No. 1 Optical, Electrical Properties and Surface Morphology of Thermal Evaporated Zinc Telluride (ZnTe) Thin Films for Photovoltaic Applications Manuscript Received: 2 February 2021, Accepted: 18 April 2022, Published: 15 September 2022, ORCiD: 0000-0002-8288-9100

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Rasaq Ayinla Babatunde
Rasaki Kola Odunaike

Abstract

ZnTe bilayer thin films were deposited onto soda-lime glass by a thermal vacuum evaporation technique using the NANO 36 thermal evaporator under a vacuum pressure of 2.9 x 10-5 torr. The optical characteristics of the film were measured using an AVANTEX UV spectrophotometer in the wavelength range from 239.534 nm to 999.495 nm. Also, the electrical characteristics of the thin films were investigated using KEITHLEY four-point probe techniques. The investigation of the optical properties of the thin films as-deposited and annealed at different temperatures showed high transmission in the NIR region with good absorption in the visible and UV regions. The extrapolated band gap energies were 2.60 eV and 3.20 eV for annealed and as-deposited samples, respectively. electrical resistivity decreased as the annealing temperature increases. The images of the film as-deposited and on annealing have a uniform distribution on the glass slides.

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