Effects of silver impurity on the structural, electrical, and optical properties of ZnO nanowires

Kyoungwon Kim, Pulak Chandra Debnath, Deuk Hee Lee, Sangsig Kim, Sang Yeol Lee

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1, 3, and 5 wt.% silver-doped ZnO (SZO) nanowires (NWs) are grown by hot-walled pulsed laser deposition. After silver-doping process, SZO NWs show some change behaviors, including structural, electrical, and optical properties. In case of structural property, the primary growth plane of SZO NWs is switched from (002) to (103) plane, and the electrical properties of SZO NWs are variously measured to be about 4.26 × 10 6, 1.34 × 10 6, and 3.04 × 10 5 Ω for 1, 3, and 5 SZO NWs, respectively. In other words, the electrical properties of SZO NWs depend on different Ag ratios resulting in controlling the carrier concentration. Finally, the optical properties of SZO NWs are investigated to confirm p-type semiconductor by observing the exciton bound to a neutral acceptor (A 0X). Also, Ag presence in ZnO NWs is directly detected by both X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. These results imply that Ag doping facilitates the possibility of changing the properties in ZnO NWs by the atomic substitution of Ag with Zn in the lattice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number552
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalNanoscale Research Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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