Investigation of the properties of nanostructured nickel oxide NiO thin films irradiated at different γ-doses

  • Faycal ChandoulEmail author
  • Hatem Moussa
  • Karima Jouini
  • Abdelwaheb Boukhachem
  • Faouzi Hosni
  • Mohamed Slim Fayache
  • Raphaël Schneider


Nanostructured thin films of Nickel oxide NiO were synthesized using spray coating method. The samples were irradiated at different γ-doses by Co-60 radioisotope. The obtained films were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, UV–visible spectrophotometry, Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and FT-IR. The experimental results demonstrated that the irradiation of NiO led to significant changes. XRD and Raman spectroscopy demonstrate that the as-deposited NiO samples show a cubic structure with (111) preferred orientation common at all gamma radiation doses. The optical energy gaps of the samples were found to decrease when increasing the γ ray dose, the Eg value decreases from 3.84 eV for as deposited NiO thin film to 3.60 eV for sample irradiated at 50 kGy. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of sprayed NiO films shows the high porosity and the presence of microcavities in surface of films.



This work was financially supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tunisia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of TunisUniversity of Tunis El ManarTunisTunisia
  2. 2.Laboratory on Energy and Matter for Nuclear Sciences DevelopmentCNSTNSidi-ThabetTunisia
  3. 3.Unity of Physics of Semiconductor Devices (UPDS)Faculty of Sciences of TunisTunisTunisia
  4. 4.Laboratoire Réactions et Génie des Procédés, LRGP, UMR 7274, CNRSUniversité de LorraineNancy CedexFrance

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