doi: 10.17586/2226-1494-2015-15-6-969-975


I. K. Meshkovsky, S. A. Plyastsov

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For citation: Meshkovskiy I.K., Plyastsov S.A. Photoelectric and photomagnetic response of indium-tin oxide films. Scientific and Technical Journal of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, 2015, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 969–975.

Subject of Research. The goal of the present research is investigation of photoelectric and photomagnetic response of ITO (indium-tin oxide) films under UV laser irradiation. Method. The ITO films were prepared by magnetron sputtering with the thickness equal to 300nm. The films were irradiated by UV laser light with 248 nm wavelength in laser pulse energy range from 10 mJ to 150 mJ by KrF excimer laser. Metallic electrodes were deposited on the films. Information about the films surface topography was obtained by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The film structure was investigated by X-ray diffraction. Main Results. It was shown that voltage appears between metallic contacts under the UV light effect. The electric current was observed through resistive load. The anisotropy of electric field producing photoelectric response was demonstrated for the first time. The appearance of magnetic field under the laser light irradiation was observed for the first time. The dependence of the response voltage on the laser pulse energy was linear over the whole measured energy range. The following physical mechanism was proposed for description of the observed phenomenon: electric voltage is associated with non-uniform distribution of the average crystallite size along the film surface, and, therefore, with mean free path of the charge carriers along the film surface. Photomagnetic response could be associated with collective behavior of the large number of charged particles, created due to high intensity laser irradiation. Practical Relevance. The phenomenon being studied could be applied for creation of new optoelectronic devices, for example, modulators, optical detectors, etc. Particularly, due to linear dependence of photoelectric response on the laser pulse energy, this phenomenon is attractive for manufacturing of simple and cheap excimer laser pulse energy detectors.

Keywords: ITO films, indium-tin oxide, anomalous photovoltaic effect, photomagnetic response

Acknowledgements. The authors express their gratitude to the Research Production Company “Polytekh” for fabrication of the ITO films for research. The authors thank Alexey Makhin for information about the deposition technology and fruitful discussion. Research was performed by the equipment of Shared Use Center «Material science and diagnostics for modern technologies» and supported by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation (Grant № 14.621.21.0007 id RFMEFI62114X0007)


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