The effects of zinc substitution on the electrical properties of MgNb2O6 thin films

Yi Da Ho, Jing Ann Lai, Meng Hung Tsai, Cheng Liang Huang

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Abstract

The effects of zinc substitution on the electrical properties of sol-gel derived MgNb2O6 (Mg1-xZnxNb2O6; MZxNO) thin films were investigated. Accordingly, the experimental results revealed that the optimal optical and electrical properties of the devices can be obtained for specimen with x = 0.2. The dielectric constant, average transparency and optical band gap of the devices at 400°C annealing are 21.2 (@1 MHz), ~80% and 4.86 eV, respectively. The results indicated that the electrical properties of the sol-gel derived MgNb2O6 thin films are tuneable based upon the variation of zinc content. More importantly, the fabrication temperature of the MZ0.2NO thin films is 100°C lower than the bending point of the glass substrate making it suitable for practical applications. With the increase of the applied electric field, the leakage conduction mechanisms of the Al/MZxNO/ITO devices are mainly controlled first by ohmic conduction at low electric field, changes to space-charge-limited conduction (SCLC) and then FN tunneling at high electric field. Moreover, the critical electric field strength of the conduction mechanisms is also a function of the zinc content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-238
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Asian Ceramic Societies
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites

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