Nehru, L.C. and Raj, A.M.E. and Jayachandran, M. and Sanjeeviraja, C. (2007) Spray pyrolysis deposition and characterization of highly (100) oriented magnesium oxide thin films. Crystal Research and Technology, 42 (9). 867 -875. ISSN 0232-1300

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Transparent dielectric thin films of MgO has been deposited on quartz substrates at different temperatures between 400 and 600°C by a pneumatic spray pyrolysis technique using Mg(CH3COO)2.4H2O as a single molecular precursor. The thermal behavior of the precursor magnesium acetate is described in the results of thermogravimetry analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The prepared films are reproducible, adherent to the substrate, pinhole free and uniform. Amongst the different spray process parameters, the substrate temperature effect has been optimized for obtaining single crystalline and transparent MgO thin films. The films crystallize in a cubic structure and X-ray diffraction measurements have shown that the polycrystalline MgO films prepared at 500°C with (100) and (110) orientations are changed to (100) preferred orientation at 600°C. The MgO phase formation was also confirmed with the recorded Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) results. The films deposited at 600°C exhibited highest optical transmittivity (>80%) and the direct band gap energy was found to vary from 4.50 to 5.25 eV with a rise in substrate temperature from 500 to 600°C. The measured sheet resistance and the resistivity of the film prepared at 600°C were respectively 1013Ω/□ and 2.06x107Ω cm. The surface morphology of the prepared MgO thin films was examined by atomic force microscopy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: thin films; dielectric; magnesium oxide
Subjects: Electrochemical Materials Science
Depositing User: ttbdar CECRI
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2012 09:23
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2012 09:23

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