Exploring and Controlling Intrinsic Defect Formation in SnO2 Thin Films

Yoann Porte, Robert Maller, Hendrik Faber, Husam N. Alshareef, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Martyn McLachlan

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By investigating the influence of key growth variables on the measured structural and electrical properties of SnO2 prepared by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) we demonstrate fine control of intrinsic n-type defect formation. Variation of growth temperatures shows oxygen vacancies (VO) as the dominant defect which can be compensated for by thermal oxidation at temperatures > 500°C. As a consequence films with carrier concentrations in the range 1016-1019 cm-3 can be prepared by adjusting temperature alone. By altering the background oxygen pressure (PD) we observe a change in the dominant defect - from tin interstitials (Sni) at low PD (< 50 mTorr) to VO at higher oxygen pressures with similar ranges of carrier concentrations observed. Finally we demonstrate the importance of controlling the composition target surface used for PLD by exposing a target to > 100,000 laser pulses. Here carrier concentrations > 1x1020 cm-3 are observed that are attributed to high concentrations of Sni which cannot be completely compensated for by modifying the growth parameters.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)758-765
Number of pages8
JournalJ. Mater. Chem. C
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2016

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