Ezhil Raj, A.M. and Vijayalakshmi, K. and Selvan, G. and Jayachandran, M. and Sanjeeviraja, C. (2008) Influence of metal organic and inorganic precursors on spray pyrolyzed ceramic MgO (200) thin films for epitaxial over layers. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 354 (31). pp. 3773-3779. ISSN 0022-3093

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The MgO (200) surface is widely used as a substrate for epitaxial growth of superconducting and ferro-electric films. Highly oriented, single crystalline, extremely flat and transparent MgO films have been successfully deposited on quartz substrates by the chemical spray pyrolysis technique using economically viable metal organic and inorganic precursors under optimized conditions at the substrate temperature of 600 C. Thermal analysis (TGA/DTA) in the temperature range 30–600 C with the heating rate of 10 C/min revealed the decomposition behavior of the precursors and confirmed the suitable substrate temperature range for film processing. The heat of reaction, DH due to decomposition of metal organic precursor contributed additional heat energy to the substrate for better crystallization. The intensity of the (200) peak in X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and the smooth surface profiles revealed the dependency of precursor on film formation. The compositional purity and the metal–oxide bond formation were tested for all the films. UV–Vis–NIR optical absorption in the 200–1500 nm range revealed an optical transmittance above 80% and the absorption edge at about 238 nm corresponding to an optical band gap Eg = 5.25 eV. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) micrographs of MgO films confirmed better crystallinity with larger grain size (0.85 lm) and reduced surface roughness (26 nm), respectively.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heavy metal oxides; Atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopy; Scanning electron microscopy; FT-IR measurements; X-ray diffraction
Subjects: Electrochemical Materials Science
Depositing User: ttbdu cecri
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2012 10:58
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2012 10:58
URI: http://cecri.csircentral.net/id/eprint/352

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