The Microstructure Effecton the Electrical and Optical Properties of Undoped and Sr-doped SmCoO₃ Thin Films
In this study, the optical and electrical properties of undoped and Sr-doped SmCoO3 (Sm0.5Sr0.5CoO3) thin films were investigated. Dense, transparent films with the thickness of 80-110 nm were prepared on sapphire substrates using a polymeric precursor spin coating technique. Films were annealed from 500 to 800 °C to alter their microstructure, and the onset of crystallization (perovskite structure) was observed for the 600 °C annealing temperature. the electrical conductivity of SmCoO3 and Sm0.5Sr0.5CoO3 thin films was measured as a function of temperature. the effect of Sr dopant turned out to increase conductivity by two orders of magnitude and decrease the activation energy. the results of optical measurements showed that the shape of the optical spectra changed as the structure changed from amorphous to crystalline. the comparison of electrical and optical measurements suggested that this absorption could be related to the charge carrier concentration.
T. Suzuki et al., "The Microstructure Effecton the Electrical and Optical Properties of Undoped and Sr-doped SmCoO₃ Thin Films," Solid State Ionics, Elsevier Inc., Jan 2004.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssi.2003.12.041
Materials Science and Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Absorption Coefficient; Electrical Conductivity; Optical Property; Perovskite; Thin Film
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