Application of optical and luminescent techniques to the characterization of oxide thin films

Jianhua Hao, J. Gao

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The interaction between light and electrons in oxide compounds forms the basis for many interesting and practical effects, which are related to microstructure, energy band, traps, carrier transport and others. Thin films of oxides like WO3, Ga2O3, Y2O3and SrTiO3were investigated using various improved optical and luminescent techniques. The home-made systems for optical and luminescent measurements were described in detail. The facilities of photo-Hall and photoconductivity transients have been proven to be powerful tools in the studies, which allow us to perform photoinduced process and relaxation measurements over a wide time range from 10-8to 104s. Furthermore, we extended the measurement capabilities of the commercial luminoscope by using an interferometer system with optical fiber and illuminance meter instead of an optical microscope. The cathodoluminescent measurements can be performed at a relative high pressure (20-60 mTorr) compared to ultra-high-vacuum condition of most commercial products. Luminescent characterization was employed as a probe to study doping ions, oxygen vacancies, trap and/or exciton levels in oxide thin films. Our results suggest that various traps and/or excitons in thin films of WO3, Ga2O3and SrTiO3involve in the process of photoconductivity relaxation and emission.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5590-5593
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Characterization
  • Luminescence
  • Oxide thin films
  • Photoconductivity
  • Trap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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