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Title: Disorder induced violet/blue luminescence in rf-deposited ZnO films
Author: Peres, M.
Magalhaes, S.
Soares, M. R.
Soares, M. J.
Rino, L.
Alves, E.
Lorenz, K.
Correia, M. R.
Lourenco, A. C.
Monteiro, T.
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: In this work ZnO thin films were deposited on different substrates, glass, silicon (100), and MgO (100) using rf-magnetron sputtering at low temperature in order to promote a large defect density, aiming to study a possible correlation with the observed violet/blue emission band. The peak position, width and low energy band shape asymmetry of the violet/blue band was found to be dependent on the deposition temperature and oxygen partial pressure. The structural analysis of deposited films reveals an epitaxial relationship for the a-oriented ZnO/MgO while for the c-oriented ZnO/Si no epitaxial relation was found with the substrate. The dependence of the violet/blue band on temperature displays always a shift of the peak position to lower energies, discarding the hypothesis of a free to bound transition. The sublinear dependence of the emission intensity with the excitation intensity suggests that the violet/blue bands on both samples could have a donor-acceptor pair nature. However, the unusually strong shift of the peak position to lower energies for the ZnO/MgO films and the emphasised asymmetric band shape for the ZnO/Si samples suggest that potential fluctuations in the electronic bands, due to disorder induced charged defects, could also be considered as an alternative recombination model for the violet/blue band. (C) 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH \& Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1002/pssc.201200873
ISSN: 1862-6351
Publisher Version: 10.1002/pssc.201200873
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