High ultraviolet transparent conducting electrodes formed using tantalum oxide/Ag multilayer

Tae Seop Song, Jin Woo Cho, Jong Ho Kim, Su Kyung Kim, Sun Kyung Kim, Tae Yeon Seong

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Abstract

We investigated the optical and electrical properties of Ta2O5/Ag/Ta2O5 films as functions of the thicknesses of the Ta2O5 and Ag layers. It was found that with an increase in the thicknesses of the Ta2O5 and Ag layers from 10 to 40 nm and from 12 to 24 nm, respectively, the sheet resistance, carrier concentration, electron mobility, and resistivity of the Ta2O5/Ag/Ta2O5 film varied from 2.02 to 8.95 Ω/sq, 5.74 × 1021 to 2.92 × 1022 cm–3, from 13.21 to 24.07 cm2/V·s, and from 8.89 × 10-6 to 8.24 × 10-5 Ω cm, respectively. The average transmittance (Tav) of the multilayer samples ranged from 57.18% to 93.99%, and it depended on the Ta2O5 and Ag layer thicknesses. The highest Tav of 93.99% was observed for the film with 35 nm thick Ta2O5 and 18 nm thick Ag layers, and the peak Haacke's figure of merit (157.04 × 10–3 Ω–1) was obtained for 20 nm thick Ta2O5 and 21 nm thick Ag layers. Ta2O5 (100 nm) and Ta2O5/Ag/Ta2O5 (20 nm/21 nm/20 nm) samples had optical bandgaps of 4.70 and 4.45 eV, respectively. Film Wizard simulations were conducted to understand the dependence of the transmittance of the multilayer on the thicknesses of the Ta2O5 and Ag layers, and phasor analyses were performed to determine how the transmittance of the Ta2O5/Ag/Ta2O5 (20 nm/21 nm/20 nm) film depended on the Ta2O5 layer's thickness.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCeramics International
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Oxide/metal/oxide multilayer
  • Phasor analysis
  • Ta2O5
  • Transparent conducting electrode
  • Ultraviolet transparency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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