Molecular beam epitaxy growth of high quality p-doped SnS van der Waals epitaxy on a graphene buffer layer

W. Wang, K. K. Leung, W. K. Fong, S. F. Wang, Y. Y. Hui, Shu Ping Lau, Z. Chen, L. J. Shi, C. B. Cao, C. Surya

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We report on the systematic investigation of optoelectronic properties of tin (IV) sulfide (SnS) van der Waals epitaxies (vdWEs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) technique. Energy band simulation using commercial CASTEP code indicates that SnS has an indirect bandgap of size 0.982 eV. Furthermore, our simulation shows that elemental Cu can be used as a p-type dopant for the material. Growth of high quality SnS thin films is accomplished by MBE technique using graphene as the buffer layer. We observed significant reduction in the rocking curve FWHM over the existing published values. Crystallite size in the range of 2-3 μm is observed which is also significantly better than the existing results. Measurement of the absorption coefficient, α, is performed using a Hitachi U-4100 Spectrophotometer system which demonstrate large values of α of the order of 104cm-1. Sharp cutoff in the values of α, as a function of energy, is observed for the films grown using a graphene buffer layer indicating low concentration of localized states in the bandgap. Cu-doping is achieved by co-evaporation technique. It is demonstrated that the hole concentration of the films can be controlled between 1016cm-3and 5 × 1017cm-3by varying the temperature of the Cu K-cell. Hole mobility as high as 81 cm2V-1s-1is observed for SnS films on grapheneGaAs(100) substrates. The improvements in the physical properties of the films are attributed to the unique layered structure and chemically saturated bonds at the surface for both SnS and the graphene buffer layer. Consequently, the interaction between the SnS thin films and the graphene buffer layer is dominated by van der Waals force and structural defects at the interface, such as dangling bonds or dislocations, are substantially reduced.
Original languageEnglish
Article number093520
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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