Thickness effects on optical and photoelectric properties of PbSeTeO quaternary thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering

  • Xigui Sun
  • Kewei Gao
  • Xiaolu Pang
  • Huisheng Yang
  • Alex A. Volinsky


PbSeTeO quaternary thin films with different thickness were grown on Si(100) substrates by magnetron sputtering. The as-prepared thin films show face centered cubic crystal structure and the main diffraction peak varied from PbSe(220) to PbSe(200) with the film thickness due to the transition between the surface energy and the strain energy contributions to the growth mechanism. A red shift of the absorption edge from 2200 cm−1 (4.55 μm) to 1400 cm−1 (7.14 μm) with the film thickness was obtained, indicating that increasing the thickness is an effective method to expand the absorption range of the sputtered PbSeTeO quaternary thin films. The photoelectric sensitivity increased almost linearly with the film thickness. This is attributed to the decrease of the density of states (DOS) near the top of the valence band, the increase of DOS near the conduction band bottom and the narrowing of the optical band gap calculated by the generalized gradient approximation with the Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof exchange correlation functional formalism.


PbSe TeO2 SeO2 Physical Property Measurement System Photoelectric Property 
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This work was supported by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (51271022), the Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation (132001) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (FRF-TP-14-008A2). Alex Volinsky acknowledges support from the National Science Foundation under the IRES 1358088 Grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xigui Sun
    • 1
  • Kewei Gao
    • 1
  • Xiaolu Pang
    • 1
  • Huisheng Yang
    • 1
  • Alex A. Volinsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Materials Physics and ChemistryUniversity of Science and Technology BeijingBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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