12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Minimization of optically active structural defects in MOCVD grown ZnO films using oxygen and NO

13 Jul 2011, 17:00


Poster Presentation Track A - Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science Poster1


Dr Kouadio Julien Dangbegnon (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)


The optical and structural properties of ZnO grown with a mixture of oxygen and nitric oxide as oxidants are investigated. With R defined as the ratio of oxygen to nitric oxide molar flow rates, samples grown with R ≥ 1 (i.e. a higher low rate of oxygen compared to nitric oxide) reveal a 3D growth mode with columns perpendicular to the substrate, while for R < 1 a preferential 2D growth mode is observed. The low temperature photoluminescence studies show that the columnar growth observed for R ≥ 1 coincides with an increase in intensity of the transitions around 3.31 eV arising from structural defects whereas this emission is quenched for R < 1. The disappearance of the transition at 3.31 eV is followed by the emergence of a transition at ~3.356 eV, which is assigned to an acceptor bound exciton related to nitrogen. Furthermore, this transition is not visible in the oxygen-rich regime, due to the high density of structural defects in the samples. This work aims to show the importance in minimizing structural defects in order to achieve acceptor bound exciton emission in ZnO doped with nitrogen and possibly stable p-type ZnO.

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Primary author

Dr Kouadio Julien Dangbegnon (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)


Prof. Johannes Botha (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) Mr Kharouna Talla (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)

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