Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 48, Issue 18, pp 6386–6392 | Cite as

Nitrogen doping of ZnTe for the preparation of ZnTe/ZnO light-emitting diode

  • A. E. Rakhshani
  • S. Thomas


Nitrogen-doped p-type zinc telluride (p-ZnTe) films are prepared by sputtering in a mixture of nitrogen/argon plasma. The effect of doping level N (ratio of N2 flow rate to that for the mixed gas) in the range 0–10 % on the films properties is investigated. Heterojunction diodes are prepared on stainless steel flexible substrate from the p-ZnTe (doping level, N = 5 %) and solution-grown n-ZnO films. The junction parameters and light-emission properties of diodes are investigated. Doping level beyond N = 1 %, changes the cubic crystal structure of ZnTe to hexagonal and reduces the size of crystallites. At the doping level N = 2–4 %, films with the highest hole density of 2.5 × 1018 cm−3 and lowest band gap energy of 1.4 eV are obtained. The diodes junction built-in potential and the donor density in n-ZnO films are found to be in the range 0.4–0.7 V and 1.5 × 1017–1.4 × 1018 cm−3, respectively. Diodes exhibit electroluminescence in the UV and visible regions due to the band edge and defect emissions in ZnO.


Doping Level ZnTe Hole Density Dope Film Stainless Steel Foil 
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The authors thank the support of Kuwait University under the Research Project SP03/09 and the Science General Facility projects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics Department, Faculty of ScienceKuwait UniversitySafatKuwait

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