Enhanced SWIR absorption in chemical bath deposited PbS thin films alloyed with thorium and oxygen

Tzvi Templeman, Michael Shandalov, Eyal Yahel, Vladimir Ezersky, Gabby Sarusi, Yuval Golan

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Abstract

We report on chemically deposited thin films of PbS alloyed with thorium. Control over the thorium content in the films was achieved by lowering the solution pH and compensating by adding tri sodium citrate as a co-complexant. Homogeneous distribution of thorium was achieved, accompanied by substantial oxygen content, up to concentrations of 9 at% thorium and 20 at% oxygen. Regardless of these relatively high concentrations, a single phase of alloyed PbS was found in X-ray and electron diffraction, indicating complete solubility of the species within the lattice. Physical properties such as the optical band gap and transmission spectra showed a strong dependence on thorium content due to chemical variations and size dependent quantum confinement. This new system is a promising candidate for electro-optic applications due to ease of band-gap tuning and enhanced optical absorption in the short wave infrared (SWIR) range.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88077-88084
Number of pages8
JournalRSC Advances
Volume6
Issue number91
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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