Photoelectrochemistry of Anodic Films on Metal Electrodes
This chapter considers the generation of photocurrents in thin films on metal electrodes and reviews the application of photocurrent spectroscopy as an in-situ technique for studying metal surfaces covered with thin insulating or semiconducting layers. The conditions under which the collection efficiency for photogenerated carriers approaches unity are discussed, and it is shown that photocurrent spectra can be analysed to give absorption spectra and film thickness as well as information about the contact between film and substrate. Experimental examples of the quantitative application of photocurrent spectroscopy are described in order to illustrate the main features of the quantitative analysis.
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