Enhancement of photoinduced electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO/BiFeO3 layered thin films prepared by chemical solution deposition

Takeshi Katayama, Wataru Sakamoto, Isamu Yuitoo, Teruaki Takeuchi, Koichiro Hayashi, Toshinobu Yogo

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Polycrystalline BiFeO3 and Al-doped ZnO/BiFeO3 bilayered thin films were prepared on Pt/TiOx/SiO2/Si substrates by chemical solution deposition. Their photoinduced electrical properties under blue light irradiation were characterized. The rapid on/off response of the photocurrent to light in unpoled BiFeO3 (BFO) and Al-doped ZnO/BiFeO3 (AZO/BFO) thin films was demonstrated. The AZO/BFO layered film exhibited an approximately triple-digit larger photocurrent in comparison with a BFO single-layer film. This is attributable to the photoexcited carrier generation effect at the interface between AZO (n-type) and BFO (p-type) films. Furthermore, in the AZO/BFO layered structure, the direction of the internal bias electric field caused by the space charge distribution in the unpoled BFO film is the same as that of the built-in electric field by forming a p-n junction of AZO and BFO layers. Photovoltaic properties were also improved by fabricating such a layered film. On the other hand, when the placement of BFO to AZO was reversed, the photoelectric current decreased to approximately one-tenth of that of the BFO single-layer film. In the BFO/AZO film, the internal electric field at the p-n junction between BFO and AZO is considered to have an orientation opposite to the self-bias field formed in the BFO film.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10NA05
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 1

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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