the normal state, consistent with models in which scattering at this point determines the c-axis transport. In the superconducting state, the scattering rates away from the nodal direction appear to level off and become temperature independent.

  4. Coupling of Low-energy Electrons in the Optimally Doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ Superconductor to an Optical Phonon Mode

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    Rameau, J.D.; Yang, H.-B.; Gu, G. D.; Johnson, P. D.

    2009-11-24

    Laser-based photoemission with photons of energy 6 eV is used to examine the fine details of the very low-energy electron dispersion and associated dynamics in the nodal region of optimally doped Bi2212. A 'kink' in the dispersion in the immediate vicinity of the Fermi energy is associated with scattering from an optical phonon previously identified in Raman studies. The identification of this phonon as the appropriate mode is confirmed by comparing the scattering rates observed experimentally with the results of calculated scattering rates based on the properties of the phonon mode.

  5. Tuning ferroic states in La doped BiFeO{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} displacive multiferroic compounds

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    Cótica, L. F.; Freitas, V. F.; Protzek, O. A.; Eiras, J. A.; Garcia, D.; Yokaichiya, F.; Santos, I. A.; Guo, R.; Bhalla, A. S.

    2014-07-21

    In this manuscript, X-ray and high-resolution neutron powder diffraction investigations, associated with Rietveld refinements, magnetic hysteresis curves and a modeling of electron-density distributions around the ions, are used to describe the driving forces responsible for tuning the ferroic states in La doped (0.6)BiFeO{sub 3}-(0.4)PbTiO{sub 3} compositions. The intrinsic relations between the ferroic orders and the structural arrangements (angles, distances and electron-density distributions around the ions) are revealed, helping in the understanding of some aspects comprising the ferroic properties of perovskite-based displacive multiferroic compounds.

  6. Structural and optical modification in Bi doped As{sub 40}S{sub 60} thin films

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    Naik, Ramakanta; Chinnaiyah, S. S.; Ganesan, R.

    2015-06-24

    The influence of substitution of Bi atom instead of S atoms on the structural and optical properties of thin films of As{sub 40}S{sub 60} are reported. The density is found to be increased with the addition Bi heavy metal into As{sub 2}S{sub 3}. The amorphous to polycrystalline structure of the bulk sample is observed for Bi more than 7%. The glass transition temperature is found to be decreased with addition of Bi. The absorption edge shifts to shorter wavelength, thereby decreasing optical band gap of Bi{sub x}As{sub 40}S{sub 60-x} (x=0,2 and 4% here) film. The optical parameter change is discussed from the stand point of chemical bonds formed in the films and related to the defect states produced due to incorporation of Bi atoms in place of chalcogenide S atoms.

  7. Effect of Nb and more Fe ions co-doping on the microstructures, magnetic, and piezoelectric properties of Aurivillius Bi5Ti3FeO15 phases

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    Chen, Chao; Song, Kun; Bai, Wei; Yang, Jing; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Xiang, Pinghua; Qin, Muyang; Tang, Xiaodong; Chu, Junhao

    2016-12-01

    Aurivillius Bi5Ti3-2xFe1+xNbxO15 (BTFNO, x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4) phases were prepared by solid state reaction method. The structures and dielectric responses were studied, and especially the effects of Nb with a higher valence and more Fe co-doping on the magnetic and piezoelectric properties were addressed in detail. The BTFNO samples were well crystallized with no detectable impurities, and plate-like microstructures with various sizes demonstrate the typical characteristics of bismuth-layer Aurivillius materials. It is found that a dielectric loss peak appears in the Nb and Fe co-doped Bi5Ti3FeO15 (BTFO) ceramics, and it has a shift towards a lower frequency with increasing the Nb doping contents. Furthermore, antiferromagnetic long-range magnetic order is improved with the introduction of Nb and more Fe co-doping. And compared with that of the parent BTFO forms, a clear discrepancy, which is indicative of a super-paramagnetic behavior, of the magnetization vs. temperature curves in zero-field cooling and field cooling cases is observed by the introduction of the Nb and more Fe ions. More interestingly, the introduction of Nb and more Fe ions can suppress the preferred c-axis growth while promoting the a-/b-axis growth of the plate-like grains, and thus favors the piezoelectric behaviors of the BTFO Aurivillius phases along the growth orientation.

  8. Investigating the effect of Cd-Mn co-doped nano-sized BiFeO3 on its physical properties

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    Ishaq, B.; Murtaza, G.; Sharif, S.; Azhar Khan, M.; Akhtar, Naeem; Will, I. G.; Saleem, Murtaza; Ramay, Shahid M.

    This work deals with the investigation of different effects on the structural, magnetic, electronic and dielectric properties of Cd and Mn doped Bi0.75Cd0.25Fe1-xMnxO3 multiferroic samples by taking fixed ratios of Cd and varying the Mn ratio with values of x = 0.0, 0.5, 0.10 and 0.15. Cd-Mn doped samples were synthesized chemically using a microemulsion method. All the samples were finally sintered at 700 °C for 2 h to obtain the single phase perovskites structure of BiFeO3 materials. The synthesized samples were characterized by different techniques, such as X-ray diffractometry (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), LCR meter and magnetic properties using VSM. XRD results confirm BFO is a perovskite structure having crystallite size in the range of 24-54 nm. XRD results also reveal observed structural distortion due to doping of Cd at the A-site and Mn at the B-site of BFO. SEM results depict that, as the substitution of Cd-Mn increases in BFO, grain size decreases up to 30 nm. FTIR spectra showed prominent absorption bands at 555 cm-1 and 445 cm-1 corresponding to the stretching vibrations of the metal ions complexes at site A and site B, respectively. Variation of dielectric constant (ɛ‧) and loss tangent (tan δ) at room temperature in the range of 1 MHz to 3 GHz have been investigated. Results reveal that with Cd-Mn co doping a slight decrease in dielectric constant have been observed. Magnetic properties of Cd-Mn doped pure BFO samples have been studied at 300 K. Results reveal that undoped BiFeO3 exhibits weak ferromagnetic ordering due to the canting of its spin. Increase in magnetization and decrease in coercivity is a clear indication that a material can be used in high density recording media and memory devices.

  9. Reversible phase transition induced large piezoelectric response in Sm-doped BiFe O3 with a composition near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    Liao, Zhenyu; Xue, Fei; Sun, Wei; Song, Dongsheng; Zhang, Qiqi; Li, Jing-Feng; Chen, Long-Qing; Zhu, Jing

    2017-06-01

    Materials with the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) exhibit an ultrahigh mechanical response to electrical inputs, which has been widely used in applications such as sensors and actuators. Recently, the rare-earth element doped BiFe O3 (BFO) was found to possess a MPB between a rhombohedral polar phase and an orthorhombic antipolar phase with enhanced piezoelectric response, enabling it to be an attractive alternative to toxic Pb-based piezoelectric materials. Despite theoretical and experimental efforts, the phase transition behavior under electric fields has not been directly confirmed, leaving a gap in the understanding of the origin of enhanced piezoelectricity. Here, we have demonstrated an irreversible electric-field induced phase transition from the antipolar phase to the polar phase in Sm-doped BFO with the pre-MPB composition, and a reversible phase transition between the polar phase and the antipolar/nonpolar phase in Sm-doped BFO with the MPB composition. In situ transmission electron microscopy technique combined with thermodynamic calculation based on the Ginzburg-Landau-Devonshire theory indicates that the electric-field induced reversible phase transition leads to enhanced piezoelectric response and double P-E hysteresis loops. These results provide us a deep insight into the mechanism of exotic electromechanical response in the rare-earth element doped BFO system with the composition near the MPB.

  10. Improved electron transfer and plasmonic effect in dye-sensitized solar cells with bi-functional Nb-doped TiO2/Ag ternary nanostructures.

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    Park, Jung Tae; Chi, Won Seok; Jeon, Harim; Kim, Jong Hak

    2014-03-07

    TiO2 nanoparticles are surface-modified via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) with a hydrophilic poly(oxyethylene)methacrylate (POEM), which can coordinate to the Ag precursor, i.e. silver trifluoromethanesulfonate (AgCF3SO3). Following the reduction of Ag ions, a Nb2O5 doping process and calcination at 450 °C, bi-functional Nb-doped TiO2/Ag ternary nanostructures are generated. The resulting nanostructures are characterized by energy-filtering transmission electron microscopy (EF-TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-visible spectroscopy. The dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) based on the Nb-doped TiO2/Ag nanostructure photoanode with a polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) as the solid polymer electrolyte shows an overall energy conversion efficiency (η) of 6.9%, which is much higher than those of neat TiO2 (4.7%) and Nb-doped TiO2 (5.4%). The enhancement of η is mostly due to the increase of current density, attributed to the improved electron transfer properties including electron injection, collection, and plasmonic effects without the negative effects of charge recombination or problems with corrosion. These properties are supported by intensity modulated photocurrent/voltage spectroscopy (IMPS/IMVS) and incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) measurements.

  11. Effect of controlled Mn doping on transition of oxygen vacancies in Bi2Ti2O7 thin films: An electrochemical study

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    Kang, Leeseung; An, HyeLan; Kim, Tae Hyung; Lee, Duk-Hee; Park, Kyung-Soo; Swain, Basudev; Lee, Chan Gi; Nahm, Sahn

    2017-09-01

    Crystalline pyrochlore Bi2Ti2O7 (B2T2) thin films were well formed at 300 °C under 740 mTorr of oxygen partial pressure using pulsed laser deposition. In order to improve the electrical properties of the dielectric B2T2 films, Mn ions were doped into the films and their influence was investigated. Improvement in electrical behavior, especially leakage current density were revealed via impedance spectroscopy and electrochemical studies. Mn doping at an appropriate level improved the electrical properties of the films by affording extrinsic oxygen vacancies that reduced the number of intrinsic oxygen vacancies acting as electron trap sites at the interface between the Pt electrode and the B2T2 film. Schottky emission was posited as the leakage current mechanism in the 10 mol% Mn doped B2T2 (Mn:B2T2) films. The barrier height between the Pt electrode and the Mn:B2T2 film was approximately 1.46 eV, but decreased to 0.51 eV for the non-doped film due to large numbers of intrinsic oxygen vacancies.

  12. γ irradiation induced effects on bismuth active centres and related photoluminescence properties of Bi/Er co-doped optical fibres

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    Sporea, D.; Mihai, L.; Neguţ, D.; Luo, Yanhua; Yan, Binbin; Ding, Mingjie; Wei, Shuen; Peng, Gang-Ding

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the effects of γ irradiation on bismuth active centres (BACs) and related photoluminescence properties of bismuth/erbium co-doped silica fibre (BEDF), [Si] ~28, [Ge] ~1.60, [Al] ~0.10, [Er] ~ <0.10 and [Bi] ~0.10 atom%, fabricated by in-situ solution doping and Modified Chemical Vapor Deposition (MCVD). The samples were irradiated at 1 kGy, 5 kGy, 15 kGy, 30 kGy and 50 kGy doses, and dose rate of 5.5 kGy/h, at room temperature. The optical properties of BEDF samples are tested before and after γ irradiation. We found that high dose γ irradiation could significantly influence the formation and composition of BACs and their photoluminescence performance, as important changes in absorption and emission properties associated with the 830 nm pump produces the direct evidence of γ irradiation effects on BAC-Si. We notice that the saturable to unsaturable absorption ratio at pump wavelength could be increased with high dose γ irradiation, indicating that emission and pump efficiency could be increased by γ irradiation. Our experimental results also reveal good radiation survivability of the BEDF under low and moderate γ irradiation. Our investigation suggests the existence of irradiation related processing available for tailoring the photoluminescence properties and performance of bismuth doped/co-doped fibres. PMID:27440386

  13. γ irradiation induced effects on bismuth active centres and related photoluminescence properties of Bi/Er co-doped optical fibres

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    Sporea, D.; Mihai, L.; Neguţ, D.; Luo, Yanhua; Yan, Binbin; Ding, Mingjie; Wei, Shuen; Peng, Gang-Ding

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the effects of γ irradiation on bismuth active centres (BACs) and related photoluminescence properties of bismuth/erbium co-doped silica fibre (BEDF), [Si] ~28, [Ge] ~1.60, [Al] ~0.10, [Er] ~ <0.10 and [Bi] ~0.10 atom%, fabricated by in-situ solution doping and Modified Chemical Vapor Deposition (MCVD). The samples were irradiated at 1 kGy, 5 kGy, 15 kGy, 30 kGy and 50 kGy doses, and dose rate of 5.5 kGy/h, at room temperature. The optical properties of BEDF samples are tested before and after γ irradiation. We found that high dose γ irradiation could significantly influence the formation and composition of BACs and their photoluminescence performance, as important changes in absorption and emission properties associated with the 830 nm pump produces the direct evidence of γ irradiation effects on BAC-Si. We notice that the saturable to unsaturable absorption ratio at pump wavelength could be increased with high dose γ irradiation, indicating that emission and pump efficiency could be increased by γ irradiation. Our experimental results also reveal good radiation survivability of the BEDF under low and moderate γ irradiation. Our investigation suggests the existence of irradiation related processing available for tailoring the photoluminescence properties and performance of bismuth doped/co-doped fibres.

  14. Electrical resistivity, magnetoresistance, magnetisation, hall coefficient and excess conductivity in Pb-doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu oxides

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    Poddar, A.; Mandal, P.; Das, A. N.; Ghosh, B.; Choudhury, P.

    1989-12-01

    The electrical resistance, Meissner signal, magnetoresistance and Hall coefficient of Bi 1.75Pb 0.25Sr 2Ca 2Cu 3O x and Bi 1.5Pb 0.5Sr 2Ca 2Cu 3O x (nominal compositions) have been measured. Resistance of the Bi 1.75Pb 0.25 sample becomes zero for T≤106 K while the Bi 1.5Pb 0.5 sample shows a 65% drop in the resistance around 106 K and TR = 0 c ≈ 73 K. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the major phase in the Bi 1.75Pb 0.25 sample is the high-T c phase and in the Bi 1.5 Pb 0.5 sample the low-T c phase. The Hall coefficients (R H) of both samples are positive with R-1H> linear in temperature. The temperature dependence of R H is stronger in the Bi 1.75Pb 0.25 sample than in the Bi 1.5Pb 0.5 sample. The carrier concentration determined R-1H for the Bi 1.75Pb 0.25 and the Bi 1.5Pb 0.5 samples at 300 K are 1.59 × 10 21 cm -3 and 3.66 × 10 21 cm -3, respectively. The excess conductivity of both samples is analyzed using the Aslamazov-Larkin expression. The critical exponent λ obtained for the Bi 1.75Pb 0.25 sample is 0.78 and that for the Bi 1.5Pb 0.5 sample, in the temperature region where the high- Tc phase contributes only, is 0.77.

  15. Effects of K doping on structural and superconducting properties of Bi{sub 1.5}Pb{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 1.8}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+δ} compounds

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    Belala, K; Mosbah, M. F.

    2013-12-16

    Two kinds of potassium doped Bi(Pb)2212 samples are used to investigate the effect of doping the Bi(Pb)2212 ((Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}) phase by potassium (K): In the first one K is substituted on the Sr site; In the second one K is added. Using the solid state method reaction samples of Bi{sub 1.5}Pb{sub 0.5}(Sr{sub 1.8−x}K{sub x})CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+d} and Bi{sub 1.5}Pb{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 1.8}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+d}K{sub x} (0 ≤ x≤ 0.05) have been prepared from powders of carbonates and primary oxides having purity over 99%. The samples have been characterized by X ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and resistivity versus temperature measurements. Results show how the kind and the rate of doping by potassium affects the structural and transport properties of Bi(Pb)2212 phase.

  16. Influence of Doping and Nanostructuration on n-Type Bi2(Te0.8Se0.2)3 Alloys Synthesized by Arc Melting

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    Gharsallah, Mouna; Serrano-Sanchez, Federico; Nemes, Norbert M.; Martinez, Jose Luis; Alonso, Jose Antonio

    2017-01-01

    In competitive thermoelectric devices for energy conversion and generation, high-efficiency materials of both n-type and p-type are required. For this, Bi2Te3-based alloys have the best thermoelectric properties in room temperature applications. Partial replacement of tellurium by selenium is expected to introduce new donor states in the band gap, which would alter electrical conductivity and thermopower. We report on the preparation of n-type Bi2(Te1-xSex)3 solid solutions by a straightforward arc-melting technique, yielding nanostructured polycrystalline pellets. X-ray and neutron powder diffraction was used to assess Se inclusion, also indicating that the interactions between quintuple layers constituting this material are weakened upon Se doping, while the covalency of intralayer bonds is augmented. Moreover, scanning electron microscopy shows large surfaces perpendicular to the c crystallographic axis assembled as stacked sheets. Grain boundaries related to this 2D nanostructuration affect the thermal conductivity reducing it below 0.8 Wm-1K-1 at room temperature. Furthermore, Se doping increases the absolute Seebeck coefficient up to -140 μV K-1 at 400 K, which is also beneficial for improved thermoelectric efficiency.

  17. Influence of Doping and Nanostructuration on n-Type Bi2(Te0.8Se0.2)3 Alloys Synthesized by Arc Melting.

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    Gharsallah, Mouna; Serrano-Sanchez, Federico; Nemes, Norbert M; Martinez, Jose Luis; Alonso, Jose Antonio

    2017-12-01

    In competitive thermoelectric devices for energy conversion and generation, high-efficiency materials of both n-type and p-type are required. For this, Bi2Te3-based alloys have the best thermoelectric properties in room temperature applications. Partial replacement of tellurium by selenium is expected to introduce new donor states in the band gap, which would alter electrical conductivity and thermopower. We report on the preparation of n-type Bi2(Te1-xSex)3 solid solutions by a straightforward arc-melting technique, yielding nanostructured polycrystalline pellets. X-ray and neutron powder diffraction was used to assess Se inclusion, also indicating that the interactions between quintuple layers constituting this material are weakened upon Se doping, while the covalency of intralayer bonds is augmented. Moreover, scanning electron microscopy shows large surfaces perpendicular to the c crystallographic axis assembled as stacked sheets. Grain boundaries related to this 2D nanostructuration affect the thermal conductivity reducing it below 0.8 Wm(-1)K(-1) at room temperature. Furthermore, Se doping increases the absolute Seebeck coefficient up to -140 μV K(-1) at 400 K, which is also beneficial for improved thermoelectric efficiency.

  18. Optical characterization of Tm3+ doped Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glasses in absence and presence of BaF2

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    Han, Kexuan; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Shunbin; Guo, Yanyan; Zhou, Dechun; Yu, Fengxia

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, Two new Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glasses (one presence of BaF2) doped with 1mol% Tm2O3 were prepared by melt-quenching technique. Differential thermal analysis (DTA), the absorption, Raman, IR spectra and fluorescence spectra were measured. The Judd–Ofelt intensity parameters, emission cross section, absorption cross section, and gain coefficient of Tm3+ ions were comparatively investigated. After the BaF2 introduced, the glass showed a better thermal stability, lower phonon energy and weaker OH− absorption coefficient, meanwhile, a larger ~1.8 μm emission cross section σem (7.56 × 10−21 cm2) and a longer fluorescence lifetime τmea (2.25 ms) corresponding to the Tm3+: 4F3 → 3H6 transition were obtained, which is due to the addition of fluoride in glass could reduce the quenching rate of hydroxyls and raise the cross-relaxation (3H6 + 3H4 → 3F4 + 3F4) rate. Our results suggest that the Tm3+ doped Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glass with BaF2 might be potential to the application in efficient ~1.8 μm lasers system. PMID:27506152

  19. Enhanced photoluminescence and structure of Dy3+-doped SrBi2Ta2O9-containing transparent glass-ceramics

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    Tarafder, Anal; Molla, Atiar Rahaman; Karmakar, Basudeb

    2013-06-01

    Trivalent dysprosium (Dy3+)-doped precursor glass in the K2O-SiO2-SrO-Bi2O3-Ta2O5 (KSSBT) system have been prepared by melt-quench technique and strontium bismuth tantalate, SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT) glass-ceramics has been synthesized by a controlled crystallization process of the precursor glass. With progression of heat-treatment it is observed that Dy3+:glass exhibit a blue emission at 486 nm (4F9/2 → 6H15/2) and also a bright fluorescent yellow emission at 576 nm (4F9/2 → 6H13/2) have been observed with λex = 455 nm (6H15/2 → 4I15/2). These spectra reveal that the Dy3+ ions are gradually entering into the SBT nanocrystals of the glass-ceramics. The photoluminescence characteristics originating from Dy3+-doping in nanocrystalline SBT reveals the dependence of the luminescent intensity on heat-treatment time. Their structural properties have also been evaluated by FTIR spectroscopic and microstructural studies. Such luminescent glass-ceramics are expected to find potential applications such as solid-state yellow lasers and optical display systems.

  20. Optical characterization of Tm(3+) doped Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glasses in absence and presence of BaF2.

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    Han, Kexuan; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Shunbin; Guo, Yanyan; Zhou, Dechun; Yu, Fengxia

    2016-08-10

    In this paper, Two new Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glasses (one presence of BaF2) doped with 1mol% Tm2O3 were prepared by melt-quenching technique. Differential thermal analysis (DTA), the absorption, Raman, IR spectra and fluorescence spectra were measured. The Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters, emission cross section, absorption cross section, and gain coefficient of Tm(3+) ions were comparatively investigated. After the BaF2 introduced, the glass showed a better thermal stability, lower phonon energy and weaker OH(-) absorption coefficient, meanwhile, a larger ~1.8 μm emission cross section σem (7.56 × 10(-21) cm(2)) and a longer fluorescence lifetime τmea (2.25 ms) corresponding to the Tm(3+): (4)F3 → (3)H6 transition were obtained, which is due to the addition of fluoride in glass could reduce the quenching rate of hydroxyls and raise the cross-relaxation ((3)H6 + (3)H4 → (3)F4 + (3)F4) rate. Our results suggest that the Tm(3+) doped Bi2O3-GeO2-Ga2O3 glass with BaF2 might be potential to the application in efficient ~1.8 μm lasers system.