Structural and optical properties of zinc oxide thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis method

Gumus C. , Ozkendir O., Kavak H. , Ufuktepe Y.

JOURNAL OF OPTOELECTRONICS AND ADVANCED MATERIALS, vol.8, no.1, pp.299-303, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Page Numbers: pp.299-303


Polycrystalline ZnO thin films were deposited on a glass substrate by a spray pyrolysis technique using solution of zinc acetate and air as the carrier gas at 400 degrees C temperature. Optical constants such as refractive index n and extinction coefficient k, were determined from transmittance spectrum in the ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (UV-VIS-NIR) regions using envelope methods. The films were found to exhibit high transmittance (> 90 %), low absorbance and low reflectance in the visible regions. Absorption coefficient a, and the thickness of the film t were calculated from interference of transmittance spectra. The energy band gap, and the thickness of the films were evaluated as 3.27 eV and 0.31-0.52 Pm respectively. The crystallographic structure of these films was analyzed with x-ray diffractometer. The films were polycrystalline in nature with preferred (002) orientation perpendicular to substrate surface and the grain size estimated to be 40 nm. The extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) calculations above the K-edge of Zn in the ZnO thin film have been performed by using real-space multiple scattering of photoelectrons. For ZnO thin films, the values of the correlated mean square relative displacements of nearest-neighbor atoms derived from EXAFS spectra show good agreement with those measured from the x-ray diffraction experiments.