Plasma impact on structural, morphological and optical properties of copper acetylacetonate thin films.

Author(s) Abdel-Khalek, H.; El-Samahi, M.I.; El-Mahalawy, A.M.
Journal Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc
Date Published 2018 Jun 15
Abstract

The influence of plasma exposure on structural, morphological and optical properties of copper (II) acetylacetonate thin films deposited by thermal evaporation technique was investigated. Copper (II) acetylacetonate as-grown thin films were exposed to the atmospheric plasma for different times. The exposure of as-grown cu(acac) thin film to atmospheric plasma for 5min modified its structural, morphological and optical properties. The effect of plasma exposure on structure and roughness of cu(acac) thin films was evaluated by XRD and AFM techniques, respectively. The XRD results showed an increment in crystallinity due to exposure for 5min, but, when the exposure time reaches 10min, the film was transformed to an amorphous state. The AFM results revealed a strong modification of films roughness when the average roughness decreased from 63.35nm to ~1nm as a result of interaction with plasma. The optical properties of as-grown and plasma exposured cu(acac) thin films were studied using spectrophotometric method. The exposure of cu(acac) thin films to plasma produced the indirect energy gap decrease from 3.20eV to 2.67eV for 10min exposure time. The dispersion parameters were evaluated in terms of single oscillator model for as-grown and plasma exposured thin films. The influence of plasma exposure on third order optical susceptibility was studied.

DOI 10.1016/j.saa.2018.04.001
ISSN 1873-3557
Citation Abdel-Khalek H, El-Samahi MI, El-Mahalawy AM. Plasma impact on structural, morphological and optical properties of copper acetylacetonate thin films. Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc. 2018;199:356-366.

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