Cathodoluminescent characteristics of undoped and fluor doped ZnO thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis

A. Bougrine1, M. Addou1*, A. El Hichou2, A. Kachouane1, J. Ebothé2, M. Lamrani1, L. Dghoughi1

1 Université Ibn Tofail, Lab. d' optoélectronique et de physico-chimie des matériaux,

Faculté des Sciences, B. P. 133, Kénitra, Maroc

2 Université de Reims, UFR Sciences, UTAP-LMET, UPRES EA 2061, 21 rue Clément Ader, 51685 Reims cedex 2, France

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Received : 07 May 2002; revised version accepted : 13 May 2003


Cathodoluminescence films of F-doped and undoped zinc oxide prepared by spray pyrolysis technique have been studied. The cathodoluminescence for F-doped zinc oxide is formed by broad three peaks at 382, 454 and at 672 nm at room temperature. Undoped films present the well-know blue green emission characteristic of ZnO. All deposited films are polycrystalline and have a hexagonal crystalline structure. The cathodoluminescence excitation spectra indicate that the luminescence intensity increase with increasing the voltage excitation and F-doped ZnO films have a good luminescence intensity. The optical absorption edge is independent of doping.

Keywords : Cathodoluminescence; Room temperature; ZnO; F-doped ZnO.

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