Investigation of Electrical Characterization of Hetero-Junctions Formed by RF Sputtered Indium Tin Oxide on Silicon

Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Expo Center, 1st Floor, Center and Right Foyers (Moon Palace Resort)
A. K. Saikumar, G. Skaria (University Of Central Florida), and K. B. Sundaram (University of Central Florida)
Certain oxide semiconductors show promise as wide-scale use in optical applications owing to their low electrical resistivity and high optical transparency. One such oxide taken into our consideration here is Indium Tin Oxide (ITO). ITO is one of the most commonly used transparent conducting oxides owing to its good optical transparency and low electrical resistivity. It is also relatively easy to deposit as thin films. When deposited upon silicon, Indium and tin oxide forms good hetero-junction photovoltaic cells.

In this work, we study the electrical properties of ITO-Si hetero-junctions prepared under various deposition parameters. For this investigation, we fabricate ITO-Si hetero-junctions by RF sputtering of ITO (90% In2O3 and 10% SnO2) target. Interestingly, ITO-Si hetero-junctions can be formed on both n- and p- type Si. The studies are performed on both hetero-junction devices of ITO sputtered on n- and p- type Si wafers and characterized.


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