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  1. Modeling of polycrystalline thin film solar cells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fahrenbruch, Alan L.

    1999-03-01

    This paper describes modeling polycrystalline thin-film solar cells using the program AMPS-1D1 to visualize the relationships between the many variables involved. These simulations are steps toward two dimensional modeling the effects of grain boundaries in polycrystalline cells. Although this paper describes results for the CdS/CdTe cell, the ideas presented here are applicable to copper-indium-gallium selenide (CIGS) cells as well as other types of cells. Results of these one-dimensional simulations are presented: (a) the duplication of experimentally observed cell parameters, (b) the effects of back-contact potential barrier height and its relation to stressing the cell, (c) the effects of the depletion layer width in the CdTe layer on cell parameters, and (d) the effects of CdS layer thickness on the cell parameters. Experience using the software is also described.

  2. Polycrystalline-thin-film thermophotovoltaic cells

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    Dhere, Neelkanth G.

    1996-02-01

    Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells convert thermal energy to electricity. Modularity, portability, silent operation, absence of moving parts, reduced air pollution, rapid start-up, high power densities, potentially high conversion efficiencies, choice of a wide range of heat sources employing fossil fuels, biomass, and even solar radiation are key advantages of TPV cells in comparison with fuel cells, thermionic and thermoelectric convertors, and heat engines. The potential applications of TPV systems include: remote electricity supplies, transportation, co-generation, electric-grid independent appliances, and space, aerospace, and military power applications. The range of bandgaps for achieving high conversion efficiencies using low temperature (1000-2000 K) black-body or selective radiators is in the 0.5-0.75 eV range. Present high efficiency convertors are based on single crystalline materials such as In1-xGaxAs, GaSb, and Ga1-xInxSb. Several polycrystalline thin films such as Hg1-xCdxTe, Sn1-xCd2xTe2, and Pb1-xCdxTe, etc., have great potential for economic large-scale applications. A small fraction of the high concentration of charge carriers generated at high fluences effectively saturates the large density of defects in polycrystalline thin films. Photovoltaic conversion efficiencies of polycrystalline thin films and PV solar cells are comparable to single crystalline Si solar cells, e.g., 17.1% for CuIn1-xGaxSe2 and 15.8% for CdTe. The best recombination-state density Nt is in the range of 10-15-10-16 cm-3 acceptable for TPV applications. Higher efficiencies may be achieved because of the higher fluences, possibility of bandgap tailoring, and use of selective emitters such as rare earth oxides (erbia, holmia, yttria) and rare earth-yttrium aluminium garnets. As compared to higher bandgap semiconductors such as CdTe, it is easier to dope the lower bandgap semiconductors. TPV cell development can benefit from the more mature PV solar cell and opto

  3. Progress in polycrystalline thin-film solar cells

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    Zweibel, K; Hermann, A; Mitchell, R

    1983-07-01

    Photovoltaic devices based on several polycrystalline thin-film materials have reached near and above 10% sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies. This paper examines the various polycrystalline thin-film PV materials including CuInSe/sub 2/ and CdTe in terms of their material properties, fabrication techniques, problems, and potentials.

  4. RESEARCH ON THIN FILM POLYCRYSTALLINE SOLAR CELLS.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    Studies of factors affecting the properties of polycrystalline CdTe film grown by the vapor reaction process are discussed and a variety of...molybdenum substrates are compared. No real differences are found. Rough measures of temperature effects and tellurium flow rate on film growth rate are

  5. Polycrystalline Thin-Film Research: Cadmium Telluride (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2013-06-01

    This National Center for Photovoltaics sheet describes the capabilities of its polycrystalline thin-film research in the area of cadmium telluride. The scope and core competencies and capabilities are discussed.

  6. Polycrystalline Thin-Film Research: Cadmium Telluride (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2011-06-01

    Capabilities fact sheet that includes scope, core competencies and capabilities, and contact/web information for Polycrystalline Thin-Film Research: Cadmium Telluride at the National Center for Photovoltaics.

  7. Polycrystalline silicon conductivity modulated thin film transistors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Anish, Kumar K. P.

    1997-09-01

    Polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin-film transistors (TFTs) on glass has received significant attention for use in large area microelectronic applications. These applications include both niche and large volume applications such as printer drivers, image scanners, active-matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCDs), electro-luminescent displays, plasma assisted displays, etc. Currently, the leading technology for these applications is amorphous-Si (a-Si) TFT. However, as the information content increases, a-Si technology encounters severe challenges due to its inherent low mobility, high parasitic capacitance, low aperture ratio, and non-compatibility to CMOS process. On the other hand, poly-Si technology offers high mobility, low parasitic capacitance, small size, CMOS compatibility, good stability, and uses the infrastructure of silicon science and technology. Thus, a simple low temperature poly-Si technology which allows large area system integration on panel will be in great demand for future high definition displays. However, it was found that poly-Si material properties vary with its method of preparation, its grain size, its surface roughness, and the nature and distribution of the inter-granular and bulk defects. Therefore, extensive studies are needed to optimize the key parameters such as the off-current, on-current, and breakdown voltage of the devices. These parameters can be optimized by means of material preparation as well as innovative device designs. In this thesis, three TFT structures were invented and fabricated using a simple low temperature poly-Si technology. With these novel structures, pixels, pixel drivers, and analog and digital peripheral circuits can all be built on the same glass substrate. This allows the ultimate goal of display systems on glass to be much more closer to reality. First, a high voltage transistor called the Conductivity Modulated Thin Film Transistor (CMTFT) is presented. Using this structure, the fundamental current

  8. Polycrystalline thin film materials and devices

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Baron, B. N.; Birkmire, R. W.; Phillips, J. E.; Shafarman, W. N.; Hegedus, S. S.; McCandless, B. E.

    1991-11-01

    Results and conclusions of Phase 1 of a multi-year research program on polycrystalline thin film solar cells are presented. The research comprised investigation of the relationships among processing, materials properties and device performance of both CuInSe2 and CdTe solar cells. The kinetics of the formation of CuInSe2 by selenization with hydrogen selenide was investigated and a CuInSe2/Cds solar cell was fabricated. An alternative process involving the reaction of deposited copper-indium-selenium layers was used to obtain single phase CuInSe2 films and a cell efficiency of 7 percent. Detailed investigations of the open circuit voltage of CuInSe2 solar cells showed that a simple Shockley-Read-Hall recombination mechanism can not account for the limitations in open circuit voltage. Examination of the influence of CuInSe2 thickness on cell performance indicated that the back contact behavior has a significant effect when the CuInSe2 is less than 1 micron thick. CdTe/CdS solar cells with efficiencies approaching 10 percent can be repeatedly fabricated using physical vapor deposition and serial post deposition processing. The absence of moisture during post deposition was found to be critical. Improvements in short circuit current of CdTe solar cells to levels approaching 25 mA/cm(exp 2) are achievable by making the CdS window layer thinner. Further reductions in the CdS window layer thickness are presently limited by interdiffusion between the CdS and the CdTe. CdTe/CdS cells stored without protection from the atmosphere were found to degrade. The degradation was attributed to the metal contact. CdTe cells with ZnTe:Cu contacts to the CdTe were found to be more stable than cells with metal contacts. Analysis of current-voltage and spectral response of CdTe/CdS cells indicates the cell operates as a p-n heterojunction with the diode current dominated by SRH recombination in the junction region of the CdTe.

  9. Dynamical electrophotoconductivity in polycrystalline thin films

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kowel, S. T.; Kornreich, P. G.

    1982-01-01

    Polycrystalline cadmium sulfide (CdS) films were deposited on lithium niobate (LiNbO3) substrates by vacuum evaporation and annealed to obtain high photosensitivity. The change in photoconductivity of these films due to the penetration of electric fields associated with elastic waves propagating on their substrates was demonstrated and studied. The relationship between the acoustic electric field and the induced change in film conductivity was found to be a nonlinear one. The fractional change in conductivity is strongly dependent on the light intensity and the film temperature, showing a prominent maximum as a function of these quantities. The largest recorded fractional change in conductivity was about 25% at electric fields of the order of 1,000 volts per centimeter. A phenomological model was developed based on the interaction between the space charge created by the electric field and the electron trapping states in the photoconductor.

  10. Polycrystalline Thin-Film Photovoltaic Technologies: Progress and Technical Issues

    SciTech Connect

    Ullal, H. S.

    2004-08-01

    Polycrystalline thin-film materials based on copper indium diselenide (CuInSe2, CIS) and cadmium telluride (CdTe) are promising thin-film solar cells for various power and specialty applications. Impressive results have been obtained in the past few years for both thin-film copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar cells and thin-film CdTe solar cells. NCPV/NREL scientists have achieved world-record, total-area efficiencies of 19.3% for a thin-film CIGS solar cell and 16.5% for thin-film CdTe solar cell. A number of technical R&D issues related to CIS and CdTe have been identified. Thin-film power module efficiencies up to 13.4% has been achieved thus far. Tremendous progress has been made in the technology development for module fabrication, and multi-megawatt manufacturing facilities are coming on line with expansion plans in the next few years. Several 40-480 kW polycrystalline thin-film, grid-connected PV arrays have been deployed worldwide. Hot and humid testing is also under way to validate the long-term reliability of these emerging thin-film power products. The U.S. thin-film production (amorphous silicon[a-Si], CIS, CdTe) is expected to exceed 50 MW by the end of 2005.

  11. Improved transport properties of polycrystalline YBCO thin-films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Azoulay, J.; Verdyan, A.; Lapsker, I.

    1994-12-01

    Resistive evaporation technique was used to fabricate polycrystalline YBaCuO and YBaNaCuO thin films on MgO substrates. Heat treatment was carried out in a low oxygen partial pressure. Polycrystalline YBCO and Na doped YBCO thin films samples were thus obtained using the same technique and conditions. The critical current density of Na doped YBCO sample was measured to be significantly higher than that of the undoped YBCO one. The results are discussed in terms of the Na contribution to the intragrain conductivity.

  12. Polycrystalline Thin Film Device Degradation Studies

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    Albin, D. S.; McMahon, T. J.; Pankow, J. W.; Noufi, R.; Demtsu, S. H.; Davies, A.

    2005-11-01

    Oxygen during vapor CdCl2 (VCC) treatments significantly reduced resistive shunts observed in CdS/CdTe polycrystalline devices using thinner CdS layers during 100 deg C, open-circuit, 1-sun accelerated stress testing. Cu oxidation resulting from the reduction of various trace oxides present in as-grown and VCC treated films is the proposed mechanism by which Cu diffusion, and subsequent shunts are controlled. Graphite paste layers between metallization and CdTe behave like diffusion barriers and similarly benefit device stability. Ni-based contacts form a protective Ni2Te3 intermetallic layer that reduces metal diffusion but degrades performance through increased series resistance.

  13. Flexible polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaics for space applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Armstrong, J. H.; Lanning, B. R.; Misra, M. S.; Kapur, V. K.; Basol, B. M.

    1993-01-01

    Polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaics (PV), such as CIS and CdTe, have received considerable attention recently with respect to space power applications. Their combination of stability, efficiency, and economy from large-scale monolithic-integration of modules can have significant impact on cost and weight of PV arrays for spacecraft and planetary experiments. An added advantage, due to their minimal thickness (approximately 6 microns sans substrate), is the ability to manufacture lightweight, flexible devices (approximately 2000 W/kg) using large-volume manufacturing techniques. The photovoltaic effort at Martin Marietta and ISET is discussed, including large-area, large-volume thin-film deposition techniques such as electrodeposition and rotating cylindrical magnetron sputtering. Progress in the development of flexible polycrystalline thin-film PV is presented, including evaluation of flexible CIS cells. In addition, progress on flexible CdTe cells is presented. Finally, examples of lightweight, flexible arrays and their potential cost and weight impact is discussed.

  14. Controlled nanostructuration of polycrystalline tungsten thin films

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    Girault, B.; Eyidi, D.; Goudeau, P.; Guerin, P.; Bourhis, E. Le; Renault, P.-O.; Sauvage, T.

    2013-05-07

    Nanostructured tungsten thin films have been obtained by ion beam sputtering technique stopping periodically the growing. The total thickness was maintained constant while nanostructure control was obtained using different stopping periods in order to induce film stratification. The effect of tungsten sublayers' thicknesses on film composition, residual stresses, and crystalline texture evolution has been established. Our study reveals that tungsten crystallizes in both stable {alpha}- and metastable {beta}-phases and that volume proportions evolve with deposited sublayers' thicknesses. {alpha}-W phase shows original fiber texture development with two major preferential crystallographic orientations, namely, {alpha}-W<110> and unexpectedly {alpha}-W<111> texture components. The partial pressure of oxygen and presence of carbon have been identified as critical parameters for the growth of metastable {beta}-W phase. Moreover, the texture development of {alpha}-W phase with two texture components is shown to be the result of a competition between crystallographic planes energy minimization and crystallographic orientation channeling effect maximization. Controlled grain size can be achieved for the {alpha}-W phase structure over 3 nm stratification step. Below, the {beta}-W phase structure becomes predominant.

  15. Fabrication of polycrystalline thin films by pulsed laser processing

    DOEpatents

    Mitlitsky, F.; Truher, J.B.; Kaschmitter, J.L.; Colella, N.J.

    1998-02-03

    A method is disclosed for fabricating polycrystalline thin films on low-temperature (or high-temperature) substrates which uses processing temperatures that are low enough to avoid damage to the substrate, and then transiently heating select layers of the thin films with at least one pulse of a laser or other homogenized beam source. The pulse length is selected so that the layers of interest are transiently heated to a temperature which allows recrystallization and/or dopant activation while maintaining the substrate at a temperature which is sufficiently low to avoid damage to the substrate. This method is particularly applicable in the fabrication of solar cells. 1 fig.

  16. Fabrication of polycrystalline thin films by pulsed laser processing

    DOEpatents

    Mitlitsky, Fred; Truher, Joel B.; Kaschmitter, James L.; Colella, Nicholas J.

    1998-02-03

    A method for fabricating polycrystalline thin films on low-temperature (or high-temperature) substrates which uses processing temperatures that are low enough to avoid damage to the substrate, and then transiently heating select layers of the thin films with at least one pulse of a laser or other homogenized beam source. The pulse length is selected so that the layers of interest are transiently heated to a temperature which allows recrystallization and/or dopant activation while maintaining the substrate at a temperature which is sufficiently low to avoid damage to the substrate. This method is particularly applicable in the fabrication of solar cells.

  17. Progress and issues in polycrystalline thin-film PV technologies

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    Zweibel, K.; Ullal, H.S.; Roedern, B. von

    1996-05-01

    Substantial progress has occurred in polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaic technologies in the past 18 months. However, the transition to first-time manufacturing is still under way, and technical problems continue. This paper focuses on the promise and the problems of the copper indium diselenide and cadmium telluride technologies, with an emphasis on continued R&D needs for the near-term transition to manufacturing and for next-generation improvements. In addition, it highlights the joint R&D efforts being performed in the U.S. Department of Energy/National Renewable Energy Laboratory Thin-Film Photovoltaic Partnership Program.

  18. Thin film polycrystalline silicon nanowire biosensors.

    PubMed

    Hakim, Mohammad M A; Lombardini, Marta; Sun, Kai; Giustiniano, Francesco; Roach, Peter L; Davies, Donna E; Howarth, Peter H; de Planque, Maurits R R; Morgan, Hywel; Ashburn, Peter

    2012-04-11

    Polysilicon nanowire biosensors have been fabricated using a top-down process and were used to determine the binding constant of two inflammatory biomarkers. A very low cost nanofabrication process was developed, based on simple and mature photolithography, thin film technology, and plasma etching, enabling an easy route to mass manufacture. Antibody-functionalized nanowire sensors were used to detect the proteins interleukin-8 (IL-8) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) over a wide range of concentrations, demonstrating excellent sensitivity and selectivity, exemplified by a detection sensitivity of 10 fM in the presence of a 100,000-fold excess of a nontarget protein. Nanowire titration curves gave antibody-antigen dissociation constants in good agreement with low-salt enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs). This fabrication process produces high-quality nanowires that are suitable for low-cost mass production, providing a realistic route to the realization of disposable nanoelectronic point-of-care (PoC) devices.

  19. Advances in polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaics for space applications

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    Lanning, B.R.; Armstrong, J.H.; Misra, M.S.

    1994-09-01

    Polycrystalline, thin-film photovoltaics represent one of the few (if not the only) renewable power sources which has the potential to satisfy the demanding technical requirements for future space applications. The demand in space is for deployable, flexible arrays with high power-to-weight ratios and long-term stability (15-20 years). In addition, there is also the demand that these arrays be produced by scalable, low-cost, high yield, processes. An approach to significantly reduce costs and increase reliability is to interconnect individual cells series via monolithic integration. Both CIS and CdTe semiconductor films are optimum absorber materials for thin-film n-p heterojunction solar cells, having band gaps between 0.9-1.5 eV and demonstrated small area efficiencies, with cadmium sulfide window layers, above 16.5 percent. Both CIS and CdTe polycrystalline thin-film cells have been produced on a laboratory scale by a variety of physical and chemical deposition methods, including evaporation, sputtering, and electrodeposition. Translating laboratory processes which yield these high efficiency, small area cells into the design of a manufacturing process capable of producing 1-sq ft modules, however, requires a quantitative understanding of each individual step in the process and its effect on overall module performance. With a proper quantification and understanding of material transport and reactivity for each individual step, manufacturing process can be designed that is not `reactor-specific` and can be controlled intelligently with the design parameters of the process. The objective of this paper is to present an overview of the current efforts at MMC to develop large-scale manufacturing processes for both CIS and CdTe thin-film polycrystalline modules. CIS cells/modules are fabricated in a `substrate configuration` by physical vapor deposition techniques and CdTe cells/modules are fabricated in a `superstrate configuration` by wet chemical methods.

  20. Hydrogen passivation of polycrystalline silicon thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Scheller, L.-P.; Weizman, M.; Simon, P.; Fehr, M.; Nickel, N. H.

    2012-09-01

    The influence of post-hydrogenation on the electrical and optical properties of solid phase crystallized polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) was examined. The passivation of grain-boundary defects was measured as a function of the passivation time. The silicon dangling-bond concentration decreases with increasing passivation time due to the formation of Si-H complexes. In addition, large H-stabilized platelet-like clusters are generated. The influence of H on the electrical properties was investigated using temperature dependent conductivity and Hall-effect measurements. For poly-Si on Corning glass, the dark conductivity decreases upon hydrogenation, while it increases when the samples are fabricated on silicon-nitride covered Borofloat glass. Hall-effect measurements reveal that for poly-Si on Corning glass the hole concentration and the mobility decrease upon post-hydrogenation, while a pronounced increase is observed for poly-Si on silicon-nitride covered Borofloat glass. This indicates the formation of localized states in the band gap, which is supported by sub band-gap absorption measurments. The results are discussed in terms of hydrogen-induced defect passivation and generation mechanisms.

  1. Advances in polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaics for space applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lanning, Bruce R.; Armstrong, Joseph H.; Misra, Mohan S.

    1994-09-01

    Polycrystalline, thin-film photovoltaics represent one of the few (if not the only) renewable power sources which has the potential to satisfy the demanding technical requirements for future space applications. The demand in space is for deployable, flexible arrays with high power-to-weight ratios and long-term stability (15-20 years). In addition, there is also the demand that these arrays be produced by scalable, low-cost, high yield, processes. An approach to significantly reduce costs and increase reliability is to interconnect individual cells series via monolithic integration. Both CIS and CdTe semiconductor films are optimum absorber materials for thin-film n-p heterojunction solar cells, having band gaps between 0.9-1.5 ev and demonstrated small area efficiencies, with cadmium sulfide window layers, above 16.5 percent. Both CIS and CdTe polycrystalline thin-film cells have been produced on a laboratory scale by a variety of physical and chemical deposition methods, including evaporation, sputtering, and electrodeposition. Translating laboratory processes which yield these high efficiency, small area cells into the design of a manufacturing process capable of producing 1-sq ft modules, however, requires a quantitative understanding of each individual step in the process and its (each step) effect on overall module performance. With a proper quantification and understanding of material transport and reactivity for each individual step, manufacturing process can be designed that is not 'reactor-specific' and can be controlled intelligently with the design parameters of the process. The objective of this paper is to present an overview of the current efforts at MMC to develop large-scale manufacturing processes for both CIS and CdTe thin-film polycrystalline modules. CIS cells/modules are fabricated in a 'substrate configuration' by physical vapor deposition techniques and CdTe cells/modules are fabricated in a 'superstrate configuration' by wet chemical

  2. Advances in polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaics for space applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lanning, Bruce R.; Armstrong, Joseph H.; Misra, Mohan S.

    1994-01-01

    Polycrystalline, thin-film photovoltaics represent one of the few (if not the only) renewable power sources which has the potential to satisfy the demanding technical requirements for future space applications. The demand in space is for deployable, flexible arrays with high power-to-weight ratios and long-term stability (15-20 years). In addition, there is also the demand that these arrays be produced by scalable, low-cost, high yield, processes. An approach to significantly reduce costs and increase reliability is to interconnect individual cells series via monolithic integration. Both CIS and CdTe semiconductor films are optimum absorber materials for thin-film n-p heterojunction solar cells, having band gaps between 0.9-1.5 ev and demonstrated small area efficiencies, with cadmium sulfide window layers, above 16.5 percent. Both CIS and CdTe polycrystalline thin-film cells have been produced on a laboratory scale by a variety of physical and chemical deposition methods, including evaporation, sputtering, and electrodeposition. Translating laboratory processes which yield these high efficiency, small area cells into the design of a manufacturing process capable of producing 1-sq ft modules, however, requires a quantitative understanding of each individual step in the process and its (each step) effect on overall module performance. With a proper quantification and understanding of material transport and reactivity for each individual step, manufacturing process can be designed that is not 'reactor-specific' and can be controlled intelligently with the design parameters of the process. The objective of this paper is to present an overview of the current efforts at MMC to develop large-scale manufacturing processes for both CIS and CdTe thin-film polycrystalline modules. CIS cells/modules are fabricated in a 'substrate configuration' by physical vapor deposition techniques and CdTe cells/modules are fabricated in a 'superstrate configuration' by wet chemical

  3. Different spin relaxation mechanisms between epitaxial and polycrystalline Ta thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gamou, Hiromu; Ryu, Jeongchun; Kohda, Makoto; Nitta, Junsaku

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrate that spin relaxation mechanisms are different between epitaxial Ta and disordered polycrystalline Ta thin films by determining the relationship between spin relaxation time and diffusion constant. To control the diffusion constant, epitaxial Ta and polycrystalline Ta thin films are prepared by sputtering on different substrates and at different growth temperatures. The spin relaxation time is extracted from the results of weak antilocalization analysis including the superconducting fluctuation effect. The dominant spin relaxation mechanism for polycrystalline Ta thin films is the Elliot–Yafet mechanism, as is expected for centrosymmetric metal films. In contrast, the D’yakonov–Perel’ mechanism plays a role in epitaxial Ta thin films.

  4. Formation of porous grain boundaries in polycrystalline silicon thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kageyama, Yasuyuki; Murase, Yoshie; Tsuchiya, Toshiyuki; Funabashi, Hirofumi; Sakata, Jiro

    2002-06-01

    Unique polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin films, which were permeable to a concentrated hydrofluoric acid solution through their porous grain boundaries, were investigated to elucidate the formation mechanism of their microstructure. 0.1-μm-thick permeable poly-Si thin films were made through processes of amorphous silicon film formation by low pressure chemical vapor deposition, successive postannealing for crystallization, and excess phosphorus diffusion by a phosphorus oxichloride predeposition. At the grain boundaries, porous microstructures were formed after the films were cleaned in an SC1 solution (a 1:1:5 mixture of NH4OH:H2O2:H2O at 80 °C for 10 min), whereas segregated soluble precipitates observed by a field emission secondary electron microscope were present before the SC1 cleaning. Auger electron microscope revealed that the surface of the precipitates mainly consist of silicon (˜80 at. %) and oxygen (˜20 at. %). As a result of transmission electron microscope observation, it is concluded that enhancement of silicon atom mobility by the phosphorus doping process induced consequent segregation of the soluble precipitates at the grain boundaries.

  5. Fundamentals of polycrystalline thin film materials and devices

    SciTech Connect

    Baron, B.N.; Birkmire, R.W.; Phillips, J.E.; Shafarman, W.N.; Hegedus, S.S.; McCandless, B.E. . Inst. of Energy Conversion)

    1991-01-01

    This report presents the results of a one-year research program on polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. The research was conducted to better understand the limitations and potential of solar cells using CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe by systematically investigating the fundamental relationships linking material processing, material properties, and device behavior. By selenizing Cu and In layers, we fabricated device-quality CuInSe{sub 2} thin films and demonstrated a CuInSe{sub 2} solar cell with 7% efficiency. We added Ga, to increase the band gap of CuInSe{sub 2} devices to increase the open-circuit voltage to 0.55 V. We fabricated and analyzed Cu(InGa)Se{sub 2}/CuInSe{sub 2} devices to demonstrate the potential for combining the benefits of higher V{sub oc} while retaining the current-generating capacity of CuInSe{sub 2}. We fabricated an innovative superstrate device design with more than 5% efficiency, as well as a bifacial spectral-response technique for determining the electron diffusion length and optical absorption coefficient of CuInSe{sub 2} in an operational cell. The diffusion length was found to be greater than 1 {mu}m. We qualitatively modeled the effect of reducing heat treatments in hydrogen and oxidizing treatments in air on the I-V behavior of CuInSe{sub 2} devices. We also investigated post-deposition heat treatments and chemical processing and used them to fabricate a 9.6%-efficient CdTe/CdS solar cell using physical vapor deposition.

  6. Polycrystalline Thin-Film Research: Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2011-06-01

    Capabilities fact sheet for the National Center for Photovoltaics: Polycrystalline Thin-Film Research: Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide that includes scope, core competencies and capabilities, and contact/web information.

  7. High-Efficiency Polycrystalline Thin Film Tandem Solar Cells.

    PubMed

    Kranz, Lukas; Abate, Antonio; Feurer, Thomas; Fu, Fan; Avancini, Enrico; Löckinger, Johannes; Reinhard, Patrick; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Grätzel, Michael; Buecheler, Stephan; Tiwari, Ayodhya N

    2015-07-16

    A promising way to enhance the efficiency of CIGS solar cells is by combining them with perovskite solar cells in tandem devices. However, so far, such tandem devices had limited efficiency due to challenges in developing NIR-transparent perovskite top cells, which allow photons with energy below the perovskite band gap to be transmitted to the bottom cell. Here, a process for the fabrication of NIR-transparent perovskite solar cells is presented, which enables power conversion efficiencies up to 12.1% combined with an average sub-band gap transmission of 71% for photons with wavelength between 800 and 1000 nm. The combination of a NIR-transparent perovskite top cell with a CIGS bottom cell enabled a tandem device with 19.5% efficiency, which is the highest reported efficiency for a polycrystalline thin film tandem solar cell. Future developments of perovskite/CIGS tandem devices are discussed and prospects for devices with efficiency toward and above 27% are given.

  8. Charge carrier transport in polycrystalline organic thin film based field effect transistors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rani, Varsha; Sharma, Akanksha; Ghosh, Subhasis

    2016-05-01

    The charge carrier transport mechanism in polycrystalline thin film based organic field effect transistors (OFETs) has been explained using two competing models, multiple trapping and releases (MTR) model and percolation model. It has been shown that MTR model is most suitable for explaining charge carrier transport in grainy polycrystalline organic thin films. The energetic distribution of traps determined independently using Mayer-Neldel rule (MNR) is in excellent agreement with the values obtained by MTR model for copper phthalocyanine and pentacene based OFETs.

  9. Superconductor—Insulator Transitions in Pure Polycrystalline Nb Thin Films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Couedo, F.; Crauste, O.; Bergé, L.; Dolgorouky, Y.; Marrache-Kikuchi, C.; Dumoulin, L.

    2012-12-01

    We report on a study of the transport properties of Nb thin films. By varying the thickness of the films from 263 Å to 25 Å, we observed a depression of the superconductivity. Magnetic field was also applied up to 6 T, inducing the disappearance of the superconductivity and the onset of an insulating behavior. The results were compared to those we have already obtained on a highly disordered system, a-NbxSi1-x, to understand whether the same mechanisms for the disappearance of the superconductivity could be at play in pure metallic thin films and in highly disordered systems.

  10. Properties of boron-doped thin films of polycrystalline silicon

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    Merabet, Souad

    2013-12-16

    The properties of polycrystalline-silicon films deposited by low pressure chemical vapor deposition and doped heavily in situ boron-doped with concentration level of around 2×10{sup 20}cm{sup −3} has been studied. Their properties are analyzed using electrical and structural characterization means by four points probe resistivity measurements and X-ray diffraction spectra. The thermal-oxidation process are performed on sub-micron layers of 200nm/c-Si and 200nm/SiO{sub 2} deposited at temperatures T{sub d} ranged between 520°C and 605°C and thermally-oxidized in dry oxygen ambient at 945°C. Compared to the as-grown resistivity with silicon wafers is known to be in the following sequence <ρ{sub 200nm/c−Si}> < <ρ{sub 200nm/SiO2}> and <ρ{sub 520}> < <ρ{sub 605}>. The measure X-ray spectra is shown, that the Bragg peaks are marked according to the crystal orientation in the film deposited on bare substrates (poly/c-Si), for the second series of films deposited on bare oxidized substrates (poly/SiO{sub 2}) are clearly different.

  11. Effect of flash lamp annealing on electrical activation in boron-implanted polycrystalline Si thin films

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    Do, Woori; Jin, Won-Beom; Choi, Jungwan; Bae, Seung-Muk; Kim, Hyoung-June; Kim, Byung-Kuk; Park, Seungho; Hwang, Jin-Ha

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Intensified visible light irradiation was generated via a high-powered Xe arc lamp. • The disordered Si atomic structure absorbs the intensified visible light. • The rapid heating activates electrically boron-implanted Si thin films. • Flash lamp heating is applicable to low temperature polycrystalline Si thin films. - Abstract: Boron-implanted polycrystalline Si thin films on glass substrates were subjected to a short duration (1 ms) of intense visible light irradiation generated via a high-powered Xe arc lamp. The disordered Si atomic structure absorbs the intense visible light resulting from flash lamp annealing. The subsequent rapid heating results in the electrical activation of boron-implanted Si thin films, which is empirically observed using Hall measurements. The electrical activation is verified by the observed increase in the crystalline component of the Si structures resulting in higher transmittance. The feasibility of flash lamp annealing has also been demonstrated via a theoretical thermal prediction, indicating that the flash lamp annealing is applicable to low-temperature polycrystalline Si thin films.

  12. Faraday effect of polycrystalline bismuth iron garnet thin film prepared by mist chemical vapor deposition method

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    Yao, Situ; Kamakura, Ryosuke; Murai, Shunsuke; Fujita, Koji; Tanaka, Katsuhisa

    2017-01-01

    We have synthesized polycrystalline thin film composed of a single phase of metastable bismuth iron garnet, Bi3Fe5O12, on a fused silica substrate, one of the most widely utilized substrates in the solid-state electronics, by using mist chemical vapor deposition (mist CVD) method. The phase purity and stoichiometry are confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. The resultant thin film shows a small surface roughness of 3.251 nm. The saturation magnetization at room temperature is 1200 G, and the Faraday rotation angle at 633 nm reaches -5.2 deg/μm. Both the magnetization and the Faraday rotation angles are somewhat higher than those of polycrystalline BIG thin films prepared by other methods.

  13. Magnetoresistance in polycrystalline and epitaxial Fe1-xCoxSi thin films

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    Porter, N. A.; Creeth, G. L.; Marrows, C. H.

    2012-08-01

    Thin films of Fe1-xCoxSi were grown using molecular beam epitaxy on Si(111). These 20-nm-thick films, with compositions x=0 or 0.5, were produced by two methods: the first produced large (111)-textured crystallites of the B20 phase; the second produced phase-pure B20 (111) epilayers. The lattice mismatch with the substrate causes biaxial tensile strain in the layers, greater in the epilayers, that distorts the (111)-oriented material to a rhombohedral form. Magnetotransport measurements show that a combination of additional scattering arising from crystal grain boundaries and strain-free polycrystalline films results in a higher resistivity than for the epitaxial films. Magnetometry for x=0.5 suggests an increase in the ordering temperature in strained films relative to the polycrystalline films of 15±4 K. Moreover, the characteristic linear magnetoresistance, typical of bulk single-crystal material of this composition, is retained in the polycrystalline film but reduced in the epitaxial film. While the bulk properties of these materials are reproduced qualitatively, there are small quantitative modifications, due to the strain, to properties such as band gap, Curie temperature, and magnetoresistance.

  14. Simulation of electrical conduction in thin polycrystalline metallic films: Impact of microstructure

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    Rickman, J. M.; Barmak, K.

    2013-10-07

    We examine the impact of microstructural features on the electrical conductivity of a thin metallic film using Monte Carlo simulation. In particular, we obtain the dependence of the conductivity (in the absence of surface scattering) on average grain size and electron scattering mechanisms, the latter parametrized by a transmission coefficient, for a model polycrystal generated by a Voronoi tessellation. We find that the conductivity can be described in limiting cases in terms of either a simplified hopping model or a trapping model. Finally, we compare our results with the Mayadas-Shatzkes model of grain-boundary scattering and with experimental resistivity measurements for polycrystalline copper thin films.

  15. The Impact of Standard Semiconductor Fabrication Processes on Polycrystalline Nb Thin Film Surfaces

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    Brown, Ari David; Barrentine, Emily M.; Moseley, Samuel H.; Noroozian, Omid; Stevenson, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Polycrystalline Nb thin films are extensively used for microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) and superconducting transmission line applications. The microwave and mm-wave loss in these films is impacted, in part, by the presence of surface nitrides and oxides. In this study, glancing incidence x-ray diffraction was used to identify the presence of niobium nitride and niobium monoxide surface layers on Nb thin films which had been exposed to chemicals used in standard photolithographic processing. A method of mitigating the presence of ordered niobium monoxide surface layers is presented. Furthermore, we discuss the possibility of using glancing incidence x-ray diffraction as a non-destructive diagnostic tool for evaluating the quality of Nb thin films used in MKIDs and transmission lines. For a given fabrication process, we have both the X-ray diffraction data of the surface chemistry and a measure of the mm-wave and microwave loss, the latter being made in superconducting resonators.

  16. Thin film polycrystalline silicon: Promise and problems in displays and solar cells

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    Fonash, S.J.

    1995-08-01

    Thin film polycrystalline Si (poly-Si) with its carrier mobilities, potentially good stability, low intragrain defect density, compatibility with silicon processing, and ease of doping activation is an interesting material for {open_quotes}macroelectronics{close_quotes} applications such as TFTs for displays and solar cells. The poly-Si films needed for these applications can be ultra-thin-in the 500{Angstrom} to 1000{Angstrom} thickness range for flat panel display TFTs and in the 4{mu}m to 10{mu}m thickness range for solar cells. Because the films needed for these microelectronics applications can be so thin, an effective approach to producing the films is that of crystallizing a-Si precursor material. Unlike cast materials, poly-Si films made this way can be produced using low temperature processing. Unlike deposited poly-Si films, these crystallized poly-Si films can have grain widths that are much larger than the film thickness and almost atomically smooth surfaces. This thin film poly-Si crystallized from a-Si precursor films, and its promise and problems for TFTs and solar cells, is the focus of this discussion.

  17. Polycrystalline thin film materials and devices. Final subcontract report, 16 January 1990--15 January 1993

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    Birkmire, R.W.; Phillips, J.E.; Shafarman, W.N.; Hegedus, S.S.; McCandless, B.E.; Yokimcus, T.A.

    1993-08-01

    This report describes results and conclusions of the final phase (III) of a three-year research program on polycrystalline thin-film heterojunction solar cells. The research consisted of the investigation of the relationships between processing, materials properties, and device performance. This relationship was quantified by device modeling and analysis. The analysis of thin-film polycrystalline heterojunction solar cells explains how minority-carrier recombination at the metallurgical interface and at grain boundaries can be greatly reduced by the proper doping of the window and absorber layers. Additional analysis and measurements show that the present solar cells are limited by the magnitude of the diode current, which appears to be caused by recombination in the space charge region. Developing an efficient commercial-scale process for fabricating large-area polycrystalline, thin-film solar cells from a research process requires a detailed understanding of the individual steps in making the solar cell, and their relationship to device performance and reliability. The complexities involved in characterizing a process are demonstrated with results from our research program on CuInSe{sub 2}, and CdTe processes.

  18. Polycrystalline Mg{sub 2}Si thin films: A theoretical investigation of their electronic transport properties

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    Balout, H.; Boulet, P.; Record, M.-C.

    2015-05-15

    The electronic structures and thermoelectric properties of a polycrystalline Mg{sub 2}Si thin film have been investigated by first-principle density-functional theory (DFT) and Boltzmann transport theory calculations within the constant-relaxation time approximation. The polycrystalline thin film has been simulated by assembling three types of slabs each having the orientation (001), (110) or (111) with a thickness of about 18 Å. The effect of applying the relaxation procedure to the thin film induces disorder in the structure that has been ascertained by calculating radial distribution functions. For the calculations of the thermoelectric properties, the energy gap has been fixed at the experimental value of 0.74 eV. The thermoelectric properties, namely the Seebeck coefficient, the electrical conductivity and the power factor, have been determined at three temperatures of 350 K, 600 K and 900 K with respect to both the energy levels and the p-type and n-type doping levels. The best Seebeck coefficient is obtained at 350 K: the S{sub yy} component of the tensor amounts to about ±1000 μV K{sup −1}, depending on the type of charge carriers. However, the electrical conductivity is much too small which results in low values of the figure of merit ZT. Structure–property relationship correlations based on directional radial distribution functions allow us to tentatively draw some explanations regarding the anisotropy of the electrical conductivity. Finally, the low ZT values obtained for the polycrystalline Mg{sub 2}Si thin film are paralleled with those recently reported in the literature for bulk chalcogenide glasses. - Graphical abstract: Structure of the polycrystalline thin film of Mg{sub 2}Si. - Author-Highlights: • Polycrystalline Mg{sub 2}Si film has been modelled by DFT approach. • Thermoelectric properties have been evaluated by semi-classical Boltzmann theory. • The structure was found to be slightly disordered after relaxation. • The highest

  19. Compressive intrinsic stress originates in the grain boundaries of dense refractory polycrystalline thin films

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    Magnfält, D. Sarakinos, K.; Fillon, A.; Abadias, G.; Boyd, R. D.; Helmersson, U.

    2016-02-07

    Intrinsic stresses in vapor deposited thin films have been a topic of considerable scientific and technological interest owing to their importance for functionality and performance of thin film devices. The origin of compressive stresses typically observed during deposition of polycrystalline metal films at conditions that result in high atomic mobility has been under debate in the literature in the course of the past decades. In this study, we contribute towards resolving this debate by investigating the grain size dependence of compressive stress magnitude in dense polycrystalline Mo films grown by magnetron sputtering. Although Mo is a refractory metal and hence exhibits an intrinsically low mobility, low energy ion bombardment is used during growth to enhance atomic mobility and densify the grain boundaries. Concurrently, the lateral grain size is controlled by using appropriate seed layers on which Mo films are grown epitaxially. The combination of in situ stress monitoring with ex situ microstructural characterization reveals a strong, seemingly linear, increase of the compressive stress magnitude on the inverse grain size and thus provides evidence that compressive stress is generated in the grain boundaries of the film. These results are consistent with models suggesting that compressive stresses in metallic films deposited at high homologous temperatures are generated by atom incorporation into and densification of grain boundaries. However, the underlying mechanisms for grain boundary densification might be different from those in the present study where atomic mobility is intrinsically low.

  20. Compressive intrinsic stress originates in the grain boundaries of dense refractory polycrystalline thin films

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    Magnfält, D.; Fillon, A.; Boyd, R. D.; Helmersson, U.; Sarakinos, K.; Abadias, G.

    2016-02-01

    Intrinsic stresses in vapor deposited thin films have been a topic of considerable scientific and technological interest owing to their importance for functionality and performance of thin film devices. The origin of compressive stresses typically observed during deposition of polycrystalline metal films at conditions that result in high atomic mobility has been under debate in the literature in the course of the past decades. In this study, we contribute towards resolving this debate by investigating the grain size dependence of compressive stress magnitude in dense polycrystalline Mo films grown by magnetron sputtering. Although Mo is a refractory metal and hence exhibits an intrinsically low mobility, low energy ion bombardment is used during growth to enhance atomic mobility and densify the grain boundaries. Concurrently, the lateral grain size is controlled by using appropriate seed layers on which Mo films are grown epitaxially. The combination of in situ stress monitoring with ex situ microstructural characterization reveals a strong, seemingly linear, increase of the compressive stress magnitude on the inverse grain size and thus provides evidence that compressive stress is generated in the grain boundaries of the film. These results are consistent with models suggesting that compressive stresses in metallic films deposited at high homologous temperatures are generated by atom incorporation into and densification of grain boundaries. However, the underlying mechanisms for grain boundary densification might be different from those in the present study where atomic mobility is intrinsically low.

  1. Optical and electrical properties of polycrystalline and amorphous Al-Ti thin films

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    Canulescu, S.; Borca, C. N.; Rechendorff, K.; Davidsdóttir, S.; Pagh Almtoft, K.; Nielsen, L. P.; Schou, J.

    2016-04-01

    The structural, optical, and transport properties of sputter-deposited Al-Ti thin films have been investigated as a function of Ti alloying with a concentration ranging from 2% to 46%. The optical reflectivity of Al-Ti films at visible and near-infrared wavelengths decreases with increasing Ti content. X-ray absorption fine structure measurements reveal that the atomic ordering around Ti atoms increases with increasing Ti content up to 20% and then decreases as a result of a transition from a polycrystalline to amorphous structure. The transport properties of the Al-Ti films are influenced by electron scattering at the grain boundaries in the case of polycrystalline films and static defects, such as anti-site effects and vacancies in the case of the amorphous alloys. The combination of Ti having a real refractive index (n) comparable with the extinction coefficient (k) and Al with n much smaller than k allows us to explore the parameter space for the free-electron behavior in transition metal-Al alloys. The free electron model, applied for the polycrystalline Al-Ti films with Ti content up to 20%, leads to an optical reflectance at near infrared wavelengths that scales linearly with the square root of the electrical resistivity.

  2. High photocurrent polycrystalline thin-film CdS/CuInSe2 solar cell

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    Mickelsen, R. A.; Chen, W. S.

    1980-03-01

    A polycrystalline thin-film CdS/CuInSe2 heterojunction solar cell with an efficiency of 5.7% has been prepared using a simultaneous elemental evaporation technique to deposit the CuInSe2 film. The cell's short-circuit current of 31 mA/sq cm under 100 mW/sq cm is the highest ever reported for a 1-sq-cm cell. Heat treatments have been found to improve cell efficiency and to also change the cell I-V and C-V characteristics.

  3. Phase transitions from semiconductive amorphous to conductive polycrystalline in indium silicon oxide thin films

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    Mitoma, Nobuhiko; Da, Bo; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Nabatame, Toshihide; Takahashi, Makoto; Ito, Kazuhiro; Kizu, Takio; Fujiwara, Akihiko; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito

    2016-11-01

    The enhancement in electrical conductivity and optical transparency induced by a phase transition from amorphous to polycrystalline in lightly silicon-doped indium oxide (InSiO) thin films is studied. The phase transition caused by simple thermal annealing transforms the InSiO thin films from semiconductors to conductors. Silicon atoms form SiO4 tetrahedra in InSiO, which enhances the overlap of In 5s orbitals as a result of the distortion of InO6 octahedral networks. Desorption of weakly bonded oxygen releases electrons from deep subgap states and enhances the electrical conductivity and optical transparency of the films. Optical absorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements reveal that the phase transition causes a Fermi energy shift of ˜0.2 eV.

  4. Polycrystalline thin film cadmium telluride solar cells fabricated by electrodeposition

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    Trefny, J. U.; Furtak, T. E.; Williamson, D. L.; Kim, D.

    1994-07-01

    This report describes the principal results of work performed during the second year of a 3-year program at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). The work on transparent conducting oxides was carried out primarily by CSM students at NREL and is described in three publications listed in Appendix C. The high-quality ZnO produced from the work was incorporated into a copper indium diselenide cell that exhibited a world-record efficiency of 16.4%. Much of the time was devoted to the improvement of cadmium sulfide films deposited by chemical bath deposition methods and annealed with or without a cadmium chloride treatment. Progress was also made in the electrochemical deposition of cadmium telluride. High-quality films yielding CdS/CdTe/Au cells of greater than 10% efficiency are now being produced on a regular basis. We explored the use of zinc telluride back contacts to form an n-i-p cell structure as previously used by Ametek. We began small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) studies to characterize crystal structures, residual stresses, and microstructures of both CdTe and CdS. Large SAXS signals were observed in CdS, most likely because of scattering from gain boundaries. The signals observed to date from CdTe are much weaker, indicating a more homogeneous microstructure. We began to use the ADEPT modeling program, developed at Purdue University, to guide our understanding of the CdS/CdTe cell physics and the improvements that will most likely lead to significantly enhanced efficiencies.

  5. Magnetoelectric coupling effect in transition metal modified polycrystalline BiFeO3 thin films

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    Sreenivas Puli, Venkata; Kumar Pradhan, Dhiren; Gollapudi, Sreenivasulu; Coondoo, Indrani; Panwar, Neeraj; Adireddy, Shiva; Chrisey, Douglas B.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2014-11-01

    Rare-earth (Sm) and transition metal (Co) modified polycrystalline BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films have been deposited on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrate successfully through pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. Piezoelectric, leakage current and temperature dependent dielectric and magnetic behaviour were investigated for the films. Typical “butterfly-shaped” loop were observed in BSFCO films with an effective piezoelectric constant (d33) ~94 pm/V at 0.6 MV/cm. High dielectric constant ~900 and low dielectric loss ~0.25 were observed at room temperature. M-H loops have shown relatively high saturation magnetization ~35 emu/cm3 at a maximum field of H ~20 kOe. Enhanced magnetoelectric coupling response is observed under applied magnetic field. The multiferroic, piezoelectric, leakage current behaviours were explored. Such studies should be helpful in designing multiferroic materials based on BSFCO films.

  6. Boron- and phosphorus-doped polycrystalline silicon thin films prepared by silver-induced layer exchange

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    Antesberger, T.; Wassner, T. A.; Jaeger, C.; Algasinger, M.; Kashani, M.; Scholz, M.; Matich, S.; Stutzmann, M.

    2013-05-27

    Intentional boron and phosphorus doping of polycrystalline silicon thin films on glass prepared by the silver-induced layer exchange is presented. A silver/(titanium) oxide/amorphous silicon stack is annealed at temperatures below the eutectic temperature of the Ag/Si system, leading to a complete layer exchange and simultaneous crystallization of the amorphous silicon. Intentional doping of the amorphous silicon prior to the exchange process results in boron- or phosphorus-doped polycrystalline silicon. Hall effect measurements show carrier concentrations between 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} and 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} for phosphorus and 4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} to 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} for boron-doped layers, with carrier mobilities up to 90 cm{sup 2}/V s.

  7. Appropriate materials and preparation techniques for polycrystalline-thin-film thermophotovoltaic cells

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    Dhere, Neelkanth G.

    1997-03-01

    Polycrystalline-thin-film thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells have excellent potential for reducing the cost of TPV generators so as to address the hitherto inaccessible and highly competitive markets such as self-powered gas-fired residential warm air furnaces and energy-efficient electric cars, etc. Recent progress in polycrystalline-thin-film solar cells have made it possible to satisfy the diffusion length and intrinsic junction rectification criteria for TPV cells operating at high fluences. Continuous ranges of direct bandgaps of the ternary and pseudoternary compounds such as Hg1-xCdxTe, Pb1-xCdxTe, Hg1-xZnxTe, and Pb1-xZnxS cover the region of interest of 0.50-0.75 eV for efficient TPV conversion. Other ternary and pseudoternary compounds which show direct bandgaps in most of or all of the 0.50-0.75 eV range are Pb1-xZnxTe, Sn1-xCd2xTe2, Pb1-xCdxSe, Pb1-xZnxSe, and Pb1-xCdxS. Hg1-xCdxTe (with x~0.21) has been studied extensively for infrared detectors. PbTe and Pb1-xSnxTe have also been studied for infrared detectors. Not much work has been carried out on Hg1-xZnxTe thin films. Hg1-xCdxTe and Pb1-xCdxTe alloys cover a wide range of cut-off wavelengths from the far infrared to the near visible. Acceptors and donors are introduced in these materials by excess non-metal (Te) and excess metal (Hg and Pb) respectively. Extrinsic acceptor impurities are Cu, Au, and As while and In and Al are donor impurities. Hg1-xCdxTe thin films have been deposited by isothermal vapor-phase epitaxy (VPE), liquid phase epitaxy (LPE), hot-wall metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), electrodeposition, sputtering, molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), laser-assisted evaporation, and vacuum evaporation with or without hot-wall enclosure. The challenge in the preparation of Hg1-xCdxTe is to provide excess mercury incidence rate, to optimize the deposition parameters for enhanced mercury incorporation, and to achieve the requisite stoichiometry, grain size, and doping. MBE and MOCVD

  8. Scaling behavior of moisture-induced grain degradation in polycrystalline hybrid perovskite thin films

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    Wang, Qi; Chen, Bo; Liu, Ye; ...

    2017-01-01

    The stability of perovskite solar cells has shown a huge variation with respect to the film process and film morphology, while the underlining mechanism for the morphology-dependent degradation of the perovskite film has remained elusive. Herein, we report a scaling behavior of moisture-induced grain degradation in polycrystalline CH3NH3PbI3 films. The degradation rates of CH3NH3PbI3 films in moisture were shown to be sensitive to the grain sizes. The duration that was needed for different films to degrade by the same percent showed a linear relationship with the grain size, despite the fact that the films were formed by five different depositionmore » methods. This scaling behavior can be explained by the degradation along the in-plane direction, which is initiated at the grain boundary (GB). The GBs of CH3NH3PbI3 films consist of an amorphous intergranular layer, which allows quick diffusion of moisture into the perovskite films. It was found that thermal annealing induced surface self-passivation plays a critical role in stabilizing the surfaces of thin films and single crystals by reducing the moisture-sensitive methylammonium ions at the surface. Finally, the determination of the scaling behavior of grain degradation highlights the importance of stabilizing the GBs to improve the stability of perovskite solar cells.« less

  9. Scaling behavior of moisture-induced grain degradation in polycrystalline hybrid perovskite thin films

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    Wang, Qi; Chen, Bo; Liu, Ye; Deng, Yehao; Bai, Yang; Dong, Qingfeng; Huang, Jinsong

    2017-01-01

    The stability of perovskite solar cells has shown a huge variation with respect to the film process and film morphology, while the underlining mechanism for the morphology-dependent degradation of the perovskite film has remained elusive. Herein, we report a scaling behavior of moisture-induced grain degradation in polycrystalline CH3NH3PbI3 films. The degradation rates of CH3NH3PbI3 films in moisture were shown to be sensitive to the grain sizes. The duration that was needed for different films to degrade by the same percent showed a linear relationship with the grain size, despite the fact that the films were formed by five different deposition methods. This scaling behavior can be explained by the degradation along the in-plane direction, which is initiated at the grain boundary (GB). The GBs of CH3NH3PbI3 films consist of an amorphous intergranular layer, which allows quick diffusion of moisture into the perovskite films. It was found that thermal annealing induced surface self-passivation plays a critical role in stabilizing the surfaces of thin films and single crystals by reducing the moisture-sensitive methylammonium ions at the surface. Finally, the determination of the scaling behavior of grain degradation highlights the importance of stabilizing the GBs to improve the stability of perovskite solar cells.

  10. Suppressing light reflection from polycrystalline silicon thin films through surface texturing and silver nanostructures

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    Akhter, Perveen; Huang, Mengbing Kadakia, Nirag; Spratt, William; Malladi, Girish; Bakhru, Hassarum

    2014-09-21

    This work demonstrates a novel method combining ion implantation and silver nanostructures for suppressing light reflection from polycrystalline silicon thin films. Samples were implanted with 20-keV hydrogen ions to a dose of 10¹⁷/cm², and some of them received an additional argon ion implant to a dose of 5×10¹⁵ /cm² at an energy between 30 and 300 keV. Compared to the case with a single H implant, the processing involved both H and Ar implants and post-implantation annealing has created a much higher degree of surface texturing, leading to a more dramatic reduction of light reflection from polycrystalline Si films over a broadband range between 300 and 1200 nm, e.g., optical reflection from the air/Si interface in the AM1.5 sunlight condition decreasing from ~30% with an untextured surface to below 5% for a highly textured surface after post-implantation annealing at 1000°C. Formation of Ag nanostructures on these ion beam processed surfaces further reduces light reflection, and surface texturing is expected to have the benefit of diminishing light absorption losses within large-size (>100 nm) Ag nanoparticles, yielding an increased light trapping efficiency within Si as opposed to the case with Ag nanostructures on a smooth surface. A discussion of the effects of surface textures and Ag nanoparticles on light trapping within Si thin films is also presented with the aid of computer simulations.

  11. The Impact of Standard Semiconductor Fabrication Processes on Polycrystalline Nb Thin Film Surfaces

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    Brown, Ari David; Barrentine, Emily M.; Moseley, Samuel H.; Noroozian, Omid; Stevenson, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    Polycrystalline superconducting Nb thin films are extensively used for submillimeter and millimeter transmission line applications and, less commonly, used in microwave kinetic inductance detector (MKID) applications. The microwave and mm-wave loss in these films is impacted, in part, by the presence of surface nitrides and oxides. In this study, glancing incidence x-ray diffraction was used to identify the presence of niobium nitride and niobium monoxide surface layers on Nb thin films which had been exposed to chemicals used in standard photolithographic processing. A method of mitigating the presence of ordered niobium monoxide surface layers is presented. Furthermore, we discuss the possibility of using glancing incidence x-ray diffraction as a non-destructive diagnostic tool for evaluating the quality of Nb thin films used in MKIDs and transmission lines. For a given fabrication process, we have both the x-ray diffraction data of the surface chemistry and a measure of the mm-wave and microwave loss, the latter being made in superconducting resonators.

  12. Impact of universal mobility law on polycrystalline organic thin-film transistors

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    Raja, Munira; Donaghy, David; Myers, Robert; Eccleston, Bill

    2012-10-01

    We have developed novel analytical models for polycrystalline organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) by employing new concepts on the charge carrier injection to polysilicon thin-films. The models, also incorporate the effect of contact resistance associated with the poor ohmic nature of the contacts. The drain current equations of the OTFT, both in the quasi-diffusion and quasi-drift regimes, predict temperature dependencies on essential material and device parameters. Interestingly, under the drift regime, the polycrystalline OTFT model reveals similar power dependencies on the applied voltages, to those of purely disordered model developed by utilizing the universal mobility law (UML). Such similarities are not thought to be coincidental since the effect of gate voltage on surface potential is influenced by the Fermi level pinning in the grain boundary. Nonetheless, the best fits on the data of 6,13-bis(tri-isopropylsilylethynyl) OTFTs are attained with the proposed polycrystalline rather than the disordered model, particularly at low gate voltages where the diffusive component is dominant. Moreover, in order to understand the effect of grain boundaries, we devise a relationship for the dependency of the effective mobility on carrier concentration, assuming a crystalline region to be in direct contact with a disordered region. Interestingly, we find a similar dependency as the UML in purely disordered materials, which further signifies the conduction to be limited by the grain boundaries. Subsequently, an analytical model for the variation of the effective mobility with gate voltage is established. Such models are vital in assisting the development of more accurate designs of the novel organic circuits.

  13. Metastable Electrical Characteristics of Polycrystalline Thin-Film Photovoltaic Modules upon Exposure and Stabilization: Preprint

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    Deline, C. A.; del Cueto, J. A.; Albin, D. S.; Rummel, S. R.

    2011-09-01

    The significant features of a series of stabilization experiments conducted at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) between May 2009 and the present are reported. These experiments evaluated a procedure to stabilize the measured performance of thin-film polycrystalline cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of CdTe and CIGS thin-film PV devices and modules exhibit transitory changes in electrical performance after thermal exposure in the dark and/or bias and light exposures. We present the results of our case studies of module performance versus exposure: light-soaked at 65 degrees C; exposed in the dark under forward bias at 65 degrees C; and, finally, longer-term outdoor exposure. We find that stabilization can be achieved to varying degrees using either light-soaking or dark bias methods and that the existing IEC 61646 light-soaking interval may be appropriate for CdTe and CIGS modules with one caveat: it is likely that at least three exposure intervals are required for stabilization.

  14. Metastable electrical characteristics of polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaic modules upon exposure and stabilization

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    Deline, Chris A.; del Cueto, Joseph A.; Albin, David S.; Rummel, Steve R.

    2011-09-01

    The significant features of a series of stabilization experiments conducted at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) between May 2009 and the present are reported. These experiments evaluated a procedure to stabilize the measured performance of thin-film polycrystalline cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of CdTe and CIGS thin-film PV devices and modules exhibit transitory changes in electrical performance after thermal exposure in the dark and/or bias and light exposures. We present the results of our case studies of module performance versus exposure: light-soaked at 65°C exposed in the dark under forward bias at 65°C and, finally, longer-term outdoor exposure. We find that stabilization can be achieved to varying degrees using either light-soaking or dark bias methods and that the existing IEC 61646 light-soaking interval may be appropriate for CdTe and CIGS modules with one caveat: it is likely that at least three exposure intervals are required for stabilization.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of large-grain solid-phase crystallized polycrystalline silicon thin films

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    Kumar, Avishek E-mail: dalapatig@imre.a-star.edu.sg; Law, Felix; Widenborg, Per I.; Dalapati, Goutam K. E-mail: dalapatig@imre.a-star.edu.sg; Subramanian, Gomathy S.; Tan, Hui R.; Aberle, Armin G.

    2014-11-01

    n-type polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) films with very large grains, exceeding 30 μm in width, and with high Hall mobility of about 71.5 cm{sup 2}/V s are successfully prepared by the solid-phase crystallization technique on glass through the control of the PH{sub 3} (2% in H{sub 2})/SiH{sub 4} gas flow ratio. The effect of this gas flow ratio on the electronic and structural quality of the n-type poly-Si thin film is systematically investigated using Hall effect measurements, Raman microscopy, and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), respectively. The poly-Si grains are found to be randomly oriented, whereby the average area weighted grain size is found to increase from 4.3 to 18 μm with increase of the PH{sub 3} (2% in H{sub 2})/SiH{sub 4} gas flow ratio. The stress in the poly-Si thin films is found to increase above 900 MPa when the PH{sub 3} (2% in H{sub 2})/SiH{sub 4} gas flow ratio is increased from 0.025 to 0.45. Finally, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, high angle annular dark field-scanning tunneling microscopy, and EBSD are used to identify the defects and dislocations caused by the stress in the fabricated poly-Si films.

  16. Designing novel thin film polycrystalline solar cells for high efficiency: sandwich CIGS and heterojunction perovskite

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    Wang, Tianyue; Chen, Jiewei; Wu, Gaoxiang; Song, Dandan; Li, Meicheng

    2017-01-01

    Heterojunction and sandwich architectures are two new-type structures with great potential for solar cells. Specifically, the heterojunction structure possesses the advantages of efficient charge separation but suffers from band offset and large interface recombination; the sandwich configuration is favorable for transferring carriers but requires complex fabrication process. Here, we have designed two thin-film polycrystalline solar cells with novel structures: sandwich CIGS and heterojunction perovskite, referring to the advantages of the architectures of sandwich perovskite (standard) and heterojunction CIGS (standard) solar cells, respectively. A reliable simulation software wxAMPS is used to investigate their inherent characteristics with variation of the thickness and doping density of absorber layer. The results reveal that sandwich CIGS solar cell is able to exhibit an optimized efficiency of 20.7%, which is much higher than the standard heterojunction CIGS structure (18.48%). The heterojunction perovskite solar cell can be more efficient employing thick and doped perovskite films (16.9%) than these typically utilizing thin and weak-doping/intrinsic perovskite films (9.6%). This concept of structure modulation proves to be useful and can be applicable for other solar cells. Project supported by the National High-Tech R&D Program of China (No. 2015AA034601), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 91333122, 61204064, 51202067, 51372082, 51402106, 11504107), the Ph.D. Programs Foundation of Ministry of Education of China (Nos. 20120036120006, 20130036110012), the Par-Eu Scholars Program, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.

  17. Ultrafast carrier dynamics and the role of grain boundaries in polycrystalline silicon thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Titova, Lyubov V.; Cocker, Tyler L.; Xu, Sijia; Baribeau, Jean-Marc; Wu, Xiaohua; Lockwood, David J.; Hegmann, Frank A.

    2016-10-01

    We have used time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy to study microscopic photoconductivity and ultrafast photoexcited carrier dynamics in thin, pure, non-hydrogenated silicon films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on quartz substrates at temperatures ranging from 335 °C to 572 °C. By controlling the growth temperature, thin silicon films ranging from completely amorphous to polycrystalline with minimal amorphous phase can be achieved. Film morphology, in turn, determines its photoconductive properties: in the amorphous phase, carriers are trapped in bandtail states on sub-picosecond time scales, while the carriers excited in crystalline grains remain free for tens of picoseconds. We also find that in polycrystalline silicon the photoexcited carrier mobility is carrier-density-dependent, with higher carrier densities mitigating the effects of grain boundaries on inter-grain transport. In a film grown at the highest temperature of 572 °C, the morphology changes along the growth direction from polycrystalline with needles of single crystals in the bulk of the film to small crystallites interspersed with amorphous silicon at the top of the film. Depth profiling using different excitation wavelengths shows corresponding differences in the photoconductivity: the photoexcited carrier lifetime and mobility are higher in the first 100-150 nm from the substrate, suggesting that thinner, low-temperature grown polycrystalline silicon films are preferable for photovoltaic applications.

  18. Recovery Act : Near-Single-Crystalline Photovoltaic Thin Films on Polycrystalline, Flexible Substrates

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    Venkat Selvamanickam; Alex Freundlich

    2010-11-29

    III-V photovoltaics have exhibited efficiencies above 40%, but have found only a limited use because of the high cost of single crystal substrates. At the other end of the spectrum, polycrystalline and amorphous thin film solar cells offer the advantage of low-cost fabrication, but have not yielded high efficiencies. Our program is based on single-crystalline-like thin film photovoltaics on polycrystalline substrates using biaxially-textured templates made by Ion Beam-Assisted Deposition (IBAD). MgO templates made by IBAD on flexible metal substrate have been successfully used for epitaxial growth of germanium films. In spite of a 4.5% lattice mismatch, heteroepitaxial growth of Ge was achieved on CeO2 that was grown on IBAD MgO template. Room temperature optical bandgap of the Ge films was identified at 0.67 eV indicating minimal residual strain. Refraction index and extinction coefficient values of the Ge films were found to match well with that measured from a reference Ge single crystal. GaAs has been successfully grown epitaxially on Ge on metal substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. RHEED patterns indicate self annihilation of antiphase boundaries and the growth of a single domain GaAs. The GaAs is found to exhibit strong photoluminescence signal and, an existence of a relatively narrow (FWHM~20 meV) band-edge excitons measured in this film indicates a good optoelectronic quality of deposited GaAs. While excellent epitaxial growth has been achieved in GaAs on flexible metal substrates, the defect density of the films as measured by High Resolution X-ray Diffraction and etch pit experiments showed a high value of 5 * 10^8 per cm^2. Cross sectional transmission electron microscopy of the multilayer architecture showed concentration of threading dislocations near the germanium-ceria interface. The defect density was found decrease as the Ge films were made thicker. The defects appear to originate from the MgO layer presumably because of large lattice mismatches

  19. Activation of ion-implanted polycrystalline silicon thin films prepared on glass substrates

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    So, Byoung-Soo; Bae, Seung-Muk; You, Yil-Hwan; Kim, Young-Hwan; Hwang, Jin-Ha

    2012-10-15

    Phosphorous-implanted polycrystalline Si thin films were subjected to thermal annealing between 300 °C and 650 °C. The thermal activation was monitored electrically and structurally using Hall measurements, Raman spectroscopy, UV–visible spectrophotometry, and transmission electron microscopy. Charge transport information was correlated to the corresponding structural evolution in thermal activation. Phosphorous-implanted activation is divided into short-range ordering at low temperatures and long-range ordering at high temperatures, with the boundary between low and high temperatures set at 425 °C. Short-range ordering allows for significant increase in electronic concentration through substitution of P for Si. Higher temperatures are attributed to long-range ordering, thereby increasing electronic mobility.

  20. Broadening of optical transitions in polycrystalline CdS and CdTe thin films

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    Li Jian; Chen Jie; Collins, R. W.

    2010-11-01

    The dielectric functions {epsilon} of polycrystalline CdS and CdTe thin films sputter deposited onto Si wafers were measured from 0.75 to 6.5 eV by in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry. Differences in {epsilon} due to processing variations are well understood using an excited carrier scattering model. For each sample, a carrier mean free path {lambda} is defined that is found to be inversely proportional to the broadening of each of the band structure critical points (CPs) deduced from {epsilon}. The rate at which broadening occurs with {lambda}{sup -1} is different for each CP, enabling a carrier group speed {upsilon}{sub g} to be identified for the CP. With the database for {upsilon}{sub g}, {epsilon} can be analyzed to evaluate the quality of materials used in CdS/CdTe photovoltaic heterojunctions.

  1. Process for fabricating polycrystalline semiconductor thin-film solar cells, and cells produced thereby

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    Wu, Xuanzhi; Sheldon, Peter

    2000-01-01

    A novel, simplified method for fabricating a thin-film semiconductor heterojunction photovoltaic device includes initial steps of depositing a layer of cadmium stannate and a layer of zinc stannate on a transparent substrate, both by radio frequency sputtering at ambient temperature, followed by the depositing of dissimilar layers of semiconductors such as cadmium sulfide and cadmium telluride, and heat treatment to convert the cadmium stannate to a substantially single-phase material of a spinel crystal structure. Preferably, the cadmium sulfide layer is also deposited by radio frequency sputtering at ambient temperature, and the cadmium telluride layer is deposited by close space sublimation at an elevated temperature effective to convert the amorphous cadmium stannate to the polycrystalline cadmium stannate with single-phase spinel structure.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of polycrystalline semiconductor Caesium-Tin tri-Iodide thin-films

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    Chen, Zhuo

    This thesis deals with a virtually unexplored semiconductor material CsSnI3 from material synthesis, structural, optical, and electrical characterization to the fabrication and validation of CsSnI3 thin-film solar cells. We started with synthesizing CsSnI3 thin films based on CsI and SnCl2 (or SnI2) by using an apparatus which consists of e-beam and thermal evaporators. The quality of polycrystalline CsSnI3 thin-films were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Experimental data on XRD and electron diffraction patterns taking from the synthesized thin-films match very well to the theoretically calculated ones based the first principles calculations, confirming that the synthesized CsSnI3 thin-films have an orthorhombic crystal structure. With the well-defined crystal structure, we theoretically studied the electronic band structure of CsSnI3. Extensive optical characterizations of CsSnI3 thin-films were then carried out revealing many extraordinary properties such as 1) direct band gap energy of 1.32 eV at 300 K with its abnormal temperature dependence, 2) extremely high photoluminescence quantum yield, 3) large exciton binding energy, and 4) strong two-phonon assisted excitonic absorption near band edge. These properties are interpreted in terms of the unique electronic and structural properties of CsSnI3. The value of 1.3 eV for the energy band gap of CsSnI3 suggests a unique application of CsSnI3 thin-films on solar cells. This is because this value is right in the small range of the optimal band gaps for the Shockley-Queisser maximum efficiency limit of a single-junction solar cell. A prototype Schottky solar cell was designed, fabricated, and validated. The measured power conversion efficiency (PCE) is 0.9 % which is presently limited by the series and shunt resistance. The improvement strategy on PCE is given at the end of my thesis. In order to make the CsSnI3 thin-film solar cells

  3. Local impedance imaging of boron-doped polycrystalline diamond thin films

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    Zieliński, A.; Ryl, J.; Burczyk, L.; Darowicki, K.

    2014-09-29

    Local impedance imaging (LII) was used to visualise surficial deviations of AC impedances in polycrystalline boron-doped diamond (BDD). The BDD thin film electrodes were deposited onto the highly doped silicon substrates via microwave plasma-enhanced CVD. The studied boron dopant concentrations, controlled by the [B]/[C] ratio in plasma, ranged from 1 × 10{sup 16} to 2 × 10{sup 21} atoms cm{sup −3}. The BDD films displayed microcrystalline structure, while the average size of crystallites decreased from 1 to 0.7 μm with increasing [B]/[C] ratios. The application of LII enabled a direct and high-resolution investigation of local distribution of impedance characteristics within the individual grains of BDD. Such an approach resulted in greater understanding of the microstructural control of properties at the grain level. We propose that the obtained surficial variation of impedance is correlated to the areas of high conductance which have been observed at the grain boundaries by using LII. We also postulate that the origin of high conductivity is due to either preferential boron accumulation, the presence of defects, or sp{sup 2} regions in the intragrain regions. The impedance modulus recorded by LII was in full agreement with the bulk impedance measurements. Both variables showed a decreasing trend with increasing [B]/[C] ratios, which is consistent with higher boron incorporation into BDD film.

  4. Influence of thickness on physical properties of vacuum evaporated polycrystalline CdTe thin films for solar cell applications

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    Chander, Subhash; Dhaka, M. S.

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents the influence of thickness on physical properties of polycrystalline CdTe thin films. The thin films of thickness 450 nm, 650 nm and 850 nm were deposited employing thermal vacuum evaporation technique on glass and indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates. The physical properties of these as-grown thin films were investigated employing the X-ray diffraction (XRD), source meter, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The structural analysis reveals that the films have zinc-blende cubic structure and polycrystalline in nature with preferred orientation (111). The structural parameters like lattice constant, interplanar spacing, grain size, strain, dislocation density and number of crystallites per unit area are calculated. The average grain size and optical band gap are found in the range 15.16-21.22 nm and 1.44-1.63 eV respectively and observed to decrease with thickness. The current-voltage characteristics show that the electrical conductivity is observed to decrease with thickness. The surface morphology shows that films are free from crystal defects like pin holes and voids as well as homogeneous and uniform. The EDS patterns show the presence of cadmium and tellurium elements in the as grown films. The experimental results reveal that the film thickness plays significant role on the physical properties of as-grown CdTe thin films and higher thickness may be used as absorber layer to solar cells applications.

  5. Height-resolved quantification of microstructure and texture in polycrystalline thin films using TEM orientation mapping.

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    Aebersold, A Brian; Alexander, Duncan T L; Hébert, Cécile

    2015-12-01

    A method is presented for the quantitative investigation of microstructure and texture evolution in polycrystalline thin films based on in-plane automated crystal orientation mapping in transmission electron microscopy, from the substrate up. To demonstrate the method we apply it to the example of low pressure metal-organic chemical vapor deposited ZnO layers. First, orientation mapping is applied to standard cross-section and plan-view transmission electron microscopy samples of films, illustrating how plan-view samples both reduce the occurrence of grain overlap that is detrimental to reliable orientation mapping and also improve sampling statistics compared to cross-sections. Motivated by this, orientation mapping has been combined with a double-wedge method for specimen preparation developed by Spiecker et al. (2007) [1], which creates a large area plan-view sample that traverses the film thickness. By measuring >10,000 grains in the film, the resulting data give access to grain size, orientation and misorientation distributions in function of height above the substrate within the film, which are, in turn, the inputs necessary for quantitative assessment of growth models and simulations. The orientation data are directly related to microstructural images, allowing correlation of orientations with in-plane and out-of-plane grain sizes and shapes. The spatial correlation of the entire data set gives insights into previously unnoticed growth mechanisms such as the presence of renucleation or preferred misorientations. Finally, the data set can be used to guide targeted, local studies by other transmission electron microscopy techniques. This is demonstrated by the site-specific application of nano-beam diffraction to validate the presence of coherent [21̄1̄0]/(011̄3) twin boundaries first suggested by the orientation mapping.

  6. Polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells with plasmonic-enhanced light-trapping.

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    Varlamov, Sergey; Rao, Jing; Soderstrom, Thomas

    2012-07-02

    One of major approaches to cheaper solar cells is reducing the amount of semiconductor material used for their fabrication and making cells thinner. To compensate for lower light absorption such physically thin devices have to incorporate light-trapping which increases their optical thickness. Light scattering by textured surfaces is a common technique but it cannot be universally applied to all solar cell technologies. Some cells, for example those made of evaporated silicon, are planar as produced and they require an alternative light-trapping means suitable for planar devices. Metal nanoparticles formed on planar silicon cell surface and capable of light scattering due to surface plasmon resonance is an effective approach. The paper presents a fabrication procedure of evaporated polycrystalline silicon solar cells with plasmonic light-trapping and demonstrates how the cell quantum efficiency improves due to presence of metal nanoparticles. To fabricate the cells a film consisting of alternative boron and phosphorous doped silicon layers is deposited on glass substrate by electron beam evaporation. An Initially amorphous film is crystallised and electronic defects are mitigated by annealing and hydrogen passivation. Metal grid contacts are applied to the layers of opposite polarity to extract electricity generated by the cell. Typically, such a ~2 μm thick cell has a short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 14-16 mA/cm(2), which can be increased up to 17-18 mA/cm(2) (~25% higher) after application of a simple diffuse back reflector made of a white paint. To implement plasmonic light-trapping a silver nanoparticle array is formed on the metallised cell silicon surface. A precursor silver film is deposited on the cell by thermal evaporation and annealed at 23°C to form silver nanoparticles. Nanoparticle size and coverage, which affect plasmonic light-scattering, can be tuned for enhanced cell performance by varying the precursor film thickness and its annealing

  7. Poly-crystalline thin-film by aluminum induced crystallization on aluminum nitride substrate

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    Bhopal, Muhammad Fahad; Lee, Doo Won; Lee, Soo Hong

    2016-09-01

    Thin-film polycrystalline silicon ( pc-Si) on foreign (non-silicon) substrates has been researched by various research groups for the production of photovoltaic cells. High quality pc-Si deposition on foreign substrates with superior optical properties is considered to be the main hurdle in cell fabrication. Metal induced crystallization (MIC) is one of the renowned techniques used to produce this quality of material. In the current study, an aluminum induced crystallization (AIC) method was adopted to produce pc-Si thin-film on aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate by a seed layer approach. Aluminum and a-Si layer were deposited using an e-beam evaporator. Various annealing conditions were used in order to investigate the AIC grown pc-Si seed layers for process optimization. The effect of thermal annealing on grain size, defects preferentially crystallographic orientation of the grains were analyzed. Surface morphology was studied using an optical microscope. Poly-silicon film with a crystallinity fraction between 95-100% and an FWHM between 5-6 cm-1 is achievable at low temperatures and for short time intervals. A grain size of about 10 micron can be obtained at a low deposition rate on an AIN substrate. Similarly, Focused ion beam (FIB) also showed that at 425 °C sample B and at 400 °C sample A were fully crystallized. The crystalline quality of pc-Si was evaluated using μ-Raman spectroscopy as a function of annealed conditions and Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) was used to determine the phase direction of the pc-Si layer. The current study implicates that a poly-silicon layer with good crystallographic orientation and crystallinity fraction is achievable on AIN substrate at low temperatures and short time frames.

  8. GaAs nanowire growth on polycrystalline silicon thin films using selective-area MOVPE.

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    Ikejiri, Keitaro; Ishizaka, Fumiya; Tomioka, Katsuhiro; Fukui, Takashi

    2013-03-22

    The growth mechanism of GaAs nanowires (NWs) grown on polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin films using selective-area metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy was investigated. Wire structures were selectively grown in the mask openings on a poly-Si substrate. The appearance ratio of wire structures strongly depended on the growth conditions and deposition temperature of the poly-Si substrate. Evaluation of the grown shapes and growth characteristics revealed that GaAs NWs grown on a poly-Si substrate have the same growth mechanism as conventional GaAs NWs grown on a single-crystalline GaAs or Si substrate. Experiments showed that the wire structure yield can be improved by increasing the Si grain size and/or increasing the Si deposition temperature. The growth model proposed for understanding NW growth on poly-Si is based on the mask opening size, the Si grain size, and the growth conditions. The ability to control the growth mode is promising for the formation of NWs with complex structures on poly-Si thin layers.

  9. Reactive sputtering of YBaCuO thin films on polycrystalline zirconia substrates: optimization results

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    Degardin, A.; Bodin, C.; Dolin, C.; Kreisler, A.

    1998-01-01

    In situ elaboration of YBaCuO thin films, on polycrystalline yttria doped zirconia substrates, has been optimized. A reactive sputtering model has been developed and the electrical conductivity of the substrate has been studied as a function of temperature and doping. The J_c value of ≈ 3× 10^4~A/cm^2 at 77 K, measured on microbridges, is among the best reported in the literature for this substrate type. L'élaboration in situ de films minces d'YBaCuO, sur substrats de zircone polycristalline dopée à l'oxyde d'yttrium, a été optimisée en développant un modèle de pulvérisation réactive et en étudiant la conductivité électrique du substrat en fonction du dopage et de la température. La valeur de J_c ≈ 3× 10^4 ~A/cm^2 à 77 K, mesurée sur microponts, se situe parmi les meilleures citées dans la littérature pour ce type de substrat.

  10. Mechanical properties of free-standing polycrystalline metallic thin films and multilayers

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    Huang, Haibo

    1998-11-01

    A laser-diffraction tensile tester and a balance-beam creep apparatus were improved and applied to the study of free standing polycrystalline thin films with a strong $ texture. Studied are electron beam deposited Ag, Cu, Al films, and Ag/Cu multilayers consisting of alternating Ag and Cu layers with 1:1 thickness ratio. All films have a total thickness around 3 mum. In tensile testing, a thin polymeric two-dimensional diffraction grid was deposited on the film surface by microlithographic techniques. Local strains were measured from the relative displacements of two diffracted laser spots. This allows determination of Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio and, since large strains can be measured, the yield stress, ultimate tensile strength and fracture strain. The average values of the Young moduli and Poisson ratios, determined from hundreds of measurements, are 63 GPa and 0.42 for Ag, 102 GPa and 0.37 for Cu, 57 GPa and 0.41 for Al, and 87.5 GPa and 0.38 for Ag/Cu multilayers. In all cases, the Young moduli are about 20% lower than the values calculated from the literature data and are independent of the bilayer repeat length, λ , in the Ag/Cu multilayers. No "supermodulus" effect was observed at small values of λ . An anelastic model was proposed to explain the low Young moduli, the hysteresis loops on the stress-strain curves, and a 4.3 pm 0.2 GPa/decade strain rate dependence of the Young modulus in Al. The ductility of the Ag/Cu multilayers decreases when λ is reduced. For λ 80 nm, the yield stress increases linearly with λsp{{-}alpha} where alpha = 0.244. The results are compared to the predictions of Hall-Petch-type models. In creep testing, steady-state creep rates were measured on Cu films as a function of stress and temperature. In the high temperature-low stress region (100-650spcircC, 5-90 MPa), the creep rate is described by dot\\varepsilon =A{\\cdot}sigmasp{n} exp\\{{-}Q/kT\\}. A core-diffusion controlled dislocation climb model was proposed to

  11. Ambient condition laser writing of graphene structures on polycrystalline SiC thin film deposited on Si wafer

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    Yue, Naili; Zhang, Yong; Tsu, Raphael

    2013-02-18

    We report laser induced local conversion of polycrystalline SiC thin-films grown on Si wafers into multi-layer graphene, a process compatible with the Si based microelectronic technologies. The conversion can be achieved using a 532 nm CW laser with as little as 10 mW power, yielding {approx}1 {mu}m graphene discs without any mask. The conversion conditions are found to vary with the crystallinity of the film. More interestingly, the internal structure of the graphene disc, probed by Raman imaging, can be tuned with varying the film and illumination parameters, resembling either the fundamental or doughnut mode of a laser beam.

  12. Ambient condition laser writing of graphene structures on polycrystalline SiC thin film deposited on Si wafer

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    Yue, Naili; Zhang, Yong; Tsu, Raphael

    2013-02-01

    We report laser induced local conversion of polycrystalline SiC thin-films grown on Si wafers into multi-layer graphene, a process compatible with the Si based microelectronic technologies. The conversion can be achieved using a 532 nm CW laser with as little as 10 mW power, yielding ˜1 μm graphene discs without any mask. The conversion conditions are found to vary with the crystallinity of the film. More interestingly, the internal structure of the graphene disc, probed by Raman imaging, can be tuned with varying the film and illumination parameters, resembling either the fundamental or doughnut mode of a laser beam.

  13. Noise Characterization of Polycrystalline Silicon Thin Film Transistors for X-ray Imagers Based on Active Pixel Architectures.

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    Antonuk, L E; Koniczek, M; McDonald, J; El-Mohri, Y; Zhao, Q; Behravan, M

    2008-01-01

    An examination of the noise of polycrystalline silicon thin film transistors, in the context of flat panel x-ray imager development, is reported. The study was conducted in the spirit of exploring how the 1/f, shot and thermal noise components of poly-Si TFTs, determined from current noise power spectral density measurements, as well as through calculation, can be used to assist in the development of imagers incorporating pixel amplification circuits based on such transistors.

  14. On-Current Modeling of Polycrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Transistors

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    Gupta, Navneet; Tyagi, B. P.

    2005-01-01

    We propose an on-current (above threshold voltage) model of polycrystalline silicon thin-film transistors (poly-Si TFTs). The model includes the study of the effect of trap state density, poly-Si inversion layer thickness and temperature on the TFT characteristics. Effective carrier mobility and I-V characteristics are described by considering the mechanism of capture and release of carriers at grain boundary trap states and the thermionic emission theory. It is found that at low as well as at high doping concentrations, the effective carrier mobility (µeff) increases with increasing temperature whereas a dip is observed at intermediate doping concentration. At very high and very low doping concentration the effect of temperature on the mobility is found to be almost negligible. Calculations reveal that effective carrier mobility and drain current increase as the gate bias increases and are larger for a lower trap state density. The calculated value of activation energy decreases as the gate bias increases and is larger for a larger poly-Si inversion layer thickness. A comparison between the present predictions and the experimental results shows reasonably good agreement.

  15. 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.

  16. Impact of annealing on physical properties of e-beam evaporated polycrystalline CdO thin films for optoelectronic applications

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    Purohit, Anuradha; Chander, S.; Dhaka, M. S.

    2017-04-01

    An impact of annealing on the physical properties of polycrystalline CdO thin films is carried out in this study. CdO thin films of thickness 650 nm were fabricated on glass and indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates employing e-beam evaporation technique. The pristine thin films were annealed in air atmosphere at 250 °C, 400 °C and 550 °C for one hour followed by investigation of structural, optical, electrical and morphological properties along with elemental composition using X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis spectrophotometer, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer, source meter, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), respectively. XRD patterns confirmed the polycrystalline nature and cubic structure (with space group Fm 3 bar m) of the films. The crystallographic parameters are calculated and found to be influenced by the post-air annealing treatment. The optical study shows that direct band gap is ranging from 1.98 eV to 2.18 eV and found to be decreased with post-annealing. The refractive index and optical conductivity are also increased with annealing temperature. The current-voltage characteristics show ohmic behaviour of the annealed films. The surface morphology is observed to be improved with annealing and grain-size is increased as well as EDS spectrum confirmed the presence of cadmium (Cd) and oxygen (O) in the deposited films.

  17. Impact of thermal annealing on physical properties of vacuum evaporated polycrystalline CdTe thin films for solar cell applications

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    Chander, Subhash; Dhaka, M. S.

    2016-06-01

    A study on impact of post-deposition thermal annealing on the physical properties of CdTe thin films is undertaken in this paper. The thin films of thickness 500 nm were grown on ITO and glass substrates employing thermal vacuum evaporation followed by post-deposition thermal annealing in air atmosphere within low temperature range 150-350 °C. These films were subjected to the XRD, UV-Vis NIR spectrophotometer, source meter, SEM coupled with EDS and AFM for structural, optical, electrical and surface topographical analysis respectively. The diffraction patterns reveal that the films are having zinc-blende cubic structure with preferred orientation along (111) and polycrystalline in nature. The crystallographic parameters are calculated and discussed in detail. The optical band gap is found in the range 1.48-1.64 eV and observed to decrease with thermal annealing. The current-voltage characteristics show that the CdTe films exhibit linear ohmic behavior. The SEM studies show that the as-grown films are homogeneous, uniform and free from defects. The AFM studies reveal that the surface roughness of films is observed to increase with annealing. The experimental results reveal that the thermal annealing has significant impact on the physical properties of CdTe thin films and may be used as absorber layer to the CdTe/CdS thin films solar cells.

  18. Tailoring of in-plane magnetic anisotropy in polycrystalline cobalt thin films by external stress

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    Kumar, Dileep; Singh, Sadhana; Vishawakarma, Pramod; Dev, Arun Singh; Reddy, V. R.; Gupta, Ajay

    2016-11-01

    Polycrystalline Co films of nominal thickness ~180 Å were deposited on intentionally curved Si substrates. Tensile and compressive stresses of 100 MPa and 150 MPa were induced in the films by relieving the curvature. It has been found that, within the elastic limit, presence of stress leads to an in-plane magnetic anisotropy in the film and its strength increases with increasing stress. Easy axis of magnetization in the films is found to be parallel/ transverse to the compressive /tensile stresses respectively. The origin of magnetic anisotropy in the stressed films is understood in terms of magneto- elastic coupling, where the stress try to align the magnetic moments in order to minimize the magneto-elastic as well as anisotropy energy. Tensile stress is also found to be responsible for the surface smoothening of the films, which is attributed to the movement of the atoms associated with the applied stress. The present work provides a possible way to tailor the magnetic anisotropy and its direction in polycrystalline and amorphous films using external stress.

  19. Structure and magnetic properties of polycrystalline iron-platium and cobalt-platinum thin films for high density recording media

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    Jeong, Sangki

    2002-09-01

    The goal of this project was to investigate and increase the feasibility of use of FePt and CoPt polycrystalline thin films as high-density recording media, with a focus on targeting perpendicular recording. Understanding the atomic ordering process, developing the proper texture and small grains, lowering the processing temperature and optimizing magnetic properties were the main subjects of this thesis work. In this thesis, nano-structured polycrystalline high anisotropy thin films have been fabricated and characterized. Polycrystalline CoPt and FePt films exhibit perpendicular anisotropy after an annealing process only when their thickness is less than 5 nm. High temperature annealing is still required to obtain an atomically ordered phase with nearly full ordering. The ordering phase transformation is a discontinuous transformation that yields an inhomogeneous microstructure where significant amount of FCC phase remains, unless a long time annealing process is performed. To lower the atomic ordering temperature, an in-situ ordering process has been performed and the various underlayer structures with an MgO seed layer, have been deposited and investigated. Thin films with thicknesses below 10 nm exhibit perpendicular anisotropy with an average grain size in the range of 10--15 nm in this film. FePt [001] textured films using Pt/Ag seeding layer exhibit lower annealing temperature than FePt/MgO films, while other Ag or Cr seedlayers do not produce faster ordering kinetics. Based on the detailed analysis of nanostructure of FePt thin films, it has been learned that FCC disordered nanoclusters remains in the ordered grains. Detailed observation of magnetic properties and nanostructure by HRTEM suggests that, though a thermally activated component of the switching is observed, the low value of coercivity can be attributed predominantly to reversal processes associated with defect related domain nucleation. We postulate that the nucleation occurs in less ordered

  20. Polycrystalline thin film materials and devices. Annual subcontract report, 16 January 1990--15 January 1991

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    Baron, B.N.; Birkmire, R.W.; Phillips, J.E.; Shafarman, W.N.; Hegedus, S.S.; McCandless, B.E.

    1991-11-01

    Results and conclusion of Phase I of a multi-year research program on polycrystalline thin film solar cells are presented. The research comprised investigation of the relationships among processing, materials properties and device performance of both CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells. The kinetics of the formation of CuInSe{sub 2} by selenization with hydrogen selenide was investigated and a CuInSe{sub 2}/CdS solar cell was fabricated. An alternative process involving the reaction of deposited copper-indium-selenium layers was used to obtain single phase CuInSe{sub 2} films and a cell efficiency of 7%. Detailed investigations of the open circuit voltage of CuInSe{sub 2} solar cells showed that a simple Shockley-Read-Hall recombination mechanism can not account for the limitations in open circuit voltage. Examination of the influence of CuInSe{sub 2} thickness on cell performance indicated that the back contact behavior has a significant effect when the CuInSe{sub 2} is less than 1 micron thick. CdTe/CdS solar cells with efficiencies approaching 10% can be repeatedly fabricated using physical vapor deposition and serial post deposition processing. The absence of moisture during post deposition was found to be critical. Improvements in short circuit current of CdTe solar cells to levels approaching 25 mA/cm{sup 2} are achievable by making the CdS window layer thinner. Further reductions in the CdS window layer thickness are presently limited by interdiffusion between the CdS and the CdTe. CdTe/CdS cells stored without protection from the atmosphere were found to degrade. The degradation was attributed to the metal contact. CdTe cells with ZnTe:Cu contacts to the CdTe were found to be more stable than cells with metal contacts. Analysis of current-voltage and spectral response of CdTe/CdS cells indicates the cell operates as a p-n heterojunction with the diode current dominated by SRH recombination in the junction region of the CdTe.

  1. Crystallization to polycrystalline silicon thin film and simultaneous inactivation of electrical defects by underwater laser annealing

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    Machida, Emi; Horita, Masahiro; Ishikawa, Yasuaki; Uraoka, Yukiharu; Ikenoue, Hiroshi

    2012-12-17

    We propose a low-temperature laser annealing method of a underwater laser annealing (WLA) for polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) films. We performed crystallization to poly-Si films by laser irradiation in flowing deionized-water where KrF excimer laser was used for annealing. We demonstrated that the maximum value of maximum grain size of WLA samples was 1.5 {mu}m, and that of the average grain size was 2.8 times larger than that of conventional laser annealing in air (LA) samples. Moreover, WLA forms poly-Si films which show lower conductivity and larger carrier life time attributed to fewer electrical defects as compared to LA poly-Si films.

  2. Crystallization to polycrystalline silicon thin film and simultaneous inactivation of electrical defects by underwater laser annealing.

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    Machida, Emi; Horita, Masahiro; Ishikawa, Yasuaki; Uraoka, Yukiharu; Ikenoue, Hiroshi

    2012-12-17

    We propose a low-temperature laser annealing method of a underwater laser annealing (WLA) for polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) films. We performed crystallization to poly-Si films by laser irradiation in flowing deionized-water where KrF excimer laser was used for annealing. We demonstrated that the maximum value of maximum grain size of WLA samples was 1.5 μm, and that of the average grain size was 2.8 times larger than that of conventional laser annealing in air (LA) samples. Moreover, WLA forms poly-Si films which show lower conductivity and larger carrier life time attributed to fewer electrical defects as compared to LA poly-Si films.

  3. Enhanced electrical properties at boundaries including twin boundaries of polycrystalline CdTe thin-film solar cells.

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    Li, H; Liu, X X; Lin, Y S; Yang, B; Du, Z M

    2015-05-07

    The effect of grain boundaries (GBs), in particular twin boundaries (TBs), on CdTe polycrystalline thin films is studied by conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM), electron-beam-induced current (EBIC), scanning Kelvin probe microscopy (SKPM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Four types of CdTe grains with various densities of {111} Σ3 twin boundaries (TBs) are found in Cl-treated CdTe polycrystalline thin films: (1) grains having multiple {111} Σ3 TBs with a low angle to the film surface; (2) grains having multiple {111} Σ3 TBs parallel to the film surfaces; (3) small grains on a scale of not more than 500 nm, composed of Cd, Cl, Te, and O; and (4) CdTe grains with not more than two {111} Σ3 TBs. Grain boundaries (including TBs) exhibit enhanced current transport phenomena. However, the {111} Σ3 TB is much more beneficial to micro-current transport. The enhanced current transport can be explained by the lower electron potential at GBs (including TBs) than the grain interiors (GIs). Our results open new opportunities for enhancing solar cell performances by controlling the grain boundaries, and in particular TBs.

  4. Thickness dependence of structure and piezoelectric properties at nanoscale of polycrystalline lead zirconate titanate thin films

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    Araújo, E. B.; Lima, E. C.; Bdikin, I. K.; Kholkin, A. L.

    2013-05-01

    Lead zirconate titanate Pb(Zr0.50Ti0.50)O3 (PZT) thin films were deposited by a polymeric chemical method on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates to understand the mechanisms of phase transformations and the effect of film thickness on the structure, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties in these films. PZT films pyrolyzed at temperatures higher than 350 °C present a coexistence of pyrochlore and perovskite phases, while only perovskite phase grows in films pyrolyzed at temperatures lower than 300 °C. For pyrochlore-free PZT thin films, a small (100)-orientation tendency near the film-substrate interface was observed. Finally, we demonstrate the existence of a self-polarization effect in the studied PZT thin films. The increase of self-polarization with the film thickness increasing from 200 nm to 710 nm suggests that Schottky barriers and/or mechanical coupling near the film-substrate interface are not primarily responsible for the observed self-polarization effect in our films.

  5. Role of Polycrystalline Thin-Film PV Technologies in Competitive PV Module Markets: Preprint

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    von Roedern, B.; Ullal, H. S.

    2008-05-01

    This paper discusses the developments in thin-film PV technologies and provides an outlook on future commercial module efficiencies achievable based on today's knowledge about champion cell performance.

  6. Polycrystalline Silicon Thin-film Solar cells with Plasmonic-enhanced Light-trapping

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    Varlamov, Sergey; Rao, Jing; Soderstrom, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    One of major approaches to cheaper solar cells is reducing the amount of semiconductor material used for their fabrication and making cells thinner. To compensate for lower light absorption such physically thin devices have to incorporate light-trapping which increases their optical thickness. Light scattering by textured surfaces is a common technique but it cannot be universally applied to all solar cell technologies. Some cells, for example those made of evaporated silicon, are planar as produced and they require an alternative light-trapping means suitable for planar devices. Metal nanoparticles formed on planar silicon cell surface and capable of light scattering due to surface plasmon resonance is an effective approach. The paper presents a fabrication procedure of evaporated polycrystalline silicon solar cells with plasmonic light-trapping and demonstrates how the cell quantum efficiency improves due to presence of metal nanoparticles. To fabricate the cells a film consisting of alternative boron and phosphorous doped silicon layers is deposited on glass substrate by electron beam evaporation. An Initially amorphous film is crystallised and electronic defects are mitigated by annealing and hydrogen passivation. Metal grid contacts are applied to the layers of opposite polarity to extract electricity generated by the cell. Typically, such a ~2 μm thick cell has a short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 14-16 mA/cm2, which can be increased up to 17-18 mA/cm2 (~25% higher) after application of a simple diffuse back reflector made of a white paint. To implement plasmonic light-trapping a silver nanoparticle array is formed on the metallised cell silicon surface. A precursor silver film is deposited on the cell by thermal evaporation and annealed at 23°C to form silver nanoparticles. Nanoparticle size and coverage, which affect plasmonic light-scattering, can be tuned for enhanced cell performance by varying the precursor film thickness and its annealing

  7. Estimation of steady-state leakage current in polycrystalline PZT thin films

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    Podgorny, Yury; Vorotilov, Konstantin; Sigov, Alexander

    2016-09-01

    Estimation of the steady state (or "true") leakage current Js in polycrystalline ferroelectric PZT films with the use of the voltage-step technique is discussed. Curie-von Schweidler (CvS) and sum of exponents (Σ exp ) models are studied for current-time J (t) data fitting. Σ exp model (sum of three or two exponents) gives better fitting characteristics and provides good accuracy of Js estimation at reduced measurement time thus making possible to avoid film degradation, whereas CvS model is very sensitive to both start and finish time points and give in many cases incorrect results. The results give rise to suggest an existence of low-frequency relaxation processes in PZT films with characteristic duration of tens and hundreds of seconds.

  8. Transition between Efros–Shklovskii and Mott variable-range hopping conduction in polycrystalline germanium thin films

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    Li, Zhaoguo; Peng, Liping; Zhang, Jicheng; Li, Jia; Zeng, Yong; Luo, Yuechuan; Zhan, Zhiqiang; Meng, Lingbiao; Zhou, Minjie; Wu, Weidong

    2017-03-01

    We report on the electrical transport properties of polycrystalline germanium thin films which are grown by the DC magnetron sputtering method. The temperature dependent resistance of seven devices are measured from 290 K down to 10 K. The thermal excitation model dominating the transport properties at the high temperature regime (above ∼60 K) is demonstrated and the low temperature electron transport is governed by the variable-range hopping (VRH) mechanism. Moreover, we observed a transition from Efros–Shklovskii to Mott VRH at ∼25 K over the entire VRH conduction regime, which is well described by a universal scaling law.

  9. Ultrafast optical control of magnetization dynamics in polycrystalline bismuth doped iron garnet thin films

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    Deb, Marwan; Vomir, Mircea; Rehspringer, Jean-Luc; Bigot, Jean-Yves

    2015-12-01

    Controlling the magnetization dynamics on the femtosecond timescale is of fundamental importance for integrated opto-spintronic devices. For industrial perspectives, it requires to develop simple growth techniques for obtaining large area magneto-optical materials having a high amplitude ultrafast Faraday or Kerr response. Here we report on optical pump probe studies of light induced spin dynamics in high quality bismuth doped iron garnet polycrystalline film prepared by the spin coating method. We demonstrate an ultrafast non-thermal optical control of the spin dynamics using both circularly and linearly polarized pulses.

  10. Impact of Surface Chemistry on Grain Boundary Induced Intrinsic Stress Evolution during Polycrystalline Thin Film Growth

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    Qi, Y.; Sheldon, B. W.; Guo, H.; Xiao, X.; Kothari, A. K.

    2009-02-01

    First principles calculations were integrated with cohesive zone and growth chemistry models to demonstrate that adsorbed species can significantly alter stresses associated with grain boundary formation during polycrystalline film growth. Using diamond growth as an example, the results show that lower substrate temperatures increase the hydrogen content at the surface, which reduces tensile stress, widens the grain boundary separations, and permits additional atom insertions that can induce compressive stress. More generally, this work demonstrates that surface heteroatoms can lead to behavior which is not readily described by existing models of intrinsic stress evolution.

  11. Ultrafast optical control of magnetization dynamics in polycrystalline bismuth doped iron garnet thin films

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    Deb, Marwan Vomir, Mircea; Rehspringer, Jean-Luc; Bigot, Jean-Yves

    2015-12-21

    Controlling the magnetization dynamics on the femtosecond timescale is of fundamental importance for integrated opto-spintronic devices. For industrial perspectives, it requires to develop simple growth techniques for obtaining large area magneto-optical materials having a high amplitude ultrafast Faraday or Kerr response. Here we report on optical pump probe studies of light induced spin dynamics in high quality bismuth doped iron garnet polycrystalline film prepared by the spin coating method. We demonstrate an ultrafast non-thermal optical control of the spin dynamics using both circularly and linearly polarized pulses.

  12. Structural and optical analysis of 60Co gamma-irradiated thin films of polycrystalline Ga10Se85Sn5

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    Ahmad, Shabir; Asokan, K.; Shahid Khan, Mohd.; Zulfequar, M.

    2015-12-01

    The present study focuses on the effects of gamma irradiation on structural and optical properties of polycrystalline Ga10Se85Sn5 thin films with a thickness of ∼300 nm deposited by the thermal evaporation technique on cleaned glass substrates. X-ray diffraction patterns of the investigated thin films show that crystallite growth occurs in the orthorhombic phase structure. The surface study carried out by using the scanning electron microscope (SEM) confirms that the grain size increases with gamma irradiation. The optical parameters were estimated from optical transmission spectra data measured from a UV-vis-spectrophotometer in the wavelength range of 200-1100 nm. The refractive index dispersion data of the investigated thin films follow the single oscillator model. The estimated values of static refractive index n0, oscillator strength Ed, zero frequency dielectric constant ε0, optical conductivity σoptical and the dissipation factor increases after irradiation, while the single oscillator energy Eo decreases after irradiation. It was found that the value of the optical band gap of the investigated thin films decreases and the corresponding absorption coefficient increases continuously with an increase in the dose of gamma irradiation. This post irradiation changes in the values of optical band gap and absorption coefficient were interpreted in terms of the bond distribution model.

  13. Low temperature deposition of polycrystalline silicon thin films on a flexible polymer substrate by hot wire chemical vapor deposition

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    Lee, Sang-hoon; Jung, Jae-soo; Lee, Sung-soo; Lee, Sung-bo; Hwang, Nong-moon

    2016-11-01

    For the applications such as flexible displays and solar cells, the direct deposition of crystalline silicon films on a flexible polymer substrate has been a great issue. Here, we investigated the direct deposition of polycrystalline silicon films on a polyimide film at the substrate temperature of 200 °C. The low temperature deposition of crystalline silicon on a flexible substrate has been successfully made based on two ideas. One is that the Si-Cl-H system has a retrograde solubility of silicon in the gas phase near the substrate temperature. The other is the new concept of non-classical crystallization, where films grow by the building block of nanoparticles formed in the gas phase during hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD). The total amount of precipitation of silicon nanoparticles decreased with increasing HCl concentration. By adding HCl, the amount and the size of silicon nanoparticles were reduced remarkably, which is related with the low temperature deposition of silicon films of highly crystalline fraction with a very thin amorphous incubation layer. The dark conductivity of the intrinsic film prepared at the flow rate ratio of RHCl=[HCl]/[SiH4]=3.61 was 1.84×10-6 Scm-1 at room temperature. The Hall mobility of the n-type silicon film prepared at RHCl=3.61 was 5.72 cm2 V-1s-1. These electrical properties of silicon films are high enough and could be used in flexible electric devices.

  14. Metal-organic chemical vapour deposition of polycrystalline tetragonal indium sulphide (InS) thin films

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    Macinnes, Andrew N.; Cleaver, William M.; Barron, Andrew R.; Power, Michael B.; Hepp, Aloysius F.

    1992-01-01

    The dimeric indium thiolate /(t Bu)2In(mu-S sup t Bu)/2 has been used as a single-source precursor for the MOCVD of InS thin films. The dimeric In2S2 core is proposed to account for the formation of the nonequilibrium high-pressure tetragonal phase in the deposited films. Analysis of the deposited films has been obtained by TEM, with associated energy-dispersive X-ray analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  15. Progress Toward a Stabilization and Preconditioning Protocol for Polycrystalline Thin-Film Photovoltaic Modules

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    del Cueto, J. A.; Deline, C. A.; Rummel, S. R.; Anderberg, A.

    2010-08-01

    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules can exhibit substantial variation in measured performance depending on prior exposure history. This study examines the metastable performance changes in these PV modules with the goal of establishing standard preconditioning or stabilization exposure procedures to mitigate measured variations prior to current-voltage (IV) measurements.

  16. Tunable thermal conductivity of thin films of polycrystalline AlN by structural inhomogeneity and interfacial oxidation.

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    Jaramillo-Fernandez, J; Ordonez-Miranda, J; Ollier, E; Volz, S

    2015-03-28

    The effect of the structural inhomogeneity and oxygen defects on the thermal conductivity of polycrystalline aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films deposited on single-crystal silicon substrates is experimentally and theoretically investigated. The influence of the evolution of crystal structure, grain size, and out-of plane disorientation along the cross plane of the films on their thermal conductivity is analyzed. The impact of oxygen-related defects on thermal conduction is studied in AlN/AlN multilayered samples. Microstructure, texture, and grain size of the films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The measured thermal conductivity obtained with the 3-omega technique for a single and multiple layers of AlN is in fairly good agreement with the theoretical predictions of our model, which is developed by considering a serial assembly of grain distributions. An effective thermal conductivity of 5.92 W m(-1) K(-1) is measured for a 1107.5 nm-thick multilayer structure, which represents a reduction of 20% of the thermal conductivity of an AlN monolayer with approximately the same thickness, due to oxygen impurities at the interface of AlN layers. Our results show that the reduction of the thermal conductivity as the film thickness is scaled down, is strongly determined by the structural inhomogeneities inside the sputtered films. The origin of this non-homogeneity and the effect on phonon scattering are also discussed.

  17. Polishing of polycrystalline diamond films

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    Harker, Alan B.; Flintoff, John F.; DeNatale, Jeffrey F.

    1990-12-01

    Optically smooth surfaces can be produced on initially rough polycrystalline diamond film through the combined use of reactive ion etching and high temperature lapping on Fe metai Protective thin film barriers are first applied to the diamond surface to restrict the reactiv oxygen or hydrogen ion etching process to regions of greatest roughness. When the overaJ surface roughness has been reduced sufficiently by etching mechanical lapping of the surfac on an Fe plate at temperatures of 730C-900C in the presence of hydrogen can be used t produce surface roughnesses of less than 10 nm as measured by profilimetry. The tw techniques are complementary for flat surfaces while the reactive etching process alone can b used with shaped substrates to produce a surface finish suitable for LWIR optical applications. 1.

  18. Electrochemical characterisation of copper thin-film formation on polycrystalline platinum.

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    Berkes, Balázs B; Henry, John B; Huang, Minghua; Bondarenko, Alexander S

    2012-09-17

    Electrochemically formed thin films are vital for a broad range of applications in virtually every field of modern science and technology. Understanding the film formation process could provide a means to aid the characterisation and control of film properties. Herein, we present a fundamental approach that combines two well-established analytical techniques (namely, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and electrogravimetry) with a theoretical approach to provide physico-chemical information on the electrode/electrolyte interface during film formation. This approach allows the monitoring of local and overall surface kinetic parameters with time to enable an evaluation of the different modes of film formation. This monitoring is independent of surface area and surface concentrations of electroactive species and so may allow current computational methods to calculate these parameters and provide a deeper physical understanding of the electrodeposition of new bulk phases. The ability of this method to characterise 3D phase growth in situ in more detail than that obtained by conventional approaches is demonstrated through the study of a model system, namely, Cu bulk-phase deposition on a Pt electrode covered with a Cu atomic layer (Cu(ad)/Pt).

  19. Chemical surface modification of polycrystalline platinum thin-films to promote preferential chemisorption of n-hexane, piperidine, and cyclohexane

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    Thomas, V.; Schwank, J.; Gland, J.

    1994-12-31

    In this study, hard/soft Lewis acid-base (HSAB) principles are used to modify a thin-polycrystalline platinum film to promote preferential chemisorption of molecules such as piperidine, n-hexane, and cyclohexane. Specifically, the particle size and electron density distribution of the platinum surface is modified using thermal treatment and co-adsorption of electro-positive and negative species. These studies are conducted in an ultra-high vacuum chamber. The platinum surface is characterized, before and after modification protocols, using a variety of in-situ and ex-situ techniques. These include temperature programmed desorption (TPD), both resistance change and work function measurements, and both X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and diffraction.

  20. Self-aligned metal double-gate junctionless p-channel low-temperature polycrystalline-germanium thin-film transistor with thin germanium film on glass substrate

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    Hara, Akito; Nishimura, Yuya; Ohsawa, Hiroki

    2017-03-01

    Low-temperature (LT) polycrystalline-germanium (poly-Ge) thin-film transistors (TFTs) are viable contenders for use in the backplanes of flat-panel displays and in systems-on-glass because of their superior electrical properties compared with silicon and oxide semiconductors. However, LT poly-Ge shows strong p-type characteristics. Therefore, it is not easy to reduce the leakage current using a single-gate structure such as a top-gate or bottom-gate structure. In this study, self-aligned planar metal double-gate p-channel junctionless LT poly-Ge TFTs are fabricated on a glass substrate using a 15-nm-thick solid-phase crystallized poly-Ge film and aluminum-induced lateral metallization source-drain regions (Al-LM-SD). A nominal field-effect mobility of 19 cm2 V-1 s-1 and an on/off ratio of 2 × 103 were obtained by optimizing the Al-LM-SD on a glass substrate through a simple, inexpensive LT process.

  1. Tutorial: Understanding residual stress in polycrystalline thin films through real-time measurements and physical models

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    Chason, Eric; Guduru, Pradeep R.

    2016-05-01

    Residual stress is a long-standing issue in thin film growth. Better understanding and control of film stress would lead to enhanced performance and reduced failures. In this work, we review how thin film stress is measured and interpreted. The results are used to describe a comprehensive picture that is emerging of what controls stress evolution. Examples from multiple studies are discussed to illustrate how the stress depends on key parameters (e.g., growth rate, material type, temperature, grain size, morphology, etc.). The corresponding stress-generating mechanisms that have been proposed to explain the data are also described. To develop a fuller understanding, we consider the kinetic factors that determine how much each of these processes contributes to the overall stress under different conditions. This leads to a kinetic model that can predict the dependence of the stress on multiple parameters. The model results are compared with the experiments to show how this approach can explain many features of stress evolution.

  2. On the Discontinuity of Polycrystalline Silicon Thin Films Realized by Aluminum-Induced Crystallization of PECVD-Deposited Amorphous Si

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    Pan, Qingtao; Wang, Tao; Yan, Hui; Zhang, Ming; Mai, Yaohua

    2017-04-01

    Crystallization of glass/Aluminum (50, 100, 200 nm) /hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) (50, 100, 200 nm) samples by Aluminum-induced crystallization (AIC) is investigated in this article. After annealing and wet etching, we found that the continuity of the polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin films was strongly dependent on the double layer thicknesses. Increasing the a-Si:H/Al layer thickness ratio would improve the film microcosmic continuity. However, too thick Si layer might cause convex or peeling off during annealing. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) are introduced to analyze the process of the peeling off. When the thickness ratio of a-Si:H/Al layer is around 1 to 1.5 and a-Si:H layer is less than 200 nm, the poly-Si film has a good continuity. Hall measurements are introduced to determine the electrical properties. Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results show that the poly-Si film is completely crystallized and has a preferential (111) orientation.

  3. On the Discontinuity of Polycrystalline Silicon Thin Films Realized by Aluminum-Induced Crystallization of PECVD-Deposited Amorphous Si

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    Pan, Qingtao; Wang, Tao; Yan, Hui; Zhang, Ming; Mai, Yaohua

    2017-01-01

    Crystallization of glass/Aluminum (50, 100, 200 nm) /hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) (50, 100, 200 nm) samples by Aluminum-induced crystallization (AIC) is investigated in this article. After annealing and wet etching, we found that the continuity of the polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin films was strongly dependent on the double layer thicknesses. Increasing the a-Si:H/Al layer thickness ratio would improve the film microcosmic continuity. However, too thick Si layer might cause convex or peeling off during annealing. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) are introduced to analyze the process of the peeling off. When the thickness ratio of a-Si:H/Al layer is around 1 to 1.5 and a-Si:H layer is less than 200 nm, the poly-Si film has a good continuity. Hall measurements are introduced to determine the electrical properties. Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results show that the poly-Si film is completely crystallized and has a preferential (111) orientation.

  4. Cu-dependent phase transition in polycrystalline CuGaSe2 thin films grown by three-stage process

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    Islam, M. M.; Yamada, A.; Sakurai, T.; Kubota, M.; Ishizuka, S.; Matsubara, K.; Niki, S.; Akimoto, K.

    2011-07-01

    The Cu-dependent phase transition in polycrystalline CuGaSe2 thin films has been studied by an electron probe micro-analyzer (EPMA) and the synchrotron x-ray diffraction method. A Cu-deficiency parameter, Z, defined as (1 - Cu/Ga) was used to study the phase transition. Upon increasing the Z-value, the composition of the films on the Cu2Se-Ga2Se3 pseudo binary tie line was found to shift from the stoichiometric CuGaSe2 (1:1:2) (Z = 0) to the Ga-rich composition through the formation of several ordered defect compounds.The structural modification in the Cu-poor CuGaSe2 film has been investigated by the synchrotron x-ray diffraction method. The existence of the Cu-poor surface phase over the near-stoichiometric bulk CuGaSe2 film was confirmed by the fitting of the accelerated voltage dependent EPMA data.

  5. Transient and End Silicide Phase Formation in Thin Film Ni/polycrystalline-Si Reactions for Fully Silicided Gate Applications

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    Kittl,J.; Pawlak, M.; Torregiani, C.; Lauwers, A.; Demeurisse, C.; Vrancken, C.; Absil, P.; Biesemans, S.; Coia, C.; et. al

    2007-01-01

    The Ni/polycrystalline-Si thin film reaction was monitored by in situ x-ray diffraction during ramp annealings, obtaining a detailed view of the formation and evolution of silicide phases in stacks of interest for fully silicided gate applications. Samples consisted of Ni (30-170 nm)/polycrystalline-Si (100 nm)/SiO2 (10-30 nm) stacks deposited on (100) Si. The dominant end phase (after full silicidation) was found to be well controlled by the deposited Ni to polycrystalline-Si thickness ratio (tNi/tSi), with formation of NiSi2 ( {approx} 600 C), NiSi ( {approx} 400 C), Ni3Si2 ( {approx} 500 C), Ni2Si, Ni31Si12 ( {approx} 420 C), and Ni3Si ( {approx} 600 C) in stacks with tNi/tSi of 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, 1.2, 1.4, and 1.7, respectively. NiSi and Ni31Si12 were observed to precede formation of NiSi2 and Ni3Si, respectively, as expected for the phase sequence conventionally reported. Formation of Ni2Si was observed at early stages of the reaction. These studies revealed, in addition, the formation of transient phases that appeared and disappeared in narrow temperature ranges, competing with formation of the phases expected in the conventional phase sequence. These included the transient formation of NiSi and Ni31Si12 in stacks in which these phases are not expected to form (e.g., tNi/tSi of 1.7 and 0.9, respectively), at temperatures similar to those in which these phases normally grow.

  6. Structural and optical properties of (Ag,Cu)(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} polycrystalline thin film alloys

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    Boyle, J. H.; Shafarman, W. N.; Birkmire, R. W.; McCandless, B. E.

    2014-06-14

    The structural and optical properties of pentenary alloy (Ag,Cu)(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} polycrystalline thin films were characterized over the entire compositional range at a fixed (Cu + Ag)/(In + Ga) ratio. Films deposited at 550 °C on bare and molybdenum coated soda-lime glass by elemental co-evaporation in a single-stage process with constant incident fluxes exhibit single phase chalcopyrite structure, corresponding to 122 spacegroup (I-42d) over the entire compositional space. Unit cell refinement of the diffraction patterns show that increasing Ag substitution for Cu, the refined a{sub o} lattice constant, (Ag,Cu)-Se bond length, and anion displacement increase in accordance with the theoretical model proposed by Jaffe, Wei, and Zunger. However, the refined c{sub o} lattice constant and (In,Ga)-Se bond length deviated from theoretical expectations for films with mid-range Ag and Ga compositions and are attributed to influences from crystallographic bond chain ordering or cation electronegativity. The optical band gap, derived from transmission and reflection measurements, widened with increasing Ag and Ga content, due to influences from anion displacement and cation electronegativity, as expected from theoretical considerations for pseudo-binary chalcopyrite compounds.

  7. Electrochemical photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical storage cells based on II-VI polycrystalline thin film materials

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    Wallace, W.L.

    1983-06-01

    Research on electrochemical photovoltaic cells incorporating thin film CdSe and CdSe /SUB x/ Te /SUB 1-x/ photoanodes has progressed to the point where efficiencies of up to 7% can be achieved on small area electrodes using a polysulfide electrolyte. Higher efficiencies can be obtained in alternate electrolytes in significantly less stable systems. The major limitations on cell efficiency are associated with the open circuit voltage and fill factor. At present, the most promising photoelectrochemical storage system is an in situ three electrode cell which consists of an n-CdSe /SUB x/ Te /SUB 1-x/ photoanode and CoS counterelectrode in a sulfide/polysulfide electrolyte and a Sn/SnS storage electrode isolated in an aqueous sulfide electrolyte.

  8. Research on polycrystalline thin-film CuGaInSe2 solar cells

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    Stanbery, B. J.; Chen, W. S.; Devaney, W. E.; Stewart, J. W.

    1992-11-01

    This report describes research to fabricate high-efficiency CdZnS/CuInGaSe2 (CIGS) thin-film solar cells, and to develop improved transparent conductor window layers such as ZnO. A specific technical milestone was the demonstration of an air mass (AM) 1.5 global, 13 percent efficient, 1-sq cm total-area CIGS thin-film solar cell. Our activities focused on three areas. First, a CIGS deposition system was modified to double its substrate capacity, thus increasing throughput, which is critical to speeding the process development by providing multiple substrates from the same CIGS run. Second, new tooling was developed to enable an investigation of a modified aqueous CdZnS process. The goal was to improve the yield of this critical step in the device fabrication process. Third, our ZnO sputtering system was upgraded to improve its reliability, and the sputtering parameters were further optimized to improve its properties as a transparent conducting oxide. The characterization of the new CIGS deposition system substrate fixturing was completed, and we produced good thermal uniformity and adequately high temperatures for device-quality CIGS deposition. Both the CIGS and ZnO deposition processes were refined to yield a ZnO / Cd(0.82)Zn(0.18)S / CuIn(0.80)Ga(0.20)Se2 cell that was verified at NREL under standard testing conditions at 13.1 percent efficiency with V(sub oc) = 0.581 V, J(sub sc) = 34.8 mA/sq cm, FF = 0.728, and a cell area of 0.979 sq cm.

  9. Research on polycrystalline thin-film CuInGaSe2 solar cells

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    Chen, W. S.; Stewart, J. M.; Mickelsen, R. A.; Devaney, W. E.; Stanbery, B. J.

    1993-10-01

    This report describes work to fabricate high-efficiency CdZnS/CuInGaSe2, thin-film solar cells and to develop improved transparent conductor window layers such as ZnO. The specific technical milestone for Phase 1 was to demonstrate an air mass (AM) 1.5 global 13% , 1-cm(exp 2) total-area CuInGaSe2 (CIGS) thin-film solar cell. For Phase 2, the objective was to demonstrate an AM1.5 global 13.5%, 1-cm(exp 2) total-area efficiency. We focused our activities on three areas. First, we modified the CIGS deposition system to double its substrate capacity. Second, we developed new tooling to enable investigation of a modified aqueous CdZnS process in which the goal was to improve the yield of this critical step in the device fabrication process. Third, we upgraded the ZnO sputtering system to improve its reliability and reproducibility. A dual rotatable cathode metallic source was installed, and the sputtering parameters were further optimized to improve ZnO's properties as a transparent conducting oxide (TCO). Combining the refined CdZnS process with CIGS from the newly fixtured deposition system enable us to fabricate and deliver a ZnO/Cd(0.08)Zn(0.20)S/CuIn(0.74)Ga(0.26)Se2 cell on alumina with I-V characteristics, as measured by NREL under standard test conditions, of 13.7% efficiency with V(proportional to) = 0.5458 V, J(sub sc) = 35.48 mA/cm(exp 2), FF = 0.688, and efficiency = 14.6%.

  10. Thin film polycrystalline silicon solar cells: first technical progress report, April 15, 1980-July 15, 1980

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    1980-07-01

    The objectives of this contract are to fabricate large area thin film silicon solar cells with AM1 efficiency of 10% or greater with good reproducibility and good yield and to assess the feasibility of implementing this process for manufacturing solar cells at a cost of $300/kWe. Efforts during the past quarter have been directed to the purification of metallurgical silicon, the preparation of substrates, and the fabrication and characterization of solar cells. The partial purification of metallurgical silicon by extraction with aqua regia has been investigated in detail, and the resulting silicon was analyzed by the atomic absorption technique. The unidirectional solidification of aqua regia-extracted metallurgical silicon on graphite was used for the preparation of substrates, and the impurity distribution in the substrate was also determined. Large area (> 30 cm/sup 2/) solar cells have been prepared from aqua regia-extracted metallurgical silicon substrates by the thermal reduction of trichlorosilane containing appropriate dopants. Chemically deposited tin-dioxide films were used as antireflection coatings. Solar cells with AM1 efficiencies of about 8.5% have been obtained. Their spectral response, minority carrier diffusion length, and I/sub sc/-V/sub oc/ relation have been measured.

  11. Epitaxially grown polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells on solid-phase crystallised seed layers

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    Li, Wei; Varlamov, Sergey; Xue, Chaowei

    2014-09-01

    This paper presents the fabrication of poly-Si thin film solar cells on glass substrates using seed layer approach. The solid-phase crystallised P-doped seed layer is not only used as the crystalline template for the epitaxial growth but also as the emitter for the solar cell structure. This paper investigates two important factors, surface cleaning and intragrain defects elimination for the seed layer, which can greatly influence the epitaxial grown solar cell performance. Shorter incubation and crystallisation time is observed using a simplified RCA cleaning than the other two wet chemical cleaning methods, indicating a cleaner seed layer surface is achieved. Cross sectional transmission microscope images confirm a crystallographic transferal of information from the simplified RCA cleaned seed layer into the epi-layer. RTA for the SPC seed layer can effectively eliminate the intragrain defects in the seed layer and improve structural quality of both of the seed layer and the epi-layer. Consequently, epitaxial grown poly-Si solar cell on the RTA treated seed layer shows better solar cell efficiency, Voc and Jsc than the one on the seed layer without RTA treatment.

  12. Development of tandem cells consisting of GaAs single crystal and CuInSe2/CdZnS polycrystalline thin films

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    Kim, Namsoo P.; Stanbery, Billy J.; Gale, Ronald P.; McClelland, Robert W.

    1989-04-01

    The tandem cells consisting of GaAs single crystal and CuInSe2 polycrystalline thin films are being developed under the joint program of the Boeing Co. and Kopin Corp. to meet the increasing power needs for future spacecraft. The updated status of this program is presented along with experimental results such as cell performance, and radiation resistance. Other cell characteristics including the specific power of and the interconnect options for this tandem cell approach are also discussed.

  13. Development of tandem cells consisting of GaAs single crystal and CuInSe2/CdZnS polycrystalline thin films

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    Kim, Namsoo P.; Stanbery, Billy J.; Gale, Ronald P.; Mcclelland, Robert W.

    1989-01-01

    The tandem cells consisting of GaAs single crystal and CuInSe2 polycrystalline thin films are being developed under the joint program of the Boeing Co. and Kopin Corp. to meet the increasing power needs for future spacecraft. The updated status of this program is presented along with experimental results such as cell performance, and radiation resistance. Other cell characteristics including the specific power of and the interconnect options for this tandem cell approach are also discussed.

  14. Charge transport in polycrystalline silicon thin-films on glass substrates

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    Scheller, L.-P.; Nickel, N. H.

    2012-07-01

    Charge carrier transport in solid-phase crystallized polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) was investigated as a function of the deposition temperature, Td, the amorphous starting material and the used substrates. The samples were characterized using temperature dependent transport measurements to determine the carrier concentration, mobility, and conductivity. Samples prepared on a-SiN:H covered borofloat glass exhibit a low carrier concentration that is independent of Td. In these samples, charge transport is dominated by intra-grain scattering mechanisms. In contrast, when poly-Si is prepared on corning glass, the carrier concentration shows an inverted U-shape behavior with increasing deposition temperature. The Hall mobility is thermally activated, which is consistent with thermionic carrier emission over potential energy barriers. The change of the activation energy with experimental parameters is accompanied by a large change of the exponential prefactor by more than 4 orders of magnitude. This is indicative of a Meyer-Neldel behavior. Moreover, at low temperatures, the conductivity deviates from an activated behavior indicating hopping transport with a mean hopping distance of ≈140 Å and an energy difference of ≈82 meV between the participating states. To derive insight into the underlying transport mechanisms and to determine information on barrier energy heights and grain-boundary defect-densities, the experimental data were analyzed employing transport models for polycrystalline materials.

  15. Ion-Assisted Laser Deposition of Intermediate Layers for Yttrium BARIUM(2) COPPER(3) OXYGEN(7-DELTA) Thin Film Growth on Polycrystalline and Amorphous Substrates.

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    Reade, Ronald Paul

    The growth of YB_2Cu _3O_{7-delta} (YBCO) high-temperature superconductor thin films has largely been limited to deposition on single-crystal substrates to date. In order to expand the range of potential applications, growth on polycrystalline and amorphous substrates is desirable. In particular, the deposition of YBCO thin films with high critical current densities on polycrystalline metal alloys would allow the manufacture of superconducting tapes. However, it is shown that it is not possible to grow YBCO thin films directly on this type of substrate due to chemical and structural incompatibility. This work investigates the use of a yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) intermediate layer to address this problem. An ion-assisted pulsed-laser deposition process is developed to provide control of orientation during the growth of the YSZ layers. The important properties of YBCO and YSZ are summarized and the status of research on thin film growth of these materials is reviewed. An overview of the pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) technique is presented. The use of ion -assisted deposition techniques to control thin film properties is discussed. Using an ion-assisted PLD process, the growth of (001) YSZ layers with controlled alignment of the in -plane crystal axes is achieved on polycrystalline metal and other polycrystalline and amorphous substrates. Studies of the important process parameters are presented. These layers are demonstrated to be appropriate for the subsequent deposition of c-axis YBCO thin films with alignment of the in-plane axes. A critical temperature of 92K and critical current densities (at 77K) of 6times 10^5 and 5times 10^4 A/cm ^2 without and with a 0.4T magnetic field, have been achieved. These critical current densities are higher than those demonstrated for competing technologies. The applicability of the developed technology is discussed. The control of film orientation using the ion-assisted PLD process is compared to the existing theory and

  16. Schottky Barrier Thin Film Transistor (SB-TFT) on low-temperature polycrystalline silicon

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    De Iacovo, A.; Ferrone, A.; Colace, L.; Minotti, A.; Maiolo, L.; Pecora, A.

    2016-12-01

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of Schottky barrier transistors on polycrystalline silicon. The transistors were realized exploiting Cr-Si and Ti-Si Schottky barrier with a low thermal budget process, compatible with polymeric, ultraflexible substrates. We obtained devices with threshold voltages as low as 1.7 V (for n channel) and 4 V (for p channel) with channel lengths ranging from 2 to 40 μm. Resulting on/off ratios are as high as 5 · 103. The devices showed threshold voltages and subthreshold slopes comparable with already published N- and P-MOS devices realized with the same process on polyimide substrates thus representing a cheaper and scalable alternative to ultraflexible transistors with doped source and drain.

  17. [Research on the polycrystalline CdS thin films prepared by close-spaced sublimation].

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    Yang, Ding-Yu; Xia, Geng-Pei; Zheng, Jia-Gui; Feng, Liang-Huan; Cai, Ya-Ping

    2009-01-01

    In the present paper, the factors of influence on the deposition rate of CdS films prepared by close-spaced sublimation (CSS) were first studied systematically, and it was found from the experiments that the deposition rate increased with the raised temperature of sublimation source, while decreased with the raised substrate temperature and the deposition pressure. The structure, morphology and light transmittance of the prepared samples were tested subsequently, and the results show: (1) The CdS films deposited under different oxygen partial pressure all present predominating growth lattice orientation (103), and further more the films will be strengthened after annealed under CdCl2 atmosphere. (2) The AFM images of CdS show that the films are compact and uniform in grain diameter, and the grain size becomes larger with the increased substrate temperature. Along with it, the film roughness was also augmented. (3) The transmittance in the shortwave region of visible light through the CdS films would be enhanced when its thickness is reduced, and that will help improve the shortwave spectral response of CdTe solar cells. Finally, the prepared CdS films were employed to fabricate CdTe solar cells, which have achieved a conversion efficiency of 10.29%, and thus the feasibility of CSS process in the manufacture of CdTe solar cells was validated primarily.

  18. Structural characterization and optical properties of Sol-gel-derived polycrystalline Pb(Zr0.35Ti0.65)O3 thin films

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    Zhang, Fan; Zhang, Rong Jun; Wang, Zi Yi; Zheng, Yu Xiang; Wang, Song You; Zhao, Hai Bin; Chen, Liang Yao; Liu, Xiao Bin; Jiang, An Quan

    2013-07-01

    Polycrystalline Pb(Zr0.35Ti0.65)O3 thin films prepared on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate by using solgel technique were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The optical properties of the films were investigated by using spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) with a four-phase optical model, air/roughness layer/PZT layer/Pt layer in the spectral range of 300-800 nm. The optical band gap of the films calculated following the Tauc's Law was smaller than that of an amorphous PZT thin film with some microcrystals existing on the surface. The result indicates that the quantum-size effect leads to an increase in band gap when the crystalline dimensions become very small.

  19. Synergistic effects of water addition and step heating on the formation of solution-processed zinc tin oxide thin films: towards high-mobility polycrystalline transistors

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    Huang, Genmao; Duan, Lian; Zhao, Yunlong; Zhang, Yunge; Dong, Guifang; Zhang, Deqiang; Qiu, Yong

    2016-11-01

    Thin-film transistors (TFTs) with high mobility and good uniformity are attractive for next-generation flat panel displays. In this work, solution-processed polycrystalline zinc tin oxide (ZTO) thin film with well-ordered microstructure is prepared, thanks to the synergistic effect of water addition and step heating. The step heating treatment other than direct annealing induces crystallization, while adequate water added to precursor solution further facilitates alloying and densification process. The optimal polycrystalline ZTO film is free of hierarchical sublayers, and featured with an increased amount of ternary phases, as well as a decreased fraction of oxygen vacancies and hydroxides. TFT devices based on such an active layer exhibit a remarkable field-effect mobility of 52.5 cm2 V-1 s-1, a current on/off ratio of 2 × 105, a threshold voltage of 2.32 V, and a subthreshold swing of 0.36 V dec-1. Our work offers a facile method towards high-performance solution-processed polycrystalline metal oxide TFTs.

  20. [Spectral analyzing effects of atmosphere states on the structure and characteristics of CdTe polycrystalline thin films made by close-spaced sublimation].

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    Zheng, Hua-jing; Zheng, Jia-gui; Feng, Liang-huan; Zhang, Jing-quan; Xie, Er-qing

    2005-07-01

    The structure and characteristics of CdTe thin films are dependent on the working atmosphere states in close-spaced sublimation. In the present paper, CdTe polycrystalline thin films were deposited by CSS in mixture atmosphere of argon and oxygen. The physical mechanism of CSS was analyzed, and the temperature distribution in CSS system was measured. The dependence of preliminary nucleus creation on the atmosphere states (involving component and pressure) was studied. Transparencies were measured and optic energy gaps were calculated. The results show that: (1) The CdTe films deposited in different atmospheres are cubic structure. With increasing oxygen concentration, a increases and reaches the maximum at 6% oxygen concentration, then reduces, and increases again after passing the point at 12% oxygen concentration. Among them, the sample depositing at 9% oxygen concentration is the best. The optic energy gaps are 1.50-1.51 eV for all CdTe films. (2) The samples depositing at different pressures at 9% oxygen concentration are all cubical structure of CdTe, and the diffraction peaks of CdS and SnO2:F still appear. With the gas pressure increasing, the crystal size of CdTe minishes, the transparency of the thin film goes down, and the absorption side shifts to the short-wave direction. (3) The polycrystalline thin films with high quality deposit in 4 minutes under the depositing condition that the substrate temperature is 550 degrees C, and source temperature is 620 degrees C at 9% oxygen concentration.

  1. Unraveling Charge Carriers Generation, Diffusion, and Recombination in Formamidinium Lead Triiodide Perovskite Polycrystalline Thin Film.

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    Piatkowski, Piotr; Cohen, Boiko; Ponseca, Carlito S; Salado, Manuel; Kazim, Samrana; Ahmad, Shahzada; Sundström, Villy; Douhal, Abderrazzak

    2016-01-07

    We report on studies of the formamidinium lead triiodide (FAPbI3) perovskite film using time-resolved terahertz (THz) spectroscopy (TRTS) and flash photolysis to explore charge carriers generation, migration, and recombination. The TRTS results show that upon femtosecond excitation above the absorption edge, the initial high photoconductivity (∼75 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)) remains constant at least up to 8 ns, which corresponds to a diffusion length of 25 μm. Pumping below the absorption edge results in a mobility of 40 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) suggesting lower mobility of charge carriers located at the bottom of the conduction band or shallow sub-bandgap states. Furthermore, analysis of the THz kinetics reveals rising components of <1 and 20 ps, reflecting dissociation of excitons having different binding energies. Flash photolysis experiments indicate that trapped charge carriers persist for milliseconds.

  2. Effect of thermal annealing on properties of polycrystalline ZnO thin films

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    Gritsenko, L. V.; Abdullin, Kh. A.; Gabdullin, M. T.; Kalkozova, Zh. K.; Kumekov, S. E.; Mukash, Zh. O.; Sazonov, A. Yu.; Terukov, E. I.

    2017-01-01

    Electrical properties (density, carriers mobility, resistivity), optical absorption and photoluminescence spectra of ZnO, grown by MOCVD and hydrothermal methods, have been investigated depending on the annealing and treatment modes in a hydrogen plasma. It has been shown that the electrical and photoluminescent (PL) properties of ZnO are strongly dependent on gas atmosphere during annealing. The annealing in oxygen atmosphere causes a sharp drop of carrier mobility and films conductivity due to the absorption of oxygen on grain boundaries. The process of ZnO electrical properties recovery by the thermal annealing in inert atmosphere (nitrogen), in oil (2×10-2 mbar) and oil-free (1×10-5 mbar) vacuum has been investigated. The hydrogen plasma treatment influence on the intensity of near-band-gap emission (NBE) has been studied. The effect of annealing and subsequent plasma treatment on PL intensity depends on the gas atmosphere of preliminary thermal annealing.

  3. Polycrystalline thin-film cadmium telluride solar cells fabricated by electrodeposition. Annual technical report

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    Trefny, J.U.; Mao, D.

    1998-01-01

    During the past year, Colorado School of Mines (CSM) researchers performed systematic studies of the growth and properties of electrodeposition CdS and back-contact formation using Cu-doped ZnTe, with an emphasis on low Cu concentrations. CSM also started to explore the stability of its ZnTe-Cu contacted CdTe solar cells. Researchers investigated the electrodeposition of CdS and its application in fabricating CdTe/CdS solar cells. The experimental conditions they explored in this study were pH from 2.0 to 3.0; temperatures of 80 and 90 C; CdCl{sub 2} concentration of 0.2 M; deposition potential from {minus}550 to {minus}600 mV vs. Ag/AgCl electrode; [Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 4}] concentration between 0.005 and 0.05 M. The deposition rate increases with increase of the thiosulfate concentration and decrease of solution pH. Researchers also extended their previous research of ZnTe:Cu films by investigating films doped with low Cu concentrations (< 5 at. %). The low Cu concentration enabled them to increase the ZnTe:Cu post-annealing temperature without causing excessive Cu diffusion into CdTe or formation of secondary phases. The effects of Cu doping concentration and post-deposition annealing temperature on the structural, compositional, and electrical properties of ZnTe were studied systematically using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, electron microprobe, Hall effect, and conductivity measurements.

  4. Quantitative analysis of the magnetic domain structure in polycrystalline La(0.7)Sr(0.3)MnO3 thin films by magnetic force microscopy.

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    Li, Zhenghua; Wei, Fulin; Yoshimura, Satoru; Li, Guoqing; Asano, Hidefumi; Saito, Hitoshi

    2013-01-14

    The nanoscale magnetic domain structure of the polycrystalline La(0.7)Sr(0.3)MnO(3) granular thin films was imaged with a developed magnetic force microscopy technique by simultaneously detecting both the perpendicular and in-plane components of magnetic field gradients during the same scan of the tip oscillation. The characteristics of both the perpendicular and in-plane magnetic field gradient at the grain edges or the nonmagnetic grain boundary phase for LSMO films were demonstrated and can be used to evaluate the magnetic domain structure and magnetic isolation between neighboring grains. A two dimensional signal transformation algorithm to reconstruct the in-plane magnetization distribution of the polycrystalline LSMO thin films from the measured raw MFM images with the aid of the deconvolution technique was presented. The comparison between the experimental and simulated MFM images indicates that the magnetic grains or clusters are in the single domain (SD) or multi-domain (MD) state with the magnetic moments parallel or anti-parallel to the effective magnetic field of each grain, possibly due to the need for minimizing the total energy. The quantitative interpretation of the magnetic domain structure indicates that the large magnetoresistance in the studied LSMO films is mainly due to tunnel effect and scattering of conducted electrons at the nonmagnetic grain boundary phase related to the different configurations of magnetic domain states between neighboring grains.

  5. Effect of growth parameters on the structure and magnetic properties of thin polycrystalline Fe films fabricated on Si<1 0 0> substrates

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    Javed, A.; Morley, N. A.; Gibbs, M. R. J.

    2011-04-01

    This paper deals with the experimental investigation of the structure and magnetic properties of thin polycrystalline Fe films. Two sets of 50 ± 2 nm thick Fe films were fabricated on Si<1 0 0> substrates with native oxides in place by varying (i) the sputter pressure pAr and (ii) the Fe sputter power PFe. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study revealed that all films grew with strong <1 1 0> texture normal to the film plane. No higher order peaks were observed in any of the films studied. For both film sets, the lattice constant (a) was less than the bulk Fe lattice constant (a0 = 2.866 Å), which suggested the existence of compressive strain in all films. Two regions of homogeneous strain were observed over the range of pAr studied. Magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) measurements showed that all films exhibited magnetically isotropic behaviour. The magnetic properties were observed to be influenced strongly by pAr. The film grown at pAr = 4 μbar was the most softest (Hs = 100 ± 8 kA m-1, Mr/Ms = 0.87 ± 0.02) film among all the films studied. The magnetic properties were found to be independent of PFe. The effective saturation magnetostriction constant λeff determined (using the Villari method) was positive (4 ± 1 ppm) and observed to vary within the calculated error.

  6. A comparison of scattering and non-scattering anti-reflection designs for back contacted polycrystalline thin film silicon solar cells in superstrate configuration

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    Lockau, Daniel; Hammerschmidt, M.; Haschke, Jan; Blome, Mark; Ruske, F.; Schmidt, F.; Rech, B.

    2014-05-01

    A new generation of polycrystalline silicon thin film solar cells is currently being developed in laboratories, employing a combination of novel laser or electron beam based liquid phase crystallization (LPC) techniques and single side contacting systems. The lateral grain size of these polycrystalline cells is in the millimeter range at an absorber thickness of up to 10 μm. In this contribution we present a comparative simulation study of several 1D, 2D and 3D nano-optical designs for the substrate / illumination side interface to the several micrometer thick back contacted LPC silicon absorber material. The compared geometries comprise multilayer coatings, gratings with step and continuous profiles as well as combinations thereof. Using the transfer matrix method and a finite element method implementation to rigorously solve Maxwell's equations, we discuss anti-reflection and scattering properties of the different front interface designs in view of the angular distribution of incident light.

  7. Improvement in pH sensitivity of low-temperature polycrystalline-silicon thin-film transistor sensors using H2 sintering.

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    Yen, Li-Chen; Tang, Ming-Tsyr; Chang, Fang-Yu; Pan, Tung-Ming; Chao, Tien-Sheng; Lee, Chiang-Hsuan

    2014-02-25

    In this article, we report an improvement in the pH sensitivity of low-temperature polycrystalline-silicon (poly-Si) thin-film transistor (TFT) sensors using an H2 sintering process. The low-temperature polycrystalline-silicon (LTPS) TFT sensor with H2 sintering exhibited a high sensitivity than that without H2 sintering. This result may be due to the resulting increase in the number of Si-OH2(+) and Si-O(-) bonds due to the incorporation of H in the gate oxide to reduce the dangling silicon bonds and hence create the surface active sites and the resulting increase in the number of chemical reactions at these surface active sites. Moreover, the LTPS TFT sensor device not only offers low cost and a simple fabrication processes, but the technique also can be extended to integrate the sensor into other systems.

  8. Atomic-resolution characterization of the effects of CdCl{sub 2} treatment on poly-crystalline CdTe thin films

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    Paulauskas, T. Buurma, C.; Colegrove, E.; Guo, Z.; Sivananthan, S.; Klie, R. F.

    2014-08-18

    Poly-crystalline CdTe thin films on glass are used in commercial solar-cell superstrate devices. It is well known that post-deposition annealing of the CdTe thin films in a CdCl{sub 2} environment significantly increases the device performance, but a fundamental understanding of the effects of such annealing has not been achieved. In this Letter, we report a change in the stoichiometry across twin boundaries in CdTe and propose that native point defects alone cannot account for this variation. Upon annealing in CdCl{sub 2}, we find that the stoichiometry is restored. Our experimental measurements using atomic-resolution high-angle annular dark field imaging, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscope are supported by first-principles density functional theory calculations.

  9. Strain evolution of each type of grains in poly-crystalline (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin films grown by sputtering

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    Park, Woo Young; Park, Min Hyuk; Lee, Jong Ho; Yoon, Jung Ho; Han, Jeong Hwan; Choi, Jung-Hae; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2012-01-01

    The strain states of [111]-, [110]-, and [002]-oriented grains in poly-crystalline sputtered (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin films on highly [111]-oriented Pt electrode/Si substrates were carefully examined by X-ray diffraction techniques. Remarkably, [002]-oriented grains respond more while [110]- and [111]-oriented grains do less than the theoretically estimated responses, which is understandable from the arrangement of the TiO6 octahedra with respect to the stress direction. Furthermore, such mechanical responses are completely independent of the degree of crystallization and film thickness. The transition growth temperature between the positive and negative strains was also different depending on the grain orientation. The unstrained lattice parameter for each type of grain was different suggesting that the oxygen vacancy concentration for each type of grain is different, too. The results reveal that polycrystalline (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin films are not an aggregation of differently oriented grains which simply follow the mechanical behavior of single crystal with different orientations. PMID:23230505

  10. Evaluation on residual stress in Bi3.15(Eu0.7Nd0.15)Ti3O12 polycrystalline ferroelectric thin film by using the orientation average method

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    Wei, Y.; Cheng, H. B.; Wang, X. Y.; Zheng, X. J.

    2012-12-01

    We propose an orientation average method to evaluate residual stresses in polycrystalline thin films. Bi3.15(Eu0.7Nd0.15)Ti3O12 was used to verify our approach, with films prepared by metal organic decomposition at various annealing temperatures. The mechanical properties and microstructure were characterized by nanoindentation and X-ray diffraction. The thin film annealed at 600 °C has the largest residual compressive stress of 771 MPa among all thin films. The residual stresses are evaluated by the proposed method and traditional sin2ψ method, and the maximum distinction is less than 6.43%, demonstrating that the proposed method is reliable and convenient to evaluate residual stress in polycrystalline thin films.

  11. Polycrystalline ZnTe thin film on silicon synthesized by pulsed laser deposition and subsequent pulsed laser melting

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    Xu, Menglei; Gao, Kun; Wu, Jiada; Cai, Hua; Yuan, Ye; Prucnal, S.; Hübner, R.; Skorupa, W.; Helm, M.; Zhou, Shengqiang

    2016-03-01

    ZnTe thin films on Si substrates have been prepared by pulsed laser deposition and subsequent pulsed laser melting (PLM) treatment. The crystallization during PLM is confirmed by Raman scattering, x-ray diffraction and room temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The PL results show a broad peak at 574 nm (2.16 eV), which can be assigned to the transitions from the conduction band to the acceptor level located at 0.145 eV above the valence band induced by zinc-vacancy ionization. Our work provides an applicable approach to low temperature preparation of crystalline ZnTe thin films.

  12. High-performance polycrystalline silicon thin-film transistors with two-dimensional location control of the grain boundary via excimer laser crystallization.

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    Wang, Chao-Lung; Lee, I-Che; Wu, Chun-Yu; Liao, Chan-Yu; Cheng, Yu-Ting; Cheng, Huang-Chung

    2012-07-01

    High-performance low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (Poly-Si) thin-film transistors (TFTs) have been fabricated with two-dimensional (2-D) location-controlled grain boundaries using excimer laser crystallization (ELC). By locally increased thickness of the amorphous silicon (a-Si) film that was served as the seed crystals with a partial-melting crystallization scheme, the cross-shaped grain boundary structures were produced between the thicker a-Si grids. The Poly-Si TFTs with one parallel and one perpendicular grain boundary along the channel direction could therefore be fabricated to reach excellent field-effect mobility of 530 cm2/V-s while the conventional ones exhibited field-effect mobility of 198 cm2/V-s. Furthermore, the proposed TFTs achieved not only superior electric properties but also improved uniformity as compared with the conventional ones owing to the artificially controlled locations of grain boundaries.

  13. Calculating Optical Absorption Spectra of Thin Polycrystalline Organic Films: Structural Disorder and Site-Dependent van der Waals Interaction

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    2015-01-01

    We propose a new approach for calculating the change of the absorption spectrum of a molecule when moved from the gas phase to a crystalline morphology. The so-called gas-to-crystal shift Δm is mainly caused by dispersion effects and depends sensitively on the molecule’s specific position in the nanoscopic setting. Using an extended dipole approximation, we are able to divide Δm= −QWm in two factors, where Q depends only on the molecular species and accounts for all nonresonant electronic transitions contributing to the dispersion while Wm is a geometry factor expressing the site dependence of the shift in a given molecular structure. The ability of our approach to predict absorption spectra is demonstrated using the example of polycrystalline films of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI). PMID:25834658

  14. Calculating Optical Absorption Spectra of Thin Polycrystalline Organic Films: Structural Disorder and Site-Dependent van der Waals Interaction.

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    Megow, Jörg; Körzdörfer, Thomas; Renger, Thomas; Sparenberg, Mino; Blumstengel, Sylke; Henneberger, Fritz; May, Volkhard

    2015-03-12

    We propose a new approach for calculating the change of the absorption spectrum of a molecule when moved from the gas phase to a crystalline morphology. The so-called gas-to-crystal shift Δ[Formula: see text] m is mainly caused by dispersion effects and depends sensitively on the molecule's specific position in the nanoscopic setting. Using an extended dipole approximation, we are able to divide Δ[Formula: see text] m = -QWm in two factors, where Q depends only on the molecular species and accounts for all nonresonant electronic transitions contributing to the dispersion while Wm is a geometry factor expressing the site dependence of the shift in a given molecular structure. The ability of our approach to predict absorption spectra is demonstrated using the example of polycrystalline films of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI).

  15. Effect of deposition temperature on electron-beam evaporated polycrystalline silicon thin-film and crystallized by diode laser

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    Yun, J. Varalmov, S.; Huang, J.; Green, M. A.; Kim, K.

    2014-06-16

    The effects of the deposition temperature on the microstructure, crystallographic orientation, and electrical properties of a 10-μm thick evaporated Si thin-film deposited on glass and crystallized using a diode laser, are investigated. The crystallization of the Si thin-film is initiated at a deposition temperature between 450 and 550 °C, and the predominant (110) orientation in the normal direction is found. Pole figure maps confirm that all films have a fiber texture and that it becomes stronger with increasing deposition temperature. Diode laser crystallization is performed, resulting in the formation of lateral grains along the laser scan direction. The laser power required to form lateral grains is higher in case of films deposited below 450 °C for all scan speeds. Pole figure maps show 75% occupancies of the (110) orientation in the normal direction when the laser crystallized film is deposited above 550 °C. A higher density of grain boundaries is obtained when the laser crystallized film is deposited below 450 °C, which limits the solar cell performance by n = 2 recombination, and a performance degradation is expected due to severe shunting.

  16. Origins of electrostatic potential wells at dislocations in polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin films

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    Dietrich, J.; Abou-Ras, D. Schmidt, S. S.; Rissom, T.; Unold, T.; Cojocaru-Mirédin, O.; Niermann, T.; Lehmann, M.; Koch, C. T.; Boit, C.

    2014-03-14

    Thin-film solar cells based on Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGSe) reach high power-conversion efficiencies in spite of large dislocation densities of up to 10{sup 10}–10{sup 11} cm{sup −2}. The present work gives insight into the structural and compositional properties of dislocations in CIGSe thin films, which are embedded in a complete solar cell stack. These properties are related to the average electrical potential distributions obtained by means of inline electron holography. At a part of the dislocations studied, the average electrostatic potential shows local minima, all with depths of about −1.4 V. The measured average electrostatic potential distributions were modeled in order to reveal possible influences from strain fields, excess charge, and also compositional changes at the dislocation core. Cu depletion around the dislocation core, as evidenced by atom-probe tomography, explains best the measured potential wells. Their influences of the strain field around the dislocation core and of excess charge at the dislocation core are small. A structural model of dislocations in CIGSe thin films is provided which includes a Cu-depleted region around the dislocation core and gives a possible explanation for why decent photovoltaic performances are possible in the presence of rather large dislocation densities.

  17. Origins of electrostatic potential wells at dislocations in polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin films

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    Dietrich, J.; Abou-Ras, D.; Schmidt, S. S.; Rissom, T.; Unold, T.; Cojocaru-Mirédin, O.; Niermann, T.; Lehmann, M.; Koch, C. T.; Boit, C.

    2014-03-01

    Thin-film solar cells based on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) reach high power-conversion efficiencies in spite of large dislocation densities of up to 1010-1011 cm-2. The present work gives insight into the structural and compositional properties of dislocations in CIGSe thin films, which are embedded in a complete solar cell stack. These properties are related to the average electrical potential distributions obtained by means of inline electron holography. At a part of the dislocations studied, the average electrostatic potential shows local minima, all with depths of about -1.4 V. The measured average electrostatic potential distributions were modeled in order to reveal possible influences from strain fields, excess charge, and also compositional changes at the dislocation core. Cu depletion around the dislocation core, as evidenced by atom-probe tomography, explains best the measured potential wells. Their influences of the strain field around the dislocation core and of excess charge at the dislocation core are small. A structural model of dislocations in CIGSe thin films is provided which includes a Cu-depleted region around the dislocation core and gives a possible explanation for why decent photovoltaic performances are possible in the presence of rather large dislocation densities.

  18. Superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} thin films on polycrystalline ferrite for magnetically tunable microwave components

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    Jia, Q.X.; Findikoglu, A.T.; Arendt, P.; Foltyn, S.R.; Roper, J.M.; Groves, J.R.; Coulter, J.Y.; Li, Y.Q.; Dionne, G.F.

    1998-04-01

    Superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} (YBCO) thin films with a surface resistance of 0.86 m{Omega} at 10 GHz and 76 K have been grown on polycrystalline ferrite yttrium iron garnet (YIG) substrates. The chemical and structural mismatches between YBCO and YIG are solved by using a double buffer layer of biaxially oriented yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and CeO{sub 2}, where YSZ is deposited by an ion-beam-assisted-deposition technique. The YBCO films are {ital c} axis oriented with an in-plane mosaic spread [full width at half maximum of an x-ray {phi}-scan on (103) reflection] of less than 8{degree}. The films have a superconductive transition temperature above 88 K with a transition width less than 0.3 K, giving a critical current density above 10{sup 6}A/cm{sup 2} in self field at 75 K. At 75 K in an external magnetic field of 1 T perpendicular to the film surface, the films maintain a critical current density over 2{times}10{sup 5}A/cm{sup 2}. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  19. The structural, optical, and electrical properties of vacuum evaporated Cu-doped ZnTe polycrystalline thin films

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    Feng, L.; Mao, D.; Tang, J.; Collins, R. T.; Trefny, J. U.

    1996-09-01

    We have studied the structural, optical, and electrical properties of thermally evaporated, Cu-doped, ZnTe thin films as a function of Cu concentration and post-deposition annealing temperature. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the ZnTe films evaporated on room temperature substrates were characterized by an average grain size of 300Å with a (111) preferred orientation. Optical absorption measurements yielded a bandgap of 2.21 eV for undoped ZnTe. A bandgap shrinkage was observed for the Cu-doped films. The dark resistivity of the as-deposited ZnTe decreased by more than three orders of magnitude as the Cu concentration was increased from 4 to 8 at.% and decreased to less than 1 ohm-cm after annealing at 260°C. For films doped with 6 7 at.% Cu, an increase of resistivity was also observed during annealing at 150 200°C. The activation energy of the dark conductivity was measured as a function of Cu concentration and annealing temperature. Hall measurements yielded hole mobility values in the range between 0.1 and 1 cm2/V·s for both as-deposited and annealed films. Solar cells with a CdS/CdTe/ZnTe/metal structure were fabricated using Cudoped ZnTe as a back contact layer on electrodeposited CdTe. Fill factors approaching 0.75 and energy conversion efficiencies as high as 12.1% were obtained.

  20. Photoinduced current transient spectroscopy technique applied to the study of point defects in polycrystalline CdS thin films

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    El Akkad, Fikry; Ashour, Habib

    2009-05-01

    CdS thin films of variable thickness (between 160 and 1200 nm) were prepared using rf magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the films have hexagonal structure and that the crystallites are preferentially oriented with the ⟨002⟩ axis perpendicular to the substrate surface. The results of electrical conductivity measurements as a function of film thickness and of temperature provide evidence that the conductivity is controlled by a thermally activated mobility in the presence of an intergrain barrier. The room temperature barrier height ϕ decreases with the increase in film thickness. Values of ϕ between 0 and 0.25 eV were determined. Photoinduced current transient spectroscopy performed on five samples having different thicknesses showed the presence of 11 traps with activation energies in the range 0.08-1.06 eV; deeper traps being observed on thinner films. By comparison with literature results, seven traps are attributed to native defects and foreign impurities (mainly Cu, Au, and Ag). Four other traps, not previously observed, are attributed to residual defects. The observation that deeper traps are detected in samples with larger barrier heights has been discussed and interpreted in terms of the energy band profile near the grain boundary.

  1. Controllability of self-aligned four-terminal planar embedded metal double-gate low-temperature polycrystalline-silicon thin-film transistors on a glass substrate

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    Ohsawa, Hiroki; Sasaki, Shun; Hara, Akito

    2016-03-01

    Self-aligned four-terminal n-channel (n-ch) and p-channel (p-ch) planar embedded metal double-gate polycrystalline-silicon (poly-Si) thin-film transistors (TFTs) were fabricated on a glass substrate at a low temperature of 550 °C. This device includes a metal top gate (TG) and a metal bottom gate (BG), which are used as the drive and control gates or vice versa. The BG was embedded in a glass substrate, and a poly-Si channel with large lateral grains was fabricated by continuous-wave laser lateral crystallization. The threshold voltage modulation factors under various control gate voltages (γ = ΔVth/ΔVCG) were nearly equal to the theoretical predictions in both the n- and p-ch TFTs. By exploiting this high controllability, an enhancement depletion (ED) inverter was fabricated, and successful operation at 2.0 V was confirmed.

  2. Charge retention characteristics of silicide-induced crystallized polycrystalline silicon floating gate thin-film transistors for active matrix organic light-emitting diode.

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    Park, Jae Hyo; Son, Se Wan; Byun, Chang Woo; Kim, Hyung Yoon; Joo, So Na; Lee, Yong Woo; Yun, Seung Jae; Joo, Seung Ki

    2013-10-01

    In this work, non-volatile memory thin-film transistor (NVM-TFT) was fabricated by nickel silicide-induced laterally crystallized (SILC) polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) as the active layer. The nickel seed silicide-induced crystallized (SIC) poly-Si was used as storage layer which is embedded in the gate insulator. The novel unit pixel of active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) using NVM-TFT is proposed and investigated the electrical and optical performance. The threshold voltage shift showed 17.2 V and the high reliability of retention characteristic was demonstrated until 10 years. The retention time can modulate the recharge refresh time of the unit pixel of AMOLED up to 5000 sec.

  3. In-situ investigation of thermal instabilities and solid state dewetting in polycrystalline platinum thin films via confocal laser microscopy

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    Jahangir, S.; Cheng, Xuan; Huang, H. H.; Nagarajan, V.; Ihlefeld, J.

    2014-10-28

    Solid state dewetting and the subsequent morphological changes for platinum thin films grown on zinc oxide (ZnO) buffered (001) silicon substrates (Pt/ZnO/SiO{sub 2}/(001)Si system) is investigated under vacuum conditions via a custom-designed confocal laser microscope coupled with a laser heating system. Live imaging of thin film dewetting under a range of heating and quenching vacuum ambients reveals events including hillock formation, hole formation, and hole growth that lead to formation of a network of Pt ligaments, break up of Pt ligaments to individual islands and subsequent Pt islands shape reformation, in chronological fashion. These findings are corroborated by ex-situ materials characterization and quantitative electron microscopy analysis. A secondary hole formation via blistering before film rupture is revealed to be the critical stage, after which a rapid dewetting catastrophe occurs. This process is instantaneous and cannot be captured by ex-situ methods. Finally, an intermetallic phase forms at 900 °C and alters the morphology of Pt islands, suggesting a practical limit to the thermal environments that may be used for these platinized silicon wafers in vacuum conditions.

  4. Hysteresis in single and polycrystalline iron thin films: Major and minor loops, first order reversal curves, and Preisach modeling

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    Cao, Yue; Xu, Ke; Jiang, Weilin; Droubay, Timothy; Ramuhalli, Pradeep; Edwards, Danny; Johnson, Bradley R.; McCloy, John

    2015-12-01

    Hysteretic behavior was studied in a series of Fe thin films, grown by molecular beam epitaxy, having different grain sizes and grown on different substrates. Major and minor loops and first order reversal curves (FORCs) were collected to investigate magnetization mechanisms and domain behavior under different magnetic histories. The minor loop coefficient and major loop coercivity increase with decreasing grain size due to higher defect concentration resisting domain wall movement. First order reversal curves allowed estimation of the contribution of irreversible and reversible susceptibilities and switching field distribution. The differences in shape of the major loops and first order reversal curves are described using a classical Preisach model with distributions of hysterons of different switching fields, providing a powerful visualization tool to help understand the magnetization switching behavior of Fe films as manifested in various experimental magnetization measurements.

  5. Sub-kT/q Subthreshold-Slope Using Negative Capacitance in Low-Temperature Polycrystalline-Silicon Thin-Film Transistor

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    Park, Jae Hyo; Jang, Gil Su; Kim, Hyung Yoon; Seok, Ki Hwan; Chae, Hee Jae; Lee, Sol Kyu; Joo, Seung Ki

    2016-04-01

    Realizing a low-temperature polycrystalline-silicon (LTPS) thin-film transistor (TFT) with sub-kT/q subthreshold slope (SS) is significantly important to the development of next generation active-matrix organic-light emitting diode displays. This is the first time a sub-kT/q SS (31.44 mV/dec) incorporated with a LTPS-TFT with polycrystalline-Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT)/ZrTiO4 (ZTO) gate dielectrics has been demonstrated. The sub-kT/q SS was observed in the weak inversion region at -0.5 V showing ultra-low operating voltage with the highest mobility (250.5 cm2/Vsec) reported so far. In addition, the reliability of DC negative bias stress, hot carrier stress and self-heating stress in LTPS-TFT with negative capacitance was investigated for the first time. It was found that the self-heating stress showed accelerated SS degradation due to the PZT Curie temperature.

  6. Sub-kT/q Subthreshold-Slope Using Negative Capacitance in Low-Temperature Polycrystalline-Silicon Thin-Film Transistor

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    Park, Jae Hyo; Jang, Gil Su; Kim, Hyung Yoon; Seok, Ki Hwan; Chae, Hee Jae; Lee, Sol Kyu; Joo, Seung Ki

    2016-01-01

    Realizing a low-temperature polycrystalline-silicon (LTPS) thin-film transistor (TFT) with sub-kT/q subthreshold slope (SS) is significantly important to the development of next generation active-matrix organic-light emitting diode displays. This is the first time a sub-kT/q SS (31.44 mV/dec) incorporated with a LTPS-TFT with polycrystalline-Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT)/ZrTiO4 (ZTO) gate dielectrics has been demonstrated. The sub-kT/q SS was observed in the weak inversion region at −0.5 V showing ultra-low operating voltage with the highest mobility (250.5 cm2/Vsec) reported so far. In addition, the reliability of DC negative bias stress, hot carrier stress and self-heating stress in LTPS-TFT with negative capacitance was investigated for the first time. It was found that the self-heating stress showed accelerated SS degradation due to the PZT Curie temperature. PMID:27098115

  7. Sub-kT/q Subthreshold-Slope Using Negative Capacitance in Low-Temperature Polycrystalline-Silicon Thin-Film Transistor.

    PubMed

    Park, Jae Hyo; Jang, Gil Su; Kim, Hyung Yoon; Seok, Ki Hwan; Chae, Hee Jae; Lee, Sol Kyu; Joo, Seung Ki

    2016-04-21

    Realizing a low-temperature polycrystalline-silicon (LTPS) thin-film transistor (TFT) with sub-kT/q subthreshold slope (SS) is significantly important to the development of next generation active-matrix organic-light emitting diode displays. This is the first time a sub-kT/q SS (31.44 mV/dec) incorporated with a LTPS-TFT with polycrystalline-Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT)/ZrTiO4 (ZTO) gate dielectrics has been demonstrated. The sub-kT/q SS was observed in the weak inversion region at -0.5 V showing ultra-low operating voltage with the highest mobility (250.5 cm(2)/Vsec) reported so far. In addition, the reliability of DC negative bias stress, hot carrier stress and self-heating stress in LTPS-TFT with negative capacitance was investigated for the first time. It was found that the self-heating stress showed accelerated SS degradation due to the PZT Curie temperature.

  8. Combinatorial investigation of the effects of sodium on Cu 2ZnSnSe4 polycrystalline thin films

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    Gibbs, Alex Hilton

    Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) possess highly suitable optical and electronic properties for use as an absorber layer in thin film solar cells. CZTSe also has potential to achieve terawatt level solar energy production due to its inexpensive and abundant material constituents. Currently, fabricating CZTSe devices with the expected theoretical performance has not been achieved, making the growth and formation of CZTSe an interesting topic of research. In this work, a two-step vacuum fabrication process consisting of RF co-sputtering followed by reactive annealing was explored as a viable technique for synthesizing CZTSe thin films. Furthermore, the enhancement of the fabrication process by the incorporation of sodium during annealing was studied using a combinatorial approach. Film composition was analyzed using electron dispersive spectroscopy. Structure, phase morphology, and formation were determined using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and raman spectroscopy. Optical and electronic properties were characterized using UV-Vis and Voc were measurements under a one sun solar simulator. RF co-sputtering CuSe, ZnSe, and SnSe precursors produced films with good thickness uniformity, adhesion and stoichiometry control over 3 x 3 in 2 substrates. Composition measurements showed that the precursor films maintained stability during an annealing process of 580° C for 20 minutes producing near stoichiometric CZTSe. However, grain size was small with an average diameter of 350 nm. The CZTSe film produced by this process exhibited a suitable absorption coefficient of > 104 cm-1 and aband gap near 1.0 eV. The film also produced an XRD pattern consistent with tetragonal CZTSe with no secondary phase formation with the exception of approximately 12.5 nm of interfacial MoSe2 formation at the back contact. The combinatorial investigation of the influence of sodium on CZTSe growth and morphology was achieved using a custom built constant withdraw

  9. Chemical speciation at buried interfaces in high-temperature processed polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells on ZnO:Al

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    Becker, Christiane; Pagels, Marcel; Zachäus, Carolin; Pollakowski, Beatrix; Beckhoff, Burkhard; Kanngießer, Birgit; Rech, Bernd

    2013-01-01

    The combination of polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin films with aluminum doped zinc oxide layers (ZnO:Al) as transparent conductive oxide enables the design of appealing optoelectronic devices at low costs, namely in the field of photovoltaics. The fabrication of both thin-film materials requires high-temperature treatments, which are highly desired for obtaining a high electrical material quality. Annealing procedures are typically applied during crystallization and defect-healing processes for silicon and can boost the carrier mobility and conductivity of ZnO:Al layers. In a combined poly-Si/ZnO:Al layer system, an in-depth knowledge of the interaction of both layers and the control of interface reactions upon thermal treatments is crucial. Therefore, we analyze the influence of rapid thermal treatments up to 1050 °C on solid phase crystallized poly-Si thin-film solar cells on ZnO:Al-coated glass, focusing on chemical interface reactions and modifications of the poly-Si absorber material quality. The presence of a ZnO:Al layer in the solar cell stack was found to limit the poly-Si solar cell performance with open circuit voltages only below 390 mV (compared to 435 mV without ZnO film), even if a silicon nitride (SiN) diffusion barrier was included. A considerable amount of diffused zinc inside the silicon was observed. By grazing-incidence X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, a depth-resolving analysis of the elemental composition close to the poly-Si/(SiN)/ZnO:Al interface was carried out. Temperatures above 1000 °C were found to promote the formation of new chemical compounds within about 10 nm of interface, such as zinc silicates (Zn2SiO4) and aluminium oxide (AlxOy). These results give valuable insights about the temperature-limitations of Si/ZnO thin-film solar cell fabrication and the formation of high-mobility ZnO-layers by thermal anneal.

  10. The effect of Ta doping in polycrystalline TiO{sub x} and the associated thin film transistor properties

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    Ok, Kyung-Chul Park, Yoseb Park, Jin-Seong E-mail: jsparklime@hanyang.ac.kr; Chung, Kwun-Bum E-mail: jsparklime@hanyang.ac.kr

    2013-11-18

    Tantalum (Ta) is suggested to act as an electron donor and crystal phase stabilizer in titanium oxide (TiO{sub x}). A transition occurs from an amorphous state to a crystalline phase at an annealing temperature above 300 °C in a vacuum ambient. As the annealing temperature increases from 300 °C to 450 °C, the mobility increases drastically from 0.07 cm{sup 2}/Vs to 0.61 cm{sup 2}/Vs. The remarkable enhancement of thin film transistor performance is suggested to be due to the splitting of Ti 3d band orbitals as well as the increase in Ta{sup 5+} ions that can act as electron donors.

  11. Symmetry dependent optoelectronic properties of grain boundaries in polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin films

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    Müller, Mathias; Bertram, Frank; Christen, Jürgen; Abou-Ras, Daniel Rissom, Thorsten

    2014-01-14

    In a correlative study applying electron backscatter diffraction as well as spatially and spectrally resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy at low temperatures of about 5 K, the symmetry-dependent optoelectronic properties of grain boundaries in Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin films have been investigated. We find that grain boundaries with lower symmetries tend to show a distinct spectral red shift of about 10 meV and a weak influence on the emission intensity. These behaviors are not detected at high-symmetry Σ3 grain boundaries, or at least in a strongly reduced way. The investigations in the present work help to clarify the ambivalent properties reported for grain boundaries in Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2}.

  12. Surface Modification of Polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Thin-Film Solar Cell Absorber Surfaces for PEEM Measurements

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    Wilks, R. G.; Contreras, M. A.; Lehmann, S.; Herrero-Albillos, J.; Bismaths, L. T.; Kronast, F.; Noufi, R.; Bar, M.

    2011-01-01

    We present a thorough examination of the {micro}m-scale topography of Cu(In, Ga)Se{sub 2} ('CIGSe') thin-film solar cell absorbers using different microscopy techniques. We specifically focus on the efficacy of preparing smooth sample surfaces - by etching in aqueous bromine solution - for a spatially resolved study of their chemical and electronic structures using photoelectron emission microscopy (PEEM). The etching procedure is shown to reduce the CIGSe surface roughness from ca. 40 to 25 nm after 40s etching, resulting in an increase in the quality of the obtained PEEM images. Furthermore we find that the average observed grain size at the etched surfaces appears larger than at the unetched surfaces. Using a liftoff procedure, it is additionally shown that the backside of the absorber is flat but finely patterned, likely due to being grown on the finely-structured Mo back contact.

  13. Optoelectronic characterization of wide-bandgap (AgCu)(InGa)Se 2 thin-film polycrystalline solar cells including the role of the intrinsic zinc oxide layer

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    Obahiagbon, Uwadiae

    Experiments and simulations were conducted to vary the thickness and the sheet resistance of the high resistance (HR) ZnO layer in polycrystalline thin film (AgCu)(GaIn)Se2 (ACIGS) solar cells. The effect of varying these parameters on the electric field distribution, depletion width and hence capacitance were studied by SCAPS simulation. Devices were then fabricated and characterized by a number of optoelectronic techniques. Thin film CIGS has received a lot of attention, for its use as an absorber layer for thin film solar cells. However, the addition of Silver (Ag) to the CIGS alloy system increases the band gap as indicated from optical transmission measurements and thus higher open circuit voltage (Voc) could be obtained. Furthermore, addition of Ag lowers the melting temperature of the alloy and it is expected that this lowers the defect densities in the absorber and thus leads to higher performance. Transient photocapacitance analysis on ACIGS devices shows sharper band edge indicating lower disorder than CIGS. Presently there is a lack of fundamental knowledge relating film characteristics to device properties and performance. This is due to the fact that some features in the present solar cell structure have been optimized empirically. The goal of this research effort was to develop a fundamental and detailed understanding of the device operation as well as the loss mechanism(s) limiting these devices. Recombination mechanisms in finished ACIGS solar cell devices was studied using advanced admittance techniques (AS, DLCP, CV) to identify electronically active defect state(s) and to study their impact on electronic properties and device performance. Analysis of various optoelectronic measurements of ACIGS solar cells provided useful feedback regarding the impact on device performance of the HR ZnO layer. It was found that thickness between 10-100 nm had negligible impact on performance but reducing the thickness to 0 nm resulted in huge variability in all

  14. Effects of gate insulator using high pressure annealing on the characteristics of solid phase crystallized polycrystalline silicon thin-film transistors

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    Kim, Moojin; Jin, GuangHai

    2009-04-01

    The oxidizing ambient was built using high pressure H2O vapor at 550 °C. For the solid phase crystallization (SPC) polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) that is annealed for 1 h at 2 MPa, the oxide thickness is about 150 Å. The oxide layer is approximately 90 Å above the original surface of the poly-Si and 60 Å below the original surface. The oxide layer is used as the first gate insulator layer of thin-film transistors (TFTs). The heating at 550 °C with 2 MPa H2O vapor increased the carrier mobility from 17.6 cm2/V s of the conventional SPC process to 30.4 cm2/V s, and it reduced the absolute value of the threshold voltage (Vth) from 4.13 to 3.62 V. The subthreshold swing also decreased from 0.72 to 0.60 V/decade. This improvement is attributed mainly to the reduction in defect density at the oxide/poly-Si interface and in the poly-Si film by the high pressure annealing (HPA) process. Since the realization of excellent performance at the oxide/poly-Si interface and in poly-Si depends on the defect density, the poly-Si having the thermal oxide formed by a combined process of SPC and HPA may be well suited for fabrication of poly-Si TFTs for flat panel displays such as active matrix organic light emitting diodes.

  15. Surface Engineering of Polycrystalline Silicon for Long-term Mechanical Stress Endurance Enhancement in Flexible Low Temperature Poly-Si Thin-Film Transistors.

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    Chen, Bo-Wei; Chang, Ting-Chang; Hung, Yu-Ju; Huang, Shin-Ping; Chen, Hua-Mao; Liao, Po-Yung; Lin, Yu-Ho; Huang, Hui-Chun; Chiang, Hsiao-Cheng; Yang, Chung-I; Zheng, Yu-Zhe; Chu, Ann-Kuo; Li, Hung-Wei; Tsai, Chih-Hung; Lu, Hsueh-Hsing; Wang, Terry Tai-Jui; Chang, Tsu-Chiang

    2017-02-08

    Surface morphology in polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) film is an issue regardless of whether conventional excimer laser annealing (ELA) or the newer metal-induced lateral crystallization (MILC) process is used. This paper investigates the stress distribution while undergoing long-term mechanical stress and the influence of stress on electrical characteristics. Our simulated results show that the non-uniform stress in the gate insulator is more pronounced near the polysilicon/gate insulator edge and at the two sides of the polysilicon protrusion. This stress results in defects in the gate insulator and leads to a non-uniform degradation phenomenon, which affects both the performance and reliability in thin-film transistors (TFTs). The degree of degradation is similar regardless of bending axis (channel-length axis, channel-width axis) or bending type (compression, tension), which means that the degradation is dominated by the protrusion effects. Furthermore, by utilizing long-term electrical bias stresses after undergoing long-tern bending stress, it is apparent that the carrier injection is severe in the sub-channel region, which confirms that the influence of protrusions is crucial. To eliminate the influence of surface morphology in poly-Si, three kinds of laser energy density were used during crystallization to control the protrusion height. The device with lowest protrusions demonstrates the smallest degradation after undergoing long-term bending.

  16. Ion-assisted laser deposition of intermediate layers for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin film growth on polycrystalline and amorphous substrates

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    Reade, R.P.

    1993-11-01

    The growth of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) high-temperature superconductor thin films has largely been limited to deposition on single-crystal substrates to date. In order to expand the range of potential applications, growth on polycrystalline and amorphous substrates is desirable. In particular, the deposition of YBCO thin films with high critical current densities on polycrystalline metal alloys would allow the manufacture of superconducting tapes. However, it is shown that it is not possible to grow YBCO thin films directly on this type of substrate due to chemical and structural incompatibility. This work investigates the use of a yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) intermediate layer to address this problem. An ion-assisted pulsed-laser deposition process is developed to provide control of orientation during the growth of the YSZ layers. The important properties of YBCO and YSZ are summarized and the status of research on thin film growth of these materials is reviewed. An overview of the pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) technique is presented. The use of ion-assisted deposition techniques to control thin film properties is discussed.

  17. Thin Film?

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    Kariper, İ. Afşin

    2014-09-01

    This study focuses on the critical surface tension of lead sulfite (PbSO3) crystalline thin film produced with chemical bath deposition on substrates (commercial glass).The PbSO3 thin films were deposited at room temperature at different deposition times. The structural properties of the films were defined and examined according to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the XRD results such as dislocation density, average grain size, and no. of crystallites per unit area. Atomic force microscopy was used to measure the film thickness and the surface properties. The critical surface tension of the PbSO3 thin films was measured with an optical tensiometer instrument and calculated using the Zisman method. The results indicated that the critical surface tension of films changed in accordance with the average grain size and film thickness. The film thickness increased with deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension. The average grain size increased according to deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension.

  18. Exploration of maximum count rate capabilities for large-area photon counting arrays based on polycrystalline silicon thin-film transistors

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    Liang, Albert K.; Koniczek, Martin; Antonuk, Larry E.; El-Mohri, Youcef; Zhao, Qihua

    2016-03-01

    Pixelated photon counting detectors with energy discrimination capabilities are of increasing clinical interest for x-ray imaging. Such detectors, presently in clinical use for mammography and under development for breast tomosynthesis and spectral CT, usually employ in-pixel circuits based on crystalline silicon - a semiconductor material that is generally not well-suited for economic manufacture of large-area devices. One interesting alternative semiconductor is polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si), a thin-film technology capable of creating very large-area, monolithic devices. Similar to crystalline silicon, poly-Si allows implementation of the type of fast, complex, in-pixel circuitry required for photon counting - operating at processing speeds that are not possible with amorphous silicon (the material currently used for large-area, active matrix, flat-panel imagers). The pixel circuits of two-dimensional photon counting arrays are generally comprised of four stages: amplifier, comparator, clock generator and counter. The analog front-end (in particular, the amplifier) strongly influences performance and is therefore of interest to study. In this paper, the relationship between incident and output count rate of the analog front-end is explored under diagnostic imaging conditions for a promising poly-Si based design. The input to the amplifier is modeled in the time domain assuming a realistic input x-ray spectrum. Simulations of circuits based on poly-Si thin-film transistors are used to determine the resulting output count rate as a function of input count rate, energy discrimination threshold and operating conditions.

  19. Self-consistent modelling of X-ray photoelectron spectra from air-exposed polycrystalline TiN thin films

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    Greczynski, G.; Hultman, L.

    2016-11-01

    We present first self-consistent modelling of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) Ti 2p, N 1s, O 1s, and C 1s core level spectra with a cross-peak quantitative agreement for a series of TiN thin films grown by dc magnetron sputtering and oxidized to different extent by varying the venting temperature Tv of the vacuum chamber before removing the deposited samples. So-obtained film series constitute a model case for XPS application studies, where certain degree of atmosphere exposure during sample transfer to the XPS instrument is unavoidable. The challenge is to extract information about surface chemistry without invoking destructive pre-cleaning with noble gas ions. All TiN surfaces are thus analyzed in the as-received state by XPS using monochromatic Al Kα radiation (hν = 1486.6 eV). Details of line shapes and relative peak areas obtained from deconvolution of the reference Ti 2p and N 1 s spectra representative of a native TiN surface serve as an input to model complex core level signals from air-exposed surfaces, where contributions from oxides and oxynitrides make the task very challenging considering the influence of the whole deposition process at hand. The essential part of the presented approach is that the deconvolution process is not only guided by the comparison to the reference binding energy values that often show large spread, but in order to increase reliability of the extracted chemical information the requirement for both qualitative and quantitative self-consistency between component peaks belonging to the same chemical species is imposed across all core-level spectra (including often neglected O 1s and C 1s signals). The relative ratios between contributions from different chemical species vary as a function of Tv presenting a self-consistency check for our model. We propose that the cross-peak self-consistency should be a prerequisite for reliable XPS peak modelling as it enhances credibility of obtained chemical information, while relying

  20. Measurement of Transient Tool Internal Temperature Fields by Novel Micro Thin Film Sensors Embedded in Polycrystalline Cubic Boron Nitride Cutting Inserts

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    Werschmoeller, Dirk

    Monitoring and control of thermomechanical phenomena in tooling are imperative for advancing fundamental understanding, enhancing reliability, and improving workpiece quality in material removal processes. Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PCBN) tools are being used heavily in numerous machining processes, e.g., machining of hardened low carbon steel and superalloys. These processes are very sensitive to variations in local cutting conditions at, or close to, the tool-workpiece interface, but lack a thorough understanding of fundamental transient thermo-mechanical phenomena present. As a result, abrupt catastrophic tool failures and degraded machined surfaces frequently occur. Existing sensors are not suitable for process control and monitoring, as they are either destructively embedded and/or do not possess the necessary spatial and temporal resolution to provide relevant data during machining. This research presents a novel approach for obtaining thermomechanical data from the close vicinity (i.e., 10s of micrometers) of the tool-workpiece interface. Arrays of micro thin film thermocouples with junction size 5 x 5 mum were fabricated by standard microfabrication methods and have been successfully embedded into PCBN using diffusion bonding. Electron microscopy and X-ray spectroscopy were employed to examine material interactions at the bonding interface and to determine optimal bonding parameters. Static and dynamic sensor performances have been characterized. The sensors exhibit excellent linearity up to 1300 °C, fast rise time of 150 ns, and possess good sensitivity. The inserts instrumented with embedded thin film C-type thermocouples were successfully applied to measure internal tool temperatures as close as 70 mum to the cutting edge while machining aluminum and hardened steel workpieces at industrially relevant cutting parameters. Acquired temperature data follow theoretical trends very well. Correlations between temperature and cutting parameters have

  1. Size effects of polycrystalline lanthanum modified Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} thin films

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    Simoes, A.Z. Riccardi, C.S.; Cavalcante, L.S.; Gonzalez, A.H.M.; Longo, E.; Varela, J.A.

    2008-01-08

    The film thickness dependence on the ferroelectric properties of lanthanum modified bismuth titanate Bi{sub 3.25}La{sub 0.75}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} was investigated. Films with thicknesses ranging from 230 to 404 nm were grown on platinum-coated silicon substrates by the polymeric precursor method. The internal strain is strongly influenced by the film thickness. The morphology of the film changes as the number of layers increases indicating a thickness dependent grain size. The leakage current, remanent polarization and drive voltage were also affected by the film thickness.

  2. Abnormal Threshold Voltage Shifts in P-Channel Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon Thin Film Transistors Under Negative Bias Temperature Stress.

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    Kim, Sang Sub; Choi, Pyung Ho; Baek, Do Hyun; Lee, Jae Hyeong; Choi, Byoung Deog

    2015-10-01

    In this research, we have investigated the instability of P-channel low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin-film transistors (LTPS TFTs) with double-layer SiO2/SiNx dielectrics. A negative gate bias temperature instability (NBTI) stress was applied and a turn-around behavior phenomenon was observed in the Threshold Voltage Shift (Vth). A positive threshold voltage shift occurs in the first stage, resulting from the negative charge trapping at the SiNx/SiO2 dielectric interface being dominant over the positive charge trapping at dielectric/Poly-Si interface. Following a stress time of 7000 s, the Vth switches to the negative voltage direction, which is "turn-around" behavior. In the second stage, the Vth moves from -1.63 V to -2 V, overwhelming the NBTI effect that results in the trapping of positive charges at the dielectric/Poly-Si interface states and generating grain-boundary trap states and oxide traps.

  3. Evaluation of Electrical Characteristics and Trap-State Density in Bottom-Gate Polycrystalline Thin Film Transistors Processed with High-Pressure Water Vapor Annealing

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    Kunii, Masafumi

    2006-02-01

    This paper discusses electrical characteristics and trap-state density in polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) used in bottom-gate poly-Si thin film transistors (TFTs) processed with high-pressure water vapor annealing (HWA). The threshold voltage uniformity of the HWA-processed TFTs is improved by 42% for N-channel and 38% for P-channel TFTs in terms of standard deviation, and carrier mobility is enhanced by 10% or greater for both N- and P-channel TFTs than those TFTs processed conventionally. Subthreshold swing is also improved by HWA, showing that HWA postannealing is effective for improving the Si/SiO2 interface of the bottom-gate TFTs. Two types of TFTs having different poly-Si crystallinities are examined to investigate carrier transport in poly-Si processed by HWA postannealing. The evaluation of trap-state density for the two types of poly-Si reveals that HWA postannealing is more efficient for N-channel than for P-channel TFTs. Furthermore, HWA postannealing is more effective for poly-Si with high crystallinity to improve TFT characteristics. The analysis of the trap-state distributions and the activation energy of TFT drain current indicate that HWA deactivates dangling bonds highly localized at poly-Si grain boundaries (GBs). Thus, HWA postannealing effects can be interpreted by a GB barrier potential model similar to that applied to conventional hydrogenation.

  4. Near single-crystalline, high-carrier-mobility silicon thin film on a polycrystalline/amorphous substrate

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    Findikoglu, Alp T.; Jia, Quanxi; Arendt, Paul N.; Matias, Vladimir; Choi, Woong

    2009-10-27

    A template article including a base substrate including: (i) a base material selected from the group consisting of polycrystalline substrates and amorphous substrates, and (ii) at least one layer of a differing material upon the surface of the base material; and, a buffer material layer upon the base substrate, the buffer material layer characterized by: (a) low chemical reactivity with the base substrate, (b) stability at temperatures up to at least about 800.degree. C. under low vacuum conditions, and (c) a lattice crystal structure adapted for subsequent deposition of a semiconductor material; is provided, together with a semiconductor article including a base substrate including: (i) a base material selected from the group consisting of polycrystalline substrates and amorphous substrates, and (ii) at least one layer of a differing material upon the surface of the base material; and, a buffer material layer upon the base substrate, the buffer material layer characterized by: (a) low chemical reactivity with the base substrate, (b) stability at temperatures up to at least about 800.degree. C. under low vacuum conditions, and (c) a lattice crystal structure adapted for subsequent deposition of a semiconductor material, and, a top-layer of semiconductor material upon the buffer material layer.

  5. Photovoltaic mechanisms in polycrystalline thin film silicon solar cells. Quarterly technical progress report No. 1, July 30-October 31, 1980

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    Sopori, B.

    1980-07-30

    Major accomplishments during the first quarter of the contract period are reported. Small area diode fabrication and analysis has been continued. This technique has further been applied to many RTR ribbons. An optical technique for determination of crystallite orientations has been placed in operation. This technique has many distinct advantages. These are: (1) rapid; (2) can be set-up very inexpensively; (3) well suited for polycrystalline substrates of small grain size; and (4) can easily characterize twins. Accuracies obtained with this technique are about the same as that of the Laue technique. A technique to qualitatively evaluate grain boundary activity in unprocessed substrates has been used and valuable results obtained. Further analysis is being done to use this technique for quantitative evaluation. A major study of G.B. orientation effects is underway. Initial results on RTR ribbons have shown a good correlation of G.B. barrier height with misorientation (tilt boundaries).

  6. Temperature- and doping-concentration-dependent characteristics of junctionless gate-all-around polycrystalline-silicon thin-film transistors

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    Tso, Chia-Tsung; Liu, Tung-Yu; Pan, Fu-Ming; Sheu, Jeng-Tzong

    2017-04-01

    The temperature effects of both gate-all-around polycrystalline silicon nanowire (GAA poly-Si NW) junctionless (JL) and inversion mode (IM) transistor devices at various temperatures (77–410 K) were investigated. The electrical characteristics of these devices, such as subthreshold swing (SS), threshold voltage (V th), and drain-induced barrier lowering (DIBL), were also characterized and compared in this study. Moreover, JL devices with different doping concentrations at various temperatures were also discussed. Both V th and I on showed significant doping concentration dependences for JL devices with doping concentrations of 1 × 1019 and 5 × 1019 cm‑3. However, the electrical characteristics of JL devices showed less thermal sensitivity when the doping concentration reached 1020 cm‑3.

  7. Anomalous photoelectric effect of a polycrystalline topological insulator film.

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    Zhang, Hongbin; Yao, Jiandong; Shao, Jianmei; Li, Hai; Li, Shuwei; Bao, Dinghua; Wang, Chengxin; Yang, Guowei

    2014-07-29

    A topological insulator represents a new state of quantum matter that possesses an insulating bulk band gap as well as a spin-momentum-locked Dirac cone on the surface that is protected by time-reversal symmetry. Photon-dressed surface states and light-induced surface photocurrents have been observed in topological insulators. Here, we report experimental observations of an anomalous photoelectric effect in thin films of Bi2Te3, a polycrystalline topological insulator. Under illumination with non-polarised light, transport measurements reveal that the resistance of the topological surface states suddenly increases when the polycrystalline film is illuminated. The resistance variation is positively dependent on the light intensity but has no relation to the applied electric field; this finding can be attributed to the gap opening of the surface Dirac cone. This observation of an anomalous photoelectric effect in polycrystalline topological insulators offers exciting opportunities for the creation of photodetectors with an unusually broad spectral range. Moreover, polycrystalline topological insulator films provide an attractive material platform for exploring the nature and practical application of topological insulators.

  8. Anomalous Photoelectric Effect of a Polycrystalline Topological Insulator Film

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    Zhang, Hongbin; Yao, Jiandong; Shao, Jianmei; Li, Hai; Li, Shuwei; Bao, Dinghua; Wang, Chengxin; Yang, Guowei

    2014-01-01

    A topological insulator represents a new state of quantum matter that possesses an insulating bulk band gap as well as a spin-momentum-locked Dirac cone on the surface that is protected by time-reversal symmetry. Photon-dressed surface states and light-induced surface photocurrents have been observed in topological insulators. Here, we report experimental observations of an anomalous photoelectric effect in thin films of Bi2Te3, a polycrystalline topological insulator. Under illumination with non-polarised light, transport measurements reveal that the resistance of the topological surface states suddenly increases when the polycrystalline film is illuminated. The resistance variation is positively dependent on the light intensity but has no relation to the applied electric field; this finding can be attributed to the gap opening of the surface Dirac cone. This observation of an anomalous photoelectric effect in polycrystalline topological insulators offers exciting opportunities for the creation of photodetectors with an unusually broad spectral range. Moreover, polycrystalline topological insulator films provide an attractive material platform for exploring the nature and practical application of topological insulators. PMID:25069391

  9. Substrate Independence of THz Vibrational Modes of Polycrystalline Thin Films of Molecular Solids in Waveguide THz-TDS

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    2012-01-01

    THz-TDS technique is investigated. The sample film of salicylic acid is studied using waveguide THz-TDS on three different metal substrates and two...vibrational modes with wave- guide THz-TDS. The investigation of substrate dependence is performed using salicylic acid as the test molecule. This...Al and a self assembled monolayer (SAM) on Au. Salicylic acid is first characterized in the pel- let form and then compared to the absorption features

  10. Active pixel imagers incorporating pixel-level amplifiers based on polycrystalline-silicon thin-film transistors.

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    El-Mohri, Youcef; Antonuk, Larry E; Koniczek, Martin; Zhao, Qihua; Li, Yixin; Street, Robert A; Lu, Jeng-Ping

    2009-07-01

    Active matrix, flat-panel imagers (AMFPIs) employing a 2D matrix of a-Si addressing TFTs have become ubiquitous in many x-ray imaging applications due to their numerous advantages. However, under conditions of low exposures and/or high spatial resolution, their signal-to-noise performance is constrained by the modest system gain relative to the electronic additive noise. In this article, a strategy for overcoming this limitation through the incorporation of in-pixel amplification circuits, referred to as active pixel (AP) architectures, using polycrystalline-silicon (poly-Si) TFTs is reported. Compared to a-Si, poly-Si offers substantially higher mobilities, enabling higher TFT currents and the possibility of sophisticated AP designs based on both n- and p-channel TFTs. Three prototype indirect detection arrays employing poly-Si TFTs and a continuous a-Si photodiode structure were characterized. The prototypes consist of an array (PSI-1) that employs a pixel architecture with a single TFT, as well as two arrays (PSI-2 and PSI-3) that employ AP architectures based on three and five TFTs, respectively. While PSI-1 serves as a reference with a design similar to that of conventional AMFPI arrays, PSI-2 and PSI-3 incorporate additional in-pixel amplification circuitry. Compared to PSI-1, results of x-ray sensitivity demonstrate signal gains of approximately 10.7 and 20.9 for PSI-2 and PSI-3, respectively. These values are in reasonable agreement with design expectations, demonstrating that poly-Si AP circuits can be tailored to provide a desired level of signal gain. PSI-2 exhibits the same high levels of charge trapping as those observed for PSI-1 and other conventional arrays employing a continuous photodiode structure. For PSI-3, charge trapping was found to be significantly lower and largely independent of the bias voltage applied across the photodiode. MTF results indicate that the use of a continuous photodiode structure in PSI-1, PSI-2, and PSI-3 results in

  11. Active pixel imagers incorporating pixel-level amplifiers based on polycrystalline-silicon thin-film transistors

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    El-Mohri, Youcef; Antonuk, Larry E.; Koniczek, Martin; Zhao, Qihua; Li, Yixin; Street, Robert A.; Lu, Jeng-Ping

    2009-01-01

    Active matrix, flat-panel imagers (AMFPIs) employing a 2D matrix of a-Si addressing TFTs have become ubiquitous in many x-ray imaging applications due to their numerous advantages. However, under conditions of low exposures and∕or high spatial resolution, their signal-to-noise performance is constrained by the modest system gain relative to the electronic additive noise. In this article, a strategy for overcoming this limitation through the incorporation of in-pixel amplification circuits, referred to as active pixel (AP) architectures, using polycrystalline-silicon (poly-Si) TFTs is reported. Compared to a-Si, poly-Si offers substantially higher mobilities, enabling higher TFT currents and the possibility of sophisticated AP designs based on both n- and p-channel TFTs. Three prototype indirect detection arrays employing poly-Si TFTs and a continuous a-Si photodiode structure were characterized. The prototypes consist of an array (PSI-1) that employs a pixel architecture with a single TFT, as well as two arrays (PSI-2 and PSI-3) that employ AP architectures based on three and five TFTs, respectively. While PSI-1 serves as a reference with a design similar to that of conventional AMFPI arrays, PSI-2 and PSI-3 incorporate additional in-pixel amplification circuitry. Compared to PSI-1, results of x-ray sensitivity demonstrate signal gains of ∼10.7 and 20.9 for PSI-2 and PSI-3, respectively. These values are in reasonable agreement with design expectations, demonstrating that poly-Si AP circuits can be tailored to provide a desired level of signal gain. PSI-2 exhibits the same high levels of charge trapping as those observed for PSI-1 and other conventional arrays employing a continuous photodiode structure. For PSI-3, charge trapping was found to be significantly lower and largely independent of the bias voltage applied across the photodiode. MTF results indicate that the use of a continuous photodiode structure in PSI-1, PSI-2, and PSI-3 results in optical fill

  12. The electrical conductivity of polycrystalline metallic films

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    Moraga, Luis; Arenas, Claudio; Henriquez, Ricardo; Bravo, Sergio; Solis, Basilio

    2016-10-01

    We calculate the electrical conductivity of polycrystalline metallic films by means of a semi-numerical procedure that provides solutions of the Boltzmann transport equation, that are essentially exact, by summing over classical trajectories according to Chambers' method. Following Mayadas and Shatzkes (MS), grain boundaries are modeled as an array of parallel plane barriers situated perpendicularly to the direction of the current. Alternatively, according to Szczyrbowski and Schmalzbauer (SS), the model consists in a triple array of these barriers in mutual perpendicular directions. The effects of surface roughness are described by means of Fuchs' specularity parameters. Following SS, the scattering properties of grain boundaries are taken into account by means of another specularity parameter and a probability of coherent passage. The difference between the sum of these and one is the probability of diffuse scattering. When this formalism is compared with the approximate formula of Mayadas and Shatzkes (Phys. Rev. B 1, 103 (1986)) it is shown that the latter greatly overestimates the film resistivity over most values of the reflectivity of the grain boundaries. The dependence of the conductivity of thin films on the probability of coherent passage and grain diameters is examined. In accordance with MS we find that the effects of disorder in the distribution of grain diameters is quite small. Moreover, we find that it is not safe to neglect the effects of the scattering by the additional interfaces created by stacked grains. However, when compared with recent resitivity-thickness data, it is shown that all three formalisms can provide accurate fits to experiment. In addition, it is shown that, depending on the respective reflectivities and distance from a surface, some of these interfaces may increase or diminish considerably the conductivity of the sample. As an illustration of this effect, we show a tentative fit of resistivity data of gold films measured by

  13. Substrate independence of THz vibrational modes of polycrystalline thin films of molecular solids in waveguide THz-TDS

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    Harsha, S. Sree; Melinger, Joseph. S.; Qadri, S. B.; Grischkowsky, D.

    2012-01-01

    The influence of the metal substrate on the measurement of high resolution THz vibrational modes of molecular solids with the waveguide THz-TDS technique is investigated. The sample film of salicylic acid is studied using waveguide THz-TDS on three different metal substrates and two-surface passivated substrates. The independence of the observed THz vibrational modes to the metal substrate is demonstrated. Independently, surface passivation is presented as a viable experimental addition to the waveguide THz-TDS technique to aid the characterization of samples with known reactivity to metal surfaces.

  14. High Mobility Exceeding 80 cm2 V-1 s-1 in Polycrystalline Ta-Doped SnO2 Thin Films on Glass Using Anatase TiO2 Seed Layers

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    Nakao, Shoichiro; Yamada, Naoomi; Hitosugi, Taro; Hirose, Yasushi; Shimada, Toshihiro; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2010-03-01

    High-mobility Ta-doped SnO2 (TTO) thin films were grown on glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition using a seed-layer technique. The use of 10-nm-thick polycrystalline anatase TiO2 seed layers was found to lead to the preferred growth of (200)-oriented TTO films, resulting in a 30% increase in the carrier density and a more than two times increase in mobility, compared to films grown directly on the glass substrates. The highest mobility obtained was 83 cm2 V-1 s-1 with a resistivity of 2.8×10-4 Ω cm, whereas the film with the lowest resistivity of 1.8×10-4 Ω cm had a mobility of 60 cm2 V-1 s-1.

  15. Thin-Film Photovoltaics: Status and Applications to Space Power

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    Landis, Geoffrey A.; Hepp, Aloysius F.

    1991-01-01

    The potential applications of thin film polycrystalline and amorphous cells for space are discussed. There have been great advances in thin film solar cells for terrestrial applications; transfer of this technology to space applications could result in ultra low weight solar arrays with potentially large gains in specific power. Recent advances in thin film solar cells are reviewed, including polycrystalline copper iridium selenide and related I-III-VI2 compounds, polycrystalline cadmium telluride and related II-VI compounds, and amorphous silicon alloys. The possibility of thin film multi bandgap cascade solar cells is discussed.

  16. Applications of thin-film photovoltaics for space

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    Landis, Geoffrey A.; Hepp, Aloysius F.

    1991-01-01

    The authors discuss the potential applications of thin-film polycrystalline and amorphous cells for space. There have been great advances in thin-film solar cells for terrestrial applications. Transfer of this technology to space applications could result in ultra low-weight solar arrays with potentially large gains in specific power. Recent advances in thin-film solar cells are reviewed, including polycrystalline copper indium selenide and related I-III-VI2 compounds, polycrystalline cadmium telluride and related II-VI compounds, and amorphous silicon arrays. The possibility of using thin-film multi-bandgap cascade solar cells is discussed.

  17. Uniaxially oriented polycrystalline thin films and air-stable n-type transistors based on donor-acceptor semiconductor (diC8BTBT)(FnTCNQ) [n = 0, 2, 4

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    Shibata, Yosei; Tsutsumi, Jun'ya; Matsuoka, Satoshi; Matsubara, Koji; Yoshida, Yuji; Chikamatsu, Masayuki; Hasegawa, Tatsuo

    2015-04-01

    We report the fabrication of high quality thin films for semiconducting organic donor-acceptor charge-transfer (CT) compounds, (diC8BTBT)(FnTCNQ) (diC8BTBT = 2,7-dioctyl[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene and FnTCNQ [n = 0,2,4] = fluorinated derivatives of 7,7,8,8,-tetracyanoquinodimethane), which have a high degree of layered crystallinity. Single-phase and uniaxially oriented polycrystalline thin films of the compounds were obtained by co-evaporation of the component donor and acceptor molecules. Organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) fabricated with the compound films exhibited n-type field-effect characteristics, showing a mobility of 6.9 × 10-2 cm2/V s, an on/off ratio of 106, a sub-threshold swing of 0.8 V/dec, and an excellent stability in air. We discuss the suitability of strong intermolecular donor-acceptor interaction and the narrow CT gap nature in compounds for stable n-type OTFT operation.

  18. Surface modification of grains with silver nano-clusters: a new route to great enhancement of photoluminescence in Eu³⁺-doped ferroelectric polycrystalline oxide thin films.

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    Su, Li; Qin, Ni; Sa, Tongliang; Bao, Dinghua

    2013-12-02

    We report on a new route to greatly enhance the photoluminescence of Eu³⁺ doped ferroelectric polycrystalline oxide thin films: surface modification of grains with silver nanoclusters (NCs). The Ag doped Bi₃.₆Eu₀.₄Ti₃O₁₂ (BET) thin films were prepared by a chemical solution deposition method. According to the XRD, TEM and XPS analysis, partially oxidated Ag NCs have been formed on the surfaces of the BET grains. A greatly enhanced photoluminescence was obtained in a wide range of Ag doping level. Role of the Ag NCs in the photoluminescence enhancement was investigated by means of absorption, emission and excitation spectra, as well as decay lifetime measurement. The results indicate that the intra-4f transition of Eu³⁺ can be intensively activated by the coupling of the charge transfer band of BET with the ⁵D₀ state of Eu³⁺ ions, and the enhancement of Eu³⁺ ions emission in the present thin films was attributed to the surface modification of BET crystalline grains by Ag NCs. In addition, the influences of Ag NCs on the dielectric and ferroelectric properties of these materials were discussed as well.

  19. Conduction mechanisms in undoped polycrystalline diamond films

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    Chou, Hsueh-Tao; Lee, Chia-Chang; Sun, Chia-Hsin

    2000-07-01

    The unadopted polycrystalline diamond films are deposited on p-type silicon substrates by a microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) system. The deposition conditions are CH4?/H(subscript 2=0.5%, pressure equals 45 torr, power equals 2.2kW, and subtract temperature equals 885 degree(s)C. SEM was used to inspect the surface morphology, Raman Spectroscopy to determine the quality, and XPS to analyze the chemical composition. It in concluded that a cleaning procedure on diamond surfaces can eliminate the carbon phase but enhance the oxygenation on the films. The electrical characteristics were investigated by current-voltage-temperature measurements in a metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure with top metal contacts and back silicon substrates contacts. It can be found a transition electric field of 240 kV/cm, where Schottky emission (SE) mechanism is responsible for electric conduction below 240kV/cm, and Poole-Frenkel transport (PF) mechanism dominates beyond 240 kV/cm. By the extrapolations, the Schottky barrier height of silver and diamond film is 2.4 eV, and the tarp depth is 4.75 eV in the diamond film.

  20. Examination of a polycrystalline thin-film model to explore the relation between probe size and structural correlation length in fluctuation electron microscopy.

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    Treacy, M M J; Gibson, J M

    2012-02-01

    We examine simulated electron microdiffraction patterns from models of thin polycrystalline silicon. The models are made by a Voronoi tessellation of random points in a box. The Voronoi domains are randomly selected to contain either a randomly-oriented cubic crystalline grain or a region of continuous random network material. The microdiffraction simulations from coherent probes of different widths are computed at the ideal kinematical limit, ignoring inelastic and multiple scattering. By examining the normalized intensity variance that is obtained in fluctuation electron microscopy experiments, we confirm that intensity fluctuations increase monotonically with the percentage of crystalline grains in the material. However, anomalously high variance is observed for models that have 100% crystalline grains with no imperfections. We confirm that the reduced normalized variance, V(k,R) - 1, that is associated with four-body correlations at scattering vector k, varies inversely with specimen thickness. Further, for probe sizes R larger than the mean grain size, we confirm that the reduced normalized variance obeys the predicted form given by Gibson et al. [Ultramicroscopy, 83, 169-178 (2000)] for the kinematical coherent scattering limit.

  1. Modelling heat conduction in polycrystalline hexagonal boron-nitride films.

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    Mortazavi, Bohayra; Pereira, Luiz Felipe C; Jiang, Jin-Wu; Rabczuk, Timon

    2015-08-19

    We conducted extensive molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the thermal conductivity of polycrystalline hexagonal boron-nitride (h-BN) films. To this aim, we constructed large atomistic models of polycrystalline h-BN sheets with random and uniform grain configuration. By performing equilibrium molecular dynamics (EMD) simulations, we investigated the influence of the average grain size on the thermal conductivity of polycrystalline h-BN films at various temperatures. Using the EMD results, we constructed finite element models of polycrystalline h-BN sheets to probe the thermal conductivity of samples with larger grain sizes. Our multiscale investigations not only provide a general viewpoint regarding the heat conduction in h-BN films but also propose that polycrystalline h-BN sheets present high thermal conductivity comparable to monocrystalline sheets.

  2. Modelling heat conduction in polycrystalline hexagonal boron-nitride films

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    Mortazavi, Bohayra; Pereira, Luiz Felipe C.; Jiang, Jin-Wu; Rabczuk, Timon

    2015-01-01

    We conducted extensive molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the thermal conductivity of polycrystalline hexagonal boron-nitride (h-BN) films. To this aim, we constructed large atomistic models of polycrystalline h-BN sheets with random and uniform grain configuration. By performing equilibrium molecular dynamics (EMD) simulations, we investigated the influence of the average grain size on the thermal conductivity of polycrystalline h-BN films at various temperatures. Using the EMD results, we constructed finite element models of polycrystalline h-BN sheets to probe the thermal conductivity of samples with larger grain sizes. Our multiscale investigations not only provide a general viewpoint regarding the heat conduction in h-BN films but also propose that polycrystalline h-BN sheets present high thermal conductivity comparable to monocrystalline sheets. PMID:26286820

  3. Microstructure of Thin Films

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    1990-02-07

    optical properties ." (Final text in preparation). John Lehan, "Microstructural analysis of thin films by Rutherford Backscattering...correlation of optical properties and micro- Ion assisted deposition (IAD) is known to produce structure of IAD thin films with ion beam parameters thin films ...1.5-eV interband absorption. P (eV) R (%) P (, -V) R %) Optical properties of metal thin films in the spectral 0 98.3 0 88.8 range of

  4. Thin film interference of colloidal thin films.

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    Cong, Hailin; Cao, Weixiao

    2004-09-14

    A stairlike colloidal crystal thin film composed of poly(styrene-methyl methacrylate-acrylic acid) (P(St-MMA-AA)) monodispersed colloids was fabricated on an inclined silicon substrate. Different bright colors were observed on the various parts of the film with different layers as white light irradiated perpendicularly on it. The relationship between the colors and layers of the film was investigated and discussed according to the principle of thin film interference. On the basis of the phenomenon of thin film interference, a one-layer colloidal film having uniform color was researched and it would display diverse colors before and after swollen by styrene (St). A circular stairlike colloidal film was achieved to mimic the colors of the peacock tail feather.

  5. Pyrolyzed thin film carbon

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    Tai, Yu-Chong (Inventor); Liger, Matthieu (Inventor); Harder, Theodore (Inventor); Konishi, Satoshi (Inventor); Miserendino, Scott (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method of making carbon thin films comprises depositing a catalyst on a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon in contact with the catalyst and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon. A method of controlling a carbon thin film density comprises etching a cavity into a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon into the cavity, and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon while in the cavity to form a carbon thin film. Controlling a carbon thin film density is achieved by changing the volume of the cavity. Methods of making carbon containing patterned structures are also provided. Carbon thin films and carbon containing patterned structures can be used in NEMS, MEMS, liquid chromatography, and sensor devices.

  6. Polycrystalline thin-film cadmium telluride solar cells fabricated by electrodeposition. Annual subcontract report, 20 March 1992--19 March 1993

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    Trefny, J.U.; Furtak, T.E.; Wada, N.; Williamson, D.L.; Kim, D.

    1993-08-01

    This report describes progress during the first year of a 3-year program at Colorado School of Mines, based upon earlier studies performed by Ametek Corporation, to develop specific layers of the Ametek n-i-p structure as well as additional studies of several transparent conducting oxides. Thin films of ZnO and ZnO:Al were deposited under various conditions. For the n-layer of the Ametek structure, a dip-coating method was developed for the deposition of CdS films. The authors also present data on the characterization of these films by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, small-angle X-ray scattering, and other techniques. They made progress in the electrodeposition of the CdTe i-layer of the Ametek structure. They developed appropriate electrochemical baths and are beginning to understand the role of the many experimental parameters that must be controlled to obtain high-quality films of this material. They explored the possibility of using an electrochemical process for fabricating the ZnTe p-layer. Some preliminary success was achieved, and this step will be pursued in the next phase. Finally, they fabricated a number of ``dot`` solar cells with the structure glass/SnO{sub 2}/CdS/CdTe/Au. Several cells with efficiencies in the range of 5%-6% were obtained, and they are confident, given recent progress, that cells with efficiencies in excess of 10% will be achieved in the near future.

  7. Research on polycrystalline thin-film CuInGaSe{sub 2} solar cells. Annual subcontract report, 3 May 1991--21 May 1993

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    Chen, W.S.; Stewart, J.M.; Mickelsen, R.A.; Devaney, W.E.; Stanbery, B.J.

    1993-10-01

    This report describes work to fabricate high-efficiency CdZnS/CuInGaSe{sub 2}, thin-film solar cells and to develop improved transparent conductor window layers such as ZnO. The specific technical milestone for Phase I was to demonstrate an air mass (AM) 1.5 global 13% , 1-cm{sup 2} total-area CuInGaSe{sub 2} (CIGS) thin-film solar cell. For Phase II, the objective was to demonstrate an AM1.5 global 13.5%, 1-cm{sup 2} total-area efficiency. We focused our activities on three areas. First, we modified the CIGS deposition system to double its substrate capacity. Second, we developed new tooling to enable investigation of a modified aqueous CdZnS process in which the goal was to improve the yield of this critical step in the device fabrication process. Third, we upgraded the ZnO sputtering system to improve its reliability and reproducibility. A dual rotatable cathode metallic source was installed, and the sputtering parameters were further optimized to improve ZnO`s properties as a transparent conducting oxide (TCO). Combining the refined CdZnS process with CIGS from the newly fixtured deposition system enable us to fabricate and deliver a ZnO/Cd{sub 0.08}Zn{sub 0.20}S/CuIn{sub 0.74}Ga{sub 0.26}Se{sub 2} cell on alumina with I-V characteristics, as measured by NREL under standard test conditions, of 13.7% efficiency with V{proportional_to} = 0.5458 V, J{sub sc} = 35.48 mA/cm{sup 2}, FF = 0.688, and efficiency = 14.6%.

  8. Research on polycrystalline thin-film submodules based on CuInSe{sub 2} materials. Final technical report, 14 December 1995--31 December 1996

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    Arya, R; Fogleboch, J; Kessler, J; Russell, L; Skibo, S; Wiedeman, S

    1997-04-01

    This report describes the progress made at Solarex for both device and module efficiencies from the inception of the CIS research program to the present. A rapid improvement in efficiency is apparent, culminating in the fabrication of a 15.5%-efficient device (total area) and a 13%-efficient submodule (aperture area). The device represents the highest efficiency device measured by NREL for any industrial source at that time. The module represented a new world record for any thin-film module at the time of its measurement. The factors leading to these results included improvements in absorber layer quality, transparent contacts, scribing and module formation processes. Other elements critical to the commercialization of CIS-based photovoltaics were also successfully attacked, including reduction of absorber deposition times into the range of 10 to 20 minutes and the successful scale-up of the absorber deposition process to greater than 500 cm{sup 2}. Other requisite processes saw continued development, such as a rapid, low-cost method for transparent window deposition. Subsequent to the demonstration of 13% module efficiency, scribing techniques were further improved that resulted in a reduction in shunt losses and higher module fill factor. This improvement, and the concomitant gain in fill factor, would yield efficiencies approaching 14% on modules having a short-circuit and open-circuit voltage comparable to the record module.

  9. Ceramic Composite Thin Films

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    Ruoff, Rodney S. (Inventor); Stankovich, Sasha (Inventor); Dikin, Dmitriy A. (Inventor); Nguyen, SonBinh T. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A ceramic composite thin film or layer includes individual graphene oxide and/or electrically conductive graphene sheets dispersed in a ceramic (e.g. silica) matrix. The thin film or layer can be electrically conductive film or layer depending the amount of graphene sheets present. The composite films or layers are transparent, chemically inert and compatible with both glass and hydrophilic SiOx/silicon substrates. The composite film or layer can be produced by making a suspension of graphene oxide sheet fragments, introducing a silica-precursor or silica to the suspension to form a sol, depositing the sol on a substrate as thin film or layer, at least partially reducing the graphene oxide sheets to conductive graphene sheets, and thermally consolidating the thin film or layer to form a silica matrix in which the graphene oxide and/or graphene sheets are dispersed.

  10. Optical thin film devices

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    Mao, Shuzheng

    1991-11-01

    Thin film devices are applied to almost all modern scientific instruments, and these devices, especially optical thin film devices, play an essential role in the performances of the instruments, therefore, they are attracting more and more attention. Now there are numerous kinds of thin film devices and their applications are very diversified. The 300-page book, 'Thin Film Device and Applications,' by Prof. K. L. Chopra gives some general ideas, and my paper also outlines the designs, fabrication, and applications of some optical thin film devices made in my laboratory. Optical thin film devices have been greatly developed in the recent decades. Prof. A. Thelan has given a number of papers on the theory and techniques, Prof. H. A. Macleod's book, 'Thin Film Optical Filters,' has concisely concluded the important concepts of optical thin film devices, and Prof. J. A. Dobrowobski has proposed many successful designs for optical thin film devices. Recently, fully-automatic plants make it easier to produce thin film devices with various spectrum requirements, and some companies, such as Balzers, Leybold AG, Satis Vacuum AG, etc., have manufactured such kinds of coating plants for research or mass-production, and the successful example is the production of multilayer antireflection coatings with high stability and reproducibility. Therefore, it could be said that the design of optical thin film devices and coating plants is quite mature. However, we cannot expect that every problem has been solved, the R&D work still continues, the competition still continues, and new design concepts, new techniques, and new film materials are continually developed. Meanwhile, the high-price of fully-automatic coating plants makes unpopular, and automatic design of coating stacks is only the technique for optimizing the manual design according to the physical concepts and experience, in addition, not only the optical system, but also working environment should be taken into account when

  11. Mechanics of Thin Films

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-02-06

    S. Hwang, Thermal conductivity of thin films: measurement and microstructural effects, in Thin- film heat transfer, properties and processing, ed...thermal, electrical, optical and magnetic properties . As typical examples we mention microelectronics, optical coatings and multilayers for use in optical...interplay between mechanical properties (elastic moduli), thermal properties (thermal conductivity, thermal expansion coefficient), and optical

  12. Improvement in pixel signal uniformity of polycrystalline mercuric iodide films for digital X-ray imaging

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    Oh, Kyungmin; Kim, Jinseon; Shin, Jungwook; Heo, Seunguk; Cho, Gyuseok; Kim, Daekuk; Park, Jigoon; Nam, Sanghee

    2014-03-01

    We investigated polycrystalline mercuric iodide (HgI2) that exhibits uniform pixel signals for its use in digital X-ray imaging. To fabricate thin polycrystalline HgI2 films, the particle-in-binder (PIB) method is used because it enables the fabrication of X-ray conversion films at a low temperature and a normal pressure. Moreover, it has a large-scale deposition capacity at a low cost. Although the thin layers fabricated by the PIB method have such advantages, they are chemically unstable and show poor reproducibility and nonuniform X-ray response. To solve these problems, in this study, additional physical and chemical treatments were performed along with the PIB method after taking the size confinement effect of photoconductive particles into consideration. Morphological and electrical properties were measured to investigate the effects of the physical and chemical treatments.

  13. Carbon thin film thermometry

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    Collier, R. S.; Sparks, L. L.; Strobridge, T. R.

    1973-01-01

    The work concerning carbon thin film thermometry is reported. Optimum film deposition parameters were sought on an empirical basis for maximum stability of the films. One hundred films were fabricated for use at the Marshall Space Flight Center; 10 of these films were given a precise quasi-continuous calibration of temperature vs. resistance with 22 intervals between 5 and 80 K using primary platinum and germanium thermometers. Sensitivity curves were established and the remaining 90 films were given a three point calibration and fitted to the established sensitivity curves. Hydrogen gas-liquid discrimination set points are given for each film.

  14. Ultrathin films of polycrystalline MnGa alloy with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Ono, Atsuo; Suzuki, Kazuya Z.; Ranjbar, Reza; Sugihara, Atsushi; Mizukami, Shigemi

    2017-02-01

    Room temperature growth of textured polycrystalline films of MnGa alloys using a CoGa buffer layer on a thermally oxidized Si substrate is demonstrated. MnGa thin films with a thickness of 2 nm exhibit out-of-plane rectangular hysteresis loops. A small saturation magnetization of about 200 emu/cm3 and a large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of up to 3–5 Merg/cm3 were achieved for 2- and 3-nm-thick MnGa ultrathin films; such values have never been reported before, and they provide a pathway for integration with conventional Si technology.

  15. Induced electronic anisotropy in bismuth thin films

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    Liao, Albert D.; Yao, Mengliang; Opeil, Cyril; Katmis, Ferhat; Moodera, Jagadeesh S.; Li, Mingda; Tang, Shuang; Dresselhaus, Mildred S.

    2014-08-11

    We use magneto-resistance measurements to investigate the effect of texturing in polycrystalline bismuth thin films. Electrical current in bismuth films with texturing such that all grains are oriented with the trigonal axis normal to the film plane is found to flow in an isotropic manner. By contrast, bismuth films with no texture such that not all grains have the same crystallographic orientation exhibit anisotropic current flow, giving rise to preferential current flow pathways in each grain depending on its orientation. Extraction of the mobility and the phase coherence length in both types of films indicates that carrier scattering is not responsible for the observed anisotropic conduction. Evidence from control experiments on antimony thin films suggests that the anisotropy is a result of bismuth's large electron effective mass anisotropy.

  16. Biomimetic thin film synthesis

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    Graff, G.L.; Campbell, A.A.; Gordon, N.R.

    1995-05-01

    The purpose of this program is to develop a new process for forming thin film coatings and to demonstrate that the biomimetic thin film technology developed at PNL is useful for industrial applications. In the biomimetic process, mineral deposition from aqueous solution is controlled by organic functional groups attached to the underlying substrate surface. The coatings process is simple, benign, inexpensive, energy efficient, and particularly suited for temperature sensitive substrate materials (such as polymers). In addition, biomimetic thin films can be deposited uniformly on complex shaped and porous substrates providing a unique capability over more traditional line-of-sight methods.

  17. Thin film hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Cheng, Yang-Tse; Poli, Andrea A.; Meltser, Mark Alexander

    1999-01-01

    A thin film hydrogen sensor, includes: a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end.

  18. Thin film hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Cheng, Y.T.; Poli, A.A.; Meltser, M.A.

    1999-03-23

    A thin film hydrogen sensor includes a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end. 5 figs.

  19. Raman Microscopic Characterization of Proton-Irradiated Polycrystalline Diamond Films

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    Newton, R. L.; Davidson, J. L.; Lance, M. J.

    2004-01-01

    The microstructural effects of irradiating polycrystalline diamond films with proton dosages ranging from 10(exp 15) to 10(exp 17) H(+) per square centimeter was examined. Scanning Electron Microscopy and Raman microscopy were used to examine the changes in the diamond crystalline lattice as a function of depth. Results indicate that the diamond lattice is retained, even at maximum irradiation levels.

  20. Influence of substrates on formation of polycrystalline silicon nanowire films

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    Kato, Shinya; Yamazaki, Tatsuya; Miyajima, Shinsuke; Konagai, Makoto

    2014-10-01

    Polycrystalline silicon nanowires (poly-SiNWs) films were successfully prepared by using metal assisted chemical etching of polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) films. The poly-Si films were prepared by solid-phase crystallization of amorphous silicon (a-Si) deposited by different deposition techniques on different substrates. In the case of the electron beam evaporated a-Si on a quartz substrate, the formation of poly-SiNWs was not observed and the structure was found to be porous silicon. On the other hand, poly-SiNWs successfully formed from poly-Si on a silicon substrate. We also found that deposition techniques for a-Si films affect the formation of poly-SiNWs.

  1. Anisotropic thermal conductivity of thin polycrystalline oxide samples

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    Tiwari, A.; Boussois, K.; Nait-Ali, B.; Smith, D. S.; Blanchart, P.

    2013-11-15

    This paper reports about the development of a modified laser-flash technique and relation to measure the in-plane thermal diffusivity of thin polycrystalline oxide samples. Thermal conductivity is then calculated with the product of diffusivity, specific heat and density. Design and operating features for evaluating in-plane thermal conductivities are described. The technique is advantageous as thin samples are not glued together to measure in-plane thermal conductivities like earlier methods reported in literature. The approach was employed to study anisotropic thermal conductivity in alumina sheet, textured kaolin ceramics and montmorillonite. Since it is rare to find in-plane thermal conductivity values for such anisotropic thin samples in literature, this technique offers a useful variant to existing techniques.

  2. Process for Polycrystalline film silicon growth

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    Wang, Tihu; Ciszek, Theodore F.

    2001-01-01

    A process for depositing polycrystalline silicon on substrates, including foreign substrates, occurs in a chamber at about atmospheric pressure, wherein a temperature gradient is formed, and both the atmospheric pressure and the temperature gradient are maintained throughout the process. Formation of a vapor barrier within the chamber that precludes exit of the constituent chemicals, which include silicon, iodine, silicon diiodide, and silicon tetraiodide. The deposition occurs beneath the vapor barrier. One embodiment of the process also includes the use of a blanketing gas that precludes the entrance of oxygen or other impurities. The process is capable of repetition without the need to reset the deposition zone conditions.

  3. High-Efficiency Polycrystalline CdTe Thin-Film Solar Cells with an Oxygenated Amorphous CdS (a-CdS:O) Window Layer: Preprint

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    Wu, X.; Dhere, R. G.; Yan, Y.; Romero, M. J.; Zhang, Y.; Zhou, J.; DeHart, C.; Duda, A.; Perkins, C.; To, B.

    2002-05-01

    In the conventional CdS/CdTe device structure, the poly-CdS window layer has a bandgap of {approx}2.4 eV, which causes absorption in the short-wavelength region. Higher short-circuit current densities (Jsc) can be achieved by reducing the CdS thickness, but this can adversely impact device open-circuit voltage (Voc) and fill factor (FF). Also, poly-CdS film has about 10% lattice mismatch related to the CdTe film, which limits the improvement of device Voc and FF. In this paper, we report a novel window material: oxygenated amorphous CdS film (a-CdS:O) prepared at room temperature by rf sputtering. The a-CdS:O film has a higher optical bandgap (2.5-3.1 eV) than the poly-CdS film and an amorphous structure. The preliminary device results have demonstrated that Jsc of the CdTe device can be greatly improved while maintaining higher Voc and FF. We have fabricated a CdTe cell demonstrating an NREL-confirmed Jsc of 25.85 mA/cm2 and a total-area efficiency of 15.4%.

  4. A comparative study of the microstructural and magnetic properties of <1 1 0> textured thin polycrystalline Fe100-xGax (10 ≤ x ≤ 35) films

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    Javed, A.; Morley, N. A.; Szumiata, T.; Gibbs, M. R. J.

    2011-05-01

    In this work, we present a detailed analysis of the microstructure and magnetic properties of 50 ± 2 nm thick polycrystalline Fe 100- xGa x (10 ≤ x ≤ 35) films. Two sets of Fe 100- xGa x films were fabricated on Si 1 0 0 substrates with and without a forming field Hf present. Microstructural properties were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS). Magnetic properties were studied using the magneto optical Kerr effect (MOKE) magnetometer. For all films, the 1 1 0 texture normal to the film plane was observed from XRD. No peaks corresponding to the ordered D0 3 or L1 2 phases were observed from XRD. Using CEMS, the disordered A2 phase was confirmed in all films. It was found that the magnetostriction in Set-1 (forming field Hf = 0) films was ˜40-50% higher compared to the Set-2 ( Hf ≠ 0) films over the whole Ga composition range studied. Both film sets have a strong dependence of saturation field H s on Ga composition. Set-1 films were magnetically isotropic but a weak uniaxial anisotropy was observed in Set-2 films. The saturation field H s in Set-2 films was significantly lower compared to the Set-1 films. It was concluded that the H f reduced H s but also reduced effective saturation magnetostriction constant λeff in the films.

  5. Thickness-dependent cooperative aging in polycrystalline films of antiferromagnet CoO

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    Ma, Tianyu; Cheng, Xiang; Boettcher, Stefan; Urazhdin, Sergei; Novozhilova, Lydia

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate that thin polycrystalline films of antiferromagnet CoO, in bilayers with ferromagnetic Permalloy, exhibit slow power-law aging of their magnetization state. The aging characteristics are remarkably similar to those previously observed in thin epitaxial Fe50Mn50 films, indicating that these behaviors are likely generic to ferromagnet/antiferromagnet bilayers. In very thin films, aging is observed over a wide temperature range. In thicker CoO, aging effects become reduced at low temperatures. Aging entirely disappears for large CoO thicknesses. We also investigate the dependence of aging characteristics on temperature and magnetic history. Analysis shows that the observed behaviors are inconsistent with the Neel-Arrhenius model of thermal activation, and are instead indicative of cooperative aging of the antiferromagnet. Our results provide new insights into the mechanisms controlling the stationary states and dynamics of ferromagnet/antiferromagnet bilayers, and potentially other frustrated magnetic systems.

  6. Multifunctional thin film surface

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    Brozik, Susan M.; Harper, Jason C.; Polsky, Ronen; Wheeler, David R.; Arango, Dulce C.; Dirk, Shawn M.

    2015-10-13

    A thin film with multiple binding functionality can be prepared on an electrode surface via consecutive electroreduction of two or more aryl-onium salts with different functional groups. This versatile and simple method for forming multifunctional surfaces provides an effective means for immobilization of diverse molecules at close proximities. The multifunctional thin film has applications in bioelectronics, molecular electronics, clinical diagnostics, and chemical and biological sensing.

  7. Thin film tritium dosimetry

    DOEpatents

    Moran, Paul R.

    1976-01-01

    The present invention provides a method for tritium dosimetry. A dosimeter comprising a thin film of a material having relatively sensitive RITAC-RITAP dosimetry properties is exposed to radiation from tritium, and after the dosimeter has been removed from the source of the radiation, the low energy electron dose deposited in the thin film is determined by radiation-induced, thermally-activated polarization dosimetry techniques.

  8. Ultrathin polycrystalline 6,13-Bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)-pentacene films

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    Jung, Min-Cherl; Zhang, Dongrong; Nikiforov, Gueorgui O.; Lee, Michael V.; Qi, Yabing; Joo Shin, Tae; Ahn, Docheon; Lee, Han-Koo; Baik, Jaeyoon; Shin, Hyun-Joon

    2015-03-15

    Ultrathin (<6 nm) polycrystalline films of 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl) pentacene (TIPS-P) are deposited with a two-step spin-coating process. The influence of spin-coating conditions on morphology of the resulting film was examined by atomic force microscopy. Film thickness and RMS surface roughness were in the range of 4.0–6.1 and 0.6–1.1 nm, respectively, except for small holes. Polycrystalline structure was confirmed by grazing incidence x-ray diffraction measurements. Near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure measurements suggested that the plane through aromatic rings of TIPS-P molecules was perpendicular to the substrate surface.

  9. Charge carrier dynamics and recombination in graded band gap CuIn1-xGaxSe2 polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaic solar cell absorbers

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    Kuciauskas, Darius; Li, Jian V.; Contreras, Miguel A.; Pankow, Joel; Dippo, Patricia; Young, Matthew; Mansfield, Lorelle M.; Noufi, Rommel; Levi, Dean

    2013-01-01

    We report the results of spectroscopic time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) analysis for polycrystalline CuIn1-xGaxSe2 (CIGS) films. On the <5 ns time scale, we investigated minority carrier spatial redistribution from the initial absorption profile near the surface of the films to the conduction band minimum. Based on these data, the estimated minority carrier mobility is 75–230 cm2 V-1s-1. Full TRPL decays were analyzed using models for donor-acceptor pair (DAP) recombination. We estimated that the concentration of DAP recombination centers was 5×1015–1017cm-3. Data also show that Shockley-Reed-Hall and surface recombination are not significant for polycrystalline CIGS absorbers used in high-efficiency photovoltaic solar cells.

  10. Thin film processing of photorefractive BaTiO3

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    Schuster, Paul R.; Potember, Richard S.

    1991-01-01

    The principle objectives of this ongoing research involve the preparation and characterization of polycrystalline single-domain thin films of BaTiO3 for photorefractive applications. These films must be continuous, free of cracks, and of high optical quality. The two methods proposed are sputtering and sol-gel related processing.

  11. Synchrotron X-ray Microdiffraction Analysis of Proton Irradiated Polycrystalline Diamond Films

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    Newton, R. I.; Davidson, J. L.; Ice, G. E.; Liu, W.

    2004-01-01

    X-ray microdiffraction is a non-destructive technique that allows for depth-resolved, strain measurements with sub-micron spatial resolution. These capabilities make this technique promising for understanding the mechanical properties of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). This investigation examined the local strain induced by irradiating a polycrystalline diamond thin film with a dose of 2x10(exp 17) H(+)per square centimeter protons. Preliminary results indicate that a measurable strain, on the order of 10(exp -3), was introduced into the film near the End of Range (EOR) region of the protons.

  12. Studies of two-terminal and four-terminal polycrystalline thin film tandem solar cells based on II-VI materials

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    Parikh, Viral Y.

    Multijunction solar cells offer the most promising approach to achieve high conversion efficiency by efficient utilization of the solar spectrum. The work presented in this dissertation focuses on the challenges involved in the fabrication of a two-terminal and a four-terminal tandem device. In case of monolithically series-connected tandem devices, the individual optimization of the top and bottom cells is of crucial importance, as either of them may limit the current of the complete device. A major challenge in the development of these cascade solar cells is also the requirement of a low resistance, optically transparent interconnect junction. To meet these challenges, we have tried to optimize the performance of a single junction CdS/CdTe device by reducing the thickness of CdTe without compromising its efficiency. We have achieved a maximum efficiency of 12.1% for CdTe thickness of 0.9 mum which is similar to a standard 2.3 mum CdTe device in our laboratory. The performance of CdS/CdTe device has also been tested by depositing different transparent back contacts. A device efficiency of 9.1% has been obtained with ZnTe:N/ITO as the best transparent back contact. Bifacial illumination studies (J-V and QE) of these devices have been carried out to understand the current transport mechanism occurring at the hack contact. The requirements of the individual layers of an interconnect junction are reviewed and their optical and electrical properties investigated before fabricating a tandem device. The potential of HgCdTe as an absorber layer for a bottom cell is explored. We are able to achieve the best HgCdTe films with a desired bandgap of 1.1 eV at a substrate deposition temperature of 97°C. These films also have the morphological and electrical properties needed for cell fabrication. Cu-Au proves to be the best ohmic metal back contact to the CdS/HgCdTe device. An all-sputtered two-terminal tandem with CdS/CdTe as top cell and CdS/HgCdTe as bottom cell has been

  13. Thin film temperature sensor

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    Grant, H. P.; Przybyszewski, J. S.

    1980-01-01

    Thin film surface temperature sensors were developed. The sensors were made of platinum-platinum/10 percent rhodium thermocouples with associated thin film-to-lead wire connections and sputtered on aluminum oxide coated simulated turbine blades for testing. Tests included exposure to vibration, low velocity hydrocarbon hot gas flow to 1250 K, and furnace calibrations. Thermal electromotive force was typically two percent below standard type S thermocouples. Mean time to failure was 42 hours at a hot gas flow temperature of 1250 K and an average of 15 cycles to room temperature. Failures were mainly due to separation of the platinum thin film from the aluminum oxide surface. Several techniques to improve the adhesion of the platinum are discussed.

  14. Determination of oxygen diffusion kinetics during thin film ruthenium oxidation

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    Coloma Ribera, R.; van de Kruijs, R. W. E.; Yakshin, A. E.; Bijkerk, F.

    2015-08-01

    In situ X-ray reflectivity was used to reveal oxygen diffusion kinetics for thermal oxidation of polycrystalline ruthenium thin films and accurate determination of activation energies for this process. Diffusion rates in nanometer thin RuO2 films were found to show Arrhenius behaviour. However, a gradual decrease in diffusion rates was observed with oxide growth, with the activation energy increasing from about 2.1 to 2.4 eV. Further exploration of the Arrhenius pre-exponential factor for diffusion process revealed that oxidation of polycrystalline ruthenium joins the class of materials that obey the Meyer-Neldel rule.

  15. Determination of oxygen diffusion kinetics during thin film ruthenium oxidation

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    Coloma Ribera, R. Kruijs, R. W. E. van de; Yakshin, A. E.; Bijkerk, F.

    2015-08-07

    In situ X-ray reflectivity was used to reveal oxygen diffusion kinetics for thermal oxidation of polycrystalline ruthenium thin films and accurate determination of activation energies for this process. Diffusion rates in nanometer thin RuO{sub 2} films were found to show Arrhenius behaviour. However, a gradual decrease in diffusion rates was observed with oxide growth, with the activation energy increasing from about 2.1 to 2.4 eV. Further exploration of the Arrhenius pre-exponential factor for diffusion process revealed that oxidation of polycrystalline ruthenium joins the class of materials that obey the Meyer-Neldel rule.

  16. Biomimetic thin film deposition

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    Rieke, P. C.; Campbell, A. A.; Tarasevich, B. J.; Fryxell, G. E.; Bentjen, S. B.

    1991-04-01

    Surfaces derivatized with organic functional groups were used to promote the deposition of thin films of inorganic minerals. These derivatized surfaces were designed to mimic the nucleation proteins that control mineral deposition during formation of bone, shell, and other hard tissues in living organisms. By the use of derivatized substrates control was obtained over the phase of mineral deposited, the orientation of the crystal lattice and the location of deposition. These features are of considerable importance in many technically important thin films, coatings, and composite materials. Methods of derivatizing surfaces are considered and examples of controlled mineral deposition are presented.

  17. Thin film photovoltaic device

    DOEpatents

    Catalano, Anthony W.; Bhushan, Manjul

    1982-01-01

    A thin film photovoltaic solar cell which utilizes a zinc phosphide semiconductor is of the homojunction type comprising an n-type conductivity region forming an electrical junction with a p-type region, both regions consisting essentially of the same semiconductor material. The n-type region is formed by treating zinc phosphide with an extrinsic dopant such as magnesium. The semiconductor is formed on a multilayer substrate which acts as an opaque contact. Various transparent contacts may be used, including a thin metal film of the same chemical composition as the n-type dopant or conductive oxides or metal grids.

  18. Thin film ceramic thermocouples

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    Gregory, Otto (Inventor); Fralick, Gustave (Inventor); Wrbanek, John (Inventor); You, Tao (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A thin film ceramic thermocouple (10) having two ceramic thermocouple (12, 14) that are in contact with each other in at least on point to form a junction, and wherein each element was prepared in a different oxygen/nitrogen/argon plasma. Since each element is prepared under different plasma conditions, they have different electrical conductivity and different charge carrier concentration. The thin film thermocouple (10) can be transparent. A versatile ceramic sensor system having an RTD heat flux sensor can be combined with a thermocouple and a strain sensor to yield a multifunctional ceramic sensor array. The transparent ceramic temperature sensor that could ultimately be used for calibration of optical sensors.

  19. Epitaxial thin films

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    Hunt, Andrew Tye; Deshpande, Girish; Lin, Wen-Yi; Jan, Tzyy-Jiuan

    2006-04-25

    Epitatial thin films for use as buffer layers for high temperature superconductors, electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), gas separation membranes or dielectric material in electronic devices, are disclosed. By using CCVD, CACVD or any other suitable deposition process, epitaxial films having pore-free, ideal grain boundaries, and dense structure can be formed. Several different types of materials are disclosed for use as buffer layers in high temperature superconductors. In addition, the use of epitaxial thin films for electrolytes and electrode formation in SOFCs results in densification for pore-free and ideal gain boundary/interface microstructure. Gas separation membranes for the production of oxygen and hydrogen are also disclosed. These semipermeable membranes are formed by high-quality, dense, gas-tight, pinhole free sub-micro scale layers of mixed-conducting oxides on porous ceramic substrates. Epitaxial thin films as dielectric material in capacitors are also taught herein. Capacitors are utilized according to their capacitance values which are dependent on their physical structure and dielectric permittivity. The epitaxial thin films of the current invention form low-loss dielectric layers with extremely high permittivity. This high permittivity allows for the formation of capacitors that can have their capacitance adjusted by applying a DC bias between their electrodes.

  20. Thin film solar cell workshop

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    Armstrong, Joe; Jeffrey, Frank

    1993-01-01

    A summation of responses to questions posed to the thin-film solar cell workshop and the ensuing discussion is provided. Participants in the workshop included photovoltaic manufacturers (both thin film and crystalline), cell performance investigators, and consumers.

  1. Thin films for material engineering

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    Wasa, Kiyotaka

    2016-07-01

    Thin films are defined as two-dimensional materials formed by condensing one by one atomic/molecular/ionic species of matter in contrast to bulk three-dimensional sintered ceramics. They are grown through atomic collisional chemical reaction on a substrate surface. Thin film growth processes are fascinating for developing innovative exotic materials. On the basis of my long research on sputtering deposition, this paper firstly describes the kinetic energy effect of sputtered adatoms on thin film growth and discusses on a possibility of room-temperature growth of cubic diamond crystallites and the perovskite thin films of binary compound PbTiO3. Secondly, high-performance sputtered ferroelectric thin films with extraordinary excellent crystallinity compatible with MBE deposited thin films are described in relation to a possible application for thin-film MEMS. Finally, the present thin-film technologies are discussed in terms of a future material science and engineering.

  2. Thin-film optical initiator

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    Erickson, Kenneth L.

    2001-01-01

    A thin-film optical initiator having an inert, transparent substrate, a reactive thin film, which can be either an explosive or a pyrotechnic, and a reflective thin film. The resultant thin-film optical initiator system also comprises a fiber-optic cable connected to a low-energy laser source, an output charge, and an initiator housing. The reactive thin film, which may contain very thin embedded layers or be a co-deposit of a light-absorbing material such as carbon, absorbs the incident laser light, is volumetrically heated, and explodes against the output charge, imparting about 5 to 20 times more energy than in the incident laser pulse.

  3. Advanced Micro-Polycrystalline Silicon Films Formed by Blue-Multi-Laser-Diode Annealing

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    Noguchi, Takashi; Chen, Yi; Miyahira, Tomoyuki; de Dieu Mugiraneza, Jean; Ogino, Yoshiaki; Iida, Yasuhiro; Sahota, Eiji; Terao, Motoyasu

    2010-03-01

    Semiconductor blue-multi-laser-diode annealing (BLDA) for amorphous Si film was performed to obtain a film containing uniform polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) grains as a low temperature poly-Si (LTPS) process used for thin-film transistor (TFT). By adopting continuous wave (CW) mode at the 445 nm wavelength of the BLDA system, the light beam is efficiently absorbed into the thin amorphous silicon film of 50 nm thickness and can be crystallized stably. By adjusting simply the laser power below 6 W with controlled beam shape, the isotropic Si grains from uniform micro-grains to arbitral grain size of polycrystalline phase can be obtained with reproducible by fixing the scan speed at 500 mm/s. As a result of analysis using electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM), uniform distributed micro-poly-Si grains of smooth surface were observed at a power condition below 5 W and the preferred crystal orientation of (111) face was confirmed. As arbitral grain size can be obtained stably and reproducibly merely by controlling the laser power, BLDA is promising as a next-generation LTPS process for AM OLED panel including a system on glass (SoG).

  4. NMR characterization of thin films

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    Gerald II, Rex E.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.; Diaz, Rocio; Vukovic, Lela

    2010-06-15

    A method, apparatus, and system for characterizing thin film materials. The method, apparatus, and system includes a container for receiving a starting material, applying a gravitational force, a magnetic force, and an electric force or combinations thereof to at least the starting material, forming a thin film material, sensing an NMR signal from the thin film material and analyzing the NMR signal to characterize the thin film of material.

  5. VACUUM DEPOSITION OF THIN FILMS,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    The book deals with methods of obtaining and processing thin films , methods of measuring the deposition rate and thickness of thin-film layers, and...the main fields of application of thin films . Vacuum requirements and the requirements for the composition of the residual medium in thermal...evaporation and cathode sputtering are given, and modern methods of producing and measuring vacuums and the equipment used in obtaining thin films are described. (Author)

  6. Selective inorganic thin films

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    Phillips, M.L.F.; Weisenbach, L.A.; Anderson, M.T.

    1995-05-01

    This project is developing inorganic thin films as membranes for gas separation applications, and as discriminating coatings for liquid-phase chemical sensors. Our goal is to synthesize these coatings with tailored porosity and surface chemistry on porous substrates and on acoustic and optical sensors. Molecular sieve films offer the possibility of performing separations involving hydrogen, air, and natural gas constituents at elevated temperatures with very high separation factors. We are focusing on improving permeability and molecular sieve properties of crystalline zeolitic membranes made by hydrothermally reacting layered multicomponent sol-gel films deposited on mesoporous substrates. We also used acoustic plate mode (APM) oscillator and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor elements as substrates for sol-gel films, and have both used these modified sensors to determine physical properties of the films and have determined the sensitivity and selectivity of these sensors to aqueous chemical species.

  7. Protein thin film machines.

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    Federici, Stefania; Oliviero, Giulio; Hamad-Schifferli, Kimberly; Bergese, Paolo

    2010-12-01

    We report the first example of microcantilever beams that are reversibly driven by protein thin film machines fueled by cycling the salt concentration of the surrounding solution. We also show that upon the same salinity stimulus the drive can be completely reversed in its direction by introducing a surface coating ligand. Experimental results are throughout discussed within a general yet simple thermodynamic model.

  8. Thin film photovoltaic cell

    DOEpatents

    Meakin, John D.; Bragagnolo, Julio

    1982-01-01

    A thin film photovoltaic cell having a transparent electrical contact and an opaque electrical contact with a pair of semiconductors therebetween includes utilizing one of the electrical contacts as a substrate and wherein the inner surface thereof is modified by microroughening while being macro-planar.

  9. Grain boundary dominated ion migration in polycrystalline organic–inorganic halide perovskite films

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    Shao, Yuchuan; Fang, Yanjun; Li, Tao; Wang, Qi; Dong, Qingfeng; Deng, Yehao; Yuan, Yongbo; Wei, Haotong; Wang, Meiyu; Gruverman, Alexei; Shield, Jeffery; Huang, Jinsong

    2016-03-21

    The efficiency of perovskite solar cells is approaching that of single-crystalline silicon solar cells despite the presence of large grain boundary (GB) area in the polycrystalline thin films. Here, by using a combination of nanoscopic and macroscopic level measurements, we show that the ion migration in polycrystalline perovskites is dominated through GBs. Conducting atomic force microscopy measurements reveal much stronger hysteresis both for photocurrent and dark-current at the GBs than on the grains interiors, which can be explained by faster ion migration at the GBs. The dramatically enhanced ion migration results in a redistribution of ions along the GBs after electric poling, in contrast to the intact grain area. The perovskite single-crystal devices without GBs show negligible current hysteresis and no ion-migration signal. Furthermore, the discovery of dominating ion migration through GBs in perovskites can lead to broad applications in many types of devices including photovoltaics, memristors, and ion batteries.

  10. Electrodeposited CuInSe2 Thin Film Junctions

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    Raffaelle, R. P.; Mantovani, J. G.; Bailey, S. G.; Hepp, A. F.; Gordon, E. M.; Haraway, R.

    1997-01-01

    We have investigated thin films and junctions based on copper indium diselenide (CIS) which have been grown by electrochemical deposition. CIS is a leading candidate for use in polycrystalline thin film photovoltaic solar cells. Electrodeposition is a cost-effective method for producing thin-film CIS. We have produced both p and n type CIS thin films from the same aqueous solution by simply varying the deposition potential. A CIS pn junction was deposited using a step-function potential. Stoichiometry of the single layer films was determined by energy dispersive spectroscopy. Carrier densities of these films increased with deviation from stoichiometry, as determined by the capacitance versus voltage dependence of Schottky contacts. Optical bandgaps for the single layer films as determined by transmission spectroscopy were also found to increase with deviation from stoichiometry. Rectifying current versus voltage characteristics were demonstrated for the Schottky barriers and for the pn junction.

  11. The state of the art of thin-film photovoltaics

    SciTech Connect

    Surek, T.

    1993-10-01

    Thin-film photovoltaic technologies, based on materials such as amorphous or polycrystalline silicon, copper indium diselenide, cadmium telluride, and gallium arsenide, offer the potential for significantly reducing the cost of electricity generated by photovoltaics. The significant progress in the technologies, from the laboratory to the marketplace, is reviewed. The common concerns and questions raised about thin films are addressed. Based on the progress to date and the potential of these technologies, along with continuing investments by the private sector to commercialize the technologies, one can conclude that thin-film PV will provide a competitive alternative for large-scale power generation in the future.

  12. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings

    DOEpatents

    Weinberger, Bernard R.

    1995-12-26

    A superconductor magnetic bearing includes a shaft (10) that is subject to a load (L) and rotatable around an axis of rotation, a magnet (12) mounted to the shaft, and a stator (14) in proximity to the shaft. The stator (14) has a superconductor thin film assembly (16) positioned to interact with the magnet (12) to produce a levitation force on the shaft (10) that supports the load (L). The thin film assembly (16) includes at least two superconductor thin films (18) and at least one substrate (20). Each thin film (18) is positioned on a substrate (20) and all the thin films are positioned such that an applied magnetic field from the magnet (12) passes through all the thin films. A similar bearing in which the thin film assembly (16) is mounted on the shaft (10) and the magnet (12) is part of the stator (14) also can be constructed.

  13. Structural and optical properties of nanoscale Galinobisuitite thin films.

    PubMed

    Abd-Elkader, Omar H; Deraz, N M

    2014-01-27

    Galinobisuitite thin films of (Bi2S3)(PbS) were prepared using the chemical bath deposition technique (CBD). Thin films were prepared by a modified chemical deposition process by allowing the triethanolamine (TEA) complex of Bi(3+) and Pb(2+) to react with S(2)- ions, which are released slowly by the dissociation of the thiourea (TU) solution. The films are polycrystalline and the average crystallite size is 35 nm. The composition of the films was measured using the atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) technique. The films are very adherent to the substrates. The crystal structure of Galinobisuitite thin films was calculated by using the X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. The surface morphology and roughness of the films were studied using scanning electron microscopes (SEM), transmission electron microscopes (TEM) and stylus profilers respectively. The optical band gaps of the films were estimated from optical measurements.

  14. Structural and Optical Properties of Nanoscale Galinobisuitite Thin Films

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    Abd-Elkader, Omar H.; Deraz, N. M.

    2014-01-01

    Galinobisuitite thin films of (Bi2S3)(PbS) were prepared using the chemical bath deposition technique (CBD). Thin films were prepared by a modified chemical deposition process by allowing the triethanolamine (TEA) complex of Bi3+ and Pb2+ to react with S2− ions, which are released slowly by the dissociation of the thiourea (TU) solution. The films are polycrystalline and the average crystallite size is 35 nm. The composition of the films was measured using the atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) technique. The films are very adherent to the substrates. The crystal structure of Galinobisuitite thin films was calculated by using the X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. The surface morphology and roughness of the films were studied using scanning electron microscopes (SEM), transmission electron microscopes (TEM) and stylus profilers respectively. The optical band gaps of the films were estimated from optical measurements. PMID:24473136

  15. Analytical and numerical modeling of surface morphologies in thin films

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    Genin, F.Y.

    1995-05-01

    Experimental studies have show that strains due to thermal expansion mismatch between a film and its substrate can produce very large stresses in the film that can lead to the formation of holes and hillocks. Based on a phenomenological description of the evolution of a solid surface under both capillary and stress driving forces and for surface and grain boundary self-diffusion, this article provides analytical and numerical solutions for surface profiles of model geometries in polycrystalline thin films. Results can explain a variety of surface morphologies commonly observed experimentally and are discussed to give some practical insights on how to control the growth of holes and hillocks in thin films.

  16. Chiral atomically thin films.

    PubMed

    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Sánchez-Castillo, A; Ziegler, Zack; Ogawa, Yui; Noguez, Cecilia; Park, Jiwoong

    2016-06-01

    Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics, stereochemistry and spintronics. In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films, or arrays of fabricated building blocks, could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (θ) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left- and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg μm(-1)) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by θ and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra.

  17. Chiral atomically thin films

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    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Sánchez-Castillo, A.; Ziegler, Zack; Ogawa, Yui; Noguez, Cecilia; Park, Jiwoong

    2016-06-01

    Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics, stereochemistry and spintronics. In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films, or arrays of fabricated building blocks, could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (θ) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left- and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg μm-1) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by θ and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra.

  18. Direct observation of Barkhausen avalanche in Co thin films.

    PubMed

    Kim, Dong-Hyun; Choe, Sug-Bong; Shin, Sung-Chul

    2003-02-28

    We report direct full-field magneto-optical observations of Barkhausen avalanches in Co polycrystalline thin films at criticality. We provide experimental evidence for the validity of a phenomenological model of the Barkhausen avalanche originally proposed by Cizeau, Zapperi, Durin, and Stanley [Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4669 (1997)

  19. Growth, microstructure, optical and electrical properties of sprayed CuInSe{sub 2} polycrystalline films

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    Akl, Alaa A.; Afify, H.H.

    2008-06-03

    Polycrystalline thin films of CuInSe{sub 2} have been prepared by chemical spray pyrolysis technique as a function of Cu/In ratio. Incremental growth of the various ratios followed at different substrate temperatures ranging from 548 to 623 K. Characterizations by means of compositional analysis, X-ray diffraction and spectrophotometry measurements have been carried out. Voigt profile method has been used to determine the microstructure parameter (crystallite/domain size and macrostrain). The effect of Cu/In ratio as well as substrate temperature on the optical features (absorption coefficient and band gap) of these films has been investigated. The films of different Cu/In ratios (0.9-1.1) displayed a band gap from 0.92 to 1.025 eV for direct transition. The dark resistivity measurements at room temperature of Cu-rich samples show about five orders of magnitude higher than that of In-rich samples.

  20. Advanced thin film thermocouples

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    Kreider, K. G.; Semancik, S.; Olson, C.

    1984-01-01

    The fabrication, materials characterization, and performance of thin film platinum rhodium thermocouples on gas turbine alloys was investigated. The materials chosen for the study were the turbine blade alloy systems MAR M200+Hf with NiCoCrAlY and FeCrAlY coatings, and vane alloy systems MAR M509 with FeCrAlY. Research was focussed on making improvements in the problem areas of coating substrate stability, adhesion, and insulation reliability and durability. Diffusion profiles between the substrate and coating with and without barrier coatings of Al2O3 are reported. The relationships between fabrication parameters of thermal oxidation and sputtering of the insulator and its characterization and performance are described. The best thin film thermocouples were fabricated with the NiCoCrAlY coatings which were thermally oxidized and sputter coated with Al2O3.

  1. Thin film composite electrolyte

    DOEpatents

    Schucker, Robert C.

    2007-08-14

    The invention is a thin film composite solid (and a means for making such) suitable for use as an electrolyte, having a first layer of a dense, non-porous conductive material; a second layer of a porous ionic conductive material; and a third layer of a dense non-porous conductive material, wherein the second layer has a Coefficient of thermal expansion within 5% of the coefficient of thermal expansion of the first and third layers.

  2. Dewetting of Thin Polymer Films

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    Dixit, P. S.; Sorensen, J. L.; Kent, M.; Jeon, H. S.

    2001-03-01

    DEWETTING OF THIN POLYMER FILMS P. S. Dixit,(1) J. L. Sorensen,(2) M. Kent,(2) H. S. Jeon*(1) (1) Department of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801, jeon@nmt.edu (2) Department 1832, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. Dewetting of thin polymer films is of technological importance for a variety of applications such as protective coatings, dielectric layers, and adhesives. Stable and smooth films are required for the above applications. Above the glass transition temperature (Tg) the instability of polymer thin films on a nonwettable substrate can be occurred. The dewetting mechanism and structure of polypropylene (Tg = -20 ^circC) and polystyrene (Tg = 100 ^circC) thin films is investigated as a function of film thickness (25 Åh < 250 Åand quenching temperature. Contact angle measurements are used in conjunction with optical microscope to check the surface homogeneity of the films. Uniform thin films are prepared by spin casting the polymer solutions onto silicon substrates with different contact angles. We found that the stable and unstable regions of the thin films as a function of the film thickness and quenching temperature, and then constructed a stability diagram for the dewetting of thin polymer films. We also found that the dewetting patterns of the thin films are affected substantially by the changes of film thickness and quenching temperature.

  3. Holographic thin film analyzer

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    Williams, J. R.; Norden, B. N. (Inventor)

    1973-01-01

    A system for the analysis and measurement of thin films in which the light output of a laser is split into two beams is discribed. The first beam is focused to illuminate the entire area of a photographic plate and the second beam is colummated and directed through a relatively small portion of the photographic plate onto the sample with the film to be observed. The surface of the sample is positioned at a slight angle with respect to a plane normal to the second beam and the light reflected from the sample arrives back at the photographic plate in a region other than through which the second beam originally passes. By making two successive exposures during the deposition of material on the surface of the sample, holograms are recorded on the photographic plate. The plate is then developed and interference lines of the hologram provide a measurement of the film or material deposited between exposure.

  4. Thin θ -film optics

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    Huerta, Luis

    2016-12-01

    A Chern-Simons theory in 3D is accomplished by the so-called θ term in the action (θ /2 )∫F ∧F , which contributes only to observable effects on the boundaries of such a system. When electromagnetic radiation interacts with the system, the wave is reflected and its polarization is rotated at the interface, even when both the θ system and the environment are pure vacuum. These topics have been studied extensively. Here, we investigate the optical properties of a thin θ film, where multiple internal reflections could interfere coherently. The cases of pure vacuum and a material with magnetoelectric properties are analyzed. It is found that the film reflectance is enhanced compared to ordinary non-θ systems and the interplay between magnetoelectric properties and the θ parameter yield film opacity and polarization properties which could be interesting in the case of topological insulators, among other topological systems.

  5. Growth and characterization of organic ferroelectric croconic acid thin films

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    Jiang, Xuanyuan; Lu, Haidong; Yin, Yuewei; Enders, Axel; Gruverman, Alexei; Xu, Xiaoshan

    Using vapor phase evaporation, we have studied the growth of the croconic acid (CCA) thin films, at various conditions such as temperature, thickness, growth speed, and substrates. The morphology of thin film was measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM); the ferroelectric property was confirmed by piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). A critical thickness of 40 nm and optimal temperature of -30 celsius were found for continuous films, while the substrate and growth speed are found to play a minimal role. According to the reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED), the CCA films are polycrystalline. For a 40 nm continuous film, the roughness is about 3 nm, while the coercive voltage for the ferroelectric domain switching is approximately 7V. This is the first molecule ferroelectric thin film. The successful growth of continuous CCA films enhances the applications potential of CCA, which is a molecular crystal of ferroelectricity. Supported by NSF through UNL MRSEC (DMR-1420645).

  6. On properties of boundaries and electron conductivity in mesoscopic polycrystalline silicon films for memory devices

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    Berman, G.P.; Doolen, G.D.; Mainieri, R.; Rehacek, J.; Campbell, D.K.; Luchnikov, V.A.; Nagaev, K.E.

    1998-02-01

    The authors present the results of MD modeling on the structural properties of grain boundaries (GB) in thin polycrystalline films. The transition from crystalline boundaries with low mismatch angle to amorphous boundaries is investigated. It is shown that the structures of the GBs satisfy a thermodynamical criterion suggested in a cited reference. The potential energy of silicon atoms is closely related with a geometrical quantity -- tetragonality of their coordination with their nearest neighbors. A crossover of the length of localization is observed to analyze the crossover of the length of localization of the single electron states and properties of conductance of the thin polycrystalline film at low temperature. They use a two-dimensional Anderson localization model, with the random one site electron charging energy for a single grain (dot), random non-diagonal matrix elements, and random number of connections between the neighboring grains. The results on the crossover behavior of localization length of the single electron states and characteristic properties of conductance are presented in the region of parameters where the transition from an insulator to a conductor regimes takes place.

  7. Method for production of free-standing polycrystalline boron phosphide film

    DOEpatents

    Baughman, Richard J.; Ginley, David S.

    1985-01-01

    A process for producing a free-standing polycrystalline boron phosphide film comprises growing a film of boron phosphide in a vertical growth apparatus on a metal substrate. The metal substrate has a coefficient of thermal expansion sufficiently different from that of boron phosphide that the film separates cleanly from the substrate upon cooling thereof, and the substrate is preferably titanium. The invention also comprises a free-standing polycrystalline boron phosphide film for use in electronic device fabrication.

  8. Free-standing polycrystalline boron phosphide film and method for production thereof

    DOEpatents

    Baughman, R.J.; Ginley, D.S.

    1982-09-09

    A process for producing a free-standing polycrystalline boron phosphide film comprises growing a film of boron phosphide in a vertical growth apparatus on a metal substrate. The metal substrate has a coefficient of thermal expansion sufficiently different from that of boron phosphide that the film separates cleanly from the substrate upon cooling thereof, and the substrate is preferably titanium. The invention also comprises a free-standing polycrystalline boron phosphide film for use in electronic device fabrication.

  9. Center for Thin Film Studies

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1991-01-22

    techniques for reducing roughness were developed and tested . Substrate Preparation We deposited Si films by sputtering on a variety of substrates, and...deposition," Mod. Phys. Lett. B 3, 1039 (1989). 41 42 Nd: YAG LASER ABLATION OF BaTiO 3 THIN FILMS *URSULA J. GIBSON, **J.A. RUFFNER,***J.J. MCNALLY...thin films of barium titanate onto a variety of substrates, using picosecond and nanosecond pulsed Nd: YAG lasers. The films were deposited from a hot

  10. Thin film hydrogen sensor

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    Lauf, Robert J.; Hoffheins, Barbara S.; Fleming, Pamela H.

    1994-01-01

    A hydrogen sensor element comprises an essentially inert, electrically-insulating substrate having a thin-film metallization deposited thereon which forms at least two resistors on the substrate. The metallization comprises a layer of Pd or a Pd alloy for sensing hydrogen and an underlying intermediate metal layer for providing enhanced adhesion of the metallization to the substrate. An essentially inert, electrically insulating, hydrogen impermeable passivation layer covers at least one of the resistors, and at least one of the resistors is left uncovered. The difference in electrical resistances of the covered resistor and the uncovered resistor is related to hydrogen concentration in a gas to which the sensor element is exposed.

  11. Nonlinear optical thin films

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    Leslie, Thomas M.

    1993-01-01

    A focused approach to development and evaluation of organic polymer films for use in optoelectronics is presented. The issues and challenges that are addressed include: (1) material synthesis, purification, and the tailoring of the material properties; (2) deposition of uniform thin films by a variety of methods; (3) characterization of material physical properties (thermal, electrical, optical, and electro-optical); and (4) device fabrication and testing. Photonic materials, devices, and systems were identified as critical technology areas by the Department of Commerce and the Department of Defense. This approach offers strong integration of basic material issues through engineering applications by the development of materials that can be exploited as the active unit in a variety of polymeric thin film devices. Improved materials were developed with unprecedented purity and stability. The absorptive properties can be tailored and controlled to provide significant improvement in propagation losses and nonlinear performance. Furthermore, the materials were incorporated into polymers that are highly compatible with fabrication and patterning processes for integrated optical devices and circuits. By simultaneously addressing the issues of materials development and characterization, keeping device design and fabrication in mind, many obstacles were overcome for implementation of these polymeric materials and devices into systems. We intend to considerably improve the upper use temperature, poling stability, and compatibility with silicon based devices. The principal device application that was targeted is a linear electro-optic modulation etalon. Organic polymers need to be properly designed and coupled with existing integrated circuit technology to create new photonic devices for optical communication, image processing, other laser applications such as harmonic generation, and eventually optical computing. The progression from microscopic sample to a suitable film

  12. Host thin films incorporating nanoparticles

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    Qureshi, Uzma

    The focus of this research project was the investigation of the functional properties of thin films that incorporate a secondary nanoparticulate phase. In particular to assess if the secondary nanoparticulate material enhanced a functional property of the coating on glass. In order to achieve this, new thin film deposition methods were developed, namely use of nanopowder precursors, an aerosol assisted transport technique and an aerosol into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition system. Aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) was used to deposit 8 series of thin films on glass. Five different nanoparticles silver, gold, ceria, tungsten oxide and zinc oxide were tested and shown to successfully deposit thin films incorporating nanoparticles within a host matrix. Silver nanoparticles were synthesised and doped within a titania film by AACVD. This improved solar control properties. A unique aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (APCVD) system was used to deposit films of Au nanoparticles and thin films of gold nanoparticles incorporated within a host titania matrix. Incorporation of high refractive index contrast metal oxide particles within a host film altered the film colour. The key goal was to test the potential of nanopowder forms and transfer the suspended nanopowder via an aerosol to a substrate in order to deposit a thin film. Discrete tungsten oxide nanoparticles or ceria nanoparticles within a titanium dioxide thin film enhanced the self-cleaning and photo-induced super-hydrophilicity. The nanopowder precursor study was extended by deposition of zinc oxide thin films incorporating Au nanoparticles and also ZnO films deposited from a ZnO nanopowder precursor. Incorporation of Au nanoparticles within a VO: host matrix improved the thermochromic response, optical and colour properties. Composite VC/TiC and Au nanoparticle/V02/Ti02 thin films displayed three useful

  13. Thin-film transistors based on p-type Cu{sub 2}O thin films produced at room temperature

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    Fortunato, Elvira; Figueiredo, Vitor; Barquinha, Pedro; Elamurugu, Elangovan; Goncalves, Goncalo; Martins, Rodrigo; Park, Sang-Hee Ko; Hwang, Chi-Sun

    2010-05-10

    Copper oxide (Cu{sub 2}O) thin films were used to produce bottom gate p-type transparent thin-film transistors (TFTs). Cu{sub 2}O was deposited by reactive rf magnetron sputtering at room temperature and the films exhibit a polycrystalline structure with a strongest orientation along (111) plane. The TFTs exhibit improved electrical performance such as a field-effect mobility of 3.9 cm{sup 2}/V s and an on/off ratio of 2x10{sup 2}.

  14. Modelling of infrared optical constants for polycrystalline low pressure chemical vapour deposition ZnO:B films

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    Prunici, P.; Hamelmann, F. U.; Beyer, W.; Kurz, H.; Stiebig, H.

    2013-03-01

    Doped zinc oxide films are of high interest in thin film solar cell technology for application as transparent conducting oxide. Rapid and detailed characterisation of ZnO thin film properties is required for quality control and optimisation of the deposited films. In the present work, a new model of dielectric functions based on the effective medium approximation (EMA) is developed and is applied for characterisation of polycrystalline boron doped zinc oxide (ZnO:B) films, deposited by low pressure chemical vapour deposition (LPCVD) technique onto glass substrates. The model takes into account that polycrystalline ZnO is considered to consist of crystal grains surrounded by depletion layers. Using this model and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) performed in reflection configuration over a wide mid-infrared spectral region (from 2 μm up to 25 μm), the properties of depletion layer and the bulk of the grains in ZnO can be rapidly characterised in detail, and the volume fraction of the depletion layer can be extracted. The results are in good agreement with previously presented theories of electron transport in polycrystalline materials. Using electrical measurements like conductivity and Hall techniques in addition to the optically determined parameters, predominant electron scattering mechanisms in polycrystalline films for different doping levels are identified. The measurements show the impact of the doping level on depletion layer of the crystallites. It is shown, furthermore, that under a water vapour rich environment the volume fraction of the depletion layer may increase up to 5 times and more, while the mobility of the charge carriers in the depletion layer drops drastically from about 31 cm2V-1s-1 to about 8 cm2V-1s-1. This indicates that water vapour exposure causes an increase of the potential barrier in the grain boundary depletion layer, limiting the electron transport across the grain boundaries to a classical thermionic emission

  15. Magnetooptical Voigt effect in rippled polycrystalline Co films

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    Arranz, Miguel A.; Colino, José M.

    2016-10-01

    The magneto-optical properties of eroded polycrystalline Co films were investigated using Kerr and Voigt magnetometry. Both techniques showed the existence of two magnetization axes, parallel and perpendicular to the ripples direction. The study on the polarization rotation of the transmitted light revealed a fine magnetic birefringence correlated to that two-axes magnetic structure. Additionally, the field depencence of that induced rotation depicted asymmetric hysteresis loops, comprising linear (Faraday) and quadratic (Voigt) dependences on the in-plane magnetic field applied to these rippled Co films. This latter contribution, depending on the spin-orbit coupling in crystalline systems, is here uncovered from the different mechanisms for reversing the magnetization along the symmetry axes of the ripples array. That dissimilarity enabled us to characterize its magnetooptical tensor with a two-fold symmetry, yielding the occurrence of magnetic birefringence in the transmitted light. This Voigt effect in uniaxially patterned Co films can be satisfactorily explained in the frame of magnetization reversal along that two-axes magnetic structure.

  16. Thin film ion conducting coating

    DOEpatents

    Goldner, Ronald B.; Haas, Terry; Wong, Kwok-Keung; Seward, George

    1989-01-01

    Durable thin film ion conducting coatings are formed on a transparent glass substrate by the controlled deposition of the mixed oxides of lithium:tantalum or lithium:niobium. The coatings provide durable ion transport sources for thin film solid state storage batteries and electrochromic energy conservation devices.

  17. Methods of Producing Thin Films,

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    The report describes various methods of producing thin films , especially for microelectronics. In addition to the classical methods of forming thin ... films by vacuum vapor deposition, it also describes processes of diode sputtering and modern methods of cathode sputtering by means of a third

  18. Thin film atomic hydrogen detectors

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    Gruber, C. L.

    1977-01-01

    Thin film and bead thermistor atomic surface recombination hydrogen detectors were investigated both experimentally and theoretically. Devices were constructed on a thin Mylar film substrate. Using suitable Wheatstone bridge techniques sensitivities of 80 microvolts/2x10 to the 13th power atoms/sec are attainable with response time constants on the order of 5 seconds.

  19. Magnetochromatic thin-film microplates.

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    He, Le; Janner, Michael; Lu, Qipeng; Wang, Mingsheng; Ma, Hua; Yin, Yadong

    2015-01-07

    A new type of magnetochromatic material is developed based on thin-film interference of microplates self-assembled from super-paramagnetic nanocrystals. Dynamic optical tuning can be achieved through orientational manipulation of free-standing super-paramagnetic thin-film microplates using external magnetic fields.

  20. Thin Film Inorganic Electrochemical Systems.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1995-07-01

    determined that thin film cathodes of LiCoO2 can be readily performed by either spray pyrolysis or spin coating . These cathodes are electrochemically...active. We have also determined that thin film anodes of Li4Ti5O12 can be prepared by spray pyrolysis or spin coating . These anodes are also

  1. The effect of heat treatment on the resistivity of polycrystalline silicon films

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    Fripp, A. L., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    The resistivity of doped polycrystalline silicon films has been studied as a function of post deposition heat treatments in an oxidizing atmosphere. It was found that a short oxidation cycle may produce a resistivity increase as large as three orders of magnitude in the polycrystalline films. The extent of change was dependent on the initial resistivity and the films' doping level and was independent of the total oxidation time.

  2. Altering properties of cerium oxide thin films by Rh doping

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    Ševčíková, Klára; Nehasil, Václav; Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Haviar, Stanislav; Matolín, Vladimír; and others

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Thin films of ceria doped by rhodium deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. • Concentration of rhodium has great impact on properties of Rh–CeO{sub x} thin films. • Intensive oxygen migration in films with low concentration of rhodium. • Oxygen migration suppressed in films with high amount of Rh dopants. - Abstract: Ceria containing highly dispersed ions of rhodium is a promising material for catalytic applications. The Rh–CeO{sub x} thin films with different concentrations of rhodium were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering and were studied by soft and hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies, Temperature programmed reaction and X-ray powder diffraction techniques. The sputtered films consist of rhodium–cerium mixed oxide where cerium exhibits a mixed valency of Ce{sup 4+} and Ce{sup 3+} and rhodium occurs in two oxidation states, Rh{sup 3+} and Rh{sup n+}. We show that the concentration of rhodium has a great influence on the chemical composition, structure and reducibility of the Rh–CeO{sub x} thin films. The films with low concentrations of rhodium are polycrystalline, while the films with higher amount of Rh dopants are amorphous. The morphology of the films strongly influences the mobility of oxygen in the material. Therefore, varying the concentration of rhodium in Rh–CeO{sub x} thin films leads to preparing materials with different properties.

  3. Carbon Nitride Thin Films Deposited by Cathodic Electrodeposition

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    Cao, Chuanbao; Fu, Jiyu; Zhu, Hesun

    Carbon nitride thin films were prepared by cathodic electrodeposition. The dicyandiamide compound dissovled in acetone was selected as the organic precursor. Single crystal silicon wafers and conductive glass (ITO) wafers were used as substrates. XPS measurements indicated that the films composed of carbon and nitrogen elements. The nitrogen content reached 41%. The polycrystalline β-C3N4 should exit in the prepared film from TED measurements. The nano hardness of the films on ITO substrates were as high as 13 GPa. The structure and properties were studies.

  4. Enhanced Luminescence in Epitaxial Oxide Thin-Film Phosphors

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    Lee, Y.E.; Norton, D.P.; Budai, J.D.; Park, C.; Kim, M.; Pennycook, S.J.; Rack, P.D.; Potter, M.D.

    1999-11-08

    Undoped and Mn-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin-film phosphors were grown using pulsed laser ablation on (100) MgO single crystal and glass substrates. X-ray results showed the films on (100) MgO are well aligned both out-of plane and in-plane. Epitaxial films show superior photoluminescent intensity as compared to randomly oriented polycrystalline films, indicating that intragranular crystallinity strongIy influences luminescent properties. Li-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} exhibited significantly enhanced photoluminescence intensity.

  5. Ferromagnetic thin films

    DOEpatents

    Krishnan, K.M.

    1994-12-20

    A ferromagnetic [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] thin film having perpendicular anisotropy is described which comprises: (a) a GaAs substrate, (b) a layer of undoped GaAs overlying said substrate and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 50 to about 100 nanometers, (c) a layer of [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] overlying said layer of undoped GaAs and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 20 to about 30 nanometers, and (d) a layer of GaAs overlying said layer of [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 2 to about 5 nanometers, wherein x is 0.4[+-]0.05. 7 figures.

  6. Thin film hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Lauf, R.J.; Hoffheins, B.S.; Fleming, P.H.

    1994-11-22

    A hydrogen sensor element comprises an essentially inert, electrically-insulating substrate having a thin-film metallization deposited thereon which forms at least two resistors on the substrate. The metallization comprises a layer of Pd or a Pd alloy for sensing hydrogen and an underlying intermediate metal layer for providing enhanced adhesion of the metallization to the substrate. An essentially inert, electrically insulating, hydrogen impermeable passivation layer covers at least one of the resistors, and at least one of the resistors is left uncovered. The difference in electrical resistances of the covered resistor and the uncovered resistor is related to hydrogen concentration in a gas to which the sensor element is exposed. 6 figs.

  7. Ferromagnetic thin films

    DOEpatents

    Krishnan, Kannan M.

    1994-01-01

    A ferromagnetic .delta.-Mn.sub.1-x Ga.sub.x thin film having perpendicular anisotropy is described which comprises: (a) a GaAs substrate, (b) a layer of undoped GaAs overlying said substrate and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 50 to about 100 nanometers, (c) a layer of .delta.-Mn.sub.1-x Ga.sub.x overlying said layer of undoped GaAs and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 20 to about 30 nanometers, and (d) a layer of GaAs overlying said layer of .delta.-Mn.sub.1-x Ga.sub.x and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 2 to about 5 nanometers, wherein x is 0.4 .+-.0.05.

  8. Polyimide Aerogel Thin Films

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    Meador, Mary Ann; Guo, Haiquan

    2012-01-01

    Polyimide aerogels have been crosslinked through multifunctional amines. This invention builds on "Polyimide Aerogels With Three-Dimensional Cross-Linked Structure," and may be considered as a continuation of that invention, which results in a polyimide aerogel with a flexible, formable form. Gels formed from polyamic acid solutions, end-capped with anhydrides, and cross-linked with the multifunctional amines, are chemically imidized and dried using supercritical CO2 extraction to give aerogels having density around 0.1 to 0.3 g/cubic cm. The aerogels are 80 to 95% porous, and have high surface areas (200 to 600 sq m/g) and low thermal conductivity (as low as 14 mW/m-K at room temperature). Notably, the cross-linked polyimide aerogels have higher modulus than polymer-reinforced silica aerogels of similar density, and can be fabricated as both monoliths and thin films.

  9. Highly (0001)-oriented Al-doped ZnO polycrystalline films on amorphous glass substrates

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    Nomoto, Junichi; Inaba, Katsuhiko; Osada, Minoru; Kobayashi, Shintaro; Makino, Hisao; Yamamoto, Tetsuya

    2016-09-01

    Very thin aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films with a well-defined (0001) orientation and a surface roughness of 0.357 nm were deposited on amorphous glass substrates at a temperature of 200 °C by radio frequency magnetron sputtering, which are promising, particularly in terms of orientation evolution, surface roughness, and carrier transport, as buffer layers for the subsequent deposition of highly (0001)-oriented AZO polycrystalline films of 490 nm thickness by direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering. Sintered AZO targets with an Al2O3 content of 2.0 wt. % were used. DC magnetron sputtered AZO films on bare glass substrates showed a mixed (0001) and the others crystallographic orientation, and exhibited a high contribution of grain boundary scattering to carrier transport, resulting in reduced Hall mobility. Optimizing the thickness of the AZO buffer layers to 10 nm led to highly (0001)-oriented bulk AZO films with a marked reduction in the above contribution, resulting in AZO films with improved Hall mobility together with enhanced carrier concentration. The surface morphology and point defect density were also improved by applying the buffer layers, as shown by atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy, respectively.

  10. Flexible cadmium telluride thin films grown on electron-beam-irradiated graphene/thin glass substrates

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    Seo, Won-Oh; Kim, Jihyun; Koo, Yong Hwan; Kim, Byungnam; Lee, Byung Cheol; Kim, Donghwan

    2014-08-25

    We demonstrate the close-spaced sublimation growth of polycrystalline cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin films on a flexible graphene electrode/thin glass substrate structure. Prior to the growth of CdTe films, chemical-vapor-deposited graphene was transferred onto a flexible glass substrate and subjected to electron-beam irradiation at an energy of 0.2 MeV in order to intentionally introduce the defects into it in a controlled manner. Micro-Raman spectroscopy and sheet resistance measurements were employed to monitor the damage and disorder in the electron-beam irradiated graphene layers. The morphology and optical properties of the CdTe thin films deposited on a graphene/flexible glass substrate were systematically characterized. The integration of the defective graphene layers with a flexible glass substrate can be a useful platform to grow various thin-film structures for flexible electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO thin films

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    Anilkumar T., S.; Girija M., L.; Venkatesh, J.

    2016-05-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) Thin films were deposited on glass substrate using Spin coating method. Zinc acetate dehydrate, Carbinol and Mono-ethanolamine were used as the precursor, solvent and stabilizer respectively to prepare ZnO Thin-films. The molar ratio of Monoethanolamine to Zinc acetate was maintained as approximately 1. The thickness of the films was determined by Interference technique. The optical properties of the films were studied by UV Vis-Spectrophotometer. From transmittance and absorbance curve, the energy band gap of ZnO is found out. Electrical Conductivity measurements of ZnO are carried out by two probe method and Activation energy for the electrical conductivity of ZnO are found out. The crystal structure and orientation of the films were analyzed by XRD. The XRD patterns show that the ZnO films are polycrystalline with wurtzite hexagonal structure.

  12. Ferromagnetism in antiferromagnetic NiO-based thin films

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    Lin, Yuan-Hua; Zhan, Bin; Nan, Ce-Wen; Zhao, Rongjuan; Xu, Xiang; Kobayashi, M.

    2011-08-01

    Polycrystalline NiO-based thin films with Li or/and transition metal ions (V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Cu, Zn) doping have been prepared by a sol-gel spin-coating method. Magnetization measurements reveal that V-, Fe-, and Mn-doped NiO thin films show obvious room-temperature ferromagnetic behaviors and ferromagnetic properties can be enhanced by the Li co-doping. Microstructure and X-ray core-level photoemission spectra analysis indicate that the ferromagnetism was not from the impurity TM metal cluster and may be ascribed to double exchange coupling effects via Li-induced holes.

  13. Influence of CuxS back contact on CdTe thin film solar cells

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    Zhi, Lei; Lianghuan, Feng; Guanggen, Zeng; Wei, Li; Jingquan, Zhang; Lili, Wu; Wenwu, Wang

    2013-01-01

    We present a detailed study on CuxS polycrystalline thin films prepared by chemical bath method and utilized as back contact material for CdTe solar cells. The characteristics of the films deposited on Si-substrate are studied by XRD. The results show that as-deposited CuxS thin film is in an amorphous phase while after annealing, samples are in polycrystalline phases with increasing temperature. The thickness of CuxS thin films has great impact on the performance of CdS/CdTe solar cells. When the thickness of the film is about 75 nm the performance of CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells is found to be the best. The energy conversion efficiency can be higher than 12.19%, the filling factor is higher than 68.82% and the open-circuit voltage is more than 820 mV.

  14. Platinum-induced structural collapse in layered oxide polycrystalline films

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, Jianlin; Liu, Changhui; Huang, Haoliang; Fu, Zhengping; Peng, Ranran E-mail: yllu@ustc.edu.cn; Zhai, Xiaofang; Lu, Yalin E-mail: yllu@ustc.edu.cn

    2015-03-30

    Effect of a platinum bottom electrode on the SrBi{sub 5}Fe{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 18} layered oxide polycrystalline films was systematically studied. The doped cobalt ions react with the platinum to form a secondary phase of PtCoO{sub 2}, which has a typical Delafossite structure with a weak antiferromagnetism and an exceptionally high in-plane electrical conductivity. Formation of PtCoO{sub 2} at the interface partially consumes the cobalt dopant and leads to the structural collapsing from 5 to 4 layers, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy measurements. Considering the weak magnetic contribution from PtCoO{sub 2}, the observed ferromagnetism should be intrinsic of the Aurivillius compounds. Ferroelectric properties were also indicated by the piezoresponse force microscopy. In this work, the platinum induced secondary phase at the interface was observed, which has a strong impact on Aurivillius structural configuration and thus the ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties.

  15. Polycrystalline Mercuric Iodide Films on CMOS Readout Arrays

    PubMed Central

    Hartsough, Neal E.; Iwanczyk, Jan S.; Nygard, Einar; Malakhov, Nail; Barber, William C.; Gandhi, Thulasidharan

    2009-01-01

    We have created high-resolution x-ray imaging devices using polycrystalline mercuric iodide (HgI2) films grown directly onto CMOS readout chips using a thermal vapor transport process. Images from prototype 400×400 pixel HgI2-coated CMOS readout chips are presented, where the pixel grid is 30 μm × 30 μm. The devices exhibited sensitivity of 6.2 μC/Rcm2 with corresponding dark current of ∼2.7 nA/cm2, and a 80 μm FWHM planar image response to a 50 μm slit aperture. X-ray CT images demonstrate a point spread function sufficient to obtain a 50 μm spatial resolution in reconstructed CT images at a substantially reduced dose compared to phosphor-coated readouts. The use of CMOS technology allows for small pixels (30 μm), fast readout speeds (8 fps for a 3200×3200 pixel array), and future design flexibility due to the use of well-developed fabrication processes. PMID:20161098

  16. The thin film microwave iris

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ramey, R. L.; Landes, H. S.; Manus, E. A.

    1972-01-01

    Development of waveguide iris for microwave coupling applications using thin film techniques is discussed. Production process and installation of iris are described. Iris improves power transmission properties of waveguide window.

  17. Interference Colors in Thin Films.

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    Armstrong, H. L.

    1979-01-01

    Explains interference colors in thin films as being due to the removal, or considerable reduction, of a certain color by destructive inteference that results in the complementary color being seen. (GA)

  18. Record low temperature Mo doped V2O5 thermochromic thin films for optoelectronic applications

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    Nazemiyan, M.; Jalili, Y. S.

    2013-11-01

    Thermochromic properties of polycrystalline molybdenum doped vanadium pentoxide thin films grown by the spray pyrolysis technique were investigated. Tetragonal thin film structures of this system are grown. The transmittance spectral analysis with temperature indicates a record semiconductor-metal transition temperature of < 50oC. This critical temperature is approximately 1/3 to 1/6 of magnitude expected for V2O5 thin films. The resistance of the thermochromic thin film also underwent a transition or phase change as expected, a reduction from more than few mega ohms to less than kilo ohm regime indicating potential applications in optoelectronics.

  19. Growth of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}{endash}Ag thin films ({ital T}{sub {ital c}(0)}=89 K) by pulsed laser ablation on polycrystalline Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6}: A new perovskite ceramic substrate

    SciTech Connect

    Kurian, J.; Varma, H.K.; Koshy, J.; Pai, S.P.; Pinto, R.

    1996-11-01

    Synthesis and characterization of Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} which is a new substrate material for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} superconductor are reported. Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} has a complex cubic perovskite structure (A{sub 2}BB{prime}O{sub 6}) with a lattice constant {ital a}=8.60 A. No detectable chemical reaction between YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} and Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} was observed even under severe heat treatment. The dielectric constant and loss factor of Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} are in a range suitable for its use as a substrate for microwave applications. Superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}{endash}Ag thin films are grown {ital in} {ital situ} on polycrystalline Ba{sub 2}LaNbO{sub 6} by pulsed laser ablation method. The film exhibited (00{ital l}) orientation of an orthorhombic YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} phase. The films gave a {ital T}{sub {ital c}} onset of 91 K and {ital T}{sub {ital c}(0)} of 89 K. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  20. Thin film strain transducer

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    Rand, J. L.

    1981-01-01

    Previous attempts to develop an appropriate sensor for measuring the stress or strain of high altitude balloons during flight are reviewed as well as the various conditions that must be met by such a device. The design, development and calibration of a transducer which promises to satisfy the necessary design constraints are described. The thin film strain transducer has a low effective modulus so as not to interfere with the strain that would naturally occur in the balloon. In addition, the transducer has a high sensitivity to longitudinal strain (7.216 mV/V/unit strain) which is constant for all temperature from room temperature to -80 C and all strains from 5 percent compression to 10 percent tensile strain. At the same time, the sensor is relatively insensitive (0.27 percent) to transverse forces. The device has a standard 350 ohm impedance which is compatible with available bridge balance, amplification and telemetry instrumentation now available for balloon flight. Recommendations are included for improved coatings to provide passive thermal control as well as model, tethered and full scale flight testing.

  1. Grain boundary dominated ion migration in polycrystalline organic–inorganic halide perovskite films

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    Shao, Yuchuan; Fang, Yanjun; Li, Tao; ...

    2016-03-21

    The efficiency of perovskite solar cells is approaching that of single-crystalline silicon solar cells despite the presence of large grain boundary (GB) area in the polycrystalline thin films. Here, by using a combination of nanoscopic and macroscopic level measurements, we show that the ion migration in polycrystalline perovskites is dominated through GBs. Conducting atomic force microscopy measurements reveal much stronger hysteresis both for photocurrent and dark-current at the GBs than on the grains interiors, which can be explained by faster ion migration at the GBs. The dramatically enhanced ion migration results in a redistribution of ions along the GBs aftermore » electric poling, in contrast to the intact grain area. The perovskite single-crystal devices without GBs show negligible current hysteresis and no ion-migration signal. Furthermore, the discovery of dominating ion migration through GBs in perovskites can lead to broad applications in many types of devices including photovoltaics, memristors, and ion batteries.« less

  2. Multilayer Thin-Film Microcapacitors

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    Thakoor, Sarita; Thakoor, Anil; Karmon, Dan

    1995-01-01

    Miniature capacitors containing multiple alternating thin-film dielectric and metal layers proposed, especially for use in integrated and hybrid electronic circuits. Because capacitance inversely proportional to thickness of dielectric layers, use of thin, high-quality dielectric layers affords capacitance and energy-storage densities much greater than now available. These devices much smaller and more reliable than state-of-art capacitors.

  3. Thin-Film Power Transformers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Katti, Romney R.

    1995-01-01

    Transformer core made of thin layers of insulating material interspersed with thin layers of ferromagnetic material. Flux-linking conductors made of thinner nonferromagnetic-conductor/insulator multilayers wrapped around core. Transformers have geometric features finer than those of transformers made in customary way by machining and mechanical pressing. In addition, some thin-film materials exhibit magnetic-flux-carrying capabilities superior to those of customary bulk transformer materials. Suitable for low-cost, high-yield mass production.

  4. Thin films of mixed metal compounds

    DOEpatents

    Mickelsen, R.A.; Chen, W.S.

    1985-06-11

    Disclosed is a thin film heterojunction solar cell, said heterojunction comprising a p-type I-III-IV[sub 2] chalcopyrite substrate and an overlying layer of an n-type ternary mixed metal compound wherein said ternary mixed metal compound is applied to said substrate by introducing the vapor of a first metal compound to a vessel containing said substrate from a first vapor source while simultaneously introducing a vapor of a second metal compound from a second vapor source of said vessel, said first and second metals comprising the metal components of said mixed metal compound; independently controlling the vaporization rate of said first and second vapor sources; reducing the mean free path between vapor particles in said vessel, said gas being present in an amount sufficient to induce homogeneity of said vapor mixture; and depositing said mixed metal compound on said substrate in the form of a uniform composition polycrystalline mixed metal compound. 5 figs.

  5. Crystalline Indium Sulphide thin film by photo accelerated deposition technique

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    Dhanya, A. C.; Preetha, K. C.; Deepa, K.; Remadevi, T. L.

    2015-02-01

    Indium sulfide thin films deserve special attention because of its potential application as buffer layers in CIGS based solar cells. Highly transparent indium sulfide (InS) thin films were prepared using a novel method called photo accelerated chemical deposition (PCD). Ultraviolet source of 150 W was used to irradiate the solution. Compared to all other chemical methods, PCD scores its advantage for its low cost, flexible substrate and capable of large area of deposition. Reports on deposition of high quality InS thin films at room temperature are very rare in literature. The precursor solution was initially heated to 90°C for ten minutes and then deposition was carried out at room temperature for two hours. The appearance of the film changed from lemon yellow to bright yellow as the deposition time increased. The sample was characterized for its structural and optical properties. XRD profile showed the polycrystalline behavior of the film with mixed phases having crystallite size of 17 nm. The surface morphology of the films exhibited uniformly distributed honey comb like structures. The film appeared to be smooth and the value of extinction coefficient was negligible. Optical measurements showed that the film has more than 80% transmission in the visible region. The direct band gap energy was 2.47eV. This method is highly suitable for the synthesis of crystalline and transparent indium sulfide thin films and can be used for various photo voltaic applications.

  6. Vapor deposition of thin films

    DOEpatents

    Smith, David C.; Pattillo, Stevan G.; Laia, Jr., Joseph R.; Sattelberger, Alfred P.

    1992-01-01

    A highly pure thin metal film having a nanocrystalline structure and a process of preparing such highly pure thin metal films of, e.g., rhodium, iridium, molybdenum, tungsten, rhenium, platinum, or palladium by plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition of, e.g., rhodium(allyl).sub.3, iridium(allyl).sub.3, molybdenum(allyl).sub.4, tungsten(allyl).sub.4, rhenium(allyl).sub.4, platinum(allyl).sub.2, or palladium(allyl).sub.2 are disclosed. Additionally, a general process of reducing the carbon content of a metallic film prepared from one or more organometallic precursor compounds by plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition is disclosed.

  7. Relaxation in photo-induced conductivity of polycrystalline BiFeO3 film

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    Peng, Zengwei; Liu, Baoting

    2015-08-01

    Polycrystalline BiFeO3 (BFO) film is deposited on Pt(1 1 1)/Ti/SiO2/Si(0 0 1) substrate via magnetron sputtering. Integrated Pt/SrRuO3 (SRO) are used to be top electrode to produce the Pt/SRO/BFO/Pt thin film capacitor. The remanent polarization is 59.5, 69.3, 77 and 89.8 μC/cm2 measured at 22.5, 25, 27.5 and 30 V, respectively. The photoconductivity is reported in BFO film under the illumination by the 5 mW/cm2 purple light of 404 nm. It is found that the leakage current density in purple light displays the tendency of decline with the increased illumination times, which can be explained by the recombination and capture of the photo-induced charges by the ionized vacancies. The relaxation time for the illuminated leakage current density reaching the steady state is 210 and 570 s at positive and negative bias, respectively. The obtained large relaxation time at negative bias is considered to be that negative bias is in the same direction as the SRO/BFO interface field.

  8. Single Source Precursors for Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Banger, Kulbinder K.; Hollingsworth, Jennifer A.; Harris, Jerry D.; Cowen, Jonathan; Buhro, William E.; Hepp, Aloysius F.

    2002-01-01

    The development of thin film solar cells on flexible, lightweight, space-qualified substrates provides an attractive cost solution to fabricating solar arrays with high specific power, (W/kg). The use of a polycrystalline chalcopyrite absorber layer for thin film solar cells is considered as the next generation photovoltaic devices. At NASA GRC we have focused on the development of new single source precursors (SSP) and their utility to deposit the chalcopyrite semi-conducting layer (CIS) onto flexible substrates for solar cell fabrication. The syntheses and thermal modulation of SSPs via molecular engineering is described. Thin-film fabrication studies demonstrate the SSPs can be used in a spray CVD (chemical vapor deposition) process, for depositing CIS at reduced temperatures, which display good electrical properties, suitable for PV (photovoltaic) devices.

  9. Surface wave propagation in thin silver films under residual stress

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    Njeh, Anuar; Wieder, Thomas; Schneider, D.; Fuess, Hartmut; Ben Ghozlen, M. H.

    Investigations using surface acoustic waves provide information on the elastic properties of thin films. Residual stresses change the phase velocity of the surface waves. We have calculated phase velocity and dispersion of surface waves in thin silver films with a strong [111]-fibre texture. A non-linear description of surface waves propagating along the [110]-direction of the substrate has been developed on the basis of an acoustoelastic theory, taking into account residual stresses. The relative change delta_v/v of the velocity v was found to be lin-ear for large excitation frequencies. The dispersion curves were measured using a photoa-coustic method. For sputtered polycrystalline thin silver films we found good agreement be-tween the experimental and calculated dispersion curves for frequencies up to 225 MHz.

  10. Semiconducting properties of Al doped ZnO thin films.

    PubMed

    Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A; Al-Hartomy, Omar A; El Okr, M; Nawar, A M; El-Gazzar, S; El-Tantawy, Farid; Yakuphanoglu, F

    2014-10-15

    Aluminum doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were successfully deposited via spin coating technique onto glass substrates. Structural properties of the films were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction results reveal that all the films are polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure with a preferential orientation according to the direction (002) plane. The crystallite size of ZnO and AZO films was determined from Scherrer's formula and Williamson-Hall analysis. The lattice parameters of the AZO films were found to decrease with increasing Al content. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX) results indicate that Zn, Al and O elements are present in the AZO thin films. The electrical conductivity, mobility carriers and carrier concentration of the films are increased with increasing Al doping concentration. The optical band gap (Eg) of the films is increased with increasing Al concentration. The AZO thin films indicate a high transparency in the visible region with an average value of 86%. These transparent AZO films may be open a new avenue for optoelectronic and photonic devices applications in near future.

  11. Physical Properties of Thin Film Semiconducting Materials

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    Bouras, N.; Djebbouri, M.; Outemzabet, R.; Sali, S.; Zerrouki, H.; Zouaoui, A.; Kesri, N.

    2005-10-01

    The physics and chemistry of semiconducting materials is a continuous question of debate. We can find a large stock of well-known properties but at the same time, many things are not understood. In recent years, porous silicon (PS-Si), diselenide of copper and indium (CuInSe2 or CIS) and metal oxide semiconductors like tin oxide (SnO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO) have been subjected to extensive studies because of the rising interest their potential applications in fields such as electronic components, solar panels, catalysis, gas sensors, in biocompatible materials, in Li-based batteries, in new generation of MOSFETS. Bulk structure and surface and interface properties play important roles in all of these applications. A deeper understanding of these fundamental properties would impact largely on technological application performances. In our laboratory, thin films of undoped and antimony-doped films of tin oxide have been deposited by chemical vapor deposition. Spray pyrolysis was used for ZnO. CIS was prepared by flash evaporation or close-space vapor transport. Some of the deposition parameters have been varied, such as substrate temperature, time of deposition (or anodization), and molar concentration of bath preparation. For some samples, thermal annealing was carried out under oxygen (or air), under nitrogen gas and under vacuum. Deposition and post-deposition parameters are known to strongly influence film structure and electrical resistivity. We investigated the influence of film thickness and thermal annealing on structural optical and electrical properties of the films. Examination of SnO2 by x-ray diffraction showed that the main films are polycrystalline with rutile structure. The x-ray spectra of ZnO indicated a hexagonal wurtzite structure. Characterizations of CIS films with compositional analysis, x-ray diffraction, scanning microscopy, spectrophotometry, and photoluminescence were carried out.

  12. The Thin Oil Film Equation

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    Brown, James L.; Naughton, Jonathan W.

    1999-01-01

    A thin film of oil on a surface responds primarily to the wall shear stress generated on that surface by a three-dimensional flow. The oil film is also subject to wall pressure gradients, surface tension effects and gravity. The partial differential equation governing the oil film flow is shown to be related to Burgers' equation. Analytical and numerical methods for solving the thin oil film equation are presented. A direct numerical solver is developed where the wall shear stress variation on the surface is known and which solves for the oil film thickness spatial and time variation on the surface. An inverse numerical solver is also developed where the oil film thickness spatial variation over the surface at two discrete times is known and which solves for the wall shear stress variation over the test surface. A One-Time-Level inverse solver is also demonstrated. The inverse numerical solver provides a mathematically rigorous basis for an improved form of a wall shear stress instrument suitable for application to complex three-dimensional flows. To demonstrate the complexity of flows for which these oil film methods are now suitable, extensive examination is accomplished for these analytical and numerical methods as applied to a thin oil film in the vicinity of a three-dimensional saddle of separation.

  13. Thin-film metal hydrides.

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    Remhof, Arndt; Borgschulte, Andreas

    2008-12-01

    The goal of the medieval alchemist, the chemical transformation of common metals into nobel metals, will forever be a dream. However, key characteristics of metals, such as their electronic band structure and, consequently, their electric, magnetic and optical properties, can be tailored by controlled hydrogen doping. Due to their morphology and well-defined geometry with flat, coplanar surfaces/interfaces, novel phenomena may be observed in thin films. Prominent examples are the eye-catching hydrogen switchable mirror effect, the visualization of solid-state diffusion and the formation of complex surface morphologies. Thin films do not suffer as much from embrittlement and/or decrepitation as bulk materials, allowing the study of cyclic absorption and desorption. Therefore, thin-metal hydride films are used as model systems to study metal-insulator transitions, for high throughput combinatorial research or they may be used as indicator layers to study hydrogen diffusion. They can be found in technological applications as hydrogen sensors, in electrochromic and thermochromic devices. In this review, we discuss the effect of hydrogen loading of thin niobium and yttrium films as archetypical examples of a transition metal and a rare earth metal, respectively. Our focus thereby lies on the hydrogen induced changes of the electronic structure and the morphology of the thin films, their optical properties, the visualization and the control of hydrogen diffusion and on the study of surface phenomena and catalysis.

  14. Drying of thin colloidal films

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    Routh, Alexander F.

    2013-04-01

    When thin films of colloidal fluids are dried, a range of transitions are observed and the final film profile is found to depend on the processes that occur during the drying step. This article describes the drying process, initially concentrating on the various transitions. Particles are seen to initially consolidate at the edge of a drying droplet, the so-called coffee-ring effect. Flow is seen to be from the centre of the drop towards the edge and a front of close-packed particles passes horizontally across the film. Just behind the particle front the now solid film often displays cracks and finally the film is observed to de-wet. These various transitions are explained, with particular reference to the capillary pressure which forms in the solidified region of the film. The reasons for cracking in thin films is explored as well as various methods to minimize its effect. Methods to obtain stratified coatings through a single application are considered for a one-dimensional drying problem and this is then extended to two-dimensional films. Different evaporative models are described, including the physical reason for enhanced evaporation at the edge of droplets. The various scenarios when evaporation is found to be uniform across a drying film are then explained. Finally different experimental techniques for examining the drying step are mentioned and the article ends with suggested areas that warrant further study.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of copper antimony tin sulphide thin films for solar cell applications

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    Ali, N.; Hussain, A.; Ahmed, R.; Wan Shamsuri, W. N.; Fu, Y. Q.

    2016-12-01

    Low price thin film modules based on Copper antimony tin sulphide (CATS) are introduced for solar harvesting to compete for the already developed compound semiconductors. Here, CATS thin films were deposited on soda lime glass by thermal evaporation technique followed by a rapid thermal annealing in an argon atmosphere. From Our XRD analysis, it was revealed that the annealed samples were poly-crystalline and their crystallinity was improved with increasing annealing temperature. The constituent elements and their corresponding chemical states were identified using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The obtained optical band gap of 1.4 eV for CATS thin film is found nearly equal to GaAs - one of the highly efficient thin film material for solar cell technology. Furthermore, our observed good optical absorbance and low transmittance for the annealed CATS thin films in the visible region of light spectrum assured the aptness of the CATS thin films for solar cell applications.

  16. High temperature coefficient of resistance molybdenum oxide and nickel oxide thin films for microbolometer applications

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    Jin, Yao O.; John, David Saint; Podraza, Nikolas J.; Jackson, Thomas N.; Horn, Mark W.

    2015-03-01

    Molybdenum oxide (MoOx) and nickel oxide (NiOx) thin films were deposited by reactive biased target ion beam deposition. MoOx thin film resistivity varied from 3 to 2000 Ω.cm with a temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) from -1.7% to -3.2%/K, and NiOx thin film resistivity varied from 1 to 300 Ω.cm with a TCR from -2.2% to -3.3%/K, both easily controlled by varying the oxygen partial pressure. Biased target ion beam deposited high TCR MoOx and NiOx thin films are polycrystalline semiconductors and have good stability in air. Compared with commonly used vanadium oxide thin films, MoOx or NiOx thin films offer improved process control for resistive temperature sensors.

  17. Thin-film forces in pseudoemulsion films

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    Bergeron, V.; Radke, C.J. |

    1991-06-01

    Use of foam for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) has shown recent success in steam-flooding field applications. Foam can also provide an effective barrier against gas coning in thin oil zones. Both of these applications stem from the unique mobility-control properties a stable foam possesses when it exists in porous media. Unfortunately, oil has a major destabilizing effect on foam. Therefore, it is important for EOR applications to understand how oil destroys foam. Studies all indicate that stabilization of the pseudoemulsion film is critical to maintain foam stability in the presence of oil. Hence, to aid in design of surfactant formulations for foam insensitivity to oil the authors pursue direct measurement of the thin-film or disjoining forces that stabilize pseudoemulsion films. Experimental procedures and preliminary results are described.

  18. High efficiency thin-film GaAs solar cells

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    Stirn, R. J.

    1977-01-01

    Several oxidation techniques are discussed which have been found to increase the open circuit (V sub oc) of metal-GaAs Schottky barrier solar cells, the oxide chemistry, attempts to measure surface state parameters, the evolving characteristics of the solar cell as background contamination (has been decreased, but not eliminated), results of focused Nd/YAG laser beam recrystallization of Ge films evaporated onto tungsten, and studies of AMOS solar cells fabricated on sliced polycrystalline GaAs wafers. Also discussed are projected materials availability and costs for GaAs thin-film solar cells.

  19. Beryllium thin films for resistor applications

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    Fiet, O.

    1972-01-01

    Beryllium thin films have a protective oxidation resistant property at high temperature and high recrystallization temperature. However, the experimental film has very low temperature coefficient of resistance.

  20. Thin films under chemical stress

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    Not Available

    1991-01-01

    The goal of work on this project has been develop a set of experimental tools to allow investigators interested in transport, binding, and segregation phenomena in composite thin film structures to study these phenomena in situ. Work to-date has focuses on combining novel spatially-directed optical excitation phenomena, e.g. waveguide eigenmodes in thin dielectric slabs, surface plasmon excitations at metal-dielectric interfaces, with standard spectroscopies to understand dynamic processes in thin films and at interfaces. There have been two main scientific thrusts in the work and an additional technical project. In one thrust we have sought to develop experimental tools which will allow us to understand the chemical and physical changes which take place when thin polymer films are placed under chemical stress. In principle this stress may occur because the film is being swelled by a penetrant entrained in solvent, because interfacial reactions are occurring at one or more boundaries within the film structure, or because some component of the film is responding to an external stimulus (e.g. pH, temperature, electric field, or radiation). However all work to-date has focused on obtaining a clearer understanding penetrant transport phenomena. The other thrust has addressed the kinetics of adsorption of model n-alkanoic acids from organic solvents. Both of these thrusts are important within the context of our long-term goal of understanding the behavior of composite structures, composed of thin organic polymer films interspersed with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) and self-assembled monolayers. In addition there has been a good deal of work to develop the local technical capability to fabricate grating couplers for optical waveguide excitation. This work, which is subsidiary to the main scientific goals of the project, has been successfully completed and will be detailed as well. 41 refs., 10 figs.

  1. Dielectric Composite Thin Films

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-11-01

    more compressive under deposition conditions, such as high temperature, low pressure or energetic ion bombardment, that produce a more densely packed...film porosity and silica content. Thus, films formed at high temperatures and low pressures , as well as under ion bombardment during deposition, have...and their mixtures were deposited on 100-300 *C substrates and under reactive gas III. RESULTS pressures of 1-10x 10- Torr 02. 02 was UHP grade with A

  2. Low work function, stable thin films

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    Dinh, Long N.; McLean, II, William; Balooch, Mehdi; Fehring, Jr., Edward J.; Schildbach, Marcus A.

    2000-01-01

    Generation of low work function, stable compound thin films by laser ablation. Compound thin films with low work function can be synthesized by simultaneously laser ablating silicon, for example, and thermal evaporating an alkali metal into an oxygen environment. For example, the compound thin film may be composed of Si/Cs/O. The work functions of the thin films can be varied by changing the silicon/alkali metal/oxygen ratio. Low work functions of the compound thin films deposited on silicon substrates were confirmed by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). The compound thin films are stable up to 500.degree. C. as measured by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Tests have established that for certain chemical compositions and annealing temperatures of the compound thin films, negative electron affinity (NEA) was detected. The low work function, stable compound thin films can be utilized in solar cells, field emission flat panel displays, electron guns, and cold cathode electron guns.

  3. Semiconductor-nanocrystal/conjugated polymer thin films

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    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Dittmer, Janke J.; Huynh, Wendy U.; Milliron, Delia

    2014-06-17

    The invention described herein provides for thin films and methods of making comprising inorganic semiconductor-nanocrystals dispersed in semiconducting-polymers in high loading amounts. The invention also describes photovoltaic devices incorporating the thin films.

  4. Semiconductor-nanocrystal/conjugated polymer thin films

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    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Dittmer, Janke J.; Huynh, Wendy U.; Milliron, Delia

    2010-08-17

    The invention described herein provides for thin films and methods of making comprising inorganic semiconductor-nanocrystals dispersed in semiconducting-polymers in high loading amounts. The invention also describes photovoltaic devices incorporating the thin films.

  5. Thin film-coated polymer webs

    DOEpatents

    Wenz, Robert P.; Weber, Michael F.; Arudi, Ravindra L.

    1992-02-04

    The present invention relates to thin film-coated polymer webs, and more particularly to thin film electronic devices supported upon a polymer web, wherein the polymer web is treated with a purifying amount of electron beam radiation.

  6. YSZ thin films with minimized grain boundary resistivity

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    Mills, Edmund M.; Kleine-Boymann, Matthias; Janek, Juergen; Yang, Hao; Browning, Nigel D.; Takamura, Yayoi; Kim, Sangtae

    2016-03-31

    In recent years, interface engineering of solid electrolytes has been explored to increase their ionic conductivity and improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells and other electrochemical power sources. It has been observed that the ionic conductivity of epitaxially grown thin films of some electrolytes is dramatically enhanced, which is often attributed to effects (e. g. strain-induced mobility changes) at the heterophase boundary with the substrate. Still largely unexplored is the possibility of manipulation of grain boundary resistivity in polycrystalline solid electrolyte films, clearly a limiting factor in their ionic conductivity. Here we report that the ionic conductivity of yttria stabilized zirconia thin films with nano-­ columnar grains grown on a MgO substrate nearly reaches that of the corresponding single crystal when the thickness of the films becomes less than roughly 8 nm (smaller by a factor of three at 500°C). Using impedance spectroscopy, the grain boundary resistivity was probed as a function of film thickness. The resistivity of the grain boundaries near the film- substrate interface and film surface (within 4 nm of each) was almost entirely eliminated. This minimization of grain boundary resistivity is attributed to Mg2+ diffusion from the MgO substrate into the YSZ grain boundaries, which is supported by time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements. We suggest grain boundary “design” as an attractive method to obtain highly conductive solid electrolyte thin films.

  7. YSZ thin films with minimized grain boundary resistivity.

    PubMed

    Mills, Edmund M; Kleine-Boymann, Matthias; Janek, Juergen; Yang, Hao; Browning, Nigel D; Takamura, Yayoi; Kim, Sangtae

    2016-04-21

    In recent years, interface engineering of solid electrolytes has been explored to increase their ionic conductivity and improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells and other electrochemical power sources. It has been observed that the ionic conductivity of epitaxially grown thin films of some electrolytes is dramatically enhanced, which is often attributed to effects (e.g. strain-induced mobility changes) at the heterophase boundary with the substrate. Still largely unexplored is the possibility of manipulation of grain boundary resistivity in polycrystalline solid electrolyte films, clearly a limiting factor in their ionic conductivity. Here we report that the ionic conductivity of yttria stabilized zirconia thin films with nano-columnar grains grown on a MgO substrate nearly reaches that of the corresponding single crystal when the thickness of the films becomes less than roughly 8 nm (smaller by a factor of three at 500 °C). Using impedance spectroscopy, the grain boundary resistivity was probed as a function of film thickness. The resistivity of the grain boundaries near the film-substrate interface and film surface (within 4 nm of each) was almost entirely eliminated. This minimization of grain boundary resistivity is attributed to Mg(2+) diffusion from the MgO substrate into the YSZ grain boundaries, which is supported by time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements. We suggest grain boundary "design" as an attractive method to obtain highly conductive solid electrolyte thin films.

  8. Structural characterization of Zn-In-Se thin films

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    Güllü, H. H.; Parlak, M.

    2017-02-01

    In this study, structural properties of the Zn-In-Se (ZIS) thin films deposited by thermal evaporation method were investigated. The as-grown and annealed ZIS films were found in polycrystalline structure with the main orientation in (112) direction. The compositional analysis of the films showed that they were in Zn-rich behavior and there was a slight change in the elemental contribution to the structure with annealing process. Raman analysis was carried out to determine the crystalline structure and the different vibration modes of ZIS thin films. According to these measurements, the highest Raman intensity was in the LO mode which was directly proportional to the crystallinity of the samples. The atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses were done in order to obtain detailed information about the morphology of the thin film surface. The surface of the films was observed as nearly-smooth and uniform in as-grown and annealed forms. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements were analyzed to get detailed information about surface and near-surface characteristics of the films. The results from the surface and depth compositional analyses of the films showed quite good agreement with the energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis.

  9. Change in the electrical properties and structure during recrystallization of polycrystalline cadmium selenide films

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    Levonovich, B. N.

    2009-12-15

    The processes of structure transformation, including recrystallization processes upon annealing in different atmospheres, are considered using polycrystalline CdSe films doped with silver by ion implantation as an example. The relationship between the recrystallization and activation of implanted impurity is established, and it is shown that the structural transformations during film recrystallization decisively affect the activation of the implanted impurity and, as a result, the electrical and photoelectric properties of recrystallized films.

  10. Nitrogen doped zinc oxide thin film

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    Li, Sonny Xiao-zhe

    2003-01-01

    To summarize, polycrystalline ZnO thin films were grown by reactive sputtering. Nitrogen was introduced into the films by reactive sputtering in an NO2 plasma or by N+ implantation. All ZnO films grown show n-type conductivity. In unintentionally doped ZnO films, the n-type conductivities are attributed to Zni, a native shallow donor. In NO2-grown ZnO films, the n-type conductivity is attributed to (N2)O, a shallow double donor. In NO2-grown ZnO films, 0.3 atomic % nitrogen was found to exist in the form of N2O and N2. Upon annealing, N2O decomposes into N2 and O2. In furnace-annealed samples N2 redistributes diffusively and forms gaseous N2 bubbles in the films. Unintentionally doped ZnO films were grown at different oxygen partial pressures. Zni was found to form even at oxygen-rich condition and led to n-type conductivity. N+ implantation into unintentionally doped ZnO film deteriorates the crystallinity and optical properties and leads to higher electron concentration. The free electrons in the implanted films are attributed to the defects introduced by implantation and formation of (N2)O and Zni. Although today there is still no reliable means to produce good quality, stable p-type ZnO material, ZnO remains an attractive material with potential for high performance short wavelength optoelectronic devices. One may argue that gallium nitride was in a similar situation a decade ago. Although we did not obtain any p-type conductivity, we hope our research will provide a valuable reference to the literature.

  11. Lithographic Micropatterning of Polythiophene Thin-Films.

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    OXYGEN, POLYMERS, PROCESSING, PROPANOLS, REACTIVITIES, REFRACTIVE INDEX, REPRODUCTION(COPYING), SEMICONDUCTORS, SILICATES, SOLVENTS, STRUCTURES, SURFACE PROPERTIES, THICKNESS, THIN FILMS , THIOPHENES.

  12. Deposition of hydroxyapatite thin films by Nd:YAG laser ablation: a microstructural study

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    Nistor, L.C.; Ghica, C.; Teodorescu, V.S.; Nistor, S.V. . E-mail: snistor@alpha1.infim.ro; Dinescu, M.; Matei, D.; Frangis, N.; Vouroutzis, N.; Liutas, C.

    2004-11-02

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) thin films has been successfully deposited by Nd:YAG laser ablation at {lambda} = 532 nm. The morphology and microstructure of the deposited layers was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution electron microscopy (HREM). Polycrystalline HA films were directly obtained with the substrate at 300 deg. C and without introducing water vapors in the deposition chamber. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements show that the oxygen stoichiometry in the HA films is also maintained. Depositions performed at {lambda} = 335 nm laser wavelength and 300 deg. C substrate temperature resulted in polycrystalline layers of mixed composition of HA and tricalciumphosphate (TCP)

  13. Hydrogen induced mobility enhancement in RF sputtered Cu2O thin films

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    Hering, K. P.; Kandzia, C.; Benz, J.; Kramm, B. G.; Eickhoff, M.; Klar, P. J.

    2016-11-01

    Polycrystalline Cu2O thin films were prepared on c-sapphire substrates by reactive radio-frequency sputtering at various temperatures between 500 and 925 K employing a metallic target and utilizing an argon/hydrogen/oxygen gas mixture. It is demonstrated that the use of hydrogen in the sputter deposition process beneficially affects the transport properties of the Cu2O films obtained. Correlating the amount of hydrogen incorporated into the thin films, the film morphology and the transport and luminescence properties demonstrate that in this approach hydrogen is predominantly accumulated at the grain boundaries of the polycrystalline films, leading to a lower film resistivity due to the reduction of grain boundary scattering. It is demonstrated that a suitable employment of hydrogen in the growth process of Cu2O material for solar cell applications improves the material properties significantly.

  14. Development of a computer model for polycrystalline thin-film CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells; Annual subcontract report, 1 March 1992--28 February 1993

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    Gray, J.L.; Schwartz, R.J.; Lee, Y.J.

    1994-03-01

    Solar cells operate by converting the radiation power from sun light into electrical power through photon absorption by semiconductor materials. The elemental and compound material systems widely used in photovoltaic applications can be produced in a variety of crystalline and non-crystalline forms. Although the crystalline group of materials have exhibited high conversion efficiencies, their production cost are substantially high. Several candidates in the poly- and micro-crystalline family of materials have recently gained much attention due to their potential for low cost manufacturability, stability, reliability and good performance. Among those materials, CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe are considered to be the best choices for production of thin film solar cells because of the good optical properties and almost ideal band gap energies. Considerable progress was made with respect to cell performance and low cost manufacturing processes. Recently conversion efficiencies of 14.1 and 14.6% have been reported for CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe based solar cells respectively. Even though the efficiencies of these cells continue to improve, they are not fully understood materials and there lies an uncertainty in their electrical properties and possible attainable performances. The best way to understand the details of current transport mechanisms and recombinations is to model the solar cells numerically. By numerical modeling, the processes which limit the cell performance can be sought and therefore, the most desirable designs for solar cells utilizing these materials as absorbers can be predicted. The problems with numerically modeling CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells are that reported values of the pertinent material parameters vary over a wide range, and some quantities such as carrier concentration are not explicitly controlled.

  15. Thermopower of thin iron films

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    Schepis, Randy; Schröder, Klaus

    1992-02-01

    Thin iron films were prepared by evaporation in a high vacuum system (pressure in the 10 -5 MPa range). The thermopower was measured in situ near room temperature as a function of film thickness. Iron films with rather high resistivity values showed a strong thickness effect of the Seeback coefficient, S, with the difference between S (bulk) and S (film) reaching values of up to (19±3) μV/K for a sample 5 nm thick. The difference between S (bulk) and S (film) decreased with increasing d values. However, a sample with a resistance value of 50 μΩ cm at d = 5 n had an S value which differed by less than 3 μV/K from S (bulk).

  16. Thin Film Solid Lubricant Development

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    Benoy, Patricia A.

    1997-01-01

    Tribological coatings for high temperature sliding applications are addressed. A sputter-deposited bilayer coating of gold and chromium is investigated as a potential solid lubricant for protection of alumina substrates during sliding at high temperature. Evaluation of the tribological properties of alumina pins sliding against thin sputtered gold films on alumina substrates is presented.

  17. Thin film polymeric gel electrolytes

    DOEpatents

    Derzon, Dora K.; Arnold, Jr., Charles; Delnick, Frank M.

    1996-01-01

    Novel hybrid thin film electrolyte, based on an organonitrile solvent system, which are compositionally stable, environmentally safe, can be produced efficiently in large quantity and which, because of their high conductivities .apprxeq.10.sup.-3 .OMEGA..sup.-1 cm.sup.-1 are useful as electrolytes for rechargeable lithium batteries.

  18. Thin film polymeric gel electrolytes

    DOEpatents

    Derzon, D.K.; Arnold, C. Jr.; Delnick, F.M.

    1996-12-31

    Novel hybrid thin film electrolytes, based on an organonitrile solvent system, which are compositionally stable, environmentally safe, can be produced efficiently in large quantity and which, because of their high conductivities {approx_equal}10{sup {minus}3}{Omega}{sup {minus}1} cm{sup {minus}1} are useful as electrolytes for rechargeable lithium batteries. 1 fig.

  19. Thin films and uses

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    Baskaran, Suresh; Graff, Gordon L.; Song, Lin

    1998-01-01

    The invention provides a method for synthesizing a titanium oxide-containing film comprising the following steps: (a) preparing an aqueous solution of a titanium chelate with a titanium molarity in the range of 0.01M to 0.6M. (b) immersing a substrate in the prepared solution, (c) decomposing the titanium chelate to deposit a film on the substrate. The titanium chelate maybe decomposed acid, base, temperature or other means. A preferred method provides for the deposit of adherent titanium oxide films from C2 to C5 hydroxy carboxylic acids. In another aspect the invention is a novel article of manufacture having a titanium coating which protects the substrate against ultraviolet damage. In another aspect the invention provides novel semipermeable gas separation membranes, and a method for producing them.

  20. Ion-assisted evaporation of vanadium dioxide thin films

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    Zou, Mengyang; Ni, Chuan; Sarangan, Andrew

    2016-09-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a polycrystalline thin film that reversibly changes from a semiconductor to a metallic state at 68°C, and has important applications in thermal detection and actuation as well as in reconfigurable photonic circuitry. In this work, we have produced VO2 thin films by oxygen ion-assisted electron-beam evaporation. Compared to prior work, the phase change temperature is as low as 54°C, which we believe arise due to the oxygen implantation from the ion-assisted process. The films were deposited on c-cut sapphire substrates, and their properties were measured using a four-point probe electrical sheet resistance measurement.

  1. Optoelectronic Nanocomposite Materials for Thin Film Photovoltaics

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-06-01

    CdTe and ZnO single-phase thin films , nanocomposite films ...for the CdTe -ZnO thin film system under these conditions. c. Optical Absorption The films produced in the present study consistently exhibited...optical absorbance spectra collected from CdTe -ZnO multilayer nanocomposite thin films . The effect of CdTe layer thickness used per deposition cycle

  2. Thin Film Phosphor Development

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-01-01

    followed in Fig. 1. Two different garnet phases are observed in the fired films. The "low temperature " phase observed in the film treated at 9(X)°C has a... garnets ,1 121 thle experimentall~v-ob,•crved lattice constar.als correspond to the followving lmh composition for the low and high temperature phases...deposited, which is probably an yttrium rich garnet (see Figure 1). At I100)°C we start to see the appearance of both phases. As the firing temperature

  3. Polycrystalline semiconductor processing

    DOEpatents

    Glaeser, Andreas M.; Haggerty, John S.; Danforth, Stephen C.

    1983-01-01

    A process for forming large-grain polycrystalline films from amorphous films for use as photovoltaic devices. The process operates on the amorphous film and uses the driving force inherent to the transition from the amorphous state to the crystalline state as the force which drives the grain growth process. The resultant polycrystalline film is characterized by a grain size that is greater than the thickness of the film. A thin amorphous film is deposited on a substrate. The formation of a plurality of crystalline embryos is induced in the amorphous film at predetermined spaced apart locations and nucleation is inhibited elsewhere in the film. The crystalline embryos are caused to grow in the amorphous film, without further nucleation occurring in the film, until the growth of the embryos is halted by imgingement on adjacently growing embryos. The process is applicable to both batch and continuous processing techniques. In either type of process, the thin amorphous film is sequentially doped with p and n type dopants. Doping is effected either before or after the formation and growth of the crystalline embryos in the amorphous film, or during a continuously proceeding crystallization step.

  4. Polycrystalline semiconductor processing

    DOEpatents

    Glaeser, A.M.; Haggerty, J.S.; Danforth, S.C.

    1983-04-05

    A process is described for forming large-grain polycrystalline films from amorphous films for use as photovoltaic devices. The process operates on the amorphous film and uses the driving force inherent to the transition from the amorphous state to the crystalline state as the force which drives the grain growth process. The resultant polycrystalline film is characterized by a grain size that is greater than the thickness of the film. A thin amorphous film is deposited on a substrate. The formation of a plurality of crystalline embryos is induced in the amorphous film at predetermined spaced apart locations and nucleation is inhibited elsewhere in the film. The crystalline embryos are caused to grow in the amorphous film, without further nucleation occurring in the film, until the growth of the embryos is halted by impingement on adjacently growing embryos. The process is applicable to both batch and continuous processing techniques. In either type of process, the thin amorphous film is sequentially doped with p and n type dopants. Doping is effected either before or after the formation and growth of the crystalline embryos in the amorphous film, or during a continuously proceeding crystallization step. 10 figs.

  5. Modeling and simulation of the deposition/relaxation processes of polycrystalline diatomic structures of metallic nitride films

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    García, M. F.; Restrepo-Parra, E.; Riaño-Rojas, J. C.

    2015-05-01

    This work develops a model that mimics the growth of diatomic, polycrystalline thin films by artificially splitting the growth into deposition and relaxation processes including two stages: (1) a grain-based stochastic method (grains orientation randomly chosen) is considered and by means of the Kinetic Monte Carlo method employing a non-standard version, known as Constant Time Stepping, the deposition is simulated. The adsorption of adatoms is accepted or rejected depending on the neighborhood conditions; furthermore, the desorption process is not included in the simulation and (2) the Monte Carlo method combined with the metropolis algorithm is used to simulate the diffusion. The model was developed by accounting for parameters that determine the morphology of the film, such as the growth temperature, the interacting atomic species, the binding energy and the material crystal structure. The modeled samples exhibited an FCC structure with grain formation with orientations in the family planes of < 111 >, < 200 > and < 220 >. The grain size and film roughness were analyzed. By construction, the grain size decreased, and the roughness increased, as the growth temperature increased. Although, during the growth process of real materials, the deposition and relaxation occurs simultaneously, this method may perhaps be valid to build realistic polycrystalline samples.

  6. Progress Towards a Micromachined Thermoelectric Generator using PbTe and PbSnSeTe Thin Films

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    2006-11-01

    films were achieved using CdTe or ZnTe buffer layers, while polycrystalline films were formed on thermally-oxidized silicon. Processes using a bromine... characterize patterned PbTe and PbSnSeTe films and the contact resistance with a variety of metals (Au/Cr, Au, Pt, Ni, Cu, Pt). Film resistivities...long etch times. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images show the surface roughness and sidewall profile for these thin films (Fig. 3). (a

  7. Absorption of thin film materials at 10.6 microm.

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    Gibbs, W E; Butterfield, A W

    1975-12-01

    Absorption indices at a wavelength of 10.6 mum for thin films of As(2)S(3), GeSe, BaF(2), ZnSe, and CdTe were measured by calorimetric techniques with a CO(2) laser. The values obtained, 4.6 x 10(-4), 1.4 x 10(-3), 2.8 x 10(-3), 2.8 x 10(-3), and 5.0 x 10(-3), respectively, were significantly greater than the corresponding values for the bulk materials. This difference was least for the vitreous films, As(2)S(3) and GeSe, which also had a lower absorption than the remaining polycrystalline films. Details are presented of the microstructure of the films as determined by scanning electron microscopy and k-ray diffraction.

  8. Comparative study of electron transport mechanisms in epitaxial and polycrystalline zinc nitride films

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    Cao, Xiang; Yamaguchi, Yuuki; Ninomiya, Yoshihiko; Yamada, Naoomi

    2016-01-01

    Zn3N2 has been reported to have high electron mobility even in polycrystalline films. The high mobility in polycrystalline films is a striking feature as compared with group-III nitrides. However, the origins of the high mobility have not been elucidated to date. In this paper, we discuss the reason for high mobility in Zn3N2. We grew epitaxial and polycrystalline films of Zn3N2. Electron effective mass (m*) was determined optically and found to decrease with a decrease in electron density. Using a nonparabolic conduction band model, the m* at the bottom of the conduction band was derived to be (0.08 ± 0.03)m0 (m0 denotes the free electron mass), which is comparable to that in InN. Optically determined intra-grain mobility (μopt) in the polycrystalline films was higher than 110 cm2 V-1 s-1, resulting from the small m*. The Hall mobility (μH) in the polycrystalline films was significantly smaller than μopt, indicating that electron transport is impeded by scattering at the grain boundaries. Nevertheless, μH higher than 70 cm2 V-1 s-1 was achievable owing to the beneficial effect of the high μopt. As for the epitaxial films, we revealed that electron transport is hardly affected by grain boundary scattering and is governed solely by ionized impurity scattering. The findings in this study suggest that Zn3N2 is a high-mobility semiconductor with small effective mass.

  9. Comparative study of electron transport mechanisms in epitaxial and polycrystalline zinc nitride films

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    Cao, Xiang; Yamaguchi, Yuuki; Ninomiya, Yoshihiko; Yamada, Naoomi

    2016-01-14

    Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2} has been reported to have high electron mobility even in polycrystalline films. The high mobility in polycrystalline films is a striking feature as compared with group-III nitrides. However, the origins of the high mobility have not been elucidated to date. In this paper, we discuss the reason for high mobility in Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2}. We grew epitaxial and polycrystalline films of Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2}. Electron effective mass (m*) was determined optically and found to decrease with a decrease in electron density. Using a nonparabolic conduction band model, the m* at the bottom of the conduction band was derived to be (0.08 ± 0.03)m{sub 0} (m{sub 0} denotes the free electron mass), which is comparable to that in InN. Optically determined intra-grain mobility (μ{sub opt}) in the polycrystalline films was higher than 110 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}, resulting from the small m*. The Hall mobility (μ{sub H}) in the polycrystalline films was significantly smaller than μ{sub opt}, indicating that electron transport is impeded by scattering at the grain boundaries. Nevertheless, μ{sub H} higher than 70 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} was achievable owing to the beneficial effect of the high μ{sub opt}. As for the epitaxial films, we revealed that electron transport is hardly affected by grain boundary scattering and is governed solely by ionized impurity scattering. The findings in this study suggest that Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2} is a high-mobility semiconductor with small effective mass.

  10. Pulsed laser deposition and characterizations of pyrochlore iridate thin films

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    Starr, Matthew; Aviles-Acosta, Jaime; Xie, Yuantao; Zhu, Wenka; Li, Zhen; Chen, Aiping; Li, Nan; Tao, Chenggang; Jia, Quanxi; Heremans, J. J.; Zhang, S. X.

    Pyrochlore iridates have attracted growing interest in recent years because of their potential to realize novel topological phases. While most of the previous studies have focused on polycrystalline and single crystalline bulk samples, epitaxial thin films offer a unique platform for controllable tuning of material parameters such as oxygen stoichiometry and elastic strain to achieve new electronic states. In this talk, we will present the growth and characterizations of epitaxial thin films of pyrochlore Y2Ir2O7 and Bi2Ir2O7 that are predicted to host topologically non-trivial states. The iridate thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition at different conditions, and a narrow window for epitaxial growth was determined. Characterizations of crystalline structures were performed using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy to establish a growth parameter-structure phase diagram. The compositions of thin films were determined by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and the surface morphologies were characterized using atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy. Magneto-transport studies indicate a strong dependence of transport properties on the oxygen stoichiometry and the film thickness.

  11. Synthesis, Characterization And Optoelectrical Properties of Cd Doped ZnO Poly Crystalline Nano Thin Films Deposited by Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR) Method

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    Bindal, Nitin; Sharma, Manisha; Kumar, H.; Sharma, S.; Upadhaya, S. C.

    2011-12-01

    Cadmium doped zinc oxide polycrystalline nano thin films were deposited on microscopic glass substrates following a modified chemical bath technique called Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR). Cadmium doping was found to increase the film grown rate. The X-ray diffraction pattern showed that films have polycrystalline nature. The SEM image revealed growth of large crystallites perpendicular to the substrates. The optical transmittance spectra indicate that these thin films have the direct energy band gap. The resistivity of these films decreased with increase in the temperature for all compositions, which confirmed the semiconducting nature of films.

  12. Selective inorganic thin films

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    Phillips, M.L.F.; Pohl, P.I.; Brinker, C.J.

    1997-04-01

    Separating light gases using membranes is a technology area for which there exists opportunities for significant energy savings. Examples of industrial needs for gas separation include hydrogen recovery, natural gas purification, and dehydration. A membrane capable of separating H{sub 2} from other gases at high temperatures could recover hydrogen from refinery waste streams, and facilitate catalytic dehydrogenation and the water gas shift (CO + H{sub 2}O {yields} H{sub 2} + CO{sub 2}) reaction. Natural gas purification requires separating CH{sub 4} from mixtures with CO{sub 2}, H{sub 2}S, H{sub 2}O, and higher alkanes. A dehydrating membrane would remove water vapor from gas streams in which water is a byproduct or a contaminant, such as refrigeration systems. Molecular sieve films offer the possibility of performing separations involving hydrogen, natural gas constituents, and water vapor at elevated temperatures with very high separation factors. It is in applications such as these that the authors expect inorganic molecular sieve membranes to compete most effectively with current gas separation technologies. Cryogenic separations are very energy intensive. Polymer membranes do not have the thermal stability appropriate for high temperature hydrogen recovery, and tend to swell in the presence of hydrocarbon natural gas constituents. The authors goal is to develop a family of microporous oxide films that offer permeability and selectivity exceeding those of polymer membranes, allowing gas membranes to compete with cryogenic and adsorption technologies for large-scale gas separation applications.

  13. Relation between molecule ionization energy, film thickness and morphology of two indandione derivatives thin films

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    Grzibovskis, Raitis; Vembris, Aivars; Pudzs, Kaspars

    2016-08-01

    Nowadays most organic devices consist of thin (below 100 nm) layers. Information about the morphology and energy levels of thin films at such thickness is essential for the high efficiency devices. In this work we have investigated thin films of 2-(4-[N,N-dimethylamino]-benzylidene)-indene-1,3-dione (DMABI) and 2-(4-(bis(2-(trityloxy)ethyl)amino)benzylidene)-2H-indene-1,3-dione (DMABI-6Ph). DMABI-6Ph is the same DMABI molecule with attached bulky groups which assist formation of amorphous films from solutions. Polycrystalline structure was obtained for the DMABI thin films prepared by thermal evaporation in vacuum and amorphous structure for the DMABI-6Ph films prepared by spin-coating method. Images taken by SEM showed separate crystals or islands at the thickness of the samples below 100 nm. The ionization energy of the studied compounds was determined using photoemission yield spectroscopy. A vacuum level shift of 0.40 eV was observed when ITO electrode was covered with the thin film of the organic compound. Despite of the same active part of the investigated molecules the ITO/DMABI interface is blocking electrons while ITO/DMABI-6Ph interface is blocking holes.

  14. Structural and optical studies on AgSbSe{sub 2} thin films

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    Asokan, T. Namitha; Urmila, K. S.; Pradeep, B.

    2014-01-28

    AgSbSe{sub 2} semiconducting thin films are successfully deposited using reactive evaporation technique at a substrate temperature of 398K. X-ray diffraction studies reveal that the films are polycrystalline in nature. The structural parameters such as average particle size, dislocation density, and number of crystallites per unit have been evaluated. Atomic Force Microscopy is used to study the topographic characteristics of the film including the grain size and surface roughness. The silver antimony selenide thin films have high absorption coefficient of about 10{sup 5} cm{sup −1} and it has an indirect band gap of 0.64eV.

  15. Thin film buried anode battery

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    Lee, Se-Hee; Tracy, C. Edwin; Liu, Ping

    2009-12-15

    A reverse configuration, lithium thin film battery (300) having a buried lithium anode layer (305) and process for making the same. The present invention is formed from a precursor composite structure (200) made by depositing electrolyte layer (204) onto substrate (201), followed by sequential depositions of cathode layer (203) and current collector (202) on the electrolyte layer. The precursor is subjected to an activation step, wherein a buried lithium anode layer (305) is formed via electroplating a lithium anode layer at the interface of substrate (201) and electrolyte film (204). The electroplating is accomplished by applying a current between anode current collector (201) and cathode current collector (202).

  16. Review of thin film solar cell technology and applications for ultra-light spacecraft solar arrays

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    Landis, Geoffrey A.

    1991-01-01

    Developments in thin-film amorphous and polycrystalline photovoltaic cells are reviewed and discussed with a view to potential applications in space. Two important figures of merit are discussed: efficiency (i.e., what fraction of the incident solar energy is converted to electricity), and specific power (power to weight ratio).

  17. Growth of ZnO:Al thin films onto different substrates

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    Prepelita, Petronela; Medianu, R.; Garoi, F.; Moldovan, A.

    2010-11-01

    In this paper we present some results regarding undoped and doped ZnO thin films deposited on various substrates like glass, silicon and kapton by rf magnetron sputtering. The influence of the amount of aluminum as well as the usage of different substrates on the final photovoltaic properties of the thin films is studied. For this, structural-morphological and optical investigations on the thin films are conducted. It was found that three important factors must be taken into account for adjusting the final desired application intended for the deposited thin films. These factors are: deposition conditions, the nature of both the dopant material and the substrate. A comparison study between undoped and doped case is also realized. Smooth Al doped ZnO thin films with a polycrystalline structure and a lower roughness than undoped ZnO are obtained.

  18. The effect of germanium ion implantation dose on the amorphization and recrystallization of polycrystalline silicon films

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    Komem, Y.; Hall, I. W.

    1981-11-01

    Polycrystalline Si films have been amorphized by implantation with 130-keV Ge ions and subsequently recrystallized by conventional heat treatment. It is found that, after amorphization with a low ion dose, recrystallization produces a structure which is morphologically similar to the original film. By contrast, after high Ge dose implantation, recrystallization proceeds dendritically. An initial rationale for this behavior is proposed in terms of the lattice disorder introduced by ion implantation.

  19. Flexible thin film magnetoimpedance sensors

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    Kurlyandskaya, G. V.; Fernández, E.; Svalov, A.; Burgoa Beitia, A.; García-Arribas, A.; Larrañaga, A.

    2016-10-01

    Magnetically soft thin film deposited onto polymer substrates is an attractive option for flexible electronics including magnetoimpedance (MI) applications. MI FeNi/Ti based thin film sensitive elements were designed and prepared using the sputtering technique by deposition onto rigid and flexible substrates at different deposition rates. Their structure, magnetic properties and MI were comparatively analyzed. The main structural features were sufficiently accurately reproduced in the case of deposition onto cyclo olefine polymer substrates compared to glass substrates for the same conditions. Although for the best condition (28 nm/min rate) of the deposition onto polymer a significant reduction of the MI field sensitivity was found satisfactory for sensor applications sensitivity: 45%/Oe was obtained for a frequency of 60 MHz.

  20. Laminated thin film solar module

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    Berman, E.; Eisner, K.P.

    1986-11-25

    This patent describes a solar module comprising: a first untempered glass sheet having a first side forming a light receiving face of a solar module and a second side, a thin film photovoltaic device fabricated on the second side of the first glass sheet, a second tempered glass sheet spaced from the second side of the first sheet and forming the primary structural member of the solar module; and a pottant layer filling substantially all space between the first and second glass sheets and bonding the sheets together. This patent describes a solar module according to claim 1 further including a second thin film photovoltaic device fabricated on a surface of the second tempered glass sheet.

  1. Thin film concentrator panel development

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    Zimmerman, D. K.

    1982-01-01

    The development and testing of a rigid panel concept that utilizes a thin film reflective surface for application to a low-cost point-focusing solar concentrator is discussed. It is shown that a thin film reflective surface is acceptable for use on solar concentrators, including 1500 F applications. Additionally, it is shown that a formed steel sheet substrate is a good choice for concentrator panels. The panel has good optical properties, acceptable forming tolerances, environmentally resistant substrate and stiffeners, and adaptability to low to mass production rates. Computer simulations of the concentrator optics were run using the selected reflector panel design. Experimentally determined values for reflector surface specularity and reflectivity along with dimensional data were used in the analysis. The simulations provided intercept factor and net energy into the aperture as a function of aperture size for different surface errors and pointing errors. Point source and Sun source optical tests were also performed.

  2. Thin Film Research. Volume 2

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-09-26

    laboratory for several years to measure ne optical properties of many different thin films. A helium-neon laser (Spectra Physics model 120, 5 milliwatt...linear interpolation between known points. Ne estimate an accuracy o 2 to 4 m over the range we have tested with available spectral line sources. 3...exam,. nes " ne e+f- ect ,- water adsorption on a +ilter. 4) The larger data base available to the computer permits better characterization o+ a +ilm’s

  3. Growth of poly-crystalline Cu films on Y substrates by picosecond pulsed laser deposition for photocathode applications

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    Gontad, F.; Lorusso, A.; Klini, A.; Manousaki, A.; Perrone, A.; Fotakis, C.

    2015-11-01

    In this work, the deposition of Cu thin films on Y substrates for photocathode applications by pulsed laser deposition employing picosecond laser pulses is reported and compared with the use of nanosecond pulses. The influence of power density (6-50 GW/cm2) on the ablation of the target material, as well as on the properties of the resulting film, is discussed. The material transfer from the target to the substrate surface was found to be rather efficient, in comparison to nanosecond ablation, leading to the growth of films with high thickness. Scanning electron microscope analysis indicated a quasi-continuous film morphology, at low power density values, becoming granular with increasing power density. The structural investigation, through X-ray diffraction, revealed the poly-crystalline nature of the films, with a preferential growth along the (111) crystallographic orientation of Cu cubic network. Finally, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy showed a low contamination level of the grown films, demonstrating the potential of a PLD technique for the fabrication of Cu/Y patterned structures, with applications in radiofrequency electron gun technology.

  4. Growth of single crystalline germanium thin film on (100) silicon substrate

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    Kim, Sung Wook; Lee, Jaejun; Park, Youn Ho; Park, Jeong Min; Park, Sangwon; Kim, Yeon Joo; Choi, Heon-Jin

    2017-03-01

    Epitaxial growth of germanium thin films (GeTFs) on Si (111) and Si (100) substrates was investigated, and the prepared films were compared with the films grown on SiO2 substrates. Ge films were prepared in three steps. Initially, a Ge interlayer film with thickness of ˜ 10 nm was deposited on the substrate followed by annealing and recrystallization of the film. A Ge film with a thickness of 500 nm was then deposited. A single crystalline Ge film was grown on Si (100) whereas polycrystalline films were grown on the other substrates. The growth rate of the films depends on the type of the substrates used, which in turn determines the crystallinity of the films. Highly crystalline films were obtained with slow growth rates. The single crystalline epitaxial layer of GeTFs formed on Si (100) exhibited a lower threading dislocation density as compared with those grown on Si (111) and SiO2.

  5. Two-terminal, thin film, tandem solar cells

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    Stanbery, B.J.

    1987-07-14

    This patent describes a polycrystalline, tandem, photovoltaic transducer, comprising: (a) an upper cell having a bandgap of about 1.7 eV and comprising a heterojunction of n-type CdSe and p-type ZnTe, the junction being formed by depositing the ZnTe on the CdSe at low temperatures below about 350/sup 0/C; (b) a lower cell electrically connected to the upper cell, having a bandgap of about 1.0 eV, and comprising a thin film heterojunction between a graded ternary I-III-VI/sub 2/ semiconductor and a thin film II-VI semiconductor window layer.

  6. Method for formation of thin film transistors on plastic substrates

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    Carey, P.G.; Smith, P.M.; Sigmon, T.W.; Aceves, R.C.

    1998-10-06

    A process for formation of thin film transistors (TFTs) on plastic substrates replaces standard thin film transistor fabrication techniques, and uses sufficiently lower processing temperatures so that inexpensive plastic substrates may be used in place of standard glass, quartz, and silicon wafer-based substrates. The process relies on techniques for depositing semiconductors, dielectrics, and metals at low temperatures; crystallizing and doping semiconductor layers in the TFT with a pulsed energy source; and creating top-gate self-aligned as well as back-gate TFT structures. The process enables the fabrication of amorphous and polycrystalline channel silicon TFTs at temperatures sufficiently low to prevent damage to plastic substrates. The process has use in large area low cost electronics, such as flat panel displays and portable electronics. 5 figs.

  7. Method for formation of thin film transistors on plastic substrates

    DOEpatents

    Carey, Paul G.; Smith, Patrick M.; Sigmon, Thomas W.; Aceves, Randy C.

    1998-10-06

    A process for formation of thin film transistors (TFTs) on plastic substrates replaces standard thin film transistor fabrication techniques, and uses sufficiently lower processing temperatures so that inexpensive plastic substrates may be used in place of standard glass, quartz, and silicon wafer-based substrates. The process relies on techniques for depositing semiconductors, dielectrics, and metals at low temperatures; crystallizing and doping semiconductor layers in the TFT with a pulsed energy source; and creating top-gate self-aligned as well as back-gate TFT structures. The process enables the fabrication of amorphous and polycrystalline channel silicon TFTs at temperatures sufficiently low to prevent damage to plastic substrates. The process has use in large area low cost electronics, such as flat panel displays and portable electronics.

  8. Photoconductivity of thin organic films

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    Tkachenko, Nikolai V.; Chukharev, Vladimir; Kaplas, Petra; Tolkki, Antti; Efimov, Alexander; Haring, Kimmo; Viheriälä, Jukka; Niemi, Tapio; Lemmetyinen, Helge

    2010-04-01

    Thin organic films were deposited on silicon oxide surfaces with golden interdigitated electrodes (interelectrode gap was 2 μm), and the film resistivities were measured in dark and under white light illumination. The compounds selected for the measurements include molecules widely used in solar cell applications, such as polythiophene ( PHT), fullerene ( C60), pyrelene tetracarboxylic diimide ( PTCDI) and copper phthalocyanine ( CuPc), as well as molecules potentially interesting for photovoltaic applications, e.g. porphyrin-fullerene dyads. The films were deposited using thermal evaporation (e.g. for C60 and CuPc films), spin coating for PHT, and Langmuir-Schaeffer for the layer-by-layer deposition of porphyrin-fullerene dyads. The most conducting materials in the series are films of PHT and CuPc with resistivities 1.2 × 10 3 Ω m and 3 × 10 4 Ω m, respectively. Under light illumination resistivity of all films decreases, with the strongest light effect observed for PTCDI, for which resistivity decreases by 100 times, from 3.2 × 10 8 Ω m in dark to 3.1 × 10 6 Ω m under the light.

  9. Surface roughness measurements of micromachined polycrystalline silicon films

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    Phinney, L. M.; Lin, G.; Wellman, J.; Garcia, A.

    2004-07-01

    The characteristics of the materials and surfaces in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and microsystems technology (MST) profoundly affect the performance, reliability, and wear of MEMS and MST devices. It is critical to measure the properties of surfaces that are in contact during microstructure movement, such as the underside of a MEMS gear and the underlying substrate. However, contacting surfaces are usually inaccessible unless the MEMS device is broken and removed from the substrate. This paper presents a nondestructive method for characterizing commercially fabricated surface micromachined polycrystalline silicon (polysilicon) devices. Microhinged flaps were designed that enable access to the upper surface, the part of a structural layer deposited last; the lower surface, the part of a structural layer deposited first; and the underlying substrate. Due to the susceptibility of surface-micromachined MEMS to adhesion failures, the surface roughness is a key parameter for predicting device behavior. Using the microhinged flaps, the RMS surface roughness for polycrystalline surfaces was measured and indicated that the upper surfaces were 3.5-6.4 times rougher than the lower surfaces. The difference in the surface roughness for the upper surface, which is easily accessed and the one most commonly characterized, and that for the lower surface reveals the importance of characterizing contacting surfaces in MEMS and MST devices.

  10. Thin-Film Selective Emitter

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    Chubb, Donald L.; Lowe, Roland A.

    1993-01-01

    Direct conversion of thermal energy into electrical energy using a photovoltaic cell is called thermophotovoltaic energy conversion. One way to make this an efficient process is to have the thermal energy source be an efficient selective emitter of radiation. The emission must be near the band-gap energy of the photovoltaic cell. One possible method to achieve an efficient selective emitter is the use of a thin film of rare-earth oxides. The determination of the efficiency of such an emitter requires analysis of the spectral emittance of the thin film including scattering and reflectance at the vacuum-film and film-substrate interfaces. Emitter efficiencies (power emitted in emission band/total emitted power) in the range 0.35-0.7 are predicted. There is an optimum optical depth to obtain maximum efficiency. High emitter efficiencies are attained only for low (less than 0.05) substrate emittance values, both with and without scattering. The low substrate emittance required for high efficiency limits the choice of substrate materials to highly reflective metals or high-transmission materials such as sapphire.

  11. Properties of nanostructured undoped ZrO{sub 2} thin film electrolytes by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition for thin film solid oxide fuel cells

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    Cho, Gu Young; Noh, Seungtak; Lee, Yoon Ho; Cha, Suk Won E-mail: swcha@snu.ac.kr; Ji, Sanghoon; Hong, Soon Wook; Koo, Bongjun; Kim, Young-Beom E-mail: swcha@snu.ac.kr; An, Jihwan

    2016-01-15

    Nanostructured ZrO{sub 2} thin films were prepared by thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) and by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD). The effects of the deposition conditions of temperature, reactant, plasma power, and duration upon the physical and chemical properties of ZrO{sub 2} films were investigated. The ZrO{sub 2} films by PEALD were polycrystalline and had low contamination, rough surfaces, and relatively large grains. Increasing the plasma power and duration led to a clear polycrystalline structure with relatively large grains due to the additional energy imparted by the plasma. After characterization, the films were incorporated as electrolytes in thin film solid oxide fuel cells, and the performance was measured at 500 °C. Despite similar structure and cathode morphology of the cells studied, the thin film solid oxide fuel cell with the ZrO{sub 2} thin film electrolyte by the thermal ALD at 250 °C exhibited the highest power density (38 mW/cm{sup 2}) because of the lowest average grain size at cathode/electrolyte interface.

  12. Atomic layer deposition of superparamagnetic and ferrimagnetic magnetite thin films

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    Zhang, Yijun; Liu, Ming E-mail: wren@mail.xjtu.edu.cn Ren, Wei E-mail: wren@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Zhang, Yuepeng; Chen, Xing; Ye, Zuo-Guang E-mail: wren@mail.xjtu.edu.cn

    2015-05-07

    One of the key challenges in realizing superparamagnetism in magnetic thin films lies in finding a low-energy growth way to create sufficiently small grains and magnetic domains which allow the magnetization to randomly and rapidly reverse. In this work, well-defined superparamagnetic and ferrimagnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} thin films are successfully prepared using atomic layer deposition technique by finely controlling the growth condition and post-annealing process. As-grown Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} thin films exhibit a conformal surface and poly-crystalline nature with an average grain size of 7 nm, resulting in a superparamagnetic behavior with a blocking temperature of 210 K. After post-annealing in H{sub 2}/Ar at 400 °C, the as-grown α−Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} sample is reduced to Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} phase, exhibiting a ferrimagnetic ordering and distinct magnetic shape anisotropy. Atomic layer deposition of magnetite thin films with well-controlled morphology and magnetic properties provides great opportunities for integrating with other order parameters to realize magnetic nano-devices with potential applications in spintronics, electronics, and bio-applications.

  13. Oriented Thin Films of a Benzodithiophene Covalent Organic Framework

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    2014-01-01

    A mesoporous electron-donor covalent organic framework based on a benzodithiophene core, BDT-COF, was obtained through condensation of a benzodithiophene-containing diboronic acid and hexahydroxytriphenylene (HHTP). BDT-COF is a highly porous, crystalline, and thermally stable material, which can be handled in air. Highly porous, crystalline oriented thin BDT-COF films were synthesized from solution on different polycrystalline surfaces, indicating the generality of the synthetic strategy. The favorable orientation, crystallinity, porosity, and the growth mode of the thin BDT-COF films were studied by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), 2D grazing incidence diffraction (GID), transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM, SEM), and krypton sorption. The highly porous thin BDT-COF films were infiltrated with soluble fullerene derivatives, such as [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), to obtain an interpenetrated electron-donor/acceptor host–guest system. Light-induced charge transfer from the BDT-framework to PCBM acceptor molecules was indicated by efficient photoluminescence quenching. Moreover, we monitored the dynamics of photogenerated hole-polarons via transient absorption spectroscopy. This work represents a combined study of the structural and optical properties of highly oriented mesoporous thin COF films serving as host for the generation of periodic interpenetrated electron-donor and electron-acceptor systems. PMID:24559375

  14. Oriented thin films of a benzodithiophene covalent organic framework.

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    Medina, Dana D; Werner, Veronika; Auras, Florian; Tautz, Raphael; Dogru, Mirjam; Schuster, Jörg; Linke, Stephanie; Döblinger, Markus; Feldmann, Jochen; Knochel, Paul; Bein, Thomas

    2014-04-22

    A mesoporous electron-donor covalent organic framework based on a benzodithiophene core, BDT-COF, was obtained through condensation of a benzodithiophene-containing diboronic acid and hexahydroxytriphenylene (HHTP). BDT-COF is a highly porous, crystalline, and thermally stable material, which can be handled in air. Highly porous, crystalline oriented thin BDT-COF films were synthesized from solution on different polycrystalline surfaces, indicating the generality of the synthetic strategy. The favorable orientation, crystallinity, porosity, and the growth mode of the thin BDT-COF films were studied by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), 2D grazing incidence diffraction (GID), transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM, SEM), and krypton sorption. The highly porous thin BDT-COF films were infiltrated with soluble fullerene derivatives, such as [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), to obtain an interpenetrated electron-donor/acceptor host-guest system. Light-induced charge transfer from the BDT-framework to PCBM acceptor molecules was indicated by efficient photoluminescence quenching. Moreover, we monitored the dynamics of photogenerated hole-polarons via transient absorption spectroscopy. This work represents a combined study of the structural and optical properties of highly oriented mesoporous thin COF films serving as host for the generation of periodic interpenetrated electron-donor and electron-acceptor systems.

  15. Method of azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix diagnostics of blood plasma polycrystalline films in cancer diagnostics

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    Ushenko, Yu. A.; Prysyazhnyuk, V. P.; Gavrylyak, M. S.; Gorsky, M. P.; Bachinskiy, V. T.; Vanchuliak, O. Ya.

    2015-02-01

    A new information optical technique of diagnostics of the structure of polycrystalline films of blood plasma is proposed. The model of Mueller-matrix description of mechanisms of optical anisotropy of such objects as optical activity, birefringence, as well as linear and circular dichroism is suggested. The ensemble of informationally topical azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix invariants is determined. Within the statistical analysis of such parameters distributions the objective criteria of differentiation of films of blood plasma taken from healthy and patients with liver cirrhosis were determined. From the point of view of probative medicine the operational characteristics (sensitivity, specificity and accuracy) of the information-optical method of Mueller-matrix mapping of polycrystalline films of blood plasma were found and its efficiency in diagnostics of liver cirrhosis was demonstrated. Prospects of application of the method in experimental medicine to differentiate postmortem changes of the myocardial tissue was examined.

  16. Order on disorder: Copper phthalocyanine thin films on technical substrates

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    Peisert, H.; Schwieger, T.; Auerhammer, J. M.; Knupfer, M.; Golden, M. S.; Fink, J.; Bressler, P. R.; Mast, M.

    2001-07-01

    We have studied the molecular orientation of the commonly used organic semiconductor copper phthalocyanine (CuPC) grown as thin films on the technically relevant substrates indium tin oxide, oxidized Si, and polycrystalline gold using polarization-dependent x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and compare the results with those obtained from single crystalline substrates [Au(110) and GeS(001)]. Surprisingly, the 20{endash}50 nm thick CuPC films on the technical substrates are as highly ordered as on the single crystals. Importantly, however, the molecular orientation in the two cases is radically different: the CuPC molecules stand on the technical substrates and lie on the single crystalline substrates. The reasons for this and its consequences for our understanding of the behavior of CuPC films in devices are discussed. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  17. Photoelectric processes in CdSe thin film solar cells

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    Rickus, E.

    1984-05-01

    Efficiencies exceeding 7 percent have been achieved with CdSe/ZnSe/Au thin film solar cells. The collection efficiency of carriers in highly oriented CdSe films is near unity, resulting in short circuit current densities comparable to values observed on single crystalline cells. Recombination of carriers at the CdSe/ZnSe interface plays a minor role. CdSe /SUB x/ Te /SUB 1-x/ cells show the potential of enhanced short circuit current densities. Crystallographic and chemical inhomogeneities have a major influence on their performance. The comparison of photoelectrochemical cells based on CdSe single crystals and on polycrystalline layers demonstrates the photovoltaic quality of our CdSe films.

  18. Surface and sub-surface thermal oxidation of thin ruthenium films

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    Coloma Ribera, R.; van de Kruijs, R. W. E.; Kokke, S.; Zoethout, E.; Yakshin, A. E.; Bijkerk, F.

    2014-09-01

    A mixed 2D (film) and 3D (nano-column) growth of ruthenium oxide has been experimentally observed for thermally oxidized polycrystalline ruthenium thin films. Furthermore, in situ x-ray reflectivity upon annealing allowed the detection of 2D film growth as two separate layers consisting of low density and high density oxides. Nano-columns grow at the surface of the low density oxide layer, with the growth rate being limited by diffusion of ruthenium through the formed oxide film. Simultaneously, with the growth of the columns, sub-surface high density oxide continues to grow limited by diffusion of oxygen or ruthenium through the oxide film.

  19. Surface and sub-surface thermal oxidation of thin ruthenium films

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    Coloma Ribera, R.; Kruijs, R. W. E. van de; Yakshin, A. E.; Bijkerk, F.; Kokke, S.; Zoethout, E.

    2014-09-29

    A mixed 2D (film) and 3D (nano-column) growth of ruthenium oxide has been experimentally observed for thermally oxidized polycrystalline ruthenium thin films. Furthermore, in situ x-ray reflectivity upon annealing allowed the detection of 2D film growth as two separate layers consisting of low density and high density oxides. Nano-columns grow at the surface of the low density oxide layer, with the growth rate being limited by diffusion of ruthenium through the formed oxide film. Simultaneously, with the growth of the columns, sub-surface high density oxide continues to grow limited by diffusion of oxygen or ruthenium through the oxide film.

  20. Physical and electronic properties of electrodeposited ZnO thin films: dependence on thickness

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    Kıcır, N.; Ozkendir, O. M.; Farha, A. H.; Kırmızıgül, F.; Tuken, T.; Gumus, C.; Çabuk, S.; Erbil, M.; Ufuktepe, Y.

    2015-10-01

    ZnO films have been prepared on indium tin oxide-coated glass substrates, with the help of a potentiostatic method in aqueous zinc nitrate solution. Dependence of crystallographic, optical and electronic properties on thickness of the film is reported and discussed. An increase in the film thickness causes an increase in the band and leads to an improvement in crystallinity and conductivity. The experimental results suggest a strong correlation between electronic and crystal structure of the polycrystalline wurtzite ZnO films. These observations can be used to establish guidelines for optimizing the thickness and orientation to increase the control of device performance based on ZnO thin films.

  1. Fabrication of high quality nanocrystalline Cd(1-x)ZnxS thin films for optoelectronic applications

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    Verma, Urvashi; Thakur, Vikas; Rajaram, P.; Shrivastava, A. K.

    2013-02-01

    Nanocrystalline Cd(1-x)ZnxS thin films were prepared by spray pyrolysis technique. XRD studies showed that the films are polycrystalline and possess the hexagonal structure. The preferred crystallographic orientation of crystallites changes gradually from (002) to (101) with the increase in Zn composition. The AFM studies showed that the surface of the film is highly smooth and uniformly covered with the CdZnS nanoparticles. UV-VIS studies confirm the high quality of films. The band edge of these films is blue-shifted with the increase in Zn composition.

  2. Formation of polycrystalline-silicon films with hemispherical grains for capacitor structures with increased capacitance

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    Novak, A. V.

    2014-12-15

    The effect of formation conditions on the morphology of silicon films with hemispherical grains (HSG-Si) obtained by the method of low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) is investigated by atomic-force microscopy. The formation conditions for HSG-Si films with a large surface area are found. The obtained HSG-Si films make it possible to fabricate capacitor structures, the electric capacitance of which is twice as large in comparison to that of capacitors with “smooth” electrodes from polycrystalline silicon.

  3. Comparison of effective transverse piezoelectric coefficients e31,f of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin films between direct and converse piezoelectric effects

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    Tsujiura, Yuichi; Kawabe, Saneyuki; Kurokawa, Fumiya; Hida, Hirotaka; Kanno, Isaku

    2015-10-01

    We evaluated the effective transverse piezoelectric coefficients (e31,f) of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) thin films from both the direct and converse piezoelectric effects of unimorph cantilevers. (001) preferentially oriented polycrystalline PZT thin films and (001)/(100) epitaxial PZT thin films were deposited on (111)Pt/Ti/Si and (001)Pt/MgO substrates, respectively, by rf-magnetron sputtering, and their piezoelectric responses owing to intrinsic and extrinsic effects were examined. The direct and converse |e31,f| values of the polycrystalline PZT thin films were calculated as 6.4 and 11.5-15.0 C/m2, respectively, whereas those of the epitaxial PZT thin films were calculated as 3.4 and 4.6-4.8 C/m2, respectively. The large |e31,f| of the converse piezoelectric property of the polycrystalline PZT thin films is attributed to extrinsic piezoelectric effects. Furthermore, the polycrystalline PZT thin films show a clear nonlinear piezoelectric contribution, which is the same as the Rayleigh-like behavior reported in bulk PZT. In contrast, the epitaxial PZT thin films on the MgO substrate show a piezoelectric response owing to the intrinsic and linear extrinsic effects, and no nonlinear contribution was observed.

  4. Annealing effect of double dip coated ZnAl2O4 thin films

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    Chandramohan, R.; Dhanasekaran, V.; Sundaram, K.; Mahalingam, T.

    2013-02-01

    Thin films of ZnAl2O4 were prepared by dip technique involving chemical solutions. Investigations on the effect of post heat treatment on the structural, optical properties of ZnAl2O4 thin films were studied and reported. Xray diffraction patterns revealed that the thin films are polycrystalline cubic structure of ZnAl2O4. The microstructural properties of ZnAl2O4 thin films were calculated and crystallite size tends to increase with increase of annealing temperatures. The texture coefficients have been evaluated and found to be greater than unity revealing high texturing of the architecture of the film. The optical band gap values were found to be in the range of 3.48 - 3.62 eV. The n and k were found to decrease with increase of post annealing temperature. The SEM revealed the uniform distribution of spherical grains.

  5. Exciton diffusion lengths of organic semiconductor thin films measured by spectrally resolved photoluminescence quenching

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    Lunt, Richard R.; Giebink, Noel C.; Belak, Anna A.; Benziger, Jay B.; Forrest, Stephen R.

    2009-03-01

    We demonstrate spectrally resolved photoluminescence quenching as a means to determine the exciton diffusion length of several archetype organic semiconductors used in thin film devices. We show that aggregation and crystal orientation influence the anisotropy of the diffusion length for vacuum-deposited polycrystalline films. The measurement of the singlet diffusion lengths is found to be in agreement with diffusion by Förster transfer, whereas triplet diffusion occurs primarily via Dexter transfer.

  6. Ion Implantation of Zinc Sulphide Thin Films,

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    The report considers the use of ion implantation as a means of preparing rare earth doped thin films of zinc sulphide, and presents preliminary results on the luminescence of such films doped with Tb and Er166 ions. (Author)

  7. Analysis of Hard Thin Film Coating

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    Shen, Dashen

    1998-01-01

    MSFC is interested in developing hard thin film coating for bearings. The wearing of the bearing is an important problem for space flight engine. Hard thin film coating can drastically improve the surface of the bearing and improve the wear-endurance of the bearing. However, many fundamental problems in surface physics, plasma deposition, etc, need further research. The approach is using electron cyclotron resonance chemical vapor deposition (ECRCVD) to deposit hard thin film an stainless steel bearing. The thin films in consideration include SiC, SiN and other materials. An ECRCVD deposition system is being assembled at MSFC.

  8. Analysis of Hard Thin Film Coating

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    Shen, Dashen

    1998-01-01

    Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is interested in developing hard thin film coating for bearings. The wearing of the bearing is an important problem for space flight engine. Hard thin film coating can drastically improve the surface of the bearing and improve the wear-endurance of the bearing. However, many fundamental problems in surface physics, plasma deposition, etc, need further research. The approach is using Electron Cyclotron Resonance Chemical Vapor Deposition (ECRCVD) to deposit hard thin film on stainless steel bearing. The thin films in consideration include SiC, SiN and other materials. An ECRCVD deposition system is being assembled at MSFC.

  9. THIN FILMS FORMED BY ELECTROCHEMICAL REACTIONS

    DTIC Science & Technology

    ELECTROCHEMISTRY, * THIN FILMS (STORAGE DEVICES), ALUMINUM, ANODES (ELECTROLYTIC CELL), CAPACITORS, CIRCUITS, MICROMETERS, NIOBIUM, OXIDATION, RESISTORS, TANTALUM, TITANIUM, TUNGSTEN, VACUUM APPARATUS, ZIRCONIUM

  10. A thin film nitinol heart valve.

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    Stepan, Lenka L; Levi, Daniel S; Carman, Gregory P

    2005-11-01

    In order to create a less thrombogenic heart valve with improved longevity, a prosthetic heart valve was developed using thin film nitinol (NiTi). A "butterfly" valve was constructed using a single, elliptical piece of thin film NiTi and a scaffold made from Teflon tubing and NiTi wire. Flow tests and pressure readings across the valve were performed in vitro in a pulsatile flow loop. Bio-corrosion experiments were conducted on untreated and passivated thin film nitinol. To determine the material's in vivo biocompatibility, thin film nitinol was implanted in pigs using stents covered with thin film NiTi. Flow rates and pressure tracings across the valve were comparable to those through a commercially available 19 mm Perimount Edwards tissue valve. No signs of corrosion were present on thin film nitinol samples after immersion in Hank's solution for one month. Finally, organ and tissue samples explanted from four pigs at 2, 3, 4, and 6 weeks after thin film NiTi implantation appeared without disease, and the thin film nitinol itself was without thrombus formation. Although long term testing is still necessary, thin film NiTi may be very well suited for use in artificial heart valves.

  11. Structural and Optical Study of Chemical Bath Deposited Nano-Structured CdS Thin Films

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    Kumar, Suresh; Sharma, Dheeraj; Sharma, Pankaj; Sharma, Vineet; Barman, P. B.; Katyal, S. C.

    2011-12-01

    CdS is commonly used as window layer in polycrystalline solar cells. The paper presents a structural and optical study of CdS nano-structured thin films. High quality CdS thin films are grown on commercial glass by means of chemical bath deposition. It involves an alkaline solution of cadmium salt, a complexant, a chalcogen source and a non-ionic surfactant. The films have been prepared under various process parameters. The chemically deposited films are annealed to estimate its effect on the structural and optical properties of films. These films (as -deposited and annealed) have been characterized by means of XRD, SEM and UV-Visible spectrophotometer. XRD of films show the nano-crystalline nature. The energy gap of films is found to be of direct in nature.

  12. Centimetre-scale micropore alignment in oriented polycrystalline metal-organic framework films via heteroepitaxial growth

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    Falcaro, Paolo; Okada, Kenji; Hara, Takaaki; Ikigaki, Ken; Tokudome, Yasuaki; Thornton, Aaron W.; Hill, Anita J.; Williams, Timothy; Doonan, Christian; Takahashi, Masahide

    2016-12-01

    The fabrication of oriented, crystalline films of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) is a critical step toward their application to advanced technologies such as optics, microelectronics, microfluidics and sensing. However, the direct synthesis of MOF films with controlled crystalline orientation remains a significant challenge. Here we report a one-step approach, carried out under mild conditions, that exploits heteroepitaxial growth for the rapid fabrication of oriented polycrystalline MOF films on the centimetre scale. Our methodology employs crystalline copper hydroxide as a substrate and yields MOF films with oriented pore channels on scales that primarily depend on the dimensions of the substrate. To demonstrate that an anisotropic crystalline morphology can translate to a functional property, we assembled a centimetre-scale MOF film in the presence of a dye and showed that the optical response could be switched `ON’ or `OFF’ by simply rotating the film.

  13. Nanofrictional behavior of amorphous, polycrystalline and textured Y-Cr-O films

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    Gervacio-Arciniega, J. J.; Flores-Ruiz, F. J.; Diliegros-Godines, C. J.; Broitman, E.; Enriquez-Flores, C. I.; Espinoza-Beltrán, F. J.; Siqueiros, J.; Cruz, M. P.

    2016-08-01

    Differences in friction coefficients (μ) of ferroelectric YCrO3, textured and polycrystalline films, and non-ferroelectric Y-Cr-O films are analyzed. The friction coefficient was evaluated by atomic force microscopy using a simple quantitative procedure where the dependence of friction force with the applied load is obtained in only one topographical image. A simple code was developed with the MATLAB® software to analyze the experimental data. The code includes a correction of the hysteresis in the forward and backward scanning directions. The quantification of load exerted on the sample surface was obtained by finite element analysis of the AFM cantilever starting from its experimental dynamic information. The results show that the ferroelectric YCrO3 film deposited on a Pt(150 nm)/TiO2(30 nm)/SiO2/Si (100) substrate is polycrystalline and has a lower friction coefficient than the deposited on SrTiO3 (110), which is highly textured. From a viewpoint of industrial application in ferroelectric memories, where the writing process is electrical or mechanically achieved by sliding AFM tips on the sample, polycrystalline YCrO3 films seem to be the best candidates due to their lower μ.

  14. Thin film fuel cell electrodes.

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    Asher, W. J.; Batzold, J. S.

    1972-01-01

    Earlier work shows that fuel cell electrodes prepared by sputtering thin films of platinum on porous vycor substrates avoid diffusion limitations even at high current densities. The presented study shows that the specific activity of sputtered platinum is not unusually high. Performance limitations are found to be controlled by physical processes, even at low loadings. Catalyst activity is strongly influenced by platinum sputtering parameters, which seemingly change the surface area of the catalyst layer. The use of porous nickel as a substrate shows that pore size of the substrate is an important parameter. It is noted that electrode performance increases with increasing loading for catalyst layers up to two microns thick, thus showing the physical properties of the sputtered layer to be different from platinum foil. Electrode performance is also sensitive to changing differential pressure across the electrode. The application of sputtered catalyst layers to fuel cell matrices for the purpose of obtaining thin total cells appears feasible.

  15. Thin film solar energy collector

    DOEpatents

    Aykan, Kamran; Farrauto, Robert J.; Jefferson, Clinton F.; Lanam, Richard D.

    1983-11-22

    A multi-layer solar energy collector of improved stability comprising: (1) a substrate of quartz, silicate glass, stainless steel or aluminum-containing ferritic alloy; (2) a solar absorptive layer comprising silver, copper oxide, rhodium/rhodium oxide and 0-15% by weight of platinum; (3) an interlayer comprising silver or silver/platinum; and (4) an optional external anti-reflective coating, plus a method for preparing a thermally stable multi-layered solar collector, in which the absorptive layer is undercoated with a thin film of silver or silver/platinum to obtain an improved conductor-dielectric tandem.

  16. polycrystalline ceramics

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    Cai, Yunqi; Ma, Ji; Cui, Qi; Wang, Wenzhang; Zhang, Hui; Chen, Qingming

    2014-12-01

    La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 polycrystalline ceramics were synthesized by sol-gel method. Sharp temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) variation (with peak value up to 22 %) has been observed near the metal-insulator transition temperature T MI (273 K) for the sample sintered at 1,450 °C. This TCR value is much higher than the previously reported values for the undoped and Ag-doped La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 samples and is comparable to the optimized thin films. It was concluded that the improved physical properties of the La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 material are due to its improved microstructure and homogeneity.

  17. Conductivity of boron-doped polycrystalline diamond films: influence of specific boron defects

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    Ashcheulov, P.; Šebera, J.; Kovalenko, A.; Petrák, V.; Fendrych, F.; Nesládek, M.; Taylor, A.; Vlčková Živcová, Z.; Frank, O.; Kavan, L.; Dračínský, M.; Hubík, P.; Vacík, J.; Kraus, I.; Kratochvílová, I.

    2013-10-01

    The resistivity of boron doped polycrystalline diamond films changes with boron content in a very complex way with many unclear factors. From the large number of parameters affecting boron doped polycrystalline diamond film's conductivity we focused on the role of boron atoms inside diamond grains in terms of boron contribution to the continuum of diamond electronic states. Using a combination of theoretical and experimental techniques (plane-wave Density Functional Theory, Neutron Depth Profiling, resistivity and Hall effect measurements, Atomic Force Microscopy and Raman spectroscopy) we studied a wide range of B defect parameters - the boron concentration, location, structure, free hole concentration and mobility. The main goal and novelty of our work was to find the influence of B defects (structure, interactions, charge localisation and spins) in highly B-doped diamonds - close or above the metal-insulator transition - on the complex material charge transport mechanisms.

  18. Evolution of morphology and structure of Pb thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition at different substrate temperatures

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    Lorusso, Antonella Maiolo, Berlinda; Perrone, Alessio; Gontad, Francisco; Maruccio, Giuseppe; Tasco, Vittorianna

    2014-03-15

    Pb thin films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition on a Si (100) substrate at different growth temperatures to investigate their morphology and structure. The morphological analysis of the thin metal films showed the formation of spherical submicrometer grains whose average size decreased with temperature. X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed that growth temperature influences the Pb polycrystalline film structure. A preferred orientation of Pb (111) normal to the substrate was achieved at 30 °C and became increasingly pronounced along the Pb (200) plane as the substrate temperature increased. These thin films could be used to synthesize innovative materials, such as metallic photocathodes, with improved photoemission performances.

  19. Powder Diffraction Simulated by a Polycrystalline Film of Spherical Colloids

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    Campbell, Dean J.; Xia, Younan

    2006-01-01

    This article describes a simple way to demonstrate powder diffraction in a classroom setting using a dry film of spherical colloids on a glass substrate. Use of transparent, elastomeric poly(dimethylsiloxane) as a supporting substrate for the spheres rather than glass enables demonstration of the reciprocal lattice effect. (Contains 4 figures and…

  20. Theory of transport phenomena in polycrystalline lead chalcogenide films. Mobility. Nondegenerate statistics

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    Atakulov, Sh. B. Zaynolobidinova, S. M.; Nabiev, G. A.; Nabiyev, M. B.; Yuldashev, A. A.

    2013-07-15

    The mobility of nondegenerate electrons in quasi-single-crystal and polycrystalline PbTe films is experimentally investigated. The results obtained are compared with the data for bulk crystals at the same charge-carrier concentration. Under the assumption of limitation of the charge-carrier mobility by intercrystallite potential barriers, electron transport in an electric field is theoretically considered. The theoretical results are in good agreement with the experiment.

  1. Y1Ba2Cu3O7-δ thin films grown by magnetron sputtering

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    Takano, Satoshi; Hayashi, Noriki; Okuda, Shigeru; Hitosuyanagi, Hajime

    1989-12-01

    Y1Ba2Cu3O7-δ thin films were grown on (100)MgO and polycrystalline YSZ substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. We measured the magnetic field dependence of Jc of these films. The films grown on MgO with Jc of 4.0x106, 2.9 x106 and 1.5x104 A/cm2 at OT showed 7.1x105 A/cm2 at 8T, 1x104 A/cm2 at 20T and 1.1x103 A/cm2 at 5 T, respectively . We could attain a c-axis oriented film with a Jc of 1.2x104 A/cm2 on YSZ polycrystalline substrate, however, it showed greater degradation than the films grown on MgO in Jc with magnetic field.

  2. Y 1Ba 2Cu 3O 7-δ thin films grown by magnetron sputtering

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    Takano, Satoshi; Hayashi, Noriki; Okuda, Shigeru; Hitosuyanagi, Hajime

    1989-12-01

    Y 1Ba 2Cu 3O 7-δ thin films were grown on (100)MgO and polycrystalline YSZ substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. We measured the magnetic field dependence of Jc of these films. The films grown on MgO with Jc of 4.0x10 6, 2.9 x10 6 and 1.5x10 4 A/cm 2 at OT showed 7.1x10 5 A/cm 2 at 8T, 1x10 4 A/cm 2 at 20T and 1.1x10 3 A/cm 2 at 5 T, respectively . We could attain a c-axis oriented film with a Jc of 1.2x10 4 A/cm 2 on YSZ polycrystalline substrate, however, it showed greater degradation than the films grown on MgO in Jc with magnetic field.

  3. Structure and Growth Control of Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites for Optoelectronics: From Polycrystalline Films to Single Crystals.

    PubMed

    Chen, Yani; He, Minhong; Peng, Jiajun; Sun, Yong; Liang, Ziqi

    2016-04-01

    Recently, organic-inorganic halide perovskites have sparked tremendous research interest because of their ground-breaking photovoltaic performance. The crystallization process and crystal shape of perovskites have striking impacts on their optoelectronic properties. Polycrystalline films and single crystals are two main forms of perovskites. Currently, perovskite thin films have been under intensive investigation while studies of perovskite single crystals are just in their infancy. This review article is concentrated upon the control of perovskite structures and growth, which are intimately correlated for improvements of not only solar cells but also light-emitting diodes, lasers, and photodetectors. We begin with the survey of the film formation process of perovskites including deposition methods and morphological optimization avenues. Strategies such as the use of additives, thermal annealing, solvent annealing, atmospheric control, and solvent engineering have been successfully employed to yield high-quality perovskite films. Next, we turn to summarize the shape evolution of perovskites single crystals from three-dimensional large sized single crystals, two-dimensional nanoplates, one-dimensional nanowires, to zero-dimensional quantum dots. Siginificant functions of perovskites single crystals are highlighted, which benefit fundamental studies of intrinsic photophysics. Then, the growth mechanisms of the previously mentioned perovskite crystals are unveiled. Lastly, perspectives for structure and growth control of perovskites are outlined towards high-performance (opto)electronic devices.

  4. Structure and Growth Control of Organic–Inorganic Halide Perovskites for Optoelectronics: From Polycrystalline Films to Single Crystals

    PubMed Central

    Chen, Yani; He, Minhong; Peng, Jiajun; Sun, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Recently, organic–inorganic halide perovskites have sparked tremendous research interest because of their ground‐breaking photovoltaic performance. The crystallization process and crystal shape of perovskites have striking impacts on their optoelectronic properties. Polycrystalline films and single crystals are two main forms of perovskites. Currently, perovskite thin films have been under intensive investigation while studies of perovskite single crystals are just in their infancy. This review article is concentrated upon the control of perovskite structures and growth, which are intimately correlated for improvements of not only solar cells but also light‐emitting diodes, lasers, and photodetectors. We begin with the survey of the film formation process of perovskites including deposition methods and morphological optimization avenues. Strategies such as the use of additives, thermal annealing, solvent annealing, atmospheric control, and solvent engineering have been successfully employed to yield high‐quality perovskite films. Next, we turn to summarize the shape evolution of perovskites single crystals from three‐dimensional large sized single crystals, two‐dimensional nanoplates, one‐dimensional nanowires, to zero‐dimensional quantum dots. Siginificant functions of perovskites single crystals are highlighted, which benefit fundamental studies of intrinsic photophysics. Then, the growth mechanisms of the previously mentioned perovskite crystals are unveiled. Lastly, perspectives for structure and growth control of perovskites are outlined towards high‐performance (opto)electronic devices. PMID:27812463

  5. Exchange anisotropy in polycrystalline FeNi /FeMn films with hysteresis loop asymmetry

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    Merenkov, D. N.; Bludov, A. N.; Gnatchenko, S. L.; Baran, M.; Szymczak, R.; Novosad, V. A.

    2007-11-01

    The process of magnetization reversal of a FeNi(50Å )/FeMn(50Å) polycrystalline film prepared in a magnetic field has been investigated at temperatures ranging from 25to300K. The external field was oriented in the film plane along the easy or difficult axis of the ferromagnetic layer. In the process of magnetization reversal of the film along the easy axis, strong asymmetry of the hysteresis loop is observed together with an exchange shift. As temperature decreases, the asymmetry becomes more pronounced and the shift increases. The field dependences of the magnetization of the film are symmetric and are not shifted when the external field is applied along the difficult axis. The magnetization reversal process is examined on the basis of a model that takes account of the appearance of high-order exchange anisotropy in polycrystalline films. It is shown that the observed strong asymmetry of the hysteresis loop is associated with the formation of a canted phase and the existence of a metastable state. As the film temperature decreases, the interval of fields where the canted phase can exist becomes wider as a result of an increase of the exchange anisotropy constants.

  6. Exchange bias in polycrystalline magnetite films made by ion-beam assisted deposition

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    Kaur, Maninder; Jiang, Weilin; Qiang, You; Burks, Edward; Liu, Kai; Namavar, Fereydoon; Mccloy, John S.

    2014-11-03

    Iron oxide films were deposited onto Si substrates using ion-beam-assisted deposition. The films were ~300 nm thick polycrystalline magnetite with an average crystallite size of ~6 nm. Additionally, incorporation of significant fractions of argon in the films from ion bombardment is evident from chemical analysis, and Fe/O ratios are lower than expected from pure magnetite. However, Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction both indicate that the films are single-phase magnetite. Since no direct evidence of a second phase could be found, exchange bias likely arises due to defects at grain boundaries, possibly amorphous, creating frustrated spins. Since these samples have such small grains, a large fraction of the material consists of grain boundaries, where spins are highly disordered and reverse independently with external field. The high energy deposition process results in an oxygen-rich, argon-containing magnetite film with low temperature exchange bias due to defects at the high concentration of grain boundaries.

  7. Investigation of polycrystalline thin-film CuInSe{sub 2} solar cells based on ZnSe and ZnO buffer layers. Final report, February 16, 1992--November 15, 1995

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    Olsen, L C

    1996-06-01

    The major objective of this program was to determine the potential of ZnSe and ZnO buffer layers in solar cells based on CuInSe{sub 2} and related alloys. Experimental studies were carried out with CIS and CIGSS substrates. ZnSe films were deposited by a CVD process which involved the reaction of a zinc adduct and H{sub 2}Se. Al/ZnSe/CIS test cells were used for process development. Test cell performance aided in determining the optimum thickness for ZnSe buffer layers to be in the range of 150 {angstrom} to 200 {angstrom} for Siemens CIS material, and between 80 {angstrom} and 120 {angstrom} for the graded absorber material. If the buffer layers exceeded these values significantly, the short-circuit current would be reduced to zero. The best efficiency achieved for a ZnSe/CIS cell was an active area value of 9.2%. In general, deposition of a conductive ZnO film on top of a ZnSe/CIS structure resulted in either shunted or inflected I-V characteristics. Two approaches were investigated for depositing ZnO buffer layers, namely, chemical bath deposition and CVD. CVD ZnO buffer layers are grown by reacting a zinc adduct with tetrahydrofuran. Best results were obtained for ZnO buffer layers grown with a substrate temperature ca. 225--250 C. These studies concentrated on Siemens graded absorber material (CIGSS). ZnO/CIS solar cells have been fabricated by first depositing a ZnO buffer layer, followed by deposition of a low resistivity ZnO top contact layer and an Al/Ag collector grid. Several cells were fabricated with an area of 0.44 cm{sup 2} that have total area efficiencies greater than 11%. To date, the best performing ZnO/CIS cell had a total area efficiency of 11.3%. In general, the authors find that ZnO buffer layers should have a resistivity > 1,000 ohm-cm and have a thickness from 200 {angstrom} to 600 {angstrom}. CIS cells studies with ZnO buffer layers grown by CBD also show promise. Finally, simulation studies were carried out using the 1-D code, PC-1D.

  8. Transformation behavior of Ni Mn Ga thin films

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    Chernenko, V. A.; Ohtsuka, M.; Kohl, M.; Khovailo, V. V.; Takagi, T.

    2005-10-01

    The transformation behavior of Ni-Mn-Ga submicron polycrystalline thin films was investigated with respect to target composition, different substrates, annealing temperature and film thickness. Two series of thin films (A and B) with thicknesses ranging from 0.1 to 5 µm were deposited onto alumina ceramic, poly-vinyl alcohol (PVA), quartz and glass by the RF magnetron sputtering technique. The use of the targets of Ni49.5Mn28.0Ga22.5 and Ni52Mn24Ga24 facilitated the formation of 10M and 14M martensitic structures for heat treated films A and B, respectively. Magnetization curves and temperature dependences of resistivity demonstrated anomalies and features typical for the bulk Heusler alloys exhibiting both martensitic and ferromagnetic transformations. The transformation temperatures and distribution of magnetic moments were found to be dependent on the film thickness. A magnetoresistance ratio of 1.5% was achieved at a maximum field of 1.5 T at room temperature.

  9. Electrostatic thin film chemical and biological sensor

    DOEpatents

    Prelas, Mark A.; Ghosh, Tushar K.; Tompson, Jr., Robert V.; Viswanath, Dabir; Loyalka, Sudarshan K.

    2010-01-19

    A chemical and biological agent sensor includes an electrostatic thin film supported by a substrate. The film includes an electrostatic charged surface to attract predetermined biological and chemical agents of interest. A charge collector associated with said electrostatic thin film collects charge associated with surface defects in the electrostatic film induced by the predetermined biological and chemical agents of interest. A preferred sensing system includes a charge based deep level transient spectroscopy system to read out charges from the film and match responses to data sets regarding the agents of interest. A method for sensing biological and chemical agents includes providing a thin sensing film having a predetermined electrostatic charge. The film is exposed to an environment suspected of containing the biological and chemical agents. Quantum surface effects on the film are measured. Biological and/or chemical agents can be detected, identified and quantified based on the measured quantum surface effects.

  10. Thin films of mixed metal compounds

    DOEpatents

    Mickelsen, Reid A.; Chen, Wen S.

    1985-01-01

    A compositionally uniform thin film of a mixed metal compound is formed by simultaneously evaporating a first metal compound and a second metal compound from independent sources. The mean free path between the vapor particles is reduced by a gas and the mixed vapors are deposited uniformly. The invention finds particular utility in forming thin film heterojunction solar cells.

  11. Applications of Thin Films in Electronics,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    The authors review the application of thin films produced by vacuum vaporization, cathode sputtering, diffusion, and epitaxial growing in the fields...of passive and active electric components and microminiaturization. Some of the most important characteristics of thin films are summarized. (Author)

  12. Application of Thin Films in Electronics,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    The article reviews the application of thin films (produced by vacuum evaporation, cathode sputtering, diffusion and epitaxial growing) in the field...of passive and active electric components and in microminiaturization. Some of the characteristics of thin films are summarized. (Author)

  13. Microstructural effects on electrical conductivity relaxation in nanoscale ceria thin films

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    Tsuchiya, Masaru; Ramanathan, Shriram; Bojarczuk, Nestor A.; Guha, Supratik

    2009-05-07

    Microstructure evolution and electrical conductivity relaxation kinetics in highly textured and nanocrystalline dense ceria thin films ({approx}65 nm) are reported in this paper. Highly textured films were grown on sapphire c-plane substrates by molecular beam synthesis (MBS) with orientation relationship (111)CeO{sub 2}||(0001)Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and [110]CeO{sub 2}||[1210]Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. No significant structural changes were observed in highly textured films even after extensive annealing at high temperature. In contrast to MBS grown films, ceria films grown by electron beam evaporation at room temperature had polycrystalline structure with {approx}10 nm grains, which grew to {approx}30 nm upon annealing at 1173 K. Grain growth kinetics was self-limiting and the out-of-plane orientation was found to be substrate dependent. From conductivity relaxation measurements, oxygen exchange rate in highly textured thin films was found to be much slower than that in polycrystalline films. The response time for highly textured films to changes in P(O{sub 2}) from 1.07x10{sup -12} to 5.43x10{sup -10} Pa at 1148 K was 0.65 s, whereas that for polycrystalline films was 0.13 s under identical conditions. From temperature dependent experiments, activation energy for relaxation time was found to be similar, suggesting similar rate-limiting mechanisms in polycrystalline and highly textured films. The results highlight the importance of near-surface defects in controlling kinetics of oxygen incorporation into nanostructured oxides. In a broader context, the results maybe of relevance to designing catalytic surfaces in solid state ionic devices such as fuel cells.

  14. Tight comparison of Mg and Y thin film photocathodes obtained by the pulsed laser deposition technique

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    Lorusso, A.; Gontad, F.; Solombrino, L.; Chiadroni, E.; Broitman, E.; Perrone, A.

    2016-11-01

    In this work Magnesium (Mg) and Yttrium (Y) thin films have been deposited on Copper (Cu) polycrystalline substrates by the pulsed laser ablation technique for photocathode application. Such metallic materials are studied for their interesting photoemission properties and are proposed as a good alternative to the Cu photocathode, which is generally used in radio-frequency guns. Mg and Y films were uniform with no substantial differences in morphology; a polycrystalline structure was found for both of them. Photoemission measurements of such cathodes based on thin films were performed, revealing a quantum efficiency higher than Cu bulk. Photoemission theory according to the three-step model of Spicer is invoked to explain the superior photoemission performance of Mg with respect to Y.

  15. High Curie temperature Mn5Ge3 thin films produced by non-diffusive reaction

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    Assaf, E.; Portavoce, A.; Hoummada, K.; Bertoglio, M.; Bertaina, S.

    2017-02-01

    Polycrystalline Mn5Ge3 thin films were produced on SiO2 using magnetron sputtering and reactive diffusion (RD) or non-diffusive reaction (NDR). In situ X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy were used to determine the layer structures, and magnetic force microscopy, superconducting quantum interference device, and ferromagnetic resonance were used to determine their magnetic properties. RD-mediated layers exhibit similar magnetic properties as molecular beam epitaxy-grown monocrystalline Mn5Ge3 thin films, while NDR-mediated layers show magnetic properties similar to monocrystalline C-doped Mn5Ge3Cx thin films with 0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.2. NDR appears as a complementary metal oxide semi-conductor-compatible efficient method to produce good magnetic quality high-Curie temperature Mn5Ge3 thin films.

  16. Chemical Vapor Deposition for Ultra-lightweight Thin-film Solar Arrays for Space

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    Hepp, Aloysius F.; Raffaelle, Ryne P.; Banger, Kulbinder K.; Jin, Michael H.; Lau, Janice E.; Harris, Jerry D.; Cowen, Jonathan E.; Duraj, Stan A.

    2002-01-01

    The development of thin-film solar cells on flexible, lightweight, space-qualified substrates provides an attractive cost solution to fabricating solar arrays with high specific power, (W/kg). The use of a polycrystalline chalcopyrite absorber layer for thin film solar cells is considered as the next generation photovoltaic devices. A key technical issues outlined in the 2001 U.S. Photovoltaic Roadmap, is the need to develop low cost, high throughput manufacturing for high-efficiency thin film solar cells. At NASA GRC we have focused on the development of new single-source-precursors (SSPs) and their utility to deposit the chalcopyrite semi-conducting layer (CIS) onto flexible substrates for solar cell fabrication. The syntheses and thermal modulation of SSPs via molecular engineering is described. Thin-film fabrication studies demonstrate the SSPs can be used in a spray CVD process, for depositing CIS at reduced temperatures, which display good electrical properties, suitable for PV devices.

  17. Interface-controlled layer exchange in metal-induced crystallization of germanium thin films

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    Hu, Shu; Marshall, Ann F.; McIntyre, Paul C.

    2010-08-01

    Low-temperature synthesis of polycrystalline germanium (poly-Ge) thin films is of great interest in thin-film photovoltaic and electronics applications. We demonstrate metal (Al)-induced crystallization to form poly-Ge thin films on both glass and polymer substrates at temperatures as low as 200 °C. An interfacial diffusion control layer, intentionally interposed between the Al and the underlying amorphous Ge (a-Ge) layer, is found to achieve layer exchange while suppressing uncontrolled Ge crystallization within the bilayer samples. Germanium thin films with micron-size grains and (111)-preferred orientation are prepared by controlled Ge nucleation and Ge lateral overgrowth of Al during a-Ge crystallization.

  18. Characteristics Of Vacuum Deposited Sucrose Thin Films

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    Ungureanu, F.; Predoi, D.; Ghita, R. V.; Vatasescu-Balcan, R. A.; Costache, M.

    Thin films of sucrose (C12H22O11) were deposited on thin cut glass substrates by thermal evaporation technique (p ~ 10-5 torr). The surface morphology was putted into evidence by FT-IR and SEM analysis. The experimental results confirm a uniform deposition of an adherent sucrose layer. The biological tests (e.g., cell morphology and cell viability evaluated by measuring mitochondrial dehydrogenise activity with MTT assay) confirm the properties of sucrose thin films as bioactive material. The human fetal osteoblast system grown on thin sucrose film was used for the determination of cell proliferation, cell viability and cell morphology studies.

  19. Very high-cycle fatigue failure in micron-scale polycrystalline silicon films: Effects of environment and surface oxide thickness

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    Alsem, D. H.; Timmerman, R.; Boyce, B. L.; Stach, E. A.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.; Ritchie, R. O.

    2007-01-01

    Fatigue failure in micron-scale polycrystalline silicon structural films, a phenomenon that is not observed in bulk silicon, can severely impact the durability and reliability of microelectromechanical system devices. Despite several studies on the very high-cycle fatigue behavior of these films (up to 1012cycles), there is still an on-going debate on the precise mechanisms involved. We show here that for devices fabricated in the multiuser microelectromechanical system process (MUMPs) foundry and Sandia Ultra-planar, Multi-level MEMS Technology (SUMMiT V™) process and tested under equi-tension/compression loading at ˜40kHz in different environments, stress-lifetime data exhibit similar trends in fatigue behavior in ambient room air, shorter lifetimes in higher relative humidity environments, and no fatigue failure at all in high vacuum. The transmission electron microscopy of the surface oxides in the test samples shows a four- to sixfold thickening of the surface oxide at stress concentrations after fatigue failure, but no thickening after overload fracture in air or after fatigue cycling in vacuo. We find that such oxide thickening and premature fatigue failure (in air) occur in devices with initial oxide thicknesses of ˜4nm (SUMMiT V™) as well as in devices with much thicker initial oxides ˜20nm (MUMPs). Such results are interpreted and explained by a reaction-layer fatigue mechanism. Specifically, moisture-assisted subcritical cracking within a cyclic stress-assisted thickened oxide layer occurs until the crack reaches a critical size to cause catastrophic failure of the entire device. The entirety of the evidence presented here strongly indicates that the reaction-layer fatigue mechanism is the governing mechanism for fatigue failure in micron-scale polycrystalline silicon thin films.

  20. Cellulose triacetate, thin film dielectric capacitor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Yen, Shiao-Ping S. (Inventor); Jow, T. Richard (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    Very thin films of cellulose triacetate are cast from a solution containing a small amount of high boiling temperature, non-solvent which evaporates last and lifts the film from the casting surface. Stretched, oriented, crystallized films have high electrical breakdown properties. Metallized films less than about 2 microns in thickness form self-healing electrodes for high energy density, pulsed power capacitors. Thicker films can be utilized as a dielectric for a capacitor.

  1. Cellulose triacetate, thin film dielectric capacitor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Yen, Shiao-Ping S. (Inventor); Jow, T. Richard (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    Very thin films of cellulose triacetate are cast from a solution containing a small amount of high boiling temperature, non-solvent which evaporates last and lifts the film from the casting surface. Stretched, oriented, crystallized films have high electrical breakdown properties. Metallized films less than about 2 microns in thickness form self-healing electrodes for high energy density, pulsed power capacitors. Thicker films can be utilized as a dielectric for a capacitor.

  2. FMR and torque studies of highly stressed magnetostrictive polycrystalline CoPd alloy films

    SciTech Connect

    Dubowik, J.; Szymanski, B.

    1994-03-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) and torque curves have been measured in electrodeposited CoPd alloy films with composition ranged from Co{sub 13}Pd{sub 83} to Co{sub 45}Pd{sub 55}. The authors show that the origin of the multimode structure of FMR spectra in these strongly magnetostrictive polycrystalline films can be satisfactory explained on the basis of the independent-grain-approach for a textured microstructure. The fourfold periodicity of the torque curves for the compositional range of 30--35 at% is assumed to be oriented by inhomogeneous distribution of the magnetization direction.

  3. Adjustable metal-semiconductor transition of FeS thin films by thermal annealing

    SciTech Connect

    Fu Ganhua; Polity, Angelika; Volbers, Niklas; Meyer, Bruno K.; Mogwitz, Boris; Janek, Juergen

    2006-12-25

    FeS polycrystalline thin films were prepared on float glass at 500 deg. C by radio-frequency reactive sputtering. The influence of vacuum annealing on the metal-semiconductor transition of FeS films was investigated. It has been found that with the increase of the annealing temperature from 360 to 600 deg. C, the metal-semiconductor transition temperature of FeS films first decreases and then increases, associated with first a reduction and then an enhancement of hysteresis width. The thermal stress is considered to give rise to the abnormal change of the metal-semiconductor transition of the FeS film during annealing.

  4. Optical characterization of Sol-Gel ZnO:Al thin films

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    Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T.; Vertruyen, B.

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents a sol-gel technological process for preparing thin films of ZnO and ZnO:Al. The effect of annealing treatments (500, 600, 700 and 800 °C) on their properties was studied. The structural evolution with the temperature was investigated by using X-Ray diffraction (XRD). Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and UV-VIS spectrophotometry were applied to characterizing the films' vibrational and optical properties. The ZnO and ZnO:Al films possessed a polycrystalline structure. The films studied are highly transparent in the visible spectral range. The optical band gap values and the haze parameter were also determined.

  5. Photoconductivity in reactively evaporated copper indium selenide thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Urmila, K. S. Asokan, T. Namitha Pradeep, B.; Jacob, Rajani; Philip, Rachel Reena

    2014-01-28

    Copper indium selenide thin films of composition CuInSe{sub 2} with thickness of the order of 130 nm are deposited on glass substrate at a temperature of 423 ±5 K and pressure of 10{sup −5} mbar using reactive evaporation, a variant of Gunther's three temperature method with high purity Copper (99.999%), Indium (99.999%) and Selenium (99.99%) as the elemental starting materials. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies shows that the films are polycrystalline in nature having preferred orientation of grains along the (112) plane. The structural type of the film is found to be tetragonal with particle size of the order of 32 nm. The structural parameters such as lattice constant, particle size, dislocation density, number of crystallites per unit area and strain in the film are also evaluated. The surface morphology of CuInSe{sub 2} films are studied using 2D and 3D atomic force microscopy to estimate the grain size and surface roughness respectively. Analysis of the absorption spectrum of the film recorded using UV-Vis-NIR Spectrophotometer in the wavelength range from 2500 nm to cutoff revealed that the film possess a direct allowed transition with a band gap of 1.05 eV and a high value of absorption coefficient (α) of 10{sup 6} cm{sup −1} at 570 nm. Photoconductivity at room temperature is measured after illuminating the film with an FSH lamp (82 V, 300 W). Optical absorption studies in conjunction with the good photoconductivity of the prepared p-type CuInSe{sub 2} thin films indicate its suitability in photovoltaic applications.

  6. A monolithic thin film electrochromic window

    SciTech Connect

    Goldner, R.B.; Arntz, F.O.; Berera, G.; Haas, T.E.; Wong, K.K.; Wei, G.; Yu, P.C.

    1991-12-31

    Three closely related thin film solid state ionic devices that are potentially important for applications are: electrochromic smart windows, high energy density thin film rechargeable batteries, and thin film electrochemical sensors. Each usually has at least on mixed ion/electron conductor, an electron-blocking ion conductor, and an ion-blocking electron conductor, and many of the technical issues associated with thin film solid state ionics are common to all three devices. Since the electrochromic window has the added technical requirement of electrically-controlled optical modulation, (over the solar spectrum), and since research at the authors` institution has focused primarily on the window structure, this paper will address the electrochromic window, and particularly a monolithic variable reflectivity electrochromic window, as an illustrative example of some of the challenges and opportunities that are confronting the thin film solid state ionics community. 33 refs.

  7. A monolithic thin film electrochromic window

    SciTech Connect

    Goldner, R.B.; Arntz, F.O.; Berera, G.; Haas, T.E.; Wong, K.K. . Electro-Optics Technology Center); Wei, G. ); Yu, P.C. )

    1991-01-01

    Three closely related thin film solid state ionic devices that are potentially important for applications are: electrochromic smart windows, high energy density thin film rechargeable batteries, and thin film electrochemical sensors. Each usually has at least on mixed ion/electron conductor, an electron-blocking ion conductor, and an ion-blocking electron conductor, and many of the technical issues associated with thin film solid state ionics are common to all three devices. Since the electrochromic window has the added technical requirement of electrically-controlled optical modulation, (over the solar spectrum), and since research at the authors' institution has focused primarily on the window structure, this paper will address the electrochromic window, and particularly a monolithic variable reflectivity electrochromic window, as an illustrative example of some of the challenges and opportunities that are confronting the thin film solid state ionics community. 33 refs.

  8. Magnetostrictive thin films for microwave spintronics.

    PubMed

    Parkes, D E; Shelford, L R; Wadley, P; Holý, V; Wang, M; Hindmarch, A T; van der Laan, G; Campion, R P; Edmonds, K W; Cavill, S A; Rushforth, A W

    2013-01-01

    Multiferroic composite materials, consisting of coupled ferromagnetic and piezoelectric phases, are of great importance in the drive towards creating faster, smaller and more energy efficient devices for information and communications technologies. Such devices require thin ferromagnetic films with large magnetostriction and narrow microwave resonance linewidths. Both properties are often degraded, compared to bulk materials, due to structural imperfections and interface effects in the thin films. We report the development of epitaxial thin films of Galfenol (Fe81Ga19) with magnetostriction as large as the best reported values for bulk material. This allows the magnetic anisotropy and microwave resonant frequency to be tuned by voltage-induced strain, with a larger magnetoelectric response and a narrower linewidth than any previously reported Galfenol thin films. The combination of these properties make epitaxial thin films excellent candidates for developing tunable devices for magnetic information storage, processing and microwave communications.

  9. Magnetostrictive thin films for microwave spintronics

    PubMed Central

    Parkes, D. E.; Shelford, L. R.; Wadley, P.; Holý, V.; Wang, M.; Hindmarch, A. T.; van der Laan, G.; Campion, R. P.; Edmonds, K. W.; Cavill, S. A.; Rushforth, A. W.

    2013-01-01

    Multiferroic composite materials, consisting of coupled ferromagnetic and piezoelectric phases, are of great importance in the drive towards creating faster, smaller and more energy efficient devices for information and communications technologies. Such devices require thin ferromagnetic films with large magnetostriction and narrow microwave resonance linewidths. Both properties are often degraded, compared to bulk materials, due to structural imperfections and interface effects in the thin films. We report the development of epitaxial thin films of Galfenol (Fe81Ga19) with magnetostriction as large as the best reported values for bulk material. This allows the magnetic anisotropy and microwave resonant frequency to be tuned by voltage-induced strain, with a larger magnetoelectric response and a narrower linewidth than any previously reported Galfenol thin films. The combination of these properties make epitaxial thin films excellent candidates for developing tunable devices for magnetic information storage, processing and microwave communications. PMID:23860685

  10. Double in-plane alignment in biaxially textured thin films

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    Elofsson, V.; Saraiva, M.; Boyd, R. D.; Sarakinos, K.

    2014-12-01

    The scientific interest and technological relevance of biaxially textured polycrystalline thin films stem from their microstructure that resembles that of single crystals. To explain the origin and predict the type of biaxial texture in off-normally deposited films, Mahieu et al. have developed an analytical model [S. Mahieu et al., Thin Solid Films 515, 1229 (2006)]. For certain materials, this model predicts the occurrence of a double in-plane alignment, however, experimentally only a single in-plane alignment has been observed and the reason for this discrepancy is still unknown. The model calculates the resulting in-plane alignment by considering the growth of faceted grains with an out-of-plane orientation that corresponds to the predominant film out-of-plane texture. This approach overlooks the fact that in vapor condensation experiments where growth kinetics is limited and only surface diffusion is active, out-of-plane orientation selection is random during grain nucleation and happens only upon grain impingement. Here, we compile and implement an experiment that is consistent with the key assumptions set forth by the in-plane orientation selection model by Mahieu et al.; a Cr film is grown off-normally on a fiber textured Ti epilayer to pre-determine the out-of-plane orientation and only allow for competitive growth with respect to the in-plane alignment. Our results show unambiguously a biaxially textured Cr (110) film that possesses a double in-plane alignment, in agreement with predictions of the in-plane selection model. Thus, a long standing discrepancy in the literature is resolved, paving the way towards more accurate theoretical descriptions and hence knowledge-based control of microstructure evolution in biaxially textured thin films.

  11. thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition on different substrates

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    Navasery, M.; Halim, S. A.; Dehzangi, A.; Soltani, N.; Bahmanrokh, G.; Erfani H, M.; Kamalianfar, A.; Pan, K. Y.; Chang, S. C.; Chen, S. K.; Lim, K. P.; Awang Kechik, M. M.

    2014-09-01

    Perovskite manganite La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 thin films were directly grown on MgO(100), Si(100) and glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition. From the XRD patterns, the films are found to be polycrystalline, single-phase orthorhombic. The metal-insulator transition temperature is 209 K for LCMO/MgO, 266 K for LCMO/Si and 231 K for film deposited on the glass substrate. The conduction mechanism in these films is investigated in different temperature regimes. Low-temperature resistivity data below the phase transition temperature ( T P) have been fitted with the relation , indicating that the electron-electron scattering affects the conduction of these materials. The high-temperature resistivity data ( T > T P) were explained using variable-range hopping (VRH) and small-polaron hopping (SPH) models. Debye temperature values are 548 K for LCMO/Cg, 568 K for LCMO/Si and 508 K for LCMO/MgO thin films. In all thin films, the best fitting in the range of VRH is found for 3D dimension. The density of states near the Fermi level N ( E F) for LCMO/MgO is lower due to the prominent role of the grain boundary in LCMO/MgO and increase in bending of Mn-O-Mn bond angle, which decreases the double exchange coupling of Mn3+-O2-Mn4+ and in turn makes the LCMO/MgO sample less conducting as compared to the other films.

  12. Deposition of Co-doped TiO2 Thin Films by sol-gel method

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    Boutlala, A.; Bourfaa, F.; Mahtili, M.; Bouaballou, A.

    2016-03-01

    Cobalt doped TiO2 thin films have been prepared by sol-gel method onto glass substrate at room temperature. in this present work, we are interesting to study the effect of Cobalt doped TiO2 thin films.the concentration of Co was varied from 0 to 6%at .The obtained films have been annealed at 500°C for 2 hours. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that Co: TiO2 films are polycrystalline with a tetragonal anatase and orthorhombic brookite types structures. The surface morphologies of the TiO2 doped with cobalt thin films were evaluated by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The optical properties were studied by mean of UV-visible and near infrared spectroscopy.The calculated optical band gap decreases from 3.30 to 2.96 eV with increasing Co doping.

  13. Structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of spray deposited lithium doped CdO thin films

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    Velusamy, P.; Babu, R. Ramesh; Ramamurthi, K.

    2016-05-01

    In the present work, CdO and Li doped CdO thin films were deposited on microscopic glass substrates at 300˚C by a spray pyrolysis experimental setup. The deposited CdO and Li doped CdO thin films were subjected to XRD, SEM, UV-VIS spectroscopy and Hall measurement analyses. XRD studies revealed the polycrystalline nature of the deposited films and confirmed that the deposited CdO and Li doped CdO thin films belong to cubic crystal system. The Scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed the information on shape of CdO and Li doped CdO films. Electrical study reveals the n-type semiconducting nature of CdO and the optical band gap is varied between 2.38 and 2.44 eV, depending on the Li doping concentrations.

  14. Structural and morphological properties of metallic thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition for photocathode application

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    Lorusso, A.; Gontad, F.; Caricato, A. P.; Chiadroni, E.; Broitman, E.; Perrone, A.

    2016-03-01

    In this work yttrium and lead thin films have been deposited by pulsed laser deposition technique and characterized by ex situ different diagnostic methods. All the films were adherent to the substrates and revealed a polycrystalline structure. Y films were uniform with a very low roughness and droplet density, while Pb thin films were characterized by a grain morphology with a relatively high roughness and droplet density. Such metallic materials are studied because they are proposed as a good alternative to copper and niobium photocathodes which are generally used in radiofrequency and superconducting radiofrequency guns, respectively. The photoemission performances of the photocathodes based on Y and Pb thin films have been also studied and discussed.

  15. Properties of antimony doped ZnO thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Sadananda Kumar, N. Bangera, Kasturi V.; Shivakumar, G. K.

    2015-07-15

    Antimony (Sb) doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on the glass substrate at 450°C using spray pyrolysis technique. Effect of Sb doping on surface morphology structural, optical and electrical properties were studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis showed that both the undoped and doped ZnO thin films are polycrystalline in nature with (101) preferred orientation. SEM analysis showed a change in surface morphology of Sb doped ZnO thin films. Doping results in a marked increase in conductivity without affecting the transmittance of the films. ZnO films prepared with 3 at % Sb shows the lowest resistivity of 0.185 Ohm cm with a Hall mobility of 54.05 cm{sup 2} V{sup –1} s{sup –1}, and a hole concentration of 6.25 × 10{sup 17} cm{sup –3}.

  16. Processing and structural properties of random oriented lead lanthanum zirconate titanate thin films

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    Araújo, E.B.; Nahime, B.O.; Melo, M.; Dinelli, F.; Tantussi, F.; Baschieri, P.; Fuso, F.; Allegrini, M.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Pyrochlore phase crystallizes near the bottom film-electrode interface. • PLZT films show a non-uniform microstrain and crystallite size in depth profile. • Complex grainy structure leads to different elastic modulus at the nanoscale. - Abstract: Polycrystalline lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) thin films have been prepared by a polymeric chemical route to understand the mechanisms of phase transformations and map the microstructure and elastic properties at the nanoscale in these films. X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ultrasonic force microscopy (UFM) have been used as investigative tools. On one side, PLZT films with mixed-phase show that the pyrochlore phase crystallizes predominantly in the bottom film-electrode interface while a pure perovskite phase crystallizes in top film surface. On the contrary, pyrochlore-free PLZT films show a non-uniform microstrain and crystallite size along the film thickness with a heterogeneous complex grainy structure leading to different elastic properties at nanoscale.

  17. Advances in thin-film solar cells for lightweight space photovoltaic power

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    Landis, G.A.; Bailey, S.G.; Flood, D.J.

    1989-01-01

    The present stature and current research directions of photovoltaic arrays as primary power systems for space are reviewed. There have recently been great advances in the technology of thin-film solar cells for terrestrial applications. In a thin-film solar cell the thickness of the active element is only a few microns; transfer of this technology to space arrays could result in ultralow-weight solar arrays with potentially large gains in specific power. Recent advances in thin-film solar cells are reviewed, including polycrystalline copper-indium selenide (CuInSe2) and related I-III-VI2 compounds, polycrystalline cadmium telluride and related II-VI compounds, and amorphous silicon:hydrogen and alloys. The best experimental efficiency on thin-film solar cells to date is 12 percent AMO for CuInSe2. This efficiency is likely to be increased in the next few years. The radiation tolerance of thin-film materials is far greater than that of single-crystal materials. CuInSe2 shows no degradation when exposed to 1 MeV electrons. Experimental evidence also suggests that most of all of the radiation damage on thin-films can be removed by a low temperature anneal. The possibility of thin-film multibandgap cascade solar cells is discussed, including the tradeoffs between monolithic and mechanically stacked cells. The best current efficiency for a cascade is 12.5 percent AMO for an amorphous silicon on CuInSe2 multibandgap combination. Higher efficiencies are expected in the future. For several missions, including solar-electric propulsion, a manned Mars mission, and lunar exploration and manufacturing, thin-film photovolatic arrays may be a mission-enabling technology.

  18. Advances in thin-film solar cells for lightweight space photovoltaic power

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    Landis, Geoffrey A.; Bailey, Sheila G.; Flood, Dennis J.

    1989-01-01

    The present stature and current research directions of photovoltaic arrays as primary power systems for space are reviewed. There have recently been great advances in the technology of thin-film solar cells for terrestrial applications. In a thin-film solar cell the thickness of the active element is only a few microns; transfer of this technology to space arrays could result in ultralow-weight solar arrays with potentially large gains in specific power. Recent advances in thin-film solar cells are reviewed, including polycrystalline copper-indium selenide (CuInSe2) and related I-III-VI2 compounds, polycrystalline cadmium telluride and related II-VI compounds, and amorphous silicon:hydrogen and alloys. The best experimental efficiency on thin-film solar cells to date is 12 percent AMO for CuIn Se2. This efficiency is likely to be increased in the next few years. The radiation tolerance of thin-film materials is far greater than that of single-crystal materials. CuIn Se2 shows no degradation when exposed to 1 MeV electrons. Experimental evidence also suggests that most of all of the radiation damage on thin-films can be removed by a low temperature anneal. The possibility of thin-film multibandgap cascade solar cells is discussed, including the tradeoffs between monolithic and mechanically stacked cells. The best current efficiency for a cascade is 12.5 percent AMO for an amorphous silicon on CuInSe2 multibandgap combination. Higher efficiencies are expected in the future. For several missions, including solar-electric propulsion, a manned Mars mission, and lunar exploration and manufacturing, thin-film photovolatic arrays may be a mission-enabling technology.

  19. In situ deformation of thin films on substrates.

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    Legros, Marc; Cabié, Martiane; Gianola, Daniel S

    2009-03-01

    Metallic thin-film plasticity has been widely studied by using the difference between the coefficients of thermal expansion of the film and the underlying substrate to induce stress. This approach is commonly known as the wafer curvature technique, based on the Stoney equation, which has shown that thinner films have higher yield stresses. The linear increase of the film strength as a function of the reciprocal film thickness, down to a couple hundred nanometers, has been rationalized in terms of threading and interfacial dislocations. Polycrystalline films also show this kind of dependence when the grain size is larger than or comparable to the film thickness. In situ TEM performed on plan-view or cross-section specimens faithfully reproduces the stress state and the small strain levels seen by the metallic film during wafer curvature experiments and simultaneously follows the change in its microstructure. Although plan-view experiments are restricted to thinner films, cross-sectional samples where the film is reduced to a strip (or nanowire) on its substrate are a more versatile configuration. In situ thermal cycling experiments revealed that the dislocation/interface interaction could be either attractive or repulsive depending on the interfacial structure. Incoherent interfaces clearly act as dislocation sinks, resulting in a dislocation density drop during thermal cycles. In dislocation-depleted films (initially thin or annealed), grain boundaries can compensate for the absence of dislocations by either shearing the film similarly to threading dislocations or through fast diffusion processes. Conversely, dislocations are confined inside the film by image forces in the cases of epitaxial interfaces on hard substrates. To increase the amount of strain seen by a film, and to decouple the effects of stress and temperature, compliant substrates can also be used as support for the metallic film. The composite can be stretched at a given temperature using heating

  20. Using Thin Films to Screen Possible Scintillator Materials

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    Milbrath, Brian D.; Caggiano, Joseph A.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Joly, Alan G.; Matson, Dean W.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Olsen, Larry C.

    2009-06-30

    The discovery and optimization of new scintillators has traditionally been a rather slow process due to the difficulties of single crystal growth. This paper discusses the production of polycrystalline scintillator thin films (a few microns thick) which were tested in order to determine what characterizations could be made concerning a material’s ultimate potential as a scintillator prior to pursuing crystal growth. Thin films of CaF2(Eu), CeF3, and CeCl3, all known scintillators, were produced by vapor deposition. The hygroscopic CeCl3 was coated with multiple polymer-aluminum oxide bi-layers. Emission spectra peak wavelengths and decay times agreed with single crystal values. The films were too thin to measure gamma photopeaks, but using alpha energy deposition peaks, one could compare the relative photon yield/MeV between materials. The values obtained appear to give a relevant indication of a material’s light yield potential. The technique also appears useful for quickly determining the proper dopant amount for a given material.

  1. Infrared radiation of thin plastic films.

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    Tien, C. L.; Chan, C. K.; Cunnington, G. R.

    1972-01-01

    A combined analytical and experimental study is presented for infrared radiation characteristics of thin plastic films with and without a metal substrate. On the basis of the thin-film analysis, a simple analytical technique is developed for determining band-averaged optical constants of thin plastic films from spectral normal transmittance data for two different film thicknesses. Specifically, the band-averaged optical constants of polyethylene terephthalate and polyimide were obtained from transmittance measurements of films with thicknesses in the range of 0.25 to 3 mil. The spectral normal reflectance and total normal emittance of the film side of singly aluminized films are calculated by use of optical constants; the results compare favorably with measured values.

  2. Thickness dependence of temperature coefficient of resistivity of polycrystalline bismuth films

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    Kumar, Ajay; Katyal, O. P.

    1991-04-01

    Results for the temperature coefficient of resistivity (TCR) of polycrystalline bismuth films deposited on to glass substrate are reported for the thickness range 30 300 nm. The film TCR is found to be negative for all thicknesses studied and its absolute value exhibits a maximum of 3.70×10-3 K-1 near 72.5 nm. The variation of charge carrier density with film thickness has been estimated from the presence of surface states. To include the thickness dependence of charge carrier density, a modified theory has been used to explain the observed behaviour of the TCR. The experimental results for the TCR of Bi films are found to be consistent with the theoretical values. The existence of the extremum is theoretically verified. From the analysis, the specularity parameter p is about 0.44 and the reflection coefficient R is 0.1.

  3. BDS thin film damage competition

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    Stolz, C J; Thomas, M D; Griffin, A J

    2008-10-24

    A laser damage competition was held at the 2008 Boulder Damage Symposium in order to determine the current status of thin film laser resistance within the private, academic, and government sectors. This damage competition allows a direct comparison of the current state-of-the-art of high laser resistance coatings since they are all tested using the same damage test setup and the same protocol. A normal incidence high reflector multilayer coating was selected at a wavelength of 1064 nm. The substrates were provided by the submitters. A double blind test assured sample and submitter anonymity so only a summary of the results are presented here. In addition to the laser resistance results, details of deposition processes, coating materials, and layer count will also be shared.

  4. Thin film bioreactors in space

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    Hughes-Fulford, M.; Scheld, H. W.

    1989-01-01

    Studies from the Skylab, SL-3 and D-1 missions have demonstrated that biological organisms grown in microgravity have changes in basic cellular functions such as DNA, mRNA and protein synthesis, cytoskeleton synthesis, glucose utilization, and cellular differentiation. Since microgravity could affect prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells at a subcellular and molecular level, space offers an opportunity to learn more about basic biological systems with one inmportant variable removed. The thin film bioreactor will facilitate the handling of fluids in microgravity, under constant temperature and will allow multiple samples of cells to be grown with variable conditions. Studies on cell cultures grown in microgravity would make it possible to identify and quantify changes in basic biological function in microgravity which are needed to develop new applications of orbital research and future biotechnology.

  5. Direct growth of transparent conducting Nb-doped anatase TiO{sub 2} polycrystalline films on glass

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    Yamada, Naoomi; Kasai, Junpei; Hitosugi, Taro; Hoang, Ngoc Lam Huong; Nakao, Shoichiro; Hirose, Yasushi; Shimada, Toshihiro; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2009-06-15

    This paper proposes a novel sputter-based method for the direct growth of transparent conducting Ti{sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 2} (TNO) polycrystalline films on glass, without the need for any postdeposition treatments, by the use of an initial seed-layer. Anatase TNO epitaxial films grown on LaAlO{sub 3} (100) substrates under a reducing atmosphere exhibited a low resistivity (rho) of (3-6)x10{sup -4} OMEGA cm. On glass, however, highly resistive rutile phase polycrystalline films (rhoapprox100 OMEGA cm) formed preferentially under the same conditions. These results suggest that epitaxial stabilization of the oxygen-deficient anatase phase occurs on lattice-matched substrates. To produce a similar effect on a glass surface, we deposited a seed-layer of anatase TNO with excellent crystallinity under an increased oxygen atmosphere. As a result, anatase phase TNO polycrystalline films could be grown even under heavily reducing atmospheres. An optimized film exhibited rho=1.1x10{sup -3} OMEGA cm and optical absorption lower than 10% in the visible region. This rho value is more than one order of magnitude lower than values reported for directly deposited TNO polycrystalline films. This indicates that the seed-layer method has considerable potential for producing transparent conducting TNO polycrystalline films on glass.

  6. Method of producing thin cellulose nitrate film

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    Lupica, S.B.

    1975-12-23

    An improved method for forming a thin nitrocellulose film of reproducible thickness is described. The film is a cellulose nitrate film, 10 to 20 microns in thickness, cast from a solution of cellulose nitrate in tetrahydrofuran, said solution containing from 7 to 15 percent, by weight, of dioctyl phthalate, said cellulose nitrate having a nitrogen content of from 10 to 13 percent.

  7. Electrical Properties of Polycrystalline Cadmium Sulfide Films Produced by Laser-Driven Physical Vapor Deposition for Cadmium Sulfide/cadmium Telluride Solar Cells

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    Tsien, Li-Hua

    1992-01-01

    Electrical conductivity, carrier density, and mobilities have been measured for CdS films grown on glass substrates by laser-driven physical vapor deposition (LDPVD). This work was part of an overall effort to gain a better understanding of the processes that are important in determining the efficiency of CdTe-based thin film solar cells. Films were grown from several target materials including pure CdS, CdS doped with indium, and CdS mixed with cadmium chloride. Some films were also subjected to post-growth chemical and thermal treatments. Generally, grain boundary effects dominate the mobility between 80K and 350K. The data is interpreted using a model for polycrystalline and powdered semiconductors which was developed by Orton and Powell (J. S. Orton and M. J. Powell, Rep. Prog. Phys. 43, 81 (1980)) and is discussed using the concept of effective doping levels.

  8. Short Pulse Laser Production of Diamond Thin Films

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    Banks, P.S.; Stuart, B.C.; Dinh, L.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; McLean, W.; Perry, M.D.

    1998-03-20

    The use of diamond thin films has the potential for major impact in many industrial and scientific applications. These include heat sinks for electronics, broadband optical sensors, windows, cutting tools, optical coatings, laser diodes, cold cathodes, and field emission displays. Attractive properties of natural diamond consist of physical hardness, high tensile yield strength, chemical inertness, low coefficient of friction, high thermal conductivity, and low electrical conductivity. Unfortunately, these properties are not completely realized in currently produced diamond thin films. Chemical vapor deposition, in its many forms, has been the most successful to this point in producing crystalline diamond films microns to millimeters in thickness which are made up of closely packed diamond crystals microns in physical dimension. However, high purity films are difficult to realize due to the use of hydrogen in the growth process which becomes included in the film matrix. These impurities are manifest in film physical properties which are inferior to those of pure crystalline diamond. In addition, the large density of grain boundaries due to the polycrystalline nature of the films reduce the films' diamond-like character. Finally, substrates must be heated to several hundred degrees Celsius which is not suitable for many materials. Pulsed laser deposition is attractive due to its ability to produce high purity films-limited only by the purity of the target. For diamond film production, high purity carbon can be ablated directly by lasers and deposited as thin films at ambient temperatures. However, lasers currently in use generally deliver long (>10 ns) pulses, and the generally explosive nature of laser ablation, in addition to the desired single-atom or single-ion carbon, liberates significant amounts of carbon clusters (C{sub n} where n=2-30) and macroscopic particles (> 1-10 pm) of carbon. These carbon particles interrupt the ordered deposition of crystalline

  9. Chemical vapor deposition and characterization of titanium dioxide thin films

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    Gilmer, David Christopher

    1998-12-01

    The continued drive to decrease the size and increase the speed of micro-electronic Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (MOS) devices is hampered by some of the properties of the SiOsb2 gate dielectric. This research has focused on the CVD of TiOsb2 thin films to replace SiOsb2 as the gate dielectric in MOS capacitors and transistors. The relationship of CVD parameters and post-deposition anneal treatments to the physical and electrical properties of thin films of TiOsb2 has been studied. Structural and electrical characterization of TiOsb2 films grown from the CVD precursors tetraisopropoxotitanium (IV) (TTIP) and TTIP plus Hsb2O is described in Chapter 3. Both types of deposition produced stoichiometric TiOsb2 films comprised of polycrystalline anatase, but the interface properties were dramatically degraded when water vapor was added. Films grown with TTIP in the presence of Hsb2O contained greater than 50% more hydrogen than films grown using only TTIP and the hydrogen content of films deposited in both wet and dry TTIP environments decreased sharply with a post deposition Osb2 anneal. A significant thickness variation of the dielectric constant was observed which could be explained by an interfacial oxide and the finite accumulation thickness. Fabricated TiOsb2 capacitors exhibited electrically equivalent SiOsb2 gate dielectric thicknesses and leakage current densities as low as 38, and 1×10sp{-8} Amp/cmsp2 respectively. Chapter 4 discusses the low temperature CVD of crystalline TiOsb2 thin films deposited using the precursor tetranitratotitanium (IV), TNT, which produces crystalline TiOsb2 films of the anatase phase in UHV-CVD at temperatures as low as 184sp°C. Fabricated TiOsb2 capacitors exhibited electrically equivalent SiOsb2 gate dielectric thicknesses and leakage current densities as low as 17, and 1×10sp{-8} Amp/cmsp2 respectively. Chapter 5 describes the results of a comparison of physical and electrical properties between TiOsb2 films grown via LPCVD using

  10. Stability of thin liquid films

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    Bankoff, S.G.; Davis, S.H.

    1994-12-31

    Two topics are discussed in the present progress report. The first is a study of the stability of the interface between two thin immiscible fluid layers in a two-dimensional channel. The flowrates may be specified, or alternatively the total pressure drop and the flowrate of one fluid. The channel may be horizontal or inclined. A long-wave 3D nonlinear evolution equation is derived for the local layer thickness, whose coefficients are high-order polynomials of the viscosity ratio and the initial volume fraction. With a further restriction to small wave amplitude, as well as many slopes, a Kuramoto-Sivashinsky-type (KS) is derived. In countercurrent flow the {open_quotes}group velocity{close_quotes} of the interface can become very small, possibly signaling the onset of flooding. In this case a cubic nonlinearity becomes significant. The properties of this modified KS equation are explored in considerable detail. The classical Yih-Benjamin linear stability theory for long waves on an unforced thin liquid film down a vertical wall has never been experimentally verified, owing to the sensitivity to small random disturbances. However, by careful balancing and by operating under very quiet conditions, the theoretical predictions were verified for the first time. For pointwise measurements, 25-{mu}m resistivity probes were employed, and for global measurements fluorescent imaging.

  11. Highly conductive grain boundaries in copper oxide thin films

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    Deuermeier, Jonas; Wardenga, Hans F.; Morasch, Jan; Siol, Sebastian; Nandy, Suman; Calmeiro, Tomás; Martins, Rodrigo; Klein, Andreas; Fortunato, Elvira

    2016-06-01

    High conductivity in the off-state and low field-effect mobility compared to bulk properties is widely observed in the p-type thin-film transistors of Cu2O, especially when processed at moderate temperature. This work presents results from in situ conductance measurements at thicknesses from sub-nm to around 250 nm with parallel X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. An enhanced conductivity at low thickness is explained by the occurrence of Cu(II), which is segregated in the grain boundary and locally causes a conductivity similar to CuO, although the surface of the thick film has Cu2O stoichiometry. Since grains grow with an increasing film thickness, the effect of an apparent oxygen excess is most pronounced in vicinity to the substrate interface. Electrical properties of Cu2O grains are at least partially short-circuited by this effect. The study focuses on properties inherent to copper oxide, although interface effects cannot be ruled out. This non-destructive, bottom-up analysis reveals phenomena which are commonly not observable after device fabrication, but clearly dominate electrical properties of polycrystalline thin films.

  12. VUV thin films, chapter 7

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    Zukic, Muamer; Torr, Douglas G.

    1993-01-01

    The application of thin film technology to the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) wavelength region from 120 nm to 230 nm has not been fully exploited in the past because of absorption effects which complicate the accurate determination of the optical functions of dielectric materials. The problem therefore reduces to that of determining the real and imaginary parts of a complex optical function, namely the frequency dependent refractive index n and extinction coefficient k. We discuss techniques for the inverse retrieval of n and k for dielectric materials at VUV wavelengths from measurements of their reflectance and transmittance. Suitable substrate and film materials are identified for application in the VUV. Such applications include coatings for the fabrication of narrow and broadband filters and beamsplitters. The availability of such devices open the VUV regime to high resolution photometry, interferometry and polarimetry both for space based and laboratory applications. This chapter deals with the optics of absorbing multilayers, the determination of the optical functions for several useful materials, and the design of VUV multilayer stacks as applied to the design of narrow and broadband reflection and transmission filters and beamsplitters. Experimental techniques are discussed briefly, and several examples of the optical functions derived for selected materials are presented.

  13. Enhanced the photocatalytic activity of Ni-doped ZnO thin films: Morphological, optical and XPS analysis

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    Abdel-wahab, M. Sh.; Jilani, Asim; Yahia, I. S.; Al-Ghamdi, Attieh A.

    2016-06-01

    Pure and Ni-doped ZnO thin films with different concentration of Ni (3.5 wt%, 5 wt%, 7 wt%) were prepared by DC/RF magnetron sputtering technique. The X-rays diffraction pattern showed the polycrystalline nature of pure and Ni-doped ZnO thin films. The surface morphology of pure and Ni doped ZnO thin films were investigated through atomic force microscope, which indicated the increase in the grain dimension and surface roughness with increasing the Ni doping. The UV-Visible transmission spectra showed the decrease in the transmittance of doped ZnO thin films with the incorporation of Ni dopants. The surface and chemical state analysis of pure and Ni doped ZnO thin films were investigated by X-rays photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic activities were evaluated by an aqueous solution of methyl green dye. The tungsten lamp of 500 W was used as a source of visible light for photocatalytic study. The degradation results showed that the Ni-doped ZnO thin films exhibit highly enhanced photocatalytic activity as compared to the pure ZnO thin films. The enhanced photocatalytic activities of Ni-doped ZnO thin films were attributed to the enhanced surface area (surface defects), surface roughness and decreasing the band gap of Ni-doped ZnO thin films. Our work supports the applications of thin film metal oxides in waste water treatment.

  14. Micromotors using magnetostrictive thin films

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    Claeyssen, Frank; Le Letty, Ronan; Barillot, Francois; Betz, Jochen; MacKay, Ken; Givord, Dominique; Bouchilloux, Philippe

    1998-07-01

    This study deals with a micromotor based on the use of magnetostrictive thin films. This motor belongs to the category of the Standing Wave Ultrasonic Motors. The active part of the motor is the rotor, which is a 100 micrometers thick ring vibrating in a flexural mode. Teeth (300 micrometers high) are placed on special positions of the rotor and produce an oblique motion which can induce the relative motion of any object in contact with them. The magnetic excitation field is radial and uses the transverse coupling of the 4 micrometers thick magnetostrictive film. The film, deposited by sputtering on the ring, consists of layers of different rare-earth/iron alloys and was developed during a European Brite-Euram project. The finite element technique was used in order to design a prototype of the motor and to optimize the active rotor and the energizer coil. The prototype we built delivered a speed of 30 turns per minute with a torque of 2 (mu) N.m (without prestress applied on the rotor). Our experimental results show that the performance of this motor could easily be increased by a factor of 5. The main advantage of this motor is the fact that it is remotely powered and controlled. The excitation coil, which provides both power and control, can be placed away from the active rotor. Moreover, the rotor is completely wireless and is not connected to its support or to any other part. It is interesting to note that it would not be possible to build this type of motor using piezoelectric technology. Medical applications of magnetostrictive micromotors could be found for internal microdistributors of medication (the coil staying outside the body). Other applications include remote control micropositioning, micropositioning of optical components, and for the actuation of systems such as valves, electrical switches, and relays.

  15. Organic thin-film transistors based on solution-processable benzodithiophene dimers modified with hexyl groups

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    Hirota, Takeshi; Toake, Hitoshi; Osuga, Hideji; Uno, Kazuyuki; Tanaka, Ichiro

    2017-04-01

    Benzodithiophene dimers modified with hexyl groups (2C6-BDT-dimer) were investigated as solution-processable organic semiconductors for organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). Since 2C6-BDT-dimer crystals have an anisotropic shape, flow coating was adopted to grow polycrystalline films. The flow-coated films were inferior to the vacuum-evaporated ones in terms of their crystallinity estimated from X-ray diffraction data. However, the hole mobility of the OTFTs with the flow-coated films, which was 1.7 cm2 V‑1 s‑1 at maximum, was higher than that of the OTFTs with vacuum-evaporated films because the one-dimensional thin crystals of the flow-coated films were aligned in the flow-coating direction.

  16. Structural and morphological properties of ITO thin films grown by magnetron sputtering

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    Ghorannevis, Z.; Akbarnejad, E.; Ghoranneviss, M.

    2015-10-01

    Physical properties of transparent and conducting indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films grown by radiofrequency (RF) magnetron sputtering are studied systematically by changing deposition time. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) data indicate polycrystalline thin films with grain orientations predominantly along the (2 2 2) and (4 0 0) directions. From atomic force microscopy (AFM) it is found that by increasing the deposition time, the roughness of the film increases. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images show a network of a high-porosity interconnected nanoparticles, which approximately have a pore size ranging between 20 and 30 nm. Optical measurements suggest an average transmission of 80 % for the ITO films. Sheet resistances are investigated using four-point probes, which imply that by increasing the film thickness the resistivities of the films decrease to 2.43 × 10-5 Ω cm.

  17. Optoelectronic properties of graphene thin films deposited by a Langmuir-Blodgett assembly.

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    Kim, HoKwon; Mattevi, Cecilia; Kim, Hyun Jun; Mittal, Anudha; Mkhoyan, K Andre; Riman, Richard E; Chhowalla, Manish

    2013-12-21

    Large area thin films of few-layered unfunctionalized graphene platelets are developed with fine control over the thickness. The thin films are obtained by a Langmuir-Blodgett assembly at the interface of graphene solution in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and water, and their optoelectronic properties and conduction mechanism are investigated in relation to lateral flake size and thin film thickness. The electrical conductivity and carrier mobility are affected by the flake size (200 nm to 1 μm) and by the packing of the nanostructure platelet network. General effective medium theory is used to explain the thickness dependent conductivity and to determine the percolation threshold film thickness which was found to be about 10 nm (at a volume fraction of ~39%) for a Langmuir-Blodgett film of an average platelet lateral size of 170 ± 40 nm. The electronic behaviour of the material shows more similarities with polycrystalline turbostratic graphite than thin films of reduced graphene oxide, carbon nanotubes, or disordered conducting polymers. While in these systems the conduction mechanism is often dominated by the presence of an energy barrier between conductive and non-conductive regions in the network, in the exfoliated graphene networks the conduction mechanism can be explained by the simple two-band model which is characteristic of polycrystalline graphite.

  18. Advances in thin-film solar cells for lightweight space photovoltaic power

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    Landis, Geoffrey A.; Bailey, Sheila G.; Flood, Dennis J.

    1989-01-01

    The development of photovoltaic arrays beyond the next generation is discussed with attention given to the potentials of thin-film polycrystalline and amorphous cells. Of particular importance is the efficiency (the fraction of incident solar energy converted to electricity) and specific power (power to weight ratio). It is found that the radiation tolerance of thin-film materials is far greater than that of single crystal materials. CuInSe2 shows no degradation when exposed to 1-MeV electrons.

  19. Multiferroic YCrO3 thin films grown on glass substrate: Resistive switching characteristics

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    Seo, Jeongdae; Ahn, Yoonho; Son, Jong Yeog

    2016-01-01

    Polycrystalline YCrO3 thin films were deposited on (111) Pt/Ta/glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The YCrO3 thin films exhibited good ferroelectric properties with remnant polarization of about 5 µC/cm2. Large leakage current was observed by I- V curve and ferroelectric hysteresis loop. The YCrO3 resistive random access memory (RRAM) capacitor showed unipolar switching behaviors with SET and RESET voltages higher than those of general NiO RRAM capacitors. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  20. Flexible thin metal film thermal sensing system

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    Thomsen, Donald L. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A flexible thin metal film thermal sensing system is provided. A self-metallized polymeric film has a polymeric film region and a metal surface disposed thereon. A layer of electrically-conductive metal is deposited directly onto the self-metallized polymeric film's metal surface. Coupled to at least one of the metal surface and the layer of electrically-conductive metal is a device/system for measuring an electrical characteristic associated therewith as an indication of temperature.

  1. Thin-film rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Dudney, N.J.; Bates, J.B.; Lubben, D.

    1994-11-01

    Small thin-film rechargeable cells have been fabricated with a lithium phosphorus oxyniuide electrolyte, Li metal anode, and Li{sub 1-x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 4} as the cathode film. The cathode films were fabricated by several different techniques resulting in both crystalline and amorphous films. These were compared by observing the cell discharge behavior. Estimates have been made for the scale-up of such a thin-film battery to meet the specifications for the electric vehicle application. The specific energy, energy density, and cycle life are expected to meet the USABC mid-term criteria. However, the areas of the thin-films needed to fabricate such a cell are very large. The required areas could be greatly reduced by operating the battery at temperatures near 100{degrees}C or by enhancing the lithium ion transport rate in the cathode material.

  2. Thin films of gallium arsenide on low-cost substrates. Final technical report, July 5, 1976-December 5, 1978

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    Ruth, R.P.; Dapkus, P.D.; Dupuis, R.D.; Johnson, R.E.; Moudy, L.A.; Yang, J.J.; Yingling, R.D.

    1980-03-01

    The MO-CVD technique was applied to the growth of thin films of GaAs and GaAl As on inexpensive polycrystalline or amorphous substrate materials (primarily glasses and metals) for use in fabrication of large-area low-cost photovoltaic device structures. Trimethylgallium, arsine, and trimethylaluminum are mixed in appropriate concentrations at room temperature in the gaseous state and pyrolyzed at the substrate, which is heated in a vertical reactor chamber to temperatures of 700 to 750/sup 0/C, to produce the desired film composition and properties. Studies of the properties of grain boundaries in polycrystalline GaAs films by the use of transport measurements as a function of temperature indicated that the grain boundary regions are depleted of majority carriers by a large density of neutral traps at the grain boundary interface, causing a barrier to majority carrier flow in the material. Schottky-barrier solar cells of approx. 3 percent efficiency (simulated AM0 illumination, no AR coating) were demonstrated on thin-film polycrystalline GaAs n/n/sup +/ structures on Mo sheet, Mo film/glass, and graphite substrates. Substantial enhancement of average grain size in polycrystalline MO-CVD GaAs films on Mo sheet was obtained by the addition of HCl to the growth atmosphere during deposition. Extensive investigation of polycrystalline thin-film p-n junctions indicated that the forward voltage of such devices is apparently limited to 0.5 to 0.6V. A laboratory-type deposition apparatus for the formation of TiO/sub 2/ antireflection (AR) coatings by pyrolysis of titanium isopropoxide was assembled and tested. Detailed analyses were made of the materials and labor costs involved in the laboratory-scale fabrication of MO-CVD thin-film GaAs solar cells. Details are presented. (WHK)

  3. Sputter deposition and characterization of lithium cobalt oxide thin films and their applications in thin-film rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Wang, B.; Bates, J.B.; Luck, C.F.; Sales, B.C.; Zuhr, R.A.; Robertson, J.D.

    1996-01-01

    Li Co oxide thin films were deposited by rf magnetron sputtering of a LiCoO{sub 2} target in a 3:1 Ar/O{sub 2} mixture gas. From proton-induced gamma-ray emission analysis and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, the average composition of these films was determined to be Li{sub 1.15}CoO{sub 2.16}. X-ray powder diffraction patterns of films annealed in air at 500-700 C were consistent with regular rhombohedral structure of crystalline LiCoO{sub 2}. Discharge curves of thin film lithium cells with amoprohous LiCoO{sub 2} showed no obvious structural transition between 4.2 and 1.5 V. Shape of discharge curves of cells with polycrystalline cathodes were consistent with a two-phase voltage plateau at {similar_to}3.9 V with a relatively large capacity and two additional smaller plateaus at higher voltages. Cells with the 700 C annealed cathodes showed a capacity loss of {similar_to} after 1000 cycles between 4.2 and 3.0 V.

  4. Surface roughness evolution of nanocomposite thin films

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    Turkin, A. A.; Pei, Y. T.; Shaha, K. P.; Chen, C. Q.; Vainshtein, D. I.; Hosson, J. Th. M. de

    2009-01-01

    An analysis of dynamic roughening and smoothening mechanisms of thin films grown with pulsed-dc magnetron sputtering is presented. The roughness evolution has been described by a linear stochastic equation, which contains the second- and fourth-order gradient terms. Dynamic smoothening of the growing interface is explained by ballistic effects resulting from impingements of ions to the growing thin film. These ballistic effects are sensitive to the flux and energy of impinging ions. The predictions of the model are compared with experimental data, and it is concluded that the thin film roughness can be further controlled by adjusting waveform, frequency, and width of dc pulses.

  5. Density inhomogeneity in ferroelectric thin films

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    Cao, Jiang-Li; Solbach, Axel; Klemradt, Uwe; Weirich, Thomas; Mayer, Joachim; Böttger, Ulrich; Schorn, Peter J.; Waser, Rainer

    2006-07-01

    Structural investigations of Pb(Zr ,Ti)O3 (PZT) ferroelectric thin films derived by chemical solution deposition on Pt /TiOx electrode stacks were performed using grazing incidence x-ray specular reflectivity of synchrotron radiation and transmission electron microscopy. A density inhomogeneity, i.e., a sublayer structure, in the PZT thin films was observed; the upper PZT sublayer had a lower density and the lower sublayer had a higher density. The influence of the density inhomogeneity, as a possible extrinsic contribution to size effects in ferroelectric thin films, was discussed.

  6. Effect of post deposition annealing on the structure, morphology, optical and electrical properties of CuInGaSe2 thin films

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    Pugalenthi, A. S.; Balasundaraprabhu, R.; Prasanna, S.; Habibuddin, S.; Muthukumarasamy, N.; Mohan Rao, G.; Kannan, M. D.

    2016-12-01

    Polycrystalline copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin film is a favourable candidate for solar cell applications. In the present work the effect of post-deposition annealing on the structure, surface morphology, optical and electrical properties are discussed. Initially, gallium rich CIG thin films were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering followed by an indium rich CIG layer and subjected to selenization to realize CIGS stoichiometry. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results revealed the polycrystalline nature of the films with chalcopyrite structure having preferential orientation along <112> direction normal to the substrate. Optical properties of CIGS thin films were studied using UV-vis spectrophotometry and the band gap of CIGS was found to be around 1.15 eV. Hall Effect studies carried out on the CIGS thin films showed a linear dependence of conductivity with post deposition annealing. The elemental composition of the films was quantified using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and the results are discussed.

  7. Fractal features of CdTe thin films grown by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Hosseinpanahi, Fayegh; Raoufi, Davood; Ranjbarghanei, Khadijeh; Karimi, Bayan; Babaei, Reza; Hasani, Ebrahim

    2015-12-01

    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin films were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering on glass substrates at room temperature (RT). The film deposition was performed for 5, 10, and 15 min at power of 30 W with a frequency of 13.56 MHz. The crystal structure of the prepared CdTe thin films was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. XRD analyses indicate that the CdTe films are polycrystalline, having zinc blende structure of CdTe irrespective of their deposition time. All CdTe films showed a preferred orientation along (1 1 1) crystalline plane. The surface morphology characterization of the films was studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The quantitative AFM characterization shows that the RMS surface roughness of the prepared CdTe thin films increases with increasing the deposition time. The detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) and also multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis (MFDFA) methods showed that prepared CdTe thin films have multifractal nature. The complexity, roughness of the CdTe thin films and strength of the multifractality increase as deposition time increases.

  8. Growth and characteristics of tantalum oxide thin films deposited using thermionic vacuum arc technology

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    Vladoiu, Rodica; Ciupina, Victor; Mandes, Aurelia; Dinca, Virginia; Prodan, Madalina; Musa, Geavit

    2010-11-01

    Tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) thin films were synthesized using thermionic vacuum arc (TVA) technology. TVA is an original deposition method using a combination of anodic arc and electron gun system for the growth of thin films from solid precursors under vacuum of 10-6 Torr. The properties of the deposited Ta2O5 thin films were investigated in terms of wettability, refractive index, morphology, and structure. The surface free energy was determined by means of surface energy evaluation system indicating a hydrophilic character and the refractive index was measured by Filmetrics F20 device. The morphology was determined from bright field transmission electron microscopy (TEM) image performed by Philips CM 120 ST TEM system. It exhibits nanoparticles of 3-6 nm diameter smoothly distributed. Selected area electron diffraction pattern revealed the contrast fringes given by complex polycrystalline particles included in the amorphous film. The measured fringes could be indexed using monoclinic structure of Ta2O5.

  9. Research on Advanced Thin Film Batteries

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    Goldner, Ronald B.

    2003-11-24

    During the past 7 years, the Tufts group has been carrying out research on advanced thin film batteries composed of a thin film LiCo02 cathode (positive electrode), a thin film LiPON (lithium phosphorous oxynitride) solid electrolyte, and a thin film graphitic carbon anode (negative electrode), under grant DE FG02-95ER14578. Prior to 1997, the research had been using an rfsputter deposition process for LiCoOi and LiPON and an electron beam evaporation or a controlled anode arc evaporation method for depositing the carbon layer. The pre-1997 work led to the deposition of a single layer cell that was successfully cycled for more than 400 times [1,2] and the research also led to the deposition of a monolithic double-cell 7 volt battery that was cycled for more than 15 times [3]. Since 1997, the research has been concerned primarily with developing a research-worthy and, possibly, a production-worthy, thin film deposition process, termed IBAD (ion beam assisted deposition) for depositing each ofthe electrodes and the electrolyte of a completely inorganic solid thin film battery. The main focus has been on depositing three materials - graphitic carbon as the negative electrode (anode), lithium cobalt oxide (nominally LiCoCb) as the positive electrode (cathode), and lithium phosphorus oxynitride (LiPON) as the electrolyte. Since 1998, carbon, LiCoOa, and LiPON films have been deposited using the IBAD process with the following results.

  10. Performance Characterization of Monolithic Thin Film Resistors

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    Yin, Rong

    Thin film resistors have a large resistance range and stable performance under high temperature operating condition. Thin film resistors trimmed by laser beam are able to achieve very high precision on resistance value. As a result, thin film resistors have been widely used to improve the performance of integrated circuits such as operational amplifier, analog-to-digital (A/D) and digital -to-analog (D/A) converters, etc. In this dissertation, a new class of thin film resistors, silicon chrome (SiCr) thin film resistors, has been investigated at length. From thin film characterization to aging behavior modelling, we have carried out a series of engineering activities. The characteristics of the SiCr thin film incorporated into three bipolar processes were first determined. After laser trimming, we have measured a couple of physical parameters of the SiCr film in the heat affected zone (HAZ). This is the first time the sheet resistance and the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of thin film in the HAZ have been characterized. Both thermal and d.c. load accelerated aging tests were performed. The test structures were subjected to the aging for 1000 hours. Based on the test data, we not only evaluated the classical thermal aging model for untrimmed thin film resistors, but also established several empirical thermal aging models for trimmed resistors and d.c. load aging models for both trimmed and untrimmed thin film resistors. All the experiments were carried out for both conventional bar resistors and our new Swiss Cheese (SC) resistors. For the first time, the performance of laser trimmed SC resistors, which was experimentally evaluated, shown a clear superiority over that of trimmed bar resistors. Besides these experiments, we have examined different die attach techniques and their effects on thin film resistors. Also, we have developed a number of hardware systems and software tools, such as a temperature controller, d.c. current source, temperature

  11. Permanent laser conditioning of thin film optical materials

    DOEpatents

    Wolfe, C.R.; Kozlowski, M.R.; Campbell, J.H.; Staggs, M.; Rainer, F.

    1995-12-05

    The invention comprises a method for producing optical thin films with a high laser damage threshold and the resulting thin films. The laser damage threshold of the thin films is permanently increased by irradiating the thin films with a fluence below an unconditioned laser damage threshold. 9 figs.

  12. Permanent laser conditioning of thin film optical materials

    DOEpatents

    Wolfe, C. Robert; Kozlowski, Mark R.; Campbell, John H.; Staggs, Michael; Rainer, Frank

    1995-01-01

    The invention comprises a method for producing optical thin films with a high laser damage threshold and the resulting thin films. The laser damage threshold of the thin films is permanently increased by irradiating the thin films with a fluence below an unconditioned laser damage threshold.

  13. Thin Films in the Technology of Superhigh Frequencies.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    A comprehensive discussion of the physics, manufacturing processes and applications of thin films in modern communications technology. The following...subjects are discussed in detail: (1) Structure and properties of thin films : vacuum vaporization, cathode sputtering, thin film structure and...physical properties. (2) Thin films as SHF load resistors: peculiarities of SHF resistors, material selection, behavior in an SHF field, cylindrical disc

  14. Ferromagnetic properties of fcc Gd thin films

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    Bertelli, T. P. Passamani, E. C.; Larica, C.; Nascimento, V. P.; Takeuchi, A. Y.

    2015-05-28

    Magnetic properties of sputtered Gd thin films grown on Si (100) substrates kept at two different temperatures were investigated using X-ray diffraction, ac magnetic susceptibility, and dc magnetization measurements. The obtained Gd thin films have a mixture of hcp and fcc structures, but with their fractions depending on the substrate temperature T{sub S} and film thickness x. Gd fcc samples were obtained when T{sub S} = 763 K and x = 10 nm, while the hcp structure was stabilized for lower T{sub S} (300 K) and thicker film (20 nm). The fcc structure is formed on the Ta buffer layer, while the hcp phase grows on the fcc Gd layer as a consequence of the lattice relaxation process. Spin reorientation phenomenon, commonly found in bulk Gd species, was also observed in the hcp Gd thin film. This phenomenon is assumed to cause the magnetization anomalous increase observed below 50 K in stressed Gd films. Magnetic properties of fcc Gd thin films are: Curie temperature above 300 K, saturation magnetization value of about 175 emu/cm{sup 3}, and coercive field of about 100 Oe at 300 K; features that allow us to classify Gd thin films, with fcc structure, as a soft ferromagnetic material.

  15. Thermally tunable ferroelectric thin film photonic crystals.

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    Lin, P. T.; Wessels, B. W.; Imre, A.; Ocola, L. E.; Northwestern Univ.

    2008-01-01

    Thermally tunable PhCs are fabricated from ferroelectric thin films. Photonic band structure and temperature dependent diffraction are calculated by FDTD. 50% intensity modulation is demonstrated experimentally. This device has potential in active ultra-compact optical circuits.

  16. Highly stretchable wrinkled gold thin film wires

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Joshua; Park, Sun-Jun; Nguyen, Thao; Chu, Michael; Pegan, Jonathan D.; Khine, Michelle

    2016-01-01

    With the growing prominence of wearable electronic technology, there is a need to improve the mechanical reliability of electronics for more demanding applications. Conductive wires represent a vital component present in all electronics. Unlike traditional planar and rigid electronics, these new wearable electrical components must conform to curvilinear surfaces, stretch with the body, and remain unobtrusive and low profile. In this paper, the piezoresistive response of shrink induced wrinkled gold thin films under strain demonstrates robust conductive performance in excess of 200% strain. Importantly, the wrinkled metallic thin films displayed negligible change in resistance of up to 100% strain. The wrinkled metallic wires exhibited consistent performance after repetitive strain. Importantly, these wrinkled thin films are inexpensive to fabricate and are compatible with roll to roll manufacturing processes. We propose that these wrinkled metal thin film wires are an attractive alternative to conventional wires for wearable applications. PMID:26937042

  17. Thin film production method and apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Loutfy, Raouf O.; Moravsky, Alexander P.; Hassen, Charles N.

    2010-08-10

    A method for forming a thin film material which comprises depositing solid particles from a flowing suspension or aerosol onto a filter and next adhering the solid particles to a second substrate using an adhesive.

  18. Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Alumina.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    The report consists of a literature survey on the electrical properties of alumina and aluminum oxide thin films . A bibliographic listing of reports is included along with abstracts from most of them.

  19. Highly stretchable wrinkled gold thin film wires

    SciTech Connect

    Kim, Joshua Park, Sun-Jun; Nguyen, Thao; Chu, Michael; Pegan, Jonathan D.; Khine, Michelle

    2016-02-08

    With the growing prominence of wearable electronic technology, there is a need to improve the mechanical reliability of electronics for more demanding applications. Conductive wires represent a vital component present in all electronics. Unlike traditional planar and rigid electronics, these new wearable electrical components must conform to curvilinear surfaces, stretch with the body, and remain unobtrusive and low profile. In this paper, the piezoresistive response of shrink induced wrinkled gold thin films under strain demonstrates robust conductive performance in excess of 200% strain. Importantly, the wrinkled metallic thin films displayed negligible change in resistance of up to 100% strain. The wrinkled metallic wires exhibited consistent performance after repetitive strain. Importantly, these wrinkled thin films are inexpensive to fabricate and are compatible with roll to roll manufacturing processes. We propose that these wrinkled metal thin film wires are an attractive alternative to conventional wires for wearable applications.

  20. The synthesis and characterization of multifunctional oxide thin films

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    Kharel, Parashu Ram

    2008-10-01

    Multifunctional materials offer a number of very interesting properties for developing new generation novel devices. Motivated by this fact, we concentrated our research efforts on investigating two different class of multifunctional materials namely: Diluted Magnetic Semiconducting Oxides (DMSO) and Multiferroic Oxides. The primary goal of this study was to determine how to resolve the controversy concerning the origin of room temperature ferromagnetic order in DMSO and to demonstrate the theoretically predicted coupling between ferroelectric and magnetic order parameters in multiferroic oxides. We chose several materials of current interest such as TiO2, ZnOand In2O3 (DMSO) and Ni3V2O8 and BiFeO 3 (multiferroic oxides) as the experimental specimens. We synthesized thin film samples of these materials using metal organic decomposition by spin coating and RF magnetron sputtering techniques. We succeeded in growing single phase polycrystalline thin films using both of the techniques with the sputter deposited samples showing highly preferred orientations. We did not observe any secondary phases and accidental impurities leading to robust ferromagnetic order in our samples within the detection limit of XRD, Raman spectroscopy and TEM. We have demonstrated that the lattice defects such as oxygen vacancies and cation vacancies play crucial role in the development of ferromagnetic order in DMSO materials. Based on the investigation carried out on TiO 2, ZnO and In2O3, we conclude that ferromagnetism can be developed in oxygen deficient DMSO thin films without the subbstitution of any external magnetic impurities but the incorporation of magnetic impurities may help in stabilizing the observed ferromagnetic order. Most importantly, we demonstrated with the direct measurement of spin polarization in In 2O3 and Cr doped In2O3 thin films that the charge carriers responsible for the ferromagnetic order are spin polarized. We have successfully demonstrated that the low

  1. Lithium vanadium bronze thin films for electrochromic applications

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    Green, M.; Pita, K.

    1997-04-01

    Thin films of fine grained polycrystalline stoichiometric vanadium pentoxide (85{percent} of bulk density) have been prepared by vacuum evaporation. These films have been made into lithium vanadium bronze, Li{sub x}V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, by inserting lithium, either electrochemically or chemically. In addition, lithium vanadium bronze thin films have been prepared by co-evaporation of Li and V{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The optical properties, absorption and refractive index, have been measured from 2000 to about 200 nm. Strong absorption arises from indirect transitions across the main gap and is {approx}2.2 eV for x=0. The variation of the energy gap up to an x value of 2 has been obtained from the absorption data and the importance of irreversible phase changes noted. High x value bronze is useful as a counter electrode material in glazings, having an energy gap of about 3 eV. There is a considerable, technologically significant, band tail in the absorption spectrum thought to arise from polaronic-type states, perhaps modified by the presence of guest species ions. The optical behavior upon lithium electrochemical insertion has also been examined. It is found that nonstoichiometry gives rise to an overall reduction in optical change per guest atom inserted. These effects are fast compared with electrochemical insertion times. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  2. Multilayer Thin Film Sensors for Damage Diagnostics

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    Protasov, A. G.; Gordienko, Y. G.; Zasimchuk, E. E.

    2006-03-01

    The new innovative approach to damage diagnostics within the production and maintenance/servicing procedures in industry is proposed. It is based on the real-time multiscale monitoring of the smart-designed multilayer thin film sensors of fatigue damage with the standard electrical input/output interfaces which can be connected to the embedded and on-board computers. The multilayer thin film sensors supply information about the actual unpredictable deformation damage, actual fatigue life, strain localization places, damage spreading, etc.

  3. Thin-film reliability and engineering overview

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    Ross, R. G., Jr.

    1984-01-01

    The reliability and engineering technology base required for thin film solar energy conversions modules is discussed. The emphasis is on the integration of amorphous silicon cells into power modules. The effort is being coordinated with SERI's thin film cell research activities as part of DOE's Amorphous Silicon Program. Program concentration is on temperature humidity reliability research, glass breaking strength research, point defect system analysis, hot spot heating assessment, and electrical measurements technology.

  4. Electron-beam-evaporated thin films of hafnium dioxide for fabricating electronic devices

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    Xiao, Zhigang; Kisslinger, Kim

    2015-06-17

    Thin films of hafnium dioxide (HfO2) are widely used as the gate oxide in fabricating integrated circuits because of their high dielectric constants. In this paper, the authors report the growth of thin films of HfO2 using e-beam evaporation, and the fabrication of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuits using this HfO2 thin film as the gate oxide. The authors analyzed the thin films using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction, thereby demonstrating that the e-beam-evaporation-grown HfO2 film has a polycrystalline structure and forms an excellent interface with silicon. Accordingly, we fabricated 31-stage CMOS ring oscillator to test the quality of the HfO2 thin film as the gate oxide, and obtained excellent rail-to-rail oscillation waveforms from it, denoting that the HfO2 thin film functioned very well as the gate oxide.

  5. Electron-beam-evaporated thin films of hafnium dioxide for fabricating electronic devices

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    Xiao, Zhigang; Kisslinger, Kim

    2015-06-17

    Thin films of hafnium dioxide (HfO2) are widely used as the gate oxide in fabricating integrated circuits because of their high dielectric constants. In this paper, the authors report the growth of thin films of HfO2 using e-beam evaporation, and the fabrication of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuits using this HfO2 thin film as the gate oxide. The authors analyzed the thin films using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction, thereby demonstrating that the e-beam-evaporation-grown HfO2 film has a polycrystalline structure and forms an excellent interface with silicon. Accordingly, we fabricated 31-stage CMOS ring oscillator to test themore » quality of the HfO2 thin film as the gate oxide, and obtained excellent rail-to-rail oscillation waveforms from it, denoting that the HfO2 thin film functioned very well as the gate oxide.« less

  6. Nanomechanical and microstructural characterization of sputter deposited ZnO thin films

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    Bhardwaj, Vipul; Chowdhury, Rajib; Jayaganthan, R.

    2016-12-01

    The nano-mechanical properties of ZnO thin films deposited at different substrate temperature such as (RT) 25 °C, 100 °C, 200 °C, and 300 °C using DC-sputtering on Corning glass substrate were investigated. The ZnO thin films are found to be predominately c-axis (002) oriented. The crystal structure is sensitive to increasing substrate temperature and new set of crystal planes become visible at 300 °C as thin films become highly polycrystalline. The presence of (103) crystal plane is more pronounced with the increasing substrate temperature. However, high crystallinity and peak intensity ratio I(002)/I(103) (counts) is highest for thin films deposited at 100 °C, which is attributed for high hardness and better adhesive properties observed for ZnO thin films. Concomitantly, no major sudden burst of displacement 'pop-in' event in load-displacement curve of thin films observed during indentation, indicating the films are dense with low defects and adhered strongly to the substrate.

  7. Growth and surface characterization of sputter-deposited molybdenum oxide thin films

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    Ramana, Chintalapalle V.; Atuchin, Victor V.; Kesler, V. G.; Kochubey, V. A.; Pokrovsky, L. D.; Shutthanandan, V.; Becker, U.; Ewing, Rodney C.

    2007-04-15

    Molybdenum oxide thin films were produced by magnetron sputtering using a molybdenum (Mo) target. The sputtering was performed in a reactive atmosphere of argon-oxygen gas mixture under varying conditions of substrate temperature (Ts) and oxygen partial pressure (pO2). The effect of Ts and pO2 on the growth and microstructure of molybdenum oxide films was examined in detail using reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. The analyses indicate that the effect of Ts and pO2 on the microstructure and phase of the grown molybdenum oxide thin films is remarkable. RHEED and RBS results indicate that the films grown at 445 *C under 62.3% O2 pressure were stoichiometric and polycrystalline MoO3. Films grown at lower pO2 were nonstoichiometric MoOx films with the presence of secondary phase. The microstructure of the grown Mo oxide films is discussed and conditions were optimized to produce phase pure, stoichiometric, and highly textured polycrystalline MoO3 films.

  8. Thin wetting film lensless imaging

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    Allier, C. P.; Poher, V.; Coutard, J. G.; Hiernard, G.; Dinten, J. M.

    2011-03-01

    Lensless imaging has recently attracted a lot of attention as a compact, easy-to-use method to image or detect biological objects like cells, but failed at detecting micron size objects like bacteria that often do not scatter enough light. In order to detect single bacterium, we have developed a method based on a thin wetting film that produces a micro-lens effect. Compared with previously reported results, a large improvement in signal to noise ratio is obtained due to the presence of a micro-lens on top of each bacterium. In these conditions, standard CMOS sensors are able to detect single bacterium, e.g. E.coli, Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus thuringiensis, with a large signal to noise ratio. This paper presents our sensor optimization to enhance the SNR; improve the detection of sub-micron objects; and increase the imaging FOV, from 4.3 mm2 to 12 mm2 to 24 mm2, which allows the detection of bacteria contained in 0.5μl to 4μl to 10μl, respectively.

  9. Multiscale simulations of thin-film growth

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    Yu, Jianguo

    In this thesis, the results of multiscale simulations and theoretical calculations carried out in order to understand the morphology and evolution of the surface in thin-film growth are presented. In particular, this dissertation consists of two parts: multiscale simulations of 2D and 3D polycrystalline growth using simple models and multiscale simulations of metal epitaxial growth. In Part I, we first study the effects of shadowing on the surface morphology in sputter deposition using a simple model (ballistic deposition) of low-temperature thin-film growth in two-dimensions. The dynamical scaling behavior is studied as a function of the angular distribution of incoming particles and of the underlying lattice structure. Using a novel dynamical scaling form, results for the scaling of the surface fractal dimension are also presented. Our results indicate that, in addition to the usual self-affine universality class corresponding to vertical deposition, there exist at least two additional universality classes characterized by distinct values of the coarsening and roughening exponents describing the evolution of the lateral feature size and surface roughness with film thickness, as well as of the surface fractal dimension Df. An analysis which clarifies the relationship between the launch angle distribution used in the simulations and the flux distribution is also presented. In Part II, we carry out multiscale simulations of metal epitaxial growth, in order to understand the effects of short-range attraction during deposition on the surface morphology. Our molecular dynamics (MD) simulations indicate that even at normal incidence, the short-range attraction of depositing atoms to step-edges can significantly increase the selected mound angle and surface roughness for typical energies used in epitaxial growth. Our results also lead to a new picture of the process of deposition near step-edges which is quite different from the standard downward funneling picture

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocrystalline CdZnS Thin Films

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    Verma, Urvashi; Thakur, Vikas; Yadav, Preeti; Shrivastava, A. K.

    2011-07-01

    CdZnS thin films have been grown on the glass substrate using Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD) technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) studies were performed in order to investigate the structural, surface morphology and elemental composition properties of the films. X-ray diffraction studies show polycrystalline nature of CdZnS films. SEM micrographs show that the grains of CdZnS thin films possess flake like morphology or nanosheet morphology. It has also been observed that the doping concentration of Zn do not affect the morphology of CdZnS film. SEM studies also show that particle size decreases with annealing.

  11. Hall mobility of cuprous oxide thin films deposited by reactive direct-current magnetron sputtering

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, Yun Seog; Winkler, Mark T.; Siah, Sin Cheng; Brandt, Riley; Buonassisi, Tonio

    2011-05-09

    Cuprous oxide (Cu{sub 2}O) is a promising earth-abundant semiconductor for photovoltaic applications. We report Hall mobilities of polycrystalline Cu{sub 2}O thin films deposited by reactive dc magnetron sputtering. High substrate growth temperature enhances film grain structure and Hall mobility. Temperature-dependent Hall mobilities measured on these films are comparable to monocrystalline Cu{sub 2}O at temperatures above 250 K, reaching 62 cm{sup 2}/V s at room temperature. At lower temperatures, the Hall mobility appears limited by carrier scattering from ionized centers. These observations indicate that sputtered Cu{sub 2}O films at high substrate growth temperature may be suitable for thin-film photovoltaic applications.

  12. Compositional dependence of Pb(Mg1/3,Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 piezoelectric thin films by combinatorial sputtering

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    Kurokawa, Fumiya; Tsujiura, Yuichi; Hida, Hirotaka; Kanno, Isaku

    2014-09-01

    We evaluated the compositional dependence of Pb(Mg1/3,Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) polycrystalline thin films by combinatorial sputtering. We prepared compositional gradient (1 - x)PMN-xPT polycrystalline thin films with preferential orientation along the <001> direction in the composition range of x = 0-0.62. We determined that the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) composition of PMN-PT polycrystalline thin film existed at around x = 0.35, from the X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The maximum value of relative dielectric constants (ɛr = 1498) was obtained at approximately x = 0.23. On the other hand, the piezoelectric coefficients (|e31,f| = 14.1 C/m2) peaked at the determined MPB composition of x = 0.35. From the results of the compositional dependence of dielectric and piezoelectric characteristics, the FOM (e_{31,\\text{f}}^{2}/\\varepsilon _{0}\\varepsilon _{\\text{r}}) of the PMN-PT (x = 0.35) thin film reached 21 GPa, which is much higher than that of the other polycrystalline piezoelectric thin films. These results suggest that PMN-PT (x = 0.35) thin film is a promising material for high-efficiency piezoelectric MEMS energy harvesters.

  13. Carbon Nanotube Thin-Film Antennas.

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    Puchades, Ivan; Rossi, Jamie E; Cress, Cory D; Naglich, Eric; Landi, Brian J

    2016-08-17

    Multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) and single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) dipole antennas have been successfully designed, fabricated, and tested. Antennas of varying lengths were fabricated using flexible bulk MWCNT sheet material and evaluated to confirm the validity of a full-wave antenna design equation. The ∼20× improvement in electrical conductivity provided by chemically doped SWCNT thin films over MWCNT sheets presents an opportunity for the fabrication of thin-film antennas, leading to potentially simplified system integration and optical transparency. The resonance characteristics of a fabricated chlorosulfonic acid-doped SWCNT thin-film antenna demonstrate the feasibility of the technology and indicate that when the sheet resistance of the thin film is >40 ohm/sq no power is absorbed by the antenna and that a sheet resistance of <10 ohm/sq is needed to achieve a 10 dB return loss in the unbalanced antenna. The dependence of the return loss performance on the SWCNT sheet resistance is consistent with unbalanced metal, metal oxide, and other CNT-based thin-film antennas, and it provides a framework for which other thin-film antennas can be designed.

  14. Printable CIGS thin film solar cells

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    Fan, Xiaojuan

    2013-03-01

    Among the various thin film solar cells in the market, CuInGaSe thin film solar cells have been considered as the most promising alternatives to crystalline silicon solar cells because of their high photo-electricity conversion efficiency, reliability, and stability. However, many fabrication methods of CIGS thin film are based on vacuum processes such as evaporation and sputtering techniques which are not cost efficient. This work develops a solution method using paste or ink liquid spin-coated on glass that would be competitive to conventional ways in terms of cost effective, non-vacuum needed, and quick processing. A mixture precursor was prepared by dissolving appropriate amounts of composition chemicals. After the mixture solution was cooled, a viscous paste was prepared and ready for spin-coating process. A slight bluish CIG thin film on substrate was then put in a tube furnace with evaporation of metal Se followed by depositing CdS layer and ZnO nanoparticle thin film coating to complete a solar cell fabrication. Structure, absorption spectrum, and photo-electricity conversion efficiency for the as-grown CIGS thin film solar cell are under study.

  15. Printable CIGS thin film solar cells

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    Fan, Xiaojuan

    2014-03-01

    Among the various thin film solar cells in the market, CuInGaSe thin film cells have been considered as the most promising alternatives to silicon solar cells because of their high photo-electricity efficiency, reliability, and stability. However, many fabrication of CIGS thin film are based on vacuum processes such as evaporation sputtering techniques which are not cost efficient. This work develops a method using paste or ink liquid spin-coated on glass that would be to conventional ways in terms of cost effective, non-vacuum needed, quick processing. A mixture precursor was prepared by dissolving appropriate amounts of chemicals. After the mixture solution was cooled, a viscous paste prepared and ready for spin-coating process. A slight bluish CIG thin film substrate was then put in a tube furnace with evaporation of metal Se by depositing CdS layer and ZnO nanoparticle thin film coating to a solar cell fabrication. Structure, absorption spectrum, and photo-conversion efficiency for the as-grown CIGS thin film solar cell under study.

  16. Using different chemical methods for deposition of copper selenide thin films and comparison of their characterization.

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    Güzeldir, Betül; Sağlam, Mustafa

    2015-11-05

    Different chemical methods such as Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR), spin coating and spray pyrolysis methods were used to deposite of copper selenide thin films on the glass substrates. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) spectroscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry. The XRD and SEM studies showed that all the films exhibit polycrystalline nature and crystallinity of copper selenide thin films prepared with spray pyrolysis greater than spin coating and SILAR methods. From SEM and AFM images, it was observed copper selenide films were uniform on the glass substrates without any visible cracks or pores. The EDX spectra showed that the expected elements exist in the thin films. Optical absorption studies showed that the band gaps of copper selenide thin films were in the range 2.84-2.93 eV depending on different chemical methods. The refractive index (n), optical static and high frequency dielectric constants (ε0, ε∞) values were calculated by using the energy bandgap values for each deposition method. The obtained results from different chemical methods revealed that the spray pyrolysis technique is the best chemical deposition method to fabricate copper selenide thin films. This absolute advantage was lead to play key roles on performance and efficiency electrochromic and photovoltaic devices.

  17. Fabrication of CIGS thin films by using spray pyrolysis and post-selenization

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    Kim, Seong Yeon; Kim, JunHo

    2012-06-01

    We fabricated Cu(In1- x Ga x )Se2 ( x: 0 ˜ 0.4) thin films by using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis and post-selenization. First, we made Cu(In1- x Ga x )S2 ( x: 0 ˜ 0.4) films by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis under an air environment. Then, we converted as-sprayed Cu(In1- x Ga x )S2 (CIGS) films to Cu-(In1- x Ga x )Se2 (CIGSe) films through post-selenization. For all Ga fractions, the sprayed CIGS films were well recrystallized into poly-crystalline CIGSe films with a dominant (112) texture, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analyses. This result indicates that CIGSe films with any amount of Ga substitution can be made by converting sprayed CIGS to CIGSe with post-selenization.

  18. Photophysical properties of Alq3 thin films

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    Zawadzka, A.; Płóciennik, P.; Strzelecki, J.; Łukasiak, Z.; Sahraoui, B.

    2013-11-01

    This work contains investigation results of the photophysical properties of aluminum (III) tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) thin films. The Alq3 thin films were successfully fabricated by Physical Vapor Deposition technique. The films were grown on transparent: (quartz and glass) and semiconductor (n-type silica) substrates kept at room temperature during the deposition process. Selected films were annealed after fabrication in ambient atmosphere for 12 h at the temperature equal to 100 °C and 150 °C. Morphology of the films was investigated by AFM technique. Photophysical properties were characterized via photoluminescence, transmission, second and third harmonic generation measurements. The thin films exhibit high structural quality regardless of the annealing process, but the stability of the film can be improved by using an appropriate temperature during the annealing process. Photoluminescence of Alq3 films obtained in air were efficient and stable. The measurements of transmission, SHG and THG spectra allowed us to determine optical constant of the films. We find that the photophysical properties were strictly connected with the morphology and the annealing process significantly changes the structural properties of the films.

  19. Thin-Film Nanocapacitor and Its Characterization

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    Hunter, David N.; Pickering, Shawn L.; Jia, Dongdong

    2007-01-01

    An undergraduate thin-film nanotechnology laboratory was designed. Nanocapacitors were fabricated on silicon substrates by sputter deposition. A mask was designed to form the shape of the capacitor and its electrodes. Thin metal layers of Au with a 80 nm thickness were deposited and used as two infinitely large parallel plates for a capacitor.…

  20. Optical characterization of copper indium gallium diselenide thin films

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    Hebert, Damon

    Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) and its alloys are the leading choice for thin film photovoltaic absorber layers due to their high performance in devices, low degradation, high optical absorption coefficient and high tolerance to off-stoichiometry and intrinsic defects. Film conductivity and recombination losses are controlled by intrinsic point defect concentrations, especially in the near-surface space-charge region of the heterojunction. Despite the amount of research already performed on CIGS alloys, their optoelectronic properties, defect chemistry and recombination mechanisms are still poorly understood. The focus of this dissertation is to optically characterize a selection of CIGS absorber layers fabricated by various techniques in order to better understand the radiative emission and defect physics. This work aims to identify the defects responsible for recombination and their relation to grain boundaries and band edge fluctuations, which limit device performance. This study used photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectroscopy, and cathodoluminescence (CL) to study radiative emissions from a variety of Cu-poor CIGS thin films. Three general types of CIGS films were analyzed. Polycrystalline layers deposited on Mo-coated soda lime glass, polycrystalline layers deposited on metal foil, and epitaxial films grown on (100) and (111) GaAs were analyzed in this work. This work concludes that the donor-acceptor pair recombination model used in most interpretations of CIGS emission should be replaced with a model that accounts for high compensation and band edge fluctuations, which is shown to be undoubtedly the case in Cu-poor CIGS. Within this model, the most commonly observed emissions were explained as free-to-bound types, specifically iii band-to-impurity (BI) and tail-to-impurity (TI) types. Band tail width was measured by PLE. A correlation was established between band tail width and device efficiency. CIGS absorber layers that

  1. Thin films, asphaltenes, and reservoir wettability

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    Kaminsky, R.; Bergeron, V.; Radke, C.J. |

    1993-04-01

    Reservoir wettability impacts the success of oil recovery by waterflooding and other methods. To understand wettability and its alteration, thin-film forces in solid-aqueous-oil systems must be elucidated. Upon rupture of thick aqueous films separating the oil and rock phases, asphaltene components in the crude oil adsorb irreversibly on the solid surface, changing it from water-wet to oil-wet. Conditions of wettability alteration can be found by performing adhesion tests, in which an oil droplet is brought into contact with a solid surface. Exceeding a critical capillary pressure destabilizes the film, causing spontaneous film rupture to a molecularly adsorbed layer and oil adhesion accompanied by pinning at the three-phase contact line. The authors conduct adhesion experiments similar to those of Buckley and Morrow and simultaneously examine the state of the underlying thin film using optical microscopy and microinterferometry. Aqueous thin films between an asphaltic Orcutt crude oil and glass surfaces are studied as a function of aqueous pH and salinity. For the first time, they prove experimentally that strongly water-wet to strongly oil-wet wettability alteration and contact-angle pinning occur when thick aqueous films thin to molecularly adsorbed films and when the oil phase contains asphaltene molecules.

  2. Thin transparent films formed from powdered glass

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1965-01-01

    Glass film less than five mils thick is formed from powdered glass dispersed in an organic liquid, deposited on a substrate, and fused into place. The thin films can be cut and shaped for contact lenses, optical filters and insulating layers.

  3. Steps in Cu(111) thin films affect graphene growth kinetics

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    Miller, David L.; Gannett, Will; Keller, Mark W.

    2014-03-01

    The kinetics of chemical vapor deposition of graphene on Cu substrates depend on the relative rates of C diffusion on the surface, C attachment to graphene islands, and removal of C from the surface or from graphene islands by etching processes involving H atoms. Using Cu(111) thin films with centimeter-sized grains, we have grown graphene under a variety of conditions and examined the edges of graphene islands with SEM and AFM. The Cu surface shows a series of regular steps, roughly 2 nm in height, and the graphene islands are diamond-shaped with faster growth along the edges of Cu steps. In contrast, growth on polycrystalline Cu foils under the same conditions shows hexagonal graphene islands with smooth edges.

  4. Adhesion and friction of thin metal films

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    Buckley, D. H.

    1976-01-01

    Sliding friction experiments were conducted in vacuum with thin films of titanium, chromium, iron, and platinum sputter deposited on quartz or mica substrates. A single crystal hemispherically tipped gold slider was used in contact with the films at loads of 1.0 to 30.0 and at a sliding velocity of 0.7 mm/min at 23 C. Test results indicate that the friction coefficient is dependent on the adhesion of two interfaces, that between the film and its substrate and the slider and the film. There exists a relationship between the percent d bond character of metals in bulk and in thin film form and the friction coefficient. Oxygen can increase adhesive bonding of a metal film (platinum) to a substrate.

  5. Plasma deposition of organic thin films: Control of film chemistry

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    Ratner, B.D.

    1993-12-31

    Plasma deposition of thin, polymeric films represent a versatile surface modification technology. Although these thin films are exploited for many applications, complaints heard about plasma deposited films are that their structures are uncharacterizable, that organic functionality is lost in their production and that reproducibility is difficult. Recently, new methods for film production, reactor control and surface characterization have led to well characterized plasma deposited thin polymeric films (PDTPF) with defined structure and organic functionality. Such PDTPF often closely resemble conventionally prepared homopolymers. Methods that can be used to control the chemistry of PDTPF are the minimization of the plasma power, pulsing the RF field to reduce the {open_quotes}plasma on{close_quotes} time, use of a Faraday cage to reduce electron bombardment, positioning the sample downfield from the glow zone, the use of monomers containing polymerizable double bonds and the use of a cold substrate to condense vapor simultaneously with plasma deposition.

  6. Fabrication of high-quality single-crystal Cu thin films using radio-frequency sputtering

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    Lee, Seunghun; Kim, Ji Young; Lee, Tae-Woo; Kim, Won-Kyung; Kim, Bum-Su; Park, Ji Hun; Bae, Jong-Seong; Cho, Yong Chan; Kim, Jungdae; Oh, Min-Wook; Hwang, Cheol Seong; Jeong, Se-Young

    2014-01-01

    Copper (Cu) thin films have been widely used as electrodes and interconnection wires in integrated electronic circuits, and more recently as substrates for the synthesis of graphene. However, the ultra-high vacuum processes required for high-quality Cu film fabrication, such as molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), restricts mass production with low cost. In this work, we demonstrated high-quality Cu thin films using a single-crystal Cu target and radio-frequency (RF) sputtering technique; the resulting film quality was comparable to that produced using MBE, even under unfavorable conditions for pure Cu film growth. The Cu thin film was epitaxially grown on an Al2O3 (sapphire) (0001) substrate, and had high crystalline orientation along the (111) direction. Despite the 10−3 Pa vacuum conditions, the resulting thin film was oxygen free due to the high chemical stability of the sputtered specimen from a single-crystal target; moreover, the deposited film had >5× higher adhesion force than that produced using a polycrystalline target. This fabrication method enabled Cu films to be obtained using a simple, manufacturing-friendly process on a large-area substrate, making our findings relevant for industrial applications. PMID:25169804

  7. Flexible Thin Metal Film Thermal Sensing System

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    Thomsen, Donald Laurence (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A flexible thin metal film thermal sensing system is provided. A thermally-conductive film made from a thermally-insulating material is doped with thermally-conductive material. At least one layer of electrically-conductive metal is deposited directly onto a surface of the thermally-conductive film. One or more devices are coupled to the layer(s) to measure an electrical characteristic associated therewith as an indication of temperature.

  8. Two wavelength Mueller matrix reconstruction of blood plasma films polycrystalline structure in diagnostics of breast cancer.

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    Ushenko, V A; Dubolazov, O V; Karachevtsev, A O

    2014-04-01

    The model of a Mueller matrix description of mechanisms of optical anisotropy typical for polycrystalline films of blood plasma--optical activity, birefringence, as well as linear and circular dichroism--is suggested. On this basis, the algorithms of reconstruction of parameters distribution (polarization plane rotations, phase shifts, coefficients of linear and circular dichroism) of the indicated types of anisotropy were found for different spectrally selective ranges. Within the statistical analysis of such distributions, the objective criteria of differentiation of films of blood plasma taken from healthy women and breast cancer patients were determined. From the point of view of probative medicine, the operational characteristics (sensitivity, specificity and accuracy) of the method of Mueller matrix reconstruction of optical anisotropy parameters were found, and its efficiency in diagnostics of breast cancer was demonstrated.

  9. Thin-film rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Dudney, N.J.; Bates, J.B.; Lubben, D.

    1995-06-01

    Thin-film rechargeable lithium batteries using ceramic electrolyte and cathode materials have been fabricated by physical deposition techniques. The lithium phosphorous oxynitride electrolyte has exceptional electrochemical stability and a good lithium conductivity. The lithium insertion reaction of several different intercalation materials, amorphous V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, amorphous LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and crystalline LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} films, have been investigated using the completed cathode/electrolyte/lithium thin-film battery.

  10. Elastohydrodynamic studies using thin film transducers

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    Safa, M. M. A.; MacPherson, P. B.

    1984-01-01

    Thin film microtransducers for application to the study of the variation of pressure, temperature, and oil film thickness in an elastohydrodynamically lubricated, nominal line contact were developed. Fabrication techniques were improved to enhance the useful life. Techniques to achieve higher resolution by reducing sensor size and improving the signal monitoring circuitry were developed. Material properties in thin film form used in fabricating the sensors were examined. Possible sources of errors in interpreting the results obtained from these devices were studied. Results under various operating conditions were compared with theoretical and experimental results, and reasonably good agreement is found.

  11. Thin-film Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

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    Dudney, N. J.; Bates, J. B.; Lubben, D.

    1995-06-01

    Thin film rechargeable lithium batteries using ceramic electrolyte and cathode materials have been fabricated by physical deposition techniques. The lithium phosphorous oxynitride electrolyte has exceptional electrochemical stability and a good lithium conductivity. The lithium insertion reaction of several different intercalation materials, amorphous V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, amorphous LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and crystalline LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} films, have been investigated using the completed cathode/electrolyte/lithium thin film battery.

  12. Glassy dynamics in thin films of polystyrene

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    Fukao, Koji; Koizumi, Hiroki

    2008-02-01

    Glassy dynamics was investigated for thin films of atactic polystyrene by complex electric capacitance measurements using dielectric relaxation spectroscopy. During the isothermal aging process the real part of the electric capacitance increased with time, whereas the imaginary part decreased with time. It follows that the aging time dependences of real and imaginary parts of the electric capacitance were primarily associated with change in volume (film thickness) and dielectric permittivity, respectively. Further, dielectric permittivity showed memory and rejuvenation effects in a similar manner to those observed for poly(methyl methacrylate) thin films. On the other hand, volume did not show a strong rejuvenation effect.

  13. High-performance poly-Si thin film transistors with highly biaxially oriented poly-Si thin films using double line beam continuous-wave laser lateral crystallization

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    Yamano, Masayuki; Kuroki, Shin-Ichiro; Sato, Tadashi; Kotani, Koji

    2014-01-01

    Highly biaxially oriented poly-Si thin films were formed by double-line beam continuous-wave laser lateral crystallization (DLB-CLC). The crystallinities of the DLB-CLC poly-Si thin films were (110), (111), and (211) for the laser scan, transverse, and surface directions, respectively, and an energetically stable Σ3 grain boundary was observed to be dominant. All silicon grains were elongated in the laser scan direction and one-dimensionally very large silicon grains with lengths of more than 100 µm were fabricated. Using these biaxially oriented polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) films, low-temperature poly-Si TFTs (LTPS-TFTs) were fabricated at low temperatures (≦550 °C) by a metal gate self-aligned process. As a result, a TFT with a high electron field effect mobility of μFE = 450 cm2 V-1 s-1 in a linear region was realized.

  14. Thin film processing of photorefractive BaTiO3

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    Schuster, Paul R.

    1993-01-01

    During the period covered by this report, October 11, 1991 through October 10, 1992, the research has progressed in a number of different areas. The sol-gel technique was initially studied and experimentally evaluated for depositing films of BaTiO3. The difficulties with the precursors and the poor quality of the films deposited lead to the investigation of pulsed laser deposition as an alternative approach. The development of the pulsed laser deposition technique has resulted in continuous improvements to the quality of deposited films of BaTiO3. The initial depositions of BaTiO3 resulted in amorphous films, however, as the pulsed laser deposition technique continued to evolve, films were deposited in the polycrystalline state, then the textured polycrystalline state, and most recently heteroepitaxial films have also been successfully deposited on cubic (100) oriented SrTiO3 substrates. A technique for poling samples at room temperature and in air is also undergoing development with some very preliminary but positive results. The analytical techniques, which include x-ray diffraction, ferroelectric analysis, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy with x-ray compositional analysis, optical and polarized light microscopy, and surface profilometry have been enhanced to allow for more detailed evaluation of the samples. In the area of optical characterization, a pulsed Nd:YAG laser has been incorporated into the experimental configuration. Now data can also be acquired within various temporal domains resulting in more detailed information on the optical response of the samples and on their photorefractive sensitivity. The recent establishment of collaborative efforts with two departments at Johns Hopkins University and the Army Research Lab at Fort Belvoir has also produced preliminary results using the metallo-organic decomposition technique as an alternative method for thin film processing of BaTiO3. RF and DC sputtering is another film deposition

  15. Thin Ice Films at Mineral Surfaces.

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    Yeşilbaş, Merve; Boily, Jean-François

    2016-07-21

    Ice films formed at mineral surfaces are of widespread occurrence in nature and are involved in numerous atmospheric and terrestrial processes. In this study, we studied thin ice films at surfaces of 19 synthetic and natural mineral samples of varied structure and composition. These thin films were formed by sublimation of thicker hexagonal ice overlayers mostly produced by freezing wet pastes of mineral particles at -10 and -50 °C. Vibration spectroscopy revealed that thin ice films contained smaller populations of strongly hydrogen-bonded water molecules than in hexagonal ice and liquid water. Thin ice films at the surfaces of the majority of minerals considered in this work [i.e., metal (oxy)(hydr)oxides, phyllosilicates, silicates, volcanic ash, Arizona Test Dust] produced intense O-H stretching bands at ∼3400 cm(-1), attenuated bands at ∼3200 cm(-1), and liquid-water-like bending band at ∼1640 cm(-1) irrespective of structure and composition. Illite, a nonexpandable phyllosilicate, is the only mineral that stabilized a form of ice that was strongly resilient to sublimation in temperatures as low as -50 °C. As mineral-bound thin ice films are the substrates upon which ice grows from water vapor or aqueous solutions, this study provides new constraints from which their natural occurrences can be understood.

  16. Thin film absorber for a solar collector

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    Wilhelm, William G.

    1985-01-01

    This invention pertains to energy absorbers for solar collectors, and more particularly to high performance thin film absorbers. The solar collectors comprising the absorber of this invention overcome several problems seen in current systems, such as excessive hardware, high cost and unreliability. In the preferred form, the apparatus features a substantially rigid planar frame with a thin film window bonded to one planar side of the frame. An absorber in accordance with the present invention is comprised of two thin film layers that are sealed perimetrically. In a preferred embodiment, thin film layers are formed from a metal/plastic laminate. The layers define a fluid-tight planar envelope of large surface area to volume through which a heat transfer fluid flows. The absorber is bonded to the other planar side of the frame. The thin film construction of the absorber assures substantially full envelope wetting and thus good efficiency. The window and absorber films stress the frame adding to the overall strength of the collector.

  17. Carrier lifetimes in thin-film photovoltaics

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    Baek, Dohyun

    2015-09-01

    The carrier lifetimes in thin-film solar cells are reviewed and discussed. Shockley-Read-Hall recombination is dominant at low carrier density, Auger recombination is dominant under a high injection condition and high carrier density, and surface recombination is dominant under any conditions. Because the surface photovoltage technique is insensitive to the surface condition, it is useful for bulk lifetime measurements. The photoconductance decay technique measures the effective recombination lifetime. The time-resolved photoluminescence technique is very useful for measuring thin-film semiconductor or solar-cell materials lifetime, because the sample is thin, other techniques are not suitable for measuring the lifetime. Many papers have provided time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) lifetimes for copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) and CdTe thin-film solar cell. The TRPL lifetime strongly depends on open-circuit voltage and conversion efficiency; however, the TRPL life time is insensitive to the short-circuit current.

  18. Paper-Thin Plastic Film Soaks Up Sun to Create Solar Energy

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2006-01-01

    A non-crystallized silicon known as amorphous silicon is the semiconductor material most frequently chosen for deposition, because it is a strong absorber of light. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, amorphous silicon absorbs solar radiation 40 times more efficiently than single-crystal silicon, and a thin film only about 1-micrometer (one one-millionth of a meter) thick containing amorphous silicon can absorb 90 percent of the usable light energy shining on it. Peak efficiency and significant reduction in the use of semiconductor and thin film materials translate directly into time and money savings for manufacturers. Thanks in part to NASA, thin film solar cells derived from amorphous silicon are gaining more and more attention in a market that has otherwise been dominated by mono- and poly-crystalline silicon cells for years. At Glenn Research Center, the Photovoltaic & Space Environments Branch conducts research focused on developing this type of thin film solar cell for space applications. Placing solar cells on thin film materials provides NASA with an attractively priced solution to fabricating other types of solar cells, given that thin film solar cells require significantly less semiconductor material to generate power. Using the super-lightweight solar materials also affords NASA the opportunity to cut down on payload weight during vehicle launches, as well as the weight of spacecraft being sent into orbit.

  19. Coalescence and percolation in thin metal films

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    Yu, X.; Duxbury, P. M.; Jeffers, G.; Dubson, M. A.

    1991-12-01

    Metals thermally evaporated onto warm insulating substrates evolve to the thin-film state via the morphological sequence: compact islands, elongated islands, percolation, hole filling, and finally the thin-film state. The coverage at which the metal percolates (pc) is often considerably higher than that predicted by percolation models, such as inverse swiss cheese or lattice percolation. Using a simple continuum model, we show that high-pc's arise naturally in thin films that exhibit a crossover from full coalescence of islands at early stages of growth to partial coalescence at later stages. In this interrupted-coalescence model, full coalescence of islands occurs up to a critical island radius Rc, after which islands overlap, but do not fully coalesce. We present the morphology of films and the critical area coverages generated by this model.

  20. Method for making thin polypropylene film

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    Behymer, R.D.; Scholten, J.A.

    1985-11-21

    An economical method is provided for making uniform thickness polypropylene film as thin as 100 Angstroms. A solution of polypropylene dissolved in xylene is formed by mixing granular polypropylene and xylene together in a flask at an elevated temperature. A substrate, such as a glass plate or microscope slide is immersed in the solution. When the glass plate is withdrawn from the solution at a uniform rate, a thin polypropylene film forms on a flat surface area of the glass plate as the result of xylene evaporation. The actual thickness of the polypropylene film is functional of the polypropylene in xylene solution concentration, and the particular withdrawal rate of the glass plate from the solution. After formation, the thin polypropylene film is floated from the glass plate onto the surface of water, from which it is picked up with a wire hoop.